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PUBLIC SECTOR & THIRD SECTOR
POWERLIST 2010
ROGER LYNCH SARAH EBANJA
Founder & chief executive, Robust Training/Ruskin Private Hire Deputy chief executive and group director of Strategies, Equalities &
Performance, London Development Agency
NEW ENTRANT
Lynch is a leading fi gure in the Sarah Ebanja is, quite simply, one of
passenger transport and training London’s most powerful women. She
industries who is regularly is the number two in an organisation
consulted by government and that is overseeing the development
industry bodies. Ruskin, Lynch’s of the 2012 Olympic Games site and
south London-based company, the multibillion-pound regeneration
transports 5,000 disabled people of east London. She has spent 20
a day. He employs 600 people and years operating at senior levels in
the business is expected to turn London’s public sector. She joined
over £13m this year. Lynch is also the LDA in 2006 after fi ve years as
involved in training and has a fl eet Islington Council’s chief offi cer on
of state-of-the-art buses that he the multimillion-pound Arsenal
sends to council estates to train Development scheme. Ebanja’s other
people. His interest in accessible previous positions include deputy
transport followed an injury that ended his promising career as chief executive of Islington Council, director of local government and
an athlete. He set out to raise standards in the industry, winning a European programmes at the government offi ce for London and deputy
major award doing so. The same insistence on the highest quality chief executive and interim managing director of Hackney Council.
led him to start Robust Training after other providers failed to Sarah has a non-executive role as chair of the Stephen Lawrence
reach the standards he demanded. Charitable Trust.
Infl uential because... his south London- Infl uential because... she is one of the
based bus fl eet provides an invaluable principal people involved in shaping
service to less-abled people. the long-term future of the capital.
JEAN TOMLIN TREVOR PHILLIPS
Director, human resources, Locog Chair, Commission for Equality and Human Rights
Tomlin has a key role in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympics because With a mandate that includes race,
she is responsible for overseeing recruitment for the London gender and general human rights,
Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Phillips’s scope of infl uence has
Games – Locog – the body responsible for staging and broadened since he, as the former
hosting the Games. Locog’s staff is expected to grow Commission for Racial Equality
to 3,000 by 2012. Tomlin was appointed in August chair, was appointed two years
2006, having until then been an adviser to the BBC ago. The CEHR is an amalgamation
on its programme of change. Formerly, she was of Britain’s three equality bodies –
group HR director at Marks & Spencer. She was a the CRE, the Equal Opportunities
founder member and HR director of Egg plc, having Commission and the Disability
previously worked for 14 years at the Prudential Rights Commission. In 1978, when
where she managed large change programmes and he was at Imperial College London,
became sales and operations director of Prudential he became the fi rst black person to
Direct. Tomlin has held a number of non-executive become president of the National
roles and has also been a commissioner for Union of Students. Born in London, but raised in Guyana, Phillips is
judicial appointments. a respected former political broadcast journalist. He is the director
of Pepper Productions, an independent company that produced the
Infl uential because...
Windrush television series, which won the Royal Television Society
Documentary Series of the Year award in 1998.
her role is crucial
to the smooth
running of the
Infl uential because... he has been a
London 2012
respected voice at the heart of the
Olympic Games.
political debate on race for many years.
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