Claire Smith

businesswoman and former civil servant Claire Smith worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, now FCOD, for 27 years in London, China, Germany, and Pakistan. For the last 12 years, she has run her own business, been a non-executive director of an international engineering consultancy, chair of governors at a London primary school, visiting professor, …

Dr Simon Knight

gentleman, scholar, acrobat Simon is Chair of the Scotland Salon. He is an experienced Youth Work team leader and sleeps under the stars while supervising and assessing young people participating in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions. His PhD at the University of Strathclyde was in Education. His thesis focused on how past childhood experiences, freedoms and …

Dr Glynne Williams

associate professor, University of Leicester School of Business Glynne is associate professor in employment relations and head of the Work and Employment Division at the University of Leicester Business School. Glynne is interested in the changing meaning of fairness and merit in working life. Recent research has included the impact of continuous performance management, the …

Shelagh McNerney

architecture, urban development, and town planning professional With 35 years extensive, practical experience working between local authorities & businesses in the realms of architecture, urban development, town planning & construction, Shelagh McNerney is now also writing & undertaking the highly regarded MA in architectural history at Bartlett School at University College London. She is focussing …

Jennie Bristow

senior lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University; associate, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies Jennie Bristow senior lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University, an associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, and a writer and commentator on the ‘generation wars’. Her recent books include: The Corona Generation: Coming of age in a crisis (with Emma Gilland, …

Steve Kelleher

managing director, Alphaprobe consultancy; Whistleblowers UK Steve is a working class entrepreneur with 20 years experience in foreign exchange investment banking, and 15 years as in financial consulting. Steve is a father of five, a school governor and a cricket coach, as well as being a political activist and the lead singer in a ‘dad …

Michael Hollick

freelance journalist and editor Michael has worked in the media since leaving school at 18 to train as a journalist on his local newspaper. In a 30-year career he has worked for everything from Heating & Ventilation News to Sky TV, and now works freelance for a variety of business-to-business magazines and websites, and has recently moved …

Michael Olatokun

head of public and youth engagement, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; lecturer in Law, London South Bank University As Head of Public and Youth Engagement at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Michael leads an international programme teaching young people about human rights and democracy. He is also a Lecturer in …

Tom Bewick

chief executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies Tom Bewick is the chief executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, the collective voice of the UK’s world-class qualifications and assessment industry. Tom is passionate about the value of qualifications. He left school initially with just one pass grade at ‘O’ level — the equivalent of GCSE. But …

Jess Butcher MBE

entrepreneur, angel, advisor  Jessica Butcher MBE is a serial technology entrepreneur, angel investor and business advisor.  She was the co-founding CMO of Blippar from 2011-2015 during it’s rapid ascent as one of the global tech pioneers in the field of Augmented Reality (a global CNBC ‘Top 50 Disruptor’ business in 2015/16/17 alongside the likes of …