The Chair of the Final Panel, Patrick Dunne, is currently the Chairman of board consultancy Boardelta, the charities The EY Foundation and ESSA – Education Sub Sahara Africa – and CMI’s Board of Companions. Patrick is also a member of the advisory board of Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the FT NED club.
His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of roles with 3i Group plc where until 2012 he was Communications Director and a member of its Operating committee.
He continues his involvement in the venture industry as a member of the advisory board of The Entrepreneurs Fund.
Patrick is also the author of three successful books, a member of the Financial Times NED club’s advisory board and a tutor on the FT NXD certificate. He has also helped to establish many successful courses on board skills and over the last twenty years helped Chairman across a wide range of sectors to transform the effectiveness of their boards. These have included start-ups; buy out businesses, long established family companies as well as major public organisations. As a member of the Higgs review in 2003 Patrick has also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.
He has a passion for education and is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management and a former member of the General Council of the University of Warwick.
Patrick also has extensive experience of developing social enterprises using venture philanthropy techniques, most notably with Leap Confronting Conflict where he was Chairman from 2006 to 2015 and with Warwick in Africa which he founded in 2006. He is also a member of the advisory board of Bridges Ventures Social Entrepreneurs fund.
Warwick in Africa is transforming the teaching of Maths and English in township schools in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania. It has now benefitted over 280,000 young Africans and is achieving dramatic improvements in attendance (c. 50%) and performance (30 to 40%).