Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington is the Executive Chairman of Quest, a London based Corporate Intelligence, Investigations and Risk Mitigation Company. He was Head of the Metropolitan Police Service from 2000 until 2005. From 1991 to 1996, he was Chief Constable of Northumbria Police before being appointed one of HM Inspectors of Constabulary in September 1996. He was then appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Met in 1998 until his promotion to Commissioner in 2000.
Sara Murray OBE
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sara Murray (M.A. Oxon) is a serial entrepreneur. She founded Ninah Consulting, which uses proprietary software to advise clients, including GSK and Coca-Cola, on marketing effectiveness, and sold it to Publicis Groupe. In 1999, Sara founded Inspop, which owns the brand Confused.com. She built and sold the online company to the Admiral Group. She was a non-executive Director of Schering Health Care and a founding board member of Seedcamp. Sara won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009 and sits on the Technology Strategy Board Governing Board. Sara was awarded an OBE for services to Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 and is a qualified helicopter pilot.
John Kay chaired the Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making which reported to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in July 2012. He is a visiting Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a director of several public companies and contributes a weekly column to the Financial Times. He is the author of many books, including The Truth about Markets (2003) and The Long and the Short of It: finance and investment for normally intelligent people who are not in the industry (2009) and his latest book, Obliquity was published by Profile Books in March 2010.
John McLaren began his career as a diplomat, working both in the Foreign Office in London and the British Embassy in Tokyo, before switching to investment banking and venture capital, where he worked in Europe, Asia and the US. He was a director of Barings and Deutsche Bank and a General Partner at Hambrecht & Quist in San Francisco. He is now Chairman of Barchester Group, a boutique advisory and venture firm, and a non-executive director of Macallan, Morrison Bowmore Distillers, Torotrak plc, and Xtera inc.
Julian is a Partner at Odey Asset Management covering the management of Investment Research, and strategy and macro developments across the Odey portfolio. Prior to Odey, Julian was a Director of strategy consulting firms in the UK and France, and has exercised various public policy roles including work with think tanks, political parties and the Cabinet Office. He began his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton management consultants and the Central Europe Trust. Julian graduated from Cambridge University in 1989 with an MA in history, having specialised in Keynes and the Great Depression.