London is one of the richest parts of the UK, but it is also one of the most unequal, with the highest levels of poverty in the country. An inequality of access to opportunities, education, social networks and facilities exists, partly based on a blend of income levels, family history and support, and geography.

Having a meaningful occupation – be it working, training, studying or volunteering – enhances social inclusion through building self-esteem and the confidence to interact with others.

Occupation is one of the three key dimensions of the Lieutenancy’s strategy: Building bridges for a fairer London. As a convenor we will help enhance the efforts of people, charities and institutions to assist the disadvantaged gain employment, education or practical skills. We will use our influence to recognize and reward the social contributions of people, charities and enterprises to promote inspirational role models. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Council on Occupation was established to deliver this objective.

The Chair of the Council on Occupation is Mrs Sandy Cahill DL.

Following her time as a drama teacher and then theatre Stage Manager, Sandy began her 30 year career in television. She started in Production, working on a variety of shows ranging from major entertainment and comedies to classic dramas. She moved to broadcasting, was a Member of the Channel Four launch team before returning to the BBC in charge of Transmission. Amongst her other responsibilities was management of the Weather Centre and Childrens’ BBC presentation. Finally she became the Controller of TV Operations.

Sandy is currently the Chairman of the Hurlingham Club, a Friend of Wandsworth Prison and a Trustee of the Arts Educational School in SW London. She previously served the Lieutenancy as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Hammersmith and Fulham. Theatre, Bridge and Cornwall are her passions.

Sandy Cahill