Who we are

Lead the change

The MACA-Lead the change Board has been created to champion diversity and inclusion at the top levels of business in the UK.

Our aim is to build strong, strategic collaborations, identify and engage with senior business leaders (the majority of whom are men) as change agents, to encourage them to step up to make a meaningful and measurable difference. We will also promote ideas which make a difference and share best practice.

The Board is independent Expert Committee, which will provide advice to the Government Equalities Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and help fostering talent across the whole population and workforce in support of the Industrial Strategy and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

Specific key priorities for the Board will include:

  • actively support the work of the Hampton-Alexander Review to help ensure 33 per cent of executive level FTSE business leaders are women by the end of 2020;
  • actively support the recommendation of the Sir John Parker Review to increase the ethnic diversity of UK FTSE boards, namely that each FTSE 100 board should have at least one director from an ethnic minority; and each FTSE 250 board should have at least one director from an ethnic minority; by 2024;
  • advise Government on, and develop solutions for, increasing the diversity of the executive pipeline, including an increase in BAME and LGB&T candidates;
  • support leadership development designed to improve the talent pipeline for C-Suite roles in leading companies to help achieve greater diversity and inclusion at the top of business and close the gender pay gap;
  • work with the Government Equalities Office to monitor gender pay gap reporting and other data sources to measure progress, publicise outputs and celebrate success;
  • develop specific proposals and incentives for business to engage men as carers and increase the take-up of shared parental leave; and,
  • design and deliver a media and social campaign across the UK, Canada and the US to promote “ideas that make a difference”.

The members of the Board are well-respected and experienced senior business leaders who are visible advocates for diversity and inclusion and who are committed to our aims and driving the wider business conversation.

Our members

Emer Timmons

Emer is Co-Chair of the MACA - Lead the Change board.

She is the founder and CEO of ET Solutions, providing extraordinary experiences delivered through strategic engagement programs for clients globally. Emer is a Non-Executive Director of the FTSE 100 Flutter Entertainment plc & a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees. She is an ambassador for the Royal Marines Business Liaison Group and a member of the International Women’s Forum. Previously, Emer was the Chief Marketing Officer and President of Strategic Sales for Brightstar, the leading global mobile services company. Prior to this she has held global marketing, sales, operational, retail and distribution leadership roles at multi-billion-pound telecoms and professional services businesses; and was the first female president in British Telecom’s 175-year history. Emer was a member of the Women’s Business Council until 2019.

Denis Woulfe MBE

Denis is a Co-Chair of the MACA, lead the change board. From 2014 until 2019, Denis was a member of the Women’s Business Council. Denis is also a director of Denis Woulfe Consulting Ltd, a company offering Board and Executive level business advisory services.

Until 2017, Denis was a Partner and Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP and held many leadership roles, including serving as a board member for 8 years and leading the South West & Wales regional practice for 11 years. He is a trustee and council member of the RNLI and also chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the board of governors at the University of the West of England. In 2018 Denis was awarded an MBE for services to Women and Equality in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Ruby is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director with current positions which include the Airports Operator Association, Tideway, Mace Group and the Department of Education. Previously, Ruby was the Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC and was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of PageGroup.

She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies. She was recognised as a top 50 female world business leader by the FT in 2013.

Ruby is the Chair of the Office for Tackling Injustices for the UK Government and a member of the Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee in the House of Lords, having been granted a Life Peerage in 2015. She is responsible for the Independent Report to the UK Government on Race in the Workplace published in February 2017.

She was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to business and diversity in business.

Michael Prescott

Group Managing Director, Hanover Communications

Michael was political editor of the Sunday Times prior to entering corporate life. He has worked for agencies that advise companies on communications strategy and served for seven years as BT’s director of corporate affairs.

In his first position after leaving journalism, Michael led a team of 40 communications professionals. He was proud of the equal gender balance on the team and the way it boosted creativity and the quality of client advice. A number of Michael’s female colleagues from this time went on to occupy senior positions of influence, with one now running the UK arm of a major international PR firm, and another in charge of a large organisation with revenues and expenditure running into the billions of pounds.

The son of a Windrush era immigrant from Guyana, Michael was educated at state schools and at Oxford. He spent 17 years as a journalist, during which time he appeared on radio and television as a political pundit, and as a regular newspaper reviewer on Michael Parkinson’s weekly Radio 2 programme.

Jonathan Bullock (aka 'JB')

JB is a London based strategic adviser, start-up chairman, angel investor and executive coach. He enjoys applying his experience in building, scaling and transforming operations, working with the world's premier companies and business people. He has worked for Google, SoftBank, Sky and various other TMT and retail companies.

Sir William Touche Bt

William Co-Chairs the activation committee for MACA
William is London Senior Partner and Vice Chair at Deloitte
He leads the firm’s Executive and Board Programmes and the Deloitte Academy.
In the community William is Chair of the Finance Committee of techUK, the UK’s high tech trade association, and a governor at the Dragon School, Oxford. William is married to Donna Ward, the CFO of Deloitte.

Randall S. Peterson

Randall is Professor and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute at London Business School.
From 2007-2012 Randall was Deputy Dean of London Business School.
Since 2017 Randall is also on the board of UN Women UK.

Randall teaches, consults, and publishes on high performance teams and conflict management, at all levels including boards and top management teams.

From 2009-2019 Randall was Chair of Trustee Governors for Parayhouse School, for children with moderate to severe speech and language needs.

He is also founder of TalentSage LLC and TalentDOC LLC, putting science into leadership skills development.

Caroline Waters OBE FRSA CIPD(Hons)

Deputy Chair of the EHRC, Vice President of Carers UK, RSPCA Trustee and Founder of CW Consulting Box, Caroline was also Director of People & Policy at BT and has a distinguished record on equality, inclusion, and HR setting the agenda and demonstrating real thought leadership.

An influential leader of the movement to create new ways of working and the nascent flexible working agenda of the 1990s Caroline continues to work to build more inclusive approaches to work. She is a Director of Roffey Park Institute and Wilson James and a member of the Health Employment Partnership. Listed in top 100 Disability Power List 2019, awarded HR Director of the Year 2009, one of the most influential HR practitioners of the last decade by HR Magazine Excellence Awards 2015 and a HR Mover and shaper 2019. Awarded OBE for services to progressive HR practice, diversity and equal opportunities 2010.

Emma Codd

Emma Codd is a Partner of the UK professional services firm, Deloitte LLP.

Emma is also Special Advisor on Inclusion for Deloitte Global.

From 2013 – 2019 Emma was Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte LLP and sat on the firm’s Executive Committee. During this period Emma led a period of significant change for the firm from a gender diversity perspective; this included – amongst many other things – early voluntary gender pay gap reporting, the introduction of an award-winning industry-first return to work programme, and the successful introduction and embedding of agile working across the firm. Emma also devised and led the firm’s approach to Respect & Inclusion, a culture change programme that has under-pinned all of the firm’s actions on diversity.

Emma is a member of the BiTC Gender leadership team.

Elysia McCaffrey

Elysia is the deputy head of the Government Equalities Office and leads work on gender equality, primarily leading work to close the gender pay gap. This includes the development of gender policy, action to close the Gender Pay Gap, increasing the number of women on boards, increasing women’s political representation, tackling period poverty and representing the UK on gender issues internationally. Elysia is passionate about gender equality and has a background in leading large scale operations and change programmes.

Quotes from our members

“I am delighted to be co-chairing the Board of Men As Change Agents-Lead the Change. Everyone involved is determined to help ensure a more balanced executive pipeline, with greater numbers of senior female executives and better representation of minority ethnic communities.

"Our mission is to actively engage CEOs and other business leaders, encouraging them to view themselves as the necessary ‘change agents’, so that together, we all champion and deliver Boardroom changes which can ultimately benefit wider society.

"I am proud to be working with such a diverse, amazing team, each of whom has signed up to ‘lead the change’. ”

Emer Timmons, Co-Chair of the MACA


“I am incredibly excited and personally committed to delivering on the programme of work we have set out. Supporting these goals is important, not only in the workplace, but for society as a whole. We have got an outstanding team and I look forward working with each of them”

Denis Woulfe, Co-Chair of MACA

Terms of reference

This document outlines the objectives, roles and responsibilities of the members - Terms of Reference (PDF, 93KB)

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