Advisory Board

International Leaders UK has engaged a highly qualified and respected Advisory Board to assist in strategic direction provide strategic insight, support and connectivity to the broader network. This Advisory Board includes:

Ian Filby

Ian Filby was appointed Non-Executive Chairman at Pendragon in 2021 following eight years as Chief Executive Officer at DFS plc. He is also a member of the British Retail Consortium Board and Chairman of the British Retail Consortium Policy Board, Trustee of Pennies charity, Chairman of Her Spirit and Director of IFF Life and Business Solutions Ltd.

Ian has more than 40 years’ retail experience, primarily at Alliance Boots, where his last two roles were Retail Brand Development Director and Trading Director. He has also held the roles of Non Executive Chairman of Joules, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nectar and Non-Executive Chairman of Shoe Zone plc.

Henry L Gewanter

Henry L Gewanter, MA (Cantab), FCIB, FCIPR, FIDM, MCIM, FRSA is Managing Director of Positive Profile and one of the UK’s leading corporate and financial communications consultants, with particular expertise in media relations. An expert in disaster containment and control, he successfully handled high-profile crisis management projects including the Blue Arrow trials, the Maxwell pension scandal and the Split Capital Investment Trust scandal, as well as a number of corporate, financial, regulatory and administrative disasters.  His more recent work includes exposing the MPs’ expenses scandal.

His unusually wide-ranging experience includes, amongst other things, banking, finance, investment, retail, real estate, marketing, advertising and public relations. Henry is a serial entrepreneur and his board experience includes Chairing both commercial companies, registered charities and voluntary sector organisations and he has been mentoring business leaders in a wide range of industries for many years.  His hobbies include Ancient Rome, fossils, minerals and meteorites and he is well-known as a lively and entertaining public speaker.

Lindsay Harvey
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. 

Paula Mitchell

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.

Lars Klawitter

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.

Carol Duncumb

Esteemed Non-Executive Director and Business Mentor, Carol brings a wealth of expertise with a demonstrated history of cultivating owner-managed businesses in the dynamic realm of consumer technology. With over 35 years of invaluable experience, Carol boasts a remarkable journey of growing, managing, funding, and successfully selling businesses.

Renowned for her strong interpersonal acumen, Carol is a seasoned professional skilled in the arts of negotiation, business planning and development, as well as crafting robust sales and marketing strategies. Her particular passion lies in the ever-evolving domains of consumer technology, online retailing, and brand building.

Carol's track record is a testament to her commitment to excellence and the success of the ventures she engages with.

Daryl Clarke

Daryl Clarke is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, currently serving as the Senior Vice President of EMEA for Diversified, following the acquisition of Digitavia in June 2018. With a remarkable career trajectory, Daryl has consistently demonstrated expertise in building,  growing and selling successful businesses.

Previously, Daryl was Managing Director and founder of Digitavia, a venture that was successfully sold in June 2018. Prior to that, Daryl established and led Matrix Display Systems, another thriving company that was sold in July 2008.

Daryl's exceptional leadership skills and strategic acumen have been instrumental in achieving consistent profitable growth and market diversification throughout his career. His ability to generate high levels of net profit further underscores his business prowess.

Presently, Daryl is working closely with a dedicated team to drive the growth of Diversified in the EMEA region. With a clear vision and ambitious growth targets, their focus is to solidify Diversified's position as the market leader in global meeting room deployments.

With an impressive track record of building and selling three successful companies, Daryl's expertise and insights make him a valuable asset in achieving aggressive growth objectives. His unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence drive the expansion of Diversified's presence in the EMEA market.

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