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Crista CullenCrista Cullen - MBE

Given one shot to perform at your absolute optimum, how do you make sure you take it? - and score!

Gold Medallist and Women's Hockey legend Crista Cullen is well-placed to answer this question...

Seeded only 7th in the world last year, Britain's Women's Hockey Team managed to beat the "untouchable" World Champions in the Rio Olympic Games.

On this landmark occasion, against the odds and under enormous pressure, Team GB were able to produce a lifetime-best performance. After a gripping exchange, where Cullen went for an unbelievable volley to level the score 2-2 at half time, the match ultimately finished 3-3 and went to penalties. England's history with penalties is a disappointing one, in football at least! - but Britain's Women's Hockey Squad held their nerve to take Gold against the Dutch who had dominated the world stage for so many years.

The story has a further twist in that, just a year ahead of this feat, Crista, was happily focused on her interests in Wildlife Conservation following her "retirement" from sport after the team took Bronze in the 2012 London Games. A call from the GB Head Coach led her to reunite with the squad just 10 months ahead of the 16-strong group being selected.

Moreover, Crista never gave up the "day-job" all through her training, and even found time to set up a London-based Consultancy firm.

Her story is therefore a unique one, highlighting a rare journey to Gold, underpinned by a willingness and unrelenting determination to balance her professional life with causes close to her heart, and the ultimate achievement in elite sport. Come and listen to a great motivational speech and chat after in the networking areas.


Paul GreenPaul Green - Halcyon Gallery

Paul Green, President of Halcyon Gallery, founded the company in his home city of Birmingham in 1982. Halcyon Gallery started with Green selling prints in a 500 square foot space above New Street Station following his artistic awakening when he became familiar with the work of Italian artist Pietro Annigoni in Florence: “Seeing his work in the Basilica di San Lorenzo was like a bolt of lightning,” says Green, “It made me realise the sheer power art can have.”

Halcyon now operates out of three London premises along with spaces in Mumbai, Cyprus and Shanghai. 2017 saw the opening of the Modern Art Museum Shanghai representing a select group of contemporary artists from across the world, both emerging and established. In late 2018 the Modern Art Museum Shanghai will open the largest Andy Warhol exhibition the world has ever seen including individual graphics, portfolios and originals. The Museum has already received an overwhelming reaction since its soft opening in May 2017, with thousands of visitors a day.

Green specialises in a range of 19th and 20th Century Master Painters, from Impressionism to Pop Art and considers himself a ‘custodian’ of great art with Halcyon Gallery regularly lending master paintings to museum shows, as part of a goal to bring art to the maximum number of people. Hosting talks by both exhibition curators and art market leaders Green drives the importance of a greater understanding of the arts in the general public.

Such a spirit of accessibility is key to Green’s mission, and extends to the contemporary artists he represents, with Colombia’s Santiago Montoya and Spain’s Ernesto Canovas and the truly internationally known Bob Dylan, proving testament to the global reach with which Halcyon now operate. In the same vein, Green is a passionate supporter of bringing art to public spaces all around the world whilst introducing his other passion, philanthropy, with the sculpture Serenity on the banks of the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park being a major highlight. This particular project rose over £4 million for the Royal Parks Foundation, enabling them to build an Education Centre teaching young people from inner cities about the natural world and the environment. Green is also actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and recently was awarded by Royal charge the position of Special Commissioner of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. As someone who considers himself a “proud self-starter”, Green says he’s very fond of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, as it gives young people “the tools, skills and confidence to achieve things in life for themselves”, regardless of their background or where they are from.

And what for the future? For 2019 there are plans for expansion into the United States. By then, will Green have any ambition left to accomplish? “Oh, yes. Public projects with international consequences”. He replies.




John MIllsJohn Mills - Chairman of JML

John Mills is Chairman of JML, a well-known British company which was recently picked out as being among the 150 most dynamic companies in all of Europe. Both as a businessperson and as one of the Labour Party's largest donors ( £1.65m), he has fought successfully for the UK to vote to Leave the European Union and will continue to fight for radical change in Britain's economic and trade policy.

John has been in business for more than 50 years. In that time he has seen "hundreds of proud, successful British manufacturing firms forced out of existence and thousands of jobs shipped off to Asia". He is passionate in his view that skilled manual jobs have all-but disappeared and areas of Britain that were once thriving and full of hope are now effectively redundant.

He advocates the need for politicians from all parties to start considering a new economic and political strategy; one that brings business and jobs back to Britain.

In his opinion, as sterling has devalued to a more competitive level since the EU Referendum, there is every chance that manufacturing can now start to recover, investment in our future productivity will start to increase and, in the longer term, there will be less unemployment. The Government will have the means to raise our growth rate incrementally on a sustainable basis, with rising living standards, more equality and no need for the austerity policies to cut the government deficit.

Since 1975 he has been Secretary of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign and the Labour Economic Policy Group since 1985. He is currently Chairman of Labour Leave, the EU Referendum campaign that represented Labour voters who do not agree that the future of the UK lies within the European Union. The campaign put forward the progressive left-leaning case for Brexit and successfully fought to get the UK out of the EU. He is also Vice Chairman of the Economic Research Council and Chairman of the Pound Campaign, campaigning to reverse the decline of British industry and rebalance the UK economy.

On his own or with co-authors, John has written eleven books on economics covering the UK, Europe, the USA and the world economy. One of his books A Critical History of Economics was translated into mandarin by the Beijing commercial Press and has been used as a text book in Chinese universities. His latest book, Britain's Achilles Heel, will be launched in late June.

John will also give his views on what will have happened with the Conservatives and Labour party following the election.

John will be controversial and will bring economic, politics and practical business views together in an entertaining and informative speech.


Varda ShineVarda Shine - Non-Executive director, CEOs mentor and Diamond & Business Advisor

Varda Shine is a non-executive director, CEOs mentor and Diamond & Business Advisor. Over a 30-year career in the diamond industry with De Beers (leading to CEO position at De Beers Trading Company, De Beers mid-stream business with an annual turnover of approximately $6bn), Varda developed a wealth of experience and expertise. She also successfully completed the multibillion dollar relocation of sales operations from London to Botswana in what was one of the largest ever transfers of economic activity from the northern to the southern hemisphere

Her career now includes Non-executive director at Lonmin PLC; Board member of the Mineral Development Company Botswana; a board member at Sarine Technologies; a Trustee of the Teenage Cancer Trust and A board member on Diamond Empowerment Fund.

She enjoys being an executive mentor at Merryck & Co. (working with FTSE 100 Exces) and is CEO of her own company, Sky Ink, which helps take businesses from concept development through to execution and commercialisation.

Her business contact base includes India, HK, Europe, USA, Israel, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Driven by values and a commercial skill set, Varda focuses on impacting change aiming to improve people, businesses and nations.


Anthony St JohnLord Anthony St John 

Anthony Tudor St John, 22nd Baron St John of Bletso is a British peer, politician, businessman and solicitor. He is one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999. He speaks on African affairs (and is a notable expert on South Africa and Sierra Leone), deregulation, financial services and information technology. Rather than aligning with a particular political party, he remains a crossbencher.

Between 1985 and 2002, he worked as an oil analyst at County NatWest Securities and then Smith New Court Plc and thereafter served as a consultant to Merrill Lynch until 2008. He built up the Internet Datacentre business of Globix Corporation in the UK and then became President of Global Sales and Marketing for the International Group. Between 2004 and 2012, he was Non-Executive Chairman of Spiritel Plc, a telecommunications service provider and served as a Non-Executive Director at Regal Petroleum, Sharp Interpak, WMRC and Pecaso. He has also been on the Advisory Board of Infinity SDC, Chayton Capital and Ariya Capital with the focus on agriculture and business opportunities in Africa. He is a Non-Executive Director of Albion Ventures LLP and Chairman of the Governing Board of Certification International.

His company, African Business Solutions, assists International companies seeking to invest in Africa specifically in infrastructure, broadband, financial services and renewable energy. Lord St John is also an extra Lord-in-Waiting to HM The Queen. He is currently a Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications as well as the Lords Information Committee. He is Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary South Africa Group, an Executive Committee Member of the All Party Africa Group and a Council Member of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee. He served as Chairman of the charity, Citizens Online from 2001 to 2008











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