The Rt Revd David Conner, KCVO, was educated at Erith Grammar School and Exeter College, Oxford. Having trained for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, in 1971, he became Chaplain of St Edward’s School, Oxford and, later, also Team Vicar of Summertown-with-Wolvercote. From 1980-86 he was Senior Chaplain of Winchester College and, for much of this period, Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Winchester. He was Vicar of Great St Mary’s, the University Church of Cambridge, from 1987-94, and Rural Dean of Cambridge from 1989-94. In February, 1994, he became Bishop of Lynn in the Diocese of Norwich. Since 1998 he has been Dean of Windsor, during which time he also held the position of Bishop to the Forces from 2001-2009.
He is an Honorary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and was Honorary Chaplain to The Pilgrims until 2012. He was appointed KCVO in 2010. *retired in July 2023
The Reverend Dr Hueston Finlay read Engineering and Theology at Trinity College, Dublin and pursued his doctoral studies at the University of London. Following ordination, he worked in the cathedral parish of St Canice in the County of Kilkenny, where he acted as Bishop’s Vicar, Diocesan Librarian and Diocesan Registrar. While there he taught theology in the country’s largest boarding school and lectured on ethics and doctrine for the diocesan adult education programme. He then moved to Cambridge when he was appointed as Curate to the University Church and Chaplain to Girton College. More recently he has served as Dean of Chapel, Director of Studies in Theology, and Tutor at Magdalene College Cambridge. He has also held an Affiliated Lectureship at the University of Cambridge, where he taught doctrine. He was appointed a Canon of St George’s Chapel in 2004 and Warden of St George’s House in 2008.
The Reverend Canon Martin Poll was installed as a Canon of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 1 October 2012, with responsibility for the Royal Chapel in the Great Park, and the appointment of Canon Chaplain. In June 2014, Her Majesty the Queen appointed him as a Domestic Chaplain in Windsor and at Easter 2016 he was additionally appointed Canon Precentor in St George’s Chapel.
Martin was born and educated in Enfield, Middlesex, prior to reading English at the University of Kent at Canterbury (Christ Church College) followed by training for the Priesthood at Oxford (Ripon College Cuddesdon).
He joined the Royal Navy in 1990, and served in a number of sea-going and shore-side appointments. In 1994 he was appointed Chaplain to Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and later became chaplain to HMS Invincible, seeing active service in the Gulf during the no-fly operations over Iraq and the former Yugoslavia.
In 2005, Martin was appointed as Staff Chaplain to the Chaplain of the Fleet and took over as Staff Chaplain within the Fleet, with responsibility to Commander-in-Chief Fleet. In 2007 he became chaplain to HMS Illustrious and later appointed Chaplaincy Team Leader within HM Naval Base Portsmouth. He was also at this time a member of the Admiralty Interview Board for prospective chaplains.
In October 2010 he was promoted Principal Chaplain and appointed Archdeacon for the Royal Navy by the Archbishop of Canterbury, being made an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in November of that year.
Mark Powell (aged 58) trained for the ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, after studying chemistry at the University of Bath and obtaining a doctorate on non-narcotic analgesics. From 1985 to 1988, he was Curate at Evesham in Worcester diocese. From 1988 to 1996, he was Vicar of Exhall in Coventry diocese, before moving to St Albans diocese where he was Vicar of Leavesden from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 to 2011, he was Vicar of St Peter, Ealing in London diocese. He became Rector of Melbourne, Ticknall, Smisby and Stanton-by-Bridge in Derby diocese in 2011, and then moved to Windsor to take up the post of Canon in February 2016.
Mark is married to Helen and they have two children, James and Anna. Mark’s interests include liturgy and psychology, music and art; he has a particular interest in alchemy and spirituality.
Chris is a graduate of Edinburgh University and has had a career in agribusiness and the food industry, in general management roles with a core competence in supply chain management. He has had divisional and operating board director roles in procurement, manufacturing and supply chain across Europe for Nestle and United Biscuits.
More recently he ran his own Supply Chain and Change Management consultancy business, having worked with ABF, Northern Foods, RHM and latterly Premier Foods and Burtons Biscuits.
Chris is Vice Chair of Trustees at Thames Hospice and is Trustee and Secretary of The Prince Philip Trust Fund for The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. He enjoys singing with the Windsor & Eton Choral Society and is Deputy Chair. He is Vice-Chair of the Windsor and Eton Society, a Trustee of The Foundation of The College of St George representing the Friends of St Georges, a Lay Steward at St George’s Chapel and a local committee member of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Chris lives in Windsor and sometimes St Andrews with his wife Linda.
Alison Scott-Baumann is a Professor of Society and Belief in the Centre of Islamic Studies in the Near and Middle East Department at SOAS.
Alison is known internationally for her philosophical research and was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for original research on Ricoeur, Kan and Satre (2012-13). She works extensively on Ricoeur, and is an invited member of the Conseil Scientifique of the Fonds Ricoeur in Paris, and board member of three international Ricoeur groups. She publishes regularly on Ricoeur and speaks frequently at international conferences in Europe and the USA.
She is a Visiting Researcher in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department at Lancaster University and a Visiting Researcher at VU Amsterdam University in the Centre for Islamic Theology.
Richard Collier-Keywood was Global Vice-Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 2012 until February 2017 having previously served as PwC UK Managing Partner since 2008. In his final role, Richard chaired the Global PwC Network Executive Team and was responsible for everything from strategy through operations.
Since February 2017, Richard has taken on a number of roles including chairing the School for Social Entrepreneurs, chairing Humentum, a global NGO based in Washington DC, chairing New Forest Care, a child care company specialising in looking after some of the most behaviourally challenged children in the UK, Managing Partner of Nala Ventures & Investments LLP and is a senior adviser to DCMS on the Inclusive Economy.
Richard is a barrister and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Louis co-founded Palamon Capital Partners in 1999 and is the Managing Partner.
Louis has been active in European private equity since 1990 and was formerly a partner at Warburg Pincus in London. He has also been an investment banker with Goldman Sachs & Co and an operating executive in publishing with Time Inc.
Louis is Vice Chairman of Impetus Private Equity Foundation and serves on the Development Board of The Prince’s Trust. He has served on the Board of the BVCA and as Chairman of its Research Advisory Board. He is also a founding Trustee of the Educational Endowment Foundation, a Trustee of the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia and a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy Andover.
Louis sits on the board of seven investee companies.
Louis earned his BA with Honours from Harvard University and his MBA with Honours from The Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.
Katie Ghose is a non-profit chief executive and experienced board member with nearly three decades experience of leadership and management in the UK voluntary sector.
Currently Chief Executive of KIDS, a charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families in England, Katie has also been Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Federation of England, the Electoral Reform Society and the British Institute of Human Rights. Prior to this Katie held public affairs and communications roles in Parliament and in the charity sector at Age Concern England (now Age UK) and Citizens’ Advice. As a barrister in her twenties, she represented migrants and asylum-seekers and went onto fulfil Board roles with several human rights charities, including Asylum Aid, Bail for Immigration Detainees and Stonewall. From 2006-08, Katie was an independent Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission, which was instrumental in persuading the government to pledge an end to child detention in the UK.
Following a St George’s House consultation on democracy in 2014, Katie helped to convene and pioneer the UK’s first citizens’ assemblies, which convened randomly selected citizens in two regions to consider English devolution and present their recommendations to fellow citizens and policy-makers. St George’s House hosted the participants in a successful follow-up gathering, which stimulated a citizens’ assembly on Brexit and helped to embed the assembly model as a means of encouraging reflective and informed deliberation on a wide range of topics.
Katie was appointed to Sussex University’s governing Council as an independent lay-member in 2015 and also serves on the Advisory Board of the university’s Business School.
Katie was born and brought up on the South Coast, studied law at Oxford University and received a Masters in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. She lives in London with her partner, daughter, nephew and their two cats. Her favourite sport is table tennis.
Colleen Harris is a communications professional who has spent 30 years developing and managing communications strategies for Government Ministers, the UK Royal Family and multilateral organisations. Colleen was Press Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales and a Senior Press Officer to the former PM, Baroness Thatcher. She has worked as a Communications Consultant at the WHO and the UN.
Colleen was Director of Communications at the Commission for Racial Equality and Director of Strategy and Communications at the Equality Commission. Colleen works as a Senior Independent Assessor on Government panels and is a media commentator and conference speaker on communications, diversity and the Royal Family. She serves on not-for-profit Board the YMCA (Central) and is a Member of Cancer Research. Colleen is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and is the executive Chair of the Greater London Lieutenancy. She is an Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK and Honorary Patron of Greenwich University’s PR Fraternity.
Hugh is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London and Director University College London Centre for Human Health and Performance. He has published more than 550 papers and has won over eight (inter)national awards.
He obtained a first class BSc in Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Neuropharmacology in 1984, before graduation from the Middlesex Medical School in 1987. He obtained his higher research degree from University of London in 1987 and a MDRes in 1997.
Hugh has chaired two Lancet Commissions on Human Health and Climate Change, and now the 42-institition 27-country Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. He has briefed policymakers (inter)nationally and co-leads the University College London MSc module on Climate Change and Health.
Hugh was a founder member of the UK Climate and Health Alliance. He led the first international meeting on Climate Change, Health and Security and was appointed London Leader by Greater London Authority’s Sustainable Development Commission.
Hugh has contributed to many international ‘COP’ negotiations and led Project Genie, an educational initiative on climate change for children. He also co-led the ITV documentary on Floods and Climate Change in 2020 and initiated the 2022 Regent’s Declaration Process. Hugh was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list, in part his for work on climate change.
John Newbegin is a retired Solicitor. He was General Counsel to C. Hoare & Co and prior to that a Partner in CMS Cameron McKenna. He has been a Non-Executive Director of an insurance company and a Lloyd’s Broker. He is formerly a Trustee of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery Trust and former Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Dean and Canons of Windsor.
Adrian Weller MBE is a Director of Research in Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where he is Programme Director for Trust and Society. He is a Turing AI Fellow in Trustworthy Machine Learning, and heads Safe and Ethical AI at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for data science and AI. His interests span AI, its commercial applications and helping to ensure beneficial outcomes for society. He serves on several boards and previously held senior roles in finance.
Robert Barclay Woods, CBE is Chairman of the UK Boards comprising DP World Southampton and DP World London Gateway. He has been a Director on DP World board since 2013. He has over 40 years’ experience in the shipping and port industry having previously been Chairman of P&O Ferries and formerly the Chief Executive of P&O Steam Navigation Company.
Robert Woods was born in 1946 and educated at Cambridge University, graduating in economics and history in 1968.
He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to shipping. He is an Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve and in 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University.