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Sandra Wallace

Deputy Chair of the Social Mobility Commission

Sandra will be talking about social mobility with Iain Wright, ICAEW's Director for Business and Industrial Strategy.
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Sandra is a member of the Executive board and acts as joint Managing Director, UK & Europe for the global business law firm, DLA Piper. She also sits on the firm’s D&I Council.

Prior to her Executive role she has served as UK Employment Group Head and UK Managing Partner. She remains an active employment law partner.

Sandra was appointed to the Social Mobility Commission in December 2018. The Social Mobility Commission a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Education monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK and promotes social mobility in England. In July 2020 she was appointed interim Co-Chair.

Sandra also works to drive social mobility within the legal sector, and DLA Piper is ranked in the top 100 employers in the Social Mobility Index, and is the lead legal services Employer for the Social Mobility Pledge.

Sandra is also the Birmingham Chair at TheCityUK, a membership body, lobbying on behalf, of the financial and related professional services industry. In this role she recently sat on the government sponsored skills taskforce, looking at how the industry must contribute to learning and development skills in an increasingly diverse and digitalised industry.

Sandra has been the recipient of the Law Society Leadership Award, Legal 500 Leading Women Award, the Lawyer Hot 100 and she is also listed in the Powerlist 100 for people of African or African Caribbean heritage who have risen to the top of their profession.

Sandra is a mother of three and works flexibly to balance her career and family life.


Title  In conversation with the Social Mobility Commission
Day 18 August 
Time  On demand

Join this conversation with Sandra Wallace, the Deputy Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, and ICAEW's Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, Iain Wright, as they explore not just the policy environment of this key issue, but the practical steps underway to support both businesses and communities.

Sandra Wallace, Social Mobility Commissioner and Joint Managing Director UK and Europe, DLA Piper.