Dr Carl Hunter
Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter BA(Dunelm) Hon DSc FRINA FIMarEST MRAeS is CEO and Managing Director of WDSL Aerospace a consultancy for UK, USA
and European OEMs and MROs developing business into the airline sector in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and of Coltraco
Ultrasonics, a British designer and manufacturer of portable and fixed monitoring systems for the naval, shipping, offshore, energy and fire
sectors. He is a former Greenjacket Officer in the British Army and a Graduate and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Durham
and a member of the Senior Common Room of his old College. A Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow and Member of Council of the
Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and member of the Royal Institute for International
Affairs, Royal Society of Asian Affairs and Royal United Services Institute. Dr. Hunter is a Council Member of the British Naval Equipment
Association, a Council Member of the British Marine Equipment Association, a member of the Export Council of the FIA and the FIA’s
Working Group Gases which is the Lead UK Fire delegate organisation to British Standards and BSI the lead UK fire delegate to the
International Standards Organisation in Gaseous Extinguishing Systems and an active member of the Society of Maritime Industries the lead
voice of the marine industry in the UK. Dr Hunter is an active contributor to two All-Party Parliamentary Groups, four Westminster
Think-Tanks and the Department for International Trade. His interests are as an Author, in Physics, International Business, Social Justice,
the Constitution, South Asia, International & Strategic Affairs, Defence, the British Commonwealth and bringing UK Scientists into
business. Dr Carl lives in London and Somerset, travels extensively in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has been married for 28 years to
Dorothy and a proud Father of four Children.
Lindsay Harvey held a number of senior leadership positions on the Executive Board of Otis Elevator Company, a $12.5Bn revenue business
employing 60,000 people worldwide. Lindsay started his career at Otis in 1970 in the United Kingdom and has held management roles in
engineering, sales, marketing, sales management, and product development. He worked in various countries around the world
including France, US, Asia and China. In 2002, Lindsay was named Managing Director for Otis Australasia, and three years later,
was appointed President of Otis China prior to his appointment in 2008 as President Otis UCEEA (an area covering all businesses in UK,
Ireland, Germany, Austria, Central Europe and Russia). In 2014, he took responsibility as President Building & Industrial Systems
for UK, Ireland & Benelux overseeing Otis and Carrier Climate Controls, Chubb Fire & Security. He was then appointed to lead
Field, Safety and Quality in Otis EMEA and in his final position with the company operated as Vice President Service Operations for
Otis Worldwide. Lindsay currently works as a Management Consultant offering interim management solutions. He is passionate about
creating a high performance culture within businesses to drive revenue and profit improvement.
Ian was CEO of DFS, where he brought a fresh approach to the furniture store changing its image and direction with the resultant
increase in sales of around 50% to over £1b and a sofa market share growing from 23%-27%.
Ian joined Boots as a Retail Marketing Trainee and subsequently enjoyed a number of Buying and Marketing roles culminating in his
appointment to the Boots Executive, mainly as Trading Director. Ian left Boots in July 2009 although he remained there as a part time
Consultant until September of 2010 as well as being their representative on the BRC where he was Honorary Treasurer. During this year
of plurality, Ian was also Interim CEO of Groupe Aeroplan London (Nectar) for 6 months and remained a non-Executive member of their Group
Advisory Board for a further three years.
In 2014 Ian became Chairman of the BRC Policy Board and sits on the BRC Board.He also became Chairman of Shoe Zone PLC, a position he
relinquished last year after a successful post-IPO.
Paula Mitchell helps companies create happier employment, not only because of the social feel-good factor, but because happier
employees are more productive, innovative and provide better customer satisfaction. Her current role is as Co-founder of The Condor
Collective, an employment consultancy that helps companies shape their employee experience to boost their potential and results. Prior
to this, her experience is based on founding a recruitment business in 2008 which grew to 60 staff and £15m turnover in its first 5
years, specialising in middle tier management and C suite positions in the construction industry. Having sold her first business in
2018, Paula then wrote a book on creating happier employment and began curating the products and services of Condor. Paula thrives on
the opportunity to coach other business owners, particularly on topics around employees and teams, and loves offering the external
perspective and objectivity that is so imperative to keep business fresh, challenged and inspired.
Paula also advocates for women in business and is part of a voluntary mentoring program for female recruiters and managers with Apsco.
Richard Leaman took up the role of CEO at the Tall Ships Youth Trust in May 2017. In his first 6 weeks in post, he raised £300k, and
achieved the forgiveness of £1.5m of loans. Since then he has written a new strategy, rebranded the charity, launched a completely new
website and re-engaged the volunteers and members. Over the next two years, the fleet will be modernised and expanded, and even more
disadvantaged young people will be empowered by the charity.
Prior to this, Richard was CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind for 6 years. During this time, Richard transformed the organisation from a
'dog-focused' charity supporting 4600 people, into a multi-service provider offering mobility support to nearly 10,000 adults, children, and
young people with sight loss. He delivered four law-changing accessibility campaigns, significantly reduced core costs, dramatically
improved brand awareness, and oversaw double digit fundraising growth.
Before joining the charity sector, Richard was a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy where he undertook a variety of demanding operational
command and leadership roles. He directed or commanded operations in every rank from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral. He was awarded the OBE in
1994 for disaster relief services in Eleuthera after hurricane Andrew, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2009 for
creating NATO's first ever Maritime Security Strategy.
Richard was chairman of the Royal Navy Officers’ Charity, and a trustee of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations until December
2018. He is an alumnus of the Manchester Business School, an associate of the Chartered Management Institute, and a graduate of the MoD’s
Strategic Leadership, and Higher Command courses.
Lars recently retired as Managing Director of InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility business and venture capital arm. Lars
has been in senior roles in the tech industry for over 20 years.
In 1994, whilst studying computer science, he co-founded ASK, a digital imagining company and by 1999 he was CTO at Munich based digital
signage startup friendlyway AG. In 2002 Lars moved into his first role in the automotive industry at BMW, working on large-scale IT
projects. This led him to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, where he served as Chief Information Officer, later heading up its Bespoke business.
Lars is also a successful angel investor and non-executive board member at several start-ups. He has a keen interest in cryptocurrencies
and blockchain technologies and in 2015 he served on the board of Directors at the Ethereum Foundation, the governing body of what
grew to be the world’s second largest crypto asset by market capitalisation.
Lars studied at Technical University of Munich and University of Hagen and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Zed Cama was CEO of HSBC India and Malaysia and set up their International Division, overseeing the Group’s business worldwide. He has
held various Chair, Board, Trustee and Non-Exec positions, including at the $108bil Tata Capital, Asia House, the National Youth Orchestra,
The Saudi-British Bank, The Royal Society of Asian Affairs and CDC70.