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    Mark was appointed to this role in July 2014.  Prior to th...

    Mark Parsons, CEO at Coventry Building Society

    Mark Parsons, CFO Retail & Business Banking at Barclays Bank

    Mark was appointed to this role in July 2014.  Prior to this he was at Barclays at Chief Financial Officer for Retail and Business Banking.

    He is a Chartered Management Accountant whose career spans 27 years in Retail banking, with half of this in Finance roles, including previously as a Retail Bank Finance Director and Head of Investor Relations, and half in business roles ranging from running a branch network and heading HR, to leading Barclays UK Retail product portfolio.

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    Stuart has worked in retail for over 40 years starting at ...

    Lord Rose, Chairman at Ocado, Fat Face, Blue Inc and Dressipi

    Stuart Rose

    Stuart has worked in retail for over 40 years starting at Marks & Spencer plc in 1971 and joining the Burton Group in 1989. Following the Group's demerger in 1997 he became Chief Executive of Argos plc. In 1998 he became Chief Executive of Booker plc which was merged with the Iceland Group in 2000. He became Chief Executive of Arcadia Group plc in November 2000 and left in December 2002 following its acquisition by Sir Philip Green. He was named Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer plc in May 2004 and became Chairman in 2008. He stood down as Chairman in January 2011. He was Chairman of The British Fashion Council from 2004 – 2008, Chairman of Business in the Community from 2008 – 2010, and was a non-executive director of Land Securities plc - 2003 - 2013, and Woolworths (South Africa).

    He is currently Chairman of Ocado, Fat Face and Dressipi. Stuart was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility and he was made a life peer in September 2014.

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    Stuart Fletcher was, until April 2016, Chief Executive Off...

    Stuart Fletcher

    Stuart Fletcher

    Stuart Fletcher was, until April 2016, Chief Executive Officer of Bupa, a role he held since March 2012.

    Bupa is a leading global health and care company with 84,000 employees around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the USA, and has 32m customers in 190 countries. With no shareholders, it reinvests profits to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil its purpose: longer, healthier, happier lives.

    Before joining Bupa, Stuart spent 26 years in leadership positions with Diageo Plc. He was President of Diageo International between 2004-2011, having been President of Key Markets from 2000-2004.  Stuart held a number of other senior general management and finance positions with Diageo including roles based in Japan, USA and Hong Kong. He previously held various financial roles with Procter & Gamble in the UK.

    Stuart is a member of the Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University and a member of the Trustee Boards of two charities, Pancreatic Cancer UK and United World Schools. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).

    Stuart has been married to Trish for 37 years, has a large extended family and loves music, hiking, skiing, cooking and wine.

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    Nick Land is a non-executive director of Vodafone Group, B...

    Nick Land, Non-Executive Director – Vodafone

    Nick Land

    Nick Land is a non-executive director of Vodafone Group, BBA Aviation, The Financial Reporting Council and the Ashmore Group. He is the senior independent director for BBA and Ashmore and chairs the audit and risk committees of Vodafone, BBA and Ashmore.   He is chair of the board of trustees of the Vodafone Group Foundation and an adviser to Silicon Bank, London and the boards of Dentons UKEMEA LLP.   He also chairs the Private Equity Reporting Group for the BVCA. 
     
    Nick retired as Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP in 2006 after a career spanning 36 years with the firm the last eleven of which were as Executive Chairman. He was also a member of the Global Executive Board and Area Managing Partner for Northern Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa.
     
    Nick was a non-executive director of Royal Dutch Shell from 2006 to 2010 and from 2007 to 2015 at Alliance Boots and was also a trustee at Farnham Castle and an adviser to Alsbridge plc.

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    Tim leads Promontory's activities globally in the cyber se...

    Tim Roberts, Managing Director, Promontory (an IBM company) and Chairman, Mayor’s Fund for London

    Tim Roberts, CEO - Promontory

    Tim leads Promontory's activities globally in the cyber security and technology risk space, and advises clients on international strategy, governance, risk management and regulatory compliance issues from our London office. He has worked with executives at the highest levels in financial institutions, government departments and regulators, to help his clients identify and manage risks in an ever-changing and complex industry, technology and regulatory landscape.

    Prior to joining Promontory, Tim was Chief Operating Officer of Ignis Asset Management, a major £80bn+ UK-based asset manager. While at Ignis, Tim successfully merged the operations and support functions of two businesses, led a major operational and technology transformation and had board-level responsibility for strategy, finance risk and compliance.

    Previous to Ignis, Tim enjoyed a 16-year career at McKinsey & Company, where prior to leaving he held the post of Head of the UK Financial Services practice. He served major financial institutions around the world, including Europe, the US, the Middle East, Japan and South Africa, and was one of the founding partners of McKinsey's global Risk Management Practice.

    He is Chairman of the Trustees of the Mayor’s Fund for London, having been involved with the charity since its inception under the previous Mayor. The Mayor’s Fund is a social mobility charity focusing on helping London’s poorest kids escape from poverty.

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    Starting as a commercial apprentice Tim had senior marketi...

    Tim Lefroy, Trustee – Riverside Studios

    Tim Lefroy, Trustee – Riverside Studios

    Starting as a commercial apprentice Tim had senior marketing roles with Cadbury's and Gillette before moving into advertising.

    He was a director at McCann Erickson and CEO successively of Yellowhammer and Young & Rubicam, before setting up Radical, the strategy & change consultancy in 1994. From 2009-16 he was CEO of the Advertising Association, bringing the UK's major advertisers, agencies, media/ platforms and their respective trade associations together to promote the role, rights and responsibilities of advertising.

    He is a trustee of Hammersmith's Riverside Studios - reopening in 2018.

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    For over 25 years Sally has been a trailblazer of values-d...

    Sally Bailey, Chair and Board Advisor

    Sally Bailey

    For over 25 years Sally has been a trailblazer of values-driven business, putting people and customers at the heart of the companies that she runs. After leading the turnaround at Miss Selfridge Sally joined White Stuff in 2004 as an equity partner and CEO. In her nine years there Sally transformed the company from a £13m turnover outdoor clothing retailer into a £113m lifestyle multichannel brand. She also created and chaired The White Stuff Foundation which gave money to charities in each town where White Stuff traded.

    Over the last few years Sally has built a portfolio career sitting on and advising a number of boards. Sally is Chair of an ambitious early stage company, The Vet, a chain of low cost veterinarian clinics backed by Bridges Ventures. She is also Chair of the  communications and culture consultancy Kin&Co  She is board advisor to the ethical fashion company Braintree Clothing (soon to rebrand as Thought), and start ups The Able Label, Lisa Taylor, and Blue Marmalade. She is also vice chair of the gynaecological cancer charity The Eve Appeal..

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    Michael Herlihy has spent over twenty years in the boardro...

    Michael Herlihy, Group General Counsel - Smiths Group Plc

    Michael Herlihy, Group General Counsel - Smiths Group Plc

    Michael Herlihy has spent over twenty years in the boardrooms of some of the UK's largest manufacturing companies with sector experience extending from chemicals to FMCG to engineering and service businesses. In addition to FTSE 30 majors, he has served on the boards of an entrepreneurial AIM listed company; a US private equity fund and an academic advisory council.

    A graduate of St Catherine's College, Oxford, Michael was admitted as a solicitor in 1977.

    In 1979 he joined Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (ICI) where he worked in a variety of legal, managerial and financial roles before being appointed General Counsel in 1996 and Executive Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions in 2000.

    After retiring from ICI in 2005 he joined the boards of Compass Partners International LLP and Imperial Tobacco Group PLC. Since 2008 he has been Group General Counsel of Smiths Group plc.

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    John Casey has been with HSBC Group for over 30 years havi...

    John Casey, GGM, Chief of Staff, Financial Crime Risk - HSBC

    John Casey, Regional Head for Commercial Banking Europe - HSBC

    John Casey has been with HSBC Group for over 30 years having joined Midland Bank plc in 1985.

    He has a broad spectrum of experience having undertaken roles that have included frontline leadership, customer relationship management, strategy, operations and technology.

    John was appointed as a Group General Manager (GGM) in February 2015.

    His most recent appointment is GGM, Chief of Staff, Financial Crime Risk which he assumed in July 2016.  In this role he supports the Global Head of Financial Crime Risk across the newly created function with (i) oversight over the Remediation Management Offices which operate across HSBC, (ii) responsibility for business as usual element of the Group Entity Management team, and (iii) the implementation of the Affiliates Risk programme as it is embedded with the Bank wide CDD programme.

    John is married to Cath and has a son Drew.  He is an avid football supporter and an enthusiastic golfer.

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    Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2010. Key stre...

    Steve Williams, Non Executive Director at Eversheds

    Steve Williams

    Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2010. Key strengths and experience: Extensive

    industry, legal and board experience. Steve was General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of

    Unilever plc and Unilever NV from 1986 until 2010. Prior to this he spent 11 years at Imperial

    Chemical Industries PLC as a commercial lawyer and Assistant Secretary. From 2004 until 2010

    he was Senior Independent Director of Arriva plc. From 1995 until 2004 he was a Non-Executive

    Director of Bunzl plc.

    External appointments: Since 2008 he has been a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread PLC

    where he is also the Senior Independent Director. In addition Steve is a Non-Executive Director

    of Eversheds LLP, an international law firm, and a senior advisor to Spencer Stuart LLP. He is

    Chairman of the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust and a member of the Board of Leverhulme

    Trust and of Moorfields NHS Trust.

    Committee membership: Member of Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees

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    Martin George – NED - Hornby, PrivateFly, London Doctors Clinic and Grays

    Martin George

    Having graduated in Management Sciences from Loughborough University, Martin joined Cadbury where he undertook a number of marketing roles. He then joined British Airways where his career involved marketing, commercial and general management responsibility, and prior to leaving he was on the Main Board as Commercial Director. Martin then joined Bupa in an advisory capacity prior to becoming Managing Director, Group Development in 2010 where he was responsible for Group Marketing, Group Corporate Affairs, Group Medical and the Bupa Cromwell Hospital. Martin then spent 3 years at the Post Office Ltd as Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer.

    Martin is now undertaking a number of consulting projects as well as non-executive roles with Hornby, PrivateFly, London Doctors Clinic and Grays (a leading sports goods manufacturer who own Gilbert and Gray-Nicolls).

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    David Pemsel was appointed CEO, Guardian Media Group (GMG)...

    David Pemsel, Chief Executive Officer - Guardian Media Group

    David Pemsel, Chief Executive Officer - Guardian Media Group

    David Pemsel was appointed CEO, Guardian Media Group (GMG) in July 2015 with responsibility for implementing and executing GMG’s commercial and financial business strategy.

    David joined Guardian News & Media (GNM) in 2011 and was appointed chief commercial officer in 2012. A year later he took on increased accountability for the GNM business in the newly-created role of deputy chief executive, GNM. In that role, David had overall responsibility for all commercial operations in the UK, the US and Australia, integrating and leading all three businesses into one truly global organisation.

    Prior to joining GNM, David worked in many senior roles within the media industry, including launching Shine Entertainment in 2000, before becoming Group Marketing Director of ITV in 2005.

    David is a Non-Executive Director of The British Fashion Council, a Voting Member of BAFTA and a Council member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.

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    Nigel's broad practice includes domestic and international...

    Nigel Boardman, Senior Corporate Lawyer - Slaughter and May

    Nigel Boardman, Senior Corporate Lawyer - Slaughter and May

    Nigel's broad practice includes domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, demergers, private acquisitions and disposals, private equity, public takeovers, issues of compliance and corporate governance, investigations and insolvency, restructurings, investigations and sports law.

    Nigel has received a number of accolades and is the highest ranked UK lawyer in Who's Who Legal Corporate Governance 2013, listed as a leading individual for Mergers and Acquisitions in The Legal 500, 2012 and included by the Evening Standard in their 2012 review of the most influential lawyers in London and by The Times in their 100 most influential people in business.

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    After leaving Hertford College, Oxford with a degree in PP...

    Mike Hughes, Director General at ISBA

    Mike Hughes, Director General at ISBA

    After leaving Hertford College, Oxford with a degree in PPE, Mike joined the Unilever graduate scheme in 1972. He then joined Coca-Cola UK in 1980 as Marketing Director, where he launched Diet Coke into the UK market. In 1984 he moved to Guinness as Worldwide Brands Director.

    Following a five-year stint as CEO of Guinness' North American business, he returned to the UK in 1992 to become MD of Guinness Great Britain.

    In 1998 he became CEO of HP Bulmer Holdings plc. In 2003, Mike moved into the new technology area, where he was responsible for the development and sale of a number of ventures.

    In 2007, Mike assumed his current role as Director General of ISBA, The Voice of British Advertisers. He is a member of all key relevant industry bodies and also sits on the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA).

    Married with three children, his main interests are golf, rugby, opera and theatre.

    Mike has been a keen supporter and mentor to the Marketing Academy Scholarship programme since launch, and ISBA is the founding sponsor of the Fellowship of which he is also a mentor. He says that, while happy to share the highpoints of his career through to PLC board level, he's found that sharing the failures, mistakes and 'watchouts' along the way is often even more helpful....

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    Derek has spent a career in fashion retailing during which...

    Derek Lovelock, Executive Chairman - Mamas and Papas

    Derek Lovelock

    Derek has spent a career in fashion retailing during which he was a Main Board Member of Storehouse PLC and Sears PLC.  Latterly he was Chairman of Aurora Fashions comprising Karen Millen, Coast, Oasis and Warehouse.  

    Derek is currently Chairman of Mamas & Papas and Chairman of Jack Wills.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of Spartoo.com and an Advisor to Catapult Ventures Ltd.  In 2013 Derek was appointed  Honorary Professor and received a lifetime achievement award from Glasgow Caledonian University.

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    John Neill joined Unipart Group of Companies from General ...

    Dr John M Neill CBE BA, MBA, DBA, FCIM, FCIPS, Chairman and Group Chief Executive - Unipart Group

    Dr John M Neill CBE BA, MBA, DBA, FCIM, FCIPS, Chairman and Group Chief Executive at Unipart Group

    John Neill joined Unipart Group of Companies from General Motors in 1974 and set out to establish a more independent and broadly based role for what was then British Leyland's Parts Division. In 1987 he led the Management Buyout of the company and began the process of changing not only the culture of the company but also the whole philosophy by which the business was run. He was educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde. He was formerly a Director of the Court of the Bank of England, the Royal Mail,  Rolls-Royce plc and Charter plc.

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    Ian has substantial experience in the telecoms and broadca...

    Ian Mackenzie, Senior Advisor to a private equity fund GMT Communications Partners LLP, Non Executive Chairman of GMT portfolio companies MeetingZone and Multicom Security and GTS Central Europe, and is a Non Executive Director of the UK-based Daisy Group

    Ian Mackenzie, Senior Advisor to a private equity fund GMT Communications Partners LLP, Non Executiv

    Ian has substantial experience in the telecoms and broadcast industry, having spent 32 years at British Telecom in a number of senior roles in the UK and Europe, and later as COO for the Asia-Pacific region where he also held a number of Non-Executive positions including Bharti Cellular Ltd in India and Chairman of Clear Communications Ltd in New Zealand.

    After leaving British Telecom in 2000, Ian was COO and a main Board Member of Kingston Communications Plc, a leading provider of communications solutions to business and public sector organisations in the UK. He was former Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Invitel, the Hungarian fixed line telecoms, Non-Executive Chairman of Karneval a cable TV business and interim CEO and Non-Executive Chairman of Ceske Radiokomunikace both in the Czech Republic.

    He is the is currently a Senior Advisor to a private equity fund GMT Communications Partners LLP, Non Executive Chairman of GMT portfolio companies MeetingZone and Multicom Security, and is a Non Executive Director of the UK-based Daisy Group plc and Non-Executive Chairman of GTS Central Europe

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    Cath Keers is Non Executive Director at Home Retail Group ...

    Cath Keers, Non Executive Director - Home Retail Group plc (Argos, Homebase, Habitat ), LV and Royal Mail Plc.

    Cath Keers

    Cath Keers is Non Executive Director at Home Retail Group plc (Argos, Homebase, Habitat ), LV and Royal Mail Plc.  Cath was  previously Chairman of Tesco Mobile and Non Exec Director role at Telefonica O2 Europe plc,

    Her recent executive career was Marketing and Customer Director at O2 Plc where she created with a great team a truly customer, focused, innovative business from its demerger from BT .

    Cath has held various marketing, strategy and business development roles at Next, BSkyB, Avon and Thorn EMI.

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    Stephen Miron is the Group CEO of Global, the music and en...

    Stephen Miron, Group CEO of Global Radio

    Stephen Miron, Group Chief Executive of Global Radio

    Stephen Miron is the Group CEO of Global, the music and entertainment company. Stephen joined Global in December 2008 and is responsible for running Global Radio, Global Entertainment and Global Television.

    Global Radio is Europe’s largest commercial radio company and owns some of the biggest stations in the UK including Heart, Capital, Classic, Smooth, LBC & Radio X.

    Stephen started his media career as a sales assistant at the TV Times in 1985 before joining DMGT to work on The Mail on Sunday in 1988. Stephen worked for the Mail on Sunday for 10 years before joining the board of The Independent as their Commercial Director.

    He returned to DMGT in 2002 as Managing Director of Associated New Ventures, & in 2003 was appointed MD of the Mail on Sunday & was then also made MD of Mail Digital in 2007. In this role he helped create and launch one of the world's biggest newspaper web sites and was the first person to ever give away free CD’s and DVD’s with a newspaper.

    Stephen sits on the advisory board of the advertising agency BBH. He is a member of MGGB and the very exclusive Thirty Club.

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    Tim was the Senior Partner of Slaughter and May, one of th...

    Tim Clark, Non Executive Director - Big Yellow Group Plc

    Tim Clark, Non Executive Director - Big Yellow Group Plc

    Tim was the Senior Partner of Slaughter and May, one of the leading international law firms. As Senior Partner, he had overall responsibility for the firm's external relationships and played a leading role in the development and implementation of strategy for its integrated network of independent law firms across the world.

    After graduating in modern history, Tim joined Slaughter and May in 1973 as a trainee and became a partner in 1983. His practice primarily involved mergers and acquisitions, corporate and general corporate finance. He advised companies and institutions from a range of jurisdictions, in particular, Europe and the USA.
    Tim is Group Senior Adviser of G3, one of the leading international strategic advisory groups based in London. G3 provides strategic advice and intelligence and investigative consulting services. He is also senior non-executive director of Big Yellow Group PLC.

    Tim has, since 2013, been Chair of the Board of Trustees of WaterAid – a charity which focuses on improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.

    Tim is a member of the Board of the National Theatre and the Development Committee of the National Gallery. In 2016, he became Chair of HighTide Theatre which focuses on developing new writers for the stage and producing their plays.

    He is also a Senior Adviser to Chatham House, a Vice-Chair of Business for New Europe and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform, the International Advisory Board of Uria Menendez , the International Chamber of Commerce UK Governing Body and the Audit Committee of the Welcome Trust.

    He is also Chair of the Economist Trust (which is responsible for the continued independence of The Economist and its Editor) and of the Royal Air Squadron (an association of pilots who promote aviation through flying and other activities).

    In 2013, he co-founded BCKR, a company which promotes and supports lawyers who are interested in becoming non-executive directors of commercial companies and not for profit organisations.

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