Meet the Fellows

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The Innovation Fellowship grants industry leaders in innovation the chance to build networks with like-minded experts and develop new strategies.

The Innovation Fellowship is London’s leading cross-industry innovation community and provides peer-to-peer connections that could take decades to build.

Through the Fellowship, London & Partners facilitates a collaborative, transparent environment to share best practice and lessons learnt in open innovation practice.

Fellows

Find out more about some of the Fellows in our network:

  • Gráinne Allen

    Gráinne Allen

    Director of Food & Innovation, McDonald's UK
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    Gráinne Allen

    Gráinne Allen

    Director of Food & Innovation, McDonald's UK

    Gráinne has been Director of Food and Innovation at McDonald’s since January 2021. She has more than 30 years of unique experience in the food industry spanning a range of roles, with a focus in the fields of innovation, strategy and change, having run many multimillion-pound product strategies in retail, manufacturing, food service and brand. 

  • Adam Weir

    Adam Weir

    Senior Director of Innovation and Materials, New Balance
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    Adam Weir

    Senior Director of Innovation and Materials, New Balance

    Adam is a creative leader with more than 20 years in the fashion and consumer goods business. He has a global outlook, having worked in many countries around the world. Adam leads a team of project managers, engineers and designers focused on creating innovative products for New Balance Apparel.

  • Sol Enenmoh

    Sol Enenmoh

    Director, Group Digitalisation, HSBC
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    Sol Enenmoh

    Sol Enenmoh

    Director, Group Digitalisation, HSBC

    Sol Enenmoh helps organisations become better by encouraging new ways of thinking. He joined HSBC in 2022 to promote innovative methods and encourage group-level digitalisation at scale globally. Previous roles include EY, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, Vanquis Bank, Hastings Direct, Vhi and BP (retail and payments).

  • Jonathan Lewis

    Jonathan Lewis

    Head, Commercial Innovation, Channel 4
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    Jonathan Lewis

    Head, Commercial Innovation, Channel 4

    Jonathan joined Channel 4 in the autumn of 2012 and has performed a number of roles within Channel 4’s commercial team over the last nine years, previously leading Digital Advertising sales and strategy. Recently, he has expanded his responsibility, driving growth and innovation across all areas of Channel 4's commercial business, building upon existing successful innovations in areas such as digital and social (4Studio) and linear addressable advertising. He is also developing new revenue streams to deliver Channel 4's Future4 strategy. Jonathan is a multi-faceted commercial leader with experience delivering transformational results for both digital and broadcaster businesses.

  • Nichola Bates

    Nichola Bates

    Head of Global Accelerators and Innovation Programs, Boeing
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    Nichola Bates

    Nichola Bates

    Head of Global Accelerators and Innovation Programs, Boeing

    Nichola joined Boeing in 2017, where in her role as Managing Partner for Aerospace Xelerated, she invests in and supports startups using AI and autonomous technologies to the benefit of the aerospace sector and related industries. Prior to Boeing, Nichola worked with early stage and scaling startups, where she championed the role of the SME to government, particularly in the security and resilience sector. Nichola has extensive experience of international business development and fundraising for growth, from strategy through to execution, and a wide network across governments and industry. Since working with one of the world’s largest corporations, Nichola has become even more passionate about the benefits of collaboration between startups and corporates.

  • Alex Quie

    Alex Quie

    Investor, Salesforce Ventures
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    Alex Quie

    Alex Quie

    Investor, Salesforce Ventures

    Alexandra joined the Salesforce Ventures London office in 2021 and works across all stages and sectors to find the best cloud software companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She has worked on investments including Algolia, Contentful, Gong, Monday.com and Zencity, among others.

    Prior to Salesforce Ventures, Alexandra lived in Los Angeles where she worked as a software investor at K1 Investment Management and in business development at Canyon Partners, a distressed debt hedge fund. She started her career in fixed income in London, working at Bluebay Asset Management. She holds a BA with Honors in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese) from the University of Cambridge. She is an active member of the Global Women in VC group.

  • Katherine Platts

    Katherine Platts

    Director of Technology Innovation and Sustainability​, Unilever
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    Katherine Platts

    Katherine Platts

    Director of Technology Innovation and Sustainability​, Unilever

    Having studied psychology at university and then starting a career in technology, Katherine has always been fascinated by human-computer interaction and the effects of the rapidly evolving technology landscape on organisations and wider society. With a focus on responsibility and ethics, she is driven to create the right ways to explore evolving technology and stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to impact and opportunities for doing good.

  • Sheena Amin​

    Sheena Amin​

    Director of ITV AdVentures​, ITV
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    Sheena Amin​

    Sheena Amin​

    Director of ITV AdVentures​, ITV

    Sheena runs ITV’s media for equity investment fund where she helps consumer startups and scaleups become famous through the brand-building power of TV. Investments include What3Words, Spoke, Carwow, Resi, Feel and THIS.

  • Marie Cesbron

    Marie Cesbron

    Global Open Innovation​, Chanel
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    Marie Cesbron

    Global Open Innovation​, Chanel

    Marie's international 25-year track record encompasses executive leadership and advisory roles in the consumer and luxury goods sectors. At the peak of her marketing career at L’Oreal, Marie switched to innovation and found her vocation. She was Global Innovation Insight Director for L’Oreal R&D, then Global Innovation Director at Walgreens Boots Alliance’s consumer arm before becoming Founder, Director of Do Well Do Good innovation consultancy. As such, she has been contracted by Chanel Global Open Innovation from its inception in 2019. Marie holds an MS in Management from HEC Paris (1996) and a BS in Psychology from Paris V University (2010).

  • Jennifer Sheldon

    Jennifer Sheldon

    Head of Core Innovation, LEGO
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    Jennifer Sheldon

    Head of Core Innovation, LEGO

    As Head of Core Innovation at the LEGO Group’s Creative Play Lab, Jennifer is working to create opportunities for children to reach their potential through play. Prior to her role at the LEGO Group in London, Jennifer spent nearly two decades in San Francisco’s Bay Area building innovative products designed to educate, entertain and inform. She also guest lectured on Product Management & Innovation at the Product School and Product Events, launched a mentorship program for Sony Interactive Entertainment, and lead the San Francisco Chapter of Women@ PlayStation.

  • Chetan Kotur

    Chetan Kotur

    Head of Technology and Innovation, Europe, Laing O’Rourke
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    Chetan Kotur

    Head of Technology and Innovation, Europe, Laing O’Rourke

    Prior to joining Laing O’Rourke in 2022, Chetan was instrumental in starting up and launching globally Polestar, the high-performance electric car brand headquartered in Sweden. Most recently, he was Head of Products for Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai. At Laing O’Rourke, Chetan leads the team developing transformative innovations focused on improving productivity, safety and sustainability for complex buildings and infrastructure projects. Chetan has a first-class degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University and was named Young Engineer of the Year in 2018 by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

  • Jonathan Munday

    Jonathan Munday

    Executive Director, Strategy, Sustainability and Innovation, NatWest
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    Jonathan Munday

    Jonathan Munday

    Executive Director, Strategy, Sustainability and Innovation, NatWest

    Jon is an Executive Director at Coutts and serves primarily as a Strategy, Sustainability and Innovation Lead for Coutts and the NatWest Group Wealth Businesses. He has been with the NatWest Group for eight years, the majority of which has been spent with Coutts. Jon holds a BA degree from the University of York, a master's from Hult International Business School and a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Cambridge. He is a keen runner and has taken part in events all over the world including the Marathon des Sables.

  • Mariama Boumanjal

    Mariama Boumanjal

    Senior Startup Partner Manager, Google
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    Mariama Boumanjal

    Senior Startup Partner Manager, Google

    The Lead for Google for Startups UK, Mariama manages the programmes and portfolios of more than 200 startups from the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2020, Mariama has also managed the Black Founders Fund, having provided $35m to more than 400 Black Founders across Europe, Africa, North America and Brazil, with founders securing more than $400m in follow-up funding.

  • Gerard Kelly

    Gerard Kelly

    Vice President of Innovation and Venture Acceleration, National Grid
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    Gerard Kelly

    Gerard Kelly

    Vice President of Innovation and Venture Acceleration, National Grid

    Gerard leads the UK Innovation team at National Grid Partners. He’s passionate about sustainability and is motivated to be part of the drive to net zero by developing the innovative technologies and impactful business models to help his company get there. Gerard has more than 10 years’ experience in the energy sector leading multi-disciplinary teams in startup and corporate environments. Gerard is a Chartered Engineer, holding an MBA from INSEAD and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

  • Andy Doyle

    Andy Doyle

    Innovation Director, Grosvenor Property UK, Grosvenor
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    Andy Doyle

    Andy Doyle

    Innovation Director, Grosvenor Property UK, Grosvenor

    Andy Doyle is a senior professional with more than 20 years of industry and professional services experience in major public and private sector organisations. He has extensive track records of leading teams on complex business transformations, real estate projects and programmes, investment, and operational management. Working as the Innovation Director for Grosvenor's UK property business (£5bn property portfolio), Andy leads the Innovation programme and Alternative Investment Portfolio.

  • Connie Emerson

    Connie Emerson

    Group Strategy & Transformation Director, Princes Ltd
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    Connie Emerson

    Connie Emerson

    Group Strategy & Transformation Director, Princes Ltd

    Connie is a consumer-centric strategy, transformation and innovation director with a passion for retail, hospitality, food, drinks and fast-moving consumer goods. She relishes the challenge of working within a business to make data-driven strategic choices, identifying value-creation opportunities, writing the strategic narrative and galvanising teams to execute with excellence. Having worked in industry and as a consultant in the UK and internationally on strategy, innovation, brand and commercial challenges, Connie is well-placed to define clear strategies, transformation initiatives and plans for in-market results, through collaborative leadership, content and capability development.

  • Shaun King

    Shaun King

    Strategic Partnership, Change and Transformation Director, AXA UK&I
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    Shaun King

    Shaun King

    Strategic Partnership, Change and Transformation Director, AXA UK&I

    Shaun is a seasoned Managing Director with a proven track record in driving business transformation, operational delivery and program management at the highest levels. With significant experience at leading global corporations including AXA, TCS, Capita, Capgemini and IBM, he has successfully led new ventures, major restructuring efforts and enabled digital and technological advancements, all while enhancing customer experience and driving outcomes in line with strategic objectives. 

  • Shruti Ajitsaria

    Shruti Ajitsaria

    Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy
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    Shruti Ajitsaria

    Shruti Ajitsaria

    Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy

    Shruti is the Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s (A&O) tech innovation space which opened in September 2017. Fuse’s philosophy is to identify legaltech, regtech and dealtech companies relevant to A&O lawyers and their clients and to find ways to start working together. Prior to launching Fuse, Shruti was a Counsel in the Derivatives and Structured Finance group based in London, specialising in credit derivatives (involving drafting almost all of the standard documentation in this area over the last decade). Shruti is now the first person at A&O to have directly been promoted to partner into its Advanced Delivery & Solutions (AD&S) Group.

  • Esra Demir​

    Esra Demir​

    Global Strategic Tech Partnerships Head​, HSBC
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    Esra Demir​

    Esra Demir​

    Global Strategic Tech Partnerships Head​, HSBC
  • Claire Dracott​

    Claire Dracott​

    Director of Tech Innovation​, News UK
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    Claire Dracott​

    Claire Dracott​

    Director of Tech Innovation​, News UK

    Claire has 12 years of experience heading up design teams. She is currently working for NewsUK which encompasses many different well-known brands: Times Media, The Sun, TalkSPORT, Virgin Radio and TalkTV. Her current role is Director of Tech Innovation, enabling future thinking of trends and technologies, leading a mixed-discipline team to look at what these new technologies might mean for the business, understanding the best tech to use and validating the idea quickly with the end user.

  • Claire Hadden

    Claire Hadden

    Director, Brand and Innovation, Greene King
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    Claire Hadden

    Claire Hadden

    Director, Brand and Innovation, Greene King

    As the Brand Director for Innovation and the Premium, Urban and Ventures division at Greene King, Claire is establishing an innovation function, with ownership of the creation of all new concepts within the portfolio. The remit is to identify and drive execution of transformational ideas, products and business models that will achieve sustainable growth and differentiation, future-proofing the Greene King business. Innovation at Greene King will include new pub and hotel propositions, ideas, methods, sales channels and ways of working. Previously, Claire spent 17 years at Diageo across North America and Europe in the Brand Marketing and Innovation functions.

  • Dan Francis

    Dan Francis

    Innovation and Digital Director, BDO UK
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    Dan Francis

    Dan Francis

    Innovation and Digital Director, BDO UK

    Dan is the Director of Innovation and Digital for BDO UK. His previous experience extends across digital products and propositions, change, strategy and innovation in large and small companies, for brands such as American Express, BP, Sainsbury's, Barclays and Google.

  • Rachel Kneen

    Rachel Kneen

    Strategy & Innovation Lead, Just Eat
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    Rachel Kneen

    Rachel Kneen

    Strategy & Innovation Lead, Just Eat

    Rachel has been working in marketing for 14 years. For the last six years, she has worked at Just Eat, the UK's biggest online food delivery marketplace. Having spent most of her career in social media and strategy, she has been appointed as Just Eat's first Strategy and Innovation Lead, tasked with taking the UK business into the next stage of growth.

  • Edward Manning

    Edward Manning

    Commercial Innovation Director, Dentsu
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    Edward Manning

    Edward Manning

    Commercial Innovation Director, Dentsu

    Edward Manning is a media professional with more than 12 years of experience, currently charged with developing new, diverse and innovative revenue streams to protect the future of Dentsu International. He has a keen interest in generating value between the margins, as well as using adjacency to become relevant in new sectors. He's passionate that Dentsu has much to learn from other industries, and that operational transformation will be required.

  • Dan Hufton

    Dan Hufton

    Head of Technology Innovation, AstraZeneca
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    Dan Hufton

    Dan Hufton

    Head of Technology Innovation, AstraZeneca

    Dan leads a global innovation team focused on the identification, rapid assessment, implementation and adoption of emerging technologies and novel ideas to create business benefit, aiming to influence and transform the business and taking a strategic three to five year viewpoint. He is an ambassador for diversity and inclusivity and plays a leading role in driving change and ensuring AstraZeneca is a great place to work for everyone.

  • Joana Santos

    Joana Santos

    Head of Strategy UKI, Amazon Web Services
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    Joana Santos

    Joana Santos

    Head of Strategy UKI, Amazon Web Services

    Joana Santos leads Strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Amazon Web Services (AWS). This organisation helps companies from startups to the largest enterprises accelerate their customer-centric digital business transformation and help them realise new forms of customer value, leveraging AWS Cloud. Before this role, Joana led Sales Strategy and Operations for LATAM at LinkedIn’s digital advertising business and worked in strategy consulting at EY-Parthenon across Europe, the US, South America and Africa. Her previous experience includes working in the African technology start-up M-KOPA, American investment bank Citigroup and the UK Parliament.

  • Tom Winstanley

    Tom Winstanley

    CTO, Head of New Ventures, NTT DATA
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    Tom Winstanley

    CTO, Head of New Ventures, NTT DATA

    Tom has worked on the interface between business, experience and technology for more than 20 years in a range of industries and customer-facing business and technology roles with clients across Europe, APAC and North America. He enjoys the variety (and similarity) of challenges their clients face and building innovative solutions with his teams across the NTT DATA Group and wider NTT Group R&D community. Twice Tom has been a founding member of a digital practice, heading consulting and supporting the scale out of the organisation to deliver differently. He considers himself an information junkie and an honorary lecturer in University College London's computer science department.

  • Tara Waters

    Tara Waters

    Chief Digital Officer, Ashurst
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    Tara Waters

    Tara Waters

    Chief Digital Officer, Ashurst

    Tara is a technologist turned lawyer working at Ashurst LLP. After beginning her first career in technology at the height of the dot-com boom, Tara transitioned into law and relocated to London. Her legal practice focuses on advising startups and institutions on emerging technologies, business strategies and digital transformation. She also leads Ashurst's digital products and services team, responsible all aspects of the firm's technology-enabled services delivery. Tara is co-leading an initiative to articulate the firm's digital strategy.

  • Oriana Medlicott

    Oriana Medlicott

    Technology and Innovation Strategy, Fujitsu
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    Oriana Medlicott

    Oriana Medlicott

    Technology and Innovation Strategy, Fujitsu

    Oriana leads AI Ethics in the Technology Strategy Unit at Fujitsu. In her role, she focuses on AI Ethics strategy and, alongside startups, leading POC's across Fujitsu's technology areas. She is co-host of the Let’s Chat Ethics podcast, Strategic Partnerships Lead for Diverse AI and on the advisory board of The AI Ethics Journal at UCLA. Prior to Fujitsu, Oriana worked as an AI Ethics consultant with startups, think tanks and academia across North America and Europe. Oriana also guest lectures the Introduction to AI Ethics in Industry module at Nottingham Trent University.

  • Jim Johnson

    Jim Johnson

    Director, UKIMEA Region Board Member and Digital Leader, ARUP
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    Jim Johnson

    Jim Johnson

    Director, UKIMEA Region Board Member and Digital Leader, ARUP

    Jim is the board director responsible for providing strategy and direction for the digital transformation of the business in UKIMEA. He leads and support work to develop improved and new service offerings using digital and data-driven innovation across multiple business sectors and locations. He joined Arup in 1986 as a civil engineer. Between 2007 and 2011, he led Arup Geotechnics, Arup's specialist ground engineering consultancy practice working worldwide across all their market sectors. He subsequently went on to lead large teams for a variety of clients delivering major infrastructure projects and was also the leader of its Leeds office.

  • Aaron Smith

    Aaron Smith

    Head of Innovation Ecosystems, Fidelity
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    Aaron Smith

    Head of Innovation Ecosystems, Fidelity

    A passionate disruptor, an obsessive innovator, an inquisitive researcher and a recovering technologist. With 20+ years experience across the technology and financial services industries, Aaron has an inherent desire to uncover "unknown unknowns" and to help those looking to change the future for the better.

  • Vikram Seth

    Vikram Seth

    Blockchain and Web3 Innovation Manager, Shell
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    Vikram Seth

    Vikram Seth

    Blockchain and Web3 Innovation Manager, Shell

    Vikram is a passionate innovator with more than a decade of experience in the energy sector, working with industry-leading organizsations such as Shell. With expertise in sustainable development, systems thinking, and digital innovation, Vikram is focused on Web3 technology and its transformative potential to shape the future of the energy sector.

  • Mayowa Odusote

    Mayowa Odusote

    Senior Design Lead – Radical Change, DLA Piper
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    Mayowa Odusote

    Mayowa Odusote

    Senior Design Lead – Radical Change, DLA Piper

    Mayowa is the Senior Design Lead and part of the Radical Change team at DLA Piper, helping to shift mindsets by delivering impactful client engagements and interactions using design thinking. Passionate about empowering people to create change, prior to joining DLA Piper, Mayowa worked at EY as Deputy Innovation Lead for the People Advisory Practice. She has more than eight years’ experience in management consultancy.

  • Jess Bonner

    Jess Bonner

    Director, Capita
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    Jess Bonner

    Jess Bonner

    Director, Capita

    Jess Bonner is a Director at Capita Scaling Partner (CSP), the strategic investment team for the Capita Group, and helps to bridge the gap between large enterprise/public sector and tech SMEs. With a commercial background, Jess started her career in finance and qualified as a corporate solicitor before moving into the world of tech. At CSP she is responsible for strategic partnership origination, investment exits and CSP operations, as well as working with colleagues across Capita on a company-wide partnership strategy.

  • Iryna Chekanava

    Iryna Chekanava

    Senior Manager, Innovation and Partnerships, Lloyd's
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    Iryna Chekanava

    Iryna Chekanava

    Senior Manager, Innovation and Partnerships, Lloyd's

    Iryna has more than 10 years of experience working in the technology sector with a focus on insurtech. Before working at Lloyd's, she ran her consulting agency that specialised in building and scaling innovation communities and startups. Iryna holds a bachelor's degree in Media and Communications (with distinction), and a naster's of Social Sciences in Political Science and Public Policy.

  • Oliver Latham

    Oliver Latham

    VP Strategy and Growth – Workforce Skills, Pearson
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    Oliver Latham

    Oliver Latham

    VP Strategy and Growth – Workforce Skills, Pearson

    An experienced consulting, sales, commercial and strategy professional, Oliver is building the Workforce Skills Division as VP Strategy and Growth at Pearson. Prior to this, Oliver led a team of 40 sales and commercial professionals across the UK and Ireland in the Higher Education market. Oliver has worked in major global organisations, and was a strategy and management consultant at EY for 11 years. He has led companies and governments in different countries and built his own startup business.

  • Svetlana Jefimova

    Svetlana Jefimova

    Senior Innovation Manager, De Beers
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    Svetlana Jefimova

    Svetlana Jefimova

    Senior Innovation Manager, De Beers

    With more than a decade of diverse and cross-functional experience, Svetlana works as Senior Innovation Manager at De Beers Group, where she is responsible for designing, testing, launching, and scaling new business models, products and services in various markets (UK, USA, Asia and Southern Africa). Svetlana's previous experience includes strategic and consulting projects in oil and gas, financial services, utilities, government, retail, quantum computers, events and sustainability. Svetlana holds a BSc in Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, an MSc in Economics and Business from the Norwegian School of Economics, and a CEMS Masters in International Management.

  • William Pryke

    William Pryke

    Head of Open Innovation & Tech Scouting, Openreach
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    William Pryke

    William Pryke

    Head of Open Innovation & Tech Scouting, Openreach

    Will works in technology scouting and innovation for Openreach to accelerate its Open Innovation programme. An experienced executive and Open Innovation specialist, William has more than 20 years of experience exploiting disruptive technologies and delivering new solutions. Most recently, he was responsible for the establishment of the University of Suffolk – DigiTech Centre, supporting academic collaboration with entrepreneurs, business and government. Formally, William was Head of the BT Infinity Lab, a group wide accelerator programme supporting consumers and business, which delivered a number of startup collaborations.

  • Ana Maria Norbury

    Ana Maria Norbury

    Director, Global Service Design, Baker McKenzie
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    Ana Maria Norbury

    Ana Maria Norbury

    Director, Global Service Design, Baker McKenzie

    Ana Maria leads the global service design team and plays an instrumental role in leading Reinvent, Baker McKenzie's innovation programme. The service design team uses design thinking methodologies to design and implement innovative solutions that continuously improve the client experience and to grow a culture of innovation across the firm.

  • Mike Daley

    Mike Daley

    Group Director, Strategy and Innovation, PageGroup
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    Mike Daley

    Mike Daley

    Group Director, Strategy and Innovation, PageGroup

    Mike is passionate about the value people and technology create when they work together. Having built successful teams in fields from the arts to civil aviation, he has led them to identify and deliver innovative solutions to drive growth and competitiveness. Now at PageGroup, a specialist global recruiter, Mike is responsible for bringing external insight and perspective to the organisation, ensuring Page remains an industry leader in the innovative application of technology and supporting clients in their talent missions.

  • Greg Baker

    Greg Baker

    Global Head of Practice Innovation, Linklaters
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    Greg Baker

    Greg Baker

    Global Head of Practice Innovation, Linklaters

    As Global Head of Practice Innovation at Linklaters, Greg heads up a team of practice-embedded innovation lawyers and a multi-disciplinary innovation delivery team. Greg is a qualified lawyer with more than 10 years of practicing experience and is also a committed legal technologist.

  • Manish Naik

    Manish Naik

    Principal, Digital Innovation, BP
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    Manish Naik

    Principal, Digital Innovation, BP

    Manish is an MBA professional with 12 years’ experience in operations, consulting, innovation and programme management across various industry sectors. He is a quick learner with keen business acumen and strong analytical abilities. Manish has a proven track record in leading cross-functional and multicultural teams, across the US, UK, Europe and India. His current role is focused on scanning and evangelising digital innovations in the oil and gas sector.

  • Scott Heath

    Scott Heath

    Head of Innovation, Thales
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    Scott Heath

    Scott Heath

    Head of Innovation, Thales

    Scott has worked in the rail transportation sector for nearly 10 years, initially joining Network Rail after completing an MSc in Programme and Project Management with a specialism in Innovation. He moved to Thales in 2019 to help manage its European Commission co-funded R&D as well as delivering the innovation roadmap. From 2021, he has assumed the responsibilities of the former Head of Innovation, leading an R&D and Technology team based in London.

  • Verena Tse

    Verena Tse

    Innovation and Strategy Manager, KFC
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    Verena Tse

    Verena Tse

    Innovation and Strategy Manager, KFC

    Verena is Innovation and Strategy Manager at KFC UK & Ireland. Currently, she is leading the automations and robotics pillar, hoping to change the way the in-restaurant teams work. As part of the Tech Innovation team, she also partakes in defining KFC UK & Ireland's innovation roadmap and breeding the innovation culture in other teams. Before KFC, Verena was with Uber and Gousto.

  • Chris Kelsey

    Chris Kelsey

    Vice President, Global Delivery Innovation, Salesforce
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    Chris Kelsey

    Chris Kelsey

    Vice President, Global Delivery Innovation, Salesforce

    Chris is the Vice President of Global Delivery Innovation. Building on a career utilising technology to drive business outcomes, Chris leads Delivery Innovation across the Global Professional Services organisation at Salesforce, capturing and leveraging the innovation that occurs across the organisation for the benefit of all. He lives in south London with his wife and twin boys.

  • Gursheel Mendhir

    Gursheel Mendhir

    Head of Innovation and Emerging Products, Virgin Media O2
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    Gursheel Mendhir

    Head of Innovation and Emerging Products, Virgin Media O2

    Gursheel spearheads Virgin Media O2’s move beyond commoditised telecommunications products, to fulfil the ambition of being a complete digital experience provider. Her team imagines and creates the future of telecommunications via their cross-functional incubator focused on launching ambitious digital products in entirely new markets. They experiment with disruptive technologies and potential partnerships with startups and other companies to enable product launches.

  • Nick Passey

    Nick Passey

    Head of Commercial Digital & IT, International & Japan, AstraZeneca
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    Nick Passey

    Nick Passey

    Head of Commercial Digital & IT, International & Japan, AstraZeneca

    Nick is responsible for digital and IT across AstraZeneca’s emerging markets (International) and Japan (Commercial) – covering Asia, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Eurasia and Latin America. Nick is a member of the International Region leadership team and Global IT leadership team at AstraZeneca. Nick focuses on enabling new patient experiences and outcomes through exploiting innovative digital solutions, which includes addressing challenges in the end-to-end patient journey.

  • Ashleigh Monagle

    Ashleigh Monagle

    Digital Advisory – Head of Digital & Data Advisory, Mott MacDonald
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    Ashleigh Monagle

    Ashleigh Monagle

    Digital Advisory – Head of Digital & Data Advisory, Mott MacDonald

    As a Digital Consultant, Ashleigh leads organisations through transformation with disruptive innovation that delivers positive outcomes. Often acting as an anchor for cross-functional teams, she provides both stability and connectivity when change is inevitable. These attributes have enabled fast execution and early benefits realisation for commercial success in more than 20 projects, including a 120% decrease in internal overhead cost. Ashleigh's distinctive approach to working combines being direct, collaborative and empathetic to develop fresh and innovative insight. She believes the best solutions and teams are grown in this way, providing the perfect environment for competitive advantage to flourish.

  • Nicholas McQuire

    Nicholas McQuire

    Director, Enterprise AI and Innovation, Microsoft
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    Nicholas McQuire

    Director, Enterprise AI and Innovation, Microsoft

    Nicholas is a globally recognised thought leader and former 20+ year technology analyst with a passion for artificial intelligence and enterprise innovation. He was named among the top technology analysts in the world in 2019 and 2020 by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations. Moreover, Nicholas is a board member with entrepreneurial and corporate experience and a proven track record advising C-level executives and enterprise IT strategists. He is also a member of the CIO100 and Next CIO judging panels which recognise the most transformational CIOs and next generation of IT leaders in the UK each year.

  • Sam Dover

    Sam Dover

    Global D&A AI Assurance & Strategy lead, Unilever
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    Sam Dover

    Sam Dover

    Global D&A AI Assurance & Strategy lead, Unilever

    A tech professional with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry, Sam has experience in digital strategy, open innovation, artificial intelligence, enterprise architecture, metaverse, product management, digital marketing, eCommerce (DTC and B2B), collaboration technology, sustainable sourcing, global change management, data and AI ethics. Sam was a graduate of Unilever’s Future Leader Programme and holds a BSc (Hons) Biology from the University of Manchester.

  • Katie Mills

    Katie Mills

    Head of Zeigo Power, Schneider Electric
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    Katie Mills

    Katie Mills

    Head of Zeigo Power, Schneider Electric

    Katie is Head of Zeigo Power recently acquired by Schneider Electric. Prior to this Katie led innovation and investment for Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, helping to identify market gaps and potential investment opportunities for Schneider Electric, and to position Schneider Electric as a key part of the UK innovation ecosystem. Katie has spent the last 10 years working in the early stage tech community, working with startups in renewable energy tech through to cyber security innovations. She has invested in more than 30 startups as an angel investor and sits on multiple boards as a strategic advisor to startup teams

  • Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor

    Sustainability Innovation Manager, Hitachi
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    Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor

    Sustainability Innovation Manager, Hitachi

    Paul is an experienced sustainability and innovation professional currently working within Hitachi Europe Research and Development on new technologies. He creates IP and policy recommendations and forges collaborative partnerships, such as the Hitachi-Imperial Centre for Decarbonisation and Natural Climate Solutions at Imperial. His previous roles span multiple sectors, including electric vehicles, fast-moving consumer goods, mining and agriculture.

  • Laura Goldwyn

    Laura Goldwyn

    Head of New Ventures, Mandarin Oriental
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    Laura Goldwyn

    Laura Goldwyn

    Head of New Ventures, Mandarin Oriental
  • Anna Browne

    Anna Browne

    Head of Innovation and Legal Technology, Trowers & Hamlins
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    Anna Browne

    Anna Browne

    Head of Innovation and Legal Technology, Trowers & Hamlins

    Anna Browne leads the Trowers & Hamlins Innovation and Legal Technology team. She is responsible for the firm’s international innovation strategy, internal technology efficiencies, use of legal technology in the business and client solutions. Anna is a qualified lawyer with a background in real estate finance. Anna trained at a city law firm and prior to working in innovation, Anna was an Associate at Trowers & Hamlins.

  • Julene Aguirre

    Julene Aguirre

    Director, Research and Design Strategy, Capital One
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    Julene Aguirre

    Julene Aguirre

    Director, Research and Design Strategy, Capital One

    Julene Aguirre is a designer, researcher and strategist. Her work focuses on applying design thinking methodologies to help businesses innovate and solve problems through empathy and creativity. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial in Innovation Design Engineering, as well as a BA in Product Design from HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd. Having worked in agencies, academia, startups and independently on projects for a variety of industries, Julene currently leads a team of researchers and strategists developing new financial products, services and experiences at Capital One.

  • Georgios Kolovos

    Georgios Kolovos

    Global Head of Strategic Partnerships and Ecosystem Development, PayPal
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    Georgios Kolovos

    Georgios Kolovos

    Global Head of Strategic Partnerships and Ecosystem Development, PayPal

    A results-orientated and entrepreneurial-minded executive, Georgios has experience in building and strengthening businesses by creating strategic alliances and partnerships and developing new distribution channels for new markets and segments. A leader with an intercultural background, Georgios has worked with partners and customers globally and managed growth agendas at country, regional and global levels.

  • Fiona Dolman

    Fiona Dolman

    Director for Transformation, London Fire Brigade
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    Fiona Dolman

    Fiona Dolman

    Director for Transformation, London Fire Brigade

    Director for Transformation with the London Fire Brigade, Fiona’s diverse career and operational and transformational leadership experience has involved functional to enterprise level business change delivery. She has demonstrated drive and energy that has created a pattern of marked service improvements. A strong advocate of good governance, programme controls and assurance, with a focus on people centred business change, Fiona has excellent collaborative working skills, is able to simplify complexity, influence decision makers and build strong stakeholder relationships.

  • Grant Dall

    Grant Dall

    Head of Transformation – EMEA, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
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    Grant Dall

    Grant Dall

    Head of Transformation – EMEA, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

    Head of Transformation for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Grant has more than a decade of product management and business development experience in the ICT space – in both B2B and B2C. Grant has experience in mobile broadband, carrier-grade and consumer wifi, incubation, site acquisition, IoT, satellite networks and alliance management. A creative at heart, Grant believes in a healthy disregard for the same old, same old. Throughout his career, he has helped people and businesses think differently so they can make positive change – for the organisation and for themselves.

  • Richard West

    Richard West

    Partner and Global Head Client Innovation, Global Head Liability Defence, Kennedys
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    Richard West

    Richard West

    Partner and Global Head Client Innovation, Global Head Liability Defence, Kennedys

    Richard is a director of Kennedys IQ, a partner at Kennedys, Divisional Head of Liability, Global Strategy Board member and Head of the Kennedys’ Innovation Group. As leader of the Kennedys’ Liability Division, Richard has an interest in how technology can impact the legal and insurtech sector. He sponsors Kennedys’ global Ideas Lab, designed to give everybody at Kennedys the chance to develop innovative solutions to solve client challenges. Richard and his team have won several legal/tech and innovation awards, including the “FT Innovative Lawyers 2019: Innovation in the business of law – new products and services” award. He was named by the FT as one of the top 10 Innovative Individuals, who are “Leaders of revolutions in legal practice” in Europe.

  • Tom Williamson

    Tom Williamson

    Head of Innovation, Scottish Power
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    Tom Williamson

    Tom Williamson

    Head of Innovation, Scottish Power

    As Head of Innovation, Tom coordinates and leads on innovation policy and initiatives across the ScottishPower group. Tom has been at ScottishPower since 2009, previously working on Westminster political and parliamentary relations across the SP/Iberdrola group’s interests in the UK. Prior to joining the company, he spent five years working in Parliament, latterly as Director of the Parliamentary Resources Unit in the House of Commons.

  • Rikesh Shah

    Rikesh Shah

    Head of Open Innovation, TfL
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    Rikesh Shah

    Rikesh Shah

    Head of Open Innovation, TfL

    Rikesh leads Transport for London’s (TfL) award-winning market innovation activity to create new value for London by working with startups, corporates, academia, accelerators and venture capitalists. He set up TfL’s first Innovation Hub to help solve existing city challenges through new technologies.

    Rikesh was previously responsible for TfL’s world-leading open data programme which has 17,000 registered users and 700 apps powered by TfL data used by 42% of Londoners. An independent review valued the programme's worth to London at £130m per annum.

    Rikesh also sits on the Smart London Board to deliver the Mayor of London’s vision to make London the smartest city in the world, as well as on the Advisory Boards for Doteveryone, focusing on Tech for Good, and Citytech Collaborative in Chicago.

  • Cynthia Vega

    Cynthia Vega

    Global Lead, iLab and Global Product Lead, Dx Analytics, Kantar
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    Cynthia Vega

    Cynthia Vega

    Global Lead, iLab and Global Product Lead, Dx Analytics, Kantar

    Cynthia leads the global product for Dx (Digital Analytics) and the global Innovation Lab at Kantar Analytics. Using the latest in human and artificial intelligence, her team helps clients accelerate the launch of new innovations and create strategies for better communications through the use of data, tech and analytics. An intrapreneur and social entrepreneur based in London, she connects entrepreneurs from across countries and mobilises members of diaspora communities.

  • João Stakonski

    João Stakonski

    Technology Innovation Analyst​, Unilever
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    João Stakonski

    João Stakonski

    Technology Innovation Analyst​, Unilever

    João comes from a startup background with experience in venture building, digital transformation and innovation consulting. He joined Unilever's Tech Innovation team to connect the company with external talent to build a scalable innovation framework. João is a graduate of Imperial in the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management programme. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and the innovation ecosystem, travelling, football and cinema.

  • Tara Honeywell​

    Tara Honeywell​

    Head of Commercial Ventures​, Barnardo’s
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    Tara Honeywell​

    Tara Honeywell​

    Head of Commercial Ventures​, Barnardo’s

    Tara began her career at Brand Consultancies, identifying market opportunities and overseeing the new product development of a number of brands stocked in Boots, Selfridges and Tesco. Tara was one of the UK's first Collaboration Consultants, leading partnership agency Mediator, where she worked across a portfolio of blue-chip businesses, advising them on their partnership strategies. In her current role of Head of Commercial Ventures at Barnardo’s, Tara actively seeks out startups in the Health and Social Care space, identifying the sweet spot where purpose meets profit.

  • Sean Spain​

    Sean Spain​

    Head of Innovation, Brit Insurance
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    Sean Spain​

    Sean Spain​

    Head of Innovation, Brit Insurance

    Sean is the Head of Innovation at Brit Insurance. He leads a team of software engineers, data scientists, product managers, product designers and innovation associates. He is focused on horizon scanning tech and insurance markets, working with EC to determine how Brit can best respond and introducing new capabilities to the business through product development and scaleup/strategic partnerships.

  • Julia Duckworth​

    Julia Duckworth​

    Innovation R&D, Europe​, Diageo
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    Julia Duckworth​

    Julia Duckworth​

    Innovation R&D, Europe​, Diageo

    Julia leads Diageo’s Europe Innovation R&D team by blending science and technology with creative brilliance to develop brilliant liquids, packs and designs across the entire Diageo brand portfolio. She holds an Awarded Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Fellow of Institute of Food Science and Technology (FIFST) distinctions for exemplary commitment and professionalism to practicing and advancing science.

  • Linda Burchhart

    Linda Burchhart

    External Innovation Director, Haleon
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    Linda Burchhart

    Linda Burchhart

    External Innovation Director, Haleon

    Linda Burchhart is an Austrian nomad, having lived in the US, East/South East Asia and Europe. She's now settled in London with her partner and two cats. Linda is an experienced innovation and alliance enthusiast with proven business growth in industry-leading organisations (health tech and consumer), driven by human-centric design and research principles to foster innovation in the healthcare sector. She currently leads External Innovation for Haleon's Therapeutic Oral Healthcare, responsible for the sourcing and scientific assessment of novel assets and partnerships to help execute growth opportunities for potential new products globally.

  • Alastair Wye​

    Alastair Wye​

    Lead Innovation & Technology Solutions Attorney​, Latham & Watkins
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    Alastair Wye​

    Alastair Wye​

    Lead Innovation & Technology Solutions Attorney​, Latham & Watkins
  • Tim Spiers​

    Tim Spiers​

    Director of IT, Innovation, Digital and Transformation, Oxfordshire County Council
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    Tim Spiers​

    Tim Spiers​

    Director of IT, Innovation, Digital and Transformation, Oxfordshire County Council

    Tim is experienced in implementing technology, innovation and digital services within both public and private sectors. He harnesses the power of technology and innovation to reduce costs and innovate the delivery of business services.

  • Ruthana Foulkes​

    Ruthana Foulkes​

    Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development​, Reuters
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    Ruthana Foulkes​

    Ruthana Foulkes​

    Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development​, Reuters

    With more than 13 years of experience understanding customer and market needs, Ruthana is adept at spotting opportunities for commercial success. Whether it's a full business, product idea, or tweaks to current models, she can see how the whole picture fits together and chase the opportunity.

  • Cheryl Anderson​

    Cheryl Anderson​

    Head of Innovation and External Networks​, Tata Steel
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    Cheryl Anderson​

    Cheryl Anderson​

    Head of Innovation and External Networks​, Tata Steel

    Cheryl Anderson is the Head of Innovation and External Networks for Tata Steel UK, having spent more than 18 years working in the steel industry, including international leadership roles in R&D, business development and marketing. This background enables Cheryl to bring experience from different disciplines to her current work leading on innovation, harnessing the power of cross-functional and external collaboration and leading company networks to deliver results in areas as diverse as health, safety and well-being, customer experience and new technology.

  • Carol Twomey

    Carol Twomey

    Vice President, WI SRE Center of Excellence Lead, Fidelity Investments
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    Carol Twomey

    Carol Twomey

    Vice President, WI SRE Center of Excellence Lead, Fidelity Investments

    In her 22-year career, Carol has held a number of leadership roles both in Ireland and the US leading strategic software engineering programs and teams. She currently leads the Fidelity Ireland Innovation Council with a focus on associate innovation, in addition to being highly engaged in D&I (women in technology) and cultural and social programmes.

  • Sandy Tung

    Sandy Tung

    Principal Policy Officer, Innovation and Technology, Greater London Authority
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    Sandy Tung

    Sandy Tung

    Principal Policy Officer, Innovation and Technology, Greater London Authority

    Sandy Tung is Head of the Technology and Innovation team at the Greater London Authority. She runs Challenge LDN, the Mayor’s open innovation programme that invites a diverse cohort of innovators to co-design solutions that tackle the capital’s most pressing problems.

  • Irene Colomer

    Irene Colomer

    Experience Design and Innovation Strategy, Salesforce
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    Irene Colomer

    Irene Colomer

    Experience Design and Innovation Strategy, Salesforce

    Irene is focused on uniting emerging technologies, fulfilling business needs and harnessing human insights to elevate the customer experience and initiate new business ventures, fostering growth.

  • Cathy Goodwin

    Cathy Goodwin

    Global Head of Food Innovation, Costa Coffee
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    Cathy Goodwin

    Cathy Goodwin

    Global Head of Food Innovation, Costa Coffee

    With a master's in Creative Talents and Solutions in Business and a long career in product development, Cathy has worked for the likes of Compass Group, Sainsbury’s and McDonald's. She is now Head of Food Innovation for Costa Coffee, responsible for the food growth agenda across the UK and Ireland and more recently has taken on an additional global and nutrition remit.

  • James Vincent

    James Vincent

    Senior Director, Innovation & Market Development, Reuters News & Media
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    James Vincent

    James Vincent

    Senior Director, Innovation & Market Development, Reuters News & Media

    James has always been at the riskier forefront of new commercial launches and opportunity development for the businesses he has worked at. He is passionate about developments across markets and how they can help them grow and innovate. Mainly with a B2B focus, he leads the innovation within the professional segment of Reuters.

  • Gemma Rawlins

    Gemma Rawlins

    Head of Fundraising Innovation, Marie Curie
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    Gemma Rawlins

    Gemma Rawlins

    Head of Fundraising Innovation, Marie Curie

    Gemma specialises in innovation, strategy and product development within the third sector. She has worked in a number of large, well-known charity brands and she is passionate about developing new ways of generating and diversifying income streams.

The Fellowship offers a much-needed human-to-human interaction and network of senior innovation leaders, which allows me to source solutions to the problems and create new innovations every day.
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Global Head of Programmes and Strategic Initiatives, Barclays UK

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