Category Judges

  • Director & Chief Corporate Counsel, Cicero Group

    Iain is an expert in global public policy issues affecting financial services.

    He has over 20 years’ experience in communications, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media. He has worked for a range of UK politicians, including Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP on his leadership bids.

    Iain regularly contributes to national and international print and broadcast media including Sky News and BBC.

    Iain is Vice Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and past Chairman of CIPR Public Affairs. He was ranked in the Total Politics Top 100 Lobbyists and appears in the PR Week Power Book. CityAM also includes him in the list of “The City’s most influential financial PRs” voted by broadcast and national business editors

    He serves on the Advisory Board of the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in New York.

  • Head of Communications-Strategy and Research, Vodafone Group

    Amanda Andrews has worked in the External Communications team at Vodafone Group for two years. Amanda was a journalist for 12 years. She was the Media Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph from 2008 to 2011, and Media Business Correspondent at The Times for three years. Other roles include business correspondent at the Sunday Express, from 2002 to 2005, and business reporter at The Scotsman. Before joining Vodafone, Amanda was the head of media and technology in the corporate division of Freud Communications

  • Founder, Magnocarta

    Georgina was at the helm of Apple’s eBook business for four years, running iBooks since its inception in 2010. Overseeing the UK iBooks business as well as launching multiple European stores, her mix of commercial acumen and Editorial appreciation ensured iBooks established itself as the number 2 player in the UK ebooks market.

    Previous to Apple she spent several years at the Penguin Group launching award-winning websites such as She’ll be using her unique combination of publisher and retail experience in her new venture, “a website focusing on the missing piece for books - discoverability", which is due to launch later this year.

  • Broadcaster/DJ, BBC Radio 1/BBC Asian Network

    Hello I'm Nihal, I love music and always have done, that led me into writing raps, diving off stages, signing record deals, writing about music, managing bands and then in October 2002 joining BBC Radio 1 as a DJ. I was asked to present the phone in show on the BBC Asian Network in 2008.  That involves me discussing politics, social issues, and religion almost every day. It's like taking my brain to the gym.  It's nice to be able to interview a former head of the Pakistani secret service in the morning and do a drum and bass DJ mix in the afternoon, have lunch with a Lord and spend the evening with some grime MCs in a recording studio. Well that's a tenth of my life what about you? 

  • Director of Brand & Communications- UK & Ireland, Tata Consultancy Services

    Ashish is an experienced global marketing & communications professional with over 20 years of experience.
    He is the Director of Brand & Communications for Tata Consultancy Services, in UK & Ireland where it has significant presence with over 150 customers and a combined revenue of £1.47 billion. He is responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing all communications programs for the region and additionally providing support to the European teams spread across 21 countries that effectively describe and promote the organization, its people, solutions and services.
    Ashish has business expertise in overall marketing and communications space with special focus on enterprise and consumer technology industry. 

  • Group Head of Communications, ICAP

    Serra heads ICAP’s global communications, responsible for internal communications and engagement with media, including the Group’s executive and financial communications. She also leads ICAP’s corporate responsibility efforts including its annual Charity Day, which has raised more than £110 million for charities worldwide. Serra joined ICAP in 2012 from BNY Mellon, where she was Head of Communications for the Financial Markets and Treasury Services division. From 2004 until 2008 she was a member of the Corporate Communications team at Lehman Brothers. Prior to this she worked in consultancy advising international clients on a wide range of communications issues. 

  • Professor of Communications, University of Westminster

    Steven Barnett is Professor of Communications and an established writer, author and commentator, who specialises in media policy, broadcasting, regulation, and journalism ethics. He has acted several times as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications and was twice called to give oral evidence to the Leveson inquiry. Over the last 30 years, he has advised ministers and shadow ministers, given evidence to parliamentary committees and the European Parliament, and has directed numerous research projects on the communications industries. He is on the editorial and management boards of British Journalism Review, was for many years an Observer columnist and is the author or co-author of a number of books. His last book, The Rise and Fall of Television Journalism, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in November 2011.  

  • Writer & Salonnière

    Damian Barr is a writer, playwright and salonnière.  Shortlisted for a British Press Award, his features have appeared in the Telegraph, Guardian and Independent but mostly The Times.  He has co-written two plays for Radio Four. His first book, published by Hodder, made ‘the quarterlife crisis’ a widely recognised phenomenon. Bloomsbury published Maggie & Me, his memoir of surviving Thatcher’s Britain.  "Shocking and funny in equal measure, it will have you weeping with laughter and sorrow" says The Independent on Sunday.  He is creator and host of his own Literary Salon which started in Shoreditch House and is now worldwide and runs the Reading Weekend. He is an RSA Fellow, Faculty at The School of Life and a British-American Project Fellow. He keeps chickens.

  • Group Leader, Medical Genomics, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

    Dr. Jeffrey Barrett leads the Medical Genomics research group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which was the major UK contributor to the Human Genome Project. He studies the contribution that genetic variation that we all carry makes to our risk of a range of diseases, from inflammatory bowel disease to rare childhood developmental disorders. He studied physics at MIT before moving to the UK where he completed a PhD in statistics and genetics at the University of Oxford. He has been at Sanger since 2008, and is a member of a number of international consortia studying human disease genetics.

  • Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK

    Andrew Barnett has been Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007. Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he held the post of Director of Policy Development and Communications, and previously was Director of Communications at the UK Sports Council and Head of Public Affairs at the National Consumer Council. He is a committee member of Healthwatch England, the statutory national consumer champion in health and social care, of Collaborate, and the Social Innovation Exchange and a trustee of Addaction, the UK's leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity. 

  • Board member, International Women’s Forum UK

    Lynne Berry is Chair of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing; Deputy-Chair of the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways); SID at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust; Senior Fellow at Cass Business School and sits on the FT’s NED Advisory Board. Previous appointments include CEO of WRVS, the General Social Care Council, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Family Welfare Association and she was Executive Director (CEO) of the Charity Commission. Government appointments include the Office of Civil Society Advisory Board and several Better Regulation Task Forces. Lynne is a Board member of the International Women’s Forum and co-founder of Women in Public Policy. She has a number of honorary Doctorates and Fellowships. Cranfield University named her as one of the UK’s 100 women to watch.

  • Head of External Communications, TalkTalk Group

    Alex joined TalkTalk in 2010 and is responsible for PR, public affairs and corporate social responsibility across the group. She is Trustee of the charity Young Women's Trust, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and sits on the operating board of charity Go ON UK as well as the board of the Government's UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).

  • Managing Director, Energy & Industrials, Europe & CIS, Edelman

    Rishi heads Edelman’s Energy & Industrials Group in Europe and CIS.
    Based in London, Rishi joined Edelman in 2006 and has worked on many high profile international clients and also leads media and crisis media training courses in the region and beyond.
    Before joining Edelman Rishi spent more than ten years in broadcast and print journalism at both a national and regional level.
    As ITV Granada’s political correspondent, he was based at Westminster for seven years. As well as reporting on ITV Granada’s flagship nightly news programme and weekly current affairs show, he has also appeared as a political pundit on ITN.
    He was a senior reporter on the Liverpool and Daily Post and Echo, where he started his journalistic career. Rishi has also freelanced on national newspapers, including the Sun and The Independent on Sunday, and has written for The Daily Telegraph.

  • Chief Executive, Southbank Centre

    Since the beginning of 2009 Alan has been Chief Executive of Southbank Centre – the stretch of the south bank from the London Eye to Waterloo Bridge which includes the Royal Festival Hall, QE Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery.
    He survived a long career in advertising - mainly with Saatchi & Saatchi, where he became Chairman both in London and New York – before being appointed Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information, an agency of the Cabinet Office.
    He now has the mission to make Southbank Centre the world’s most inspiring centre for the arts, building on its great festival tradition.

  • Director & Communications Coordinator, Design Museum

    Having graduated from ESSEC Business School , Alice began her career in banking in New York. Alice’s experience in the UK spans work in the public and private sector, in large, multi-site national museums as well as independent museums. Formerly Head of Strategy and Planning at the Imperial War Museum and Curator of the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, Alice has an in-depth knowledge of museums’ strategic and operational issues.
    In September 2007, Alice was appointed Deputy Director of the Design Museum, with a brief to develop audiences and increase self-generated income. Alongside the Director, she is leading the museum's relocation to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street, planned to open in 2015.

  • Founding Partner, The Blair Partnership

    Neil is the founding partner of the The Blair Partnership, and also a director of Pottermore Limited. Previously he was a partner at the Christopher Little Literary Agency, where he worked for 10 years. Prior to that he was Head of Business Affairs, Europe for Warner Bros Productions.
    Neil gained his law degree from Exeter College, Oxford and also received a half-blue in football whilst studying there. He is married and has two young boys; two lively dogs and is a keen supporter of the RFU’s All Schools Rugby Programme.

  • Vice Chairman, West Ham United Football Club

    Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham United Football Club and she is considered to be one of the UK’s leading recently awarded a CBE for services to women in Business and entrepreneurship. She is Lord Sugar's Advisor on the BBC show The Apprentice on and a non-executive Director of Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group and Syco, the joint venture between Sony and Simon Cowell. Recently appointed as ‘Small Business Ambassador’ for the Conservative Party. 

  • Journalist, Author and Professor, Journalism Department, City University

    Heather Brooke is an award-winning journalist whose investigative journalism and legal action against the British Parliament for disclosure of MPs’ expenses was the catalyst of the expenses scandal of 2009. The following year, she obtained the full batch of 251,287 US diplomatic cables from a Wikileaks insider and worked with The Guardian newspaper on a month-long exposé of global diplomatic relations.
    She is the author of Your Right to Know (Pluto Press 2004, 2006), The Silent State (Heinemann 2010) and The Revolution Will Be Digitised (Heinemann, 2011).
    Heather is a professor of journalism at City University, London. She has won numerous awards including the Judges’ Prize at the 2010 British Press Awards, the FOI Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and a Freedom of Expression Award from Index on Censorship.

  • Senior Editor, McKinsey Global Institute

    Janet Bush is Senior Editor at the McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company. Prior to this, she was an economics journalist, working at Reuters, The Financial Times, the BBC's Money Programme, and finally at The Times where she was Economics Editor. Janet was the Harold Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year in 1987. In between her journalistic career and her career at McKinsey, Janet was Director of New Europe and Co-Director of the No Campaign, which campaigned for Britain's continued membership of the European Union but against joining the euro.

  • CEO, UK & EMEA, Weber Shandwick

    Colin Byrne is one of the UK’s leading PR and Public Affairs practitioners with nearly thirty years’ experience spanning domestic and international PR, political and public affairs campaigns. He joined Weber Shandwick in 1995, rising to lead the public affairs practice in London in 1997, the UK reigon in 2003 and is now CEO of the EMEA network and a member of the global management team. After several years in private and not-for-profit sector PR, Colin joined the British Labour Party’s communications team in 1987 and was quickly promoted to Head of Press & Broadcasting. He served as deputy to then communications director Peter Mandelson. In 1992 he became the first communications director of The Price of Wales Business Leaders Forum, the international NGO founded and still today presided over by Prince Charles and supported by man leading international firms. He managed CSR communications for the Forum globally and worked with leading global firms on the communication of their own CSR activities. Clients at Weber Shandwick have included IKEA, Oracle, The Marine Stewardship Council, The BBC, Coca-Cola, Nestle and the British Government. 

  • Head of Collaboration for Excellence, Medical Directorate, NHS England

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  • Director, Liberty

    Shami Chakrabarti has been the Director of Liberty since September 2003. A Barrister by background, she worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001.  Since becoming Liberty's Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely about Liberty's work on equality, human rights and the rule of law. She is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She was also one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press.

  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Reader in Paediatric and Adolescent  psychology, UCLH

    Dr. Deborah Christie is a consultant clinical psychologist and honorary reader in paediatric and adolescent psychology and clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent psychology at the University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust where she has worked since 1998. She has a passion for working with young people searching for ways to live with chronic illness. Dr Christie developed the Healthy Eating Lifestyle Programme (HELP) which was awarded the Association for the Study of Obesity Best Practice award in 2001. Dr Christie was the first Recipient of the SAM/Carlotta Simons Award in Adolescent Health in 2001 and received the award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Health Psychology in 2004. Awarded the Adele Hoffman visiting professorship in adolescent health and medicine April 2013. Dr Christie is an international presenter and trainer in motivational and solution focused therapies and works with multidisciplinary teams to help them engage and communicate effectively with children, young people and families living with chronic illness and managing complexity. Dr Christie has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and chapters and is co-editor of a bestselling book Psychosocial aspects of diabetes in children, adolescents and families. Research interests currently include neuropsychological outcomes in children and adolescent survivors of meningitis, quality of life measures in chronic illness, and the development of effective multidisciplinary interventions for diabetes and obesity in children. 

  • Professor of Journalism, Roehampton University

    Ros Coward has worked for many years as a journalist, contributing to several national newspapers and magazines. She was a regular columnist on the Comment Pages for the Guardian and more recent wrote a more personal column, Looking After Mother about the experiences of caring for someone with dementia. She is now a Professor of Journalism at Roehampton University.  She is the author of several books including, Female Desire (Paladin), Our Treacherous Hearts (Faber) and, most recently, Speaking Personally. The Rise of Subjective and Personal Journalism (Palgrave).

  • Head of Group Media Relations, Barclays

    Giles joined Barclays in 2010, following ten years at financial PR consultancy Brunswick where he worked with a broad range of corporate clients.
    Prior to this he worked as a broadcast journalist for almost a decade.

  • Founder & CEO, The Dailey Partnership

    The Dailey Partnership helps leaders in the creative industries build their brands and forge transformative creative partnerships.  Carolyn was previously the top executive in Europe at Time Warner where she worked with its successive CEO’s and division leaders at HBO, CNN, Warner Bros. and Time Inc, to enter new markets (digital and regional), maximise brand value and establish thought leadership in the creative industries.  Recognised by Wired Magazine as one of the Top 10 Women 'Digital Powerbrokers' and by The Evening Standard as one of the 1,000 most influential Londoners, she appears frequently on Sky News as a brand expert.

  • Skills Academy Programme Manager, Design Council

    Andrew leads the Design Council’s skills work, focussing on improving education/industry collaboration, apprenticeships and international standards. He previously worked at Creative & Cultural Skills, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Department for Education & Skills.  Andrew is an RSA Fellow, was a school governor for eight years and sat on the steering group for a Heritage Lottery Fund project to celebrate Big Ben’s 150th birthday in 2009. He studied Visual Culture at University of Brighton, where he is now an alumni advisor.  He won ‘Best in Show’ at the De Beauvoir Flower & Produce Show in 2012 and 2013.

  • Professor of Anatomy and Associate Head, Development, Impact and Equality, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford

    Professor Davies is Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy and Associate Head, Development, Impact and Equality, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, and Honorary Director of the MRC Functional Genomics Unit. Her research interests cover the molecular analysis of neuromuscular and neurological disease, particularly Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She has an active interest in the ethical implications of genetics research and the public understanding of science. She has considerable experience of biotechnology companies as a conduit for translating the results of experimental science into new therapeutics and diagnostics. She is a founding editor of 'Human Molecular Genetics' and a founding fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

  • Consultant, Head of TMT Practice, Saxton Bampfylde

    Virginia leads Saxton Bampfylde’s media, marketing and communications practice. She has many years of experience in the media industry including fifteen years at the BBC as a Business Correspondent and Presenter for both television and radio. Interviewing daily most of the senior management of the FTSE 100 and captains of industry, Virginia also made many long form programs such as The Money Programme and Trouble at the Top, winning several awards. Prior to joining the BBC she spent several years with management consultants Bain & Company. She came to executive search when Heidrick and Struggles hired her in 2006 to lead Media, establish a communications practice and explain digital. Educated in Australia, Virginia holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania. 

  • Director, London Design Festival

    Ben Evans is the Director of the London Design Festival, which he co-founded with Sir John Sorrell in 2003. The Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world and has inspired similar events in many international cities. It is an annual event involving 250 partner organisations and has an audience in excess of 350,000. As well as managing the Festival Ben initiates, commissions and curates projects for the event including an annual residency in the V&A museum. Since 2008 he has been a governor of the University of the Arts and is passionate about art & design education. He is also a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Advisory Group. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree from the Royal College of Art and graduated there in 1987. 

  • Chairman, Internet Advertising Bureau

    After starting in advertising, Richard Eyre has been CEO of Capital Radio plc, ITV and Pearson Television.
    Since 2001 he has held non-executive roles, including time as a Director of the Guardian Media Group.  He has chaired the Eden Project and is currently Chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau, communications group Next 15 plc and the Media Trust.
    He has founded a social search company, two radio stations and his first novel was published by Penguin in 2005.
    In 2013, he was awarded the highest honour of Britain's marketing communications industry, The Mackintosh Medal. In the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List he was awarded a CBE for services to media and advertising. 

  • Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, BT Group plc 

    Dan is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.  Dan joined BT Group plc in April 2010.  Dan is also Diversity & Inclusion Champion at BT.
    Dan studied economics and law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA 1981, JD 1985) and international relations at the London School of Economics (Dipl. 1982).. He is an attorney (New York) and a solicitor (England & Wales).

  • Founder, SEED

    After a highly successful career in PR which included the creation of London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards, Lynne Franks has become a champion of women’s empowerment, sustainable business practices and social justice issues.
    She founded SEED – Sustainable Enterprise and Empowerment Dynamics – a provider and community for women’s learning programmes in 2000 based on her pioneering women’s business book, The SEED Handbook, the feminine way to create business.
    Lynne also holds Bloom women’s leadership retreats in her home in Deia, Mallorca and is currently developing pop up SEED Community Cafes. She advises Tesco on women’s engagement and is the UK co-ordinator of One Billion Rising, the global campaign to stop sexual violence to women and girls. 

  • Former Deputy Mayor, London Assembly Member

    Nicky Gavron is a London-wide representative on the London Assembly and chair of its planning committee, and formerly deputy Mayor of London (2000-2007). As a community activist, she became an elected local politician in 1986 and has a track record in urban policy development for every level of government.  In particular, she has been at the forefront of developing integrated and sustainable land-use, transport and environmental planning policies for London.
    As London’s first statutory Deputy Mayor of London, she worked closely with Mayor Livingstone to set up the Greater London Authority’s working processes and policy frameworks, with particular responsibility for the London Plan, climate change, and women and young people. 

  • Multiplatform Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

    Adam is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of multiplatform interactive projects around TV. His projects range from Fish Fight to Embarrassing Bodies. He has won over 70 international awards for his productions, including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & Television Festival. Adam has served on BAFTA’s Television and Interactive Entertainment committees and is a voting member of the European Film Academy. He is a trustee of Culture24.

  • Managing Director UK, Institute for Philanthropy

    Mary spent twenty-one years in the international media industry in a variety of commercial roles, primarily in the television and film sectors.  She underwent a mid-life Damascene conversion to Philanthropy whilst re-training in the Law and in 2008 began working full-time in the philanthropic sector, first managing a Gibraltar-based independent Trust working in the UK, India, Bulgaria, Afghanistan and Israel, and latterly as the London-based Managing Director of the Institute for Philanthropy. The Institute’s membership comprises a global network of individual philanthropists who have participated in a one year intensive donor education programme in strategic philanthropy – the Philanthropy Workshop. Mary holds an M.A in Modern Languages from Oxford and a degree in Law from Westminster.

  • Managing Partner, Mishcon de Reya

    Kevin Gold has been Managing Partner of law firm Mishcon de Reya since 1997. He has overseen growth from just over £10m revenue and less than a 100 people, to almost £100m revenue and close to 600 people, as well as the opening of a New York office in 2010. The firm has won many awards for the quality of its legal services (including law firm of the year twice), people management (is the highest ranking law firm to work for in the Sunday Times Best Companies and has been accredited in Investors in People for the past 10 years), as well as innovation in its branding and business development (FT brand innovation and The Lawyer BD team of the year).
    Kevin is still an active corporate lawyer and much of his work is international.

  • Chief Executive Officer, International Rugby Board

    Brett Gosper is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Rugby Board (IRB), the Managing Director of Rugby World Cup Limited and a former advertising executive and rugby player. Prior to his appointment to the IRB in July 2012, Mr Gosper had a successful international career in advertising which included being CEO of Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper London, CEO of TBWA New York,CEO of McCann Erickson New York and President of McCann Erickson USA. Most recently as the President and CEO of Europe, Middle East, Africa for McCann Worldgroup. 

  • Executive Director, Legatum Institute

    Sian Hansen is the Executive Director of the Legatum Institute , an independent global public policy organisation whose research and programmes advance ideas in support of free and prosperous societies. She is responsible for providing high-level strategic leadership in support of the Institute’s overall vision. Previously Sian spent 7 years as the Managing Director of the UK think tank Policy Exchange. Sian is a Non-Executive Director of the JP Morgan Income and Capital Trust plc and sits on the board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs. Sian is a Commissioner of The Women's Refugee Commission (USA). She was formerly Head of Sales for Asian Equities at Société Générale and an equity analyst with Enskilda Securities in Europe.

  • Channel Editor, BBC4

    Cassian Harrison is Channel Editor of BBC4. He is responsible for maintaining and building BBC4’s singular and innovative voice.
    Prior to this role, Cassian spent five years as Commissioning Editor for Science, Natural History and History across BBC One, Two and Four. His commissions included Earthflight, Penguin: Spy in the Huddle, Turn Back Time: The High Street, Mary Beard’s Rome, Ian Hislop’s Do-Gooders, Requiem for Detroit, David Attenborough’s First Life, Michael Wood’s Story of England, and the RI Lectures. Cassian was also responsible for several factual dramas including First Light and the RTS-winning Challenger.
    Prior to joining the BBC, Cassian spent 15 years in the independent sector, working as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer across a variety of genres including history, documentary and current affairs. His programmes have won multiple awards including a Bafta, 3 Emmies and 5 RTS awards, while his creative innovations set new standards in programme-making.

  • Chief of Staff to Harriet Harman MP

    Ayesha is Chief of Staff to Harriet Harman and advises Ed Miliband on PMQs and speechwriting.
    She was a Special Adviser in the last Labour government and worked in the No 10 Political Office.
    Before entering politics, Ayesha worked in the music industry and was Vice-President of Industry and Government Affairs at the record giant EMI.
    She started her career in the Civil Service as a press officer and worked in the Home Office and the Department of Trade and Industry.
    Ayesha is also a stand up comic, writer and broadcaster and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

  • Executive Chair and Co-Founder, Boom Pictures

    Lorraine Heggessey is one of Britain’s best known media executives and has taken on some of the most challenging roles in broadcasting. She was the first woman to be appointed Controller of BBC 1, a post she held for five years, leading a major shake up of the channel and commissioning many hit shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Spooks and the new Dr Who.
    Lorraine is Executive Chair and co-founder of Boom Pictures which was launched in July 2012.  Boom has backed some of the UK’s leading creative talent in comedy, drama and factual programming, including the producers of the award-winning Educating Yorkshire.
    Lorraine is Chair of the Grierson Trust. She’s married with two daughters and is a keen skier and open water swimmer. 

  • Professor of Managerial Decision Sciences, IESE Business School

    Professor Franz Heukamp is the Associate Dean for MBA Programs at the IESE Business School. He was also Secretary General of IESE from 2009 to 2012. Prof. Heukamp teaches Managerial Decision Sciences and has a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His teaching specialties are decision analysis and forecasting methods. Prof. Heukamp teaches in the MBA, Executive-MBA and other executive education programs of IESE including the Advanced Management Program directed at senior business leaders. His main area of research is behavioral decision-making with a special interest in the area of Neuroeconomics. He is a member of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and the Neuroeconomics Society.
  • Freelance Editor and Writer

    A former Thomson's graduate trainee, Corinna started on the Newcastle Journal and later joined the Daily Mail, where she was a news reporter, foreign corr, television corr, showbusiness editor (four years) and interviewer (three years). She then spent 12 years at the Daily Telegraph - as features editor, the assistant editor of the paper and the deputy editor of the Saturday edition. More recently, she was consultant editor (features) of the Daily Mail and, for nearly three years, associate editor of the Sunday Times News Review section. She also edits books. Half American and half French, Corinna moved to the UK from Providence, Rhode Island at the age of 16. 

  • Chairman, UNICEF UK

    Ilse Howling is MD of Connected TV at Digital UK where she is leading next generation development of Freeview, the UK's leading digital TV provider, backed by Channel 4, ITV, Sky, the BBC and Arqiva.  
    Before joining Freeview, Ilse was at the BBC where she led the BBC's digital marketing and held marketing and strategy roles on the boards of the BBC's Production and Radio divisions.  Before joining the BBC, Ilse worked for US telecoms operator NYNEX.
    Ilse lives in the countryside south of London with her partner and two sons. She has a degree in International History and Politics, an MA in History and an MBA. Ilse joined the UNICEF UK Board of Trustees in 2009 and became Chairman in 2012. 

  • Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4

    Jay Hunt became Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Channel 4 in January 2011 from her position as Controller BBC One. Jay’s commissions during this time include critically acclaimed shows such as: Sherlock, Luther and Mrs Brown’s Boys.
    She spent fifteen years in BBC News working on Breakfast, Newsnight and Panorama before becoming Editor of the Six o’clock news.
    In 2005 Jay became Controller of BBC Daytime commissioning shows across BBC One and Two which included returning hits like Great British Menu, Heir Hunters and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
    As Director of Programmes at Channel 5 in 2008, she commissioned a number of successful features shows including Cowboy Builders and Extreme Fishing.
    At Channel 4, she commissioned award winning shows Utopia, The Mill, Southcliffe, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox, The Undateables, Run and George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. She acquired Homeland and the French zombie drama, The Returned and led the team that delivered the BAFTA award winning coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics.

  • Head of PR and Communications, Nespresso

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  • Founder and Partner, Navigator Commerce

    Spencer is an entrepreneur and investor in internet technology, media and consumer products.  He is a founder and partner of Navigator Commerce which has most recently launched, and Prior to this he founded and was CEO of Artfinder, COO of (which he helped sell to CBS for $280m) and was General Manager of Technology Products for Amazon in Europe Before moving into high tech, Spencer set up Hasbro’s operations in Japan and was also Assistant Factory Manager for Hasbro Thailand. 
    Currently Spencer also serves as a board/advisory board member for ventures including Linked-In, Yoyo-games, Summly, Jingle Punks, Makie-Doll and Creative Commons.  Outside of these commercial interests he is a Trustee of the Foundling Museum.

  • Chief Executive, The TaxPayers’ Alliance

    Jonathan joined the TaxPayers' Alliance in August 2011 as Political Director and has served as its Chief Executive since January 2014. Prior to joining the TPA, he spent twelve years as a journalist, working variously as a political analyst in the BBC’s Westminster newsroom, deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph diary column and latterly as Co-Editor of, where he became the first professional blogger to be accredited with a House of Commons Lobby pass. A graduate of the University of York, he co-wrote Boris v Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London in 2008 and owns every single Now That's What I Call Music! Album.

  • Business Leader, TV presenter and Cross Bench Peer

    Lord Jones serves as Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Unipart Expert Practices (UEP) Division, Chairman of Grove Industries and a Non-executive Director Spicers Limited.  He is Corporate Advisor to JCB, Advisor to BP plc, Senior Adviser to Harvey Nash plc and Business Adviser to Barberry Developments Limited. Digby is Senior Adviser of Babcock International Group plc and Chairman of Neutrino Concepts Limited.  He is Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars, a member of the Advisory Board of Monitise plc, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Argentex LLP, non-executive director of Leicester Tigers plc and Senior Advisor to ShP Limited.
    Previously, Lord Jones was a corporate lawyer, before becoming Director General of the CBI from 2000 to 2006.
    From 01 July 2007 to 04 October 2008 he served as the United Kingdom Minister of State for Trade & Investment accepting a lifetime peerage in the House of Lords where he now sits on the cross benches.
    Lord Jones appears regularly on television, radio and in the newspapers. He is currently the presenter for BBC2's New Troubleshooter series and is a regular voice across the media making the case for British business.  He published his first book entitled ‘Fixing Britain- the business of reshaping our nation’ in 2011.

  • Editor, British GQ

    Dylan Jones OBE is the Editor of British GQ.  He studied design and photography at Chelsea School of Art and St. Martins School of Art in London before becoming the Editor of i-D magazine in 1984.  He has since been an Editor at The Face, Arena, The Observer and The Sunday Times.  In 1993 he won the Editor of the Year award for his work on Arena.  Dylan Jones was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2013, for services to publishing and to fashion.  

  • Presenter and Chief Correspondent, Newsnight

    Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s Newsnight Chief Correspondent and Presenter. She provides analysis of the latest stories, both in the UK and internationally from a business, political and economical point of view.
    Formerly Business Editor for ITV and prior to that Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC, Laura won acclaim for her coverage of the 2010 General Election and the formation of the Coalition government. Other major stories Laura has covered include Barack Obama's Presidential campaign; the build-up to the Iraq war; and the accession of the Eastern European countries into the EU from Prague, Warsaw and Berlin.

  • Presenter, Front Row Radio 4, BBC

    Kirsty Lang is an experienced broadcaster and former foreign correspondent. She is currently a presenter of the BBC’s flagship arts programme, Front Row on Radio 4. Kirsty is also a regular contributor to the Guardian, Radio Times, Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday and was until recently a television anchor on World News Today, a current affairs show simulcast on BBC 4 and the BBC World News.
    She’s been a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York in the School of International and Public Affairs and was recently appointed a Trustee of the British Council.
    Kirsty chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008 and the Independent's Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010. She lives in London and is married to the writer and broadcaster, Misha Glenny who she met in 1989 when they were both journalists covering the changes in Eastern Europe.  They have one son who plans to become a stand-up comedian. 

  • Chief Executive, Association for Financial Markets in Europe

    Simon Lewis was appointed Chief executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe in October 2010. AFME is the trade body which represents the pan- European investment banking industry. Previously Simon was Director of Communications and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman at 10 Downing Street. He has held a number of senior corporate roles including Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone, Centrica, and NatWest. Simon was appointed as the first Communications Secretary to The Queen in 1998.
    He is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University from where he has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Simon also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar. He is a Visiting Professor at the Cardiff Scholl of Journalism. Simon is a member of the Chatham House North American Advisory Council, and a member of the Council of University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, north London. Simon is a Patron and former Chairman of the Fulbright Commission. He is married with three children.
    Simon was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for public service and services to international education through the Fulbright Commission. 

  • Writer and Academic; Head of Publications, Bright Blue

    Kate Maltby is a literary critic with a classics background, currently researching a PhD on the literary life of Elizabeth I. She is also the Head of Publications for Bright Blue, the think tank dedicated to the Tory modernisation agenda. She blogs regularly for The Telegraph on politics, international affairs and the arts, and also works as a theatre critic.

  • Director of Culture & Society, Wellcome Trust

    Clare Matterson is Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust. She leads the Trust's work to weave science into the fabric of society and to explore the place of medicine and health in culture - past, present and future.  Clare's portfolio includes communications, education, grant funding across the humanities, social sciences and public engagement, along with the Wellcome Library and Wellcome Collection, the free destination for the incurably curious.  Clare led the Wellcome Trust's initiative to create the National Science Learning Centre – a major initiative with the UK Government to drive improvement in science education.
    Clare joined the Trust in 1999 as Head of Policy, and produced the Trust’s first Strategic Plan.  Prior to her time at the Trust, Clare worked as a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) advising universities, government departments and funding councils in the UK and overseas.  She was a Senior Policy Adviser to the 1999 National Committee of Enquiry into Higher Education and has also worked for the Higher Education Funding Council and the Higher Education Quality Council.  She spent two years at the State University of New York, following receipt of a Fulbright Fellowship, and has a degree in Zoology from Oxford University.

  • Managing Director, Head of Public Engagement, World Economic Forum

    MA, Exeter College, Oxford; MBA, London Business School. 1988, international television journalist and editor with CBS News, ITN and Sky News. 2005, Professor and Head of Journalism, City University, London. With the World Economic Forum: 2009, Managing Director, Head of Communications and Media; currently, Managing Director, Head of Public Engagement. Visiting Faculty Member, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid. External Assessor, University of Hong Kong. Frequent television and newspaper commentator. 2005-06, President, Britain's Media Society. Frequent Chair and Judge, awards juries including International Emmies, BAFTAs, RTS, Broadcast and British Press Awards. Member: BAFTA; Royal Television Society; Media Society. Fellow, Royal Society of Arts. Co-Author: Crunch Time - How Everyday Life Is Killing the Future (2007); Can You Trust The Media? (2008). Recipient of awards.

  • Producer, Channel 4 News

    Matthew is a journalist at Channel 4 News where he produces international and domestic news, and features. He began his journey to the 7 o'clock news as an intern in the programme's Washington bureau working on the dramatic mid term elections of 2010.  He worked as an assistant producer at ITN Productions on documentaries before moving to Channel 4 News as a producer in 2012. As a Scot, Matthew is actively engaged with the Scottish independence referendum and recently made a short film on the subject for a German magazine. Matthew has a keen interest in politics, social affairs and economics. 

  • Chief Executive, Academy for Chief Executives

    Andrew Morris has been a leading figure in the media and events industry for over twenty five years.
    He launched the innovative Business Design Centre in Islington in 1986 which became the most stylish and successful boutique venue in the UK, founding the London Art Fair, Country Living Fair and New Designers.
    In 1999, Andrew partnered with Candover Investments and led the management buy-in of Earls Court & Olympia, acquired from P&O. Using the strategic tools of capital investment, customer service and the event organising arm, Clarion Events, the business prospered and was successfully sold to Nomura and St James’s Capital in 2004.
    Later that year, Andrew became CEO of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham where he transformed the culture from ‘council’ to ‘commercial’ through, amongst other things, a transformative leadership development programme. Another strategic move was to create a destination experience focusing on entertainment, a long term project that includes a new casino complex.
    Today, Andrew has a small portfolio of business interests but his key focus is as Chief Executive of the Academy for Chief Executives.
    Andrew describes himself as a creative businessman, who enjoys meeting people from all facets of life. His mantra is ‘take your job seriously, but not yourself.’ He has been married to Jennifer since 1976 and has three beautiful and talented children, Amy, Sophie and Ben. As well as spending time with his family he also has a keen interest in contemporary art, enjoys consuming great food and working it off playing tennis.

  • Managing Director, Robertson Cooper

    A chartered business psychologist, Ben is Managing Director of Cary Cooper’s well-being and resilience firm, Robertson Cooper, and the popular well-being network, Good Day At Work. Ben and his team have developed a range of specialist well-being resources, including i-resilience – a free resilience tool that has been used by over 50,000 people.
    He regularly contributes in the media on the issues of well-being, resilience and engagement. He has also appeared on various discussion panels in an aim to move psychological well-being up the corporate agenda.
    In a former life, Ben was Principal Psychologist at Greater Manchester Police, where he led national review of ACPO, which involved consulting with The Home Secretary, MPs and Chief Constables.

  • Chief Executive, RAPHA

    Coming soon

  • Director of Communications, John Lewis Partnership

    Andrew is responsible for the communications strategy for the John Lewis Partnership with the prime objective of deepening and broadening understanding of the Partnership as a dynamic, progressive business with a unique ownership structure and culture and to underpin the ambitious growth and development plans of the business.
    The John Lewis Partnership operates 39 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and nine John Lewis at home), and 295 Waitrose shops and The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn. It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 85,500 staff are Partners in the business.
    Andrew manages the Partnership's communications team of 27 with responsibility for government and media relations, internal communications including the Partnership's weekly magazine, The Gazette and the John Lewis Partnership website.
    Andrew started his career in management consultancy, before specialising in corporate communications working for BAA, the world’s largest airports company, and then at Cadbury, the global confectionery brand. Andrew joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010.

  • Chief Executive, Nesta

    Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta (the UK’s National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve.   He is currently Chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange.    

  • Founder and CEO, Bloomsbury Publishing

    Nigel Newton is the founder and Chief Executive of Bloomsbury Publishing. He read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge. After working at Macmillan Publishers, he joined Sidgwick & Jackson.  He left Sidgwick in 1986 to start Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury floated on The London Stock Exchange in 1994. Bloomsbury publishes 2000 books a year and employs 500 people. Bloomsbury authors include JK Rowling, Ben McIntyre, David Guterson, Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Daniel Goleman, Kate Summerscale, Elizabeth Gilbert, Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, William Dalrymple, David Kynaston and Khaled Hosseini.
    Nigel Newton serves as Chairman of The Charleston Trust, Chairman of The British Library Trust, President of Book Aid International, Member of the Man Booker Prize Advisory Committee, and Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

  • Owner and Chef, Honey & Co and Author, Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East

    Sarit Packer was born in Haifa, northern Israel, to English-Jewish parents who emigrated to Israel. From an early age she was fascinated with the kitchen and learned about cooking and baking from whoever she could and whatever cookbooks she could get. When her peers all went to university she went to London to complete her education in Butlers Wharf cookery school. She then got apprenticed to Chris Galvin at the Orrery, and was part of the team that got this restaurant its Michelin star.
    A few years down the line, in a kitchen of an Italian restaurant in Tel Aviv she met her husband, Itamar, and brought him back with her to London.
    This time round has seen her at J Sheekeys, The Oxo Tower, Ottolenghi and Nopi, and now at the helm of her own little restaurant, Honey & Co in Fitzrovia.

  • Co-Founder and Chairman, Lansons

    Coming soon

  • Director, Institute for Public Policy Research

    Nick Pearce is Director of IPPR. He rejoined the institute in September 2010 after two years as Head of the Policy Unit at No 10. An author and regular commentator on public policy in broadcast and print media, Nick writes on a wide range of issues, from social justice, public service reform and identity politics to the future of social democracy. His books include Politics for a New Generation (2007), Social Justice: Building a fairer Britain (2005), Tomorrow's Citizens (1999) and Wasted Youth (1998). He is a co-editor of Juncture, the journal of political ideas.
    In addition to running the Downing Street Policy Unit, Nick has worked as an advisor in the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the former Department for Education and Employment. He was formerly Chair of the Advisory Board to the UK Chief Scientist's Foresight Programme and served on the Equalities Review and the Teaching & Learning 2020 Review. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, sits on the board of the RIBA Trust, and is a member of the UK-India Roundtable.


  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief,

    Journalist, editor and consultant Melanie Rickey is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fashion Editor at Large, encompassing her news, opinion, style and arts website her Twitter feed (45,000+ followers), and digital and editorial consultancy FEAL whose clients include global luxury and retail brands. As a senior news and features editor her journalism includes writing and editing for The Guardian, Grazia, The Evening Standard, British and International editions of Vogue, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily and Saturday Telegraph, Never Underdressed and LFW Daily as well as guesting on BBC Radio4's Woman's Hour and Melanie Rickey has been a key part of the prestigious BFC NEWGEN panel, which discovers and nurtures the next wave of British fashion talent, since 2007.


  • Partner and Managing Director, Ketchum

    Jo-ann has over 12 years experience working in strategic communications agencies. She began her career as a Labour Party political activist and a TV reporter in Scotland.  Jo-ann spent 8 years at Weber Shandwick, rising to be Managing Director of the Corporate and Public Affairs team, she joined Ketchum in 2011.  Her extensive experience has seen her working on a wide range of clients including MasterCard, Philips, BNFL, Nestle, EDF Energy, the titanium dioxide manufacturer Cristal Global, the University of Central Lancashire, Kodak and many others.  Having worked in journalism, politics and public relations, Jo-ann has the ability to offer clients a truly 360 degree perspective to meet their specific needs. Her experience has given her a strong understanding of how key stakeholders and influencers think both in the UK and globally. This enables her to offer strategic insights that inform a strong communications strategy alongside tactics that can positively improve an organisations reputation with real business impact. Specialties:Jo-ann's areas of expertise include corporate reputation management, crisis and issues management, strategic media relations, stakeholder relations, public affairs and government relations.


  • Board of Directors, RIT Capital Partners

    Hannah Rothschild is a writer, a filmmaker and a company director. She also serves on boards of various philanthropic trusts and museums. 
    Her biography, the 'The Baroness' was published by Virago in May 2012, in the USA by Knopf in 2013 and will be published in other territories in 2013/2014. 
    Her features and interviews appear in W, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times, The Spectator, British and American Vogue.
    Her documentaries have been shown on the BBC, HBO and at film festivals including Telluride, the London Film Festival and Sheffield. Working Title and Ridley Scott optioned her original screenplays.
    A non-executive director of several companies, Hannah is the co-founder of the Artist on Film trust and a trustee of the National Gallery, the Tate and Waddesdon Manor.


  • Founder, Prison Reform Trust

    Ruth Runciman has recently retired after 12 years as Chair of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.  She has had a longstanding involvement in issues of drug policy as a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, as Chair of the Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act and as Chair of the UK Drug Policy Commission.  She was a founder Trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and is its Deputy Chairman.  She was Chair of the National AIDS Trust.  She was appointed DBE in 1998 for services to mental health.


  • Chief Executive, Chime Communications

    Christopher began his commercial career as a graduate trainee at H.J Heinz. Since then, he has been part of three different kinds of marketing communication agencies: IMP (1981-1993), then the UK's largest Sales Promotion Business; HHCL & Partners (1993-2000) - Campaign's Advertising Agency of the Decade and; Bell Pottinger (2000-2002) - the UK's leading Public Relations agency. He became Chief Executive of Chime in 2003.
    He is Senior Independent Director of Centaur Media, Chairman of The Roundhouse, a Director of Business in the Community and a member of the Government's Professional and Business Services Group.


  • Director of Media and Communications programme, School of International Affairs, Columbia University

    Anya Schiffrin is the director of the media and communications program at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs.  As well as teaching she writes on  she writes on journalism and development as well as the media in Africa and the extractive sector. Schiffrin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000. Schiffrin is a member of the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism.  Her most recent book is “Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World” (New Press, 2014).  


  • Group Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco

    Rebecca joined Tesco in May 2012. She leads on our communications worldwide; overseeing internal communications with more than 500,000 colleagues and regular engagement with media, investor, governmental and regulatory audiences. Rebecca also drives Tesco’s corporate responsibility and community relations strategy.
    Prior to Tesco, Rebecca was a partner at Brunswick LLP, the international corporate relations and communications consultancy. In this role, Rebecca advised a wide range of leading UK and multinational companies on financial and corporate reputation issues, including a number of major cross-border transactions. From 2000 to 2007, Rebecca worked at Prudential, the global life insurer, as Group Communications Director and was a member of its Executive Committee.


  • Owner and Chef, Honey & Co and Author, Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East

    Itamar Srulovich was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. From a young age he was always hanging around kitchen, more out of greed then curiosity, still he became a decent cook. Straight after his army service and without any training other then what his grandma’s, he went into a commercial kitchen in Tel Avivs’ Orna & Ella, and he has not left it since. He got married at 26 and left with his wife, Sarit, to London. After stints at the Oxo Tower and Ottolenghi he now runs Honey & Co, his tiny restaurant, along with his wife.  


  • Vice-Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather UK

    Born in Usk, Monmouthshire in 1965, Rory read Classics at Christ’s College, Cambridge, before joining Ogilvy as a Graduate Trainee in 1988. After 18 months spent as the world’s worst account handler (as a desperate remedial measure he was once booked onto a time management course, but got the date wrong) Rory became a copywriter in June 1990.
    He has worked on Amex, BT, Compaq, Microsoft, IBM, BUPA, easyJet, Unilever, winning a few awards along the way. He was appointed Creative Director of OgilvyOne in 1997 and ECD in 1998. In 2005 he was appointed Vice Chairman on the Ogilvy Group in the UK in recognition of his improved timekeeping.
    By an amazing stroke of luck (his brother is an academic) Rory first used the Internet in 1987. Hence he had the advantage in 1994 of knowing what it was and what it might do a few years ahead of many colleagues. Most people would have combined this knowledge of marketing and technology to make a fortune; not Rory. Instead he became the first Briton to have his credit card details stolen online, thereby losing £22.45.
    In his spare time, Rory collects self-aggrandising job titles. He was President of the Direct Jury at Cannes in 2007, and was elected President of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in 2009 for two years.  Rory is also a visiting professor of Warwick University and was recently (2012) awarded an honorary doctorate (D. Litt) by Brunel University, he is also the Technology Correspondent of the Spectator, the world’s oldest English language magazine. You can visit his blog at
    Rory is married with twin daughters of 12 (Hetty and Millie) and lives in the former home of Napoleon III in Brasted in Kent. Unfortunately in the attic.


  • Director, International and UK External Relations, King’s College London                                                                                                                        

    Maxine is a member of the leadership team at King’s College London, one of the world’s top 30 universities, where she is Director of International and UK External Relations.
    She has accountability for internal and external communications at King’s, student recruitment including widening participation, brand and reputation management and a raft of international activities across the College.  She has a particular interest in public policy and engagement as well as emerging trends in marketing and communications.
    She has previously worked for Nationwide Building Society, the Cabinet Office and Eli Lilly and also has substantial experience of science and healthcare from her time on the leadership teams of both Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.
    Maxine has had an accomplished career in communications, marketing and corporate affairs/public policy with multi-sector experience of reputation and change management.
    She has a degree in Modern Languages (French and German) and Social & Political Sciences from Clare College, Cambridge.  She is a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain as well as the Reform Club and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.  In her spare time, she enjoys France, shooting clays, learning Spanish and playing the piano.


  • Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Virgin Media

    Brigitte Trafford joined Virgin Media in February 2014 as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and sits on the Company's Executive Committee with responsibility for regulatory and public affairs, public policy, PR, media relations, internal communications and CR.  She has run communications for three of Britain's biggest companies: ICAP, Lloyds Banking Group and ITV.  She also ran her own strategic communications consultancy.  Earlier in her career she was Global Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, working in New York and London.  She is also on the advisory board of Blurb Inc., a profitable book publishing company based in San Francisco.


  • Director General, Institute of Directors

    Simon Walker became Director General of the Institute of Director in October 2011.
    Previously he was Chief Executive of the BVCA, the organisation that represents British private equity and venture capital from October 2007.
    Between 2003 and 2007 Simon worked at Reuters as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing.  He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2003.  Earlier he served as Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways and a non-executive director of Comair Ltd (South Africa).  From 1996-1997 Simon worked as a special adviser in the Prime Ministers Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street.
    Simon was a partner at Brunswick, the public relations group, and Director of European Public Affairs for Hill & Knowlton in Brussels. He has been a member of the Better Regulation Commission, a Trustee of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Trust, the New Zealand-UK Link Association, and the UK-US Jamestown Committee.  He is a governor for the environmental foundation, The Hillary Summit, a Council Member of the European Policy Forum and a member of the Parliamentary Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Public Engagement.
    Simon was born in South Africa, and has worked as a journalist and consultant in New Zealand, Belgium and the UK.  He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union.  He was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.  He is married with two children.



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