Drawing on his motivational personal story – from one of five children raised by a single mother in Tottenham to Harvard Law School graduate - he promotes the power of education to change lives; he strives to encourage young people, especially those under-represented at many top universities, to achieve their academic potential. Until the 2010 election, David served as a Minister of State at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills for two years. In this role, he was responsible for adult learning and offender learning and skills. At 11 years of age, David won a scholarship as a chorister to attend a state choral school at The Kings School in Peterborough; he eventually returned to London in 1990 to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School.
Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, David became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School. After graduating in 1997, David worked as a lawyer in London and Los Angeles.
Upon returning to England, David entered the world of politics and stood as a Labour candidate for the newly created Greater London Assembly, securing a position as the GLA member with a portfolio for Culture and Arts. Following the sad death of Tottenham’s longstanding MP Bernie Grant, David was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in 2000.
David served 9 years (2001-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. Since 2010, he has been an active backbench MP.
He is the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots (2011), which expounds on the reasons behind the 2011 riots and what has to be done to prevent them happening ever again. The author proceeds of the book are being donated to Tottenham-based charities. He has authored countless articles for national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman and the Spectator.
Passionate and driven, David’s political background and motivational story make him an excellent speaker to give an outline of the changing landscape of today’s politics.
Declan Curry is an event host and speaker. He chairs conferences, facilitates panel discussions, and comperes awards ceremonies, around the UK and internationally.
He speaks with the authority and clarity of an experienced working journalist. He commentates on the day’s business and economic news each morning on LBC Radio.
He has been a writer and broadcaster for more than twenty-five years. He was the business presenter on BBC One’s breakfast TV for almost a decade. He presented his own regular programmes on BBC Two and Radio 5 Live, wrote documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and reported for programmes as diverse as “Panorama” and “The One Show”.
He has broadcast in Ireland, the United States and Australia.
He has been published in newspapers and magazines in the UK, Europe and the United States. He wrote a regular column for the FT’s “Investors’ Chronicle” magazine.
He has won several awards for his broadcasting, and is an honorary doctor of Middlesex University.
Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he was Professor of Psychology at University College London from 1992 to 2018. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College. He has also been made Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009) and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2014).
He consults to many organisations in various different sectors (particularly airlines, banks, civil service) and in many different countries (particularly continental Europe and Asia). He is also an experienced conference speaker doing around a dozen keynote speeches a year all around the world.
He has written over 1300 scientific papers and 85 books. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy established over 30 years ago.
Like Noel Coward, he believes work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. He rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) very early in the morning and does not have a mobile phone. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre.
Matt is a Director in SSQ's London partner search team and has been with the business since 2013. He specialises in placing partners and teams into law firms in the UK, the Middle East and Africa. He also works closely with law firm clients on strategic issues including mergers and new office launches. Matt is also head of SSQ's Middle East practice, placing partners and teams across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and throughout the region.
Sarah is an employment and partnership lawyer advising LLPs, corporates, partners and senior executives on a wide variety of partnership and employment issues. She has particular expertise in matters with a crossover of both partnership law and employment law issues, in particular LLP disputes with whistleblowing, discrimination or harassment issues.
She is instructed regularly by firms to advise on equality and diversity issues, internal investigations and to provide training to partners and employees on equality and diversity, including harassment and discrimination and LLP member obligations.
Lawrence is an experienced advisor across the full breadth of people issues, with a particular specialism in reward. He leads global reward transformation projects, supports businesses in developing and implementing future-proof employee value propositions and advises the remuneration committees of large listed companies.
He sits on the PwC Workforce of the Future steering group, developing thinking on how the changing world of work will impact organisations – and how the HR function can respond.
Miranda initially decided to pursue a career as a lawyer with a leading law firm in London and subsequently entered the world of legal executive search in 2001 and now has over 18 years’ experience consulting to leading law firms and corporations around the world. In 2004, Miranda set up a search business called Spencer Scott Hilton in Australia, before setting up an office in Dubai and relocating to the Middle East in 2008, responding to the significant demand in the region at the time as an emerging market. In 2016, Miranda launched a Singapore office before partnering with Recruitment Entrepreneur (the fastest growing private equity backed resourcing portfolio) in 2017 and opening a London office under a new brand, Group8.
The selection of clients on whose behalf Miranda has acted include global law firms, major listed and private entities, and banks sourcing senior lawyers and Partners through a process of proactive targeted search. She has lived in the UK, Kuwait, Australia, Dubai and Singapore, and has sourced lawyers across the world.
As a registered clinical psychologist Pieter has been working in elite performance psychology for the past 17 years. He moved to the UK at the start of 2006, where he worked as a specialist clinical psychologist at the Nightingale Hospital in central London, before becoming a founding director of Cognacity Ltd.
On the elite sport side Pieter was a LOCOG specialist psychologist for the London 2012 Olympic Games, working with the GB Track & Field team, as well as team GB Rowing. He has worked in English Premier Football with individuals from Chelsea FC (2009/10) and Arsenal FC (2011-2015) on performance and clinical aspects. He is currently the Head of Performance Psychology for the London based Harlequins Premiership Rugby team (2006-2011; 2014-present; European Challenge Cup Champions, English Premiership Champions, LV Cup Champions), Lions Currie Cup and Super Rugby team (2014-2015), the South African Springbok Rugby team (Rugby World Cup Bronze medal winners 2015) and the Springbok Sevens Rugby Team (World Series Champions 2017).
In parallel, as an academic, Pieter was a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University from 2008 to 2012 on the MSc and Doctorate programmes in Cognitive and Counselling Psychology. He has also been a visiting professor at University College London (UCL) Medical School from 2011 to present, lecturing on the MSc programme in sports medicine. He is also currently an associate professor of clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing at North-West University.
As Director of International Operations at Cognacity, Pieter is responsible for the management of some UK based programmes and all US, Middle-Eastern and African-based corporate programmes. He is currently working with various Blue Chip and FTSE50 companies to facilitate performance under pressure in high pressure work environments at board and senior executive levels.
Iain advises law firms and individuals regulated by the SRA on regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings, including on sexual harassment allegations against law firm partners. He is Chair of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, and sits on the City of London Law Society Professional Rules and Regulation Committee.
Clare advises US and UK law firms and their partners on partnership and employment law issues, including on sexual harassment and other partner conduct allegations. She is also the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in its Parliamentary Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
Following qualification as a lawyer, Krupa subsequently entered the recruitment sector and has over 12 years’ experience of both agency and in house recruitment within the legal sector. Krupa specialises in partner level recruitment supporting the EMEA region at White & Case. She focuses on executing the Firm’s growth strategies for EMEA from leading recruiting initiatives to new office openings, onboarding and integration.
Joanne is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider. From harnessing the power of data and technology to its focus on customer experience and people engagement, Simply Business is intent on creating something better for small businesses and the self-employed.
Joanne was the former General Counsel of NetOTC, a start up in the financial services sector. Prior to that she trained and spent many years at Linklaters, specialising in derivatives and structured financial products before moving on to build and lead the London legal team at Spanish bank, BBVA. Regulation, compliance and governance have all been part of her remit.
Joanne sits on the Council of Management of Mind, the UK's leading mental health charity. Mind provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem - campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Joanne brings to her board role a compassionate understanding based on experience, and with it the vital message of hope.