Dame Alison Carnwath DBE – Dame Alison has more than 30 years international finance and investment banking experience. Named as one of the ‘top 100’ in the Times Power 100 most influential directors in the UK, she is Chairman of Land Securities, a Director of BASF, the world’s largest chemical company and holds a number of other significant corporate appointments in the UK, Europe and the US including Zurich Insurance Group AG; Paccar Inc; Livingbridge Equity Partners.
Dame Alison is a member of the Advisory Council of the St George’s Society of New York, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Trustee of the British Library and has an honorary Doctorate of Law from the Universities of Reading and Exeter.
Alison was awarded a DBE for services to business in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Anton Oliver – A Former Captain of the All Blacks, earning 59 caps for his country during his 13 years of play and labelled as the thinking man’s rugby player. His autobiography ‘Inside’ highlights many issues the All Blacks face. Following his distinguished sporting career, he became a postgraduate student (Oxford) in Biodiversity, Conservation and also read for an MBA (Cambridge). Anton lectures on the role the arts play in students’ lives; is an Ambassador for several New Zealand and UK environmental and childrens’ health charities including the Shackleton Foundation which supports budding leaders and social entrepreneurs.
Christopher James OBE DL (Founder and Chairman) A former officer in the Welsh Guards and Special Forces, Christopher has served in numerous countries for the British Foreign Service (Mi6). In 1996, Christopher founded Hakluyt & Co, the pre-eminent global, political risk and business intelligence company. In 1987, Christopher was awarded the OBE for services to Her Majesty’s Government. He was appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Herefordshire and holds a number of non-executive appointments.
Dr Helene Laurent-Oliver is a clinical psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health, transitions into adulthood and family therapy. She completed her masters at Oxford University and gained her doctoral qualification from Royal Holloway University of London. She is listed on the British Psychological Society and HCPC registers. Dr Laurent-Oliver’s research interests are in psychological well-being and more specifically how to set goals which enhance personal meaning and flourishing.
Since working in the NHS and privately for 6 years Dr Laurent-Oliver has treated a number of young people suffering from anxiety, stress, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She is currently undertaking specialist training in Inter-Personal Psychotherapy for depression. Dr Laurent-Oliver has done an array of parenting work to support children with behavioural or neuropsychological needs. She has also specialised in family therapy and worked with many parents who are separating.
Sir John Hood KNZM – Sir John is a New Zealander, whose career has involved leadership roles in business, higher education and philanthropy. He currently is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation and Chair of the Rhodes Trust. He also serves as a director on the Boards of BG Group, plc, WPP plc and Teach For All; and as Chairman of Urenco Limited, Matakina Limited, and Study Group Limited.
From 2004 to 2009, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, where he was the first Vice Chancellor to be elected from outside Oxford’s academic body in 900 years. From 1999 to 2004, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) for services to tertiary education in 2014.
Sir John attended the University of Auckland, where he earned a B.E. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford for a M.Phil in Management.
Kedge Martin – (Founder and CEO) Kedge is a mentor, coach and trusted advisor. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience of strategy, operational leadership and advisory in the not for profit and philanthropic sectors and in entrepreneurial business in the UK, Europe and Africa. Prior to founding Longbow, Kedge was CEO of Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity for African Orphans working closely with Prince Harry in the UK and internationally. She was a founder member of TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry’s Charities Forum. Previously, Kedge created the children’s charity ‘WellChild’ the UK’s leading charity for chronically sick children. Her commercial and political experience includes setting up a business in Poland in 1991 shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union and as a political lobbyist and researcher in the late 1980s
Samira Javadova – being a next generation herself, Samira started working in the family business at the age of 14. Having successfully launched numerous new businesses within the family business group Samira focuses on financial results, increasing efficiency within the business units, fixing under-performing units, helping to build and develop teams and creating the best-performing business structures for each given project. Samira has also reached a very balanced family/business relationship, overcoming all the typical next generation issues which arise from passing responsibilities from one generation to the next and from working together with family members. Samira also finds that her parents have illustrated a very good upbringing model by being supportive and motivating her to develop independently as an individual whilst not losing connection with the family. All of the above insider’s experience as well as constant contact and work with other families allows her to understand, relate and share insight on how to overcome challenges faced by the other next gen’s.
Apart from sitting on the Board of her family business, Samira is a senior member in Brown Rudnick’s Special Situations team in London. She focuses on working with family offices, high-net worth individuals, funds, private equity and property companies advising them on investment strategies and connecting sources of capital to investment opportunities.
Samira holds degrees from London School of Economics and is fluent in English, Russian, Turkish and French. Apart from having very varied interests, she is passionate about contributing to the world being a happier place and help young people deal with stress and stay on track of their bright futures.
Dr Tara Swart – Dr. Swart is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience to personal development. She is the only leadership coach and keynote speaker with a PhD in neuroscience and a successful career as a medical doctor behind her. This unique combination of experience comes together to create an uncompromising and holistic impact on performance and potential optimization. Tara is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and translate to tangible personal improvement . She speaks globally on the brain in business at international conferences, blue chip corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT and has published more than 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching.
Thayer Willis – Thayer is an internationally acclaimed author, educator, and leading authority in the area of wealth counselling. As a Fortune 500 heiress who earlier in life struggled with finding her own sense of purpose, Thayer brings an insider’s perspective to the struggles of significant wealth. She provides valuable tools and insights to help navigate ‘the dark side of wealth’ and find true happiness.