Andy Rubin is Chairman of Pentland Brands Ltd, a director of Pentland Group plc and non-executive director of JD Sports Fashion Plc.
Pentland is a UK based, private family owned company operating in sports, outdoor and fashion. Andy is the third generation to lead the family’s brand management business.
Delroy is a Director in the housing sector and holds a number of national board level positions, ranging from social housing to international charities including advising businesses on the social merits of diversity and inclusion.
Recently, Delroy was appointed Chairman of the Board at the Bradford University School of Management, a world-renowned business school
Professor Taylor is Dean and Director of Studies at the Open University Business School. She holds a degree in Economics from Queen’s University, Canada, an MSc in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada and a PhD in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Rebecca started her career in financial services at the Toronto Dominion Bank.
The Chair of the Final Panel, Patrick Dunne, is currently the Chairman of board consultancy Boardelta, the charities The EY Foundation and ESSA – Education Sub Sahara Africa – and CMI’s Board of Companions. Patrick is also a member of the advisory board of Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the FT NED club.
His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of roles with 3i Group plc where until 2012 he was Communications Director and a member of its Operating committee.
Ray has an enviable broad knowledge of industries, businesses and management with experience gained at senior manager and Director. He has worked in the Public and Private sectors (large and small service & manufacturing organisations) and charities.
Karen has had leading roles in Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability for global companies including Vodafone and Thomson Reuters.
As a founder NED for the Institute for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability she is committed to promoting excellence within the profession.
Andrew took a degree in Economic History and qualified in management and management accounting.
His first appointment was with the management services division of a London borough. After a secondment with Urwick Orr, he moved in to management consultancy and led organisation development and remuneration projects for clients such as Siemens, Westinghouse, Allied Breweries and Rolls-Royce.
Karin Moser is Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Director of Research and a member of the Executive Team in the Business School at London South Bank University. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Career Development and Executive Education at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Paul is a freelance Change Management consultant who works with Asset Management and Financial Services clients to implement change within their organisations. He has worked on a wide range of change projects covering strategic reviews, product launches, business process re-engineering, outsourcing, off shoring, technology change, efficiency improvements and regulatory changes.
Afzal Ashraf’s diverse range of jobs included Aeronautical Engineering research and development in industry. A senior officer in the Royal Air Force, he was appointed to the Multi-National Force in Baghdad where he contributed to Political, Military and Economic strategy working at times directly for the US Ambassador and the Commanding General.
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Principal Consultant at Boardroom Focus Ltd, Ruth works on a range of strategic change assignments, leadership development, one to one support and diversity related projects. Ruth is also exploring ways of addressing the challenges of the multi-generational organisation.
Quentin has a mixed family background with a Russian Father and an English Mother. They have given him a very international outlook and a passion for innovation and improvement in businesses. Quentin’s varied career has included leading major subsidiaries of a FTSE 100 company, which became noted for their innovation. He built teams, which produced excellent results for customers, that enabled them to grow their market share and in consequence rapidly grew the sales and profitability of the companies he was responsible for.
Paul is Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge, where he is responsible for managing the University’s global reputation. He has worked at a senior level in government, public sector bodies and the not-for-profit sector for more than a decade, with major communications leadership roles at Oxfam, Transport for London, the Department for International Development and the BBC.
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Angela Owen was commissioned into the British Army in 1976, she served in the UK, Germany and had tours in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’. She competed in the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in the 100m and 200m sprints, setting the Army 200m record in 1982 which she still holds.
Tere is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at Southampton Solent University and a Board Director of the Southampton Business Improvement District. At the University, his remit covers all external relations, including marketing, communications, news media, alumni, philanthropy, commercial partnerships, community engagement, international and student recruitment. He has held senior level roles in both public and private sector education providers for more than a decade, across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The founding director of Development Professionals Ltd, Philip is responsible for helping clients to improve organisation, team and individual performance. This is achieved by facilitating the design of business strategy; by developing management and teamwork skills; and by integrating leadership, learning and action through coaching.
After 11 years as a management development specialist and HR business partner with HSBC, Steve resumed his academic career in firstly with Chichester University and since 2014 with Regents University London where he is currently the Interim Dean of the Business and Management Faculty.
Michelle has over 15 years’ experience of strategic and organisational planning, risk and performance management in public and third sector organisations. She is currently Deputy Director Governance and Planning at the National Deaf Children’s Society and is on the steering group of the Not-for-profit sector Strategy and Planning Forum.
Darren Dalcher is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire and Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland. He is the founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management, an interdisciplinary centre of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, charities, NGOs and the learned societies.