Leadership Fellows: Profiles

Summary profiles of our active Leadership Fellows


In alphabetical order below, by surname, at September 2019:

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

International Leadership Fellow. 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 Membership & Stakeholder Engagement, NHS Resolution and Local Authority Councillor, providing strategic leadership in communities and stakeholder engagement

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

ADJANI, Ariana

Co-Founder, Fine Treatment, a specialised healthcare and medical devices company utilising safe non-invasive Thermobalancing therapy for innovative treatment

Award-winning healthcare entrepreneur and innovator, with two patents, striving to change the world by improving population health globally. Experienced leader. Oxford, Cambridge, LSE alumna

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, Yaseer

Director of Strategy & Organisational Development, Roccia, leading supplier of tiles, bathrooms and kitchens in the Northwest

Award-winning entrepreneur. Leader in the fields of community and diversity. Clore Social Leadership Fellow. Previous CEO, Director and Non-Executive Director roles


CEO, GroupM (Poland), international media group, number one in Poland

International Leadership Fellow. Award-winning leader in the media/communications sector. Previously CEO, Wavemaker, Director, Zenith TV

ALLAN, James

Managing Director, Corporate Banking Foreign Exchange, Barclays, corporate banking to UK and multinational businesses

Recognised leader in the financial services sector. Executive Sponsor, Spectrum, Barclays LGBT network. Supporter, EPA Women in Paytech


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

ALLEN, Samantha

Chief Executive, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, specialist mental health and learning disability services

Chair, NHS Employers Health & Care Women Leaders Network. Top 50 CEOs 2018 (Health Service Journal). Previous leadership roles in the healthcare sector. MBA (Aston University)


Executive Chairman, Cicero Group, international public policy, communications and research agency based in London, Dublin and Brussels

Chair, City of London Fintech Strategy Group. NED, Innovate Finance. Chairman, Coriolis TradeTech. Ambassador Stonewall. Trustee and Advisory roles. Awards and honours

ARNOLD, Richard

Group Managing Director, Manchester United plc, described as the biggest and best football club in the world

Board Member and shareholder, Manchester United plc. Chairman, Manchester United Foundation. Governor, King’s School Chester. Sales and marketing/finance/accountancy roles with Intervoice, GC Europe, PwC

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 bakery sector

Co-Founder, Takestock, e-commerce platform for the food industry. Successful and ‘different’ views on leadership. Committed to environmental causes

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

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


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

International Leadership Fellow. 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

International Leadership Fellow. 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


Director of Customer Experience, for worldwide leader in manufacture of construction products

Appointed in July 2019. Previously Change Manager and Senior Operational leader for 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

BOROK, Tuvia

Co-Founder & CEO, The P3 Network, supporting LGBT parents and prospective parents

Executive Director & Senior Legal Counsel, Goldman Sachs. Award-winning advocate of diversity and inclusion


Director, Diversity and Inclusion (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa), EY, global leader in assurance, tax and advisory services

Intrapreneur within and outwith EY, Advisory roles, Co-author ‘Inclusive Leadership’. Director NAS Academies Trust, Previous HR leadership roles with Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. OBE


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 based in New Mexico, USA 'bringing magic into everyday life’

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

BRUNT, Michael

Publisher and Chief Operating OfficerThe Economist, the leading global current affairs newspaper

Award-winning leader in the field of marketing. Named amongst the Top 50 LGBT Executives in The Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Financial Times


Chief Programme Officer, The Scout Association, helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed in life

Member, Global Student Experience Committee, Heriot-Watt University. Trustee, Tabhair Trust (Economic Empowerment). Previously President of the National Union of Students

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


Global Head of Media, WaterAid, international federation bringing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to all

Leader in the field of media policy for the third sector. Previous roles with MS Society, London Chamber of Commerce, CAFOD, Age UK. Background in journalism


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


Finance Director & Pension Trustee Chair, Network Rail, at the heart of revitalising Britain's railways

Also Non Exec Director, East London NHS Foundation Trust. Previous leadership roles with Shell, Sainsbury’s. Number 15 in the FT 100 Leading Ethnic Minority Executives

CHILDS, Amanda

Group HR Director, Kyocera Document Solutions UK, one of the world’s leading office document solutions companies

Organisational Development Consultant, Optum Health & Technology (UK). HR Professional. Previous leadership career roles with Siemens, Safeway. Mentor


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

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

Managing Director of CSR Accreditation (CSRA) / Ecobrand, promoting corporate social responsibility to build ethical and responsible businesses

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

International Leadership Fellow. 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”


Group Human Resources Director, Clipper Logistics plc, retail logistics in UK and mainland Europe

Award-winning HR professional. Vice-President, Tempus Novo (helping ex-offenders). Executive in Residence, Sheffield Hallam University. Previous leadership roles with Courtaulds Group, Alfred McAlpine

COX, Emily

Group Head of Colleague Relations, Lloyds Banking Group

Chair, CBI North East Regional Council. Board member, The Sage Gateshead (international music venue) and Gentoo, housing association. Previously Director of Public Affairs, Virgin Money. MBE

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, a specialist in corporate entrepreneurship and innovation  

JP – Senior Presiding Magistrate, Chair, Magistrates Association – Surrey. European Business development award, Public Service. Association of Super Recognisers, 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

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


Executive Chairman, Advanced Supply Chain Group, international end-to-end multi-sector supply chain company

Co-led the growth of the company following a management buy-out. Vice-Chairman, Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry. Advisory and charitable roles. MBE

DAVE, Subash

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

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


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

International Leadership Fellow. 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

International Leadership Fellow. 20th President of Linfield College; also Coach, Global Good Fund, a leadership development enterprise for social entrepreneurs. Previously Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship


DAY, Suzanne

Vice-President, Integration Management Office for GSK plc, a global healthcare company, overseeing proposed Joint Venture with Pfizer

Professional transformation and change leader. Previous leadership career roles in GSK covering a wide variety of functions. Former Vice-President, Community Health Integration. FT Leadership Programme

DE CAUX, Robert

Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation, IFS, global enterprise software company

Leader in the field of applied technology – financial services, healthcare, manufacturing. Formerly with Logical Glue, Lehman Brothers. Enthusiast for cross-discipline knowledge and quizzing


Deputy Director, Cabinet Office, building better public services through collaborative leadership

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

DEE, Karen

Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association, the national voice of UK airports

Previous leadership roles with Freight Transport Association, Confederation of British Industry, Road Haulage Association


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


Company Secretary, Dell Corporation, creating technologies that drive human progress

Managing a wide portfolio of multi-jurisdictional companies throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Chair, Dell UK Pension Board. Mentor for Dell STEM Aspire programme


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, Core Assets Children's Services, supporting children and their families, - including adoptive families and careleavers

Appointed 2016. Previous leadership roles in social care including adult residential care, and The Children’s Society. Named on 2018 OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT + Executives List

DONE, David

CEO, RHP Group, multi-award-winning, innovative housing provider and social enterprise

Established RHP from scratch in 2000. Now consistently ranked in top 10 best places to work and IIP Platinum Employer of the Year for 2018

DREW, Linda (Professor)

Creative Education Champion, Non-executive and advisory roles at the interface between creative practice and learning

Chair, board and trustee roles in higher education and the creative industries. Former Vice-Chancellor, Ravensbourne University London. Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper makers


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

DURAN, Jennifer

Global Director, Product Sustainability, RB (Reckitt Benckiser), a global force in health, hygiene and home

Sustainability advocate with over 14 years’ experience in product development, change management and corporate communications. Strong champion of female leaders

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

EDWARDS, Genevieve

Director of External Affairs, MS Society, researching, publishing, campaigning, to stop Multiple Sclerosis

Trustee, The Neurological Alliance. Previous leadership roles in marketing, communications, fundraising, and public affairs at Marie Stopes International, Terrence Higgins Trust, Citigate Westminster


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


Vice-Chancellor, University of Roehampton, 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


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


Chief Executive, Boarding Schools’ Association, championing boarding school education and excellence at home and abroad

Non-Executive Director, Make UK (representing manufacturing). Previous leadership/trustee roles in the healthcare, housing, retail, and media sectors


Group Legal Director, Post Office Ltd, the largest retail network in the UK

Executive Member, Post Office Management Services. Law Society, Solicitor of the Year Inhouse 2018. Stonewall Ambassador. Previously with Zurich Insurance, legal firms in UK, Australia


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


Regional Chief Audit Executive (British Isles, Turkey, Middle-East), Societe Generale, one of Europe’s leading financial services groups

Chair, Heads of Internal Audit Committee, Association of Foreign Banks. Chair, Societe Generale Pride and Allies Network. Previous leadership roles with international financial services organisations

FREER, Steve

CEO and Founder, Tempus Novo, supporting ex-offenders into sustainable employment

Advisor on rehabilitation, Police and Crime Commissioners Partnership Executive Group. Previously Senior Prison Officer, HMPs Leeds and Wormwood Scrubs. Director, Link Agency


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


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


Partner, Head of Pensions, Travers Smith LLP, one of the UK's leading full service city law firms

Expert on pensions, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion. Trustee: JustLikeUs, City YMCA London, Refugees at Home. FT/Outstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Executive worldwide


President and Chief Executive, YMCA of Greater Seattle

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

GOHIL, Sanjay

Partner, Board Practice, Business Services and Private Equity, Wilton & Bain, Interim Management, Executive Search, Leadership & Advisory and Specialist Hires

Multi-award-winning leader in the field of Interim Management provision for leading FTSE, Private Equity Backed, Public Sector and Global Companies


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

GOODMAN, Charlotte

Purpose & People Experience Group Director, Virgin, leading international investment group

Career leadership roles with Virgin, including Virgin Unite (innovative approaches to leadership). Previous roles with leading charities including NSPCC

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

Chief Executive, Viewpoint Housing Association  

Highly skilled and innovative leader experienced in all aspects of Housing, Assets, Development and Care Services.  Previously Operations Director, Berwickshire Housing Association. 

GRAZIER, Richard

President, Community Brands UK, the UK's largest Edtech group: including Groupcall, Eduspot, Wisepay, Assembly and Coscole

Appointed 2017, board level leadership roles in Edtech for 15+ years. Using technology to make a sustainable change and improve outcomes for all children


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

International Leadership Fellow. 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 winner Young Entrepreneur of the year, 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

HALL, Katja

Director of Corporate Affairs, Capita plc, a leading global provider of technology-enabled business services

Former Partner of Chairman Mentors International, Group Head of External Affairs & Sustainability, HSBC, Deputy Director-General/ Chief Policy Director of the CBI


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


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


Group 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

HARE, Dominic

Chief Executive Officer, Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site visitor attraction, focussed property business and a landed estate

Leading strategy across all three business lines – palace, property, countryside. Previously roles with Barclays Capital and Paribas. Chartered accountant with KPMG, specialising in corporate finance


Chief Operations Officer, South Post Oak Recycling Center, full service non-ferrous and ferrous scrap metal recycling in Houston Texas

International Leadership Fellow. Mentor, Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Committee Member. Lakewood Church Business Ministry Leader. Previous Leadership roles at the Walt Disney Company


Director, External Affairs and Social Change, National Autistic Society, creating a society that works for autistic people

Leader in the field of social change, communications, public affairs. Partners national, local government, media, NHS. Previous roles with, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Rethink Mental Illness

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


Global Lead Partner, Enterprise Client Group Aon, delivering data-driven insights and solutions around Risk, Retirement and Health

Leadership career roles, broking and risk consulting with Aon, Marsh; Fellow of Chartered Insurance Institute and Institute of Risk Management; active member Aon’s Diversity and Inclusion work


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

International Leadership Fellow. 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

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


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

HOOK, Lydia

Chief Financial Officer, Community Brands UK, the UK’s largest EdTech group: including Groupcall, Eduspot, WisePay, Assembly and Coscole

Appointed CFO in 2018 transitioning from Managing Director for Eduspot. Board roles in telecoms and software for 10+ years. A passionate leader striving for continuous improvement in the EdTech space


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


Founder and Partner, Project4 Learning Lab, thought leader re company-wide sprint systems for driving up standards and performance

Former Chief Design Engineer, Rolls-Royce. 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, team coach for senior teams and Boards; facilitator of ‘moving forward’ events

Coach and facilitator; Conversations Advisor, Society of Leadership Fellows; former Fellow, St George’s House


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


Group Chief Executive, Key Assets Group, global network of social enterprises delivering flexible children & family social services solutions

International Leadership Fellow. Leader in the field of child protection & alternative care internationally. Director, National LGBT Federation (NFX) Ireland. Award-winning diversity champion


Chief Operating Officer, The Education and Training Foundation, the workforce development body for the Further Education and Training Sector

Leader in the field of business strategy and continuous improvement. Previous director level roles with Rehab JobFiT, Reed in Partnership. MBA Warwick University


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


Co-Founder, The Allbright Group, network that champions women to inspire change through members' clubs, an academy and live events

Board Member, Creative Industries Federation. Previously CEO and COO, Hearst Magazines UK. NED Telecom Italia. Leadership roles, Hachette Filipacchi UK

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

KAPLAN, Andreas (Prof Dr)

Dean | Rector (elected), ESCP Europe Berlin, European multi-campus business school (Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Turin, Warsaw)

International Leadership Fellow. Professor of Marketing. Counted among the top 50 business & management authors worldwide. Focus on artificial intelligence, social media, higher education. Keynote speaker

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

International Leadership Fellow. 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

KOONTZ, Rachel

Vice-President, Research & Development Allergy, Cough Cold, Pain & Cardio & North America, Bayer Consumer Health 

International Leadership Fellow. Previous leadership roles in GSK Consumer Healthcare & Reckitt Benckiser. Experienced R&D leader passionate about consumers


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


Chief Information Officer, BAE Systems, a global defence, aerospace and security company

Previously CIO, GKN (Automotive Division). Management Consultant with Deloitte, PwC, Infosys. Multiple business transformation initiatives at major global organisations, BP, ABB, Adidas, Tetrapak, Nestle


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

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

LESLIE, Marion

Managing Director, Enterprise, Refinitiv, delivering award-winning market data, platforms and services to financial services firms globally

NED UK Hydrographic Office, Trustee Prostate Cancer UK. Global leadership roles in data and technology. Women in Banking & Finance award; FTSE100 Women to Watch


Vice-President, Production & Strategic Development, The Walt Disney Company, making magic since 1923

Also General Manager, Disney Channels, UK & Ireland. Previous leadership roles in Disney and the entertainment sector. Executive Sponsor Pride UK&I


Chief Executive Officer, Lincolnshire Co-operativebringing together ideas energy and resources to make life better in its communities

Chair, Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Lifetime commitment to the Co-op movement. Chair, Co-op Group 2013-2015. Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire

LLOYD, Pablo

Founder & CEO, Visionnaires Part of Capital City College Group, inspiring and supporting business start-ups

Non-Executive Advisor, Recruitment Juice. Previously Chief Executive, Activate Apprenticeships and Executive Director, Activate Learning; Chief Operating Officer, learndirect and CFO, the Performing Rights Society. OBE


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


Managing Director, AB, award-winning employee/internal communications agency

Honoured leader in the field of communications and public relations. Author, podcaster. Previous roles with Barclays, London Stock Exchange


Founder and Director, Influence and Persuade, helping organisations achieve successful change through getting people involved and committed

Leader in the field of change consultancy. Creator of ‘WondrousWomen@Work’ Programme. Previous leadership roles with Capgemini, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Arthur Andersen. Rugby player


Marketing & Communications Director, BACB plc (British Arab Commercial Bank), international wholesale bank for Africa and the Middle East

Strategic international marcomms expert. Previous leadership roles with L’Oréal, Orange. Writer, Lecturer, Linguist

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

Chief Operating Officer, Parfitt Cresswell, law firm providing a wide range of services across south-east England

Non-Executive Director, The White Horse Federation. Previously Managing Director, COMAG Ltd. Career leadership roles in retail, sales and marketing

MANN, Perminder

CEO, Bonnier Books UK, a major publisher, seventeen imprints across a wide variety of genres for different ages

Previous leadership roles within Bonnier Books. Career posts with Flair Leisure Products, Phidal, Hinkler, Transworld and, Macmillan


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


Director, Fitness to Practise, Nursing and Midwifery Councilthe regulator for the United Kingdom, promoting better, safer care

Career in public service. Previous leadership roles in higher education management. Non-executive director of a student housing company


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

International Leadership Fellow. 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


CEO, Sodexo Justice Services, global leader in quality of life services

Trustee, Safer London. Trustee, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. Director, Business Services Association. Previously, Director, HMP Bronzefield


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


Chief Executive Officer, Predictive Black Ltd

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 Officer, Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the world's largest cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research

Also NED NHS England.  Previously Chief Executive, MS Society; Trustee, The King’s Fund. Extensive voluntary sector experience (including international), Age UK, NSPCC. Harvard, INSEAD, UCL. OBE

MORGAN, Michelle

Co-Founder, Livity, and Founder, Pjoys - PJs with purpose

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


Chief Executive Officer, LONDON Advertising, award-winning global agency built for today

UK CEO of the Year 2019. Founding Partner of M&C Saatchi. Published author. Awarded Order of Merit by Knights of Malta for charity work

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


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

NIEVES, Victor

Partner, EMEIA Capital Markets, EY, global leaders in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services

Co-Chair emeritus, Unity LGBTA Network. Member of Advisory Board, OUTstanding. Previous international leadership career roles within EY. Certified Public Accountant, State of New York

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 

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

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

OLCAY, Neslihan (Nes)

CEO, Wavemaker (Turkey), full service international media agency

International Leadership Fellow. President Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Turkey, Chair Education and Training Committee IAB Europe, Previously Chief Digital Development Officer, GroupM Turkey, CEO Maxus Turkey


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 Squadron Leader 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

PAYNE, Teresa

Managing Partner, Parfitt Cresswell Solicitors

Trustee/Director, Home Renaissance Foundation (Think Tank promoting recognition of the importance of home environments). Director, Compliance Manager. Director, Connections B2B (Business Growth)

PEACOCK, Alison (Dame)

Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching, Connecting, informing and inspiring the teaching profession

Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. Visiting Professor, University of Hertfordshire. Trustee, Teach First. Leadership and advisory roles in a range of governmental/ education-related organisations


Currently on a short sabbatical

Previously, Chief Executive, The Lending Standards Board. Track record of achievement in a regulated environment. Previous leadership roles with Nationwide Building Society


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

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


Vice-President HR, PepsiCo Great Britain Ireland & Nordic, global food and beverage leader

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


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


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

RABIA, Fajer

Executive Director at Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE), supporting marginalised social groups in Pakistan and the UK

International Leadership Fellow. Award-winning social entrepreneur in Pakistan and the UK; Chair/ Director of various companies, experienced in supporting local authorities to develop policies for disadvantaged communities


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


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

RIDGE, Helen

Corporate Finance Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, international law firm, Law Firm of the Year 2018 (Lawyer Awards 2018)

Head of Pinsent Masons Manchester Office and Corporate Finance Partner, CBI member. Previous career role with Eversheds

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


Chief Executive, Digital Mobile Spectrum Ltd, a UK joint venture of EE, Telefónica, Three and Vodafone

Appointed 2013. A Board Director and CEO passionate about information networks and services and their impact on society. Previously with Nokia

ROYSTON, Lawrence

Managing Director, Community Brands UK, the UK’s largest Edtech group

Extensive experience in designing software solutions to solve business problems. Now leading the Group which includes Assembly, Eduspot, Groupcall and Wisepay. Self-professed data geek


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

SALEEM, Waheed

Managing Director, Waldoc Ltd., a major provider of GP services in Walsall, West Midlands

Board experience across many sectors; Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands; Non-Executive Director, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Heath FT NHS; Trustee, Midlands Air Ambulance

SALIM, Nadia

Managing Director, Fisherfield Childcare, a leading early years and childcare provider in the North-West

Manager of an Ofsted outstanding nursery in Rochdale, now leading a chain of seven nurseries; specialist in the needs of young children with learning difficulties


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


CEO, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency), Irish Government’s investment promotion and development agency

International Leadership Fellow. Member, National Competitiveness Council and National Skills Council. Previously, Chief Executive, Forfás (Government policy agency for enterprise, trade, science, technology, innovation). Diversity and inclusion champion


Managing Director and Head of Paid Services, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Previous leadership roles with Milton Keynes Council, Worcester City Council. Board Member Milton Keynes University, Place Partnership and Milton Keynes Development Partnership. Museum Trustee


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


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


Programme Director, Digital Workspace, University of Bristolone of the Russell Group of universities

Leader in digital transformation within higher education. Improves organisational cultures and working practices through understanding the social effects of technology. Award-winning champion of the LGBT+ community

SLAPE, Moira

Human Resources Director, Travers Smith, one of the UK’s leading full service law firms

Leader in the field of HR in the legal services sector. Previous leadership roles with Eversheds, White & Case, Linklaters. FCIPD

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

SPARKS, Alison

Legal Director & Company Secretary, Euronet Payment Services at Euronet Worldwide

Leader of European in-house legal team and board director with particular expertise in complex commercial arrangements, payments and regulatory matters on a cross-border and multi-jurisdictional basis

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


Chair, Voluntary Arts Ireland, promoting everyday creativity and people making culture together, wisely and hopefully, for mutual benefit

Converger for International Futures Forum in Ireland. Facilitator of ‘civic conversation’. Previously: Chair, RSA Ireland; various leadership roles in educational development around the UK

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


Founder & CEO, WERKIN, a technology platform to transform the talent pipeline and career development

Award-winning entrepreneur in the science, technology and finance sectors. Previous career roles with Barclays and ANZ Bank. TechWomen 50 Champion. Founder4Schools speaker

SWALLOW, Jenifer

International General Counsel, coach, and operational lead

Focused on consumer-facing tech companies, leadership roles at Yahoo!, Zynga and the fintech TransferWise, including as General Counsel, Company Secretary, Chief of Staff and VP People

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)


Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities, North Park University Chicago

International Leadership Fellow. President, Austrian Studies Association. Fellowship, Editorial, Membership, and Directorial roles in international organisations. Author, Editorial Board member and Peer Reviewer

TOWNEND, Jeanne (JC)

CEO, UK & Ireland - Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, a leading career transition and talent development company

Leader in international management consulting. Board Member of FedCap (NYC multinational charity helping those with barriers to employment). Member of the CBI’s Economic Growth Board


CEO, LifeSpan100 Ltdempowering people to make the most of the 100 year life and providing lifestyle and care services

Award-winning serial entrepreneur and leader of businesses in industries from social and health care to housing, and from food production to medical screening. Former CEO, Somerset Care; Chairman, YourLife


CEO, Green Park, interim and executive search, a diverse approach to leadership

Award-winning diversity champion. Deputy Chair, Diverse-Leaders. Chairman, Mongoose – inclusive cricket. Business Leaders of the Year 2018. Private Sector Diversity Champion of the Year 2018

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)


Group HR Director, Magnox Ltd

Also NED Darlington Football Club. Previously HR Director, Fujitsu; Chief HR Officer with OSN & Ooredoo in the Middle East. HR Director BBC, Vice-President HR at BP


Chief Executive, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, top 50 law firm

Governor, Nottingham Trent University. Trustee, Nottingham Castle Foundation. Formerly Chief Operating Officer Browne Jacobson. Career roles with Boots, PwC, Deloitte

WARD, Claire

CEO, Institute for Collaborative Working

Experienced NED and adviser in pharmacy and healthcare. Governor – University of Hertfordshire

WARREN, Joëlle

Founder & Executive Chair, Warren Partners, one of the UK’s largest independent Board Advisory and Executive Search firms

Chair, York  Crown Nominations Commission (PM-appointed, April 2019), Vice- Lord Lieutenant for Cheshire. Chair, Cheshire Community Foundation. Member, CBI Enterprise Forum. Ski Instructor, walker, cyclist


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


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


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, Aviation Skills Partnership

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


Chief Executive, Missing Peopleproviding help to missing children and adults, and supporting families left behind

Award-winning leader in the Third Sector. Deputy Chair, Brook. Previously Co-Director, Samaritans. Volunteer, Inspiring the Future. Songwriter/Musician in band Scarlet

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


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