The School for CEOs draws on the experience of our accomplished Faculty:
Adrian was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Wincanton plc in 2015, after two years as the Group Finance Director. He was formerly Finance Director with Psion plc, an international technology business, through to its acquisition by Motorola Solutions, Inc. in 2012. Prior to joining Psion, Adrian was Chief Financial Officer of London City Airport and before that Financial Controller and Head of Investor Relations at QinetiQ Group plc
Adrian was appointed CEO of Aegon UK in April 2011, becoming a member of the Global Management Board for AEGON N.V. in 2012. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank, and previously served on the Boards of the Association of British Insurers and Scottish Financial Enterprise.
Sir Adrian Montague CBE
Adrian is currently Chairman of Aviva Group plc, Manchester Airports Group plc, Cadent Gas Ltd and The Point of Care Foundation. Previously Adrian was Chairman of Anglian Water Group Ltd, Friends Provident plc, British Energy Group plc, Michael Page International plc, and Cross London Rail Links Ltd, and was formerly Deputy-Chairman of Network Rail Ltd, Partnerships UK plc and UK Green Investment Bank plc.
Adrian Moorhouse MBE
Olympic swimming gold-medallist, Adrian is Managing Director at Lane4, a consultancy helping teams and individuals around the world reach their fullest potential. Adrian was twice voted Best Leader at the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work, and has been listed in HR Magazine’s Most Influential UK Thinkers
Alice Avis MBE
Alice has broad experience as both an Executive and a Non-Executive Director. Currently she is a Non-Executive Director at international spirits company The Edrington Group, investment company Business Growth Fund, British beauty and health company Cyden Limited and student property provider Empiric. She has also served on the Boards of Lumene Oy as Executive Chair and was CEO and Chair of The Sanctuary Spa, overseeing a trebling in the business’s value. Her early career was at Marks and Spencer, Diageo and Bain & Co. Currently, she is also an Advisor to the National Trust and a Trustee of City Harvest London.
Alistair was appointed CEO of Hays plc in September 2007. His previous role was Chief Executive of Xansa plc. He started his career as an engineer with Schlumberger before moving to McKinsey & Co in 1991. He later joined Blue Circle Industries, initially as Group Strategy Director, then Regional Director for Asia based in Malaysia. Alistair also served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of 3i Group plc from 2009-2015
Alistair was appointed CEO of SSE plc in July 2013. Prior to this, Alistair has been an Executive Director of SSE plc since 2002 and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Retail and Wholesale Business in 2012. Alistair is a Director of Energy UK and former Chairman of the Energy Retail Association. Alistair graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a qualified accountant
After starting his career in FMCG with Unilever and Guinness, Andrew spent 22 years in Retail, 15 of them on the Main Board of Tesco. After retiring in 2012, he was Chairman of PE owned Poundland during its successful IPO, and is now Chairman of Morrisons Supermarkets, NBrown plc, and Evergreen Garden Care and is an NED of Woolworths Holdings Limited.
Former Company Secretary of BT Group plc, and a former trustee director of the BT Pension Scheme Andrew is now a Director of Law Debenture Pension Trustees, where he chairs a number of pension schemes and is on the trustee boards of others, as well as being a member of an independent governance committee for major insurer. Andrew is a solicitor by training
Andy joined the Board of Aviva in April 2015 following the acquisition of Friends Life Group Limited where he was group chief executive.
He has over 25 years of operational and executive experience in the insurance industry across life assurance and general insurance, both in the UK and overseas. He has extensive knowledge of the UK regulated environment combined with experience in capital and risk management. Andy was formerly CEO of Scottish Widows plc , CEO of the life business of Lloyds Banking Group plc and CEO of the Prudential Group’s Retirement Income business.
Anita joined Brunswick Group in 1996 where she is a Partner. Prviously she worked at LloydsTSB and has spent over twenty five years in corporate communications and is also on the Board of the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square and a Trustee of Serious Trust
Ben was CEO of Mothercare plc between 2002 and 2011, and more recently was a Non-Executive Director at Britvic plc and at St. Ives plc. Other previous appointments include Senior VP and Managing Director at Disney Store Europe & Asia Pacific, and senior management positions within WH Smith and L'Oréal.
Bob Keiller CBE
Bob is an award-winning business leader and entrepreneur former chief executive of Wood Group, he has led transformational change in several businesses and focusses on leadership, core values and communication as the drivers of culture. He is an experienced dealmaker and team builder. He has successfully chaired many business organizations including Scottish Enterprise, Oil and Gas UK and Entrepreneurial Scotland.
A member of our Advisory Board, Carol is one of the most sought after headhunters in Europe and is Head of the Board Practice at Inzito LLP
Former corporate finance partner at KPMG and CEO of Baillie Gifford Life Ltd and Baillie Gifford & Co Ltd, Chris is now Non-Executive Director of Invesco Perpetual UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and a board member of The Association of Investment Companies. He mentors private companies based in Scotland, and actively seeks to improve access to capital for early stage companies, via his work with ICAS. He is a trustee of the National Museums of Scotland
Craig Donaldson is the CEO of Metro Bank, a role he has held since the bank’s inception in 2009, growing it from 4 colleagues to over 3,000 and into the Most Trusted Financial Provider in 2016 & 2017, with over a million customers. Craig was named the ‘Most People Focused CEO of the Year’ at the HR Excellence Awards and ‘Retail Banker of the Year’ at the Retail Banker International Awards in 2017 and was rated by Glassdoor as the ‘Most Highly Rated CEO in the UK’ in 2016
Crawford is Chairman at Edrington and a Non-Executive Director at Barclays Bank plc where he chairs the remuneration committee. In addition to this, he is Senior Independent Director at SSE plc, and was Chairman of Scottish Enterprise from 2009-2015 and Control Risks from 2007-2017. He is a member of our Advisory Board
Former CEO and Chairman of Telefónica O2 Ireland, Danuta is Senior Independent Director of Aldermore Bank plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Old Mutual plc and Direct Line Group. She is also a Non-Executive Member of the Defence Board of the MoD. She previously held Non-Executive Directorships at Page Group and Paddy Power
She was previously Senior VP at BT Europe and a Board Member of charity, Headstrong
David has worked in Retail Financial Services for over 22 years, and is former CEO of Sainsbury's Bank. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Leeds Building Society, chairing the Risk Committee and also undertakes a number of advisory roles. David is experienced Non Executive Director with indepth understanding of Strategic Risk Management and Executive Remuneration issues.
Sir David Hoare
David is the Chairman Teenage Cancer Trust and former Chairman of Ofsted. Previous roles include Chairman of the DX Group, V.Ships, Virgin Express, Sparck Holdings BV and Target Express; CEO of Laura Ashley plc, Thorn UK, Investors in Education and Cope Allman Packaging; Founding Partner of Talisman Management Limited; Founding Director of Duncton plc; and Partner at Bain & Co
David is a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings plc, London Stock Exchange Group plc, Vodafone Group plc and Zurich Insurance Group. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director of UK Green Investment Bank plc, CEO and CFO of Standard Life plc, CFO and then Executive Director, Infrastructure Division at Scottish Power plc, a partner with Price Waterhouse and a Non-Executive Director for companies in the telecom, food and insurance industries in the UK and overseas.He was also Deputy Chairman of the Association of British Insurers.
Sir David Reid
David has been Chairman of Intertek Group plc since 2012. Previously he was Chairman of Tesco plc, a post he held for over six years, and the Senior Non-Executive Director at Reed Elsevier Group plc. He is also a member of the School for CEOs Advisory Board
David is an experienced Chairman and currently chairs Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc, Liberty Living and the Scottish EDGE Fund. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Speedy Hire plc and Mithras Investment Trust plc. David is also a Partner in Buchanan Shearer Associates LLP, an advisory business specialising in turnaround and restructuring and previously Senior Independent Director of STV Group plc, Chairman of Mouchel Group plc and co-Chairman of Martin Currie (Holdings) Limited.
David joined SEGRO in 2006 as Finance Director and was appointed CEO in April 2011. He is also a Board member of the European Public Real Estate Association and Vice President and Board member of the British Property Federation. Previous appointments include Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Bunzl plc, Finance Director of Wagon plc and partner at Arthur Andersen.
David Sole OBE
David ran his own executive coaching business, David Sole & Associates, from 2007-2017, when it merged with School for CEOs. He is also a Co-Founder of the School for CEOs, and is currently Managing Partner.
Sir Donald Brydon CBE
Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group, Donald is also Chairman of The Sage Group plc and the Medical Research Council. Former appointments include Chairman of Royal Mail Group, Smiths Group, the London Metal Exchange, Amersham plc, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc and the IFS School of Finance, Non-Executive Director of Scottish Power plc and Senior Independent Director of Allied Domecq plc.
Evelyn was appointed as Group CEO at Bupa in July 2016 having joined the organisation as CFO in 2012. Prior to this, she was Chief Executive Officer of Friends Life’s Heritage division and worked at Friends Provident first as CFO and later as executive director responsible for strategy, capital and risk. Previously, Evelyn was also a Non-Executive Director at IFG Group in Ireland.
Ewan is the Managing Director of communications advisers Grant Pearson Brown Consulting Ltd, which he co-founded in 1993. A qualified doctor, his previous roles included spells at Morgan Grenfell, County NatWest and Banque Indosuez. He advises his C-Suite clients across the economy and across Europe and the USA on pitches, presentations, speeches, media interviews, fundraising, trade sales and flotations.
Flemming was CEO and President of Nutricia, the Medical Nutrition Division of Danone Group and a member of Danone’s Executive Committee from 2006-2017. Prior to this Flemming was a Board Member of Royal Dutch Numico; CEO of British America Tobacco Argentina; Managing Director of Coca-Cola Venezuela; and President of Minute Maid Greater Europe.
Floyd Woodrow MBE DCM
Floyd is Managing Director and founder of Chrysalis Worldwide, and is an elite performance and leadership coach. Floyd served in the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the UK’s second highest award for gallantry, for his services whilst in Afghanistan.
Francis was CEO of Land Securities from 2004 to 2012. Prior to this, he was an Investment Director at Standard Life Investments. He is currently Senior Independent Director at Next plc, Chairman of Town & Country Housing Group, Chairman of the Property Advisory Group for Transport for London, Non-Executive Director of Cadogan Group Limited (‘the Cadogan Estate’) and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics
Frazer Thompson has been CEO of leading English winemakers and brewers Chapel Down Group since 2001. Prior to this he was the Global Brand Director at Heineken. Previously, he was also Chairman of the IoD for the Kent region, a Non-Executive Director at Brand Finance and a Director at Whitbread.
Giles has been advising on financial communications since 1993, including 16 years at Financial Dynamics (now FTI Consulting) and four years at Powerscourt. He joined Buchanan as Deputy Chairman in 2015. Giles specialises in capital markets communications including M&A, restructurings and IPOs
Greg was appointed CEO of Bovis Homes in April 2017. Prior to this he was Chairman of Ardent Hire Solutions and he was Chief Executive and Non-Executive Chairman of Galliford Try plc, a leading FTSE 250 housebuilding and construction group with operations throughout the UK. Greg was also a non-executive Director of the National House-Building Council (NHBC) and is currently a Governor of the South Devon College.
Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE
One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni amassed a remarkable medal haul of 11 gold, 4 silver and one bronze over five Paralympic Games. Since retiring from racing in 2007, she has taken on a number of advisory roles and is a Crossbench Peer at the House of Lords and a Board Member of Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the BBC. She is also a Board Member of the London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards
A member of the School for CEOs Advisory Board, Heather is founder and Chief Executive of An Inspirational Journey
James Wates CBE
Chairman of Wates Group since 2013, James is also Chairman of UK Contractors Group, Co-Chair of the government-sponsored Infrastructure Exports: UK, and a Non-Executive Director at Argent Services. He is a Member CBI Construction Council and a Commissioner for UKCES and was previous Chairman of CITB and past President of CIOB. Other charitable appointments include Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Corporate Advisory Group, a Trustee of the BRE Trust, Governor of the Emanuel School, and a patron on the Wates Family Enterprise Trust.
Jann Brown has held a number of leadership roles in the oil and gas sector. She was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Cairn Energy until 2014, when she left to co-found Magna Energy, a private equity backed company focussed on South Asia. Currently, she is Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of SOCO International Plc, as well as holding the roles of Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at three companies; Wood PLC, Troy Income and Growth Trust and Scottish Ballet. She is a Past President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland
Jeremy is a Partner at Manfield Partners. He was interim CEO of Mitchells and Butlers and a Non-Executive Director of the same firm. Prior to that he spent 21 years with Scottish and Newcastle, latterly as the Managing Director of the UK business.
Jeremy was CEO of C Hoare and Co from 2009-2016. He was the first non family CEO of the UK's oldest private bank, which was founded in 1672 and remains wholly owned by the Hoare family. He was previously at Credit Suisse for over 20 years, where he worked in the UK, US and Switzerland. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of the British Bankers Association and Waterlogic PLC, and is currently a Trustee of Stewardship, and Allied Schools Trust.
Following five years as the CEO of Calvin Capital, Jim transitioned to the Chair role in 2017. Alongside this role, Jim also joined the Board of Energy Assets as a Non-Executive Director in December 2017. His previous experience includes roles as Customer Distribution Director of Virgin Money; Commercial Director of E.ON UK; senior roles at RBS, where he was Chief Executive of Tesco Personal Finance and also Managing Director of RBS Own Brand Business including Direct Line and Lombard Financial Services. Jim has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from Edinburgh University
Baroness Jo Valentine
Jo was CEO of London First for 13 years, stepping down in November 2016, and she has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005. Jo is also Chair of Heathrow Southern Railway, a Non-Executive Director of HS2 Ltd and Special Projects Director at Business in the Community, Blackpool. She has also been a member of University College London Council and a Board member of HS2 since 2014.
John was appointed CEO of BillSave UK in October 2017 and became Chairman of Euroffice Ltd in December 2017. He is also a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group and a Non-Executive Director at Octopus Investments and wehkamp, the Dutch online retailer. John is an experienced CEO, leading Dunelm, Monsoon Accessorize, Dixons Retail and Tesco.com. Other previous leadership roles include Senior Vice President of Retail at Apple Inc, Non Executive Director of Easyjet plc, Operations Development Director at Tesco plc.
A Senior Adviser at Boston Consulting Group, John is also a Board Director of VisitBritain and Kuoni. Previous appointments include Senior Partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group, and Board Director of Intourist
After a successful Executive career John is now working as a Non-Executive. He is Chairman of Good Energy Group plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Bank of Ireland UK and National Citizens Service Trust. Previously, he was a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Risk and Audit for Tandem Bank plc and Chairman elect of BlueStep (a Swedish Bank). He was also CEO of Williams & Glyn, Senior Advisor to Corsair Capital, Group Director Lloyds Banking Group and Group Chief Executive of Kensington Group plc.
John Tiner CBE
John has had a successful career in both private and public sectors. His first CEO role was with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) from 2003-2007 after which he became CEO of Resolution Operations LLP until he stepped down in 2013. He is now Chairman of Towergate Insurance and a Board member of Crédit Suisse and Tilney Group Limited. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Chairman of Warburtons Ltd since 2001, Jonathan gained his early experience at Unilever. He is a member of the fifth generation to run the business and a member of the School for CEOs Advisory Board.
In 2014 Justin became Chairman of Sofa.com, and in 2015 was appointed CEO of Radley + Co. Before that he was CEO of Aurum Holdings whose portfolio of brands includes Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland. Prior to being appointed CEO, Justin was Chief Operating Officer of Aurum Holdings. Previously, Justin was Senior VP World Wide for Fossil Jewellery and Watches.
Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE
Katherine was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited in 2017. Katherine has over 27 years of investing experience in the global asset management industry and was previously with Alliance Trust plc. Initially as Chief Investment Officer and was their Chief Executive from 2008 until 2016.
Dame Katherine Grainger DBE
An inspirational sportsperson, Katherine is Britain’s most successful female rower. A six-times world champion, four-times Olympic silver medallist and gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was appointed Chair of UK Sport in April 2017 following her retirement from performance sport.
Katherine is Senior Independent Director of Go-Ahead Group plc. Katherine is also Chairman of the Mortgage Advice Bureau plc and Non-Executive Director of Gigaclear plc and Forterra plc. Previously, Katherine was Non-Executive Director at Taylor Wimpey plc, Taylor Woodrow plc, The Television Corporation plc, Fibernet plc, Williams Lea plc, Shed Media plc, Gyrus Group plc and S&U plc and Tribal Group plc Colt Group S.A., and a Board Mentor at Criticaleye.
Ken was appointed CEO of Moto Hospitality in November 2018. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of food distributors, Brakes Group, for four years and Greggs, the UK’s largest bakery, for five years. Ken has also held senior positions in Sainsbury’s where he was Retail and Online Director and Tesco, where his latter roles included CEO of Europa Foods (an acquisition by Tesco) and CEO of Tesco in Japan. He was Ambassador for HRH the Prince of Wales in the North East and a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in the North East. He is a Senior Adviser at TPG Capital.
Kevin is Chairman of Taylor Wimpey plc and Elysium Healthcare, and a Senior Independent Director of Severn Trent. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the FA Premier League and Marston Corporate Limited. Formerly, Kevin was Chairman Equiniti Group plc, Serco Group plc, Partnerships in Care Limited, a Non-Executive Director of IMI plc and a Director of Ipswich Town Football Club
Lena Wilson CBE
Lena has a varied Non-Executive and advisory portfolio. She sits on the main group boards of RBS, Intertek and also on Scottish Power Renewables. Following an international career including a period at the World Bank in Washington DC, Lena was Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise from 2009-2017 having previously held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Development International. Lena is also a sought after speaker on leadership, organisational culture, diversity and competitiveness and is a visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde. She is an ambassador for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice (Glasgow) the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a member of the inaugural national advisory board for MCR pathways and served on the Board of the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust for 10 years. She holds honorary doctorates from all three of the Universities in her home town of Glasgow and was awarded a CBE in the Queens honours list in 2015 for services to the economy.
Les joined Highland Spring in 1985. Previously Finance Director, he was appointed Chief Executive in 2008 and has played a pivotal role in establishing the Group as the UK’s leading bottled water supplier. He spearheaded the acquisitions of Speyside Glenlivet and the water division of Greencore Group plc, key milestones in achieving his vision of growing turnover to £100m.
Chairman of Grosvenor Group and a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, Lesley is also Non-Executive Director of Legal & General Group plc, Thomas Cook plc and Centrica plc and Chairman of the V&A Dundee and Deputy Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland. Previous appointments include Chairman of Alliance Trust plc, Non-Executive Director of SABMiller plc and Governor of the British Linen Bank
Liz is a Non-Executive Director of Dunelm Group plc, Corbion NV and Novartis International AG. Previous appointments include Finance Director at Reckitt Benckiser plc and Brambles Ltd, International Finance Director at Tesco plc, Nokia Oy and Delhaize Group SA.
Lord Leitch is an experienced Chairman currently chairing the Boards of Bupa and FNZ Group. Previous appointments include Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc and Chairman of Scottish Widows plc, Zurich Financial Services (UKISA), Threadneedle Asset Management, Intrinsic Financial Services Ltd and the Association of British Insurers. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Old Mutual Wealth and a Chancellor of Carnegie College.
Louise has extensive expertise as a leader in the retail sector, both as a Chief Executive and Chair. After 10 years with Monsoon Accessorize where she reached the role of Brand Director, Louise was appointed CEO at FatFace in 2003. Following seven years as CEO, when she led the organisation through significant growth and two successful exits, Louise became Executive Chairman of Joules and Fenn Wright & Manson. Most recently, she was Chief Executive of Crew Clothing Company, leaving in 2017 after another successful sale
Dame Louise Makin DBE
Dame Louise Makin, MA, PhD (Cantab), MBA, DBE, joined BTG as Chief Executive Officer in October 2004. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Intertek Group plc and the Woodford Patient Capital Trust, a Trustee of the Outward Bound Trust, Chair of the 1851 Trust and an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Previous appointments include President, Biopharmaceuticals Europe at Baxter Healthcare and Director of Global Ceramics at English China Clay. Louise is also a member of the 30% Club.
Lynne joined the board of Greene King as a Non-Executive Director in 2012 where she also chairs the Remunerations Committee. She is currently HR Director of Selfridges’ Group before which she held the same role at Dixons Carphone Warehouse Group plc, overseeing the merger between Dixons and Carphone Warehouse. Prior to this she held similar roles at Bupa, Whitbread and Tesco.
Marcia is a Non-Executive Director with extensive experience in the financial services sector. Currently, she is a Non-Executive Director at Sainsbury’s Bank, Murray International Trust, Charles Stanley Group, CNP Assurances, Canada Life Group and Canada Life Limited. She also Chairs the Oversight Board at Woodford Investment Management, is a member of Aviva UK and ROI’s Independent Governance Committee and a mentor for Women in Banking and Finance. Prior to becoming a Non-Executive, Marcia had a successful Executive career, largely with Standard Life where she was Group Operations Director and CEO Asia Pacific.
Founder shareholder of Aberdeen Asset Management Martin is now Vice Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen plc . Concurrently, Martin is Deputy Chairman of Sky plc, a Non-Executive Director of Glencore plc and Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s Practitioner Panel. He was formerly Chairman of FirstGroup plc.
Mary is an executive coach and expert in communications, business development, performance improvement, and personal branding. She works to bring the best out of senior business executives and CEOs in Industry, Financial and Professional Services. She is used as a speech, business pitch and blog writer by these clients. Mary began her career as a special assistant to Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and to the UNHCR in Geneva Institute. She is also an author, having written 7 books on presentation, image and personal branding.
Matthew Fosh began his early career as a first-class cricketer, opening the batting for Essex County Cricket Club for three seasons. After retiring from 1st class sport he set up Seagray Fosh Futures Limited in 1989. The company grew to become one of the largest brokers on the London financial futures market (LIFFE) in the 1990’s, before its eventual sale to ICAP plc in 2002. He then moved to the insurance industry, taking the role of Group Chief Executive at the quoted, Lloyd’s insurance company Novae Group plc. He is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in financial services and a champion on the Inclusion@Lloyd’s initiative
Melfort Campbell OBE
Melfort is Chairman of Imes Group, the Scottish Government's Oil and Gas Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the Innovation Scotland Forum and on the Technology Leadership Board. In addition, he chaired the Scottish Expert Commission on Oil and Gas, is a visiting Professor of Engineering at Strathclyde University, and has been appointed Honorary Colonel of the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry. Previous appointments include Chairman of Board of Governors of RGU and Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Grampian
Mike is CEO of Chelsea Apps Factory. Founded in 2010 with the aim to help mobilise businesses, Chelsea Apps Factory was ranked the 16th fastest-growing tech company in the 2015 Sunday Times Fast Track 100. Mike also has considerable experience across a range of large media outlets, as former Managing Director of The Sun, The News of the World, The Evening Standard and Metro
Mike is currently Chairman of Rigmar Group Ltd, an oil field services company, SmartFibres Ltd, a sensing technology business, and also serves on the Boards of IMES Group Ltd and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre. He is a Director at Gas2 Ltd and ONE Oil and Gas and serves as Chairman and pro chancellor of The Robert Gordon's University Board of Governors. He has previous experience as CEO of several private equity backed technology businesses.
Sir Moir Lockhead OBE
Moir retired as CEO and Deputy Chairman of FirstGroup plc in 2011. He is the Chairman of The National Trust for Scotland, Senior Governor of the Court of the University of Aberdeen and Patron of the Society of Operational Engineers.
Niall specialises in difficult and turnaround situations, most recently as CEO of the Co-operative Bank from 2013-2017. He is now a Non-Executive Director at Non-Standard Finance plc where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Risk Committees. Previous appointments include Group MD and CEO of HSBC North America Holdings Inc and CEO of HSBC Finance Corporation. Niall is also Chaiman of the Committee of the Council of Glenalmond College.
Norman retired from his role as Chairman of Edrington Group Limited in 2017 after four years in role. He is currently Chairman of the Scottish Ballet. Previous appointments include Chairman of Cairn Energy plc, Petrofac Limited and the British Venture Capital Association; and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland where he was also Chair of the Ethics Board.
Co-Founder and Chair of the School for CEOs, Patrick is also Chairman of energy consultants Inenco, where he served as interim CEO for a period. He is a Trustee of the Woodland Trust
Paul was appointed Chief Executive of Essentra plc in January 2017. Before that, he was Group Chief Executive of Coats plc from 2009-2016. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Tate & Lyle plc. Other previous appointments include Group CEO of Low & Bonar plc and Managing Director of Unipart International
Paul Lynam joined Secure Trust Bank as Chief Executive in September 2010 and is also a Non-Executive Director of Arbuthnot Banking Group. Prior to joining Secure Trust Bank he spent 22 years with NatWest and RBS, latterly as Managing Director, Banking, for RBS/NatWest’s SME banking business across the UK. Before that he spent four years as the Managing Director of Lombard North Central PLC, the second largest asset finance and leasing business in the world.
Paul Reynolds is the Chief Executive of Thamesis Limited, a single-family office. Prior to this, Paul worked with Sand Aire and Credit Suisse Private Banking in senior positions. He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the Bowel and Cancer Research Charity.
Paul White MBE
Former MD of Frogmore Estates plc before it was delisted, Paul is the Chairman and CEO of Frogmore Property Company Ltd and founder of Frogmore Real Estate Partners. Paul is also a member of the Investment Property Forum and was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
Peter was appointed Chief Executive of Buried Hill Energy in April 2010 and a Non-Executive Director of Cairn Energy in April 2015. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President of Petro-Canada’s International and Offshore business. Previous appointments during 15 years at Enterprise Oil included GM of the UK business and CEO of the Italian Subsidiary in addition to which he spent a short time at Shell following their takeover of Enterprise in 2003. Peter is also a Trustee of the London Chamber Orchestra.
Peter Lederer CBE
Peter is Chairman of Hamilton & Inches, Applecrate, Taste Communications and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and is a Board member at Pod Global Solutions. Peter was previously Chairman of Gleneagles Hotel and Visit Scotland, and a former Director of Diageo in Scotland. He is also President of Enable, a Patron of the Hospitality Industry Trust and Chairman of the One & All Foundation.
Peter was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Virgin Group in 2009 by Sir Richard Branson. Peter had been CEO of Quayle Munro Holdings plc (where he remains a senior adviser) which acquired his business New Boathouse Capital Ltd. Previously he held senior positions at Barings and Goldman Sachs.
Phil is Chair of Action Medical Research and a Trustee of Business in the Community and BBC Children in Need. In recent years he’s held non-executive director roles at BT, Travelex and Friends Life. He was also previously CEO of Zurich Financial Services and Group Financial Director of HBOS.
Rob was led a successful career in media and communications. Having stepped down from his role as CEO of STV in 2017, after 10 years, he has now taken on a number of Non-Executive roles. He is currently Chairman of the Met Office, Ebiquity and Blancco. He also remains a trustee of the STV Children's Appeal, Chairman of the Developing the Young Workforce National Group and Chair of Court of Glasgow Caledonian University.
Rosemary McGinness joined Weir as Chief People Officer in the summer of 2017. Rosemary was Group HR Director of William Grant & Sons, the international premium spirits group, for twelve years. She is a member of the School for CEOs Advisory Board
Roz Cuschieri joined Emily Crisps as Chair in November 2016. Prior to this she was CEO of Genius Gluten Free Foods for five years where she oversaw the growth of the organisation from 9 to over 600 employees. Previously she spent 12 years at Warburtons, 7 of which served on the board as Commercial Director. Roz has held a number of Non-Executive positions, including Marstons PLC . She currently sits on the boards of Lightbody Ventures Ltd and Social Bite.
Samantha was appointed to the Board of Iberdrola in 2008 and is now Chairman of the Board Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. She was also appointed a Non-Executive Director at Scottish Water in 2017 and is vice-Chairman of the 2020 Group on Climate Change, an Advisory Board member for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the MBA at Imperial College London, and is also Chair of the Scottish Ensemble. Previously, Samantha was CEO of Scottish Business in the Community
Shaun Kingsbury CBE
CEO of Green Investment Bank prior to it's sale in 2017, Shaun is now a Non-Executive Director of DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team, Virgin's Electric racing arm. He is also as Advisory Board member of Envision Energy and was previously a Non-Executive Director of GES, was a founding partner of Pulsar Energy Capital, and the Low Carbon Finance Group, which he also chaired.
Shirley Robertson OBE
Shirley became the first British woman to win two Gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games, sailing the Europe class at Sydney 2000 and the Yngling at Athens 2004. Awarded an OBE in 2005, she was a member of the Sport Advisory Group for the London 2012 Organising Committee. Shirley was the BBC sailing commentator at London 2012 and presents ‘Mainsail’ monthly on CNN
Simon is a Co-Founder and Partner of Ashcombe Advisers, a corporate finance boutique. He has advised on and completed over 50 transactions in the last decade
Simon Hunt became CEO of William Grant & Sons in 2016 having spent 10 years with the family-owned drinks business as President of North America and latterly, Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to this he was CEO of Pernod Ricard subsidiary Malibu Kahlua International and Senior Vice President Marketing for the North America region for Allied Domecq, prior to its acquisition by Pernod Ricard and Fortune Brands. Simon is also a valued member of the School for CEOs alumni, following his participation on the Vital Few.
Lord Smith of Kelvin
Lord Smith of Kelvin is one of the UK's most experienced Chairman. He is currently Chair of the British Business Bank, IMI plc, Alliance Trust plc and Forth Ports and is also Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde. Previously he held the posts of Chairman of UK Green Investment Bank, The Weir Group and SSE and chaired the Organising Committee for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Stephen was appointed Chief Executive of private equity backed Protocol Education in 2005 and undertook two successful sales in his time as CEO before becoming Chairman in 2017. In addition to this role, he is currently a Board Advisor at Edtech organisations KnowledgeMotion and Pobble and an Investment Committee Member at Nexus Investment Ventures. Previously he was CEO at Whitehead Mann Group plc and he held the same role at Logicalis Group where he was also a Group Board Member of Datatec, a company listed in South Africa. Other previous appointments include Non-Executive Chairman at Mason Communications and International Vice President at Arthur D. Little.
Steve joined PageGroup in 1987, and was appointed Chief Executive in 2006. During his tenure the business has grown into a FTSE 250 company, with more than 5,800 staff across 35 countries. He is a Non-Executive Director of Debenhams plc and also serves on the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Corporate Partnership Board.
Steve joined Shawbrook as CEO in January 2016 from Santander UK, where he was Executive Director and Head of UK Banking, with responsibility for building its SME franchise, running the bank's Corporate, Commercial, Business and Retail Banking operations as well as Wealth Management. Prior to joining Santander in 2008, Steve spent eight years at RBS, where he was CEO of Business Banking, Retail Markets and Managing Director of Commercial Banking and Corporate Banking, Corporate Markets. Steve is the first member of our Alumni to join the Faculty, having previously participated in the Vital Few programme.
Sir Terry Morgan CBE
Sir Terry has been Chairman of Crossrail since 2009 and is also Chairman of the National College for High Speed Rail, Ricardo plc, London City Airport and the HS2 Growth Delivery Board. He is also a Trustee of the Crossrail Art Foundation. Previous appointments include CEO of Tube Lines, Non-Executive Director of Boxwood, Group MD of Operations at BAE Systems and MD of Royal Ordnance. He was knighted in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement KCB OBE
Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement was Chairman of Protection Group International since its creation in 2013, stepping down in 2018. He is currently Chairman of CTruk Group, Mobilarm and Founder of The Project Pool. Previously, he was also a Non-Executive Director at Mobilarm and CWind. Prior to that he spent 35 years in the Royal Navy and his military service includes five command duties: two on submarines; two on frigates; and one as head of a Naval Task Group.
Tulsi Naidu is CEO for Zurich in the UK. She was appointed in 2016, after holding several executive roles at Prudential UK and Europe. In addition to her role as Chief Executive, Tulsi is a Board Member of The Association of British Insurers, and a member of the CBI President’s Council, the FCA Practitioner Panel and the Advisory Council of CityUK. In 2018, she was listed as one of IBUK’s Women of Influence and in December awarded Freedom of the City by the City of London
Val Gooding CBE
Val is a Senior Independent Director at Vodafone plc, a Non-Executive Director at TUI AG and a Trustee of English National Ballet and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Previously, Val spent 10 years as CEO of Bupa, was Chairman of Premier Farnell plc and the Lawn Tennis Association and has held Non-Executive Director roles at Standard Chartered Bank plc, the Home Office, the BBC, J.Sainsbury plc, Compass Group plc, BAA plc and CWC Communications plc.
Will Carling OBE
Former Rugby Union player and former captain of England Rugby, Will won 72 caps in his career, leading England to three grand slam victories. Will is the founder of WCM Ltd and Founder of The Pack