Our board of trustees bring with them experience from the worlds of law, teaching, HR, consulting, architecture and finance. Together they help steer the vision and impact Blueprint for All can have on our communities and society.
Sir Keith Ajebo – Chair of the board of trustees
Before his retirement in 2006, Keith was Head of Deptford Green School, a mixed comprehensive in South East London. Under his leadership the school gained a national reputation for its work in citizenship education. He received an OBE for services to education in 1996 and was knighted in 2007. Keith has worked as a government adviser and was the lead writer of the curriculum report ‘Diversity and Citizenship’. He is currently a trustee of APIE (a charity working in education in Rwanda) and a trustee of the Wimbledon Foundation. He is also an honorary fellow of Goldsmiths University, an Hon DEd De Montfort University and an Hon. DLit(Ed) London University.
Caroline Clark – Vice-Chair
Caroline is a residential property lawyer and Vice-Chair of the Blueprint for All board. Caroline has supported us for five years and says she is privileged to be a part of an incredible organisation which has achieved so much.
She currently works in private practice dealing with ultra-high net worth conveyancing for private individuals and trusts.
Michael Stewart – Company Secretary
Michael is a Charity Lawyer and Senior Partner at Camerons Solicitors LLP. He provides legal support to Blueprint for All, specialising in charity law and philanthropy, and founded the Charity Law Association in 1992.
His other charitable activities include sitting as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 2016, which was founded by Royal Chapter in 1631.
Andrea Gregory – Trustee
Andrea is the founder of People Business. She is an experienced Human Resources professional, organisational development consultant, and facilitator.
Andrea offers significant expertise in all aspects of HR and people development, from putting in place organisational change strategy to management development, executive assessment and executive coaching.
Neil Pinder – Trustee
Neil is Head of Architecture, Products & Design at Graveney School, a secondary school in south west London.
He has been a trustee at Blueprint for All since 2011 and is particularly involved in progressing access to architectural careers for those from a diverse background.
Paul Reed – Trustee
Paul has a background in financial management across both the charity and corporate sectors. This includes time with the Church Urban Fund, Avery Dennison and well-known high street fashion brand Laura Ashley. Paul is currently Director of Finance at The Leverhulme Trust, where he is responsible for the finance and investment of a large endowment supporting academic research, scholarships and bursaries.
Paul Karakusevic – Trustee
Paul established Karakusevic Carson Architects to improve the quality of social housing in London.
In addition to his internationally recognised experience, Paul is a Design Advisor to the HCA/GLA, Urban Design London and Design Council/CABE and lends his experience to audits, critiques and reviews and awards panels of major initiatives and projects across the UK.
Paul has been selected as a Mayor’s Design Advocate, joining a panel of architecture and design experts who have been selected by the Mayor of London to provide design guidance to City Hall and local councils.
Chris Jackson – Trustee
Chris is the Head of Talent and Organisational Capability at Centrica where he is accountable for transforming the capability of the workforce to compete effectively in the future. He has over 12 years of experience in HR leadership roles at FTSE 100 companies and has specialist experience in recruitment, training, development and talent management.
His expertise fits perfectly with Blueprint for All’s work to inspire and enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue and succeed in careers they might not otherwise have considered.
Sonia Watson OBE, Hon.FRIBA, Hon.FRIAS – Chief Executive
Sonia became Chief Executive of Blueprint for All in 2015. Since then the charity’s focus and achievements in delivering social impact and opportunities in which everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity or background, can flourish is well documented. Sonia also established Building Inclusive Futures Consulting, an independent not-for-profit consultancy that gifts all profits to Blueprint for All and helps organisations reach their inclusion goals.
Sonia was awarded the OBE for services to diversity in HM the Queen’s birthday honours list 2019, and is an Honorary Fellow of both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2017 and the Royal Incorporated Architects of Scotland (RIAS), awarded for services to diversity.