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Advisory Board

We are fortunate to have an Advisory Board made up of prominent individuals from a variety of sectors. Board members give Rare their time for free.

Our board members are:

Sir David Bell

Sir David Bell is a non-executive director of the Economist.  He retired as a director of Pearson plc and Chairman of the Financial Times at the end of 2009 after thirteen years on the Board. He is a former Chief Executive of the Financial Times and served as Pearson’s Director for People with responsibility for the recruitment, motivation, development and reward of employees across the Pearson Group. He was also Chairman of Pearson Inc in New York.
David is Chairman of Sadler’s Wells, Chair of Council, Roehampton University, Chairman of the London Transport Museum, Chairman of the Transformation Trust, Chairman, Rare, Chair of Bath Mozartfest, Chair of Cambridge University Press and Chair of The Institute of War & Peace Reporting Europe.  He is also a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Pearson Group Pension, Worth School, Cornerstone Property Assets, the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, Girl Hub and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation {CSFI,} and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.
In 2011-2012 David was an Assessor on the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press and between 1995-2002 he was Chairman of the Millennium Bridge Trust, responsible for conceiving the first new bridge across the Thames in the centre of London for 100 years.
David was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania, is married with three children and lives in Islington. David received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity.

Mihir Bose

Mihir Bose has had a rich and varied journalistic career for more than 30 years. He was born in 1947 and was brought up in Bombay. He came to England in 1969 to study and qualified as a chartered accountant.

Almost immediately he took to his first love of journalism and writing. He has written for all the major papers in Britain, having worked for the Sunday Times for 20 years before moving to the Daily Telegraph in 1995 to specialise in investigative sports reporting, particularly the growing field of sports business and politics. In 2007 he was appointed as the first BBC Sports Editor, in which post he served until 2009.

He has won several awards for his newspaper writing including Business Columnist of the Year, Sports Reporter of the Year and Sports Story of the Year.

Mihir has written over 22 books which have been controversial and wide-ranging. His History of Indian Cricket was the first book by an Indian writer to win the prestigious Cricket Society Literary Award in 1990. His study of sports and apartheid, Sporting Colours, was runner-up in the 1994 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

He served on the Budd Committee which reported to the British Home Office on the subject of gambling and provided the basis for the new United Kingdom gambling legislation

Saba Danish

Saba Danish graduated from Birmingham University with a first class degree and was awarded the Tilbot Memorial Prize. After working for Vogue, completing a stint in a city recruitment agency, and travelling round South America, she joined ABN Amro in a communications role. She subsequently moved to Morgan Stanley’s fixed income division, where she is currently a Vice President in credit sales.




Kate Grussing

Kate has worked in financial services and management consulting, having worked in both London and New York over the last 21 years holding senior positions at JPMorgan, McKinsey & Co. and Morgan Stanley.

Kate has an MBA with honours from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, a BA with honours from Wellesley College and has studied at the London School of Economics.

She is a trustee of two medical charities: the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of the UK and the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of which she is the treasurer.

Kem Ihenacho

Kem is an M&A lawyer with more than 15 years of experience, focusing on UK and international private equity, infrastructure and M&A transactions. He is recognized as a leader in his field by numerous publications. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins he was a partner in the private equity group and co-head of the Africa Practice at Clifford Chance. Kem has sat on the legal advisory boards of various private equity industry bodies.


Sandra Kerr

Sandra Kerr is the National Director of the Race for Opportunity (RfO) campaign, a national business-led network of private and public sector organisations.

Before joining RfO, Sandra worked in the Cabinet Office advising Cabinet Ministers on diversity and policies on race, disability, gender, and work-life balance across Whitehall. Prior to this she worked for the Department of Work and Pensions delivering frontline services to 33,000 customers whilst managing a team of 140 staff over a 5 year period.

Bill Knight

Bill spent 34 years as a City solicitor. He joined Simmons & Simmons as an articled clerk in 1967 and retired as Senior Partner in 2001. He was a corporate lawyer, acting in takeovers, listings and the occasional scandal. He spent the last four years before he became Senior Partner in privatising the railways.
Until 2012 he was a director of the Financial Reporting Council where he chaired the Financial Reporting Review Panel. He has served as a Gambling Commissioner and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Lloyd's, where he was a nominated (independent) member. He chaired the Enforcement Committee of the General Insurance Standards Council until its functions were taken over by the FSA. He chaired an enquiry by the Greater London Assembly into public sector pay in London. He was a member of the panel advising the policyholder advocate on the re-attribution of the Norwich Union inherited estate and a special adviser to the Treasury Select Committee on the FSA enquiry into the failure of The Royal Bank of Scotland. Bill was awarded the OBE in 2012 for services to financial regulation.
Bill served for many years as governor of two state schools, one of which he chaired. He is a trustee of National Life Stories at the British Library. He is also a professional photographer (with Rare as one of his clients).

Andrew Lilley

Andrew Lilley is the former Managing Partner of Travers Smith. 

Andrew was an employment lawyer for 30 years, beginning his career at Freshfields. He then moved to Travers Smith where he headed the Employment Law department. He was appointed Managing Partner of the firm in 2010.

Since 2015, Andrew has been involved with Rare in three respects. He has mentored candidates, many of whom have gone on to get training contracts at top law firms. He has given Rare legal advice, especially in relation to our groundbreaking software products. And he has been integral to Rare’s commercial expansion in Australia, the UK and the US.

Simon Matthews

Simon Matthews is chief executive of Fishburn Hedges. He has a particularly rounded view of the communications world. He started life working in advertising and design, as well as corporate communications, which became his love, prompting a move to Fishburn Hedges early on in the consultancy’s life. He still retains a passion for looking at a problem or an opportunity in the round, epitomised by the integrated thinking so central to Fishburn Hedges. He’s keen to see the agency push the boundaries of what traditional approaches can achieve and is a big fan of the way the digital world is breaking down barriers even further. His expertise spans the private, public and third sectors, working with corporate brands and related consumer and business issues. He has worked with some of the biggest names in UK business in sectors including telecoms, food and drink, professional services, science & technology and the environment.

Lianne Moseley-Mould

Lianne Moseley-Mould is the Founder and Managing Director of Bonitots, a bilingual English-Spanish day nursery.

A former Rare candidate, Lianne graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2007 with a First Class degree in Hispanic Studies with Portuguese. Whilst at university, she worked as a freelance translator and foreign consultant for small businesses and charities and established a free tuition scheme for disadvantaged, inner-city GCSE students.‎ In 2007 she joined Rare as an employee on a three-month contract. Eight years later, she left as a Director. ‎

In her career at Rare Lianne grew Rare’s legal client list from one firm to eleven‎, and ‎organised the introduction of two groundbreaking, award-winning development programmes for first and second year students: Rare Foundations: Law and Articles. Lianne saw hundreds of candidates placed in training contracts, vacation schemes and first year schemes with Rare’s legal clients.

After leaving Rare to start her own business in summer 2015, Lianne joined Rare’s Advisory Board.

Trevor Phillips

Trevor Phillips is the co-founder of the Equate Organisation, the social change consultancy, and a Director of Pepper Productions, founded in 1995.

Trevor has been a senior executive figure in the TV industry for nearly two decades, serving as Head of Current Affairs for London Weekend Television and Granada TV.

He remains a respected creative leader in the industry as a vice president of the Royal Television Society. Trevor has been a regular writer and columnist for several of the UK's principal national newspapers, writing for the Guardian, Independent, the Mail, the Telegraph amongst others. He also wrote a weekly columnist for the minority weekly, The Voice.

On 8 September 2006, Trevor was appointed chair of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Trevor was previously Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) from 1 March 2003. Prior to this he had been elected as a member of the Greater London Authority in May 2000, and became chair of the Assembly later that month.

Born in London in 1953, Trevor attended secondary school in Georgetown, Guyana, and then studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students.

At present, he is a board member of Aldeburgh Productions and The Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham. He is a patron of The Sickle Cell Society. Between 1993 and 1998 Trevor was chair of the Runnymede Trust. From 1993 to 1997 he was Chair of the London Arts Board.

In 2007 he received the award of Chevalier de la Legion D'Honneur to add to the OBE he won in 1998. He holds several honorary degrees and fellowships.

Elham Saudi

Elham Saudi is co-founder and director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL), an NGO registered in the UK with the aim of defending and promoting justice in Libya through the promotion of human rights, the rule of law and democracy. Elham has worked on fact finding relating to alleged human rights violations in Libya and advised a number of Libyan, European and international bodies in relation to the conflict in her native country.  

After finishing her degree in Arabic with Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University, Elham studied law at Nottingham Law School.  Elham practised commercial law at Slaughter and May, a leading corporate law firm in the City of London from 2003 to 2010, then completed an LLM in International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, obtaining a Distinction.  Elham is an Associate Fellow in the International Law Programme at Chatham House, an independent policy institute based in London, and Visiting Professor at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University.

Elham was an Associate Director at Rare for seven years, becoming a member of Rare's Advisory Board when she joined the company in 2010. She designed and ran Articles, Rare’s award-winning programme for a limited number of selected candidates interested in Rare’s legal clients, and helped Articles candidates secure more than fifty vacation schemes between them. Elham left Rare in December 2017 to focus on her role at LFJL.

Yewande Sokan

Yewande Sokan is a Senior Strategist at Maxus UK. She won both the UK Young Lions competition and the Cannes Global Young Lions competition in 2013.
Yewande was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK at the age of three. She holds a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she served as African-Caribbean Society President.
Yewande became a Rare candidate in her first year at university, interned at Rare in the summer of her second year, worked part-time for Rare during her final year and then spent a year working full-time at Rare in 2008-9. She joined Rare’s Advisory Board in 2009.

Lord Stevenson of Coddenham

Lord Dennis Stevenson is the President of the Employers' Forum on Age. Lord Stevenson is on the Board of the British Council. He sits on the cross-benches at the House of Lords. He has been Honorary President of St James's Place Capital plc., since 1997. Lord Stevenson has been First Chancellor of London Institute since 2000. He has been Chancellor at University of the Arts London.

Having headed the Stevenson Commission to examine the role of Information Technology in Schools, Lord Stevenson acted as the Prime Minister's Special Advisor on the application of ICT to education until September 2000.

Earlier in his career he founded and built a group of businesses; while he retains shareholdings in some of these he has no active management role.

Lord Stevenson serves as the Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and is responsible for vetting all members of the reformed House of Lords and choosing the independent members. He served as the Chairman of the National Association of Youth Clubs and the Intermediate Technology Development Group. Lord Stevenson retired in 1998 after ten years as Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Gallery. He serves as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery Foundation and Chairman of Aldeburgh Productions. Lord Stevenson is a Non-Executive Director at Loudwater Investment Partners Limited. Lord Stevenson has been Non-Executive Director of Western Union Co. since 2006 and has been a Director of Glyndebourne, a Non-Executive Director of Manpower Inc., in the USChairman of Pearson PLCChairman of Aycliffe and Peterlee New Town Development Corporation, and Chairman of HBOS plc and Halifax plc.

Anne Watts

Anne Watts is Chair of the Appointments Commission, an independent body providing a full recruitment service for chair and non-executive appointments to public bodies.

She was Chair of the Independent Panel on race equality for the NHS and for the last two years has been employer’s representative on the steering group for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

For over 25 years she has been a leading figure in diversity, recruitment and workplace development issues, with a strong track record across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Anne has also held executive roles relating to workforce and diversity in Business in the Community, HSBC and NatWest Bank. She currently serves on the boards of Greater London Enterprise, Opportunity Now, Race for Opportunity and the Open University and was an Equal Opportunities Commissioner from 1989 to 1995. She is a member of the School Teachers Review Body; a Trustee of the Eve Appeal, for gynaecological cancer; and Vice-Patron of Working Families and Thatu, supporting community self-help schemes in South Africa.

Faye Woodhead

Faye has worked in both London and New York over the past 18 years, specialising in attraction, access, selection and development strategy of entry level talent (undergraduate, MBA, PhD) to financial services.  Graduating from Exeter University,  Faye joined Goldman Sachs in London, where she first started to work with budding entrepreneurs from Oxford University who both inspired and educated Faye as to challenges in higher education and access to permanent employment.  These entrepreneurs would later go on to found Rare.   

Faye currently oversees Graduate Governance, Planning & Strategy for Deutsche Bank; identifying & driving best practice, engagement, operating models and thought leadership around junior talent globally. She has a passion for creating opportunities, being bold in her outlook and always keen to focus on the long term win.

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