Ron Dennis CBE
Ron Dennis is the former Chairman and CEO of McLaren Technology Group, and the former Chairman of McLaren Automotive. He has been a pioneering force within motorsport, measured by the 158 Grand Prix wins and 17 World Championship triumphs that McLaren has achieved under his control, he is the most successful team chief in the history of Formula 1 racing. Dennis’s innovative approach to business, combined with his entrepreneurial courage, enabled McLaren to grow and diversify significantly. Alongside McLaren Automotive, which manufactures some of the most advanced and highly rated high-performance sports cars in the world today, the group also now encompasses McLaren Applied Technologies, which offers high-tech solutions for clients operating both inside and outside the motorsport and automotive arenas. McLaren’s activities range from producing the innovative hybrid ultra-high-performance sports car, the McLaren P1™; to providing technical support to assist Team GB athletes win 15 gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games; to working in partnership with GSK to improve the efficiency of that company’s medication trials and production processes.
Alongside Sally Tennant, Ron Dennis was Co-Chair of our trustee board for 15 years before becoming a Patron in April 2016.
Sally Tennant OBE
Sally Tennant is the founder of Acorn Capital Advisers, an independent wealth adviser. She has many years of investment, banking and management experience. She is Chair of Style Analytics, the portfolio analytics company, a Director of Waypoint Capital, and a Director of Canaccord Genuity.
From 2011 to 2014 Sally was CEO of Kleinwort Benson. She was previously Chief Executive of Lombard Odier (UK) Ltd and Chief Executive of Schroders Private Banking. Sally is a patron of Tommy’s the Baby Charity and a trustee of Guy’s & St Thomas’s Charity. She holds a degree in Politics from the University of Durham.
Joe Chambers (Chairman)
Senior Managing Director, Evercore
Joe Chambers qualified as a chartered accountant but has worked in investment banking for 20 years. He is a Senior Managing Director of Evercore and was previously a partner at Lexicon Partners. He is married with three children.
Director of Research and Economics at the Health Foundation
Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust for four years where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms.
Anita was Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport from 2007 to 2010 and, prior to this, she was Director of Public Spending at the Treasury from 1998-2007, where she led the team working with Sir Derek Wanless on his reform of NHS funding in 2002.
Anita has a Masters in Health Economics from York University and has worked as an Economic Advisor in the Department of Health and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals in the UK and USA. Anita is Vice-Chair of the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust.
Sonji Clarke is a consultant obstetrician and deputy head of the London School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and an honorary senior lecturer at King’s College London. She has been a consultant for more than 10 years with special interests in perinatal mental health, substance misuse, and women who are pregnant with other complex social factors. She also has a special interest in Postgraduate and Undergraduate education, as well as an interest in multi-professional diverse leadership development.
Sonji is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Higher Education Academy and has a Masters in Academic Practice. In 2018, she was honoured as one of the Top 70 NHS Women Leaders in London during the NHS 70 year celebrations by the London Women’s Leadership Network and was named as one of the top 50 BAME NHS leaders by HSJ in 2020.
Aedamar Comiskey was elected as Senior Partner at global law firm Linklaters LLP from 1st July 2021 for a 5 year term. Aedamar was formerly the firm’s Global Head of Corporate; she joined the firm as a trainee in London in 1992 and was elected partner in 2001. She was recently recognised by Financial News as one of the 20 Most Influential in Legal Services 2021, is an active sponsor of the Linklaters’ Women’s Leadership Programme and is included in City A.M’s Power 100 Women List.
Professor and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at Institute for Women’s Health, University College London (UCL), London, UK.
Anna trained in medicine and qualified from St Andrew’s University, Scotland in 1989 with an Intercalated BSc in Medical Science and from Manchester University in 1992 was awarded MB ChB.
Anna did specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology in London (NW Thames London Deanery) and completed a PhD on “Development of ultrasound guided gene therapy in the sheep fetus” in 2005, and then undertook subspecialty training in maternal fetal medicine at UCL with Professor Charles Rodeck as supervisor, becoming a consultant in 2008.
Anna was awarded an NIHR Clinical Senior Lectureship in Women’s Health in 2008, was promoted to Reader in 2012 and Professor in 2016.
Steve Edge (Chair of the Fundraising Board)
Steve Edge is a corporate tax partner at the City law firm Slaughter and May where he advises many of the UK’s largest companies and also many inward investors into the UK.
Steve (who has two grown-up daughters and 5 grandchildren) has actively supported a number of charitable causes over the years and is also a director/trustee of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and chair of the Alumni Board at Exeter University.
David Logan (Honorary Treasurer)
Head of Distribution, BMO Global Asset Management
David is Head of Distribution for BMO Global Asset Management. He was appointed to this role in June 2016, having previously been Chief Operating Officer of BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA) since 2014.
Prior to this, David was Chief Financial Officer of F&C Asset Management plc, and instrumental in the company’s acquisition by BMO Financial Group, and subsequent integration into BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA). Before becoming CFO of F&C in July 2006, David spent 17 years in the accounting profession, including four years as a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP and three years as a partner at Andersen.
He holds a BA in Accounting and Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.
Dominic Proctor was formerly President of GroupM Global; a role he assumed in January 2012 and retired from in 2017. GroupM is the Media Investment arm of WPP, the world’s largest Marketing Services group.
Prior to managing GroupM worldwide operations, Dominic spent fifteen years as CEO of Mindshare Worldwide; a GroupM agency that he founded in 1997.
Dominic began his advertising agency career in 1979 and joined J. Walter Thompson in 1986. He became Managing Director in 1991, and then Chief Executive in December 1992; a position he held for five years.
Apart from Tommy’s, Dominic sits on the main Board of the RFU where he has the position of Senior Independent Director. He is Chairman of rugby’s charity Try For Change and Chairman of London Landmarks Half Marathon. Dominic also has a consultancy business advising young companies in the advertising and media business.
Non Executive Directorships including Network Rail
Chairman of IK Investment Partners Limited, Chairman of IKARE Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London. Non-executive directorships including Nordea Bank, Orkla, Alfa-Laval (Deputy Chairman), Konecranes (Chairman) and Vattenfall.
After beginning her career in M&A at Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan, Kate joined McKinsey where she leads the Consumer Digital work in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Kate helps leading retailers and consumer-facing companies capture opportunities afforded by new platforms, rethink their consumer-engagement models, and improve their marketing and sales performance. Kate is married with children.
Robert Stirling is a partner in the corporate department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he focuses on transactions for insurers and asset management clients, as well as working on the regulatory issues involved in transactional work and the insurance sector generally. He advises on public and private acquisitions, private equity investments, portfolio and other risk transfers, share offerings and asset disposals.
Rob is married, with three sons, who he tries to keep up with.
Shema is a Clinical Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute for Global Health, and Honorary Consultant HIV Physician at Mortimer Market Centre.
Shema qualified in Medicine from Newcastle University in 1999. She has Masters in both Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology, and a PhD in Public Health. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and has held MRC, NIHR and Wellcome Trust fellowships. Shema’s research focuses on women living with HIV, and she has specific expertise in HIV and pregnancy, and patient and public involvement in research.
She is Chair of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV’s Lay Public Research Panel, and Trustee of Positively UK. She was Vice-Chair of the British HIV Association’s Pregnancy and HIV Guidelines Committee from 2016-2020.
Following the loss of her son Altair in pregnancy, Shema received care from a Tommy’s research centre and now has two young children.
Senior Vice President – People, Asda
Hayley has worked in retail all her working life, in luxury goods in airport retailing and then over 20 years with Tesco. Hayley worked her way up - from the checkouts to the boardroom and established herself in both Senior HR and Retail Operations Leadership roles.
In August 2011 Hayley joined Asda, where she is responsible for developing and leading the HR strategy, supporting 170,000 colleagues. Hayley lives in Buckinghamshire, with her husband and two children. She also enjoys family holidays, gardening and personal fitness.
Trudi Usher Boardman
Trudi is a Hedge Fund Specialist Consultant at Cambridge Associates where she also started her career after graduating from Durham University. She has also worked for Partners Advisers SA and Morgan Stanley. Trudi is married with three children.