Tim Roberts - Chair
Tim Roberts is the Vice President & Partner of IBM Securities. He was born and educated in London.
Previously he has been Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group; Chief Operating Officer of Ignis Asset Management, the fund management arm of Phoenix Group; and 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 Halpern Prince
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.’
Michelle retired as Partner at Goldman Sachs in Dec 2017 after 28 years working for the organisation. She most recently led the Executive Office for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and was the Chief Administrative Officer for EMEA. Michelle was a member of several Goldman Sachs committees including the European Management Committee.
Previously she was 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 and worked in Frankfurt, New York and Hong Kong. In addition to her role with the Mayors Fund for London, Michelle is a Trustee of The Princes Trust, where she chairs the Programmes Committee and a Trustee of The Princes Trust Intl.
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