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.
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.
Ruth Borthwick was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She is also a Trustee of English PEN.
Ruth was Chief Executive of Arvon between 2009-2019. She has worked with writers for over 30 years in bookselling and publishing, and she co-founded London’s Spread the Word, to encourage new voices to emerge and tell their stories. Ruth was also Head of Literature and Talks at the Southbank Centre, where she brought leading international artists, including five Nobel laureates, to UK audiences, and founded Imagine, the children’s literature festival.
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.
Dave is a Strategic Business Advisor, with more than 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur and managing executives of global technology companies.
As an American national, living in Barcelona for ~20 years with an extensive US and European network (focused heavily in the ICT and mobile space), he has a strong trans-Atlantic and pan-European focus. He mentors entrepreneurs and helps them develop business plans that accelerate revenue growth and/or external infusion of capital. Dave has been involved in more than 15 transactions involving the purchase, sale, merger, or infusion of capital into companies. His speciality is ensuring that the company’s interests are safeguarded where these may be conflicts within the Cap Table. In this endeavour, he implements the proper corporate governance including compliance to all relevant legal requirements and standards, and ensures that there is effective communication between investors and the company
He is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Shenandoah University – Boyd School of Business, where he is responsible for guiding business development both domestic and global. As a guest lecturer at the MBA level, Dave has provided instruction at many European universities, including INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, London Business School, England, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, University of Chicago, USA, and ESADE University in Barcelona, Spain. He has also presented at the Europe’s 500 Conference
He has a BsC in International Finance, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, USA and he is married with three beautiful children and a grandson. Dave spends approximately 2/3rds of his life internationally, and 1/3 in the USA.
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.
Since 2005, Katie has been Chief Executive of three organisations: 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 and 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 assemblies 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 and their two cats. Her favourite sport is table tennis.
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 currently a Trustee of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery Trust and Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Dean and Canons of Windsor.
Hetan is Chief Executive of the British Academy, the national academy for humanities and social sciences. He is visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London. Hetan is chair of the Friends Provident Foundation, a grant making trust, and deputy chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute, which focuses upon how to ensure artificial intelligence and data are used for public good.
David is the Executive Chairman of the Celestial Group, a London-based private investment firm.
He founded a UK based advisory firm which he merged in 2006 with a leading US consulting and private equity firm. David later founded a data technology business, which he sold in 2013.
He is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Switzerland-based Holy Fashion Group and is a former Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of Kleinwort Benson Bank.
David is a Council Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and non-executive director of Pitch@Palace, a forum established in 2014 to support entrepreneurs and technology start-ups in the UK and overseas.
Robert Barclay Woods, CBE is the chairman of P&O Ferries & DP World Southampton, and was 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.
In 1971 he joined P&O General Cargo Division. He was then seconded to J Swire & Sons, Tokyo.
In 1980 he transferred to Overseas Containers Limited (later P&O Containers Limited), heading the Company’s Gulf headquarters in Dubai. Returning to the United Kingdom in 1984 he was appointed General Manager of the Far East Trade.
In 1989 he was appointed Joint Managing Director of OCL. A year later he became sole Managing Director of P&O Containers Limited as well as being made Chairman of Tilbury Container Services (TCS) and Southampton Container Terminal (SCT).
In January 1996, he was appointed to the Board of the P&O Steam Navigation Company and in September that year he was appointed Managing Director of P&O Nedlloyd Limited on the merger of P&O Containers Limited and Nedlloyd Lines BV.
In May 2002 he was appointed Non-Executive Director of John Swire and Sons Limited. In October 2002 he was appointed President of the Chamber of Shipping. He was awarded the CBE in the 2003 and in January 2004 he was appointed Chief Executive of P&O Steam Navigation Co.
Following the takeover of P&O by DP World in 2006, he retired from his executive role. He remains Chairman of P&O Ferries and DP World Southampton and sits on the board for DP World Limited.
In October 2006, he was appointed Chairman of the board of trustees of the Mission to Seafarers.
In January 2007 he was appointed Chairman of Maritime London.
In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University.
In October 2012 he was appointed President of the Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers.
He is Chairman for the Marine Society & Sea Cadets Royalist Campaign.
He is an Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve and is married with four children.
His interests are cycling, driving vintage cars and flying vintage aircraft and field sports.