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 has many years of investment, banking and management experience. She is Chair of Style Research, the portfolio analytics company, a Director of Ledunfly, Fiorucci and of Waypoint, and Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Paladin Capital Group. 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 and a trustee of both the STARS Foundation and 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.
Aedamar is a senior corporate partner at Linklaters based in London who specialises in public and private M&A and corporate governance advisory work.
She is the lead relationship partner for many of the firm’s FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients across a broad range of sectors, including Amec Foster Wheeler, Aviva, HSBC, MS Amlin, Tate & Lyle and Vesuvius.
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.
He is heavily involved in international tax policy and has been consulted by governments on both sides of the Atlantic.
Steve and his wife Melanie (who have two grown-up daughters) have actively supported a number of charitable causes over the years, focusing on areas of particular concern or interest to them and ranging from the National Trust, youth cricket in Lancashire through various medical science charities (but particularly Action on Hearing Loss and Arthritis Research UK) to the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Steve is also a director/trustee of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and chair of the Alumni Board at Exeter University (where he and Melanie met).
In the past, Steve has been a member of fundraising boards for the National Trust (Castle Drogo) and the homeless charity Crisis (the Urban Investors Appeal).
Steve and Melanie divide their time between London and Sussex pursuing a range of cultural and country/sporting/community interests in both places.
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.
Stephen Russell (Honorary Treasurer)
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.
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.
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