Leadership Through Sport & Business is a social mobility charity that prepares and supports bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into meaningful roles with major firms. We make sure those at risk of under-employment find careers equal to their ambition and ability, and can contribute from their first day on the job.





We focus attention on communities where leadership potential is often wasted and we empower young people in the locations that we work to become future business leaders.

We address all forms of disadvantage: personal, in terms of adverse life events; socio-economic, in terms of class boundaries or lack of social capital; and practical, in terms of preparation young people need for the working world.

Employers increasingly recognise the importance of recruiting young talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. 90% of our employers find that recruiting through LTSB is an effective way of finding diverse, capable young people for entry-level positions, and 83% of our employers agree that our apprentices have been a positive influence on the workplace

Our candidates are capable of making a valuable contribution to an employer but they are held back by a lack of social capital and life skills.  Schools do not adequately prepare them for the world of work, which is why we put so much importance on the pre-work phase of our programme.

Young people in the areas where we work need help to overcome a variety of barriers, lack of opportunity and often generations of unemployment.  We provide them with a real chance and a helping hand to ignite their spark and to develop into well rounded members of their community and dedicated, hard working employees who can ultimately become leaders, movers and shakers.


We are in the Right Place at the Right Time

• The Government is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England, reaching 3 million starts in 2020.

• Former Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to ‘fight burning injustices’ and said “we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.”

• Justine Greening MP and founder of the Social Mobility Pledge , said “Driving opportunity and social mobility has to be at the centre of government for the rest of this parliament and far beyond.”

• Businesses have a significant part to play in achieving the government’s and the country’s objectives and will of course benefit from a more diverse and balanced work force.


We are fortunate and proud to be supported by the following patrons and trustees:


Viv Anderson, OBE

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Sir William Atkinson

Sir William is recognised as being one of the UK’s most respected headteachers. He was labelled Britain’s most successful headteacher after turning around ‘the worst school in the country.’ Once plagued by poor exam results and bad behaviour, Phoenix High is now held up as an example for others to follow. As well as leading schools directly William has also held several advisory positions on government committees, including as a member of the DfE Standards Task Force and the Fulham School Commission. He also continues to offer advise to schools and education bodies on how to improve and tackle particular problems.

LTSB was delighted to have Sir William Atkinson join as patron in early 2019. He brings an expert understanding of the UK educational system and the specific challenges faced by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Lord Davies of Abersoch

Lord Davies of Abersoch is Chairman of Corsair, serves as a member of the Investment Committees of Corsair III and Corsair IV, and is Chairman of the Corsair Advisory Board. Lord Davies was U.K. Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business, and Infrastructure in 2009-2010. Prior to this appointment, he was Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC since 2006. He joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC in 1997 and was Group Chief Executive from 2001 until 2006. He has a wide range of interests, including being Chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts Trustees. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years. Lord Davies is also a JP in Hong Kong.

Lord O'Neill of Gatley

Lord [Jim] O’Neill was educated in Manchester and then obtained a BA and MA degree in economics from the University of Sheffield and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey. He had a distinguished career at Bank of America, Marine Midland Bank and Swiss Bank Corporation before joining Goldman Sachs where he was Chief Economist, Chairman of Asset Management and a Partner. Whilst at Goldman Sachs he became famous for inventing the BRIC acronym. Jim was Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in the second Cameron Government from May 2015 to September 2016. He is still involved with the Northern Powerhouse initiative and is on the board of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

In 2014 he was appointed by David Cameron to head an international commission to investigate global antimicrobial resistance and continues to be involved in this project. He is active in a number of other charities including SHINE. Jim is a huge football fan and supporter of Manchester United.

Michael Spencer

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Virginia Wade, OBE

Virginia Wade, OBE is a British former professional tennis player. She won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles. She won the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, in that tournament’s centenary year, and was the last British tennis player to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012. She remains the last British female to have won a Grand Slam singles title. After retiring from competitive tennis she has coached and worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport.


David Pinchin – Chairman

David Pinchin is a Welsh born American citizen having lived in the US for 30 years. He was educated in Wales and at City of London College in London.  David was one of the founders of the OTC Currency Options market in the early 1980’s and he co-founded and ran Tradition Financial Services (TFS) in 1985, which became one of the leading international Inter Dealer brokers.David was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Co-CEO of TFS for 25 years and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Tradition Group from 2007 to 2009. Both companies were publicly quoted.

David is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Leadership Through Sport & Business. 

Lorraine Barclay – Treasurer

Lorraine has spent her entire career in financial services working for Citibank, Pearl Assurance and ICAP. Lorraine joined ICAP in 2006 through acquisition of EBS taking the position of Global CFO for IT and subsequently held the positions of Group Financial Controller from 2010-12 and Group Tax Director from 2008-10. Since November 2012 Lorraine has headed up ICAP’s Global Business Services covering the operations of finance and all other corporate functions. She is a member of ICAP’s Group Operating and Finance Committees. Lorraine has been integral to the sale of the voice broking side of ICAP’s business to Tullett Prebon and it is a tribute to her dedication and ability that not only is she responsible for the separation of the voice broking business, she has also been chosen to work on the integration into Tullett Prebon.

Lorraine has been a passionate supporter of Leadership Through Sport & Business since its inception and became a trustee in 2015.

Mark Braithwaite – Trustee

Mark Braithwaite is Head of Utilities and Networks for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) in Europe. He joined MIRA in 2011, having previously been Chief Financial Officer of Thames Water.  Prior to joining Thames Water, Mark was Finance Director of the customer and energy divisions at EDF Energy plc, and before that held a number of Senior Finance positions at Seeboard plc.

Mark is a non-executive Director of Arqiva Broadcast Holdings Ltd, Viesgo Infrastructuras Energeticas SL, RWE Grid Holding as and Techem GmbH. Mark is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Mark became a trustee of Leadership Through Sport & Business in 2015.

Julie Carruthers - Trustee

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Sarah Ebanja – Trustee

Sarah Ebanja is self-employed providing a range of project, management, strategy development, facilitation and coaching services that draw upon her 20+ years’ experience as a senior officer in London’s local and regional government.

At a regional level Sarah spent four years as the deputy CE of the London Development Agency and one year as a director at the Government Office for London. At a local level Sarah’s roles have included deputy CE of Islington Council, interim MD of Hackney Council and Assistant Director of Education and Finance at Lewisham Council. Whilst at Islington Council, Sarah spent five years as the Council’s lead for the new Arsenal Stadium and its related developments as a driving force was required to secure significant social and economic benefits for the area.

Sarah is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London. She is also Chair of a 7,000 home housing and care group based in North and East London, with a major development programme underway, and is Vice-Chair of a specialist provider of homes for the homeless which is based in East London. Sarah also chairs the Bernie Grant Centre, a music and theatre venue in Tottenham, North London, and is a trustee of two relatively new not-for-profit organisations that support, nurture and develop young people aged 16 to 24. From 2006 to 2010 Sarah was Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Sarah has been a trustee of Leadership Through Sport & Business since its inception.

Darren Gurner – Trustee

Darren Gurner was associate director for Macquarie Bank in London and ran the European Pulp and Paper derivatives business. Prior to this, Darren spent eight years working at Tradition in both the pulp and environmental markets as an inter-dealer broker and has been a long time supporter of David Pinchin’s vision for the charity.

As well as being an avid Spurs fan, North London born and bred, he spent his university years in Liverpool and has a great affection for the city and its people. He is also a supporter and fundraiser for a very special cancer charity ‘No Surrender’ which was set up by a good friend after they had been diagnosed with cancer.

Darren has been a trustee of Leadership Through Sport & Business since its inception.

His Honour Judge Peter Lodder QC – Trustee

Peter was called to the Bar in 1981 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 2001. He was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1997 and as a Recorder in 2000. He was Chair of the Criminal Bar Association in 2008-9 and Chairman of the Bar Council in 2011. Peter was appointed as a Senior Circuit Judge in January 2015. He is Resident Judge at Kingston Crown Court. Peter is also a trustee of the charity Spark Inside.

Peter has been a long-term supporter of Leadership Through Sport & Business and has organised six Mock Trials for our young people at Southward Crow Court. He has coached them in public speaking skills and prepared them for the Mock Trials. He has managed the entire process and involved fellow Judges. Our young people play all the parts in the trials, with Peter (and his fellow Judges) presiding. Following the trials, they hold a legal debrief, which is enormously thought provoking for the young people. The whole process helps them develop their ability to plan, listen, argue a point, be convincing, present, and make judgments.

Peter became a trustee of Leadership Through Sport & Business in 2017.

Juliet Thompson - Trustee

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Patrick Thornton-Smith - Trustee

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