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Lord Paul Myners is Chairman of Edelman UK and Chancellor of the University of Exeter. His numerous financial sector roles have included directorships at NatWest, Coutts, Lloyd’s of London and the Bank of New York. He has also served on the Court of the Bank of England, the board of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC and as a minister in the UK Treasury. Paul is currently a General Partner of Cevian, the largest ‘activist fund’ in Europe, Managing Partner of Autonomous Research LLP, a member of the Court of the London School of Economics, a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an Executive Fellow of London Business School.

Anji Hunter is a Senior Advisor at Edelman, providing strategic counsel to clients on corporate reputation building, crisis management and public affairs, as well as acting as a mentor to Edelman employees. She worked for Prime Minister Tony Blair MP for 15 years, both in opposition and government, eventually serving as Head of Government Relations in Downing Street. After leaving politics, she spent time as Group Director of Communications at BP Group, Head of Government and Social Affairs at Anglo American plc, and Director of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Anji is highly experienced in working with governments, businesses, NGOs and the media.

Georg Ell is CEO of Smoothwall, a Leeds-based global business that aims to be the most trusted provider of Digital Safety software in the world. Georg joined in May 2018 following an MBO backed by Tenzing Private Equity, to drive an ambitious growth programme.  Recently, Smoothwall won a Sunday Times’ Best Companies Two Star Award (“Outstanding”). Prior to joining Smoothwall, Georg was Director for Western Europe at Tesla, leading a team of over 330 people across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg on a mission to accelerate the world’s adoption of sustainable energy. Prior to Tesla, he was Vice President & General Manager for EMEA at tech communications company Fuze. Prior to that he was General Manager, EMEA for the enterprise social networking service Yammer, acquired by Microsoft for $1.2bn, where he grew the team from 0 to 85 staff in 18 months, and won a Three Star Award in the Sunday Times’ Best Companies process.  He is an Advisory Board member at Edelman UK, a Venture Partner at LocalGlobe, and an Advisory Board Member at AccelerateHer. In 2016, Georg was listed in Debrett’s 500 People of Influence.  

Lord Browne of Madingley, FRS, FREng holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities. He joined BP in 1966, was appointed to the board in 1992 and was Group Chief Executive from 1995 – 2007.  He has served on the boards of Intel, DaimlerChrysler, Goldman Sachs and SmithKline Beecham. He is presently Chairman of L1 Energy, Huawei Technologies (UK), the Chairman of the Trustees of both Tate and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the Donmar Warehouse, and Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

John Sawers is Chairman of political risk advisory firm Macro Advisory Partners and Non-Executive Director of BP. Previously, he was Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), leading it through a period of high terrorist threat and international political upheaval. During a 36 year career in public service, John served as UK Ambassador to the United Nations, Political Director of the Foreign Office, Special Representative in Iraq, Ambassador to Cairo, and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair MP. He is currently Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Senior Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and Governor of the Ditchley Foundation.

Tina Brown CBE is an award-winning journalist and author, and founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, a company dedicated to summits, salons, flash forums and debates. For 21 years, she was Editor-in-Chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She also wrote The Diana Chronicles, the best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, and launched acclaimed digital news site The Daily Beast. Tina was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to journalism and is currently at the helm of Women in the World, an annual summit focused on building better lives for women and girls.

Charlotte Lambkin is an experienced corporate affairs and communications professional with extensive experience serving in strategic communications positions within large listed companies. Most recently, she served as Executive Committee member and Corporate Relations Director at Diageo, the UK headquartered FTSE 10 listed global alcoholic beverages company. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at BAE Systems, a UK-headquartered FTSE 30 listed defence, aerospace and security solutions company, as Executive Committee member and Group Communications Director. She started her career in a communications consultancy, advising boards of large multi-nationals. She is a graduate in History from Bristol University.

Helena is well known for her work on gender equality. She founded the 30% Club, a campaign for more gender-balanced boards in 2010. Since then, the representation of women on FTSE100 boards has risen from 12.5% to 30.9% and there are now eleven 30% Clubs throughout the world.

Helena was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years, taking its assets under management from £20bn to £50bn.  She joined Legal and General Investment Management in 2017, leading a drive to engage the nation to invest more, with a particular focus on improving women’s financial wellbeing.

Helena has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leader, the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’ and recognised for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business’ at Lloyds Bank National Business Awards in 2018. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.

Helena is a Philosophy graduate. Her husband Richard is a stay at home father and they have nine children, aged from 10 to 27 and one grandson. Her first book ‘A Good Time to be a Girl’ was named one of Forbes’ five most empowering books for women published in 2018.