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Lt Col Tom Archer-Burton

Tom is a serving military officer with extensive experience in delivering educational, training and operational projects in unique environments developing the leadership potential in young people.  He is a contributor to the Centre for Social Justice on the transition of service personnel to the civilian workplace and is involved in creating economic and civil society relationships in areas of conflict and instability. Tom is currently leading innovation through strategic planning within the Defence community.

Prof Alex Edmans

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. Alex has a BA from Oxford and a PhD from MIT, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Alex specialises in corporate finance, behavioural finance, and corporate social responsibility. He writes for Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, World Economic Forum and CityAM.

Mark Cheng

Mark is the founder and CEO of Chelwood Capital, a corporate finance advisory firm that specialises in supporting mission driven enterprises. Over the past decade, he has helped many leading social sector organisations collectively raise more than $100mn in early stage capital, for a wide range of causes including education, affordable healthcare, clean energy, and marine habitat conservation. Mark is also the European Managing Director of Ashoka, a global network supporting more than 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs around the world. Mark is a frequent speaker and writer on social innovation, and a passionate advocate for business as a force for social good.

Charles Eve

Charles Eve is a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs where he has worked for over 25 years including spending time in New York, Tokyo and London. He is also involved in a number of other charitable initiatives - Microfinance with the international charity Five Talents, Dyslexia in the workplace, through Helen Arkel Dyslexia Centre, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra charitable arm Resound, as well as being a school governor.

Revd Simon Downham

Vicar of St Paul’s Hammersmith, and previously a solicitor in the city of London before studying theology and undergoing ministerial training at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. He worked for five years at Holy Trinity Brompton before leading a church plant to St Paul’s in January of 2000.

Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher is a partner at the law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite and specialises in charity, social enterprise, responsible business and impact investing. Many of his clients aim to combine profit with purpose. He has advised the UK Government and the European Commission on the law, regulation, governance and tax treatment of social enterprise. Luke is also chair of the European Social Enterprise Law Association.

Rosalind Kainyah MBE

Rosalind is the founder and Managing Director of Kina Advisory Limited, providing strategic advice and assistance to companies investing and operating in Africa and managing political, socio-economic, environmental and governance risks and opportunities that are critical to their commercial success.  She was previously Vice President of External Affairs & CSR at Tullow Oil, a Senior Executive of the De Beers Group, and a corporate lawyer at Linklaters in London. Rosalind has been awarded an MBE for services to corporate social responsibility for the benefit of young people in Africa.

Sir Paul Marshall

Paul is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Marshall Wace. Formerly, Paul was a Director and Chief Investment Officer for European Equities at Mercury Asset Management. He holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School and a BA (Hons) from St John’s College, Oxford.

Nicole Munns

Nicole is Co-Founder & Executive Director of the AESTUS Foundation. AESTUS was founded in 2015 to support the development of evidence based solutions to poverty and disadvantage. Nicole is a qualified Actuary who holds a Masters of International Development from Sydney University and comes from a career in investment banking in Sydney and London. Since completing her masters, Nicole has advised a range of international development organisations and provided strategic input at a board level. Nicole was also the founding board chair of the human rights organisation, International Justice Mission, Australia.

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth is Director of Theos. She appears regularly in the mainstream media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, writing in The Financial Times and delivering Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. She is a regular conference speaker and chair. Before joining Theos, she worked for the BBC in both television and radio. She has an MA in Theology from King's College London.

James Perry

James is co-founder and Director of COOK one of the UK’s first B Corporations. It now employs over 850 people and is rolling out nationally. Since 2004 he has been working with Panahpur, a UK foundation, overseeing the transition from grant-maker to for-beneficiary investment company as it seeks solutions to social problems. He is also a Deputy Chairman of the Social Stock Exchange, a Trustee of Access Foundation, a member of the UK Practitioners Council advising the Global Social Impact Investing Steering Group, and co-Chairman of B Lab UK. 

Jenny Scott

Jenny Scott is the Executive Director for the Worldwide Community for Christian Meditation. Prior to that she was Executive Director, Communications and co-Head of Strategy at the Bank of England and Adviser to the Governor. She is an economist by training and also spent 16 years as an economic and political journalist for Reuters and the BBC. Jenny is a trustee of Pro Bono Economics and a school governor.

Baroness Philippa Stroud

Baroness Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank that she co-founded in 2004. Philippa’s life and career to date have been strongly influenced by her passion to tackle poverty and social breakdown. Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from 2010-15, and also to the Prime Minister from 2012. Her early career was spent in the voluntary sector. Following the 2015 UK General Election, Philippa was ennobled and became Baroness Stroud of Fulham.

Dato Dr. Kim Tan

Dato Kim is the Chairman of SpringHill Management Ltd, a venture capital fund management company specialising in life sciences and social venture capital investing. He is a co-founder of the Transformational Business Network (UK) and is an adviser to a number of government agencies in Asia on biotechnology and a board member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Life Science Forum. He is a former director of Saracens Rugby Club and the co-author of ‘Fighting Poverty through Enterprise’. He has a PhD in biochemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). He was conferred the title ‘Dato’ by the Penang State Government in 2006.

Bishop Ric Thorpe

As Bishop of Islington, Ric is responsible for the London Diocese’s goal of creating 100 new churches by 2020 and is also working nationally to support Dioceses to plant new churches. Before being appointed to Islington, Bishop Ric was the Bishop of London’s Adviser for Church Planting and the Rector of St Paul’s Shadwell. He is married to Louie and they have three children.

Stephen Timms MP

Rt Hon Stephen Timms was Leader of Newham Council from 1990 to 1994, and has been Labour MP for East Ham since 1994.  He was a Government Minister from 1998 to 2010, with portfolios including Schools, Employment, Pensions and Energy.  He served on three occasions as Financial Secretary to the Treasury.  In 2006-7, he was in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.  He was Shadow Minister for Employment from 2010 to 2015.  He is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society and a member of the Education Select Committee.