John Bercow served as a Member of Parliament from 1997, and as Speaker of the House of Commons from June 2009.
A former national Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students and London Borough Councillor, he was elected Member of Parliament for Buckingham in May 1997 as a Conservative, serving on the front benches as spokesman for Education & Employment and Home Affairs.
He was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2001 then Shadow Minister for Work & Pensions in 2002 and from 2003 to 2004 as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
He then became a member of the International Development Select Committee and served as co-Chair of the All party Parliamentary group on Burma, vice-Chair of the APG on the prevention of genocide, Africa and Sudan.
He was Secretary of the All Party group on Human Rights and established the All Party group on Brain Tumours.
In September 2007 he was appointed by the Government to lead a review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Appointed to the Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation in November 2008 he became Chair of the Conference on becoming Speaker.
Married to Sally, they are proud parents to three young children.
Declan Curry is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker, specialising in business, the economy and politics. He chairs conferences around the UK and internationally.
He speaks with the authority and clarity of an experienced working journalist. 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 is an occasional commentator on the day’s business and economic news on LBC Radio. 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.
Emma Cusdin has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organisations. She is currently a People Director with Aviva and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and she is passionate about raising awareness of trans & non-binary issues.
Emma has spoken at many trans & non-binary events organised by leading private sector companies. She has been featured in the Financial Times and has written a number of blogs including for the Huffington Post and HR Zone. Emma was a Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) and she chaired the National Trans Youth Conference for 2 years in succession. She also was a co-founder for Trans*formation. She was delighted to receive the Positive LGBT Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards and she appeared in the OUT at work top 50 UK LGBT Executives.
In 2019, Emma was delighted to receive the Prime Minister’s Office Points Of Light recognition for her tireless work in trans & non-binary inclusion.
In addition to her full time job at Aviva, she is a Director at Global Butterflies, a company that has been extremely successful in bringing about trans & non-binary inclusion and acceptance within corporate organisations in the UK, US and Canada.
Jason Ku is the Founder and CEO of Aspirant Analytics. Jason is a recognised global thought leader in human capital bringing a unique blend of strategy, data analytics, and technology to delivering value. Prior to founding Aspirant Analytics, Jason was a manager at McKinsey & Co., and software development leader for Bloomberg L.P. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Reggie Nelson is most recognised by the media as the young man who went ‘from East London to the City’. On his journey, Reggie completed five internships at various asset managers and a hedge fund in the city, the most notable being BlackRock and Aberdeen Standard Investments.
Reggie is a Graduate Analyst at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), working in the fiduciary client and investment teams, Group Chair of the ACCA Emerging Talent Advisory Group, Founder of K3D – a social mobility enterprise, and is a youth mentor for one of the largest youth networks in the UK. Reggie has previously worked with the Cabinet Office, as they continue to address ethnic disparities in higher education, and in the workplace. He is described by the former Prime Minister, Theresa May, as a “persistent and inspiring young person”.
Reggie holds a BSc in Economics, studied Mandarin alongside his degree, and has recently completed a short leadership programme at the University of Oxford, which was centred around finding the next BAME future leaders.
Anton Roe has been Chief Executive Officer of MHR International Group for the last two years. He has been instrumental in the growth of the business, bringing two decades of tech industry leadership and experience to the role. Anton has driven forward the corporate vision for MHR, heading up the planning and management of our continued expansion in the UK and globally. He has unrivalled expertise in how technology can support the future of work.
His passion for emerging technologies and high performing teams has delivered exceptional results for customers of the MHR product and service portfolio, which includes market-leading offers such as iTrent, MHR Analytics and People First.
Anton hails from Nottingham, the home of MHR. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society.
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Katherine is Head of Discovery and Futurist at DH READY, a Cross Disciplinary Creative Agency that brings cutting edge research into the public and creative realm.
She is a specialist in future technology and creative intelligence connecting the realms of AI, Behavioural Psychology and Neuroscience. She frequently speaks at, curates and moderates modern culture and technology panels and events across the globe
that explore the effect of new technology on the human condition and society as well as frequently appearing as a futurist and digital technology expert across TV and radio and works as a science writer for a range of UK and global publications. At all other hours of the day she is connecting, curating and collaborating.
Lesley has been a voracious champion of D&I throughout her career. In her previous role at Lloyds Banking Group, she supported all strands of diversity by fostering a positive culture where people's different backgrounds, views and values are given appropriate respect at work. She led the hugely successful Breakthrough Mentoring programme to promote and retain female talent – the success of which she then used to raise the profile of other diversity initiatives including, the Rainbow Network.
Lesley sits on the board of EurOut at London Business School and is a regular keynote speaker on LGBT+ issues. She is the Founder and CEO of Through the Looking Glass Charity (which provides less affluent students with rare insight into City professions) and Founder and President of The Eagle Club (which helps women in leadership positions to realise their potential and build strong support structures).
Lesley has won numerous awards including the Power of Women in Leadership 2019 and Chambers’ Europe Outstanding Achievement to Diversity 2015. She was previously featured in the Guardian as one of 10 women changing the face of the City. In October 2019, Lesley was included in the top 50 Executive list as an OUTstanding Role model.
In her new senior leadership role at FBN Bank, Lesley is committed to promoting a good culture of equality and meritocracy across the organisation. She uses her influence as General Counsel to help shift cultures in the legal and consultancy firms that she works with and, while Lesley has witnessed change for the better in the legal profession, she is also aware of how much remains to be done.