Javed Thomas, Founder & Managing Director

The Collaboratory was developed by Javed Thomas, who has spent over 20 years enacting social change through various charities, community organisations and social development initiatives. and co founder of Race Equality Matters


Building on this experience and as well as being funding lead ran collaboration projects for 5 Lord Mayors.

For  for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal  he developed the Better City for All strategy and created an advisory board with 15 leading CEO’s and chairs, Javed has been at the forefront and seen first hand that connecting businesses with not-for-profits to collaborate has really helped to turn the dial and tackle some of the issues that matter the most.

This has included him creating and driving initiatives and programmes that has tackled issues including mental health, diversity & inclusion, the skills gap, disability and disadvantaged families, children and young people.

In recent years, he has engaged over 500 commercial organisations, thousands of employees and 100+ charities to create collaborations that benefit communities and societies overall.

These include Barclays, EY,  M&G, Standard Chartered Bank, Tesco, Linklaters  and UBS as well as the Business Disability Forum, Diabetes UK, Modern Muse, Girl Guiding, Mencap and Samaritans and the Charity Excellence Framework.

Collaborations have been award winning and appeared in media and broadcast media

He is passionate about making a greater impact on people’s lives and fundamentally believes that innovation and collaboration are key to this .

His fundraising expertise has also helped generate more than £80 million of funding for charities and their work

In partnership with Green Park and Black History Month, The Collaboratory has co founded Race Equality Matters

Luke Rogers, Content and Production

Luke and Javed have collaborated for more than 20 years including projects with Action for Children, Diabetes UK, Tesco, Carers Trust and City Giving Day. .

Making films of all kinds, shooting dynamic photographs and putting smiles on faces. Luke
founded his production company Bang Boom back in 2010.

Luke is all about content with a heart and soul and has been very much involved with BBC’s Children in need

He is a passionate story teller, working with a diverse range of brands of all sizes.

Luke’s work includes short film, viral video, animation, hidden camera stunts, product demo, live action, podcasts, 360 imaging and music promo.

Passionate about making a difference and working with those who are trying to make an impact

More of Luke’s work can be seen here

Anthony Francis, Project Management & Business Coach

Javed and Anthony have been collaborating for more than 5 years and were the co-leaders of the largest Tesco charity partnership with Diabetes UK.

Anthony has more than 20 years Project management and Business Coaching expertise, Anthony knows how to deliver and how to support others to deliver.

Now the best-selling author of the book Think it Plan it Do it NOW ! How to achieve your goals and go from ordinary to extraordinary?

He has worked in both the private and public sectors and has seen that the fundamentals of Project Management are perhaps known but not really appreciated.

Anthony has worked with blue chip corporates and not for profits including British Airways, Tesco, Mind, Diabetes UK and the Co-op

His methodology helps develop a better focus on creating realistic CHANGE and positive OUTCOMES, both in developing better business solutions, and in achieving long lasting personal development. More can be found here

Clare Bamberger, Research Expert

Clare and Javed have collaborated over the last dozen or so years on strategic projects with social change at their heart. 

For the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity she worked closely with the Javed, the directorate and City firms to propose and develop the 4 pillar strategy and three-year business plan, along with the charity selection mechanism.  

More recently Clare has supported Javed in articulating the strategy for Race Equality Matters. 

Both in-house and as an external consultant Clare has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She successfully set up Insight teams for the House of Commons and Christian Aid. Clare has also worked with the British Red Cross and the Children’s Society establishing research functions. In 2022 she founded Clear as a Bell, a consultancy with a mission to help socially conscious organisations flourish sustainably  

Clare has used her influencing approach to help clients successfully establish new ways of working, introduce innovative strategies and ambitious business plans. She supports her clients to improve performance by embedding strategic insight across teams, from service operations to fundraising, business planning and reporting. 

Clare is trustee with responsibility for impact and fundraising at World Villages for Children, a charity providing secondary education for the poorest children in the world on 3 continents. 

“Fundamentally it was really important. … The Pillars are now the mantra. People understand it. All the work fits and the initiatives fit well into it. 

Caroline Wright, CEO, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity. 


“Clare brings a wealth of experience from the strategic roles she has held over the years.”  

Haddy Davies, Certified Chemical Engineer, Johnson Matthey,

Some of the EXPERTS who have given advice

Dame Fiona WoolfEx Lord Mayor of the City of London
Matt SparkesLinklatersHead of CSR
Pauline McNulty Enabling Sustainable SuccessCoach - Advsior - Advocate
Nicholas CheffingsHogan LovellsEx Global Chair
Nick WrightUBSDirector
Michael KissmanIHGHead of Comms & public Affairs
Clare BambergerHouse of CommonsHead of Insight
Mike KellyEx - KPMGEx Head of CSR
Joe JenkinsThe Children SocietyExecutive Director
Jason SuckelyMake a Wish FoundationCEO
Donna RoberstonModern MuseCEO
Andrew BerwickThe Access ProjectEx CEO
Claire LeachArgus MediaGlobal Program Manager
Jonathan AndrewsRemarkable PartnershipsFounder & MD
Saul HeseldenStroke AssociationHead of Corporate Partnerships
Harvir SanghaDoyenneFounder
Svetlana KirovCarers TrustDirector
Mel HilbrownSTANTAExecutive Director

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