EDI – The Talent Show Where Everyone Can Win


David Blower

Executive Director – Corporate Services, Stonewater

David has worked in the industry since 1993 and is passionate about creating high performing cultures where individuals are equipped to succeed. Initially building his career in finance he held a number of senior finance posts before moving into this wider role on the formation of Stonewater in 2015.

He leads a multi-functional team that is driving the business forward across a range of disciplines, including People, Technology, Risk and Assurance, Communications, Strategic Planning, Performance and data.

He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Ruth Cooke

Chief Executive, GreenSquareAccord

Ruth is passionate about the importance of housing and care and support services, having spent virtually her whole career working in and with housing associations.

A highly experienced chief executive and finance director, Ruth has held Chief Executive positions at Midland Heart and Clarion Housing Group, followed by two years as Group Chief Executive of GreenSquare. She has also held several senior finance positions.

Ruth has spearheaded major programmes to improve the service delivery of housing associations including the development of new corporate strategy, the transformation of financial and operational performance and the redesign and refocus of customer services.

Ruth is dedicated to ensuring that GreenSquareAccord is a brilliant landlord.


Marjorie James, FCIPD

Group Director of People, YMCA St Paul’s Group

Marjorie is an Executive Director, HR professional with over 25 years of experience. She is passionate about creating organisations where people can work within a culture that is inclusive and that enables individuals to balance their work and life effectively. She has worked for local, national and international organisations, designing and implementing human resource strategies that are aligned with corporate priorities.

She has significant expertise in the area of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Reward and Recognition and Employee Engagement. Marjorie have procured and project managed the implementation of cloud-based HR Information Systems that have streamlined routine transactional processes such as payroll, recruitment and onboarding and absence management. She currently works for the YMCA St Paul’s Group (SPG) as the Group Director of People and Culture.

Marjorie recently completed the Leadership 2025 programme a development initiative aimed at addressing the significant lack of people from BAME backgrounds occupying C-suite or Board level positions in many of the leading Housing Associations.

In her spare time, she enjoys participating in arts and cultural activities when she’s not spending time with her grandson.

Date: 14th June 2022

Time: 13:00 – 15:30

Venue: Central London

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