Tim Roberts - Chair
Tim Roberts is Managing Director in charge of global cyber security, anti fraud, data protection and privacy at Promontory Financial Group, a leading strategy, risk management and regulatory advisory firm. He was born and educated in London.
Previously he was Chief Operating Officer of Ignis Asset Management, the fund management arm of Phoenix Group, and before that 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 financial services and the public sector. He led or co-led a number of McKinsey’s practices including asset management, UK financial institutions and risk management, and for a number of years was responsible for McKinsey’s pro bono activities in the charitable sector. His work with charities has largely focused on engaging the private sector in supporting sustainable livelihoods for the poor in the UK and around the world.
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.
Elena graduated from the Moscow Management Institute. She has extensive experience in industrial management. Born into a simple, working class family, Elena is a self-made woman who, as a pioneering Russian entrepreneur, created one of the country’s leading development corporations, Inteco. She sold Inteco in 2011, but continues to expand her business in the sphere of hospitality, investments and development internationally. Elena has been playing an active role in charitable causes for many years, supporting important projects in the field of culture, education, arts, design and sports internationally. She founded Be Open in 2012.
Mehmet is the Chairman of Cardiff City Football Club and H R Owen PLC. He is also the Chairman and founder of WMG, an alternative investment firm focussed on real estate and private equity, having left the board of Commerzbank AG to set the company up.
Mehmet has held a number of key and high profile directorships throughout his career. Alongside this, he has taken an active interest in charitable work, focussing on children and young adults; having worked with The Disability Foundation based at the Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital and is currently on the Corporate Advisory Board for Chain of Hope.
Melanie Grant has been a been a journalist for over 20 years having worked at The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The BBC and now The Economist where she writes about luxury. She also owned and ran her own creative agency for eight years producing photography and animation for commercial clients. In her spare time she gives talks at places like the Science Museum and London Craft Week on subjects such as horology and high jewellery.
Jenny is the founder of Halpern, a global PR and influencer agency part of the WPP network and &partnership, CHI & Partners.
Jenny has also established education charity, Access Aspiration, which provides the most amount of aspirational work placements in London to State schools. The other charity Jenny has helped co create is Lady Garden which raises funds for the Royal Marsden to research into ovarian cancer. Having been a board member of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Jenny set up Save the Day for GOSH and helped raise over 1.3 million towards urgently needed pieces of equipment.
Jenny is a mentor and adviser to many young entrepreneurs and organisations.
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.
Sir Harvey McGrath
Sir Harvey is Chairman of Big Society Capital, and Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the former Chairman of Prudential PLC, Man Group PLC, and the London Development Agency, and former Deputy Chair of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Panel. Prior to taking on the Chair of the London Development Agency he was Chairman of London First, the capital’s influential business campaign group, and Chairman of the East London Business Alliance, a partnership of substantial businesses engaged in the social and economic regeneration of East London.
Sir Harvey is also Chairman of Heart of the City, which helps companies develop CSR through learning from one another; Chairman of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which promotes subject-based professional development for teachers; and a trustee of a number of other charities including New Philanthropy Capital and icould. He was conferred the honour of Knight Bachelor in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year Honours List 2016 for ‘services to economic growth and public life.’
David is joint Chairman and CEO of the Meller Group, one of the largest luxury home and beauty suppliers in the UK. Formerly Vice- Chairman of Watford FC, he now concentrates on educational ventures. David is a non-executive board member for the Department for Education and is Chairman of the Meller Educational Trust which sponsors 5 academies and 2 University Technical Colleges. David is also a board member of several non-profit organisations including Tel Aviv University, the Policy Exchange, the JAFFA Institute for children and Greenhouse Sports & Performing Arts and he is Chairman of the Presidents Club raising £20 million pounds for children’s charities in the UK. He invests in entrepreneurial businesses including restaurants, retail and property interests.
Sir Stephen O’Brien, CBE
Sir Stephen O’Brien, CBE is Vice-President of Business in the Community, Chairman of London Communities Commission, Trustee of Foundation for Future London and Opera Ventures.
Previously Stephen was Chairman of University of East London, Barts Health, London First, Teach First, Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust, the London Regional Council of the Prince’s Trust, Milliband Task Force on Mental Health and The Community, 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 and engaging business in the communities in which it operates.
Michelle is a partner at Goldman Sachs in London. She heads the Executive Office for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and is the Chief Administrative Officer for EMEA. Michelle is a member of several Goldman Sachs committees including the European Management Committee.
She was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the Securities Division in EMEA and led the firm’s efforts to establish its presence in Russia and the Middle East. Michelle has lived in both Frankfurt and New York and now serves as a trustee of The Prince’s Trust International and as an Advisory Board member of Facing History and Ourselves.
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.
Having run a successful steel business in Malawi, Moni Varma moved to the UK in 1982. In 1985 he set up a rice milling and packing business in west London, rapidly making a name for Veetee in the supply of high quality basmati rice. Today, Veetee is the largest rice supplier to the UK retail trade, with over one third of all rice now bought by UK supermarket shoppers produced by Veetee. The Group currently exports rice to about 50 countries from its seven factories around the world.
Although the main rice operation is now centred at Medway, Kent, Moni still supports African economies. A Veetee project in Nigeria encourages local farmers to cultivate rice with a buy-back arrangement to parboil and pack the locally grown rice, which is then sold on the local Nigerian market.
In June 2007, Veetee launched Dine In, the first ever restaurant quality convenience rice available inside Europe. Veetee Dine In has achieved 3.9% volume share of the microwave rice market, a category traditionally dominated by one or two brands, an increase of 85% on the previous 4 week period*.
*IRI 4 week data ending 14th June 2008