The Team

Meet the people working to get disability on the business leadership agenda.

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Caroline Casey

Founder & Creator
Caroline Casey

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Caroline Casey is an award-winning social entrepreneur. Committed to building a global movement on inclusive business for the 1.3 billion people in the world with a disability, over the past two decades she has set up several organisations and initiatives centred on disability business inclusion. Caroline is also a TED speaker, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, a past advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative, a One Young World Counsellor and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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Paul Polman

Chair
Paul Polman

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Paul Polman is co-founder of IMAGINE, which mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality. He is also Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team, Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. A leading proponent that business can and should be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2018), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and he remains an active SDG Advocate.

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Joanna McGrath

CEO
Joanna McGrath

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Joanna has worked alongside some of the biggest brands in business during her 20 year marketing and advertising career. Starting out with Land Rover, Citibank and Rolls-Royce and moving to Sky, Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva and Samsung. Working as a Managing Partner in network creative agencies to partner with CMOs and global marketing teams to build and position their brands. Jo was also named as one of 50 leading lights for Kindness in Leadership at The Women of the Future Awards and is a mentor at The House of St Barnabus.

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Chloe Matharu

Chief Marketing Officer
Chloe Matharu

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After working at a number of award-winning brand and digital agencies, Chloe co-founded creative agency Certain in 2015, working with Clients such as Sky, Hitachi, The Ivy Collection and Kopparberg to enhance their brand experience. Chloe delivered the community activation programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for Lloyds Banking Group which sparked her passion for creating brand experiences for all. This keen interest in the potential of brand as a force for positive change has continued to inspire and drive Chloe throughout her career, resulting in her joining The Valuable 500 team.

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Richard Poston

Director of Communications
Richard Poston

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A highly experienced FTSE 100 Director of Corporate Affairs with a proven track record across different industries and regulated sectors. With over 25 years experience as a senior communications advisor to CEOs on Investor Relations; City and financial media relations; parliamentary affairs; internal communications; Corporate Social Responsibility; Brand and Reputation management Richard has an extensive network of contacts and is experienced in building first class teams; defining effective strategies and implementing proactive integrated communications campaigns.

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Crosby Cromwell

Chief Partnerships Officer
Crosby Cromwell

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Crosby’s career spans across the corporate sector, global NGOs, and social impact entrepreneurism, the common thread is ensuring more people, especially people with disabilities, can thrive economically. In 2007, she joined Walmart in order to design and implement the company’s first national disability platform. She also served as a senior program officer at the Walmart Foundation, where she led Women’s Giving under the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, creating sustainable career pathways for low-income women. She is a development advisor for Mobility International and most often speaks on topics ranging from DEI employment to corporate social responsibility.

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Carys Miller

Head of Marketing
Carys Miller

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After graduating from Oxford University in 2017, Carys began a career in advertising and marketing working with some of the biggest brands in the world – starting out at Mercedes Benz UK, then moving to work with Samsung at global advertising agency BBH. Committed to campaigning for causes she believes in, Carys has spent the last 3 years working for social innovation projects. Prior to working on The Valuable 500 team, she worked with homelessness charity Greater Change and has spent time in Kenya volunteering with The Agape Volunteers Group.

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Chris Wooding

Executive Assistant
Chris Wooding

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Chris, a media and communications graduate, lives in the UK. He has worked in a number of client and customer-facing roles in the UK and Ireland. Chris has been working as Caroline Casey’s assistant since 2009. At The Valuable 500, Chris is responsible for managing Caroline’s diary, organising travel schedules for the team and is the point of contact for The Valuable 500 Expert Partners.

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Sarah Clements

Operations Manager
Sarah Clements

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After graduating with a degree in Photography, Sarah has had a broad & varied career, which began working for a global marketing & communications company in the City of London. She have lived and worked abroad in Argentina and is a champion for disability inclusion – including studying Disability & Development at University College London.

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Mari Bel Al Giachsousi

Marketing Executive
Mari Bel Al Giachsousi

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Mari Bel has an MSc in Applied Psychology Of Fashion from The University Of The Arts London (UAL). Her interests lie in understanding how companies and brands can promote diversity and inclusivity. Mari Bel has written blogs and articles for Models Of Diversity, Fashion is Psychology amongst others.

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Clare Brentnall

Director of Events
Clare Brentnall

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Clare began her career in Events working in the Marketing & Communications department at the BBC. During her ten years there, she produced all kinds of events across the network, including press launches and screenings, hospitality at prime-time sporting and music events as well as new channel launches. Clare went on to manage her own events business before joining The Valuable 500 team, and is also a BACP Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor.

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Stephane Leblois

Partnerships Director
Stephane Leblois

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Stephane Leblois joined The Valuable 500 after a decade of working in the disability rights and inclusive development sectors. His career in disability has spanned across multiple areas, including digital accessibility, inclusive education and employment. He previously served as the lead employment expert for The Arc of the United States, where he consulted with private and public sector companies on how to effectively hire jobseekers with disabilities and develop disability-inclusive products and services. Outside of his main professional activities, Stephane has also pioneered disability-inclusive rugby in the US market. He founded the Washington Wolfpack RFC, the US’ first disability-inclusive team and also serves on Diversity and Inclusion Committee for USA Rugby, the country’s national governing body for the sport.

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