Paul CullenTalent Agent and BBC Scout
Paul started his career at in the drama casting and contracting team at BBC Television, before moving into talent representation with responsibility for securing roles for acting talent across film, theatre, television and radio. Moving into the charity sector in 2007, Paul joined the RNLI and started bringing onboard famous faces to support the charity that saves lives at sea. Between 2013 and 2019, Paul headed up the Celebrity & VIP Team at Macmillan Cancer Support then established his own talent partnerships consultancy in 2019. Paul continues to partner famous faces with good causes, including working with the Alzheimer’s Society, Book Trust, Dementia Carers Count, Hospice UK, Mental Health Foundation and Sightsavers. In addition, Paul also works on connecting well-known names to commercial brands such as Not on The High Street and Balsam Hill.
Larry MountThe Ministry of Defence
As a young boy, Larry was evacuated from Libya following a Colonel Gaddafi led revolution. This became the catalyst for attending King’s Hall where he won the Meade Cup and joining Woodard House at King’s College. He left King’s in 1980 to study Business Studies at Gloucestershire College before starting a varied career across the banking, construction, hotel management and logistics sectors. Larry went on to work for the Royal Air Force and was recognised on the Queen's Birthday Honours List. He is a Cyber & IT Professional Lead dealing with digital transformation and information management in relation to nuclear submarines and international relationships.
Ryan McGuirkMountains, Mines and NATO
Ryan is currently works at Splunk, a Silicon Valley company specialising in data analytics. In the short time he has worked there, he has been awarded the Global Fellowship Award and being recognised as the lead global customer success contributor. His commercial experience in industry leading customer success, major projects and consultancy is underpinned by a varied and unique military career that included tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His final military posting was to the NATO headquarters in Italy where he was the special assistant to the Commander of the US Navy, acting as his speech writer. During this period, he received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, which is an extremely rare honour. In addition to this, Ryan is a very proud husband to Emily and father to Monte and Mia. Adventure and challenge are extremely important to him. The latest of which was successfully completing an ultra-marathon in December 2021 on an exclusively plant-based diet in recognition of his 40th birthday.
Bob HandlyModern Slavery
Now retired, Rob had a 50-year career in the energy industry as a geophysicist, manager and consultant. A Rotarian since 2007, Bob has been President and is currently Secretary of Rotary Monmouth and Community Lead for the Rotary District 1100 covering Bristol, Swindon and surrounding areas. He became aware of the horrors of modern slavery while attending the national Rotary Conference in Nottingham in 2018, and helped organise an event in Bristol in 2021 that aimed to draw attention to the issue. Rob also raises awareness in other Rotary Clubs and supports UNSEEN, an anti-modern slavery charity. Member of the Rotary Action Group against Slavery - RAGAS.
Michelle RobinsonFormer Olympian
Michelle Griffith Robinson is an Olympic athlete who represented GB for over two decades in the Triple jump. She was the first woman to have jumped over 14metres in the Commonwealth. As a lifestyle coach, mentor and working mother of three children, Michelle knows how hard it is to maintain control and balance in her life, and recognizes that many people struggle with these factors. Michelle delivers empowering messages on the importance of one’s well-being and a balanced lifestyle whilst sharing her own inspirational experiences. Over the last 20 years, Michelle’s passion for ‘unlocking the potential of her clients’ has led her to successfully work with many celebrities and corporate companies. She revels in creating a climate of change, to dream big and to achieve beyond your expectations. Michelle is one of the lead mentors in the UK for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which helps young people get their ‘lives back on track’ through an extensive mentoring programme. As an ambassador for Women’s Aid, Diabetes UK and The Meno Charity, Michelle is a formidable force and her natural flair with people is apparent. She is an acclaimed and respected speaker, both in educational and corporate settings. Her zest for life is evident when she speaks about ‘high performance’ and ‘winning in life’ and ‘being the captain of your own ship’.
Agnes KaposiYellow Star - Red Star
Dr Agnes Kaposi was born in Hungary in 1932, a year before Hitler came to power. She started school at the outbreak of World War II and many of her family and friends were murdered in the Holocaust, together with half a million other Hungarian Jews. A series of miracles and coincidences allowed her to survive, but she worked as a child labourer in the agricultural and armament camps of Austria before being liberated by a rampaging Soviet Army. She struggled through post-war hardship to re-enter Hungarian society, only to be caught up for a decade in the vice of Stalinism. In 1956, the Hungarian revolution offered the opportunity to escape. Entering Britain as a graduate engineer, she started a family and built a career as a researcher, educator and consultant, and became the third woman to become a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr Kaposi is now retired, but in her words is ‘busier than ever’. She spends her time writing, lecturing, partaking in debates, listening to good music and playing bridge. Dr Kaposi has a wonderful family, including five grandchildren with whom she is very involved, and many friends.
Neil HardwickClimate Optimism: Building Our Future with Better Tools
Neil Hardwick is a global media expert with over 37 years of experience in business leadership; running media, advertising and communications companies across multiple geographies around the world. As of 2021, Neil was appointed the CEO of International think-tank RethinkX, who’s aim is to inspire a global conversation about the opportunities and threats faced by humanity and to ensure that we are optimally prepared for the technological change heading our way. Born and educated in the U.K., Neil has worked across the globe, specifically in Greater China and Russia, along with stints in Central Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, as well as Vietnam. Most recently, Neil worked for WPP managing both Media and Creative businesses, working with a range of the leading global companies as clients. A graduate from CCAT, Cambridge with a bachelor’s degree in Geography, he also has a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Glasgow. Neil is passionate about international business management, the empowerment of teams to deliver optimal results and the driving the best outcomes for our plane.
Tamara BennettNutrition: Trust your Gut
Tamara is a registered Nutritionist. Her career has taken numerous exciting twists and turns spanning three continents. After finishing her MSc at KCL, Tamara started her career in London with a brief spell at Marks & Spencer’s Head Office. She worked on product development and initiated the first roll-out of ‘nutritional panels’ (now so familiar to us all on food packaging). She then moved to Kent to run in-house education with Lamberts Healthcare, a subsidiary of a pharmaceutical company, before heading to South Africa as a volunteer at a remote first-aid station on a Zulu reserve where she focussed on the nutritional implications of the AIDS/HIV/Diabetes. Tamara went from a mud hut in Natal to a lake-side house in Virginia, USA, the home of the US Marine Corps, where she gave seminars and presentations to audiences and individuals within the USMC Wellness Clinic. Tamara then chose to take a ‘career break’ to have her first child in Toronto Canada, before heading back to the UK. Kuwait was the next destination with more diverse opportunities. Her private clients included Kuwaiti Royalty, a 17-year-old Olympic swimmer and many more. She was also able to continue her humanitarian work and philanthropy, working with Nepalese hostel residents (runaway maids) and developing ration packs for long-haul desert drivers going in to Iraq. Tamara now shares her passion for nutrition with young athletes, sports academies, schools and workplaces. Alongside this, she specialises in gut health (the gut microbiome) and works as a consultant, presenting weekly seminars and private consultations at a residential weight-loss retreat/bootcamp in Devon.
Professor Sanjeev KrishnaMedicine and Immunology
Professor Sanheev Krishna is a Professor of Molecular Parasitology and Medicine at St. George's University of London. After completing a degree at Cambridge and medical degree at Oxford, he studied malaria in Thailand before completing a DPhil at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford, then joined St George’s in 2000. As an MRC Training Fellow and Welcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science (1994–2001), he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and awarded an ScD by the University of Cambridge in 2007. Professor Khrishna is also an honorary consultant physician in infectious disease and medicine at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has been an advisor to multiple international bodies, including the World Health Organisation, and has sat on advisory committees for WHO and major international funders including the US National Institutes of Health, the UK’s Wellcome Trust and others. Now Professor Krishna chairs the Infectious Disease Advisory Committee of QuantuMDx and is an advisor to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), a not-for-profit organisation promoting the development of new diagnostic tools for resource-poor countries. He has strong industrial contacts and has acted as scientific advisor to several large pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms.
Martin FosterNeuro Diversity
Martin is a King’s College OA. He left in 1984 and went on to read History and English at College of St Paul & St Mary, Cheltenham (now Gloucestershire University). He also gained a Diploma in Magisterial Law (DML) from University of West of England, Bristol whilst working in the Magistrates' Court Service. In September 1998 at the age of 32, Martin was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). The Civil Service (MOD) are positive about recruiting people with physical and hidden/invisible disabilities, and in 2001 Martin secured an admin role and has worked within several departments. During his employment, he has received positive support from line managers, work colleagues and friends to achieve his full potential as an Autistic person in the workplace. Martin is also a member of the DE&S Disability Network and the DE&S/MOD Neuro-Inclusivity Network in the Civil Service which includes staff with various neuro-diverse conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia as well as Autism.