The 2018 Guest Speakers were: –

Lord Victor Adebowale – Turning Point

Victor is the CEO of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care interventions to approximately 77,000 people on an annual basis. Victor sits as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of NHS England, the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC, IOCOM and Leadership in Mind, he is also the Chair of Social Enterprise UK. Victor has chaired a number of commission reports into; policing, employment, mental health, housing and fairness for The London Fairness Commission, the Met Police and for central & local government. He was awarded CBE for services to the unemployed and homeless people, and became a crossbench peer in 2001. Victor is a visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln; an honorary member of the Institute of Psychiatry; President of The International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry and a Governor at The London School of Economics. Victor has an MA in Advanced Organisational Consulting from Tavistock Institute and City University.

Robin Bew – Economist Intelligence Unit

Robin Bew joined the Economist Intelligence Unit in 1995, became239_robin_bew Chief Economist in 1997, and Editorial Director in 2006. He was previously an Economist at Her Majesty’s Treasury, where he was variously involved in the forecasting of government expenditure, the analysis of UK fiscal policy, and the forecasting of UK trade performance. As Editorial Director for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Robin is responsible for all editorial operations across the company worldwide, driving the intellectual debate within the business. In his capacity as Chief Economist, he is responsible for the formulation of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s overarching view on the outlook for the global economy.

Angus McCallum – Metropolitan Police Service

Angus is the Chief Information Officer of the Metropolitan Police Service, (MPS), with responsibility for digital policing and IT transformation he is also a member of the MPS Management Board. Angus is ’Environmental Champion for the Met’ ensuring that MPS deliver targets aligned to the strategic environmental objectives. He is a non-Executive Director for Housing Solutions, a housing association based in Maidenhead. Previously Angus worked at BG Group, an oil and gas exploration Company operating across 25 countries, where he held a number of positions including Global CIO, Operations Director of one of the largest gas utilities in the Americas, Senior Vice President Transmission and Distribution responsible for overseeing a number of utility companies across the globe, Head of Global HR Operations, Head of Investment appraisal. Prior to BG Group Angus was in the Merchant Navy. Angus has significant general management experience across a number of key disciplines and has operated at Executive and Board level for a number of companies / subsidiaries. Born in Northern Ireland, Angus spent some of his childhood in Pune, India and with BG Group has lived and worked in Argentina and Iran.

Martin McCann – RedR UK

Martin has been Chief Executive of the humanitarian charity RedR UK since 2007. He has been involved in international development and humanitarian work for the last 40 years, ranging from a two-year village based volunteer posting in West Africa to seven years as the Global Program Director of Plan International. Martin also worked at Practical Action and was the founding Chair of the pan agency Hope for African Children Initiative. Martin also serves as the President of the Sphere Association, the Geneva based leading Humanitarian Standards setting organisation.

Mark Spelman -World Economic Forum

Mark is an international business leader who worked at Accenture for 26 years. He has significant experience in business and digital strategies, operating models and change management. His Accenture roles included being Global Head of Strategy, Global Managing Director for Thought Leadership and Executive Director for the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His current roles include working for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on their Future of the Digital Economy and Society Initiative and chairing an EU-China Expert group on the Digital Economy. Mark was Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Council in Brussels; his current non executive roles include Chatham House, The Future Cities Catapult in the UK, Harlequins RUFC, a social enterprise Numbers For Good and Chairman of Leap a charity specialising in helping young people understand the causes and consequences of conflict.

Isabella Underhill – Guided Tour Oxford

Many visitors arrive in Oxford with a just a vague knowledge of its world famous university; few know anything at all about the city that surrounds it. In her tours Isabella Underhill, long term Oxford resident and established city guide, attempts to knit together the many stories that have contributed to its present incarnation, from the time of the town’s Anglo-Saxon construction, through the struggles of town versus gown and the central role played by the university in almost every major national event. Oxford has been the spawning ground of countless Prime Ministers, philosophers, scientists, writers – notably Tolkein, C.S.Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and the poet Shelley – played host to Elizabeth I on state visits and to Charles I during the English Civil War – provided useful shelter for government in World War II (famously Hitler never bombed Oxford), nurtured the talent of Rowan Atkinson and Alan Bennett and, successfully competing with the world’s top universities, fights hard against its reputation as haven to the rich and privileged. All go to make up the astonishing narrative of the English speaking world’s oldest university. Isabella has a BA Hons History of Art and Italian UCL.