Dr James Dray is an established and high-profile leader within the charity sector, bringing valuable experience from his roles as current Chair of Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation, the world’s largest amateur dramatic youth festival. He also sits on the boards of the National AIDS Trust, the Coalition for Global Prosperity, and Coram the UK’s longest running children’s charity.

Currently a Partner at The Brunswick Group, where he leads the Global Philanthropy and International Development team, James will be instrumental in leading The Hygiene Bank’s strategic and governance development.

With over 12 years’ experience advising senior executives and running multinational public affairs, advocacy, corporate and crisis-related campaigns across multiple sectors, James will also add depth and experience to the team’s campaigning credentials, helping increase public awareness, whilst developing the charity’s ability to advocate for meaningful change.

I have always been passionate about tackling inequality. When I first came across The Hygiene Bank I was struck by its mission and values, but also by the incredibly practical approach it has taken to support people to empower themselves to achieve their goals and aspirations. Hygiene poverty is a particularly pernicious but largely hidden problem that requires much more attention. I am hopeful that the Hygiene Bank’s next phase will continue to deliver for those experiencing hygiene poverty while seeking longer term systemic solutions.