Sir Roger Carr, Centrica
Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of Centrica plc, Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director of the Court of the Bank of England and is President of the Confederation of British Industry. He is a senior advisor to KKR – the world’s largest private equity company. In addition, he is a Visiting Fellow of Said Business School, University of Oxford and is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.
He has previously held a number of senior appointments including Chairman of Cadbury plc, Chairman of Chubb plc, Chairman of Thames Water plc and Chief Executive of Williams plc.
He has served on a number of external committees including the Manufacturing Council of the CBI, The Higgs Committee on Corporate Governance and Business for New Europe. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce and is a Companion of the Institute of Management.
He was knighted for services to Business in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011.
Jonathan Cobb, Standard Life Investments
Jonathan is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and holds an MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. He has over 20 years of experience in the fund management industry running both UK equity and multi-asset portfolios. He has held senior fund management positions at Cazenove Asset Management, Standard Life Investments and Fidelity.
Prof. Victor Dulewicz, Henley Business School
Victor Dulewicz is Managing Partner of VDA Assessment & Development consultants, Visiting Professor at Southampton University School of Management and Emeritus Professor at Henley Business School where he had been Director of the Centre for Board Effectiveness.
He was co-leader of a major government-funded project investigating competences for boards of directors and co-author of the IoD book Good Practice for Directors: Standards for the Board. During the last 15 years, Victor has been researching board and company performance, and leadership and, as a consultant, has advised many boards on performance and process – how effectively individual directors work together.
Victor is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, a Fellow of both the British Psychological Society and the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Graham Durgan, NEDA
Graham has run a number of international private and public companies. Today he is
He is Chairman of the Non-Executive Directors’ Association, a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of
Patrick Evershed, Hargreave Hale
Patrick Evershed has an honors degree in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin. After spending ten years as analyst at Fielding, Newson-Smith he was head hunted by Sir William (Bill) Stuttaford, the founder of Framlington. During the 1980s Patrick helped Bill and the rest of the award winning team at Framlington. Most of his time was devoted to the Framlington Growth Fund which was the second best in its sector at the time of company’s takeover. After the takeover he moved with Sir William to Brown Shipley. After the takeover of this company he moved to Rathbones and rejoined a number of his former colleagues from Framlington.
While at Rathbones he won second place in the Growth Sector from Micropal, and between 1998 and 2001 he outperformed the Growth Sector Index by 127%. (This was when the Tech Sector collapsed). In 2001 Patrick joined New Star and in 2004 he won the Lipper/Reuters All Stars Fund Manager of the Year award in the Uk All Companies Sector. In the summer of 2009 he joined Hargreave Hale where he works with the award winning team that manages a number of Marlborough funds, including the top performing Marlborough Special Situations Fund.
Steven Fine, Managing Partner at Peel Hunt
Steven became Managing Partner and Head of Equities of Peel Hunt in 2006. Previously he was a founder member of D.E. Shaw Securities, which became the core part of KBC Financial Products. Here, he managed the Asian Equity, Convertible and Derivatives operations in Tokyo. Steven has an Accountancy degree from City of London University.
Mary Francis, Centrica
Mary Francis is senior independent director of Centrica plc, a non-executive director of Aviva plc and a former member of the Board of the Bank of England. In her executive career she was a senior civil servant in the Treasury and 10 Downing Street, and subsequently Director General of the Association of British Insurers.
Mary has a number of pro bono roles, including as a senior adviser to Chatham House and Chair of Governors of James Allen's Girls' School.
Malcolm McKenzie, Alvarez & Marsal
Malcolm McKenzie, a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal, co-heads the firm’s Corporate Services practice in London. He brings 20 years of experience in advising senior management and boards on improving business performance. Mr. McKenzie has also worked with Chairmen and Boards of Directors on evaluating and improving board performance, with a focus on achieving sustainable bottom-line results. His work encompasses both developing and executing performance improvement strategies for clients across Europe and North America across the technology, manufacturing, healthcare media and services industries. He has a Certified Diploma from the ACCA, a Master's degree from Cambridge University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from London Business School. Earlier in his career, Mr. McKenzie also qualified and practiced as a Chartered Engineer.
Will Moynahan, Heidrick & Struggles
Will Moynahan is the Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles' London office. He is a member of the global CEO & Board Practice and the Private Equity Practice. He helps clients build and enhance Boards and leadership teams for both public and private companies, as well as appointing Operating and Investing Partners in Private Equity.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Will was Co-Head of European Private Equity and a Consultant within an international executive search boutique. Previously, he worked at a prestigious UK based executive search firm as an Associate, before joining a global executive search firm in London as Senior Associate in the Consumer, Retail and Entertainment practice.
Will began his career as Research Assistant to a UK Government Minister. Will graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Government.
Derek Neil, BDO LLP
Derek Neil is a senior director in the corporate finance team at BDO LLP. He has been advising on transactions for 15 years, primarily due diligence to private equity and corporate buyers and sellers. Derek has firsthand experience of over 100 deals in sectors as diverse as retail, healthcare and internet gaming.
Derek joined BDO in 2004, having previously been with PwC in the UK and Australia. In 2011 Derek was seconded to mid market private equity house Lyceum Capital during the most active period in the firm’s history. At Lyceum Derek was responsible for originating, evaluating, structuring and executing investment opportunities, as well as portfolio development.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and obtained a 1st class BA in Accounting & Financial Analysis from Newcastle University.
Dominic O'Connell, The Sunday Times (Business Editor)
Born in New Zealand, he studied at the University of Canterbury and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Journalism.
He worked at The Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand, before moving to London and becoming a member of launch team and news editor of the former national broadsheet Sunday Business in 1997.
In 2001, he joined The Sunday Times as Business correspondent and succeeded John Waples business editor in February 2010.
His awards include: DTI Innovation Journalist of the Year, Business Travel Journalist of the Year (twice) UK Press Gazette Business Trade Journalist of the Year.
Barbara Scott, House of Commons
Barbara has had a rich and varied background in both the private and public sectors. She has a wealth of experience in organisational development and change. Currently a Director of Naveda Limited, she is passionate about helping organisations and individuals achieve their full potential. If asked, she would call herself an “Enabler”.
Barbara has eighteen years Non-Executive Director experience and was the Chairman of Bexley Care Trust during an extraordinary six years of transformation. Currently Barbara serves as a Non-Executive Member on the House of Commons Management Board.
The Lord Smith of Kelvin, Weir
Lord Smith of Kelvin was born in Glasgow, Scotland, educated at Allan Glen's School and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1968. He worked in venture capital with ICFC, now 3i, for fourteen years before moving into the banking and asset management sector including being CEO of Deutsche Asset Management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Lord Smith is currently Chairman of two FTSE100 companies - Scottish & Southern Energy, The Weir Group plc. He is Chairman of the UK Green Investment Bank plc and the Organising Committee of Glasgow 2014, the company set up to organise the Commonwealth Games He is a non-executive director of Standard Bank Group in South Africa, and is Chancellor of Strathclyde University. He also won the Outstanding Achievement award at the 2012 Non-Executive Director Awards.
Richard Taylor, Barclays, Head of Investment Banking Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Richard joined Barclays in January 2011. Prior to joining, he spent 10 years at Merrill Lynch, including roles as head of German Investment Banking and, more latterly, as the head of UK Investment & Corporate Banking. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he worked in the Investment Banking division of HSBC for 9 years, and prior to that qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen.
Richard has been involved in a wide range of mergers & acquisitions and capital raisings, including the $36bn sale of O2 to Telefonica; the $16bn sale of ICI to Azko Nobel; Kelda on its $11bn sale to a consortium of infrastructure investors; HP on its $12bn acquisition of Autonomy; Rexam on the sale of c.$1bn of businesses in its plastics division; National Grid on its $3bn disposal of Ravenswood and its $5bn rights issue; WPP on its acquisitions of Young & Rubicom, Tempus, Grey Advertising, Taylor Nelson Sofres and various fund raising; and BT on its $9bn rights issue.
Susan Vinnicombe OBE, Cranfield School of Management
Susan’s particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women’s leadership styles, and the issues involved in women developing their managerial careers. Her Research Centre is unique in Europe with its focus on women leaders and the annual Female FTSE Report is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK.
Susan has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers. “Women on Corporate Boards of Directors – International Research and Practice” (with R. Burke, D. Bilimoria, M. Husen and V. Singh published by Edward Elgar) was published in 2009. Her latest book “Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers” (with R. Burke, L. Moore and S. Blake-Beard) will be published with Edward Elgar in 2012.
Susan has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries including the UAE, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdoms of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. She has advised government in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Spain on how to increase the number of women on their corporate boards. Susan is regularly interviewed in the press and on the radio and television for her expert views on women directors, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences. Susan is the founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards. She is a Board member of the Saudi British Joint Business Council and Vice Patron of Working Families, a charity. She is also Visiting Professor of Curtin University, Graduate Business School, Perth, Australia. Susan is a member of the Davies Steering Committee.
Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List in 2005.
Tim Ward, The Quoted Companies Alliance
Tim Ward has been Chief Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance since 2009. On graduating from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Tim’s business career began at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. This was followed by several years as a senior executive at a smaller quoted company. In 1993 he joined the London Stock Exchange and during the next 10 years he held several regulatory and senior management roles, including Head of Issuer Services and Head of Marketing. Tim joined FTSE International, becoming Finance Director in 2005 where his responsibilities included finance, legal, HR and risk management. He left in 2008 to set up Cityward Coaching Ltd. The Quoted Companies Alliance is the membership organisation that champions the interests of the small to mid-size quoted companies.
Tim is a Chartered Accountant, has an MBA from Henley Business School and a number of coaching and mentoring qualifications. He mentors a strictly limited number of directors and senior managers and is a mentor on ICAEW development programmes.
Martin Webster, Pinsent Mason
Martin has practised as a corporate lawyer for nearly 30 years. He has acted for
both quoted companies and growing private businesses and now advises companies and their boards on corporate governance, risk management and general compliance issues.
Martin writes and lectures widely and is the editor of the Institute of Directors' publication, The Director's Handbook, now in its third edition.