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Sacha Romanovitch to Co-Chair New Inclusive Economy Partnership

  • The Partnership sees government, business and civil society working together
  • Aim is to identify and catalyse solutions to societal challenges
  • First Inclusive Economy Partnership meeting convened by Culture Secretary

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP is pleased to announce its CEO, Sacha Romanovitch, has been selected to co-chair a key government initiative, the Inclusive Economy Partnership (The Partnership). Romanovitch, alongside Caroline Mason, chief executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, will chair the partnership’s Advisory Group of leaders* aiming to build a more inclusive economy through identifying and scaling existing solutions to the major societal challenges facing low and middle income households.

Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has convened the first meeting of the Inclusive Economy Partnership on Monday 11th September 2017. The Group brings together some of the most influential voices from the business and civil society world, alongside government, to tackle significant challenges facing society today.

The first challenge areas the Working Groups will work on are:

  • Financial Inclusion and Capability
  • Mental Health
  • Transition to work

Over 80 individuals from business and civil society have already signed up to working groups for each of these areas, which will develop solutions to help tackle these issues over the coming months.

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK LLP, 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.”

Secretary of State, Karen Bradley said: “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.”  

Chris Skidmore, Minister for Constitution: “Government cannot tackle big societal challenges on its own which is why I am pleased to see collaboration and innovation at the heart of Partnership with the aim to positively impact the lives of hardworking families, removing barriers and creating opportunities.”

*The Partnership is led by an Advisory Group of leaders from a wide range of businesses and civil society organisations:


  • Sacha Romanovitch, chief executive of Grant Thornton
  • Caroline Mason, chief executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Advisory Group members:

  • Olly Benzecry, managing director of Accenture UK & Ireland
  • John Pettigrew, chief executive of National Grid
  • Joe Garner, chief executive of Nationwide
  • Mark Evans, chief executive of O2
  • Robert Noel, chief executive of Landsec
  • Jacqueline de Rojas, president, techUK
  • Mark Norbury, chief executive, UNLtd.
  • Peter Holbrook, chief executive, Social Enterprise UK
  • Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive, NCVO
  • Dawn Austwick, chief executive, Big Lottery Fund
  • Cliff Prior, chief executive, Big Society Capital