Richard Farleigh , Ex-Dragon and Private Investor
Richard was Dragons’ Den's reputedly most popular ever panelist, where he was nicknamed "Mr. Nice”.
His story is a remarkably modest journey of rags to riches, the highs and lows of business, and of sadness and hilarity.
One of 11 children, Richard was born into poverty in the Australian outback and sent to a foster home at a young age. Despite being assessed as backward, he went on to graduate with 1st class honours in Economics and Maths.
After a brief stint at Australia's central bank, he embarked on a very successful investment banking and hedge fund career, which allowed him to “retire" at 34 and move to Monaco and then London.
He has since followed his real passion of helping start early stage companies, and has now backed over 80 in the UK. Highlights include Home House, Proximagen, Wolfson, Net-A-Porter and Reggae Reggae Sauce.
He is a chess master who has appeared in 2 Chess Olympiads and was the author of the acclaimed investment book "Taming The Lion’.
as well as the popular weekly column for City AM, “Confessions Of A Serial Entrepreneur". Since 2012 he has served as the Chancellor of London South Bank University.
His charity work involves being Chancellor of London South Bank University, and supporting Action for Children and The Sick Children’s Trust.
Guy Mason , Head of Corporate Affairs, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
Guy Mason is Head of Corporate Affairs for Morrisons. His role includes delivering the strategy for Morrisons’ Government Affairs programme across the UK including the devolved assemblies.
His remit also covers Morrisons’ charity and community portfolios. This includes the company’s Let’s Grow programme which teaches pupils how to grow fruit and vegetables from scratch and has reached 5m children so far, donating £20m worth of growing equipment to schools across the UK.
The most recent charity partnership with Save the Children raised over £7m during its three year term and was the most successful ever charity partnership for Morrisons. The money funded Save’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) and Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play (ESLP!) programmes in the UK. The current charity partnership is with Sue Ryder who provide end of life care for thousands of families in the UK and the partnership has already raised close to £2m.
He is also a Director of the newly established Morrisons Foundation.
Before joining Morrisons, Mason worked for ASDA for over 12 years in a variety of roles after joining their graduate scheme in 1997.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Hans Daems , Group Public Affairs Officer, Hitachi Europe
As Group Public Affairs Officer for Hitachi Europe, Hans Daems holds responsibility for Hitachi’s corporate communications, branding and CSR activities across Europe.
Reporting to Hitachi’s Chief Executive for Europe, he leads the overall co-ordination of Corporate Communications activities as well as Brand Management, Public Relations
Internal Communications, Advertising, Sponsorship, Events and Exhibitions and Website Management. Hans is also responsible for Hitachi’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme in Europe.
Hans is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CSR Europe and a regular speaker at national and international conferences.
He has more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications. Before joining Hitachi’ European headquarters in the UK at the beginning of 2008, he worked in different communication roles in the oil and chemicals sector in Belgium, France and The Netherlands.
Jenny Brigden, Community Investment Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd
Jenny joined Virgin Atlantic in 1996 after returning to work from having two daughters. After working in the Internal Communications, she joined Virgin Atlantic's Charity team in 2008 which sat within the Marketing. In 2009 Jenny rebranded the Charity team to Community Investment and moved to sit within Business Sustainability. Since the joining the team Jenny has been was key in launching the Change is in the Air sustainability strategy which includes comprehensive environment and community investment programmes. In 2010 Jenny was responsible for selecting Free the Children as their long term partnership. Working with Free the Children has proved so successful that the Virgin Atlantic Foundation Trustees have extended the partnership for another three years. This has meant they take a long term approach to delivering sustainable change. The Community Investment programme continues to go from strength to strength.
Sian Foster, General Manager Government and External Relations, Virgin Atlantic
Siân graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in International Studies with French, having specialised in EU policy. After starting her career at the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) in Brussels in 2000, she joined Virgin Atlantic's Government and External Affairs team in 2003, where she was responsible for parliamentary liaison, consumer affairs and CSR. In late 2006 Siân moved to the newly-formed Business Sustainability team at Virgin Atlantic, by 2009 becoming Head of Business Sustainability and leading Virgin Atlantic’s work on a wide range of projects relating to aviation, climate change, renewable fuels, local environmental issues and community investment. In early 2010 Siân moved back to head up the airline’s Government & External Affairs dept, managing Virgin Atlantic’s relationship with Governments on everything from taxation issues to air traffic service agreements. She retains responsibility for the Sustainability team.
Ram Gidoomal, CBE Chairman, Traidcraft plc
Ram Gidoomal CBE FIC FRSA is Chairman of Fair Trade pioneers Traidcraft plc and Traidcraft Exchange ( www.traidcraft.co.uk ) and Welsh based renewables energy company Dulas Ltd ( www.dulas.org.uk ). Ram’s other current roles include Chair of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education in England and Wales ( www.oiahe.org.uk ); South Asian Development Partnership ( www.southasian.org.uk ) ; Allia and Future Business (Industrial and Provident Society) Ltd the social profit society ( www.allia.org.uk ). He is a Non-Executive Director of Amsphere Ltd ( www.amsphere.com ) where he chairs the Audit and Remuneration Committee, a member of the External Relations Group of Water UK, a Board Member of the Food Standards Agency ( www.food.gov.uk ) and the New York City Leadership Centre. He is a Freeman of the City of London and was a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
Past roles include UK Group Chief Executive of the Inlaks Group an international niche food production and marketing company with 7000 employees in 15 countries, Crown appointee to the Court and Council of Imperial College, an external member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, member of the Complaints Audit Committee of the UK Border Agency, Honorary Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs( https://uk.tie.org/ ), a visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Middlesex University, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and co-founder of the Christmas Cracker Charity Trust which engaged over 50,000 young people in the UK to raise over £5m for good causes in the developing world
Dr Frederick Mulder, CBE, Art Dealer, Founder and Chair of Frederick Mulder Foundation
Frederick Mulder is an art dealer specialising in European Printmaking from 1470 – 1970, but focused mainly on the work of Picasso. He grew up in a tiny town in Saskatchewan, Canada, 35 miles from the nearest paved road and was as surprised as anyone to find himself living in London but spending much time in France, working with Picasso’s printers, cataloguers, and family. He recently sold the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocuts, which he had put together over a 10 year period, to a museum in his home province in Canada, and put 50% of the proceeds into his Foundation.
Frederick also founded The Funding Network (think Dragons Den for charities, or live crowdfunding for social change issues). He has helped start groups in several UK cities and in nine other countries, launching groups this past year in Auckland New Zealand, Istanbul, New York, Singapore and Slovakia.
Jane Boulton, Programme Manager, Zurich Community Trust (UK) Limited
Jane has worked in the field of programme development and grant making since 1997. She managed Zurich’s Local Grants programme from 1997 – 2001 and then set up and developed a National Older People programme from 2001 – 2004. Jane then moved on to head up two of Zurich Community Trust’s National Transformation Programmes. These long term programmes , typically 7-10 years, are focussed on the areas of isolated older people and breaking the cycle of substance misuse in families. She also has a special interest in programme evaluation and is responsible for ZCT’s Social Audit programme.
She previously worked for Marks and Spencer in HR and Training and Development and has a BSc degree in Zoology from St Andrews University.
Emma Turner, Director, Barclays Wealth and Investment Management
Emma runs the Client Philanthropy Service, which aims to engage, educate and support high net worth clients in their philanthropic journey.
Emma joined Barclays in 2008 after 11 years at Goldman Sachs where she was Executive Director of the Charitable Services Group in EMEA and Asia. She had previously spent 10 years as Fundraiser and Marketing Manager for a major London charity. Emma sits on the board of two private family foundations in the UK and the USA and one charity, in Antigua.
James Cooke, Head of Trusts and Lottery, Shelter
James Cooke has more than 10 years' experience of raising funds from philanthropic and institutional donors. In his current role as Head of Trusts and Lottery at Shelter, he has helped the charity treble its income from independent grant-makers in the last 3 years. He has also overseen the creation of an integrated grants and philanthropy team for Shelter Scotland. Before he joined Shelter, James worked as a trusts and statutory fundraiser at the National Deaf Children's Society, and as a European bid-writer for the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Marino Fresch, Head of Marketing, Eventbrite
Marino is an experienced online marketer and e-commerce professional with over 15 years' experience defining marketing and web strategies, and executing strong online marketing that has a proven, measurable impact to customers. Before he joined Eventbrite, he worked with leading brands including, eBay, Expedia, Eurostar, Ryanair, John Lewis and BMW. Marino holds an MBA from Cornell University.
James MacDougall, Senior Public Affairs Manager, The FA Group
James leads The FA’s public affairs work which, alongside Government relations and working with other football stakeholders, includes overseeing The FA’s charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care. The FA is a not-for-profit organisation which reinvests any surplus made back into football, but the special bond between football and supporters- along with the intense media coverage football receives- means a host of unique opportunities to promote Breast Cancer Care’s work.
Charlie Leamon, Head of Major Giving, Breast Cancer Care
As Head of Major Giving at Breast Cancer Care since June 2014, Charlie leads a team of five, based in London and Glasgow, working to secure funding from wealthy individuals, trusts, foundations and statutory sources. Prior to this she worked in the Major Giving Team at Breakthrough Breast Cancer working her way up from Team Assistant, to Executive, to Manager in five years. Using the skills and expertise she has developed, Charlie is now leading on implementing a restricted funding process at Breast Cancer Care and on new products to engage major donors with the charity.