Iwona Blazwick OBE

Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London since 2001 and is a curator, critic and lecturer. She was formerly at Tate Modern and London’s ICA as well as working as an independent curator in Europe and Japan. Blazwick is series editor of Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art and has written monographs and articles on many contemporary artists, and published extensively on themes and movements in modern and contemporary art, exhibition histories and art institutions. Recent curatorial projects include Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World (2018) and Michael Rakowitz (2019) at the Whitechapel Gallery, Carlos Bunga: The Architecture of Life at MAAT, Lisbon (2019), The Palace at 4am a group show at the Archaeological Museum Mykonos (2019) and Sight a solo show with Antony Gormley and the Neon Foundation on the Island of Delos (2019).

Helen Steers

Helen is a senior investment professional at Pantheon, a London-based leading global private markets investor with over $43bn under management. She leads Pantheon’s European investment team and is a member of various global investment committees, involved in setting strategy, conducting due diligence and monitoring a portfolio of private equity funds and co-investments. Outside Pantheon, Helen is a Past Chair (2017-2018) and past member (2015-2019) of the Board of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA). She is also a co-founder and current Board member of Level 20, a non-profit organisation founded in September 2015, that seeks to attract, retain and support women in the private equity industry.

Helen started her career as an engineering apprentice at Marconi, then completed an Engineering degree at the University of Cambridge and worked as a graduate engineer for Esso. She was awarded an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and then became a venture capitalist, working for a major Canadian bank and a large Montreal-based pension fund before moving back to Europe and setting up a new private equity fund for a major U.S. asset manager in Paris. Helen returned to the U.K in 2004, joining Pantheon as head of the firm’s European investment team. She is married, with three children, and enjoys travel, skiing, cycling and music in her spare time.

Julian Jessop

Julian is an independent economist with over thirty years of professional experience gained in the public sector, the City and consultancy, including senior positions at HM Treasury, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. He appears regularly in the media and is well known around both Whitehall and Westminster.

Most recently, Julian was Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs, the educational charity and free-market think tank. He left that role in December 2018, but continues to support the work of the IEA, especially schools and university outreach, on a ‘pro bono’ basis.

Previously, Julian was Chief Global Economist at the leading independent consultancy, Capital Economics. He regularly presented to clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Julian was also a leading member of the Capital Economics team, headed by Roger Bootle, which won the Wolfson Economics Prize in 2012 (for the best plan to break up the euro).

In 2018, representing Cambridge University, Julian won the annual ‘Clash of the Titans’ forecasting competition for professional economists, beating Dr Andrew Sentance (LSE) and Professor Patrick Minford (Oxford).

Phil Parker

Phil is a screenwriter, credits include ‘Hockey King’ (China); ‘Manou – the Swift’, (Germany) .
Phil Parker is also one of Europe’s leading content development consultants – productions include ‘Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were Rabbit’ ; ‘Terry Prachett’s – Hogfather’ and “Bach In Brazil’ for Disney International. His clients have included Aardman Animation, BBC, C4, Sky, Berlin Brandenburg Medianboard, Luxx Studios,The Bureau, Oasis Films(India);One Fine Day Films(Kenya) , Eagle Productions (Ghana) and Conspiracao(Brazil).

Phil is also co-founder of BCre8ive, an online content development network and consultation body.
Currently consulting on ‘Chicken Run 2’ for Aardman, ‘A Brazilian Penguin’ for Coala Productions(Brazil); screenplay development consultant for CEE Animation and Bridging the Dragon programmes.

He founded the UK’s most successful screenwriting course. Graduates went on to win several BAFTA’s, a Palme D’Or and be Oscar nominated. He has supervised 5 PhDs to completion, including two award winning screenplays. In 2000 he set up the UK Film Council’s development training programme.

Author of the ‘Art and Science of Screenwriting’. He is currently working on projects from Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Slovenia, and the UK.

Sue Holt

Senior director in the media industry with over 20 years experience specialising in Marketing, Brand Development & Leadership. Worked for the UK’s largest magazine company – Emap – for 9 years then moved to Dubai in 2007 and now heads up the consumer division of ITP Media Group. Brands include Time Out Dubai, Cosmopolitan, Grazia & GQ which operate across social media, video, YouTube, podcasts, print and websites. Also runs ITP Live, the region’s largest social influencer agency, & ITP Gaming, it’s new esports division. Has a BA in Cultural Studies specialising in Media and an MA in Marketing from Kingston University London.

Professor Paul Glover

I am a specialist in the physical properties of rocks, encompassing the matrix and pore structure of rocks as well as how fluids, heat, sound waves, electrical current and radiation pass through them. I have a special interest in the flow of fluids and electrical current through rocks. My work involves mathematically-based theoretical development, computer modelling, laboratory experimentation and the engineering and development of new petrophysical apparatuses.

The industrial and academic applications of these phenomena are extremely wide ranging. potentially including all resiurces we obtain from the earth and all interventions we make in or on it. Applications include (i) the exploration for, and management of, oil, gas, water, geothermal and CO2 storage reservoirs, (ii) earthquake mechanisms, including the generation of synthetic earthquakes, the prediction of volcanic eruptions and the structure of the Earths continental crust.

I lead the Leeds petrophysics laboratory, with current projects studying the use of nanoparticles for improving extraction from existing oil reservoirs, the use of fractal mathematics in modelling heterogeneous and anisotropic reservoirs, the link between microstructure and fluid flow in gas shales using very high resolution CT scanning, the electrokinetic link between fluid flow and electrical potential generation in rocks, and the petrophysics of carbonate rocks.

I have over 30 years experience in academic work, and more than 10 years experience in industry, sometimes working for large multinational companies and sometimes as a director of a small company. I have a broad view that ranges from small scale rock structure to continental scale geophysics, and from the effects of energy and resource exploitation on the individual to the socio-economic needs of society as a whole. Recently, I have been active in communicating the known science around shale gas and fracking to the general public and schools through talks and debates, media appearances and I am currently finishing a book on the subject.

I have always had an interest in the interaction between the provision of energy, resources and the environment, and was the founder of the Section dedicated to this subject within the European Geosciences Union. I currently holds the Chair of Petrophysics and I am Director of Leeds University Petrophysics Laboratory. I am also a representative of the Environmental Industries Commission, and I have recently vacated his position as Chair of Judges for the Environment section of The Undergraduate Awards, a global prize for excellence in undergraduate research.

As a scientist I am not expected to indulge in creative arts. Yet, I paint in oils and watercolours, I write novels and much poetry. All the scientists I know do something creative, and many of the artists have a deep first and knowing more about technology, especially the technology of creativity. I am very happy to take part in discussions concerning the balance between art and science and whether there should ever be any distinction made between these branches of creativity and innovation.

James Talbot

James has been Director of the International Department at the Bank of England since 2016. The Directorate analyses developments in, and risks from, the global economy and financial system in support of all the Bank’s policy objectives. It is responsible for advancing the Bank’s objectives on international policy issues through a range of global fora, including G20, G7, BIS, FSB and at the IMF.

James’ other roles at the Bank of England have included: Head of Monetary Assessment and Strategy Division, advising the MPC on Monetary Policy tools, implementation and strategy; working as a senior adviser on domestic and European macroprudential policy issues; and leading the preparation of the MPC’s quarterly UK forecast. James was UK Alternate Executive Director at the IMF from September 2008- September 2010.

Gary Caldwell

Gary Robert Caldwell (born 12 April 1982) is a Scottish former professional footballer and manager. Caldwell played for Newcastle United, Darlington, Coventry City, Derby County, Hibernian, Celtic, Wigan Athletic and won 55 international caps for Scotland.

Primarily considered a central defender, Caldwell was a versatile player. He was deployed as a right back, defensive midfielder at various spells in his career. His elder brother, Steven, was also a footballer and they were at Wigan concurrently.

As an international, he earned a place in the Scotland national football team roll of honour after gaining over 50 caps.

After retirement he went into management with spells at Wigan Athletic and Chesterfield.

Rebecca Smart

I am the Managing Director of Ebury Publishing, part of Penguin Random House. Ebury is the largest non-fiction publisher in the UK and publishes some of the country’s best-loved authors, including Mary Berry, Rick Stein, David Attenborough, Richard Branson and Caitlin Moran. I have been in publishing for over 20 years and would love to inspire and encourage young people to think about publishing and writing as career choices. Although I now live in Oxford and work in London, I’m originally from Hull and was educated in a large state secondary school there. I went to University in Leeds and then, much later, completed an MBA at Warwick University. I have two children who are now at secondary school.

Dr Mike Holmes

Professor Michael Holmes BSc MB ChB MSc DRCOG FRCGP

Mike is a GP in Yorkshire and Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs with responsibility for Membership, English Faculties and the International Work of the College.
He has been a Partner with Haxby Group since 2002 caring for 60,000 patients in the cities of York and Hull. Mike is Chair of Nimbus Care Ltd caring for 150,000 patients in York and is working with all the practices in the city to develop Primary Care Networks. Mike is a practicing GP and a vasectomy practitioner but half his practice time is in a leadership which includes a focus on the development of a multiprofessional workforce. He leads the development of Advanced Clinical Practitioners across Humber, Coast and Vale STP. He is also RCGP Clinical Lead for their General Practice ‘At Scale’ Programme. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York.