Chair - Social Mobility Commission

Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE

Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE



Dame Martina was appointed Chair of the Social Mobility Commission on 13 July 2018.

She has been Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust Since 2004, where she has led work to remove barriers that many young people still face, including supporting more than 100,000 young people through ‘Achieve’ - an education programme helping those at risk of exclusion from school - and leading projects to improve young people’s emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Dame Martina oversaw the Prince’s Trust expansion by integrating Fairbridge person development programme and Mosaic, a mentoring initiative, extending links with young people from deprived inner-city areas and those from Muslim communities.

She was previously Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need and of the Association of Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.

Chair - Social Mobility Commission

Responsibilities are:

  • leading the commission, setting its agenda and chairing meetings to provide the best possible progress report on the social mobility strategies and targets

  • ensuring the commission responds appropriately, effectively, and in a timely manner to requests for advice by ministers

  • being an advocate for the social mobility agenda: holding to account and challenging key institutions in areas such as higher education and the professions

  • building and sustaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders, including ministers, senior government officials, representatives from local communities and experts in the field

  • being a public spokesperson for the commission, and ensuring active engagement by all members in the business of the commission