Dame Helen Alexander, UBM

Dame Helen Alexander is Chairman of UBM plc. She is also a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce Group plc, Huawei UK, and a senior adviser to Bain Capital.  Helen is Chancellor of the University of Southampton and is currently involved with other not-for-profit organisations in media, the arts and education, as a director of the Thomson-Reuters Founder’s Share Company, the Grand Palais (Paris), the Said Business School (Oxford) and an honorary fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

Dame Helen was president of the CBI 2009 to 2011 and was Chief Executive of the Economist Group until 2008, having joined the company in 1985 and then as Managing Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997. She has also served on the boards of Northern Foods plc, BT plc, Centrica plc, as Deputy Chairman of esure Group Holdings plc and chairman of Incisive Media and the Port of London Authority (PLA).

Dame Helen has an MA from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and was recently awarded the Legion d’Honneur.

Ruth Bender, Cranfield School of Management

Ruth Bender smallDr Ruth Bender is a Professor of Corporate Financial Strategy at Cranfield School of Management.  Prior to joining Cranfield, she was a partner in Grant Thornton where she specialised in corporate finance, and private equity.  She is the author of Corporate Financial Strategy, Routledge.

Ruth’s research interest is in the practical implications of corporate governance as it affects boards and board committees.   In particular, she has worked with remuneration committees and audit committees of larger companies.  While Ruth’s PhD focused on executive remuneration, her current research relates to executive pay consultants and their role in the process of pay determination.

Iain Dey, The Sunday Times

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Prof. Victor Dulewicz, Henley Business School

Prof.-Victor-Dulewicz---Henley-Business-SchoolVictor 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 fifteen 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-Durgan---NEDAGraham has run a number of international private and public companies. Today he is CEO of Emile Woolf and Chairman of Thomas Murray and Durgan Monstein. He is Chairman of the Non-Executive Directors’ Association, a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of WPO (World Presidents’ Association).

Patrick Evershed, Hargreave Hale

Patrick-Evershed---Hargreave-HalePatrick Evershed has an honors degree in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin. After spending ten years as an 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 a team that manages a number of Marlborough funds, including the top performing Marlborough Special Situations Fund.

Steven Fine, Peel Hunt

Steven-Fine---Managing-Partner-at-Peel-HuntSteven became Managing Partner and Head of Equities at Peel Hunt in 2006. Previously he was founder member of D.E. Shaw Securities, which later became the core of KBC Financial Products. At KBC he managed the Asian Equity, Convertible and Derivatives operations in Tokyo. Steven has an accountancy degree.

Fiona Hathorn, Women on Boards UK

hathorn-fiona-2012(1)Fiona is Managing Director of Women on Boards in the UK, a subsidiary of Women on Boards Australia, and is a Trustee of the Charity Fight for Sight. She is a passionate angel investor and helped to found one of the first female angel investment clubs, Incito Ventures. Formerly Fiona a director for Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively. She has advised the board of the Thai Euro Fund and been the Director responsible for Pension Fund asset allocation for Old Mutual Asset Management’s Employee Pension Fund.

In 2012 Fiona decided to join forces with Women on Boards Australia and launch Women on Boards UK. Women on Boards UK’s aims are simply – to encourage and support women applying for board roles across the Public, Private and Not for Profit Sectors.

Scott Knight, BDO

Scott-Knight---BDOScott is the Head of Audit & Assurance at BDO and also a member of the firm’s Leadership Team and their Risk Committee. As well as leading the audit and assurance practice nationally, he specialises in the Natural Resources sector, acting for more than thirty AIM and fully listed companies both in the UK and internationally. Scott has considerable experience in advising fast growing clients from both the London and New York offices of BDO. He is a ‘hands on partner’ who recognises the need to develop a full understanding of his clients businesses in order to provide practical, commercial advice that is tailored to their needs.

Moni Mannings, Polypipe Group PLC & Investec Bank Limited

Moni Mannings is the Chief Operating Officer of Aistemos Limited whose analytics platform CIPHER aggregates the world’s IP data and applies advanced data science to provide instant insights using powerful presentation ready visualisations. Moni is also a Non Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration of Polypipe Group PLC and a Non Executive Director of Investec Bank Limited. Moni is a council member on the Board of Cranfield University and was previously a Board Member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Chair of its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Until March 2016, Moni was a senior partner in international law firm Olswang LLP having enjoyed a career spanning over three decades in private practice. Moni founded an led Olswang’s International Banking and Finance Practice and served on its Board for 13 years. Prior to joining Olswang, Moni was a partner in New York based law firm Dewey Ballantine, heading up its London Finance Practice.

Malcolm McKenzie, Alvarez & Marsal

Malcolm-McKenzie---Alvarez-&-MarsalMalcolm McKenzie, Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal, leads the Corporate Solutions practice in London. He has over twenty five years’ experience advising senior management and boards on how to improve business performance. Malcom 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 includes developing and executing performance improvement strategies for clients across Europe and North America from a range of industries including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, media and services. Malcolm 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, he also qualified and practiced as a Chartered Engineer.

Iain Newman, Nabarro

NIain is head of the corporate team at Nabarro LLP.  He specialises in advising on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, flotations on a variety of markets including the Official List and AIM, secondary fundraisings and takeovers. He also provides strategic advice to boards in relation to boardroom disputes and restructuring and refinancing arrangements.

Iain has been recommended in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories since 2001. Chambers 2014 ranks Iain as a leading lawyer for both M&A and capital markets work, saying “he is very good; he knows law, business, commerce and gives sound advice”. Iain has also been named a leader in his field by the PLC ‘Which Lawyer?’ Yearbook; the PLC Capital Markets Cross-Border Handbook; Who’s Who in the City directory; the Legal Business Legal Experts directory and named as a Super Lawyer.


Sandrine Roseberg, Heidrick & Struggles/ JCA GROUP

Sandrine Roseberg is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles/JCA Group London office and a member of the CEO & Board Practice. Sandrine joined JCA Group, acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016, in 2006 and became a partner in 2016. Sandrine has led the Board Practice for more than six years at JCA Group.

She has more than 15 years of experience as a barrister and international search consultant. Sandrine was previously with the international arm of a US search firm, as well as two European search firms. She transitioned to a career in executive search in 2000 after working as an attorney, practicing in Paris and in South East Asia with the law firm Simeon & Associates.

Sandrine holds a degree in management from the University of Paris Dauphine, and post-graduate diploma in international business law from the University of Paris La Sorbonne. She is also a member of the Paris Bar.

Barbara Scott, House of Commons

Barbara-Scott---House-of-CommonsBarbara 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.

Richard Taylor, Barclays

Richard-Taylor---Barclays-EMEARichard joined Barclays in January 2011. Prior to joining, he spent ten 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 nine 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 CBE, Cranfield School of Management

Susan-Vinnicombe-OBE---Cranfield-SchoolSusan’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 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---The-Quoted-Companies-AllianceTim Ward is CEO of the Quoted Companies Alliance, the independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small to mid-size quoted companies. Through effective policy campaigns, events and publications the QCA helps quoted companies use the public markets effectively, helping them build long-term value for shareholders. Tim’s past roles include Head of Issuer Services at the London Stock Exchange, Finance Director at FTSE and various management roles at a quoted company. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC, has a MBA from Henley Business School and is a qualified coach and mentor.