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Emma Shipp


Emma has been a corporate lawyer for nearly 30 years, most recently as head of Business Services at law firm Hewitsons LLP. Upon qualifying in 1990 she joined Sprecher Grier, a small firm in the City, and became the firm’s managing partner in 2005 growing it through a series of mergers until in 2015 it became a substantial top 50 law firm with the creation of Shakespeare Martineau.  She subsequently joined Hewitsons to help the firm grow its London office and on fulfilment of that project now assists businesses manage their legal spend.

Emma has always been interested in inclusivity and providing people with the skills to achieve their potential.  She has been involved in a number of charities including those that support young people and teach them skills to help break the cycle of long-term unemployment as well as charities dedicated to prisoner rehabilitation.  She has been a governor at Activate Learning for nearly a year and has been impressed by the level of dedication and passion shown at all levels for creating the best environment for students to fulfil their potential.  Since joining she has been appointed to the Audit and Risk Committee and as the link governor for student services.

Emma finds walking therapeutic and has walked the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrim trails through Spain and Portugal which she finds an excellent antidote to the rush and consumerism of working life.