Category Judges 2015

  • Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

    Anita Anand has been a radio and television journalist for almost twenty years. She is the presenter of ‘Any Answers’, the political phone-in programme on BBC Radio 4. During her career, she has also  presented  ‘Drive’ ‘Doubletake’ and the ‘Anita Anand Show’ on Radio 5 Live, and ‘Saturday Live’, ‘The Westminster Hour’, ‘Beyond Westminster’, ‘Midweek’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’ on Radio 4. On BBC television she has presented ‘The Daily Politics’, ‘The Sunday Politics’ and ‘Newsnight.’ She is the author of ‘Sophia, Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

  • 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 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

  • Director of Leveraged Finance, M&G Investments

    Fabian is a Director in M&G's Fixed Income business and specialises in Leveraged Finance. Originally from Germany, he left for the UK in 2001 for his degrees at the University of York & the London School of Economics in various finance specialisations and has largely remained in the UK apart from professional and personal stints in New York, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

  • Fellow, Year Here

    Josh is a Fellow at Year Here, an award-winning leadership programme in social innovation. 

    As part of his Fellowship, Josh is undertaking a placement as a youth intervention worker at Streets of Growth, an award-winning East London charity specialising in engaging young people away from educational and career drop out, gangs and criminality. In his role, Josh delivers mentoring, coaching and community projects to empower disengaged young people to make positive lifestyle changes.

    In 2014, Josh graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Government. Throughout university, he mentored students who were new to the country in schools across London. 

    Josh is passionate about the role that policy, politics and politicking can play in empowering communities to engender meaningful change. To this end, he has undertaken policy work at the African Health Policy Network, worked for government ministers and Members of Parliament, and campaigns for a political party.

  • Director of Entertainment and Comedy, ITV

    Elaine Bedell is Director of Entertainment and Comedy at ITV.  She leads a team who commission and manage all entertainment and comedy shows across the ITV channels, including Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Saturday Night Takeaway, X Factor and the sitcoms Benidorm, Birds Of A Feather and Plebs.  Elaine was previously Controller of Entertainment at the BBC and was, for many years, a television and radio producer before setting up and running her own production company, Watchmaker.  She has won a BAFTA and a British Comedy award and was for 5 years Executive Chair of The Edinburgh Television Festival.

  • Managing Partner for Talent, UK & Ireland, EY

    Joining the accountancy profession as a school leaver, Liz is a member of EY’s Executive Board in the UK & Ireland.  A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, Liz was recently invested with an OBE for services to equality in the workplace. She has spent her career campaigning to create a working environment where difference is celebrated and people from all backgrounds can succeed and flourish.  A restructuring partner and licensed insolvency practitioner, Liz held the elected position of President of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) in 2013/2014, the UK’s trade association for restructuring professionals. Liz has received many awards and in 2013 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in recognition of her contribution to professional services.

  • 2015 Fellow, Year Here

    Sam is currently on the Year Here Fellowship, a unique postgraduate leadership programme in social innovation. He was previously Policy & Research Officer at national disability employment charity Shaw Trust, after working in political consultancy with Lexington Communications and in policy development for the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation.

    Sam’s current work focuses on developing new models of support for young homeless people, based at a large hostel in North London. He is especially interested in social enterprise, public service innovation and the role of technology in driving social change. Since graduating from the University of Manchester in 2010, Sam has also worked as a journalist, music photographer and youth worker in projects across East Africa. Follow him on Twitter at @samboyd1.

  • Founder and Chief Executive, The Creative Society

    Coming soon.

  • External Communications Assistant, Vodafone Group

    Kharis is a bilingual, London based communications professional interested in technology, financial services and corporate social responsibility. Originally from Bermuda, spends her free time dabbling in entrepreneurship, theology, poetry and travel.

  • Supervising Producer - Digital Features, International

    Stephanie Busari is Digital Supervising Producer for CNN International’s features and storytelling where she manages and defines the editorial vision of key areas of the website. Previously, she was Africa Producer for and was responsible for primetime programming such as Inside Africa, Marketplace Africa and African Voices.

    She is an award-winning journalist who recently received a Peabody Award as part of a CNNI team that worked on the story of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram. In 2013, Stephanie was also named Outstanding Woman in the Media and was a highly commended finalist in the Editor and Publisher Awards (EPPY) in 2012.

    Stephanie is a passionate community activist who curates TEDxBrixton in her spare time -- an independent offshoot of the popular TED talks. She founded TEDxBrixton in 2013 driven by a desire to bring disparate elements of her community together and to give people in her community a platform to share their ideas worth spreading. The event has grown significantly and has been attended by 1000 people over the past two years.

    Stephanie is a passionate and adept public speaker who is regularly invited to share her insights and host panels; she was recently invited to moderate the World Bank’s TEDx event as well as a panel at London’s Frontline club for journalists working in South Sudan.

  •  Deputy Managing Editor, LBC

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  • Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities, University of East Anglia

    Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby, The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and her literary journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Independent, Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Financial Times, New Statesman, TLS, New York Times Book Review, Prospect, and the Spectator, among many others. She comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for UK television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Review Show, and Newsnight, and has judged many literary prizes, including the Bailey’s (Orange) Prize for Fiction, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, and the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. She is currently a recipient of the Eccles Centre Writer in Residence award at the British Library for 2015.

  • Founder & CEO of Takeout | Angel Investor | Founder LiveKind

    Judith is Founder and CEO of innovation and strategy consultancy Takeout. Takeout works with some of the world’s best known organisations including some of the world’s best known technology companies and manufacturers, Thomson Reuters, GSK, Barclays, NBC, Channel 4, The British Government and to help them innovate and or create new revenue streams. This often involves helping them to learn from, partner with, invest in and acquire start ups across global markets. Takeout has offices in London, New York, a satellite team in San Francisco and are just opening in Nairobi. In recent times Takeout has worked on projects in countries including USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, India, China and Australia.

    Judith has been listed as one of the Top Digital Powerbrokers in the UK by Wired Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Britons in Technology (Daily Telegraph), a Global Top 50 Women to Watch in Technology (Femmeonomics), finalist for Cosmpolitan Woman of the Year, one of WIE’s 50 Global Exceptional Women and recently was listed as one of Future Fifty’s top most inspirational EU women in Tech.

    She is investor and advisor in a range of start ups including True Office (New York), tech news magazine Pando Daily (San Francisco) and Sofar Sounds (London), an online start-up providing music fans with access to secret gigs from cutting edge artists. She is also on the advisory board of the Trampery (London) a social entreprise that that designs and operates spaces for entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.   

    As an entrepreneur, Judith became an early proponent of online social networking as co-founder of Formed in 1999, the company was backed by prominent European and US investors and won several awards including a BBC award for best online design, an online BAFTA nomination and, in 2006, was named an eSuperbrand. Moonfruit was acquired by Yell in 2012.

    Judith is also Founder of Glasshouse, an organisation providing support, inspiration and networking for entrepreneurs, investors and digital innovators. Glasshouse was founded in London in 1998 and has held events all over the world – London, New York, San Francisco and beyond.

    Judith started her career as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen, she followed this by a stint on the management team at Pret a Manger and also worked with Lord Philip Gould of Brockwood who was a strategy advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton. She has a first class degree in Management Science from Warwick Business School.

    In the previous parliament she a member of No. 10 Downing Street’s Tech City Advisory Group, set up to provide strategic direction for the British Government’s work supporting the fast growing technology cluster in East London.

    Judith lives and works between London and New York.

  • Social Policy Analyst and Deputy Director, Civitas

    Anastasia de Waal is a social policy analyst and Deputy Director of think tank Civitas. A qualified primary school teacher and author of several books on education and family, Anastasia is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media, and Chair of national parenting charity, Family Lives.

  • Head of PR, Tata Consultancy Services

    In my current role as Head of PR for TCS, I drive positive image and reputation campaigns to build awareness of the TCS brand, and business adoption of TCS products and services. This role follows a period rebuilding the communications organisation and offering for Citrix across EMEA, 10 years with Microsoft corporate communications and previous roles with Bell Pottinger and Sony Computer Entertainment.

  • Fellow, Year Here Programme

    Currently a Fellow of the Year Here Social Innovation Programme, Josh’s interests lie in innovation targeted at driving social change. Since graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Experimental Psychology, Josh has been a part of a number of social ventures. Most recently, he has worked with the social enterprise Mazí Mas developing their new employment programme. He has also been responsible for measuring, reporting and advising on the social value the organisation creates for the migrant woman it works with. Focussing on increasing engagement within youth homelessness, Josh is now running The Middle Ground with South London YMCA to re-conceptualise the use of their spaces and bring high-quality activities to their service users.

    Twitter: @Josh_F_Roberts

  • Director, Financial Services, PwC

    Pete is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for PwC’s financial services industry in the UK.  He also delivers leadership succession planning and talent management and is heavily involved in work on culture in financial services.  

    Before joining PwC and working in the City, Pete was an officer in the Parachute Regiment and member of the Royal Household, where he served as Equerry to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

    Pete sits on the Board of two charities and supports many others.  He is also a dedicated member of eiClub.

  • Head of Company/Commercial, DKLM LLP Solicitors 

    Patrick is currently Head of Company/Commercial law at the Tech City practice of DKLM LLP.  He is a commercially driven business advisor and lawyer to entrepreneurs, partnerships and companies.  Patrick has spent over 25 years in similar roles in the City and West End of London. 

    A graduate of Keele University (Law and Psychology), he grew up in a poor area of Nottingham.  His Father was a construction site labourer and his Mother the daughter of a lace maker.

    He is married to Rachel Gilmour (included in the ASHA Centre’s list of inspirational women) and has four children, two of whom are still at school.

    Since the age of eight he has been a voracious reader of an eclectic mix of subjects and has a fascination with sciences, the social sciences and their impact on society and on our politics.

  • Assistant Professor of Financial Management, IESE Business School

    Mireia Giné is assistant professor in the Department of Financial Management at IESE Business School. Her work examines how corporate governance mechanisms provide value to firms and impact corporate policies and she currently analyzes how shareholder activism affects corporate decision-making and compensation practices. Her research has been published in the Journal of Finance and has received several academic awards. Prior to joining IESE, Prof. Giné spent 10 years at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, as a director at Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) where she currently oversees the group’s international corporate initiatives and business development in the EMEA region.

  • Head of Operations, Tatty Devine

    Charlotte joined British jewellery brand Tatty Devine in 2013 as Head of Operations overseeing central operations, marketing & PR. She holds 15 years operational & project management experience with previous roles at Everywoman, RICS and Soho House Group.

  • Founding Partner, 101

    Laurence is a Founding Partner of the advertising agency 101, previously co-founder and Chairman of Fallon London, twice winner of Campaign magazine’s ‘Agency of the Year’ title.

    His twenty-five years in the business have all been spent agency-side, working on some of the world’s greatest campaigns and brands: from Stella Artois to Coca-Cola, Sony, Cadbury and the BBC.

    An advertising columnist for the Telegraph for 3 years, Laurence is also a trustee of Somerset House and keen runner.

    Laurence is married with three daughters and a dog.

  • Editor, Management Today

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  • Founder, Integriti Capital

    After 15 years in banking, Patricia entered consultancy to advise financial services companies on communications strategy and reputation management. She now helps to bridge the communications gap between social enterprise and private capital. She is a Director of the Learning Schools Trust and Associate Director of The Finance Foundation as well as a member of the BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, the World Council of International House and Chatham House.  She studied for an MA in International Affairs at Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California. Born in Kyoto, she may be the only Japanese/Cuban-Lebanese who owned her own Italian deli, helped fund a Richard III/King Lear world tour for the National Theatre and set a California state high jump record. 

  • Communications Consultant and Writer, CHA Ltd.

    Colleen Harris is a communications professional, personal life coach and writer who has spent 30 years developing and managing successful strategies for Prime Ministers, senior Government Ministers, the UK Royal Family and multilateral organisations. She was previously the Press Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales, Senior Press Officer to the UK Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher and Director of Communications at the Commission for Racial Equality. Colleen works as PR consultant largely on international development and social issues. The Tutu Foundation is an important client to Colleen and she does much of their work pro bono.

    Colleen serves on several not-for-profit boards, including YMCA (Central) and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She is also a Member of Cancer Research.  She was appointed a Member of the Victorian Order and is a Deputy Lieutenant in Greater London. Colleen writes and speaks on communication issues, the Royal Family and equality and diversity.

  • Director, Creative Shift

    Helga Henry is a consultant with Creative Shift – the only theatre based consultancy -  part of Birmingham Hippodrome, the UK’s busiest theatre.  Fiercely intelligent, pathologically helpful, interested and interesting – Helga’s professional approach is powered by the desire to harness and direct people’s strengths and motivations. A jaw-droppingly eclectic mix of corporate and cultural organisational experience (from feminist theatre collectives to blue-chip corporate law firms), coupled with a profound commitment to unleashing the talent in people and their businesses, makes her work with companies and individuals so effective and her presentations so memorable. 

  • Film Director

    Menhaj Huda is the award winning director of cult film “Kidulthood” (2006). Having worked in music and youth TV programmes, music videos and commercials, in the early 90’s his film career began with the award winning short film “Jump Boy” (1998). This was followed by the ground breaking TV drama “Queer As Folk 2”(1999) and a string of prime time British dramas including “Murphy’s Law” and “Blue Murder”.

    His second feature film “Everywhere & Nowhere” was released in 2011 and “Comedown” an urban horror thriller starring Adam Deacon was released in March 2013 by StudioCanal.  He continues to direct TV dramas while preparing his next feature film projects - recent credits include “Young Dracula” (BBC), “By Any Means” (BBC) and Coronation Street (ITV).

  • Founder, CODE

    Adam Hyman founded CODE in 2012. CODE is an innovative media brand and consultancy working in the hospitality industry. As well as publishing the industry’s favourite e-newseltter, The CODE Bulletin, CODE publishes a quarterly print newspaper and has an exclusive hospitality app currently in London and Manchester. CODE also consults on a number of global hospitality projects. Adam was voted one of GQ’s 100 Most Connected Men in Britain in 2014 and was a jude on the inaugural GQ Food and Drink Awards this year.  

  • Head of Media Relations, Wellcome Trust

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  • Account Executive at the Red Consultancy

    Twitter:  @lequanj   Website:  

    I joined The Red Consultancy as an Assistant Account Executive in March 2014, following a 10-week traineeship with The Taylor Bennett Foundation. I work with the ethical health team, our clients include world-leading pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Janssen, AbbVie and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Red Health has also worked on behalf of the Government and for patient organisations. Campaigns have been run across a range of therapeutic areas at UK, European and global level.

    I’m a youth board member for the Mayor’s Fund for London, which was set up to provide a unique sounding board to discuss the development of current programs available to young Londoners. I am an Amos Bursary graduate, mentor and ‘honorary board’ member. Baroness Amos and her family created the Amos bursary in 2009, to provide young men of Afro-Caribbean decent access to professional careers. I’m a ‘shadow board’ member for the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

  • Former Director General of the CBI and former Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment

    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.

  • Head of Community Services, St Giles Trust

    Evan develops and manages a range of innovative projects for the charity St Giles Trust, these projects use people with lived experience as part of service delivery- the St Giles Trust Peer Advisor model. Current projects include: SOS Gangs Project, Peterborough Social Impact Bond, Gamechangers family support services, Housing Services and Cardiff Through the Gates.

    Evan has worked in homelessness and offender services since the late 80s both in the statutory and voluntary sectors; he has worked for: Westminster Council, Carr Gomm, North Lambeth Day Centre, Broadway, Southwark Council and now for St Giles Trust.

    He is married, has four children, four chickens and lives in Forest Hill, South London.

  • Research Fellow, Policy Institute, King’s College London

    Adam Kamenetzky is a research fellow at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. Spanning the interface of science and society, he helps researchers assess and convey the impact of their work, and engages decision-makers and the wider public around its value. With previous work supporting scientific and medical humanitarian programmes at number of UK and international charities, he takes his research with a dose of realism - though is a softy for a well crafted, evidence-informed piece of narrative.

  • President, YouGov

    Peter was previously a journalist and political commentator for more than 30 years, for the Sunday Times, Independent, New Statesman, Evening Standard, BBC Newsnight, BBC election programmes and Channel Four News. He has been an adviser on polls and public opinion to the Bank of England, Foreign Office, Corporation of London, National Westminster Bank plc and Trades Union Congress. He has an MA in Economics and Statistics from Cambridge University. Peter is a member of the British Polling Council's committee on disclosure. He wrote the Journalists' Guide to Opinion Polls for the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. In 2011 he was given a Special Recognition award by the Political Studies Association for his work over four decades on opinion polls, elections and political analysis.

  • CEO, Ipsos Connect

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  • Founder and Co-CEO, MyBnk

    Lily Lapenna’s passion for youth empowerment has led her to work on youth-focused social projects. She is the Founder and CO-Ceo of MyBnk, a UK-based social enterprise that gives young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively manage their money and to make enterprising choices in their lives. MyBnk has created a set of financial and enterprise educational programmes that have engaged over 125,000 young people. Through a social franchise model and a consulting arm, MyBnk has expanded internationally, from Italy to China. In 2012, the Centre for Social Justice awarded MyBnk the ‘Prevention of Debt’ Award, recognizing it as an organisation helping people out of poverty and dependence, and into a life of independence. MyBnk was also named by The Observer and NESTA as the NO.1 new radical project in Britain. Lily is an Ashoka Fellow and Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. Her efforts and those of her colleagues have led to financial education becoming compulsory within the UK school curriculum.

  • Director, Team Turquoise Ltd,

    Fotini Markopoulou received her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Imperial College London.  She was a founding member and faculty at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada, one of the premier institutes on the frontiers of theoretical physics. She has been a visiting professor at MIT and the Santa Fe Institute and Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Berlin. Her physics work is on gravity, cosmology, quantum information theory, complex systems and networks. Since 2012 Fotini has moved into the area of Innovation and Design, and graduated from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College Innovation Design Engineering Masters programme. Her main interest is the interface between systems design and personal experience. She is co-founder of Team Turquoise, a wearable tech company that uses cutting edge research in psycho-physiology, how mind and body affect one-another, to create technology that changes how we perceive, feel and behave. 

  • Global Chief Digital Officer, MediaCom

    Having started during the heady boom days of late 90’s San Francisco, Deirdre McGlashan has been involved in all aspects of digital marketing throughout her career, from strategy to media to technical development and everything in between. As Global Chief Digital Officer for MediaCom, her role is to ensure the full power of technology and interactivity is utilised for our clients, from systems thinking when developing communications solutions, to harnessing and using different types of data, through to delivering specialist excellence in activation, to drive business growth for their brands.

    Prior to this role, she was Head of Digital, Global Clients for Aegis Media for three years and before that the CEO of wwwins Isobar Greater China (an Aegis Media company), a team of 220 digital specialists across strategy, creative, technology and media across Greater China. In the independent agency space, Deirdre was a Founding Partner at AnalogFolk, a multi-disciplinary marketing communications agency in London that fuses both analogue and digital communications channels.

    Client Creds

    Deirdre has a vast range of international experience and over the last 10 years has directed on a number of large global accounts including Sainsbury’s, Phillips, VW, Procter & Gamble and Sony. She has also delivered award winning work for Adidas, Miller Brewing Company, The Coca-Cola Company and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

  • Associate Director of the Institute of Business Ethics

    Peter Montagnon is Associate Director of the Institute of Business Ethics. He also serves as a member of the corporate governance advisory board of the Norges Bank Investment Management, as well as on the Board of the Hawkamah Institute, Dubai, and as a visiting professor at the Cass Business School. He was recently elected to an expert committee formed by Sika AG in Switzerland to monitor related party issues connected with the hostile bid for that company by St Gobain.

    Previously he held senior governance-related positions at the Association of British Insurers and the Financial Reporting Council. As a journalist at the Financial Times for two decades his assignments included Head of the Lex Column, Asia Editor and Capital Markets Editor. He is a past chairman of the International Corporate Governance network and was a member of the European Corporate Governance Forum from 2006 to 2011.

    For the IBE he has published a Board Briefing on Ethics Risk and Governance and a report on Ethical Challenges facing Pension Fund Trustees. He is currently working on a Board Briefing on the role of internal auditors in assessing culture. He writes regularly for trade and business publications and is a frequent public speaker. 

  • Producer, Channel 4 News 

    Matthew is a journalist at Channel 4 News where he produces, politics, 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 rise of the Tea Party.  He worked as an assistant producer at ITN Productions on documentaries before moving to Channel 4 News as a producer in 2012. He leads Channel 4 News' Scottish independence referendum coverage from the outset. He was one of the programme's political producers working on the General Election. Matthew has a keen interest in politics, social affairs and economics. 

  • Director, Jewish Museum London

    Abigail Morris joined the Jewish Museum as Chief Executive in 2012. Abigail has a background in theatre, serving as Artistic Director and CEO of the Soho Theatre from 1992 to 2005. More recently, she has also been Chief Executive of Jewish Women’s Aid and Director of ResponseAbility, a cross-communal Jewish think-tank.

  • Director of Communications, John Lewis Partnership

    Andrew is responsible for the communications strategy for the 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. 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.

  • Co-founder, Supa Academy

    Bejay Mulenga founded Supa Tuck, an enterprise programme teaching students how to run and operate their own tuck shops in school. Over three years they had reached over 5,000 young people, which led to the Supa Tuck social enterprise being featured in Lord Young’s ‘Enterprise For All’ report, June 2014. He worked on several campaigns with marketing agency Livity aged 16, some of their clients included Nike and Google. He had raised £35,000 from his local borough aged 13 to rebuild derelict rehearsal rooms and studio space for his youth club. Now aged 19 and co–founder of Supa Academy.

  • Journalist and social media assistant,The Economist

    Shafi Musaddique is a London based journalist with The Economist, covering global news and assisting with the newspapers social media reach. He has covered tech, arts, culture and sport. His most recent stints include covering the General Election for the BBC and writing for men's lifestyle at the Daily Telegraph. 

  • Deputy Director, Oxford Internet Institute

    Victoria Nash is the Deputy Director and Policy and Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). In the latter role, she is responsible for connecting OII research with policy and practice. Her particular research interests draw on her background as a political theorist, and concern the theoretical and practical interpretation of fundamental liberal values in the Internet era. Recent projects have included efforts to map the legal and regulatory trends shaping freedom of expression online for UNESCO, analysis of age verification policies as a tool for balancing the interests of children and adults online, and the identification of common ground between free speech advocates and child protection NGOs. She holds several policy advisory roles, including membership of the UK IGF Steering Committee and Nominet’s .uk Policy Stakeholder Committee. She is also Course Director for the OII Summer Doctoral Programme and the new OII Digital Leadership Academy.

  • Co-Founder of Educate2Eradicate & Plan UK YAP Member

    After reading Daughters of Shame, aged 14 Arifa joined the fight against FGM, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse. With a group of friends aged 16 she initiated a campaign at her school, putting together a charity fundraising dinner to raise awareness and funds for Karma Nirvana. Her campaign surpassed £5,000 and included original drama, contemporary dance, an auction and speeches from Jasvinder Sanghera and Baroness Scotland. Her activism was successful in putting the issue on the local and national agenda.

    In 2015 with FGM survivor Hibo Wardere she co-founded Educate2Eradicate to break silences by giving talks, workshops and teacher training on FGM and Forced Marriage. Arifa works closely with young people and advocates for more opportunities in order to unlock their potential. She is also currently member of the PLAN UK youth advisory panel, one of ten young people nationally campaigning for girls’ rights. 

  • Founder & Editor, Suit & Pie

    Foong is the founder and editor of Suit & Pie, a website that provides news and inspiration for professional women (and men!). The website features articles, interviews and original content on topics relating to gender diversity and wider personal and professional development issues (the 'Suit' element), together with foodie, artsy and general lifestyle recommendations (the 'Pie' piece!).

    Foong’s inspiration for the website came from her job at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she has been providing advice on mergers and acquisitions in the Real Estate sector for almost 10 years.

  • Publisher, Trade books, Oxford University Press

    Luciana O’Flaherty is Publisher, Trade books, Oxford University Press.  She read English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. After working at Routledge, Hodder Headline, and Macmillan, she joined OUP in 2004. OUP trade publishes 100 books a year. OUP authors include Marina Warner, Barry Cunliffe, Hew Strachan, Paul Cartledge, Terry Eagleton, Patricia Fara, Jim Baggott, Jack Copeland, Rosamund Bartlett, Peter Longerich, Richard English, and Joanna Bourke.

  • Deputy Corporate Affairs Director, Lloyds Banking Group

    Ed is the Group’s Deputy Corporate Affairs Director as well as Director of Media Relations.
    He joined the Group in Jan 2011 from McDonald's Europe where he was Senior Director of Corporate Affairs overseeing the media, public affairs and internal communication teams across their 40 European markets.
    Before that he spent 4 years working in consultancy, including at McKinsey & Company advising a range of corporate and government clients on communication issues.
    And started his career as a journalist and was a News Editor at the BBC for 7 years, working on national news programmes across BBC Radio 4 and Radio Five Live as well as in the business unit, where he made documentaries for the BBC's flagship business documentary show 'The Money Programme'. 

  • Founder, Make Dreams Reality Ltd

    In February 2012 Chris Preddie was called upon by Her Majesty the Queen who congratulated him with an OBE at the tender age of 25, for his outstanding dedication and work ethic for his community. 

    Chris Preddie was given his first taste of stardom, by getting up on stage as a spoken word poet and receiving the Champion title of the 2006 Londonwide youth slam championship.

    In 2007, Chris was called upon by CrimeStoppers. For an intense 3 years he educated young people on the culture of society. He immediately built a niche for filling young minds with as much knowledge as possible on knife and gun crime, snitching and the importance of decisions.

    After getting a taste for paving a positive path for young people, he founded his company MDR - Make Dreams A Reality. In 2010, after building on his experience of working with children both the troubled & inquisitive, Chris began to approach schools, institutions, prisons and youth projects with a view to educating both the young and old through Poetry, creative writing, inspirational speaking, knife & gun crime workshops, gang discussions, anti-bullying techniques, mentoring and pretty much whatever else the audience before him would divulge.

    Since then Chris has devoted all his time to being a role model, a safe-person and an icon for all the young people today, to ensure they don't get pulled into the wrong lifestyle. 

  • Professor of Television Journalism, City University London

    Stewart Purvis is the co-author of 'Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone', a biography of the Cambridge spy which will be published by Biteback in Autumn 2015. Writing a spy biography is the latest chapter in a media career which began as a local radio reporter, a regional television presenter and a Sunday tabloid freelance while still at University. Stewart was then chosen as one of the BBC’s first three News Trainees in 1969.

    He moved to ITN in 1972 where he went on to win Royal Television Society awards for news and documentaries, two BAFTA awards as Editor of Channel Four News and also collected a TV Times award and even an ‘Office Building of the Year’ award for ITN’s Norman Foster-designed headquarters in Grays Inn Road, London.

    He became Editor-in-Chief of ITN and Chief Executive, and also President of the international news channel, EuroNews, based in Lyon, France. He helped to launch EuroNews into Russia as the country’s first news channel in Russian on terrestrial television.

    After Stewart retired from ITN in 2003 he became a Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University and the first Professor of Television Journalism at City University London. He was on the panel set up by the BBC Governors to report on the BBC’s coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

    Stewart was a columnist for the Financial Times and the London Evening Standard.

    From 2007 to 2010 he was Ofcom’s Partner for Content and Standards, effectively the regulator of UK broadcast content, responsible for the implementation of the Ofcom Broadcast Code and other broadcasting regulation. He also chaired the UK Government’s Media Literacy Working Group and was one of the founders of the online academic resource Newsfilm Online.

    Among the honours and awards he has received, in 2000 he was made a CBE for services to broadcast journalism, in 2005 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Law by Exeter University and in 2009 he received the Royal Television Society’s Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to television. He has also been a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications. he is currently a non-executive director of Channel Four and Chairman of the Royal Television Society's TV Journalism Awards. he will be moderating a session at the RTS Conference in Cambridge in September 2015 and at the 2015 Edinburgh Television Festival. His first book, co-written with Jeff Hulbert, 'When Reporters Cross the Line' was based on a BBC Radio programme of the same name.

    During his career he was worked in more than 25 countries and has appeared as an expert witness before every media-related committee in the parliaments of the UK, France and the European Parliament.

    He appears regularly on the Sky News 'Press Preview' and comments on media matters across all broadcasters both in the UK and the US. He has also given after-dinner speeches talking about his years as a programme maker and his dealings with  'Princes, Princesses, Popes and Prime Ministers'. 

    He tweets as @StewartPurvis

  • Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean (Administration), Oxford University Saïd Business School

    Catherine is Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean (Administration) at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.  She was recruited from The Middle Temple, where her role as Chief Executive combined direction of commercial and not-for-profit activities, including management of a heritage estate and professional legal institution in central London.  Prior to this, she led the grant-giving operations of the Wellcome Trust, where she restructured the Trust’s grant-giving operations and co-led the establishment of a sister charity in India.  Before Wellcome, she spent several years in Oxford, where she directed the University’s Research Services and was a co-founder of Oxford University Consulting Limited. 

    Catherine has been on several boards and is currently a Trustee of The Royal British Legion and national Poppy Appeal, and a Non-Executive Director of the National Memorial Arboretum.

  • Freelance Consultant, Cultural and Digital Sector

    Lara is a freelance consultant working within the cultural and digital sector.  She develops and delivers collaborative projects and policy on how cultural and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well programmes around business development for the arts including Hello Culture with Simon Whitehouse and Grain Growth for GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham She works with the public sector, HEIs, the cultural, heritage and digital sectors amnd health.

    She is also Senior Research Facilitator at the Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham and her projects include the AHRC Funded CATH Project

     She is also CidaCo Midlands Director working on their Arts Council England project, Developing Cultural Sector Resilience.

  • Founder and Managing Director, Bladonmore

    Coming soon.

  • Director of Growth, Feed

    Mark is Director of Growth at Feed which means he heads up new business and all external marketing of the agency from PR to pitching.

    Prior to Feed Mark has worked with plenty of agencies as Marketing Head including Rainey  Kelly, Karmarama, Sapient Nitro, Grey, Havas Media and Albion.

    Outside of his paid work he is a trustee of Prison Radio – of which he is founder, a director of the Gate Theatre and trustee of Sandlanders Football.

  • Global Agency Business Leader, Google UK

    Coming soon.

  • Head of Public Policy, Facebook

    Rishi Saha is the Head of Public Policy for Facebook in the UK. He previously led digital communications at 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for online outreach and citizen engagement. Rishi joined Facebook from the WPP consulting firm, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where he served as the Dubai-based Regional Director for the Middle East, India, Africa and Turkey region.

  • Deputy Director, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

    Sophie Scott has researched human communication and the human brain for 25 years, and has a particular interest in the ways that our brains control and hear human voices, and the ways that this can go wrong. She has published over 100 academic papers, and was awarded a chair in 2006. She has written for the Guardian, the BBC and Standard Issue magazine, and has appeared on Radio 4’s The Life Scientific, as well as the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Today program.

    Tweets from @sophiescott

  • Project Advisor, IF Project

    Dee Searle is a former journalist, including reporting from Africa, Asia, north America and many parts of Europe. She was the launch editor of Red Pepper magazine and became Head of Programme Support at Channel 4 Television, before moving to senior roles in the UN children's fund Unicef, Amnesty International and Oxfam, among others. After four years at University of the Arts London, Dee left in 2014 to help set up a free arts and humanities university for young Londoners who can't afford education fees. Dee stood as the Green Party candidate for Tottenham in the 2015 General Election. 

  • Journalist

    Currently a columnist for Al Jazeera English online, Rachel Shabi is an award-winning journalist and author who has been published in a variety of international publications, including the Guardian, Independent, the Sunday Times, Foreign Policy, the New Statesman and others.

    She is a regular commentator on TV and radio news networks including the BBC, Sky news and Al Jazeera and focuses on the Middle East, having reported widely from the region.

  • Programme Manager, Year Here

    Michael is Programme Manager for Year Here, an award-winning social enterprise that teaches young graduates to build solutions to social problems. He is also a Huffington Post contributor and a trustee of the Kitchenette Foundation, helping disadvantaged food entrepreneurs get started.

    Michael leads on Year Here's programme design and management, working closely with the CEO and the rest of the team to develop a world-class curriculum and faculty.

    He is a keen writer, having written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and The Huffington Post.

  • Editorial Content Director – Global, Swarovski

    Coming soon.

  • Managing Director, Corporate Communications, Barclays PLC

    Alistair Smith is responsible for communications planning and campaigns at Barclays. Over a 16 year career at Barclays, he has been Director of Communications for Barclays’ retail businesses globally, Communications Director for Corporate Banking and Head of Group Media Relations. Prior to Barclays, Alistair worked as a press officer for Ernst & Young and at PR consultancy Porter Novelli.

  • Chairman, ITG Group

    Stevie is a portfolio director, investor and adviser. In addition to ITG, she currently Chairs BBC Children in Need and a technology start-up ; is Senior independent director of ALCS; and on the Council of Kent’s International University.

    Her executive career included serving as MD of a global advertising agency; UK CEO of the world's largest radio, out of home and live entertainment company; and CEO of a fully listed international consumer publishing group.

    She was named in GQ magazine as one of the UK’s 100 most connected women and is on Debretts 2015 list of Britain’s 500 most influential people.

    Twitter @steviespring1

  • Solicitor and Strategic Communications Consultant

    Specialising in reputation, crisis and issues management communications, Sue Stapely FIPR FRSA is thought to be the UK's only solicitor providing comprehensive strategic communications counsel, with unrivalled experience, particularly working in the legal sector.

    A former BBC Television programme maker, turned politician, broadcaster and solicitor, Sue was Head of Public Relations at the Law Society of England and Wales before moving into consultancy, as a director of Fishburn Hedges, the award-winning London communications and design consultancy.

    She now operates independently after working regularly for a decade with Quiller Consultants ( and Edge International ( Her clients come from all walks of life and range from major international law firms and their clients to household name businesses and high profile individuals. Her work is primarily discreetly defending and maintaining the reputations of organisations and individuals facing damaging issues and press exposure, often as a result of coming into contact with the law. She also provides training and coaching in all media and communications skills.

    Her extra-curricular activities are mainly in the arts. She is a Trustee of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, a board member of the Media Standards Trust and of Brighton Dome & Festival.   Formerly she was a board member of the government’s Countryside Agency, on the Development Council of the Royal Court Theatre, on the National Consumer Council’s Advisory Board and on a NHS Trust.  She’s also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations and of the Royal Society for the Arts, a member of International Women’s Forum, the Law Society and the Media Society.

  • Economist and Museum-maker

    Susie Symes is an economist, and museum-maker. Passionate about opening up space for dialogue, Susie has broadcast on topics ranging through social exclusion, world agricultural policy, military might, immigration, and the novels of Philip Pullman. She co-produced, for charity, an award-winning audio anthology Voices, a best seller. Susie is glad to be a BBC Listed Londoner, as preserving her from demolition, and proud to lead 19 Princelet Street, a pioneering international historic site of conscience and Europe's oldest museum of immigration. She has previously worked in HMTreasury, the European Commission think tanks and academia.

  • CEO, Punch

    Cultural entrepreneur Ammo Talwar started Punch in 1996 as a specialist record shop and a hub for local DJs. His leadership and vision built the company into an award-winning music development agency; working internationally and in partnership with leading private and public sector investors. He received an MBE in 2008 for contributions to music and young people.

    A recipient of the Clore cultural leadership award, Ammo’s professional acumen is in demand by organisations facing both new business opportunities and challenges. He helped deliver Birmingham’s City of Culture pitch and sat on the board of the regional development agency. Currently chair of the UK’s largest African Caribbean music touring network.

    Ammo advises government agencies and private companies on cultural investment and issues around diverse practice and youth enterprise. A board member of Birmingham’s performing arts academy, BOA, a director of Creative Alliance and governor of Park View Academy he leads on charting Punch’s future, securing new business while actively participating in programme delivery.

  • Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Virgin Media

    Brigitte joined Virgin Media at the beginning of 2014 as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer responsible for public policy, regulatory, government, sustainability and communications functions. Previously she has run the corporate communications departments for ITV, ICAP and Lloyds Banking Group. Earlier she was Global Head of Communications and chief spokesperson for Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, working in New York and London. Between ITV and going back in-house to join Lloyds Banking Group she founded and ran Burghley Communications, a strategic communications consultancy. Clients included: Thomson Reuters, Clear Channel, The New York Times and Oxford University’s Centre for Business Taxation. She is on the advisory board of Blurb, a profitable book publishing company based in California.

  • Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, Business school, Birmingham University 

    Kiran Trehan is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development at Birmingham University, Business school. Kiran is a key contributor to debates on Enterprise development, Entrepreneurship, and diversity. Her work focuses on how and why people from diverse backgrounds start their own businesses and the role banks,   large businesses and public policy play in developing small firms. Kiran has led a number of enterprise and business support initiatives and extensively published a number of journal articles, policy reports, books and book chapters in the field. Professor Trehan’ s work has been supported by grants from a full range of research funding bodies; including research councils, government departments, regional and local agencies and the private sector.

    Professor Trehan has secured important research grants from the Economic and Social Research Councils (ESRC, AHRC), and has taken up national advisory roles that shape debates and policy in Diversity and Enterprise development.  Professor Trehan is also a board member at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship [ISBE] Professor Trehan academic work has achieved national and international recognition and as a result led to a number of visiting professorships including East China University of Science and Technology, Lancaster and Chester University as well as extensive invited keynote addresses.

    She is Co- Editor of Action Learning: Research & Practice ; The first international journal dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and practice through action learning.

  • External Affairs Director, Mishcon de Reya

    Lisa Tremble is External Affairs Director for the law firm Mishcon de Reya where she runs the social impact programme, oversees external and internal communications, government affairs, PR and related campaigns for the Firm. Lisa has over 15 years’ experience of policy, political and media advice at the highest level of Government. During her time in Government Lisa worked for Charles Clarke, James Purnell and David Miliband across four Departments including, the Department for Education, the Home Office, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Work and Pensions. In 2010, Lisa ran the communications for the David Miliband Labour leadership campaign and was his official spokesperson. Following the leadership campaign, Lisa joined Lexington Communications as a Director where she ran the creative industries division.  

  • Diplomatic Editor of Newsnight and Author

    Mark Urban is Newsnight’s Diplomatic Editor. He came to the programme after being Middle East Correspondent for BBC News, a general reporter for Newsnight and Defence Correspondent of The Independent newspaper. Before that he also worked behind the camera as an assistant producer on various programmes.

    Mark’s years on Newsnight have taken him to many of the biggest foreign news stories of the past decade: the Gulf War; 1991 Coup in Moscow; 1993 events in Moscow; Bosnian war; Middle East peace process; Russian as well as Israeli elections, Kosovo conflict, second Intifada and Afghanistan war of 2001. He is the author of several books including “Big Boys’ Rules: The Secret Struggle Aganist the IRA” and “UK Eyes Alpha: The Inside Story of British Intelligence”. He has also published military history titles: “The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes” and “Rifles, Six Years with Wellington’s Legendary Sharpshooters”, and “Fusiliers, Eight Years with the Redcoats in America”.

    He was born in London and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. Mark also served in the Army - for nine months as a regular officer and four years in the Territorials. He is married with two daughters and a son.

  • Managing Director, WeAreTheCity (UK) WeAreTheCity (India) & CareersCity (UK)

    Vanessa Vallely is a recognized expert in person-to-person business networking, online branding and a sought after motivational speaker. In 2014, Vanessa was cited as 1 of the top 100 Connected Women in the UK by GQ magazine. Vanessa is passionate about sharing her experience and know-how with others and has delivered keynotes for over 100 companies in Europe, the US, India and the Middle East.

    Vanessa corporate experience stems from a 25 year career in Banking and Finance, holding senior positions such as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Governance and Business Management.

    In 2008, Vanessa started the networking site WeAreTheCity: (WATC) as a vehicle to help women connect and grow both personally and professionally. Today, WATC has become the Little Black Book for UK’s female workforce and experiences over 5 million hits per month with an average of 200,000 unique visitors. Its 30,000+ members rely on this fantastic site to inspire, motivate and provide them with the direction they need to take their careers or businesses to the next level. CareersCity was launched in 2012: as a niche female job board aimed at raising visibility of career opportunities open to women in the UK. In 2014, WATC was also launched in India ( to provide career advice to local women there.

    In 2009, Vanessa co-founded the City-wide diversity forum, The Networks of Networks (TNON). The TNON now includes the diversity heads and heads of gender employee networks from approximately 100 mid to large sized public and private sector organisations. The TNON also recently expanded with strands catering to both the LGBT and BAME communities.

    As testimony to the success of the knowledge she shares with others, Vanessa has been on every major watch list following top women in the City, including Financial News Top 100 Rising Star EMEA, Financial News Top 100 Women in Finance, The International Alliance for Women’s Top 100 Global Women, Brummel’s Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City, Good Housekeeping’s 50 Women of Influence and GQ’s 100 Most Connected Women. She received the Global Leadership Award at Columbia University from US network Womensphere. Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) recognized her achievements with the Women’s Champion Award.

    Vanessa has released her first book, Heels of Steel, which tracks her amazing career climb to the C-suite. This autobiography also includes 13 chapters of tips and advice aimed at helping the next generation to achieve career success.

    Global corporations, universities, charities and radio broadcasters have invited Vanessa to speak on career progression, networking, mentoring and profile as well as her 25 years of experience in the City. Vanessa has delivered keynotes for over 100 companies in Europe, the US, India and the Middle East.

    Vanessa is committed to community work, serving as board member for Cancer Researches Women of Influence programme and she is also the Pearly Queen of the City of London. 

  • CCO, Metail

    Coming soon.

  • Vice-President for Worldwide New Media and Technology, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Tim Wright is Vice-President for Worldwide New Media and Technology at Sony Pictures Entertainment.  His role there is mainly on the technical side of things (both near term and future looking) but he also has great fun organizing internal training events on technology and future orientated topics, and also topics such as neuroscience, mindfulness, well-being and networking.  In addition to his training in engineering and computer science, he has a degree in Philosophy from Reading University and an MA in Theology from Heythrop College, University of London, and some training in psychology and coaching.  He is permanently networking.

  • Director of Stream

    Ella is Director of Stream, the WPP (un)conference. Named as "one of the world’s best technology conferences" by WIRED, Stream convenes CEOs, CMOs and rising stars to think about our digital future and what that means for communications, what it means for creativity and last, but not least, what it means for business. There are now seven annual events in Europe, Asia and Africa, with a US edition planned for 2016. 

    Prior WPP, Ella worked for the BRITDOC documentary film foundation and the London Film Festival. Alongside Stream, Ella is; a co-founder of Girls in Tech London, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a BBC Labs Mentor. (@ellaweston)