Meet Our People

Verena Hefti – Founder, Leaders Plus

Verena Hefti has run highly successful leadership development programmes and events for 10 years in  Switzerland, Denmark and the UK.

Most recently Verena was Regional Director at Teach First, where she redesigned leadership development conferences and delivered leadership training to 400 Teach First participants.

In her spare time, she volunteers as Chair of Trustees at Lewisham Citizens Advice.

After giving birth to baby Naira, she decided to help more new parents stay on the leadership trajectory and set up Leaders Plus. She is a frequent speaker on the issue of supporting working parents and the gender pay gap and has chaired numerous events including in the House of Commons. She has won the Prime Minister’s Points of Lights Award for her work in setting up the Leaders Plus Fellowship.

She graduated with an MA with distinction in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester where she studied gender equality in depth.

Tulip Siddiq – Patron, Leaders Plus

Tulip Siddiq was elected in 2015 and represents Hampstead and Kilburn in London. In Parliament.

She has worked as a Shadow Education Minister and is now a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

She is part of the All Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, the APPG on refugees and the APPG on childcare.

Previously a Councillor and Cabinet Member in Camden, Tulip Siddiq has also worked for Amnesty International, the Greater London Authority and Brunswick Group LLP.

She is a primary school governor, a trustee of Cocoon Family Support charity and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She has two children, Azalea born in 2016 and Raphael born in 2019.

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