The CEO of Grant Thornton Sacha Romanovitch has been selected to co-chair the Inclusive Economy Partnership initiative. The government group aims to foster a more inclusive economy by identifying solutions to challenges faced by low and middle-income households in today’s society.
The first meeting of the partnership took place on 11 September. The initial areas of focus for the group were financial inclusion and capability, mental health, and transition to work.
Romanovitch will chair an advisory group of leaders alongside Caroline Mason, chief executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
The advisory group members are: Olly Benzecry, managing director of Accenture UK & Ireland; John Pettigrew, chief executive of National Grid; Joe Garner, chief executive of Nationawide; Mark Evans, chief executive of O2; Robert Noel, chief executive of Landsec; Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK; Mark Norbury, chief executive of UNltd.; Peter Holbrook, chief executive of Social Enterprise UK; Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO; Dawn Austwick, chief executive of Big Lottery Fund; Cliff Prior, chief executive of Big Society Capital.
Romanovitch said: “The UK is at a pivotal point in its history and collaboration between sectors has never been more important to address the big challenges we face in our society and economy. This initiative comes at a perfect moment to mobilise a growing movement of purposeful businesses who see themselves as an integral part of society and solving societal challenges as part of their core business. The aim of The Partnership aligns with our firm’s purpose to shape a vibrant economy with better outcomes for all and I am delighted to be taking an active role.”
Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commented: “It was a hugely positive first meeting to kick start the Partnership which will help us build a stronger and fairer society. This Partnership brings together key leaders from the business sector and civil society world and working together we can help make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Romanovitch took over as CEO of Grant Thornton in 2015, and this year was listed at number three in Accountancy Age’s Financial Power List 2017.