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Amanda Mackenzie

Amanda Mackenzie OBE is the Chief Executive of Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network – which aims to create healthy communities with successful business at their heart.


Previously, Amanda was a member of Aviva’s Group Executive for over 8 years as CMO and joined Aviva to change its name from Norwich Union. Amanda has over 25 years of commercial experience, including director roles at British Airways Airmiles, BT and British Gas. She is a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group, sitting on the risk, remuneration, and responsible business committees. Formerly, she was a Non-Executive Director of Mothercare plc and sat on the audit committee for 6 years.


She was on the board of the National Youth Orchestra for 10 years and was a member of Lord Davies’ review to increase the number of women on boards. Amanda is a Life Fellow of the RSA and Fellow and former President of the Marketing Society. Prior to her current role, Amanda, on loan from Aviva, helped launch the UN’s Global Goals as Executive Advisor to Project Everyone – a Richard Curtis co-founded campaign for the UN.

Sir Ian Cheshire

Sir Ian is a member of the Board and is also Chair of Barclays Bank UK PLC.


He contributes substantial business experience to the Board, particularly in the international retail sector, from his lengthy executive career at the Kingfisher Group, as well as experience in sustainability and environmental matters – which are important to the Group’s strategy and long-term sustainable success. 


Sir Ian holds strong credentials in leadership, is involved with many charitable organisations such as The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, and is highly regarded by the Government for his work with various Government departments.

Ron Kalifa OBE

Ron is Chairman of Network International, a fast growing payments company previously owned by private equity. He joined just ahead of its initial public offering (IPO) in 2019.


He serves as a Non-Executive Director for the Court of Directors at the Bank of England, and Non-Executive Director for Transport for London, where he chairs the Finance Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Director for the Hundred England and Wales Cricket Board.


Ron was Vice Chairman of Worldpay (2013-19) and its global CEO (2001-2013). He developed the business from a small start up to an IPO in London and then took it through its merger with US based companies, Vantiv and FIS. Ron has worked at NatWest (1978-2000), RBS (2000-2010) and across the UK, Europe and the USA. He has covered many aspects of business including strategy, marketing and operations.

Dame Inga Beale

Dame Inga Beale is an experienced business leader having spent over 38 years in global financial services. Her final pinnacle executive role was as Chief Executive of Lloyd’s of London from 2014 to 2018. She now has a portfolio of non-executive roles, being on the boards of Clyde & Co, Crawford, London First and Mediclinic.


During her 5 year tenure at the 330-year-old financial institution of Lloyd’s, Dame Inga was responsible for accelerating the modernisation of the insurance market, embedding an innovation culture, and expanding the market’s global access across new, high-growth markets including China, Dubai, and India. As the first female Chief Executive of Lloyd’s, she also played a critical role in advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the global insurance sector.


Before joining Lloyd’s, Inga was Group CEO of Canopius, an insurance company with its principal operations at Lloyd’s. Prior to that she was on the Global Management Board of Zurich Insurance Group in Switzerland. Earlier roles include Group CEO of Swiss reinsurer Converium, and a variety of international leadership positions for GE Insurance Solutions where she was based in the UK, USA, France and Germany. She started her career as a reinsurance underwriter with Prudential in London and qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1987. She is a Chartered Insurer and was awarded her Damehood in 2017 for services to the UK economy.


Her philanthropic interests include being a member of the Pitt Rivers Museum Advisory Board at Oxford University, and Patron of Insuring Women’s Futures, a not-for-profit aimed at improving women’s lifelong financial resilience.

Ann Cairns

In her role as Vice Chairman, Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation. She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader with a global remit and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. 


She is passionate about the role Mastercard can play in delivering inclusion through innovation and continues to build new global partnerships with governments, businesses and NGOs. 


Prior to this appointment, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all customer-related activities in over 200 countries around the world. In this role she focused on building sustainable, strong growth rates across both mature and emerging markets. She has led the company’s expansion into new and diverse geographies and opened up new customer segments; embracing the continued evolution to digital while driving an increased focus on safety, security and convenience. 


Ann brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the US, where she ran global retail, commercial, and investment banking operations. Prior to joining Mastercard in August 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal in London, where she led the European team managing Lehman Brothers Holdings International through the Chapter 11 process. In addition she helped restructure banks across Europe including Ireland and Iceland. 


She has held senior positions within many global organisations, including a tenure as CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO, and 15 years in senior operational positions at Citigroup. 


Ann is currently chair of ICE Clear Europe, one of the world’s leading clearing houses owned by the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). She is also global co-chair of the 30% Club, the chair of the Financial Alliance for Women, and serves as a member of the UK government’s AI Council and the IBDE advisory board. She has previously held board positions with ICE, AstraZeneca and Charity Bank as well as chairing the ABN foundation.


She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University, and an MSc with research into medical statistics and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. An early career as an award-winning research engineer culminated in the role as the Head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas, where Ann was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain.

Tim Harford

Tim is a behavioural economist, BBC radio and TV presenter and award-winning Financial Times columnist. He offers a distinctive blend of storytelling, humour and intelligence.


He has written eight books, including The Undercover Economist, which has sold nearly 2 million copies in over 30 languages. His BBC Radio 4 series, More or Less, offers a genial smackdown of dubious statistics, while his BBC World Service radio series Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy was a critical success and iTunes-topper. His new podcast, Cautionary Tales, has also broken into the top ten on iTunes on both sides of the Atlantic.


Tim’s writing has won several prestigious awards, including the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism (2006 and 2016), Science and Data Commentator of the Year (2018), Economics Commentator of the Year (2014), Society for Business Economists writing prize (2014) and the Royal Statistical Society prize for journalism (2015). He was awarded an OBE “for services to improving economic understanding” in the 2019 New Year honours.


Tim has also worked at Shell and the World Bank. He’s a member of Nuffield College, Oxford, and the only journalist to be an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He has given numerous invited lectures, including at the Royal Economic Society, Google, the Bank of England, PopTech, the Sydney Opera House and three times at TED. His TED talks alone have been viewed nearly 10 million times.

Mark Bateman

Mark Bateman has a unique way of engaging with audiences in a way that challenges, inspires and motivates.


The son of a preacher, Mark followed in his father’s footsteps until a career in technology unlocked his entrepreneurial nature. The result was a fast growth company running 24/7 with a global corporate client base. He sold the business in 2011 and has since devoted his time to working with senior leaders to unlock potential.


Mark has worked with hundreds of SME owners/directors to help them scale their businesses, improve work/life balance and ultimately, successfully exit.


His work with large corporations resulted in Mark joining WeQual Consulting as CEO. WeQual was founded to increase equality and diversity within the Executive Committees of the world’s largest companies. Deeply intuitive, and often called “Dr Truth” by those with whom he works, he has a knack of identifying the real barriers to achieving success at individual and organisational levels. He coaches senior executives, helps move senior leadership teams into high performance and is an excellent facilitator.


He has a Masters in Leadership Coaching & Mentoring, a Post Grad Diploma in Business Coaching & Mentoring, and post grad qualifications in human psychology. Mark has been fascinated by leadership his whole life and has written a book on the topic of disruptive leadership due to be printed later this year.


Mark has been married and divorced, has grown up children, has burnt out and recovered, grown a business, sold a business, succeeded and failed many times, and is passionately committed to helping others unlock their potential and achieve their ambitions. He is adept speaking in front of both small and large groups.

Mira Magecha

Mira Magecha is well known for being the Alternative Chief People Officer (CPO).


She is a huge advocate for enabling organisations through its People. She actively promotes People / HR teams as enablers rather than a ‘cost centre’. Mira is also a Non-Executive Director and Advisor for start-ups – whilst balancing life and staying sane as a want-to-be writer.


She is known for developing pragmatic, effective solutions for business problems. She is both highly commercial and technical – she is not your typical CPO.


Mira’s experience extends to leading, implementing, and supporting People functions in start-up, turnaround and transformation phases. She focuses on the importance of diversity, building highly effective teams across the business. Most recently leading the business through change and defining new organisational design, while negotiating a complex merger alongside the impact of COVID-19 on a global workforce.

Yasmin Diamond

Yasmin is responsible for all global communications activity, ensuring that it supports and enables IHG’s broader strategic priorities. This includes all external and internal activity, covering both corporate and brand communications, as well as leading IHG’s Corporate Responsibility strategy and key public affairs work.


Before joining IHG, Yasmin was Director of Communications at the Home Office, where she advised the Home Secretary, Ministers, and senior officials on the strategic development of all Home Office’s communications. She was previously Director of Communications at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Communications for Welfare to Work and New Deal; and Head of Marketing at the Department for Education and Skills. Before joining government communications, Yasmin was Publicity Commissioner for the BBC.


In 2011, Yasmin was awarded a Companion of the Order of the Bath in recognition of her career. She sits on the Board of Trustees for the British Council and the Board of the International Tourism Partnership.

Sharon Doherty

Sharon is the Chief People Officer at Finastra, #3 global fintech. She is a mother, an author, interested in the future of work, and a champion of inclusion for all. 


She has spent nine years at Vodafone helping shape their customer, digital and purpose-led Vodafone work. Sharon is best known for championing the award-winning diversity and inclusion agenda there, as the first company in the world to introduce a global maternity policy in 2015, launching the largest global programme to ReConnect women back to work in 2017, and, in 2019, the first global company to introduce paid leave for victims of domestic abuse. 


Her earlier track record includes Kingfisher, General Electric, PwC, BAA and Laing O’Rourke as CHRO. She has also been a Trustee at Regents College and NED for Laing O’Rourke. Sharon currently sits on The Vodafone Foundation Board, and the Talent Advisory Board for CEB. Outstanding 2018 Ally. She authored ‘Heathrow’s Terminal 5, History in the Making’ and is just about to publish Belong@Vodafone.

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