Guest speakers

Louise Minchin | Broadcast Journalist 

One of the main presenters of television breakfast news, Louise has anchored a number of major news bulletins. She has also presented sports shows, played a cameo (as herself) in Spooks and managed to get ejected from Hell’s Kitchen – even though she wasn’t a contestant. 

After starting out on the Latin American section of the World Service, Louise graduated to helping out the team on Radio 4’s Today programme. She then reported for Radio Berkshire and went on to present numerous slots on Radio 5 Live.

Louise has fronted Channel Five News and their showbiz show, Exclusive. She has also co-presented with the likes of Jon Sopel and John Inverdale, shared the Sunday Life sofa with Colin Jackson, and competed in Celebrity MasterChef. She is also the author of Dare to Tri, the story of how an article on cycling for Breakfast led to a passion for the sport, and then an obsession which culminated in her representing Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.

As the day one host, Louise will anchor the day, draw together speakers and draw out points of interest from the key sessions. We look forward to having her!

Sean Tompkins | Global CEO, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

As Global CEO of RICS, Sean is responsible for the Organisation's direction and performance across 30 offices around the world. Sean supports the governing body of the profession in evolving strategic priorities and goals and is accountable to the management board for delivering expected performance set out in their 3 year Business Plan.

Sean leads the achievement of the RICS vision which aims to ensure the professional credentials and standards continue to create trust & confidence in markets and ensure RICS is known for effecting positive change in built & natural environments.

In a rising global population, rapid urbanisation and increasing resource scarcity, leaders in the built & natural environment are challenged to create new solutions to benefit future generations. RICS, through its World Built Environment Forum & Summit seeks to convene leading thinkers to shape the future of the world. For the Built & Natural Environment to deliver what’s needed, it must attract and retain an increasingly diverse next generation of talent. Sean places high priority on encouraging greater industry diversity and inclusiveness.

Prior to joining RICS, Sean was Director of financial services company, Prudential, responsible for retail and corporate marketing and distribution. Sean holds non-executive directorships with Institute of Internal Auditors and Broadband St Benedict’s. He’s been awarded honorary doctorates by Heriot-Watt and Amity University, and accompanied UK Prime Ministers on trade missions, addressed political leaders at the United Nations on responsibility for Built Environment to further Sustainable Development Goals. 

Sean places a high priority on encouraging greater industry diversity and culture, and believes CEOs need internal auditors to consider this in every audit

Brendan Nelson | Audit committee chair, BP

Brendan Nelson is a chartered accountant. He was made a partner of KPMG in 1984. At KPMG International he held a number of senior positions including global chairman, banking and global chairman, financial services.

He served for six years as a member of the Financial Services Practitioner Panel and in 2013 was the president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Brendan Nelson has completed a wide variety of audit, regulatory and due-diligence engagements over the course of his career. He played a significant role in the development of the profession's approach to the audit of banks in the UK, with particular emphasis on establishing auditing standards. He continues to contribute in his role as a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.

This wide experience makes him ideally suited to chair the audit committee and to act as its financial expert. He brings related input from his role as the chair of the audit committee of a major bank. His specialism in the financial services industry allows him to contribute insight into the challenges faced by global businesses by regulatory frameworks. He recently joined the remuneration committee.

Johnathon Porritt CBE | Environmentalist, Forum for the Future co-founder 

Jonathon Porritt, is co-founder director of Forum for the Future, an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.

With a wealth of experience in the timely area of environmental issues and sustainable development, Jonathon is a leading expert in helping decision makers how to make their businesses more eco-friendly.

Jonathon is President of Population Matters, President of The Conservation Volunteers, a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He is a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90), co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83), of which he is still a member, a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), and a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008). He stood down as Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009, after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. 

Stephen Grey | Author and award-winning investigative journalist

Stephen is an author, broadcaster and award-winning investigative journalist. He is best known for his revelations on the CIA’s 'extraordinary rendition' programme, reports into fraud and mismanagement at the European Commission, revelations about corruption in Greece, Vladimir Putin family's wealth and Donald Trump's properties, as well as investigations in the conflict zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.Stephen worked for many years for the Sunday Times, as a foreign correspondent and as editor of the newspaper’s ‘Insight’ investigative team. He has reported for the New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, BBC's “Newsnight,” BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4 “Dispatches”.

Stephen is the author of three books: Ghost Plane, an account of the CIA rendition program. Operation Snakebite, an account on the war in Helmand, Afghanistan, and Spymasters, on human espionage after the Cold War. He has won several awards, including the Overseas Press Club award in 2006 for human rights reporting and again in 2015 for reporting on corruption in Putin's Russia; he also won the Kurt Schork Award for International Reporting in 2010 and the Amnesty International Media award in 2005. In 2019, he was part of a team that won the European Press Prize Special Award for the Forbidden Stories project to continue the journalism of their murdered or imprisoned colleagues.

Stephen will share with us what it takes to effectively investigate and expose hidden truths. 

Charlotte Valeur | Chair, Institute of Directors

Charlotte has in excess of 35 years experience in the Financial Industry as an investment banker in Capital Markets, Board member and governance consultant.

She is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Chair with board level experience in IPOs, mergers & acquisitions and restructuring. She has board experience within Construction, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Private Equity, Property, Finance/Investments/Debt, Higher Education and the third sector.

Charlotte is a regular international public speaker in corporate governance, leadership and equality/diversity. Charlotte conducts board reviews, advises boards on corporate governance best practice and delivers training in practical implementation of governance best practice globally.

Her professional goals are to increase levels of good governance globally. Through the not for profit organisation Board Apprentice Ltd, Charlotte builds contacts with boards, governments, academia, third sector and businesses in many different countries, collaborating to achieve greater equality, diversity and inclusion globally.

Specialties: Governance Best Practice, Board reviews, governance training, Independent Non Executive Director and Chair, IPOs, Finance/Capital Markets.
Regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission and a member of the Institute of Directors.