Alison Atkinson is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of AWE plc. With over 25 years’ experience in engineering; establishing, leading and managing business organisations across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, defence, nuclear and maritime, in both the UK and overseas – Alison was voted the sixth most ‘Influential Female Engineer in the UK and Europe’ (FT) in 2019.
A graduate in Civil Engineering from Manchester University, Alison worked on a significant range of infrastructure developments and projects around the world, for both private and local government clients, before joining AWE in 2005. Between 2007 and 2009 she was the business lead for Capital Projects before moving to Site Operations and Production. From 2013 Alison led aspects of the Warhead Programme before heading up the UK’s complex, multi-billion-pound Capital Projects Programme with AWE.
Kier Group plc appointed Alison to its board of directors (as a non-executive director) in November 2020 and she is Chair of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee.
Cat Drew is the Chief Design Officer at Design Council where she brings together architecture and the built environment, public sector design and business innovation to support people live healthier, happier and safer lives.
Previously, Cat has held leadership positions at FutureGov and Uscreates, was a co-founder of the UK Government’s Policy Lab, and combines 10 years of experience in Government with an MA in Graphic Design. She speaks widely about the value of design and co-presents BBC Radio 4 The Fix. She is a member of The Point People.
Dame Minouche Shafik
London School of Economics
Dr. Minouche Shafik was appointed Director of the London School of Economics as of 1 September 2017.
During her 15 years at the World Bank, Minouche worked on its first ever World Development Report on the environment, designed reform programmes for transition countries in Eastern Europe and developed proposals for economic integration in support of the Oslo peace process in the Middle East. She became the youngest vice-president in the history of the World Bank at the age of 36.
Minouche returned to the UK in 2004 and rose to become the Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development where she was responsible for the UK’s development assistance efforts around the world.
She joined the IMF in 2011 as Deputy Managing Director with responsibility for many of the crisis countries in the Eurozone and the Arab countries in transition. She also oversaw the IMF’s university which trains thousands of government officials each year and was responsible for human resources and an administrative budget of $1 billion. From 2014-2017 she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England responsible for a balance sheet of almost £475 billion and sat on all of the Bank’s major policy committees.
David Eyton CBE
As Head of Technology, David Eyton is accountable for technology strategy and its implementation across BP and conducting research and development in areas of corporate renewal. In this role, David oversees the technological capability of the company and also sits on the UK Energy Technologies Institute and Science & Business Innovation Boards. Prior to this, David was BP’s Exploration and Production (E&P) Group Vice President for Technology. In this role David was responsible for Research and Development, Technical Service Work, Digital and Communications Technology and Procurement and Supply Chain Management for BP’s Upstream business. David also managed the Westlake Campus in Houston and led the development of a new approach to Petrotechnical Learning in E&P.
David joined BP in 1982 from Cambridge University with an Engineering degree. During his early career, he held a number of Petroleum Engineering, Commercial and Business Management positions. In 1996, he was named General Manager of BP’s North West Shelf interest in Australia. David later managed Wytch Farm in the UK and then BP’s Gas Businesses in Trinidad.
David Meads is the Chief Executive of Cisco in the UK & Ireland. In his role, he has direct responsibility for Cisco’s sales operations in the region and oversees a diverse community of employees who represent over 40 areas of Cisco’s global business.
In his prior role as Vice President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) Partner Organisation, Meads was responsible for developing strategic initiatives to help manage and support partners who represent the company’s primary route to market. This remains a focus for him in the UK and Ireland business, where Cisco has over 4,000 IT partners, who with its own employees represent over 20,000 people who help to deliver for its customers daily.
With over 30 years of experience in the ICT industry, Meads has previously been responsible for Cisco’s business in the Middle East and Africa, where he was instrumental in partnering with governments and businesses to build the technology skills and ecosystems that drive economic growth and competitiveness for emerging markets. This was a progression from him having led the company’s Africa business and before that, South Africa. Meads is originally from the UK, where he began his career with Cisco in 1996.
Dominic began his career in the mid-1980s at specialist broker JK Buckenham, joined broker Greig Fester in 1989 and became a director in 1994. He has spent a significant portion of his career broking retrocession business and, when his colleagues allow, he endeavours to continue to do so.
Dominic is a Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has an Honours Degree in History from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law.
Douglas has been QAA’s Chief Executive since October 2015. His work has included leading the transformation of QAA and its contribution to changes to the policy, regulatory and quality landscape across the UK, and QAA’s role in supporting higher education adapt to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Douglas joined QAA in 2002 and was previously Director of Resources, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary. He led QAA’s work on student engagement for a number of years, and was a member of the NUS & UUK-led Student Charter Group and subsequent Framework for Partnership Group.
In October 2019, Douglas was appointed to the Board of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
Dr Michael Spence
University College London
Dr Michael Spence AC has become the new President and Provost of UCL. He takes up the position today after moving to London from his home in Australia, where he had been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney since July 2008.
Dr Spence is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he previously headed Oxford’s Law faculty and Social Sciences division. An alumnus of the University of Sydney, he has a BA with first-class honours in English, Italian and Law. His other languages include Chinese and Korean.
Dr Paul Feldman
Paul is the chief executive of Jisc, the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions, a position he took up in mid-October 2015. Most recently Paul was an executive partner at Gartner UK, a technology research and advisory firm. Paul spent over 20 years in financial services at Nationwide Building Society, Barclays Bank and First Data EMEA, both in IT and business roles.
He has also worked in knowledge-based IT companies including Thomson Reuters Legal UK and the Intellectual Property Office. Paul has a track record in introducing innovative solutions, was in the vanguard of the first moves to use the internet for commercial purposes, and led the work that resulted in same-day payments between bank accounts.