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Rick is the Chairman of the FTSE100 company Centrica plc and Chairman of the global board at the NYSE-listed Mastercard Inc. He is a co-founder and Chairman of the tech company QIO Technologies and an investor in and Chairman of ARC International.
Amanda Levete CBE is a RIBA Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning design and architecture studio. She is also a regular radio and TV broadcaster, writes for a number of publications including the New Statesman and Prospect and lectures throughout the world.
Founder and Principal
Anna is the co-founder of AllBright, a unique UK funding platform designed to provide the support and finance needed for female-led businesses to launch and scale. Former CEO at Hearst UK, Anna transformed the business, expanding the reach of its brands.
Ben is the Director of Partnerships for YouTube where he leads the development of content and business strategy across Northern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. His remit includes working with some of YouTube's largest global news, sports and traditional media partners as well as many of the platform's most-recognised endemic creators - YouTubers. Ben has led YouTube’s growth in various roles in EMEA for 6 years.
Ben McOwen Wilson
Director Europe, Middle East and Africa
As Director, UK Corporate Affairs, Giselle is focused on facilitating Ubisoft’s growth and further investment in the UK, and influencing conditions to make that goal achievable. Giselle is an active contributor to various industry associations and bodies on a local and national level, including Director roles within TIGA and an Advisory Board Member for Next Gen Skills Academy. Giselle received an OBE for services to Video Games in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
Director, UK Corporate Affairs
Jamie began his career in drug discovery within diabetes and cardiovascular disease before becoming a software entrepreneur. He founded CodeBase, the UK’s largest tech incubator, which is focussed on growing and scaling software companies. Tenant companies have raised over half a billion dollars of investment, with 660 net new jobs and CodeBase is currently expanding across the UK.
Janet Markwick is the global EVP commercial operations and productions at Y&R. Based in London, she is responsible for the global expansion of Y&R’s production capabilities, and driving the agencies focus on commercial and operational innovation across its global network.
Global EVP Commercial Operations and Production
Jude Kelly is Artistic Director of Southbank Centre. She founded Solent People's Theatre, ran Battersea Arts Centre and was the founding director of West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 1997, Jude was awarded an OBE and in 2015 she was made a CBE.
Karen is Chairwoman of MediaCom, the UK’s largest media agency. She started the first ever Government-backed Apprentice scheme in the sector and was awarded an OBE in 2014. She is also an external advisor to the Civil Service and a Business Ambassador to the Department of International Trade for No.10.
Kwame is outgoing Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he has directed: Jazz, Marley, One Night in Miami, Amadeus, Dance of the holy ghosts, The Mountaintop, An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man and Things of Dry Hours. As a playwright his credits include One Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Beneatha’s Place (Baltimore Center Stage) Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret (National Theatre), Let There Be Love and Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre).
Chair and co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, Melanie is also executive producer for the Women of the World festival (WoW) a global movement based at the Southbank Centre. She is a business, media and creative strategist.
Chair and Co-Founder
Nigel Carrington has been Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London (UAL) since 2008. He also holds non-executive positions in the public and charitable sectors, including Chairman of the Henry Moore Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Universities UK.
Paul Pacifico is CEO of AIM, the Association of Independent Music in the UK which represents independent labels, digital distributers, label services companies and self-releasing artists amongst its 800 members.
Philip studied Classics and Modern Languages at Oxford University and is the general counsel and company secretary of the Federation. Philip heads up the UK corporate practice at international law firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman.
Company Secretary, Partner
Tamara Rojo CBE is Artistic Director and Lead Principal dancer of English National Ballet. Tamara has been repeatedly recognised for her artistic excellence. She is Patron of the Flamingo Chicks and Adviser to Spain’s Superior Council of Artistic Studies. In 2016 she was both awarded a CBE for her services to ballet and became D.A. Magna Cum Laude.
Artistic Director and Lead Principal dancer
Tom was appointed the first CEO of Penguin Random House UK in 2013, after previously serving as CEO of Penguin UK. Tom previously served as Executive Editor, American Editorial Director in the New York office of William Heinemann, after starting his career at Macmillan.
Sir John Sorrell CBE founded and ran the design business Newell and Sorrell with his wife Frances. He has been chair of the Design Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and has been Chairman of University of the Arts London since August 2013. He is also a trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sir John set up the Sorrell Foundation in 1999 and in 2003 he started the London Design Festival. In 2014 he founded the Creative Industries Federation and served as its first chair until 2017.
Sir John Sorrell
Martha Lane Fox is founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, a charity fighting for a fairer internet. In April 2016 she was appointed as a non executive director of Twitter. Martha became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013. From 2009 to 2013 Martha was Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the Government Digital Service. In 1998. Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman. They took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE.
Baroness Lane Fox
Sir Peter Bazalgette recently led an independent review into the UK’s creative industries as part of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy. In September, Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive Board Member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). From 2013 until 2017 he was Chair of Arts Council England. He is a former Non-Executive Director of the DCMS, Chairman of ITV and former President of the Royal Television Society and Chief Creative Officer of Endemol.
Sir Peter Bazalgette
Tony Hall has been BBC Director General since 2013. He was previously Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, director of BBC news and current affairs and Chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board from 2009. He was awarded a CBE in 2006 and made a crossbench peer in 2010.