Dame Julia Charity Cleverdon, DCVO, CBE (born 19 April 1950) is a British charity worker who served for 16 years as Chief Executive of Business in the Community, one of the Prince's Charities of Charles, Prince of Wales.
She was educated at Camden School for Girls and Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating from Cambridge with a First in History. She then joined the business relations organisation The Industrial Society eventually becoming Director of Education and Inner City Division. Cleverdon was appointed Chief Executive of Business in the Community on 1 April 1992. During her service she significantly expanded the charity's work, and was named one of the "50 most influential women in Britain" by The Times. Since stepping down as Chief Executive on 1 March 2008, she has served as Vice President.
She has held voluntary roles as Chair of Teach First, membership of both the National Council for Educational Excellence and the Prime Minister’s Talent and Enterprise Taskforce Advisory Group, patron of the Helena Kennedy Bursary Scheme and previously Beanstalk (formerly known as Volunteer Reading Help), an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund, and director of In Kind Direct.
In recognition of her work, she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. In the 2002 New Year's Honours, she was also made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, and in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008, she was elevated to Dame Commander (DCVO) of the order, a knightly class.
Cleverdon was first married to Martin Ollard, a stockbroker. In 1986 she remarried to W. John Garnett (died 14 August 1997), former Director of The Industrial Society, by whom she has two daughters, Charity and Victoria. She is the stepmother of Virginia Bottomley (née Garnett).
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