Why doing good is good business

Thursday 5th September 2013

Rt Hon Hazel Blears, MP for Salford
Norman Pickavance, Non Executive Director, HMRC

hazel-blears   Norman Pickavance

Hazel Blears  has been MP of Salford since 1997. Hazel is proud of Labour’s record in transforming the city of her birth and has helped bring hundreds of millions of pounds of investment in schools, housing and the NHS, and given greater powers to local communities.

Hazel has held a number of senior governmental positions including Police and Counter Terrorism Minister and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

As Policing Minister she dealt with the aftermath of one of the country’s largest terrorist outrages in the 7/7 and 21/7 bombs on London Underground.  She was responsible for the formulation of new counter terrorism legislation.

Since the 2010 election Hazel has been appointed to the Intelligence and Security Committee, responsible for the oversight of the UK’s intelligence agencies. She is the only female member of the Committee and she has developed a depth of expertise in national and international security matters.

Hazel is a Board Member of the Social Mobility Foundation and is Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility.

Outside of politics she enjoys motorcycling, dancing and gardening.

Norman Pickavance has been identified as one of the most Influential HR Directors in the UK. He is unsurpassed in his ability to transform cultures, people and business… cutting through complexity to explore what businesses, leaders and managers can do to gain the competitive edge they need in the C21st.

As both social entrepreneur and highly effective corporate board player, Pickavance is a pioneer of responsible capitalism. His work exemplifies how competitive advantage and social responsibility work hand in hand with incredible results.

Thought leader, experienced board operator and social business commentator, Norman is one of the most respected advisors and keynote speakers working in the UK today.

In addition to his public speaking and social commentary he regularly advises businesses, government departments and not-for-profit organisations on people strategy, culture & leadership.

In 2011, Norman was Recipient of David Cameron’s Big Society Award. Norman is a Non Executive Director at HMRC.


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