We’ve been fortunate enough to have some of the most highly respected individuals in their field come and talk at our meetings.
Neil Laughton is a successful business entrepreneur, multiple Guinness World Record breaking adventurer and a former Royal Marine Commando, helicopter pilot & Special Forces Officer (12 years in 21 SAS). During his business career he founded company’s in property development, construction ... Read more
Kate Adie CBE
Kate Adie, CBE DL was chief news correspondent for BBC News between 1989 and 2003, reporting from war zones around the world.
Dr Lorand Bartels
Senior Counsel, Linklaters
Dr Lorand Bartels helped to establish the Society of International Economic Law. He advises the UK Government and others on trade law issues arising out of Brexit.
Director Acas South East
Paul trained as a lawyer and worked as a specialist fraud prosecutor before joining Acas. He and his team deal with high profile trades union disputes and individual tribunal cases.
Roger Bootle is the founder and chairman of Capital Economics, one of the largest macro-economic consultancies in the world.
Professor Michael Crawford PhD, FRSB, FRCPath
Professor Crawford, director of the Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, specialises in the effects of nutrition and dietary fats on the brain.
Norman Jackson has worked with the owners of SMEs as an Adviser, Mentor, Non-Executive Director, Chairman and Corporate Financier, buying and selling companies and raising investors’ monies, working with over 1,000 businesses in the process.
Ruth Lea CBE
Ruth Lea CBE, Economic Adviser of the Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC, co-founded Global Vision and was Director Centre for Policy Studies, Head Policy IOD and Economics Editor ITN.
Sir David Leakey
Lieutenant General Arundell David Leakey, CMG CVO CBE, was Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, from 2010 until February 2018.
Jane Michell founded the UK’s only bespoke diet-delivery service, janeplan.com (2010) from her kitchen table. It now has a £multi-million turnover.
Sophie Mirman, founder of Trotters, a clicks and bricks children’s wear business, was the founder of both Tie Rack in 1981 and Sock Shop in 1983.
English Fine Cottons
Andy Ogden is GM of Manchester-based English Fine Cottons, the first operational UK cotton mill for over 50 years, responding to global demand for British made luxury goods.
Denis has also been official photographer to Queen, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet and the official photographer for Live Aid and the Concert For Diana, the MTV European Music Awards, and more recently Download, Coachella and Glastonbury festivals.
Maggie Semple OBE
Maggie Semple, Member of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel, was a Non-Executive Director of the Criminal Cases Review Commission where she chaired the Audit & Risk Committee.
A Plastic Planet
Sian and Frederikke Magnussen are environmental entrepreneurs and founders of A Plastic Planet (2017), a global social Impact movement working to turn off the plastic tap.
Kresse Wesling MBE
Co-founder, Elvis & Kresse
Multi-award-winning environmental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader. Kresse is co-founder of Elvis & Kresse, a waste stream management business.