Guest speakers

Louise Minchin | Broadcast Journalist 

A household name of breakfast television news, Louise is a highly experienced broadcast journalist and has anchored a number of major news bulletins. 

After starting out on the Latin American section of the World Service, Louise moved to 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.

Louise is also the author of Dare to Tri, the story of how an article on cycling 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 keynote sessions, draw out points of interst from thekey sessions and ask challenging questions during the pannel session. We look forward to having her! 


Sean Tompkins | Global CEO, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

As Global CEO of the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors, Sean is responsible for the organisation's direction and performance across 30 offices internationally.

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. For the built & natural environment to deliver what’s needed, it must attract and retain a diverse next generation of talent. Sean places a high priority on encouraging greater industry diversity and culture, and believes CEOs need internal auditors to consider this in every audit.

Prior to joining RICS, Sean was the Director of financial services company Prudential. He holds non-executive directorships with the Institute of Internal Auditors and Broadband St Benedict’s. He has accompanied UK Prime Ministers on trade missions and addressed political leaders at the United Nations on responsibility for built environment to further Sustainable development Goals. 


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

Jonathon Porritt, is co-founder and director of sustainability charity F orum for the Future, an eminent writer, broadcaster and environmental campaigner. 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 make their businesses more eco-friendly.

Jonathon 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) and a trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005). 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, 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, Operation Snakebite and Spymasters. He is the winner of the Overseas Press Club Award, the Kurt Schork Award for International Reporting and the Amnesty International Media Award. This year is was part opf the team winning the European Press Prize Special Award, for their Forbidden Stories project, continuing the journalism of 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.


 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.


Richard Chambers, President and CEO, IIA Global

Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, is president and CEO of IIA Global. He has more than four decades of internal audit and association management experience, mostly in leadership positions. Prior to The IIA, he was national practice leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers; inspector general of the Tennessee Valley Authority; deputy inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service; and director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon.

He serves on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Board of Directors; the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); the Georgia State University School of Accountancy Advisory Council in the United States; and the University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Accountancy Professional Advisory Board, also in the United States. Chambers is the author of The Speed of Risk: Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, 2nd Edition (2019), Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors (2017); and Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail (2014).


Esther Stanhope 'The impact guru'

Esther Stanhope

Esther is a personal impact coach and communications expert for lawyers, bankers and professionals – giving them the skills they need to win business and get promoted. Esther is a former Live BBC producer and has interviewed George Clooney and Madonna, and produced shows with Theresa May and Boris Johnson live on air.

She now uses her 27 years of broadcasting and business expertise to help professionals speak with more impact and confidence.