Leadership Fellows: Profiles

We are delighted to have 250 active Leadership Fellows


Summary profiles below in alphabetical order, by surname, at November 2018:

ABASSI, Kamran

Managing Director of Care 4 Children, specialist residential care, education and fostering for the most traumatised children

Appointed 2015.  Previously National Operations Director, Advanced Childcare Group (12 years), winner of 48+ Ofsted Outstanding Provider Awards, Criminal Justice Development Officer, Pakistani Resource Centre (4 years)


Senior Vice-President, Fox Entertainment Group, operating through film, TV, broadcast and cable and based in Los Angeles, California

Appointed 2013. Considerable experience in organisational effectiveness, change management, the development of high potentials, curriculum design and programme implementation. Previously Director of Training and Development, Oakwood Worldwide


Director of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement, NHS Resolution, driving customer-focused delivery of indemnity services to the NHS

Also Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing, Westminster Council. Leader in marketing and communications. Previously NHS England and The Pensions Regulator. Lord Mayor of Westminster 2017/18

ADAMSON, Michael

Chief Executive, The British Red Cross, helping people in crisis get the support they need

CEO 2014, previously MD, Operations and other posts. Leadership roles, Royal National Institute for the Deaf and other charities, Senior consultant with Coopers & Lybrand

ADISA, Bukola

Managing Director - Chief Controls Office, Barclays, international banking and financial services

Award-winning senior compliance/financial crime leader. Previously with HSBC, RBS, JP Morgan Chase, Deloitte. Founder/CEO Career Masterclass – enabling career growth for BAME professionals

AHMED, Saeeda

Director, Education Partnerships UK, providing British qualifications, accreditation and knowledge solutions

Also Country Director, Aladdin Street UK, Higher and Further Education Ambassador; Member of 2% Club, Fellow of School for Social Entrepreneurs and Millennium Award Winner 

AHMED, Zareen (Dr)

CEO, Gift Wellness, international company providing natural feminine hygiene products and supporting women in crisis

Chair, The Halimah Trust; CEO, 21st Century Citizen, Formerly CEO, British Muslim Forum. Numerous entrepreneurship and other awards


Managing Director, Citi, global bank providing the full range of financial services

Previous leadership and career roles in Citi. HR experience in other organisations (Fidelity, IPSOS, Quintiles, KingsFund). Fellow of the CIPD


Award-winning entrepreneur and passionate advocate of social justice

Director, Diverse Advice championing Responsible Business, Founding Director at Trading for Good, Executive coach. OBE for services to Equality

AMESU, Sharon

Founder of SA Consulting, leadership development consultancy helping organisations and individuals shape positive leadership legacies

Previously 15+ years as a Criminal Barrister. A proven communicator, now developing a range of bespoke training programmes in the Private, Education and Third Sector


Founder and CEO, Promote PR, specialising in communications for sport and fitness

Chair, Get Berkshire Active; Founding Trustee, Women’s Sports Trust; NED, County Sports Partnerships Network; Member, Suppliers’ Council, ukactive. Previous marketing roles, Quaker Oats and Cadbury. MBE


Chief Executive, BBC Children in Need, making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in communities across the UK

Previously CEO/ Director/ Chair roles with Addaction, Ambition, Parkinson’s Disease Society, Centre for Social Justice. NED Community Alcohol Partnerships, Re-Source Kernow

ASHBY, Cheri

Group Executive Director, Activate Learning Group, a pioneering international education group

Appointed 2016. Head of City of Oxford College; Head of Lifeskills Faculty and A-levels & Business Faculty; Ofsted Inspector.  Winner of three national Beacon awards (two in 2016)


Director of Policy, Planning and Communications, Charity Commission

Appointed 2014. Also Vice Chair, Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years; Trustee, Endometriosis UK. Previously, Head of Information and Communications, Charity Commission


CEO/Owner, International Taste Solutions (ITS), innovative supplier to the food industry

Business Awards 2018, Winner – Small Business of the Year.  Export Business, and High Growth Business categories – Runner-up. Entrepreneur and Investor

BAKER, Helen

Chair, Shelter, campaigning to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland

Appointed 2018. Also Co-Founder/ Chair Charityworks; Trustee The Association of Chairs. Previous Board roles include national housing associations, NHS Trusts and Government arms length bodies


CEO, Tavistock Relationships, a leading charity supporting couples, individuals and families

Appointed 2016. Internationally renowned for developing advanced practice, training and research in innovative approaches towards relationship counselling and couples therapy. Previously Director of Clinical Services

BARKER, William

Head of National Cyber Security Programme - Local, Department for Communities and Local Government

Appointed 2015.  Over 25 years experience working across Whitehall on public service reform, digital and cyber agendas.  Visiting Fellow of Brunel University

BARNES, Alison

CEO, New Forest National Park Authority, conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park

Previously Director, Natural England; led local biodiversity policy within Defra; Head of Advocacy, English Nature. Board member, Business South; SE Forestry. Landscape Institute and RSA Fellow

BARROW, Jennifer

Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility Consultant, inspiring senior leaders, managers and teams to equip them to build inclusive working environments

Leading expert in Inclusion, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility. Previously Head of Corporate Responsibility at the Financial Conduct Authority and global law firm Baker & McKenzie


Director of Economic Consulting, Quantisi Ltd & Chairman, Smart Societies Ltd

Appointed 2015. Fellow at King’s College London. Visiting scholar of St John’s College, University of Hong Kong. Quantisi Ltd fintech/hedge fund startup CEO

BEAUMONT, Charisse

Founder and Artistic Curator, Mahima, providing education, inspiration and opportunity to vulnerable women in Nepal

Managing Director, Beaumont Media Worldwide. CEO and leadership roles in the music industry, international development, not-for-profit organisations and start ups. Global Award Winner.

BELL, Stephen

Chief Executive, Changing Lives, providing specialist support for thousands of vulnerable people and their families

Appointed 2001, CEO Cyrenians, trading as Changing Lives.  Awarded OBE for services to homeless people, Sieff Award, business support for communities, Voluntary Sector Entrepreneur of the year


Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK, accelerating young people’s careers giving them the best start in work and life

Appointed 2015. Previously CEO of OUTstanding, LGBT social enterprise; former Deputy Director-General & Chief Operating Officer, CBI; former Board member, Business Europe, Carbon Trust. Harvard Business School


Co-owner, Addison Taylor Fine Jewellery and Tree of Life Movement, based in Scottsdale, Arizona

To unify mankind through a global spiritual awakening ignited by the realization of the power held by human intention. Chief of Marketing Relations


Co-owner of Addison Taylor Fine Jewellery and Tree of Life Movement

To unify mankind through a global spiritual awakening ignited by the realization of the power held by human intention. Master artist and designer

BERRY, Annabel

CEO Sapphire, Cyber Security Specialists

With 20 years experience in the cyber security industry, Annabel has recently been recognised as one of the most influential women in the UK IT channel


Founder, Catena (Nottingham) Ltd, an innovative business matchmaking network

Leader and entrepreneur. Founded Catena 2012. Previous leadership roles in marketing & business development in leading corporates. Stylist, Stick & Ribbon. Student Mentor.


Director of Customer Experience, Certsure, a leading certification body in the building services sector

Appointed in February 2017. Previously Change Manager in Veolia Water then Head of Customer Experience for Certsure; also a professional dancer


Founder and Chief Executive, The Reasons Why Foundation, a leading through-the-gates mentoring service for people with criminal convictions

Encouraging positive and sustainable change, helping to build new futures away from the anxieties of people’s pasts.

BLAKE, Simon

Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid England, developing the skills needed to look after our own and others' wellbeing

Director, Endsleigh Insurance Services. Trustee, Stonewall. Previous leadership roles with – National Union of Students Group, Diversity Role Models, Brook, Compact Voice, Black Health Agency, National Children’s Bureau

BONE, Elizabeth

Headteacher, Weald of Kent Grammar School, Ofsted ‘outstanding' school with locations in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks

Leader in the field of secondary education with previous roles in Meridian High School, Croydon, Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone, Glyn School, Epsom

BOTT, David

Principal Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, supporting companies extract value from academic research

Also NED, Oxford Advanced Surfaces; Chairman, Oxford Biomaterials; previously Director of Innovation Programmes, Technology Strategy Board; Director of Group Technology, ICI; Executive in Courtaulds and BP

BRAWN, Miranda (Dr)

Founder and CEO, The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation, helping future leaders and increasing global diversity and equality

Multi-award-winning and internationally honoured senior international barrister, finance and diversity executive. Frequent expert appearances in the media. International Public Speaker


CEO, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, leading voice of micro to multinational business, locally, nationally, globally

Range of previous roles within the Chamber, special interest in Inward Investment, worked with top corporates to establish the Thames Valley Inward Investment Portal

BROWN, Denise

Principal and CEO, Stoke on Trent College, Further Education and Apprenticeships across North Staffordshire

Leader in the field of further education management, special interest in curriculum development and quality improvement. Previous leadership roles at South Essex College and GoFurther

BROWN, Micaela

Founder & CEO, Blush & Whimsy, a luxury cosmetics company 'bringing magic into everyday life’

Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer, Inspire People Media & Events. Fellow, British-American Project, Award-winning leadership roles in top corporates and start-ups. Fellow, RSA


Non-Executive Director CS Transform Ltdan authority on internationally recognised transformation standards for Smart Cities

Appointed 2014. Mentor to entrepreneurs developing innovations to improve citizens’ quality of life.  Previously Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions

BURRAS, Stephanie

Chief Executive at Ahead Partnership, a social enterprise company working with the private sector to improve society and boost the economy

Founded in 2006.   Helped 150,00 people connect to opportunity.  Partner, Goldman Sachs global entrepreneurship programme.  Board Member, Leeds Local Enterprise Partnership and University Business School.  CBE 2014

BURTON, Theresa

CEO, Trillion Fund, a renewable energy investment platform, also offering white-label services for peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding

Peer-to-peer / Crowdfunding advisor and consultant. Co-founder Fundit.Buzz, various roles with Swiss Re. Founder of UK Crowdfunding Association. Sloan Fellow, MBA/MSc London Business School


Managing Director, Managed Networking Solutions, Capita, managed connectivity solutions, unified communications and professional service

Award-winning international leader and entrepreneur in the field of telecommunications. NED Axelos. Previous senior roles with BT, KPMG, NED NHS. 100 Women to Watch


Founder, YouinMind, a mental health platform connecting mental health services to those who need them 

Also CEO of Stitch Ltd, a research/ marketing agency and Founder of Social Prescribing technology My Community Referral. Extensive experience with top corporates and public sector


Chief Executive Officer, Changing the Chemistry, charity increasing boards’ diversity of thought to improve effectiveness

Also Independent NED, Faster Payments Scheme Limited; Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (Chair, Quality Assurance); Governor, Fettes College; Vice Chair, Scottish Canals. Awarded MBE in 2017

CHAMP, Lianna

Director, Champ Funeral Services, leading independent funeral service in Lancashire. Author, ‘How to Grieve Like a Champ’

Award-winning family business founded in 1985. Civil Funeral Minister, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Support for the East Lancashire Hospice. Inspiring Women Award 2011


Barrister, Mediator, Facilitator, Coach and Actor

Secretary, Civil Mediation Council; Director IMPRESS, Independent Press Monitor; Trustee NZ-UK Link Foundation; Associate Member, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square chambers. Previously legal adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office


Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Synaptica, an innovation leader in knowledge organisation and semantic discovery solutions

FRSA 1989. Co-founded Synaptica 1995; currently leading business strategy and R&D. Global Knowledge Management Congress Leadership Award 2016. Open data advocate. Founded Post-Truth Forum 2017


Managing Partner, Fox Lewis LLP, global strategic advice and expert consultancy, focused on the healthcare and associated sectors

Leader in the field of commercial law, previous leadership roles with Kennedys Law LLP, Capsticks, Nestor Healthcare Group, Member of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council


Founder, Where There’s Smoke, innovation consultancy of hybrid thinkers focused on growth

International experience in a very wide range of sectors, previous roles in consumer brands and advertising

COLE, Andy

Chief Executive, The Royal Star & Garter Homes, military charity providing nursing and dementia care to the ex-Service community

Trustee, National Care Forum. Chair, Care Cluster, Confederation of Service Charities. Previously CEO Bliss premature baby charity; Leonard Cheshire Disability, British Film Institute, Warwick MBA. OBE

COLE, Chris

Chair of Trustees, Gilead Foundation Charity, rehabilitation centre for those exiting a life of addiction

Founder and Director, Cross Rhythms (Christian radio) and Cornerstone Vision, a publishing, sales & marketing company based in Plymouth. Also Trustee, God TV since 2015

COLLINS, Richard

Founder & Managing Director, Ecobrand, positive communication, reputation and responsibility in a new economy

Leader in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Volunteer, The Green Organisation Awards, Founder of the CSR Accreditation Scheme. Vice President, Buckinghamshire Chamber of Commerce

CONE, Trish McCarty

Founder and CEO, StarShine Corporation, a global knowledge management, strategic advisory and education company, based in Phoenix, Arizona

Founded 2002. Provides design, strategy, resources and implementation for large-scale projects in learning, peace management and community building. Best-Selling Author & Speaker, “Soul of Success”


Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, One Planet Education Networks (OPEN), launched in 2017

A specialist in corporate entrepreneurship and innovation. Also Co-Founder & Director at VEX Ventures and previously Director at Sodexo. Fellow, Royal Geographical Society & RSA

COX, Emily

Director, Public Affairs, Virgin Money, working with customers, colleagues, communities, and corporate partners to make 'Everyone Better Off'

Non-Executive Board Member, Sage Gateshead. Board Member, London Women’s Forum, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. Led the Gadhia Review – representation of women in senior managerial roles

CRABB, Steve

Director, Corporate Citizenship and Consumer Vulnerability, Centrica, international energy and services company

Award-winning leader in the fields of external affairs, stakeholder engagement and government policy. Previous roles in British Gas, government departments, charities and professional bodies

CRAVEN, Patrick

Director of Quality, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, City and Guilds

Appointed 2014. Previously Director of Assessment Policy, Research and Compliance.  Previously Editor-in-Chief, International Journal for eAssessment and Assessment Functions Lead for Cambridge Assessment


Chief Executive, Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE), a leading social enterprise development organisation

Appointed 2004.  Chair Birmingham & Solihull Social Economy Consortium CIC. Social enterprise innovator, visiting Industrial Fellow, Aston University. Previously Director, Upcycle CIC and Buy for Good CIC


Co-founder, TriTectus Ltd, strategic reliance, security and training consultancy

CEO, Association of Super Recognisers; Commercial Director, SecurityExpert Online. JP – Chair, Magistrates Association – Surrey. Award for Public Service. Previous leadership roles security and healthcare sectors.

CURSON, Judy (Dr)

Deputy Director Workforce, Public Health England, Acting National Workforce Development Lead

Public health doctor, previous leadership roles in local and national organisations including board level.  Expertise in workforce planning and development, coaching and mentoring, medical revalidation


Founder and Chairman, Nelsonspirit, a social impact business providing mentoring for leaders and future leaders

30 years’ experience supporting and growing leaders. Business Chairman/NED, runner up NED of the year in the UK. Also Leader-Mentor, International Speaker, Author and Consultant


Professor of Computer Science, Goldsmiths, University of London

Appointed 2006.  Also Pro-Warden International and formerly Pro-Warden Research and Enterprise. Principal Investigator for a range of interdisciplinary research projects. Previously Head of Department of Computing

DADDS, Martyn

Managing Director International, Crisis Prevention Institute, providing workplace training in behaviour management for 1.2 million+ professionals worldwide every year

Appointed 2012. Also host of Restraint Reduction Network, NED of international company The Real Potential, previously MD of RR Donnelley, an $11.6 billion Fortune 250 global organisation

DAHDI, Jeremy

Executive Director, International, City & Guilds, a global leader in skills development

Appointed 2018.  Previously Commercial Finance Director, City & Guilds; Director of Finance, Pearson plc and Head of Finance at both the Financial Times and The Guardian

DALY, Chris

Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, creating marketing advantage for the benefit of professionals, business, and society

Career roles within the Institute. Previous leadership roles with West Wycombe Corporate Entertainment, Central Office of Information (Foreign & Commonwealth Office), Major, Household Cavalry Regiment


Nurse Entrepreneur, faculty member of Shenandoah University, working with organizations focusing on nursing issues and education globally

Member of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, Volunteer for International Council of Nurses, Faculty preceptor to World Health Assembly annually, Senior Clinical advisor to multi-national corporations

DASANI, Bijna K (Dr)

Award-winning leader in the financial services sector. Board advisory and voluntary roles

Previous career in top corporates – Lloyds, Deutshe Bank, Goldman Sachs. TV presenter. One of the top 50 visionary young leaders in business (Henley Business School, 2017)

DAVE, Subash

Founder and President, AGORA EDGE, a soft goods manufacturer based in St Petersburg, Florida, USA

Founded AGORA in 1985. An industrial engineer leading his manufacturing business with “an outside edge”, through rapid growth in an evermore global market

DAVIES, Lesley

Principal & CEO, The Trafford College Group, one of the leading training providers in Trafford and Greater Manchester

Chair, UK Skills Partnership. Board Member, Ofqual. Previous Leadership roles with Pearson, Association of Colleges, Learning & Skills Council


Group Communications, Brand and Corporate Affairs Director, The Post Office

A communications professional at the forefront of The Post Office’s transformation. Previously with Rethink, Ministry of Justice, Foreign Office, BBC News and CNN

DAVIES, Sharon

Deputy Chief Executive at Young Enterprise, equipping young people to discover, develop and celebrate their skills and potential

Background in not for profit youth sector with experience covering negotiation, change management, culture and strategy. Passionate advocate of opportunities for young people, MBA qualified

DAVIS, Cynthia V

CEO & Co-founder, BAME Recruitment, dedicated to achieving highly effective diverse candidate attraction and strategies in leadership roles  

Founded 2015.  Diversity & Inclusion strategist, motivational speaker and winner, Rising Stars Entrepreneur 2017. Professional Business Woman of the Year 2016. Previously cross-sector Talent Acquisition Manager


Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Director of International Programmes, the University of West Alabama

Also former Chairperson of the Department of Behavioural Sciences, with special expertise in the psychology of emotion, learning and motivation, and intergroup relations

DAVIS, Miles

President of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon USA

20th President of Linfield College (as of July 2018); also Coach, Global Good Fund, a leadership development enterprise for social entrepreneurs. Previously Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship



Public policy leader and innovator, served in 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers

Wide range of experience across the public, private and charitable sectors. Previously Director of Strategy, National Citizen Service. International consulting experience with the Boston Consulting Group


Managing Director, Services & Member Experience, British Quality Foundation, the premier organisation representing excellence and performance improvement in the UK

Appointed 2015.  Responsible for strategy and service delivery.  Excellence Assessor and Validator for past 20 years; helping organisations across sectors achieve sustained outstanding performance


Group Chief Executive, Activate Learning Group, a pioneering international education group

Appointed as Group CEO in 2013 having been a college Principal since 1996. A national thought leader in education and Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network


Managing Director, City & Guilds, a global leader in skills development

Appointed 2011, now heading up a global team.  Leading expert on apprenticeships.  Previously Director at learndirect where she helped to shape national policy around e-learning

DREW, Linda (Professor)

Vice-Chancellor, Ravensbourne University London, a world-class specialist higher education institution

Appointed as Director & CEO of Ravensbourne in 2015. Governor of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy. Previously Chair of Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (2012-2015)


Managing Director, Bainton Capital Partners: pushing the boundaries for renewable energy

Thought-leadership, finance and engineering for new and complex renewable energy technology applications, especially community energy, energy from waste, and Cuba

EDGAR, James

Chief Talent Officer, Market Development, Wavemaker, marketing and advertising media, content technology

HR leader, Executive Coach. Charity Trustee, Working With Men. Previous senior roles in top corporates including CDC, Barclaycard, Citi, Ford. MBA University of Warwick


International thought leader on mental health issues 

Former CEO, Mental Health Foundation.  Previously Chief Executive, Homeless Link and Director, National Campaign for the Arts. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. CBE

ELTURK, Freddy

Founder & CEO - Vizidox Solutions, a crypto-signed tamper-proof digital safe for business and public sector organisations

Entrepreneur/Founder of Scrypt Education, Energy Groove Media. Global Head of Technology, SAE Creative Media Institute. Chief Advisor (Broadband Policy), Australian Government


Partner, employment law specialist, Freeths LLP, providing policies, advice and litigation expertise on all employment matters

Employment Tribunal Judge in Wales, independently ranked expert employment lawyer, public speaker, member of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, Committee Member Oxford CIPD


Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University, full service international academic institution

Leader in the field of business and management higher education. Previously Dean of Business and Law, Kingston University, Academic Dean, Henley Business School


Chair, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Non-Executive Director of Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, and Higos Insurance; Board Member of NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy, Portland College and Greater Lincolnshire Economic Partnership


Chief Operating Officer, Opus Energy, the largest non-domestic UK energy company outside the Big Six

Appointed 2017. Full business and P&L responsibility. Previously General Manager, O2 (Telefonica UK); Managing Director, O2 Health; NED, O2 Money. Formerly Director at Centrica and WHSmith


Founder and Chief Executive, Adventure Learning Charity, running outdoor activity centres in the South East of England

Director of Gerutha, an organisation that provides operational support to charities; Trustee of various charities, awarded OBE in December 2016 for services to young people


Director and Founder, The Social Change Agencybuilding movements to create social impact

Appointed 2013. Trustee, MS Society, Previously Do-It.org,  Young Foundation Fellow; 2011 Clore Social Fellow; 2014 Fellow, School of Social Entrepreneurs and 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow


Chief Executive, Berwickshire Housing Association, housing, community projects and social enterprise

Experienced leader of not for profit organisations.  Chair of Resilient Scotland.  Previously Scottish Committee Member on Big Lottery Fund and member of Scotland Economic Partnership


CEO, Danziger Watches, watch brand and social enterprise combined

Founded 2013.  Previously Corporate Affairs & Brand Director, Friends Life Group, following various European and UK leadership roles in marketing and corporate affairs


CEO, Chartered Management Institute (CMI), professional body for management and leaders, improving managers' skills and growing the number of qualified managers

Award-winning leader and author with expertise on gender balance. Previous leadership roles in top corporates. FTSE top 100 women to watch 2015


CEO and Founder, Guild, a private professional messaging app that meets new standards and is easy to use

Leader in the field of digital and marketing. Serial entrepreneur, investor, CEO, chairman and board roles, author. Digital Advisory Board, Age UK


Chief Executive, The Market Research Society, UK regulator and the world’s leading research association

Vice- Chair, Fairtrade Foundation; Trustee, Lowry Centre; various advisory boards. Over 150 awards for advertising and design in a career spanning government, BBC, Shell, Unilever. Awarded CBE 2011


Managing Director, The Wellbeing Project, putting health and wellbeing at the heart of an organisation's agenda

Award-winning leader in the field of organisational performance, resilience and wellbeing. Qualified specialist in neuroscience, mental wellbeing, energy management and health promotion


Director, DSG L&M Consultancy Services, leadership & management specialist in Further Education, Apprenticeships, healthcare & people-centric charities

Launched in 2018. Also Non-Executive Director, Association of Employment and Learning Providers and Campaigns Ambassador, Cancer Research UK. National finalist IOD NED 2018. MBE


CEO and Principal, South Downs and Havant Colleges

Appointed CEO of South Downs in 2015. Now leading the merger process with Havant college.  Over 25 years’ experience in both Further and Higher Education


President and Chief Executive, YMCA of Greater Seattle

Appointed in 2007.  A leading advocate of change in city communities, notably through the Violence Prevention Initiative now being widely replicated across American cities


Executive Director Expansion, Heathrow

Appointed January 2017. Also Non-Executive Director, South East Water. Previously Regulatory then Strategy Director, Heathrow; Group Director, Industry Policy & Regulation, BT; Cable and Wireless


Executive Director of Education at the Jane Goodall Institute

Appointed 2006, and developed the global humanitarian and education programme Roots & Shoots. Previously Head of Education at ProShare and Senior Manager, Financial Times Business


Managing Director, Euronet Payment Services, Ria Financial, one of the largest money transfer companies worldwide

Ria Financial for over 12 years, Chartered Director IoD, previous leadership roles in other financial institutions. Professor of Business Administration and Leadership, Cali, Colombia

GOOM, Nichola

Managing Director, You’re the Boss, resources for people looking for, or providing, care and support

Also Director of Conict since April 2010, providing support to the housing, care and support sectors; previously charity CEO and Trustee, and NHS Trust Governor

GRAY, Jean

Operations Director, Berwickshire Housing Association

Appointed 2008.  A highly innovative leader responsible for more than 100 staff.  Chair of the Scottish Borders Housing Hub and a range of multi-agency bodies

GRAZIER, Richard

Chief Operating Officer, Groupcall, working with UK education leaders to improve the outcomes for all children

Appointed 2017, previously board level positions with Pamoja and Jonas Software. Creative EdTech leader re-thinking how education can be more engaging, inquisitive and sustainable


Partner, EMS Global (based in Bahrain), specialist consultancy working in the Higher Education market

Appointed 2011, career spanning over 30 years in Higher Education. Also Director, ASG Education Consulting. Previously Education Marketing Solutions; Founding Partner & Director, Edintell


Group Executive Director, Innovation and Development, Activate Learning Group

Appointed 2015.  Previously Co-Founder and Director for 22 years of an award-winning financial services consultancy, OAC plc.  Also Chair/ Vice-Chair/ Non-Exec Director of charitable & business Boards


Founder and Director, Cerub PR, specialists in thought leadership

Award-winning leader in the field of public relations. Specialist in PR strategy and reputation management. Employer of the year 2012, Entrepreneur of the Year 2011


Co-Founder and CEO, Cube Video, award-winning video production and animation

Award winning leader and entrepreneur. Buckinghamshire Business First Growth Champion, New Business of the Year 2017 and Young Entrepreneur Finalist Thames Valley Business Awards 2018

HAKIM, Imran

CEO, Hakim Group, portfolio brand, core business in the optical industry. UK Best Company to Work for 2018

Award-winning inventor and serial entrepreneur. 2018 Best Leader in the UK Sunday Times Top 100. Prince’s Trust Founders Circle. Honorary Doctorate for Enterprise and Innovation


Director of Marketing, Friends of the Earth, the UK’s most influential grassroots environmental campaigning organisation

Leader in the field of not for profit organisations. Focused on member/audience engagement and fundraising. Previous roles Tate, Scout Association. Chair, school governing body


Managing Director, Hallam Internet, leading more than 50 digital marketers serving FTSE 100 clients across the UK and worldwide

Award-winning digital marketing consultant, strategist, and public speaker. Leading influencer in the digital world. Fellow of the IDM, Freeman of the City of London. MBE

HALLÉ, Athol

Chief Executive of the Trust for Developing Communitiesimproving lives through community development work in Brighton and Hove    

Appointed 2017 after 11 years as CEO of Groundswell (“out of homelessness”).  Previously Cardboard Citizens and Amnesty International UK. Winner of Kings Fund IMPACT Award 2016


CEO, Centrix Software, a leading provider of workspace computing solutions, a Red Herring Top 100 Global Company

Author, public speaker on IT services and business. Highly Commended Woman of the Year (SME) 2014. Harvard Business Schools Alumna


Founder, Sally Hanson Marketing, delivering high performance marketing campaigns and leadership across multi-sectors

Board Member, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chair, Byte Night/Action for Children, Interim Marketing Director and Consultant. Former roles in leading corporates: Oracle, SAP, SAS


Director of Corporate Affairs, Drax Power Ltd

Appointed 2017.  Previously Director of Corporate Affairs, Heathrow Airport and Director of Communications for the UK Ministry of Justice.  Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

HARRISON, Michelle

Global CEO, WPP Government Practice. Global CEO (WPP) Kantar Public, a global consultancy and research business for public policy

NED and honorary appointments in the public, voluntary and academic sectors, eg NESTA. Female FTSE 250 Board Report ‘Woman to Watch’ (2015)

HAY, Peter

Non-Executive Member of multiple social policy Boards & Board Consultant

Executive member, New NHS Alliance; Board member, Social Care Institute for Excellence and Community Integrated Care. Former Director for People, Birmingham City Council.  Awarded CBE

HEAWOOD, Jonathan

Chief Executive Officer, IMPRESS (The Independent Monitor for the Press), protecting free speech and rebuilding trust in journalism

Appointed 2015.  Also Visiting Research Fellow, University of East Anglia. Previously Founding Director, The IMPRESS Project; Consultant, Save the Children UK; Programmes Director, Sigrid Rausing Trust


Older People's Commissioner for Wales, working to improve the lives of older people in Wales

Also Trustee, Centre for Better Ageing. Previously Chief Executive, Carers UK, and leadership roles with Anchor Trust and Age UK. CBE


Chair, North Oxfordshire Public and Patient Engagement Forum for the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group 

Elected Public Governor, Oxford University Hospitals Trust; Lay Council member ‘Patient Safety Sector’, Royal Society of Medicine; 20 years as School Head. Awarded OBE in 1996


Headmaster, Stiftisches Gymnasium Düren, one of the oldest grammar schools in Germany

Appointed 2014. Inspiring leader with a passion for education. Author of several formative books on the role of modern media in education. Officially appointed leadership trainer

HILL, Janet

Programme Director, Civil Service Disability Inclusion, Cabinet Office

Appointed 2016.  Also, Trustee, Business Disability Forum; Non-Exec Director Metropolitan Police Strategic Inclusion Board. Previously designed a national new deal for jobseekers.  CBE in 2015

HINDS, Jacqueline A

Board Chair & International Liaison, Society of Emotional Intelligence, helping realise, unlock, and release potential

Certified EI coach and leadership consultant, Coach NHS Leadership Academy, Role Model/Trainer Black Training Enterprise Group, Previous roles in consulting and NHS


CEO, Exclusive Business, enabling business through introductions

Appointed 2015. Also Chair of Commercial Committee, Lords Taverners; Board member, Women’s Advisory Board and trustee of NEYWCA.  Previously Exec Director, British Irish Business Network


Head of Resilient Scotland, providing social investment for organisations to facilitate regeneration

Leader in the not-for-profit field of community development and enterprise throughout Scotland. Previous experience with the Big Lottery Fund. Manager, Jessica Trust Programmes


Senior Vice-President, Honda, defining the strategic and tactical direction of Honda’s business services in the European region

Previous roles within Honda, also worked with Johnson Controls, York International, Ingersoll Rand, Msi, PwC, and Grant Thornton. Member ICAEW


Chief Design Engineer, Rolls-Royce plc, “trusted to deliver excellence"

Appointed 2014.  A Chartered Engineer and Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Significant leadership experience in change management.  Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust since 2014

HUDEK, Krysia

Senior Partner, Open Agenda, supporting organisations and individuals through 1:1 coaching and facilitation of 'moving forward' events

Former Fellow, St George’s House. Coach and facilitator, and supporting the Society in developing new leadership products with Pete Ashby


Commercial Operations Director, MediaCom, one of the world’s leading media agencies

Appointed 2016. Previously Board Director for Trading and Associate Director.  One of Management Today’s “35 business woman under 35”, 2015. First Women Awards Finalist, 2016


CEO, The Together Group, creating full-time jobs for ex-offenders and mitigating the chances of re-offending

Business leader with extensive experience of creating, building and managing entrepreneurial and corporate businesses and charitable organisations. NED, consultancy, and mentoring roles.


Chief Executive, Social Change UK, social research and social campaigns in areas such as obesity, smoking, gun crime, environment

Founder, Good&Kind (social impact platform for good deeds and kindness). TedX speaker, Multi-award winning strategic marketeer, Experience with HM Government, NHS

HUNT, Claire

HR Chief Operating Officer, UK Home Office

Appointed 2018. Previously HR Director, Jelf Bluefin; Group HR Strategy, AXA UK; HR Business Partnerships Director and Head of HR Strategy, Metropolitan Police Service


Chairman, Jennings Garsington Ltd, commercial real estate based on core values and a clear purpose beyond profit

Appointed 1986. Also creator of the unique service Jennings Business Mentors. Author of Valuable, a book based on experience of running a values based business

JEPP, Andrew

Managing Director, Zurich Municipal, providing insurance and risk management products to the public sector

Appointed 2016.  Chairman of Tennyson Insurance; Chairman of Sutton Housing Society; Trustee of Zurich Community Trust; previously Director of Public Sector for Zurich Insurance

JONES, Chris

Chairman, Mologic, improving patient care and quality of life through personalised point of care diagnostics

International medtech business leader. Executive Chairman, Elasmogen. NED roles – MediSieve, Deltex, Health Enterprise East. Chair Board of Governors Appleton C of E Primary School.


CEO, Mothers' Union, worldwide Christian membership movement working in communities to help transform lives

Previously with London South Bank University, British Olympic Association, AstraZeneca. Various voluntary roles (eg IoD, OU). International Masters degree in Management. Runner in London Marathon

KASEKI, Jean-Roger

Board Director, Homes for Islington and Equalities and Human Rights Champion

Councillor, London Borough of Islington, member Health & Wellbeing Review Committee; Associate, Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute, London Metropolitan University and Governor, Camden & Islington NHS

KELBIE, Adrienne

Chief Executive, Office for Nuclear Regulation, regulates safety and security across GB's 37 nuclear sites

Patron, Women in Nuclear. Previous Chief executive/leadership and NED roles, including Hull City Council, Disclosure & Barring Service, Accounts Commission.  Focused on developing people/organisations

KHAN, Aina

Managing Director and Solicitor, Aina Khan Law, a unique law firm specialising in complex, often international, family law

Award-winning lawyer. Campaigner, media expert and author. NED, mentoring, and consultancy roles. Previous leadership roles in law firms. Former Liberal Parliamentary candidate. OBE

KLING, Sarah

CEO and Founder, UEVision, Inc, user experience strategy and design company based in San Francisco

Founded 2005.  Also Head of Customer Experience, Moox Inc, the next generation urban bicycle company.  Previously CEO & Founder Whackamole Labs, and UX Consultant, multiple companies


CEO, Indisys Business Solutions, partners in strategy development, execution and  project portfolio management

Co-Founder, Fresh Inspirationa Christian Charity. Previously with Catapult Transport, T -Systems. Volunteer Football coach. Henley MBA alumnus


Founder and Director, Inclusive Professions, dedicated to increasing women and BAME professionals in leadership positions within professional services firms

Management Consultant, inclusive talent strategist, executive coach, organisational development. NED and Chair. Solicitor, Law Society. Previous senior roles in professional services firms (eg DLA Piper, BDO)


UK General Manager and Director of Strategic Partnerships, CurrencyFair.com, the best currency rates for individuals and businesses

Mentor at Virgin StartUp; Advisory Board for Ensygnia, Owen James, Nimbus Ninety and GLG; Former Advisor to the Home Office & HM Treasury

LAWSON, Thomas

Chief Executive, Leap Confronting Conflict, programmes for young people for whom conflict is most likely to turn into destructive behaviour

Leader in the fields of corporate strategy, external affairs, fund-raising, Chair, Centre for Youth Impact. Chair, FTB Lawson (family business). Previous Trustee and non-profit roles


Chief Executive, Advance, providing housing support and employment advice to adults with learning disabilities and mental health conditions

Appointed 2015. Also Board Member, Charityworks, UK Non-Profit Sector’s Graduate Programme. Previously Director of Resources / Deputy CEO and Company Secretary, Advance

LEA, Michelle

Chief of Global Market Development, Doctorlink, seeking to transform healthcare delivery

Previously Chief Operating Officer, 3I Healthcare Ltd and Managing Director SI Solutions. Experienced Executive Board Member.  Winner Business Woman and Business Accelerator of the Year

LEE, Deborah

Chief People Officer, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, global luxury fashion retailer

Leading HR professional. Variety of senior roles during career with BT. Helps others to sparkle a little brighter in their own unique way

LEE, Simon

CEO, Civil Service Sports Council, promoting fulfilling lifestyles by providing sport and leisure opportunities to public sector employees

Extensive leadership experience of international sports stadia and membership organisations. Strategic planning, event management and business development


Director, Social Care Works Ltd., working to improve the choice and quality of services for people who need support

Currently Board Trustee, The Disabilities Trust. Previously Strategy Director, the Orders of St John Care Trust, and Deputy Director, Adult Social Care, Oxfordshire County Council (21 years)

LLOYD, Pablo

Chief Executive, Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School, leading national provider of apprenticeship and leadership programmes

Co-founded in 2014. Also Group Executive Director, Activate Learning Group; Deputy Chair, WorldSkills UK; Non-Executive, Ixion Holdings. Previously COO, learndirect; CFO, the Performing Right Society


Mental health innovator and improver

Led the development of the national improvement model for mental health for NHS Improvement. Extensive experience in women’s and mental health in the NHS. Henley MBA

MacGILL, David

Co-owner, Fisherfield Childcare, a leading early years and childcare provider

Founded the business with Nicky over 20 years ago. Now with a chain of seven nurseries, a before and after school club and one holiday club

MacGILL, Nicky

Co-owner, Fisherfield Childcare, a leading early years and childcare provider

Founded the business with David over 20 years ago. Now developing a more integrated leadership model to help drive up already high standards of childcare

MACLEOD, Charlotte

Business entrepreneur, recently stepped down as MD for an international magazine marketing company after selling the business 

Business Mentor for Aspire and Warwick University Business School. Non-Executive Director for The White Horse Multi-Academy Trust and Arkbound Publishing. Previous background with WHSmith Group

MANNION, Rosarii

National HR Director, Health Service Executive, Republic of Ireland

Award-winning HR Leader in the hospital and healthcare sector. Group HR Director, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Hospitals. Leadership and Executive Coach of the Year


Founder and Chair, IBCS Group, award-winning No. 1 integrator of enterprise mobility systems and Blockchain supply chain solutions in Eastern Europe

Chair since 1988; also Chair, Box Up Crime, CEO, Bar Code Systems, mentor to young entrepreneurs and local Councillor


Founder & CEO, Music in Offices - Creating harmony in the workplace, offering musical solutions to common business problems through leadership workshops, choirs & tuition

Award-winning leader in the arts, bringing business and culture together. Founder/Director, Investec International Music Festival, and Consultant, City of London Festival


Chief Executive, Brook, largest youth sexual health charity

Appointed 2016. Previously Chief Executive of youth charity Ambition, Head of Education & Training at East Thames Group and a Director of Thomas Miller & Co.


CEO, College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, promoting excellence in patient care and safety in Anaesthesia and allied fields

Adjunct Associate Professor, Trinity College. NED Wellness Alliance Charity. Member, Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland. Fellow, Irish Computer Society. Previous leadership roles in professional bodies and healthcare


Director of Communications, Allchurches Trust, one of the UK’s largest charitable trusts

A leading communicator spanning culture, heritage and the creative industries. Previously Deputy Director of Communications, English Heritage, and Head of Corporate Press, Sotheby’s

McKENZIE, Deborah

Director/Chief People Officer at Public Health England, specialising in change management, organisational development and talent management

In 2017, concurrently Director, Civil Service Leadership and Learning at the Cabinet Office and Director/ Chief Officer at PHE. Maintains cross-Government responsibilities re leadership development


People Analytics and Organisational Development, Merck Group, global science and technology company with a passion for forward-thinking discoveries

Leader in the fields of strategy, consultancy, change and project management. Previous senior roles in Sirota, Western Union. Ph.D. Monash University. Author and speaker on injury prevention


Chief Executive Officer, Turnaround International Business Leader 

Former top Executive of Dollar Financial consumer services Group.  Previously Communications and International Director, Financial Conduct Authority; Director of Communications, Department for Work and Pensions


CEO, Nichols plc, multinational soft drinks business, brands are Vimto (global), Feel Good, Sunkist, Levi Roots (UK)

NED,  Finsbury Food Group. Chair, NW Regional Council, CBI. Charitable activities. Member, Advisory Board for the Manchester Metropolitan University School of Business and Law

MITCHELL, Michelle

Chief Executive, MS Society, UK’s leading MS charity who are working to STOP MS

NED NHS England, Trustee, The King’s Fund, Fawcett and extensive voluntary sector experience (including international), Age UK, NSPCC. Harvard, INSEAD, UCL, & 2016 London Marathon. OBE

MORGAN, Michelle

Co-Founder, Livity, a youth-led creative network bringing brands and young people together, for the better

Award-winning Founder of five other businesses, including most recently Pjoys – PJ’s with purpose. EY EOY Winner and Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation. NED and Mental Health Campaigner

NASH, Kate

Creator and CEO, Purple Space, fostering workplace disability networks and resource groups

Acknowledged leader and author in the field of disability opportunities. Ambassador, Disability Rights UK, Consultant on disability to: Post Office, BT, Business Disability Forum. OBE


Global Chief Strategy Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network, innovating the way brands are built

International marketer, experience in media, digital, luxury goods, fashion and entertainment. Previously with BBC, The Depot, MTV. Trustee, (including BBC Media Action), MBA (INSEAD)


Founding Partner, Roy Newey Growth Partnership, business consultancy

A global entrepreneur who has established and led businesses in 15 countries globally. Chairman of many Boards ranging from the Commonwealth Skills Forum to Tranmere Rovers FC

NEWMAN, Joanna (Dr)

Chief Executive & Secretary General, The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Appointed 2017. Also Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London.  Previously Vice-Principal (International) King’s College London; Director, UK Higher Education International Unit; Head of HE, British Library; MBE

NOBBS, Amanda

Local Government Boundary Commissioner for England, conducting reviews of local authority electoral arrangements

Previously Member, Mayor of London’s Water Advisory Group; Non Exec Member, Flood and Coastal Programme Board. Former CEO, Council for National Parks. Awarded OBE 2017


Founder, Chair and CEO, Money Advice Hub, a not for profit community interest company

Leadership roles as Vice Chair, South West Norfolk Youth Opportunities Project, Chair, Institute of Money Advisors, Grant Thornton LLP, Citizens Advice


Founder at The Innovation Beehive, releasing the creative potential of people at work

Vice Chair and HR Director, Islington Arts Factory. Innovation Advisor, Royal Armoured Corps, Trustee/ Advisor positions.  Previously international leadership roles including, ?What If! Innovation, Yum Brands

O’LEARY, Christa

Founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc. international design & lifestyle firm based in Boston, Massachusetts 

Author of international best seller “Home in Harmony”, on creating a nurturing home environment.  Interior designer, lifestyle curator and Hay House Radio Show host

OAKLEY, Gerraint

Managing Director, Curo Homes, a thriving ethical business and leading house-builder in South-West England

Appointed 2014. Committee Member, Construction Excellence South-West. Previously Director, Barratt Homes, MD at Pennant Homes; Director, Coastal Housing Group, Global Property Strategy Manager, Vodafone

OATES, Seamus

CEO,TBAP Multi-Academy Trust, running 9 alternative provision and special academies

Appointed 2011. Previously Executive Headteacher of Bridge AP Academy; member Headteachers’ Board (NW London and South Central England); member Youth Justice Board; awarded CBE 2017


CEO, London Sport, inspiring Londoners to become more physically active

Senior leader, strategy, marketing and content. Trustee, NED, consultancy roles. Previously CEO, Havas Sport & Entertainment, MD, MEC Access (WPP), Head of Marketing, BBC Sport


Director of Communications, The Goodwork Organisation, an ethical creative agency

Appointed 2013. Previously, Director of Communications, University Hospital South Manchester; Communications and Strategy Advisor, Department for Education; Executive Director, Cancer Research UK and BBC Producer


RAF HQ Staff Officer and Trustee of the Armed Forces' Christian Union 

Seasoned military officer, currently posted to the RAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Headquarters. Member, Institute of Leadership and Management; previous experience within the NHS


Co-Founder and Managing Director, Simpleweb Ltd, Venture Tech for early stage startups

Also Non-Executive Director, IdeaSquares, (crowdfunding); Ordoo, digital ordering platform; Trustee, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Co-Founder, Contactzilla, a seamless contact management system


Managing Director of Rainmaking Colab, working with small and medium-sized businesses across the FinTech landscape

Former creator of inaugural education programme for FinTech trade body, top 10 influencer in SME funding (2016), multi-exited entrepreneur, author & former commercial banker

PATON, Chris

Managing Director, Quirk Solutions Ltd, corporate strategy wargaming specialists

Founded 2011.  Former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines advising the Cabinet Office and National Security Council.  Lecturer, London Business School; Fellow, Strategic Planning Society and Author

PEART, Denise

Global Head of Talent Management & Global Functions Capability, The Coca Cola Company

Commercially-driven transformation leader and HR executive. Outstanding track record in leadership with top corporates such as BP, Tesco, GE. Chartered Fellow CIPD

PEAT, Nathaniel

CEO, GeNNex Elite, innovators in modern technology. EY (Ernst & Young) Foundation Patron, Chairman, Jamaicans Inspired UK

Multi-award-winning entrepreneur. News contributor on youth, crime, violence, renewable energy, safety and enterprise. International speaker and coach


Managing Director, Sand Lake Centre for Advanced Dentistry in Florida, USAa decorated Master of Dentistry 

Practising dentistry since 1998, now acknowledged industry leader in cosmetic dentistry; best-selling author, coach to young entrepreneurs and executive producer of documentary “On Me”


Head of Marketing, Vizidox Solutions, specialised in digital document certification and verification using blockchain technology

Specialist in integrated marketing communications, event management and product marketing strategy with international experience in major corporates (eg Centrica and Nordeon Group). Fluent in Vietnamese


Business Mentor and Executive Coach. Marketing and Human Resources Advisor, True Swift Ltd, data management experts

Leader in the field of international executive development. Board Member UNICON Executive Education (USA), Member, EFMD Management Development (Brussels). Previously Director of International Business, Henley Business School


Senior Research Associate Future Dams, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The Future Dams project explores how global capital flows influence the emergence of more sustainable dam infrastructure. Joint Chair of Governors, Hockerill Anglo-European College


Director, Public & Regulatory Affairs (UK), Vattenfall, one of Europe's leading energy companies

Leader in the field of corporate communications. Board Trustee, Global Action Plan (Environmental Services). Previous roles in Centrica, British Gas

POPE, William (Professor)

A leader in environmental technologies, bioscience and health, winning numerous business, environmental excellence, bioscience, health and innovative biotechnology awards

Chairman & Pro-Chancellor of University of Suffolk; Chairman of Society for the Environment, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (and National Chair of Chairs) & Environmental Policy Forum


Founder and Director of Conning Towers, a global Human Resources Specialist Entrepreneur, dedicated to optimising Human Value in Business, Education and wider Society

Established 2001. Also Founder, Engaged For Success CIC, focusing on young adults.  Multiple award winner, inc. Author of the Year, Women4Africa Awards 2013. Extensive experience across USA/ UK/ Africa

PORTER, Natasha

Chief Executive and Founder, Unlocked Graduates, unique development programme training graduates to become inspirational leaders

Founded in 2016. Previously Policy Fellow, Department for Education and Ministry of Justice; Deputy Head of Education, Policy Exchange; Founding Senior Leader, King Solomon Academy


Global Head of HR, Consumer Healthcare R&D, GSK plc. FCIPD

Senior HR professional, international background in pharma, law and electronics. Change & Talent leader, range of strategic roles within GSK since 2008


Partner and Chairman, Blake Morgan LLP, 'Top 50' legal practice across southern England, and Wales

Commercial lawyer with recognised experience in the health sector. Advisor for government, corporates, public and private sector. Special interest in corporate responsibility. Voluntary and charity contributions

POWELL, Andrew

Chief Executive Officer, The Training Room, UK’s largest provider of aspirational education & careers

Appointed 2014. An accomplished international board level executive. Charity Champion of Dreams Come True. Previously Chief Operating Officer with Colt Technology Services

PRESCH, Gareth

Founder and CEO, the World Health Innovation Summit(#WHIS), an international platform set up to support our health services while creating community value

A social entrepreneur and global healthcare strategist.  Adviser to a range of healthcare bodies and winner of Zenith Global Healthcare’s Special Recognition Award 2016


CEO, AGS Airports Ltd, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports

Leader in the field of airport management. Member, Glasgow Tourism Leadership Board. Previous roles at Glasgow, Heathrow, Aberdeen, Stanstead, and BAA. Researching Doctorate, Henley Business School


Principal and Chief Executive of Bedford College

Appointed 1998. Also a Director of Cambridge Assessment, previously a Regional Director of the Further Education Funding Council. Awarded a CBE for services to further education in 2011

PRYCE, Sarah

The Critical Friend, sounding board, coach, catalyst. Strategic, pragmatic approach to unpicking problems, building resilience, and managing change

NED Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust,  Chair, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. Previously Head of HR & OD for RNLI. Specialist in leadership development and leading change


Executive Director of Government Affairs and Devolved Nations for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Previously Associate Director, Edelman; BME Research Unit, Policy Exchange; Chief of Staff to CEO and Strategy Adviser to Chairman, Network Rail; Special Adviser, Conservative Party


People Director, England & Wales Cricket Board, national governing body, supporting the game from grassroots to professional

Experienced HR Director and Executive Coach.  Previous HR experience at Wasps Rugby, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ten years in high profile music companies


Independent consultant, currently working with KPMG and HM Courts and Tribunal Service on their major Reform transformation programme

Formerly Global Head of People Capability, Jaguar Land Rover. Trustee and Director of Ashorne Hill Management College

ROBB, Karen

Partner, Grant Thornton LLP, "shaping a vibrant economy"

Appointed 2006.  Chairman of EMEA indirect tax committee working with member firms across the world. Previously employed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers


Finance Director, Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA), Oxford

Finance Director specialising in supporting Boards of medium sized businesses with managing high rates of growth. Also a college governor and Chair of Audit & Risk

ROBINSON, Philippa

Transformation Lead, Havering Health GP Federation

Previously Director of Operational Transformation, HFH Healthcare; Deputy Director, Commissioning and Hospital Transformation; Turnaround Director and Director of Operations, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group


Managing Director, Justice and Immigration, Serco, providing public services to governments

Transformation/change specialist. Previous leadership roles with Balfour Beatty, Greater Manchester Police, Merseyside Police, Co-operative Group. HM Armed Forces. CBI First Woman of Business Services 2005


Chief Executive, at800 (Digital Mobile Spectrum Ltd), ensuring 4G and terrestrial services can co-exist

Appointed 2013. A Board Director and CEO who is particularly passionate about access to information networks and services. Previously with Nokia Siemens Networks


Chief Executive Officer, Education & Training Foundation (ETF), the national workforce development body for Further Education 

Appointed as ETF’s first permanent CEO in 2014.  Previously National Policy Director, Department for Education. Experienced governor in eduacation. MA, PGCE


Chief Executive, Protocol, leading a nationwide Recruitment House; a specialist in FE & Skills

Leadership and Recruitment specialist for skills sector; Board member, Chartered Certified Accountant and Chair of Youth/Homeless Charity and senior military leader for Youth and Cadets


Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

Also Chair, NHS Clinical Commissioners HR Forum; Vice-President, Healthcare People Management Association.  Previously Director, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

SEPPALA, Richard

A serial entrepreneur based in Florida, whose business helps companies track the ROI (Return on Investment) of their marketing efforts

Founded his “ROI Guy” company in 2005.  Marketing expert, best-selling author and regular press and TV business commentator.  Formerly V-P for top USA care providers


Managing Director, Owen Mumford, international medical devices group

Appointed 2008. A hands-on international director with experience in sales, operations and general management across the medical, industrial, automotive and retail sectors

SHARMA, Kartik

Founder, Agnitio Education, transforming education into more connected student-centric communities through technology-led applications

Founded 2012 in New Delhi & London. Now covering 1,000+ schools & one million+ users; also co-founder Hive Education, previously senior Consultant Deloitte, corporate performance, Nestle


Chief Executive Officer, RSPCA, the oldest animal welfare organisation in the world

Appointed 2018. Also Trustee, Spice Innovations Ltd. Previously CEO, Relate, the UK’s leading relationship support charity. Director, Scope; Senior Manager, Nesta


Chief Executive, Brightside, national social mobility charity mentoring 16,000 disadvantaged young people every year into education and work

Appointed 2015. Also Non-Executive Director, Social Investment Business. Previously CEO, Family and Childcare Trust; Clore Social Fellow; Adviser to international charities supporting disadvantaged young people


Director of Children, Adults and Health, South Gloucestershire Council

Appointed 2018. Previously Director of People, Swansea City and County Council;  Assistant Chief Executive and Assistant Director, Darlington Borough Council; Director of Communities, Swindon Borough Council

SMITH, Bradley

Sales & Marketing Director, Grundon Waste Management,  helping organisations achieve their environmental aspirations

Director, Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company. Director, Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group. Previous leadership roles in Grundon Waste Management

SMITH, Joshua Isaac

Managing Director, AdaptFaster.com, coaching Executives globally and experts in resilience training

International entrepreneur, speaker and creator of bestselling DVD on Yogaboxing.  Specialist in neuroscience-informed approaches to mindfulness and resilience.   Former CEO of telecommunications company in California

SMITH, Mandy

Director of Sales & Customer Service, City and Guilds, a global leader in skills development

Appointed 2014.  Over 16 years’ experience within the organisation, including Head of Sales/ Regional Manager/ Customer Relations Manager.  Previously sales for Total E&P

STEELE, Carolyn (Professor)

Healthcare, Not for Profit, Education, Strategic and Organisational Development. Manchester University, Newcastle School of Law

Keen interest in Mental Health in clinical and management roles up to Regional Director /Director of Strategic Partnerships. Not for Profit sector at DoH

STUBBS, Richard

Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, encouraging the spread of innovation across the health community

Appointed 2017.  Also Non-Executive Board Director, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.  Previously Head of Commercial and International Innovation, NHS England; Managing Director, NHS Global

SWEENEY, Charlotte

Thought leader and specialist in diversity and creating inclusive cultures

Founded independent consultancy in 2012.  Also NED on multiple Boards including Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and City HR Association.  Author & public speaker; OBE in 2017


CEO Thorngate Churcher Trust, residential care and supported housing in South Hampshire

Director, Almshouse Consortium Ltd, Chairman, Trust 2000, Member of ACCA Charities Technical Advisory Group, Winner of Finance Team of the Year 2015 (National Finance Awards)

TAYLOR, Julia (Dr)

Director, ACT Academy, (Advancing Change & Transformation) - NHS Improvement.

Award-winning leader, researcher, and author in the field of healthcare improvement at local, national and international levels. Previous roles in the NHS


CEO Oystercatchers, Executive Committee, Centaur Media, accelerating marketing performance and delivering return on investment

Entrepreneur and international business leader, Marketing specialist, NED and mentor. Trustee and charity campaigner, – founded Oystercatchers in 2010

THOMPSON, Tamar (Professor)

Chair of Health Advisory Board, KM&T, global consulting for business and operational performance improvement

Chair, Royal National College for Blind. Chair, Malvern Theatres. Vice-Chair, Worcester Community Foundation. Formerly Commissioner, Prime Minister’s Commission into the future of Nursing and Midwifery

THOMPSON, Yvonne (Dr)

Chair, The Radio Academy, encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting. The industry’s most powerful body

Award-winning business leader. Founder of WinTrade Week; Board Director, Punch Records; Chair, African-Caribbean Business Network; member, Economic Honours Committee; Women’s Equality Party. Author. CBE

TILLING, Jennelle

Founder and Brand Strategist at Marketing with Insight, building brands, delivering growth, retail, food and beverages sector

Former Global CMO for KFC, Senior Marketing positions for KFC, Pizza Hut, United Biscuits, Nestle, Advisory Board member, Butchie’s. President, Women in Advertising and Communications (2013/4)


Chief Executive Officer, Somerset Care, one of the major care providers in southern England

Appointed 2015.  A business leader, manager, entrepreneur, communicator and consultant with Board-level experience in strategy and corporate governance. Also Director of YourLife Management Services Ltd

UNGER, Michael

Managing Director, Mikkom Ltd, award-winning international supplier to health service providers

Leader in the fields of healthcare and telecommunications. International business development consultant. Previous leadership roles with Datapoint (Europe), Vicorp (UK and Nordic) and TPS (USA/EMEA)

UREN, Sally (Dr)

Chief Executive, Forum for the Future, international, non-profit working towards a sustainable future

Leader in the field of system change and sustainability. Creates impact through strategic advice to leading organisations and via convening multi-stakeholder collaborations. OBE

VALERO, Vanessa Rose

Director of Public and Community Affairs for Trinity Broadcasting Network in Phoenix, producing and hosting broadcast television productions

Oversees multi-platform outreach and philanthropic activities to various communities. Emcee. Board member; Arizona Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, Streetlight USA. Previously commercial model, speech writer (US Politicians)


HR Director, Fujitsu in the UK and Ireland

Appointed 2016. Chief HR Officer latterly with OSN & Ooredoo in the Middle East. Previously HR Director BBC, Vice-President HR at BP

WANG, Rachel

Founding Director of Chocolate Films & Creative Director of www.1000Londoners.com, specialising in producing documentaries and video content

Co-founded 2001.  Member, Guild of Entrepreneurs; Lead Entrepreneur of the Year, Black British Business Awards 2015;  Honorary Doctorate, Middlesex University 2017;Trustee, National Portrait Gallery

WARD, Claire

Director of Public Affairs, Pharmacists Defence Association. Director, Capewells, providing strategic, public affairs and anti-corruption advice

NED, Sherwood Forest Hospitals. Formerly NED Chair of Pharmacy Voice. Member of Parliament (Labour), Vice-Chamberlain to HM Household, Justice Minister. Solicitor, Pattinson & Brewer


Founder and CEO, Corrotherm International, suppliers of heat-resistant metals, nickel alloy piping

Non-Executive Chair/Director, Energy and Utility Skills, Millers Oils, Antech, Hardide, Saudi Joint British Business Council, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Trustee and voluntary positions. CBE

WATTS, Terry

Managing Director, The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Appointed 2017.  Extensive Board level experience. Previously, Group International Director, Activate Learning; Principal, City of Oxford College; CEO, Proskills UK Ltd and Business Manager, IBM UK

WEAL, Wendy

Managing Director, Interface Enterprises, national provider of support and training to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families

Leader in the field of family support services. National Government Advisor, Department for Education, experience of local government, executive coach


Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Acumen CIC, Holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

Founder 2010.  Director, Communities Together Durham & North-East Social Investment Company; Trustee, Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.  Deputy Lieutenant, County Durham. Awarded OBE 2008

WHITE, James

Managing Director, Right Time Recruitment, providing permanent, contract, and contract to permanent workers to the IT and consultancy sectors

Winner of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ 2017. Public speaker. Background in business and IT recruitment


Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Appointed 2015 having been Director of Nursing since 2010. Lead Executive for Integrated Care Exeter, aiming high for citizen health and wellbeing. Previously Director of Nursing at Derby Hospital


Business Coach, Oxford Innovation and Strategic Marketing Adviser in private practice

Also Chair, Chartered Institute of Marketing (Cornwall). Previously Sales & Marketing Director for the Eden Project & Legoland Windsor, executive at the Lego Group


Chair of United Communities in Bristol (social housing provider) and Dorset HealthCare (mental and physical health services provider)

Various Non-Exec Board roles in housing, education and health. A specialist in corporate governance and leadership development working with The King’s Fund and NHS Leadership Academy


Chief Executive, Grovelands, challenging the status quo in the consulting and recruitment industries

Appointed 2010.  Developing highly sector focused teams to increase the business’s growth rate (going up to 6 in Recruiter magazine’s FAST 50). Previously with Heads Recruitment Ltd


Head of Human Resources, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 

Distinguished career in HR, previously at Imation UK Ltd. Valiantly overcame personal adversity to become a multi-medal winner in the British Transplant Games. Chartered MCIPD

WITTS, Simon

Founder and Chief Executive, Aviation Skills Partnership

Appointed 2010.  A highly experienced Executive across transportation operations, engineering, education, skills & training. Previously Director on the Boards of five airlines, including British Airways

WOOD, Roisin

Chief Executive, Kick It Out, football inclusion and diversity campaign, working with clubs, players and grassroots communities

National Council Member, Football Supporters Federation, Lay Magistrate, Northern Ireland Judiciary Service, Previously Head of Diversity, The Football Foundation. Fellow of the RSA. OBE


Director,  Katosi Women Development Trust UK, empowering women in rural Uganda

Founder, AW Consultants, training and coaching. Previously, Owner and Managing Director, InFocus Skills Ltd. Executive development at John Lewis

WORMAN, Dianah

Co-Director, Inclusive Talent Ltd and Associate Diversity CIPD

Internationally recognised specialist in diversity and inclusion at the CIPD for over 30 years. Advisor to governments. Leader of the CIPD Senior Diversity Network. OBE

YOUNG, Claire

Founder and Director, School Speakers, providing inspiring speakers to academic institutions to enthuse, motivate and inform students

Award-winning entrepreneur, government advisor, public speaker and writer. Finalist in ‘The Apprentice’ (2008).  Experienced with Colgate, Palmolive, L’Oréal, and Superdrug


Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Multi-award winning Director and Founder of matchmaking platform SingleMuslim.com and humanitarian charity Penny Appeal. NatWest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year (2017)


Director, Susa Comms, a specialist business-to-business communications and PR agency operating across the facilities management, healthcare, and hospitality sectors

Founder (2016) and Director.  Previously Head of Communications for hospitality giant WSH; handled Group media relations for G4S and Sodexo; previously Head of Communications, the Crown Group