Stefan has been writing and commenting on business and management for over two decades. He began his journalistic career at Euromoney, the financial publisher, where he became editor of Corporate Finance magazine. His next job was as features writer for International Management magazine, after which he joined the BBC, where he worked as a researcher for The Money Programme. After the BBC he was head of media relations for The Industrial Society (now The Work Foundation), for three years, prior to returning to journalism as features editor of Management Today magazine. After a year on a management web site, FTdynamo.com, in 2001, he worked as a freelance management writer for several years, before becoming the Financial Times’s management columnist in early 2006. He wrote that column for over four years before joining Edelman in August 2010 as its new director of strategy. He left Edelman in July 2013 to return to full-time writing.
Gerry Brown, lead author of The Independent Director In Society
Gerry Brown is Chairman of both private equity firm Novaquest Capital Management, and of G. Brown Associates Ltd – a family company providing consultancy services. He is a Council Member of the University of Exeter and Visiting Fellow at Henley Business School, UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and on the Advisory Board for Corporate Governance. He has held several independent director and chairman posts in public and private companies across a variety of industries and geographies, and is the author of The Independent Director: The Non-Executive Director’s Guide to Effective Board Presence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Dr. Dipti Amin is a business leader with medical and clinical research experience and she is currently Director at Maaya Associates Ltd and a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Buckinhamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and the University of Hertfordshire. Previously, she was Chief Compliance Officer at Quintiles Transnational (now Iqvia) and over the last 28 years Dr. Amin has held positions of operational and strategic responsibility within Pharmaceutical Services at the C-suite and Board level. Her broad experience covers Clinical Pharmacology, ethical issues in clinical research, drug development, ethics and compliance programmes as well as leadership and management of large, multi-functional, multi-geography, global groups to deliver value-added, efficient growth and achieving business turnarounds. Previously Dr Amin served on the Board of Cambridge Innovation Capital, the Board of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, on the Innovation Board and the Medical Expert Network of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, on a Department of Health Multi-centre Research Ethics Committee, on the Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Dept. of Health, and on the Board of Governors of Heathfield School for Girls (The Girls’ Day School Trust).
Janie has been an active football referee for 31 years and became the second women to have operated within men’s professional football. Having started her football career as a player and then moved into refereeing and coaching, Janie soon became The FA County Coaching Representative for Women with a remit to develop women players and coaches. Janie believes passionately about the development of people, to this end, for 19 years she has been involved in an organisation called Sports Officials UK Ltd a development partner of Sport England, and an umbrella organisation which supports the education and development of sports officials across all sports, for the last 14 years she has been an elected director and honorary CEO of the organisation. Her current role is exciting and diverse as Owner Director of Sports Officials Consultancy Ltd an organisation which specialises on the education and development of sports officials across all sports, working with National Governing Bodies, National Associations and education establishments both nationally and internationally to develop and deliver bespoke education programmes to encourage the growth, participation and quality of sports officials.
Sir Richard Atkins is the Further Education Commissioner with responsibility for quality improvement and institutional sustainability in England’s 226 incorporated FE and Sixth Form colleges. He has held this position since 2016. Previously he was a college Principal and CEO for 21 years, including 14 at Exeter College, which was judged as outstanding by Ofsted and won several prestigious National awards during his time there. Sir Richard is also currently a Pro Chancellor and member of Council at the University of Exeter as well as being a member of the Higher Education Re-structuring Advisory Group at the Department for Education. He has held a number of independent director, trustee and governor roles during the past 25 years.
Steve acts as publisher in the UK for De Gruyter for business and economics books. De Gruyter is an independent publisher with a history dating back more than 260 years and is headquartered in Berlin with offices in Basel, Beijing, Boston, Munich, Vienna and Warsaw. De Gruyter publishes books, journals and digital products for the academic and practitioner markets. Steve has spent his career working in publishing and, prior to working for De Gruyter, worked for many years at John Wiley and Sons in various roles in sales before moving to editorial and becoming publisher for business textbooks. Steve acts as a trustee for the local branch of a national charity for whom he has volunteered for several years.
Simon is the Director of Fundraising at Cancer Research UK - the largest charity in the world dedicated to cancer research. His role is to lead the Events & Sports Teams and Volunteer Fundraising functions. This encompasses the revenue generation (£100m) through the Events Portfolio including Race for Life and external Sports Partnerships, Volunteer Fundraising which generates income through Community Groups & Committees, Events (Relay for Life), Individual Fundraisers and Corporate Partnerships. Simon also leads the organisation wide Communities Strategy to deliver their core mission through the collaboration of their teams in the community. Before joining Cancer Research UK in 2000, Simon worked for a number of well-known retailers including Next and Robert Dyas