Paulette is Managing Director, Global Payments Acceptance at Barclaycard. Prior to joining Barclays, she was Strategy Director at NBNK Investments plc. She served as an executive director at Tesco Personal Finance and spent 7 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Her roles at RBS included Managing Director, NatWest Retail Banking and CEO, RBS European Consumer Finance. She has also worked internationally for General Electric’s Private Equity and Global Consumer Finance businesses. Paulette was born and raised in inner London. She has been active in the not-for-profit sector for many years, including serving on the board of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in the West Midlands and as a trustee at Community Service Volunteers.
Ana Botín is CEO of Santander UK plc since December 2010.
Ms Botin has a long track record in the financial industry. After eight years in corporate and investment banking at JP Morgan in New York, she joined Banco Santander in 1988. Ms Botin served as a member of Santander Group’s Management Committee, heading the Corporate Banking business for Latin America and Southern Europe.
In 1999, Ms Botin left her executive duties at Santander and partnered with internet entrepreneurs in an IT consultancy firm which she grew and ultimately sold to Indra, the leading global technology company based in Spain.
From 2002 until moving to the UK in 2010 Ms Botin was Executive Chairman of Banesto.
Ms Botin is a member of Georgetown University’s Board and was a member of the Insead Board from 2002 to 2011. In addition to her business roles, Ms. Botin has been and continues to be an active leader in social responsibility and philanthropic work. She is the Founder and Vice-Chairman of Empresa y Crecimiento Foundation and Founder and Chairman of the Conocimiento y Desarrollo Foundation. She is also the Founder and Chairman of Empieza Por Educar Foundation, the Spanish member of the global Teach For All network.
Ms Botin earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College.
Robert E. Diamond Jr.
Bob Diamond was most recently Chief Executive of Barclays PLC prior to which he served as President of Barclays PLC and Chief Executive of Corporate & Investment Banking and Wealth Management.
He is an Executive Director of the Boards of Barclays PLC and Barclays Bank PLC and has been a member of the Barclays Group Executive Committee since 1997. He joined the firm in 1996. Mr. Diamond is also a Board Member of BlackRock following the integration of Barclays Global Investors.
Mr Diamond began his career as a lecturer at the School of Business, University of Connecticut.
A native of Concord, Massachusetts, Mr. Diamond received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colby College in Maine (1974) and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, where he ranked first in his class (1977). He was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Connecticut in 2006 and Doctor of Laws from Colby College in 2008.
His external affiliations include: Chairman, Board of Trustees of Colby College, Waterville, Maine; Chairman, Old Vic Productions, Plc; Member of the Advisory Board, Judge Business School at Cambridge University; Board Member, The Diamond Family Foundation; Member of International Advisory Board, British-American Business Council; Life Member of The Council on Foreign Relations; Member, The Atlantic Council.
He is married with three children.
Lord Stanley Fink
The Lord Fink is Chief Executive Officer of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) and Chairman of Earth Capital Partners LLP.
Born in 1957 and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge graduating with a degree in law, Lord Fink qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 and worked at Mars and Citibank NA before joining Man Group plc in 1987, stepping down as Deputy Chairman of the Group in July 2008 after an illustrious career spanning 21 years.
Lord Fink is a committed philanthropist whose focus is health, education and the environment. His roles include being a Trustee of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and he was Chairman of the 2009 Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
Lord Fink is President of the Evelina Children’s Hospital and was chairman of the highly successful campaign by the Evelina to raise £10 million to assist in equipping the new hospital in 2005. He is also chair of the board of governors of Burlington Danes Academy School which he sponsored through ARK.
Lord Fink is currently treasurer of the Conservative Party.
Lesley King-Lewis has been the Director of the Man Group plc Charitable Trust since October 2008. After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts (BA) and the London School of Economics (MSc) she joined Barclays International. She spent nine years with Barclays, including two overseas assignments in Johannesburg and New York.
She then moved into the voluntary sector, spending six years as the Development Director at the National Art Collections Fund and 7 years as Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, before joining the Man Group plc Charitable Trust.
She now serves as a Trustee for the Alcohol Education Research Centre, the European Community Youth Orchestra and the Barbican.
Ian Livingstone was educated at St Paul’s School London and attended City University London where he attained BSc Hons in Optometry and qualified as an optometrist in 1984.
Ian was Chairman of Optika Clulow Group from 1990-2010, a High Street retail chain in which he was a majority shareholder. This group consisted of 170 stores including David Clulow, Sunglass Hut, Harrods and Selfridges opticians
Ian is currently joint Executive Chairman of London & Regional Properties and has been from 1993 to current. He is responsible for commercial property, development, hotel transactions and international expansion.
The business operates in 9 countries and is a very active investor and developer both in the UK and overseas.
Harvey is Co-chair of the Mayor of London’s London Enterprise Panel, and Chairman of Governors of Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the former Chairman of Prudential plc, Man Group plc, and the London Development Agency.
Prior to taking on the Chair of the London Development Agency he was Chairman of London First, the capital’s influential business campaign group, a director of Gateway to London, the inward investment agency for the Thames Gateway and Chairman of the East London Business Alliance, a partnership of substantial businesses engaged in the social and economic regeneration of East London.
Harvey is a also a trustee of a number of charities including New Philanthropy Capital; the Royal Anniversary Trust which operates the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education; CFAB; and The Prince’s Teaching Institute, which promotes subject based professional development for teachers. He is also an active supporter of the integrated education movement in Northern Ireland.
Ian Mukherjee is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Amiya Capital, a fund that invests principally in Emerging Markets with $1.8bn under management. Prior to founding Amiya in 2005, Ian was a Partner and Managing director of Goldman Sachs where he spent 14 years including 6 based out in Asia.
A supporter of philanthropy, Ian is a Gold Patron of the Prince’s Trust and sits on their Invest in Futures Committee. He is a firm believer in entrepreneurial spirit and admires what the Prince’s Trust has done to inspire and get the best out of young people enabling them to make a real contribution to society.
Ian is a keen runner and each year for the past five years has completed both the Great North Run and the Royal Parks half marathon in support of Get Kids Going! a national charity which provides specially built sport wheelchairs giving disabled children and young people the opportunity to participate in sport.
Sir Stephen O’Brien
Stephen O’Brien is Chairman of NHS Tower Hamlets, International Health Partners, East London Bond and Deputy Chairman of Woods River Cruises and Water City Development. He is also Vice-President of Business in the Community, Trustee/Director of the International Business Leaders’ Forum, Tomorrow’s People, Place2Be, Teach First, St Martin-in-the Fields Development Trust and Citizens Organising Foundation.
Previously Stephen was Chairman of the London Regional Council of the Prince’s Trust, London First, Charles Fulton Holdings – International Currency Brokers, Vice-Chairman of Think London and one of the convenors of the RSA Illegal Drugs Commission.
Stephen’s passion is for sustaining and renovating community life in urban areas, particularly when it relates to disadvantaged individuals and communities. This passion has led to an ongoing dedication to engaging and persuading businesses to join the community of corporate citizens.
Michelle is Chief of Staff for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Goldman Sachs.
Michelle manages the Executive Office in London and is a member of the firm’s Growth Markets Operating Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee and EMEA Senior Diversity Council.
Previously, Michelle was Chief Operating Officer for the Securities Division in Europe and was responsible for leading the efforts to establish the firm’s presence in Russia and the Middle East. Michelle was named Managing Director in 2005 and Partner in 2010.
Michelle serves on the Stakeholder Board of the Mayor’s Fund for London’s Young London Working Project and is a member of Business in the Community’s Business Action on Economic Renewal Leadership Team.
She has worked in both Frankfurt and New York and currently lives in London.
Tim Roberts is the UK Chief Executive of Promontory Financial Group, a leading strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm focusing primarily on the financial services industry. He was born and educated in London.
Previously he was Chief Operating Officer of Ignis Asset Management, the fund management arm of Phoenix Group. Prior to joining Ignis, he was a management consultant at McKinsey from 1993-2009, where he was a partner for 10 years and served clients around the world in the financial services sector and the public sector. He led a number of McKinsey’s practices including asset management, UK financial institutions and UK risk management, and for a number of years was responsible for McKinsey’s pro bono activities in the charitable sector.
He received an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University in 1988. Since graduating he has gained a Diploma in Accounting and Finance and a black belt in judo.
Iqbal Wahhab, OBE
Iqbal Wahhab is the award winning Founder of Roast restaurant in Borough Market and is involved in other entrepreneurial activity in and around London, the city in which he grew up having come from Bangladesh as a baby.
After graduating from the LSE, he briefly worked for The Independent as a journalist, then launching a PR company, a magazine and his first restaurant The Cinnamon Club in 2001. Other restaurants followed and were successfully sold and he is now concentrating on developing and expanding the Roast brand. He is also planning a major food village in the east end of London.
Iqbal is chair of the DWP Ethnic Minority Advisory Group, which advises ministers on creating fairer policy, chair of The Quilliam Foundation, the world’s first counter- terrorist think tank, and chair of the Mayor’s Fund for London Business Club which seeks to engage companies in supporting the work of the Fund.
He also sits on the boards of many other charities.