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Speakers

Our speakers are from a diverse background who bring their own expertise to our bespoke programmes. Many at the top of their profession who offer theoretical and practical advice to out participants as to how to advance in their careers.

Baroness Martha Lane Fox
Co-Founder
Lastminute.com and NED, Twitter
Sir Jim O’Neill
British Economist & Former Chairman
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Dame Vivian Hunt
Managing Partner
McKinsey UK & Ireland
Sir Gerry Grimstone
Chairman
Standard Life Aberdeen
Sir Gerald Edgar Grimstone (born August 1949) is a British businessman, the chairman of Standard Life, and chairman of Barclays Bank plc. He previously served as group deputy chairman of Barclays plc, the holding company for the Barclays Group.
Gerald Edgar Grimstone was born in August 1949, in Streatham, London, the son of a carpet fitter father. Grimstone has described his father as a "working class intellectual" and communist.
He was educated at the Whitgift School, Croydon, and Merton College, Oxford, from where he received a degree in chemistry.
Grimstone worked as a civil servant from 1972-86, then as a director of Schroders from 1986-99.
Grimstone has been chairman of Standard Life since May 2007, deputy chairman of Barclays since January 2016, a non-executive director of Deloitte and the lead non-executive director at the Ministry of Defence.
Sir Stuart Rose
Chairman
Ocado
Stuart Rose has spent all his career in retail joining Marks & Spencer plc in 1971. He left to join the Burton Group in 1989, becoming a director in 1993. Following the Group’s demerger in 1997, he became Chief Executive of Argos plc during the bid by GUS. In 1998, he became Chief Executive of Booker plc which was merged with the Iceland Group in 2000. He then became Chief Executive of Arcadia Group plc in November 2000 and left in December 2002 following its sale to Sir Philip Green. He was named Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer plc in May 2004 and became Chairman in 2008, standing down in January 2011. He was Chairman of The British Fashion Council from 2004 – 2008, Chairman of Business in the Community from 2008 – 2010 and a Non-Executive Director of Land Securities from 2003-2013. He is Chairman of Ocado, Fat Face, Oasis Healthcare Group and a Non-Executive Director of Woolworths (South Africa). He is also Chairman of The Healing Foundation, a medical charity.

Stuart was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility and made a life peer in September 2014.
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith
Former CEO
Mitie
Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE is the former Chief Executive of Mitie Group
plc, the strategic outsourcing company. Until recently Ruby was one of a small number of women who held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE. She was also one of the UK’s longest serving CEO’s. During her time at Mitie, Ruby has seen the business grow its revenue from £0.5bn to over £2.0bn, continuing its unbroken track record of profit and revenue growth.

Ruby was born in Lucknow, India. Her family immigrated to the UK when she was 2. She joined Mitie as the Group Financial Director before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer. She was appointed to Chief Executive of Mitie in 2007. Ruby has been an Independent Non-executive Director of PageGroup since May 2007 and also Non-executive Director for UK Government Department for Culture Media and Sport. Ruby is also UK Business Ambassador for UK Trade and Investment as well as Chair of the Public Services Strategy Board for CBI.

Ruby is married with 2 children aged 18 years and 15 years.
Sir Rod Aldridge
Former Chairman and Founder
Capita
Sir Rod Aldridge is a social entrepreneur with over 40 years’ experience in the public, private and third sectors. In 1984, he founded Capita, leading it until his retirement in 2006, and turning it from start-up to a FTSE 100 company. Today Capita remains the market leader in the provision of support and professional services to the government and private sector in the UK, and is the 50th ranked company in the FTSE 100, with a market capitalisation of over £8billion.

Prior to Capita, Sir Rod worked in local government for ten years, becoming a qualified account with CIPFA, and ultimately it’s Technical Director. He served as Chairman of the CBI Public Service Strategy Board at its inception in 2003.

In 2006, Sir Rod established the Aldridge Foundation to further the work of his charitable trust. The Foundation helps young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of and support to a family of twelve entrepreneurial academies and colleges, eight of which are open. These have been established in the North West, London and southern coastal communities.

Sir Rod was awarded an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List, for services to the computer industry, and was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. In 2006, he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012, he received a knighthood for services to young people.
Sir Rod is Chair of The Lowry, the arts and entertainment venue in Salford; Patron and former Trustee of The Prince’s Trust; former Chair of Acorn Care and Education, a provider of special schools across England; and a founding member of the Prince’s Charities Council. He is a Founder Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.
Julie Chakraverty
NED
Standard Life Aberdeen
Julie was appointed Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Standard Life on 14 August 2017, having been a Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC since May 2011 and Senior Independent Director since October 2016. Julie is also Founder and Director of Rungway Limited. Previously she served on the boards of Amlin, Spirit Pubs and Paternoster Insurance. During her executive career, Julie was a Board Member of UBS Investment Bank where she held a number of global leadership positions with a specialist background in digital platforms and fixed income.

The “CreditDelta” portfolio product she founded won industry awards for innovation every year between 2001-2009. In 2015 she was a judge at the London Innovator Awards.

Julie is a Trustee for the Girls Day School Trust and graduated with a first-class Economics degree from St John’s College, Cambridge
Karen Blackett OBE
Country Manager
Mediacom
Karen Blackett has been in media for 22 years and is currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings over £1 billion. Prior to this, Karen was CEO for 5 years.

Karen has been instrumental not only in the success of MediaCom, but in championing diversity throughout the advertising and media industry. In 2012, Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector, where the apprentices qualify for an NVQ in Marketing and Communications.

In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours. Karen has won the Women in Marketing (WIM) Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award, featured 5 times in the Power List of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People (heading the list in 2015, the first business woman to do so), and has appeared in the Woman’s Hour Power List of Top 10 Influencers, and Marie Claire’s Women At The Top Awards.

Most recently, Karen has been appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a UKTI Business Ambassador for No 10. In March 2016, Karen became the President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presenting the business case for Diversity.
Paul Geddes
Chief Executive Officer
Direct Line Group
Paul was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Direct Line Group (formerly RBS Insurance) in August 2009, and since then has led the business through an IPO as part of the divestment from RBS in 2012, and into the FTSE 100 in September 2014. Direct Line is a leading insurer of cars, homes and small businesses in the UK through its own brands (Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Green Flag and NIG) and through partnerships. He is deputy chairman of the ABI Board and a non-executive director of Channel Four Television Corporation. Prior to Direct Line Group, Paul was CEO of RBS Group’s mainland UK retail banking business, following a successful career in multichannel retailing and marketing at leading companies such as Kingfisher, GUS and Procter & Gamble. He read PPE at Oxford.
June Sarpong MBE
TV and Radio Presenter
Sky News
June has enjoyed a 20-year career which has already seen her become one of the most recognisable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic young hosts. June is a media phenomenon and is the only host of her generation that is equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public.

June has also taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 alongside Will Smith she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.

June is the Co-Founder of the WIE Network (Women:Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE first launched in NYC in 2010 and in UK in 2012. This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers from a gamut of industries, previous speakers include: Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi, Iman and many more. WIE supports female excellence and has an alliance of over 200,000 women.

June’s latest endeavour is Ldny, an ethical fashion social enterprise initiative which has a partnership with the United Nations. Ldny launched during UN week at the start of 69th General Assembly Meeting.

June is based in London in 2015 she joined the board of Stronger IN the official campaign to keep Britain in the EU. June is currently a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women and Sky News’s weekly political debate show The Pledge.
Lord Waheed Alli
CEO & Chairman
Silvergate Media & Koovs
Waheed is Chairman of Koovs.com an online fashion retailer in India, and Chairman of
Silvergate Media, which is a media company that specialises in children television. He is also a
director of Olga Productions which makes Paul O’Grady’s television and he is his agent. In the 1990s, Waheed was Managing Director of one of the largest independent production companies in the UK responsible for innovative programming such as The Big Breakfast, Don’t Forget Your Tooth
Brush, TFI Friday. He was also the owner, along with Charlie Parsons and Bob Geldof, of the long running TV reality show Survivor.

Waheed Alli was the founding Chairman of ASOS the UK’s largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer. Under his stewardship the company grew from £4m to £2bn.

Waheed is also a patron of The Elton John Aids Foundation, Chancellor of De Montfort University and President of the National Youth Theatre. He was appointed a working Labour peer in July 1998.
Sir Terry Leahy
Chairman
B&M Retail
Sir Terry Leahy, who is 58, was appointed Chief Executive of Tesco PLC in March 1997 and retired from this position in March 2011. He received a Knighthood for services to food retailing in the 2002 New Year Honours and in the same year was made a Freeman of the City of Liverpool.

Born on 28 February 1956, he was educated at St Edwards College, Liverpool and then went on to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where he gained his BSc (Hons) in management sciences.

Terry joined Tesco in 1979 as a Marketing Executive and was promoted to Marketing Manager in 1981. From 1984 to 1986 he held the position of Marketing Director for Tesco Stores Ltd. He was appointed Commercial Director of Fresh Foods in 1986. Appointed to the Board of Tesco PLC as Marketing Director in 1992, and was appointed Deputy Managing Director in February 1995.
Evelyn Bourke
Group CEO
BUPA
Evelyn was appointed as Bupa’s Group CEO in July 2016. She previously served as Acting Group CEO from April 2016 and CFO from September 2012. Evelyn has a strong track record and extensive experience in financial services, risk and capital management, and mergers and acquisitions. A qualified actuary, she also holds an MBA from London Business School and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the IFG Group in Ireland. Evelyn joined Bupa from Friends Life where she was Chief Executive Officer of its Heritage division. Previously at Friends Provident, she was the Executive Director responsible for strategy, capital and risk and, before that, Chief Financial Officer.
Rt Hon Lord John Reid
Chairman & Former Home Secretary
Institute for Strategy, Resilience & Security
John Reid is the most experienced Cabinet minister of modern times, having held more ministerial posts at Cabinet level than any other politician in recent history. In range of portfolios, and in breadth and intensity of change management across departments, his experience is unparalleled.

In particular he has served in leadership across a range of security-related portfolios in the UK Government including Home Secretary, Defence Secretary, Northern Ireland Secretary, Minister for Transport and Armed Forces Minister. Following almost quarter of a century as a Member of Parliament, in 2010 he was elevated to membership of the House of Lords, the Upper Chamber of the UK Parliament.

He is a Hon. Professor and Chair of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London; a Principal at the Chertoff Group; Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security; Director of John Reid Advisory and a Senior Advisor to the Private sector on Security related matters.

His many awards include a Hon. Doctorate from Stirling University for his outstanding contribution to Public Affairs (2009): Politician of the Year (Spectator, 2006); Minister to Watch (2005); Peace Person of the Year, Northern Ireland (2002) and Best Scot at Westminster (2001).
Fiona Dawson
Global President
MARS Food, Drinks & Multisales
Fiona Dawson has had a long career with Mars, Incorporated. She now serves as Global President of Mars Food, Drinks and Multisales, and is a member of the Mars, Incorporated Leadership Team.

Dawson has a passion for the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship and human rights. She is a member of the Women’s Business Council, where she co-chairs a group seeking to advance women in the executive pipeline.
Baroness Dido Harding
NED & Former CEO
The Court of the Bank of England & Talk Talk
Dido is the new Chairperson of NHS improvement after standing down as Chief Executive of
TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC in May. She also serves as a non-executive director on the Court
of The Bank of England.

Dido previously served as a senior executive director on the Management Boards of both Sainsbury’s and TESCO. Both were in P&L roles here in the UK and abroad. She has also held executive roles at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited. Dido has served as a NED on the boards of The British Land Company PLC and Cheltenham Racecourse and is a former jockey. In August 2014 Dido was introduced as a Peer and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer.
Sir Mike Rake
Former Chairman
BT
Sir Michael Rake, knighted in 2007 is Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital (2017) and Phoenix Global Resources (2017). He is also chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC (2010) and is a director of Worldpay Inc (Chairman Worldpay Group plc 2015-2018) and of S&P Global (2008).

Mike’s business advisory roles include Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce UK, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Engie UK, Advisor to Teneo Holdings, a Senior Adviser for Chatham House and a member of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Global Advisory Board. Mike is a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is also a member of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) Advisory Board, Chair of the Advisory Council for a Blueprint for Better Business and Vice President of the RNIB.

Mike’s former principal roles include Chairman of BT Group Plc, Chairman (both UK and International) of KPMG, Chairman of easyJet, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Deputy Chairman of Barclays and director of the Financial Reporting Council. Mike was the first chairman of the UK Commission for Employment of Skills, Chairman of Business in the Community, a trustee for the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.
Sue Campbell CBE
Head of Women's Football
The FA
Sue Campbell trained as a physical education teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. She then went on to spend four years as a regional officer with the Sports Council (now Sport England) before moving to the National Coaching Foundation (NCF). Following 11 years as the Chief Executive of the NCF, she became Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. In February 2005, Sue became Chair of that organisation. In March 2016, Sue was appointed as Head of Women’s football with the Football Association.

Among many honours, Sue has received 10 honorary doctorates and in June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport.

In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Sue held this position for two terms, and following a very successful Olympics/Paralympics in 2012, she stood down as Chair in April 2013.

In December 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent Crossbench Peer.
Paul Lester CBE
Chairman
Essentra
Paul is Chairman of Essentra, the FTSE 250 global manufacturer and distributor of vital component parts. He is also currently Chairman of Forterra plc and Knight Square Holdings. Previously Paul was Chairman of Greenergy and Forterra, as well as the private equity company backed businesses Survitec, Peveral and Parabis. He also chaired the FTSE 250 Company John Lang Infrastructure Fund, as well as Signia Wealth.

From 2002 to 2010, he was chief executive of VT Group plc, the support services company. Paul held the position of group managing director for Balfour Beatty plc and was chief executive of Graseby plc from 1990 to 1997 following senior management positions at Schlumberger and the Dowty Group plc.
Paul has previously served as president of the Society of Maritime Industries, the BSA and the EEF.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Paul is a life time West Bromwich Albion Supporter.
Rees Aronson
Partner
KPMG
Rees joined KPMG in 1989, has been a partner for 13 years and has focused on the insurance sector for over 20 years. Rees leads a number of major insurance client accounts. For six years he held a number of internal management roles including the Head of FS Audit.

Rees leads a number of external audit accounts including FTSE 100 (Prudential Plc) and FTSE 250 (Hiscox Plc) clients and a number of large private groups (Budget Holdings Ltd). He has extensive experience in the insurance sector dealing with Life, Non Life (retail and London Market) and intermediary clients. He has significant experience of working with listed groups.

Rees has led a large number of advisory projects particularly transactions including IPO’s, rights issues, debt issues and financial due diligence. He has also led a number of projects advising on various aspects of Corporate Governance. Specifically he has acted as the reporting accountant on rights issues for Hiscox and Beazley during their relocation to Bermuda and Ireland respectively and for Prudential during their attempted takeover of AIA. Rees also provided advice to Old Mutual during their acquisition of Skandia and to Winterthur when they sold Churchill Insurance to Royal Bank of Scotland. Rees also spent a year on secondment at the Labour party acting as their Finance Director during the 2001 General Election.

Rees has extensive experience of leading audit and advisory engagements for a wide range of clients including Prudential, Old Mutual, Allianz UK, Clerical Medical, Churchill Insurance, Hiscox, Beazley, Novae, Lancashire, Towergate and Budget Holdings Limited (ultimate parent company of Compare the Market)
Rees has considerable experience in IFRS, UK GAAP, European Embedded Values reporting and SOX reporting. He also has experience with various types of regulatory and client money reporting.
Baroness Denise Kingsmill
Chairman
Monzo Bank
Denise Kingsmill is a member of the House of Lords. Her career has encompassed periods as a leading employment lawyer, Deputy Chair of the UK Competition Commission (the UK’s principle anti- trust agency) and a director of PLC, private, not for profit and government boards. After taking an economics and anthropology degree at Cambridge University, Denise spent the early years of her career in the textile and fashion industry in London and Paris, before qualifying as a lawyer in 1980. Initially, specialising in trade union and employment law she later specialised in UK and European commercial law and handled disputes for the UK’s leading FTSE 100 companies.

In 1997, she became Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission and during her 7 year tenure chaired over 20 economic regulatory enquiries in a diverse range of industries including, banking, automobiles, energy, milk production and cruise liners. Denise headed two Government enquires in 2001 and 2003, into women’s pay and employment and the economic management of labour. In 2007, she led an enquiry into health of fashion models on behalf of the British fashion council and the Mayor of London.

Currently, Baroness Kingsmill is Chairman of Monzo Bank and a member of the Supervisory board of E.ON SE (German Energy company), and a non-executive director of Inditex (Zara). She is on the Advisory Board of the Global Sustainability Forum and is a member of the International Board of the Spanish business school, IESE.

Denise holds a number of honorary doctorates in Law and Business and was awarded the CBE for services to Employment and Competition in 2000.
Anthony Watson
Former CIO & Founder, Chairman & CEO
Nike Inc & Uphold Bank
Anthony is one of Britain’s most successful technology entrepreneurs. Anthony started his career in technology at AOL, First-e Bancorp, Microsoft, Citi and Wells Fargo. He was poached by Barclays in 2009 to be their Managing Director & Chief Information Officer of Europe, Middle East & Global Operations and then later in 2014 by Nike to be Chief Information Officer.

In April 2015, Anthony was hired as CEO by Uphold, a growing financial technology business. Under his stewardship, Uphold (renamed from its original name, Bitreserve), grew from a simple bitcoin exchange with less than 3000 users across a handful of countries into one of the fastest-growing FinTech payment companies in the world, operating across 186 countries, servicing over 121,000 users who transacted over $109 billion in less than 14 months on the platform. Anthony remains a member of Uphold’s Board of Directors and an equity shareholder.

Anthony is in the process of setting up a new next-generation, technology-led global payments bank, UpholdBank, as its Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. In November 2016 UpholdBank entered formal discussions with the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to become an authorised, licensed and regulated bank in the United Kingdom.

Anthony is involved with several charitable endeavours as well as LGBT and progressive activism.
Baroness Gail Rebuck
Chair
Penguin Random House UK
Gail sits on the Penguin Random House Global Board of Representatives and Bertelsmann’s Group Advisory Committee. She was Chair and CEO of Random House from 1991-2013 and a Non-Executive Director of BSkyB from 2002-2012. Gail is currently a Non-Executive Director of Koovs Plc and Belmond Ltd.

Gail chairs the Council of Royal College of Art, the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Quick Reads charity which she founded alongside World Book Day on behalf of the publishing industry. Gail was voted Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year in 2009; was awarded a CBE in 2000; a DBE in 2009 and appointed a Labour Peer to the House of Lords in 2014.
Jo Jenkins
CEO
The White Stuff
Prior to leading White Stuff, Jo had one of the most recognisable jobs in High St fashion responsible for womenswear, lingerie and beauty at Marks & Spencer to support and grow their £4 billion turnover. Jo has a reputation of combining creativity and commerciality to her decisions with a unique understanding of what women want. She was head hunted by M&S to transform their lingerie and beauty portfolio in 2012. Jo immediately grew lingerie sales by expanding their range of large cup sizes through understanding that most women could no longer fit the M&S range. She simultaneously patented and launched a new ‘bra fit’ online app. Her understanding of digital made M&S once again exciting with the overnight try & test experience for customers. Jo also transformed the quality of beauty products plus made M&S a destination experience with the introduction of nail & brow bars and branded gifts. Together these innovations grew beauty sales and increased footfall across all stores. Prior to M&S Jo spent 7 years with Next growing their womenswear product line.
Donald Brydon CBE
Chairman
London Stock Exchange Group
Donald is currently Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group, the Sage Group plc and the Medical Research Council.

Donald brings his wealth of experience gained on the boards of a number of listed companies across a wide range of sectors, as well as his significant knowledge and understanding of the Finance and Insurance industries, gained from his time as Chairman and Chief Executive of both BZW Investment Management Ltd and AXA Investment Managers SA.

Past experience: Donald has also held the post of Chairman at: Smiths Group plc, the London Metal Exchange, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, Amersham plc, AXA Framlington Ltd and Royal Mail plc and is a former Director of Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust plc, Allied Domecq plc, AXA UK plc and Scottish Power plc.

Other current appointments: Donald is currently Chairman of the charity Chance to Shine and Chairman of the Science Museum Foundation.
Delyth Morgan
CEO
Breast Cancer Now
Baroness Delyth Morgan is the Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now. She spent 10 years at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, as the charity’s first Chief Executive, from 1996, before which she worked at Shelter, Workplace Nurseries Campaign and Asthma UK.

After becoming a life peer she was appointed to Government in 2007, when she served as Children’s Minister for the Department of Children Schools and Families, Minister for Intellectual Property and Quality at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills and Government spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions in the House of Lords.

In 2011, Delyth returned to the field of breast cancer at the helm of Breast Cancer Campaign. Having jointly managed preparations for merger of two charities very close to her heart, Delyth was appointed Chief Executive of the newly merged charity, Breast Cancer Now – officially the UK’s largest breast cancer charity – which launched in June 2015.

Delyth now sits in the House of Lords as an independent peer. She is a Fellow of University College London and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Cancer Research and Cardiff University. She is also Patron of Pancreatic Cancer UK and The Sheila McKechnie Foundation, and Honorary President of Cancer 52. In June 2015 she was appointed Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI).
Sir Mick Davis
Founder
X2 Resources
Mick Davies is the founding partner of X2 Mining Resources Limited, an emerging
company in the resources sector. He stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata plc in 2013, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and Metals Company. Previously, Mick was an Executive
Director and Chief Financial Officer of Billiton plc and Chairman of Billiton Coal.

In a personal capacity, Mick is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council of the United Kingdom and is Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Commission of the United Kingdom. Mick is a trustee of the Kew Foundation, which supports the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and is also a member of the Board of Honorary Directors of the Royal Opera House. Prior to settling in the UK, Mick played an active role in Jewish communal affairs in South Africa, where he was born. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Bar Ilan University.
Gurnek Bains
Chairman
YSC
Gurnek is the Co-founder and Chairman of YSC, having established the company in 1990. He works with senior leaders across a range of industries and remains a trusted advisor to some of the most senior leaders in British and international business.

Gurnek is chief author of ‘Meaning Inc: The Blueprint for Business Success in the 21st Century’ (2007). Gurnek has a Degree in Social Psychology and a Doctorate from Oxford University.

He is interested in spread betting, keeping fit, current affairs and photography and is married with 2 children.
Tanni Grey-Thompson
Stellar Gold Medal Winning British Paralympian
Tanni is a Gold Medal winning British Paralympian, her first Paralympics was Seoul in 1988, where she won a bronze medal in the 400m. In 1992 she claimed victory in the London Wheelchair Marathon, the first of six wins over her career and then went on to the Barcelona Paralympics, where she won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800 metres and a silver in the 4x100m relay. It was at Barcelona that Tanni became the first women to break the 60 second barrier for 400m.

Tanni won the 800 metres gold in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics along with three silver medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Tanni returned won another four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800 metres. Her final Paralympic Games as an athlete was Athens 2004, where she won gold in the 100m and 400m taking her medal tally to 11 golds.

Her total Paralympic Medal tally is 11 gold, 4 silvers and 1 bronze and added to that 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals at World Championships. Over her career, Tanni broke 30 World Records on the track.

Tanni has continued to be involved in sport and physical activity. She is a Board Member of the London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Join In. In addition to this she is also a Board Member of several organisations including Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London 2017 Organising Committee.

In 2010 Tanni became an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, taking the title Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. As a working peer Tanni uses her experience and knowledge during debates in the House and she has spoken on a range of issues including Disability Rights, Welfare Reform, and of course, Sport.
Rt Hon Vince Cable MP
Leader & Former Secretary of State
Liberal Democrats
Married to Rachel since 2004. His late wife, Olympia, died in 2001 and their three children are Paul (married to Agnesa Tothova); Aida (married to Stephen Kenny) and Hugo. Vince has two grandchildren: Ayrton, son of Paul and Agnesa, and Charlie, son of Aida and Stephen.

Vince Cable read Natural Sciences and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University.

From 1966 to 1968 he was Treasury Finance Officer for the Kenya Government. After lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a first secretary in the Diplomatic Service (1974-76). He was then appointed Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith, as a special advisor. From 1983 to 1990, Vince worked as special advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal.

In 1990 he joined Shell International taking up the post of Chief Economist in 1995. He has also been head of the economics programme at Chatham House and is a former fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and the LSE.

Vince served as a Labour councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat party. He is currently the Leader of Liberal Democrats and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.
Margaret Hodge MP
Former Chairman
Public Accounts Committee
Margaret Hodge MP is best known for taking on global tax avoiders in her former role as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and for defeating Nick Griffin in the 2010 General Election in her Barking constituency.

In 2003 she became the first Minister for Children and has also served as a Government Minister in the Departments for Culture, Media and Sport; Work and Pensions; and Trade and Industry. Before becoming an MP she was Leader of Islington Council for 10 years. She has 10 grandchildren and enjoys playing the piano, gardening and cooking.
Christine Hodgson
Chairman
Capgemini UK Plc
Christine Hodgson is Executive Chairman of Capgemini UK Plc. She also chairs the Capgemini UK Sustainability Board and the Women’s Business Network. In 2011, Christine was named Woman of the Year at the CWT Everywoman in Technology Awards.

She has worked at Capgemini for 15 years, with her previous roles with the Group including Chief Executive Officer, Technology Services North West Europe, and Chief Financial Officer for both Capgemini UK Plc and the Global Outsourcing Division.

Prior to joining Capgemini, Christine spent four years as Corporate Development Director on the board of Ronson Plc. She joined Ronson from Coopers & Lybrand where she specialised in Corporate Finance after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She gained a first-class honours degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Loughborough University.

Christine sits on the Board of Ladbrokes Plc as well as Business in the Community and MacIntyre Care, a leading charity providing services for individuals with learning disabilities. She is married with one son, George.
Andrew Haldane
Chief Economist
Bank of England
Andrew is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England and Executive Director, Monetary Analysis and Statistics. He is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. He also has responsibility for research and statistics across the Bank. In 2014, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Andrew has written extensively on domestic and international monetary and financial policy issues. He is co-founder of ‘Pro Bono Economics’, a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects.
Claire Harwood
Investment Director
Permira
Claire joined Permira Debt Managers in September 2017. She focuses on originating, leading and executing new investment opportunities across all sectors.

Previously, Claire worked at HIG WhiteHorse for four years originating and executing deals. She also spent five years at Hawkpoint Partners (where she was involved in the Icelandic restructuring in 2009), three years at Société Générale in their Leveraged Finance teams in London and Hong Kong and three years at Barclays.
Sir Simon McDonald
Permanent Under Secretary
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
The Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service is the senior foreign policy adviser to the Foreign Secretary, and responsible for the management of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and our Embassies and High Commissions around the world. Sir Simon McDonald took up his appointment as PUS on 1 September 2015.

Prior to taking over as PUS in 2015, Sir Simon was Ambassador to Berlin for five years. He is a career diplomat with previous appointments including Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown), Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Cabinet Office (2007-10) and Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (Jack Straw).

Sir Simon entered the FCO in 1982 working on the Benelux desk. He has had previous postings in Jeddah, Bonn, Washington and Riyadh. Sir Simon has specialised in the Middle East, Europe and transatlantic relations. In 2003-06, he was ambassador to Israel and in 2006-07 Director for Iraq.

Sir Simon is married to Olivia, they have four children.
Lindsay Thomas
CEO
Sustainable Risks Ltd
Lindsay Thomas is the CEO of Sustainable Risks Ltd a risk and regulatory advisory consultancy. He has extensive experience in financial services, especially regulatory policy, reputation protection and risk management.

Lindsay is a contributor to both the BBC and ITV news commenting on regulatory issues. He has provided briefings or other policy inputs to UK political parties. He provides consultancy to major banks, asset managers and other market participants. Lindsay is also a trustee of KIDS, a national UK young people’s disability charity.

Until 2006, Lindsay was a Director of the Financial Services Authority. His senior FSA roles included directorships of Retail Firms Supervision, Knowledge Management and Authorisation. As a senior supervisor and advisor he has been at the centre of almost every major issue in financial services.
Sly Bailey
Former CEO
Trinity Mirror
Sly was the CEO of the Trinity Mirror for almost a decade, from 2003 to 2012, having previously been CEO of IPC media which was the largest magazine publisher in the UK and at the time the UK’s largest leveraged buy-out. Sly sold the business to AOL Time Warner in 2001 for just under a £billion. At the time it was the largest ever transatlantic media deal. She serves as a Non-Executive Director on a number of boards including Ladbrokes, Greencore Group plc and The London Real Estate Exchange.
Gareth Williams
Non-Executive Director
Saga
Gareth is currently a Non Executive Director with Saga plc, WNS [holdings] Ltd and YSC Limited.

Previously he was Human Resources Director for Diageo for 14 years with oversight responsibility for Corporate Relations. In total, he had 30 years experience with GrandMet and Diageo including 5 years on assignment in the United States. Gareth’s early career was with Ford Motor Company in a number of their Manufacturing and Product Development locations.
Andrea Wong
Former President
Sony Pictures Television & Sony Pictures Entertainment
Andrea held the dual roles of President, International Production for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and President, International for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Based in London, Wong headed Sony Pictures Television’s 18 overseas production companies, creating over 100 shows and more than 1,400 hours of entertainment around the world each year. In her role as President, International for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wong guided the company on matters impacting international production, and champions the studio’s interests abroad.

Previously, Wong served as president and CEO of Lifetime Networks, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, and Lifetime Digital, including programming, marketing, advertising sales, affiliate sales, public affairs, business and legal affairs, strategic planning, operations and research. During her time there she saw Army Wives become Lifetime’s top-rated original series ever and spearheaded Lifetime’s acquisition of Project Runway.

Prior to that, Wong was executive vice president, alternative programming, specials and late night at ABC where she developed shows such as The Bachelor, the U.S version of Dancing With the Stars and the Emmy-award winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Wong graduated MIT with a degree in electrical engineering and received an MBA from Stanford University. She serves on the boards of Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Interactive Corporation and Hudson’s Bay Company. Wong is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She is also a member of the governing board of the British Film Institute and serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.

Jo Bertram
Chief Digital & Strategy Officer
Telefonica O2 UK
Jo has recently joined Telefonica UK (O2) as Chief Digital & Strategy Officer. Prior to this, Jo was the Regional General Manager of Uber's Northern Europe operations, covering the U.K., Ireland, Nordics, Baltics and Benelux. In four years at Uber, Jo grew the organisation from a small London team of three to more than 300 people across the region. She oversaw the launch of Uber in more than 40 cities and towns beyond London; and managed Uber's entry into Ireland, Finland, Denmark and Norway. She has also been an Executive in Residence at EQT Ventures, who she continues to advise.

Jo also has more than eight years of management consultancy experience, having worked for both McKinsey and Accenture. She holds a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA. from INSEAD.
Roger Fagg
Behavioural Economist
Roger is an economist turned strategist. He began his career in the New Zealand Treasury, then moved into Airline Business Planning and teaching postgraduates all aspects of economics. He designed and ran the postgraduate diploma in Airline Management for British Airways before joining Henley Management College in 1987, where for 21 years he taught senior managers macroeconomics and strategy.

Roger is an independent teaching consultant. He has been external examiner to Bath University, worked with the Bank of England, three of the major UK clearing banks, advised a major London recording studio for 15 years, and regularly talks to SME owners in the UK and Europe about economic trends. He is a visiting fellow to Ashridge, Warwick and Henley business schools.

Roger is a practical researcher. He focuses on how the economy really works and on the links between FT100 reward systems, the behaviour of banks and economic instability. He also researches his clients trading environment as a necessary component of his teaching. His book “Making Sense of the Economy” is in its fourth reprint.
He speaks at conferences around the world on the economic outlook and its impact on business. His quarterly Economic Update is sent to 1,200 SMEs.
Maria Albonico
Partner
McKinsey & Co
Maria is a Partner in McKinsey’s London office. She serves clients in leading pharmaceutical companies in Europe, US and Japan and is a leader in McKinsey’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products Practice in Europe.

Maria has worked extensively on commercial and strategy topics in the Pharmaceutical space, where she enjoys tackling, together with her clients, the challenges that the healthcare industry is currently facing. In one recent project, she worked with the senior leadership team of a large multinational pharmaceutical company to transform its go-to market strategy, with a focus on Europe and the US. She also serves Arts clients, building on her passion for creativity and art.

In addition to her work with clients, Maria leads McKinsey’s Women’s Recruiting Initiative in the London office. Maria has a Masters degree in Art Management from the Bocconi University and an MBA from London Business School.
Talita Ferreira
Former Chief Financial Officer
BMW UK
Talita has a high-profile 22-year international career within the automotive and financial services industries, delivering inspirational leadership and strategic change, developing talent and organisational values and establishing proper risk management and compliance structures. She is a Chartered Accountant and qualified as Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors in 2013. Having worked in South Africa, Germany and the UK, Talita has built an international career in the finance and automotive industries. She has experience from KPMG, several South African banks, and most recently as CFO of BMW Financial Services in the UK – where she led the Finance, Strategy, IT and HR areas.

Talita delivers tailor-made programmes, workshops and webinars to help companies and organisations achieve a more engaged workforce, challenge and transform structures, leadership paradigms, cultures, and increase organisational success and individual well-being.
Baroness Margaret McDonagh
Co-Founder
The Pipeline
Margaret McDonagh is a dynamic business woman and member of the House of Lords. She read an article by Alice Thompson in 2012 that explained corporate UK had lost 40% senior female executives in the previous decade and thus co-founded The Pipeline. Its purpose is to increase the number of women at the most senior levels of large organisations.

Margaret passionately believes such organisations are more successful over the long term and therefore looks at this gap as an economic rather than an equality issue. The Pipeline achieves its aim by working with both organisations and individual female executives because if women could do this on their own it would already have happened.

Margaret herself has had a successful corporate career serving as a NED for both Standard Life and Spanish based infrastructure company Abertis -TBI (global airports). Margaret was also the founding Chairperson of Smart Energy GB. She actively supports several charities including serving as trustee of AFC Wimbledon Foundation and is the Chairperson of the Orthopaedic Research & Education Fund, which uses big data to improve outcomes for patients.

By profession, Margaret is a global expert in leading ‘big campaigns’. Margaret ran Labour’s 1997 and 2001 General Election campaigns, which produced the most successful results for any party in Britain’s history. Margaret was also the first female and youngest General Secretary of the Labour Party.
Lorna Fitzsimons
Co-Founder
The Pipeline
Lorna Fitzsimons is a trusted advisor to blue chip companies and Whitehall on gender diversity and developing executive female talent. She is also a Board member of the UK Fashion Textiles Association (UKFT), the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, and a trustee of the education charity, SHINE. Lorna is deeply committed to unlocking women’s potential at the top of corporate Britain and realising growth in the Northern Powerhouse. Lorna was the Founder and Director of The Alliance Project, a £150m public-private partnership to bring back textile manufacturing to the UK, and CEO at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM). She turned BICOM into an internationally renowned centre of excellence. She was also a visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy’s Advanced Research and Assessment Group, and a former Member of Parliament.
Sue Kay
Board Advisory
UCL
Sue has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Masters’ degree in Business and a Masters’ degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD. Her thesis ‘Wilful blindness – narcissist’s at work’ looked at how personality disorders manifest themselves in the Executive suite.

Sue is also on an Advisory Board at UCL where she lectures on organisation design and the ‘Dark side of Leadership’ on two of their MSc programmes in telecoms and business. She is also member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) and the Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society (OPUS).

Sue is an experienced Consultant and Executive coach. Combining her operational and corporate strategy and HR experience, Susan has a proven track record of diagnosing complex organisation problems/change situations and developing and leading large scale interventions that delivered significant business benefits.

Most of Sue’s career has been working in large multi-national corporate businesses; such as BT plc. She has also worked internationally as a Consultant and Executive coach across a range of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, aerospace and bio-medical devices.
Mark Betteridge
Director
BBM Campaigns
Mark negotiated national industry agreements as a trade union officer before bringing his abilities as a communicator and advocate to BBM Campaigns.

Mark uses his understanding of membership organisations to build successful coalitions to support campaigns, securing endorsements from businesses, charities and unions for campaigns as diverse as the Scotland Referendum and telecommunications market reform. His experience and skills are in demand by organisations and campaigns seeking to engage and motivate local communities.

As a former Deputy Leader of a London council with minority political control, Mark was responsible for relationships with other parties. The success of his inclusive approach was recognised with the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council Award for 2013.
Sue O’Brien OBE
Managing Partner
Ridgeway Partners
Sue joined Ridgeway Partners as a partner in 2015 to lead the Retail and HR practice and work with the Board practice team. Previously Chief Executive, and a board member of a listed search firm, she has over 17 years as a practitioner in board advisory services.

Her work within the search industry has focused on board and non-executive appointments in FTSE and AIM listed businesses. With an early career in retail, she was a managing director of a leisure business in the early nineties. She moved into executive search in 1998. In addition to her role at Ridgeway Partners, Sue is a board member of Walpole British Luxury, a founder member of The Women’s Business Council and a Trustee for KidsOut children’s charity. She was awarded an OBE for services to charity and for promoting equality in the workplace, has a role on the board of the Chartered Management Institute and she is also a member of the International Women’s Federation.
Professor Chris Bones
Partner
Good Growth
Professor Chris Bones is Dean Emeritus at Henley Management School and Professor of Creativity and Leadership at Manchester Business School. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Bones is an organisation and change strategist who is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the most influential thinkers of his generation. He has written extensively for professional journals and major newspapers. He published his first book, ‘The Self-Reliant Manager’ in 1994 and contributed to the republished works of Peter Drucker.

Prof Bones’ latest book ‘The Cult of Leadership’ addresses the reasons behind the malaise in leadership and what can be done to restore trust in business. It won the 2012 Management Book of the Year Prize – the first UK winner. Before entering the world of academia Prof Bones had a successful career in industry spanning 30 years. He has also advised the current and previous Governments on M&A and pay.
Simon Gulliford
CEO
Gulliford Consulting LTD
Simon began his career as an academic and was in the early 1990’s Head of Marketing Faculty at Ashridge Management College. He was also a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School and Henley Management College.

In 1992 he set up Simon Gulliford Consulting and since then has undertaken major marketing projects for a broad variety of organisations. In this capacity he was Marketing Director of Sears plc, and spearheaded the relaunch of Selfridges and its extension into Manchester and Birmingham. He also repositioned Wallace.

During the mid 1990’s Simon was Marketing Director of EMAP and during this time developed and launched titles such as FHM, RED and Heat as well as creating and building the Magic Radio brand. In 2000, he became the Chief Marketing Director of Barclays operating across 63 countries. During this period, he put in a new Product Development Process which created significant value both in business banking and wealth management.

For 3 years he acted as Chief Marketing Director for Standard Life and helped manage the brand effectiveness during the financial crisis in which time Standard Life was one of the few organisations to sustain profitable growth. When Carolyn McCall was appointed Chief Executive of easyJet, Simon was drafted in to help develop a new business strategy and construct an entirely revamped marketing function. In addition to these initiatives Simon has enjoyed success across a wide variety of industries and has developed new projects for brands as diverse as Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Aunt Bessie’s, Ginsters, Linn Products and Harper Collins.


Simon has also enjoyed a series of Non-Executive Directorships having been on the Board of St James’ Place, Aegon, Morgan Sindall and William Jackson. As a Non-Executive Director of Aegon plc, Simon has operated as an approved person and as a consequence has been heavily involved with both the FCA and PRA. His expertise was particularly called upon on matters related to treating customers fairly and ensuring the views of the customers were being correctly represented throughout the organisation.

During Simon’s time as Non-Executive Director at St James’ Place, he contributed to the FSA’s review of the business and helped to devise a new set of market strategies that were ultimately considered to be entirely compliant.

Simon became chairman of Hendy motor group during a period of financial crisis. Since his intervention the business has returned to industry leading levels of profitability. New investors have been brought on board, the company has re-banked and a major acquisition has been successfully completed. The company now turns over £620 million, sells 50,000 vehicles represents 11 brands and employs 1134 people. Interestingly he has had a successful career as an entrepreneur having owned and operated a chain of Car dealerships for 11 years.

He brings an unorthodox mix of academic rigour, practical experience and a deep appreciation of how to make things happen at both the most senior level of organisations and at the point where customers interact with organisations.
Helen Pitcher OBE
Chairman
Advanced Boardroom Excellence
Helen holds an MA, LLB (Law), is a qualified psychometric assessor and an alumnus of the INSEAD Challenge of Leadership Programme & the INSEAD International Directors Programme – Corporate Governance Certificate (IDP-C): she is the only UK Board Effectiveness Consultant with this qualification.

Helen has also attended the INSEAD Leading from the Chair Programme. She is an APECS-accredited coach and is also a Fellow of the IoD, CIPD, RSA and a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Helen is recognised as a leading Board Effectiveness practitioner and writes and presents regularly on the subject of the Chairman’s and NED’s role in creating a high-performance board culture and the behavioural aspects of board performance.

Helen is also a leading organisational performance coach and mentor, and works at the most senior level in FTSE 100 and international companies, and in the public sector. She has a worldwide network of alumni whom she has coached over the years.
Margherita Taylor
TV and Radio Presenter
Margherita is one of the best loved faces and voices on British radio and TV, a multitalented presenter able to cover everything from political and cultural issues to what’s hot in the music scene. In 2012 Margherita joined the Heart FM family after nearly two decades at Capital and can be heard on Sunday afternoons, 12-4pm. She continues her weekday Smooth Classics show on Classic FM (10pm-1am), as well as co-hosting the Classic FM Live concerts with John Suchet.

She is a regular contributor on Sky News’ Sunrise, The One Show and Sky Arts, and also fronted their coverage of ‘Rewind Festival 2014’.

Margherita is also heavily involved in the charities The Prince’s Trust and Help A London Child. She started her TV career by hosting such shows as ITV’s junior version of Gladiators, Train To Win, BBC2’s The Ozone and Heartland for Central Television (a mixture of celebrity interviews and music). Margherita then moved on to present the channel’s cult prime time show for young people, Channel 4’s T4 Sunday for three years (March 1999-January 2002), originally alongside her ‘on-screen husband’ Dermot, and then with Vernon Kay.
William Devine
Coaching Practice Lead
The Pipeline
William is an Executive & Systemic Coach working with leaders, senior people and teams across sectors. He is mostly engaged with corporate clients e.g. ‘Big Four’ Professional Service firms, top City Law firms and market leading companies in the Energy, Oil & Gas sector.

William is particularly interested in co-creating systemically intelligent, or ‘big picture’, solutions that are creative and resilient in the face of a 21st century global context of constant challenge and change. William has a background and practice in depth psychology. He is Managing Director of a London based firm delivering solution focussed psychological wellbeing services, training and consultancy, to businesses in the UK and abroad. He works as a Consultant to organisations experiencing major incidents, and has a track record of delivering successful interventions enabling recovery, deep learning and growth. He had a previous career with the Metropolitan Police, is a graduate of the University of London and post graduate of the Roehampton Institute of the University of Surrey.
Karoline Vinsrygg
Partner
Egon Zehnder
Karoline is based in London and is active across Egon Zehnder’s CEO Succession, Board, Industrial, and Services Practices. She also works for private equity portfolio companies. In addition to executive and non-executive search, she provides leadership assessment, succession planning, and accelerated integration support to executives transitioning into new roles. Karoline co-leads the firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Karoline was Chief of Strategy and Organization and a member of the Executive Board of Aker Yards (later STX Europe) – the largest shipbuilding group in Europe, where she was responsible for strategy, business development, communications, and HR. Karoline gained transactional experience from Akers Yards as well as Citigroup, while based in New York and London. She started her career with the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, where she was head of the policy section and a member of the executive team.

Karoline earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Oslo and an MBA from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in the US, which she attended as a Fulbright Scholar.
Andrew Roscoe
Partner & Head of Assessment
Egon Zehnder
Andrew, based in London, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Executive Assessment and Development Practice and is also an active member of the firm’s Board Consulting and CEO practices. After specialising for many years in the energy and industrial sectors, he now also concentrates on CEO and CFO succession and private-equity portfolio leadership. He is devoted to improving team performance and organisational effectiveness and has recently co-written an article published in Harvard Business Review entitled “Turning Potential Into Success – The Missing Link in Leadership Development”

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Andrew worked in the corporate finance department of Cazenove & Co., where he mainly handled M&A transactions involving industrial and financial-service companies. He began his career in a nuclear research laboratory, then designed power plants before concentrating on strategy work in that sector.

Andrew earned a BSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the London Business School. He is very devoted to his large family, which includes two dogs, and makes an effort to stay in touch with friends and relatives. Andrew also enjoys long-distance cycling; recently he completed a trip across Europe in support of a children’s charity.
Philip Collins
Leader Writer and Columnist
The Times
Philip Collins is a columnist on The Times and chair of trustees of the think tank Demos. He is the author of the book “The Art of Speeches and Presentations” and was the chief speech writer to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has since written speeches for many corporate leaders.
Harriet Thorpe
Actress
Harriet is best known for playing Carole Parkinson in The Brittas Empire and Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous, a role she is reprised in the recent movie adaptation.

She has also appeared on television in The Three Musketeers (BBC), The Secret (BBC), Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special+Midlife Crisis, French & Saunders, Girls On Top, Doctors, The Bill and Casualty.

Harriet has also appeared on film in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, The Lady in the Van, Calendar Girls, Suzie Gold, The Calling, Maurice, Life Is Sweet and Greystoke.

West End theatre includes Wicked, Mamma Mia, Great Britain, Cabaret, Crazy For You and Les Miserables. Harriet has also appeared at the National Theatre in All My Sons, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pravda and The Government Inspector; the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; in Gary Barlow + Tim Firth’s musical adaptation of Calendar Girls; and as Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Harriet is ambassador for breast cancer charity Walk The Walk
Matilda Thorpe
Actress
Matilda has worked in theatre, TV, film & live comedy. She is currently playing the mother of Rupert Grint in the comedy, Sick Note, for Sky Atlantic.

Also known for Mandy in TV’s long-running comedy, Desmond’s, BBC’s Robin Hood, & has worked with, among others, Robin Williams & many UK cast members of Whose Line Is It Anyway in comedy improvisation.

She appeared in the West End’s Olivier award-winning, When We are Married, Golden Girls at Leeds Playhouse and recently in the Park Theatre production, Shutters.

Other TV credits include: Eastenders, The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Rosemary and Thyme. Films include Queen of Hearts & Crush.
Charlotte Milligan
Former Journalist
ITV
Charlotte worked in broadcasting for more years than she would care to admit starting out in the BBC. Over the years she had roles on both sides of the camera as producer and presenter. When Charlotte left ITV in 2008 she was Political Editor and Head of Current Affairs at ITV Yorkshire. Most Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers had been on her programmes since the days of Mrs T.

Charlotte now works as a public affairs consultant as well as running media training and presentation skills courses for senior executives in some of the UK’s most successful companies
Debbie Johnson
Mindfulness Teacher & Co-Founder
Being Mindful
Debbie is a mindfulness teacher, trainer and consultant of mindfulness and related disciplines. She runs the 8-week MBSR/MBCT in the public and private sector, as well as workshops in organisations, communities and family settings, and offers one to one mindfulness and relationship coaching. She is an accredited teacher through the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University. Debbie has also trained as a Supervisor with the CIC via Bangor and assists new students on their path to teaching. Debbie has studied extensively in the Shambhala meditation tradition, and taught as a meditation teacher and instructor for many years.

In 2009 Debbie founded Being Mindful with Tessa Watt, one of the first companies in the UK to offer mindfulness courses in London. Debbie follows the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations; this is the Gold Standard model of mindfulness taught throughout the world, and includes continued practitioner development and supervision.

Debbie has been practising for 25 years and has taught mindfulness at meditation retreats in USA and Europe. She recently finished an 18 month world tour as a personal assistant to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, an eminent teacher, writer and thought leader in the field of mindfulness meditation. She has taught in London at BBC, Proctor and Gamble, University of Westminster, Nursing and Midwifery Council, NHS First Steps and Lambeth Council, as well as a range of other workplaces and schools, and currently teaches with the Mindfulness Project in central London.
Stephanie Davies
CEO
Laughology
Over the past two decades Stephanie has gained an unsurpassed reputation for designing and delivering interventions for top-performing teams in various settings and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading voices in happiness and engagement in organisations. Company founder and CEO, Stephanie has developed Laughology into the nations most talked about training and development provider. She has worked on innovative projects and events in the private and public sector. Her wide sector knowledge and consulting experience on all levels means she’s in high demand. Stephanie’s creative and rounded approach to engagement, creating the right culture, happiness at work, continued development, culture change and customer loyalty drives success not only with the organisations she works with but at Laughology too.

Stephanie’s unique combination as an award winning stand-up comedian and her expertise and knowledge in psychology and business makes her one of the most sought-after speakers on the business and after-dinner circuit. She also uses her knowledge to provide consultancy and training programmes for some of the top exec teams in the country, working with well-known blue-chip organisations and government parties.

More recently her passion for engaging people in conversations about diverse working practices has proved successful, with large blue-chip organisations such as O2, RBS and DTZ to name a few inviting Stephanie to talk about the importance of equality in working practices and how to promote this through behaviours and thinking. In 2016 Stephanie was invited to the International Positive Psychology and education conference in Dallas to speak alongside Dr Martin Seligman and Sean Achor. Her client list includes First Direct, Department of Health, giffgaff, EE, and O2, Virgin to name a few. She is passionate about developing organisations and communities where people come first. On top of her busy schedule, Stephanie is often asked to contribute to popular television programmes, such as The ITN news expert for humour, happiness and health, BBC’s Heaven & Earth and is a regular on BBC Radio. Her book Laughology, Improve your Life with the Science of Laughter has received excellent reviews on Amazon, The Guardian book site and Watkins book review.