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The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Theresa started her career at the Bank of England and went on to hold posts at the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) as Head of the European Affairs Unit and Senior Adviser on International Affairs.

Theresa has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, and was elected Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in May 1997. She has held several positions within Parliament since then, including Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. From 2002 to 2003 she was the first female Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Theresa was Minister for Women & Equalities from 2010 to 2012 and appointed Home Secretary in May 2010, where she became the longest serving in the role. Since July 2016 she has served as the UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party.

 

Tessa Sanderson-White CBE

Tessa Sanderson is an Olympic gold-winning javelin thrower who also has the distinction of being the first British black woman to win Olympic gold and compete in six separate Olympic Games. She set several athletic records during her career, besting the UK record multiple times, and was voted Sports Personality of the Year and Athlete of the Year three times by the Athletics Writers Association.

Upon retirement from the sport, she invested back into her community by opening a sports academy for youths and served on the Olympic legacy committee. She was a primary figure in developing the presence of the 2012 Olympic venue and preserving its legacy for the UK.

Tessa’s work has been honoured multiple times, including some of the highest honours from her country for her athletic and philanthropic achievements. She has firmly cemented her legacy as a trailblazer for both black women and British women athletes and for the next generation with her charity the Tessa Sanderson Foundation.

 

Benazir Bhutto

The late Benazir was founding patron of Pink Shoe. A Pakistani politician, Benazir (1953-2007) was the first democratically elected female leader of a Muslim country. Educated at Harvard University and the University of Oxford, she served two terms as prime minister of Pakistan.

Noted for her charismatic authority and political astuteness, Benazir drove economic and national security initiatives, and implemented capitalist policies for industrial development and growth in Pakistan.

Benazir spent several years in exile in London. She returned to Pakistan with plans to participate in the 2008 general election, but was killed during an attack at a PPP rally in late 2007.

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