Co-Founder Seven Hills
Nick co-founded Seven Hills to generate momentum for Britain’s most ambitious growth companies and mission-driven organisations. He is also co-author of the Penguin bestseller, MISSION: How the Best in Business Break Through.
Since its launch in 2010, Seven Hills has established a position as a leading campaigns firm responsible for creating some of the leading initiatives to champion and accelerate the growth prospects of Britain’s entrepreneur and scale-up community.
The firm has been recognised as Best Global Corporate Agency, Best EMEA Corporate Agency and ranked in the Top 10 Global Fast Movers by the communications industry monitor The Holmes Report.
Nick is a prominent champion for entrepreneurship and works with many of the founders and organisations at the heart of the UK’s enterprise community, advising the leaders of some of the UK’s most dynamic firms and the investors fuelling their growth.
Nick chairs the advisory board for One Young World 2019, is an advisory board member for Tech London Advocates and was named in GQ Magazine’s inaugural 100 Most Connected Men.
Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
Sophie Howe took up post as the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales in early 2016. Prior to this she was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales where she led programmes to tackle violent crime and violence against women and girls, focusing on early intervention and partnership working.
Sophie reformed programmes on substance misuse and offender management and negotiated the first shared work programme between Public Health Wales and South Wales Police.
Sophie has also served as a Government Special Adviser providing policy and political advice on communities, local government, community safety, housing, regeneration and equality.
She’s also previously worked for the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Sophie was the youngest elected councillor in Wales, elected at the age of 21 serving as a member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny and Planning Committees.
She is Chair of the International Network of Institutions for Future Generations.
CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
Michael has been ICAEW Chief Executive since 2006. Under his leadership, ICAEW has started to transform itself into an international professional accountancy body, headquartered in the UK.
A key part of his role is to promote the contribution made by members and the profession as a driver of business and economic confidence and growth across the world.
As a leader of the profession, Michael regularly meets ministers and regulators globally to facilitate ICAEW’s activity and is a regular media commentator on issues facing the profession and business community internationally.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive, Michael was also ICAEW’s Executive Director of Finance and Operations and Chief Operating Officer.
In 2008 – 2009 he chaired three Treasury working groups tasked with identifying values for state-owned financial services companies. He was also chair of an international taskforce set up by the Leading Group to examine the relative merits of an international financial transactions tax. He has also been a member of the UK government-convened Small Business Economic Forum.
Prior to joining ICAEW, Michael worked at Spring Group Plc from 1997 to 2001 where he was managing director of several businesses and group finance director. From 1989 to 1996 he worked for Canadian company, John Labatt Ltd., latterly as managing director of the retail arm of the business with responsibility for public houses in the UK.
He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 with Coopers & Lybrand after graduating in law from Durham University, where he was also president of the student union. Michael has also acted as a school governor for eleven years and as a trustee of several charities.
Chief Risk Officer, Aviva
Angela joined Aviva in 2001 and was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in July 2015. She is responsible for leading the Risk Function at a Group level and is a member of the Group Executive team. As part of the role, Angela chairs the Group Operational Risk Committee and is a member of a number of Aviva’s subsidiary boards. Angela is also a member of the Actuarial Council of the Financial Reporting Council.
Prior to becoming Group Chief Risk Officer, Angela was the UK Life Chief Risk Officer for three years and has also held a variety of actuarial roles during her career within Aviva, including UK Life Chief Actuary.
Before joining Aviva in 2001, Angela was a Life Insurance Consultant working with Bacon & Woodrow for six years and qualifying as an Actuary in 1994. Angela worked with William M Mercer for a further six years and during her time as a Consultant, worked on wide variety of actuarial assignments across many countries.
Dan is a Board level commercial and creative leader with expertise in: mission and purpose driven brands, marketing, branding, communications, social media, developing and launching new products, public affairs, diversity & inclusion.
During Dan’s time Channel 4 has been widely recognised for the success of its marketing and communications and diversity and inclusion work: UK Marketing Society Brand of the Year 2017; Cannes Lions Grand Prix’s 2016 & 2012; British Arrows Advertiser of Excellence 2016; Campaign Magazine Advertiser of the Year 2015; Creative Review Agency of the Year worldwide 2012; first company ever to be awarded level 5 status in EY’s National Equality Standard 2018; Britain’s Best Diverse Company 2016.
From 2012-present Dan has been on the Channel 4 Board; in 2017 he was appointed the UK Government Media Sector Champion for disability employment and a Board member of the Creative Diversity Network; in 2018 he joined the International Paralympic Committee’s International Brand Advisory Group; in 2001 he was made the UK Marketing Society’s Young Marketer of the Year.
Over the years he has been a Trustee of a number of arts organisations including Camden Arts Centre, Britdoc and the Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory.
Dan is leaving Channel 4 in early 2019 to launch a purpose-driven marketing and comms business.
Lord Karan Bilimoria
Founder of Cobra Beer & Chancellor University of Birmingham
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and of Molson Coors Cobra India, both joint ventures with the global brewing company, Molson Coors.
He is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed.
In 2014, he was appointed as the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and was the first Indian born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain.
Karan was Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group PLC, the FTSE 250 Company of Booker Prize fame from 2007 – 2016; he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council.
In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.
In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by the President of India.
He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School.
In 2015, Karan Bilimoria was appointed President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).
Managing Director, Hasting Hotels
Hotelier Howard Hastings is chairman of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Managing Director of Hastings Hotels - the largest independent hotel group in Northern Ireland - which runs the Europa, Stormont, Everglades and Slieve Donard Hotels, the Culloden Estate and Spa and Ballygally Castle.
The company also owns the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. He is to receive the degree of Doctor of Sciences in recognition of services to the hospitality and tourism industries - following in the footsteps of his father and group chairman Sir William Hastings who was awarded an Honorary Degree by Ulster in 1986.
William Hastings already had a proven track record as a successful publican when established the family business in 1968. Howard was appointed Operations Manager in 1989 before taking over as Managing Director. He studied Law at Nottingham University and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG). He subsequently graduated with an MSc in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster’s Business School.
Howard Hastings is a member and former chairman of both the Institute of Directors and the DEL run Future Skills Action Group. He is the founding Chairman of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and apart from one short break has been a member of Tourism Ireland - one of the cross border bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement - since its inception in 2000. He is also served on Investors in People, the New Deal taskforce and the Tourism and Hospitality Training Council.