Mark Garnier MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade
Mark Garnier is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre Forest since he was elected in 2010. Recently he was appointed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the newly formed Department for International Trade. In this role, he will lead on high value export and investment campaigns in these sectors: financial services, advanced manufacturing and aerospace, automotive, bio-economy, consumer, creative and education. He will also be leading on work with the Export Control Organisation, the high volume export campaign, UK regional delivery and overseas partner delivery.
Mark has served on the influential Treasury Select Committee and brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience in banking and investment management, taking a specific interest in financial regulation and the banking sector. Mark's experience before politics was in finance and business. After leaving Charterhouse in 1981, he embarked on a career in the City of London, starting as a junior clerk on the floor of the old Stock Exchange in the UK Government Debt, or Gilt market. More recently, Mark has worked as a business consultant, helping SMEs with strategic planning.
Founder and Chairman, Alternative Business Funding
Adam is founder and chairman of Clifton Asset Management Plc, the innovators behind the Pension-led funding brand, providing high quality non-bank finance to SME's across the UK. Currently more than 2,500 businesses have used Clifton for pension-led funding.
Adam and Clifton were the catalyst for the creation of the Alternative Business Funding (ABF) collaboration and non-bank funding portal. The portal unites the country's top non-bank funding providers to exchange rejected applicants for credit between themselves. In the course of developing the ABF collaboration Adam was part of The Treasury working group created to deliver the new bank referral legislation. As well as HMT, Adam has advised the British Business Bank, Downing Street and The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Anthony Fletcher is the CEO of graze.com, the healthier snack brand which designs, manufactures and sells its snacks both online and offline.
The business has grown to in excess of $100m in revenues within five years, making it one of the fastest-growing companies in the UK. It has offices in London and Manhattan.
Within this time he has been responsible for taking the business to the US achieving a $32m run rate in the first year and launched the brand through traditional FMCG channels becoming the fastest selling healthy snack in retailers such as WHSmiths, Sainsbury’s and Boots.
Previously Anthony held various roles at the smoothie business Innocent Drinks, including brand manager and innovation manager. He holds a first class degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and has also undertaken pharmaceutical research in at the Frick Laboratory Princeton.
Founder and Director, Seraphine
Originally from Paris, Cecile Reinaud is Founder & Director of leading British maternity line Seraphine. Now a successful entrepreneur, Reinaud set up her company after spotting a gap in the market for fashion forward maternity clothes while working in London as an account director in the advertising industry.
A decade later, Seraphine has dressed some of the most stylish celebrity mums on the planet including Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, Kate Winslet, Sienna Miller and Anne Hathaway. Seraphine’s most celebrated client is The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore the brand on numerous occasions including for the first official portrait with Prince George and on her official trip to America while expecting Princess Charlotte.
Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses
Charlotte Chung is a Policy Advisor at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), responsible for Enterprise, Innovation and Exports. She has worked predominately in membership organisations, representing the needs of businesses to government and influencing public debate on the role of business in society. Before FSB, Charlotte held senior policy roles with ACCA Global - a global professional body representing finance professionals - specialising in SMEs, and Social Enterprise UK – the national body representing social enterprises. Charlotte is a Trustee for South London Women Artists, a collective working to promote opportunities to showcase and develop women artists.
Most recently, Charlotte authored FSB’s 2016 export report - Destination Export: The small business export landscape – which presents findings from 2,414 small firms on their experiences and views of selling overseas.
Vice President, Temando
Darko Atijas is the Vice President EMEA at Temando, a global technology company specialising in fulfillment solutions for e-retailers and logistics industries. Temando provides merchants with access to rates and services from multiple postal organizations, carriers and couriers in one single platform, creating amazing delivery experiences for their customers. Before that, Darko has managed international operations, business growth and project deliveries for high growth IT businesses throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and run Global Enterprise projects in the Legal, Finance, Aviation and Utilities sectors.
Sir David Clementi
Chairman, World First
David was Chairman of Prudential plc from 2002 to 2008. Before joining the Prudential, David was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England for 5 years (1997-2002). In addition to his membership of the Monetary Policy Committee, he was responsible for the day-to-management of the Bank and had specific responsibility for the Bank’s work on Financial Stability issues.
Before joining the Bank of England, David worked at Kleinwort Benson for 22 years (1975-1997), including as Chief Executive (1994-1997). While at Kleinwort Benson, he played a leading role in the UK privatisation programme, including advising HM Government on the privatisation in 1984 of British Telecom.
MP for Wantage
Ed Vaizey is the Member of Parliament for Wantage, and was the UK Government Digital Minister from 2010-16. Following Theresa May forming her first Government, Ed returned to the backbenches where he continues to champion the creative and digital sectors.
In 2006 Ed was appointed Shadow Arts Minister, and in 2010 became the Minister for Culture Communications and the Creative Industries. In that role, Ed has been responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have made the creative industries the fastest growing part of our economy.
Digital editor, City A.M.
Emma Haslett is the digital editor of City A.M., the City's local newspaper, and the presenter of its Unregulated podcast.
She has been working as a business journalist since 2007, specialising in leadership, entrepreneurs and property. In 2014 she won the British Media Awards' Rising Star of the Year award.
Head of Business Group, UK Export Finance
Gordon had an extensive career in banking in the UK and the USA before joining UK Export Finance. Gordon also spent three years with Airbus in its customer sales financing team before taking a year’s secondment to work with the UK’s Secretary of State for Trade & Investment to set up an export promotion scheme. Leaving banking for public service, Gordon has undertaken a number of roles at UKEF, initially leading on product and business development, before running the department’s business underwriting teams.
Most recently, he has been responsible for all aviation business and for leading UKEF’s initiative in the field of supplier finance.
Head of Training and Development, Google Digital Garage
Gori is the Head of Training and Development for the Digital Garage from Google. He has over 10 years of experience consulting and training hundreds of SMEs, charities, business owners, entrepreneurs and students on how to boost their digital skills and harness the power of the internet and Google tools effectively to drive growth for their business and reach new customers online.
Strategic Director, The Supper Club
Jane Gomez is Strategic Director of Prelude Group, whose mission is to help make Britain the most enterprising nation in the world. Prelude is home to The Supper Club, a membership club exclusively for fast-growth entrepreneurs and The Directors Club, offering peer learning and strategic development for directors. Jane has chaired hundreds of events and discussions, giving her an unparalleled insight into entrepreneurial sentiment in the UK and the challenges facing business leaders and their teams. As the strategic leader of the business, Jane works closely with both members and partners to develop greater value within Prelude's services.
Chief Economist, World First
With his finger always on the pulse, Jeremy is one of the UK’s leading voices on foreign exchange, and you’ll regularly find him on television and across the national media giving his unique, thoughtful insight. He has made regular appearances on BBC News, BBC Radio 5 Live and Newsnight, as well as in leading blogs and newspapers. Jeremy delivers his analysis with energy, and in an accessible way that allows everyone to understand how the economy affects them.
Having started out at HSBC in the City of London, Jeremy decided on a move into currency after a brief stint in private equity advice. He joined World First in 2007 as a Corporate Dealer when the Corporate Desk at World First consisted of only five people. He took on the role as World First's Chief Economist in 2010.
Business Development, InterCultural Elements
Jesse is the head of outbound sales at InterCultural Elements, who specialise in helping online retailers to expand their sales internationally. Having lived in multiple countries away from his native England, Jesse is now based in Leipzig, Germany and is well placed to advise his clients on both the cultural and technological aspects of cross-border trade. With in-depth experience across the real estate, hospitality and e-commerce industries, Jesse offers a fresh approach to the world of international e-commerce.
CEO, World First
Jonathan co-founded World First, the award winning international Fintech money transfer business, in January 2004. He also acts as CEO of the company overseeing the business’s growth from two friends in a London basement flat to a global profitable business with over 400 people working across 5 international offices. Since its inception, World First has successfully exchanged more than £40bn for over 95,000 individuals and businesses.
Prior to starting World First, Jonathan worked in the financial industry for over a decade including as Head of Business Development within the Financial Markets division of RBS. He started his career as a trader for Citibank. Jonathan is a member of the Founders Forum.
Partner, Bond Dickinson LLP
Julian is the lead partner in Bond Dickinson’s IT and Technology team. His main areas of practice are in information technology and e-commerce, including the development and licensing of software, outsourcing, online services and data protection. Clients include major retailers, government bodies, and financial institutions. Particularly known for his work on retail IT systems, Julian also advises on large IT outsourcing projects, including in the regulated financial services sector.
Julian is a member of The Society for Computers and Law, The International Bar Association (Technology Law committee), and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
Julien Callede grew up in Nantes in Western France. It was in Paris, however, whilst attending university at HEC, that the seed for MADE was first planted. During his time at HEC, Julien completed a placement at a private equity fund that had recently bought a furniture company and here, learnt the basics of product sourcing and the international furniture market. It was also during his time at the HEC that Julien met fellow student, Ning Li, with whom plans for a furniture e-commerce business were first discussed. These plans grew with the help of Brent Hoberman and Chloe Macintosh. In February 2010 Julien arrived in London and, together the three co-founders, launched MADE. Since then, the business has grown rapidly, and now operates successfully in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands alongside its London home. MADE’s vision is to become Europe’s number one online destination for home design.
Co-Founder and Director, Pivot-Commerce
Neil is a Director & co-founder of PIVOT an international eCommerce Agency, which was established in 2015. Neil is also a co-founder of Egg Brands Ltd - a portfolio of British Luxury Heritage & Craft Brands. With over 15 years of experience in retail, Neil worked with UKTI in 2014 where he helped strategise and launch the Government’s Digital Export Strategy, known as the e-Exporting Programme.
Rhydian founded RateSetter, the Peer to Peer Lending Platform, in 2010. He saw an opportunity to narrow the spread between what investors earn and what creditworthy borrowers pay, and deliver greater value in a simple way. In the RateSetter market the rates are set by investors and borrowers, not by committees or banks.
Rhydian has pioneered many ‘firsts’ in marketplace lending, such as the Provision Fund concept. RateSetter’s Provision Fund has ensured that after lending more than £1bn over five years, no individual RateSetter investor has lost a penny – a unique feat amongst major peer-to-peer lending platforms.
Prior to founding RateSetter, Rhydian spent six years at investment management firm Lazard.
CEO and Co-Founder, MVF
Titus Sharpe is Co-founder and CEO of MVF, one of the UK’s fastest growing tech and digital marketing businesses. Titus’s background is in artificial intelligence; he began studying for a PhD in collaborative robotics before leaving to launch his first tech business. MVF is Titus’s fourth successful venture to date, with previous notable success with B2B marketplace Approved Index which he sold to Reed Elsevier in 2008.
Founded in 2009, MVF is a cutting edge customer generation platform built to grow sales and tap into new customer audiences for businesses all over the world. Under Titus’s guidance MVF has transitioned from dynamic start up to established international business, working across 120 countries and servicing some of the world's leading corporations.
CEO & Founder, Bouncepad
Tobi is the founder and CEO at Bouncepad, helping retailers to become more digital and connected in store. Bouncepad tablet products have been sold to many of the world’s biggest brands, from Vodafone, to McDonalds and Ford, and can today be found in over 50 countries.
The company is based in London, and Boston, Massachusetts and has been growing fast for over 5 years.
Tobi graduated in architecture, but then moved on to work for a technology and media lab in Stockholm, Sweden, to start projects around smart homes and the future of retail.
He has also been teaching at various design and architecture universities, like the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London.