Laura Chattington

Laura is a highly skilled trainer and coach.

She is the founder and lead trainer of both – helping professionals who feel like their careers are plateauing or not progressing fast enough to elevate themselves in the workplace and fast-track their career – and, training teams to communicate and present with confidence, articulate their value, pitch and build valuable stakeholder relationships.

Laura has delivered and facilitated events and training sessions to hundreds of people around the world including locations as diverse as London, Geneva, Lisbon, Singapore and South Africa.

She has extensive knowledge in the communications, technology, finance and ESG industries – directing multi-million global communications accounts, managing multi-disciplinary teams, and communicating up to c-suite level executives.

Laura holds a 1st class Degree in Computer Science and has combined communications and marketing with technology throughout her career. Specialising in presentation and influencing skills, Laura is a Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a certified coach, having trained with one of the two NLP co-founders. She has been a member of Toastmasters International, delivering speeches for over 15 years and regularly competing in competitions.

As well as individuals, she has trained teams from companies including Oracle, Deloitte, IBM, Facebook, Social Finance and the NHS.


Jonathan Clayton

Jonathan has been a foreign correspondent, advisor and political analyst on African political, economic and social systems for more than 25 years. He was formerly bureau chief for Reuters and Africa correspondent of The Times (London). He has worked extensively as an advisor for the United Nations and Nato.

He was educated at the London School of Economics and holds a degree in international relations.

Jonathan is trilingual in English, French and German and also has a working knowledge of Swahili.


Catherina Hillenbrand-Saponar

After leaving the University of Mannheim with a MSc in Business & Finance, Catherina received a MBA from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France’s foremost business school. Catherina is a leading analyst in the energy, industrials and utilities sectors having won several awards. She previously worked as a senior equity analyst for Kepler Cheuvreux, Cazenove, Commerzbank, Nomura and Goldman Sachs.

Catherina is the founder of Montpellier Analysis, a boutique investment firm focusing on high quality and tailored capital markets research, equity analysis, investor relations advice, communication, PR and financial consulting.

Catherina is fluent in German, French, Spanish and English.


Diana Hubbard 

Educated at  the London School of Economics, specialising in International Trade and Development

Started her career as a sovereign risk analyst in an international bank in the City of London and then moved into economic and financial journalism before joining the UN

Worked for 18 years at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Vienna where she headed the Business Environment and Policy Support Unit

Diana has designed and implemented industrial development projects in more than 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Her areas of expertise include industrial policy, capacity building in the private and public sectors, institutional support, regulatory frameworks and industrial zones

Diana is fluent in French and Spanish and also speaks some German.


Damiana Kralj

Damiana was educated at the School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies, London University, and the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Academic research at Harvard focused on international development studies.

Her areas of expertise include strategy and leadership development. She assists clients in defining their strategic choices, relying on a variety of tools to achieve optimal outcomes and to reconfigure clients’ resources, experiences and expertise in the most appropriate manner to deal with challenges which require adaptive responses

Damiana was previously a corporate finance specialist with J P Morgan Chase in London, providing  financing, risk management and structuring solutions to domestic and international corporations and financial institutions in Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.

She advised private equity clients on the formulation and execution of their industrial strategies in Western Europe and worked with Central and Eastern European governments on privatisations.

Damiana is bilingual in English and Italian.


John Lelliott OBE

John Lelliott has many years’ experience as the financial head of one of Britain’s largest real estate businesses with significant rural holdings, coastal and offshore energy assets. First appointed Finance Director of The Crown Estate in 2001, John has served with distinction in this wide ranging role, retiring in September 2016. Over this extended period, The Crown Estate grew into a multi-faceted business with an annual turnover of £420 million and net assets of £13 billion. One of John’s notable achievements was to implement a business change and efficiency project, driving business synergies, operational efficiencies, cost savings and continuously driving new developments in financial and management reporting, particularly as they relate to sustainability and integrated reporting.

John has championed integrated reporting and he now spends an increasing amount of time promoting Integrated reporting to businesses and non profit entities domestically and internationally on this new initiative. While Finance Director of The Crown Estate’s he led its move towards integrated reporting, winning the coveted PWC Building Public Trust Award for ‘Recognition in the Public Sector for Excellence in Reporting’. John is also Chairman of the Natural Capital Coalition, an initiative which seeks to promote a clearer understanding of the benefits linked to including natural capital in decision making.

John is an ambassador of the International Integrated Reporting Council as well as the ACCA Global Sustainability Forum. He is also a Member of The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) and he was recently asked to join the Advisory Board after being a member of the A4S CFO Leadership Forum. Among his non-executive roles, John is a Director of the Covent Garden Market Authority ,chairing the Audit and Risk Committee, and he sits on the board of the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital Foundation Trust, chairing the Trust’s Finance Committee. In February 2018 John was appointed a Non Executive Director of The Environment Agency and chairs its Audit Committee.

John was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honour’s List announced in January 2017 for his work on behalf of The Crown Estate and several charities.


Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis is a specialist on energy, infrastructure and the commercial application of space technology. He has considerable experience of the public policy sector having worked as Research Director of the Economic Research Council from 2003-2009 and subsequently as a Senior Adviser on Infrastructure and Energy Policy at the Institute of Directors In this high profile advisory role he met and engaged with leading business figures, parliamentarians and Whitehall policymakers, and contributed to the media on behalf of the IoD.

As an entrepreneur, Dan is the founder and chairman of Future Energy Strategies, which organises energy seminars in the City and develops and analyses data on energy and economic issues, notably and most recently on EU tariff policy. He has also built up a successful geospatial crime and property price online database – – employed by the insurance industry and public policy academics to gauge risk and track property prices nationwide.

With his gift for languages – he is fluent French and German speaker – Dan spent several years based in Luxembourg working in asset management and corporate treasury roles.
He was educated at several universities in the UK and on the continent including Heidelberg and Grenoble.


Angus Miller

Angus was educated at the London School of Economics.

He is an internationally recognised expert on Caspian regional energy security issues, especially concerning those concernign the South Caucasus and Central Asian oil and gas producing and transit countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

Angus was for many years the Special Adviser on Energy matters to the UK Government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In this role he liaised closely with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC); FCO and DECC Ministers and their staff; Caspian State Governments; international and national investors and their advisers; UK Embassies; academics; and  regional stakeholders. He also worked closely with European Commission officials on initiatives to improve understanding of regional energy issues from an EU-wide perspective.

Angus has extensive knowledge of the Middle East and Africa gained from living and working in Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Iran and the Sudan. More recently he has been working on projects in Mexico and Central America.

He has worked with several of the world’s leading oil, gas and energy companies including Italy’s Eni Group and the UK’s British Gas International. He was previously Director of Marketing of PwC’s global energy, utilities and mining practice, where he was based in Houston, Texas for several years.

Angus has  a working knowledge of several languages.


Oni Oviri

Oni has extensive knowledge and expertise in Public, Private and Third Sector Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

She holds a Master’s degree in Procurement and Supply from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply; is MCIPS qualified; and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Oni currently lectures on Procurement and Supply to first and second year degree students.

An avid entrepreneur, Oni is a Director of Sasare Associates, a consultancy advising on best practice Supply Chain and Logistics Management, and she is also an active shareholder in a recently launched beverages company importing specialised teas to the UK.

Previously, Oni was a Business Development Specialist for one of the world’s top five leading medical health diagnostics groups, travelling extensively throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, reviewing the company’s supply chain as well as developing strategic relationships with government officials and NGO’s along with the African Development Bank, Crown Agents and the Global Fund Initiative.

Oni received her first degree from Brunel University and has a working knowledge of French, German and Spanish.


Dana Rubin

Dana was educated at Yale, Michigan and the University of Texas.

She is an award winning writer and journalist.

Dana was previously a senior feature writer for Institutional Investor and The Independent on Sunday.

She was also a regular contributor to Bloomberg News, Business Week and Reader’s Digest.

Dana specialises in writing speeches for the chairmen and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies.

Dana speaks Spanish and has a good knowledge of Hebrew.


Professor Janette Rutterford

Janette was educated at Oxford University, the London Business School and the London School of Economics, where she was awarded the best Ph.D. in Finance across the EU by the European Investment Bank, Janette is currently Professor of Financial Management at the Open University and a Visiting Professor at the Basque University of Bilbao and ESCP-Europe.

A former Corporate Finance executive at N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd. and Banque Rothschild, Paris, Janette has extensive knowledge of international capital markets. She has advised numerous investment banks including Credit Lyonnnais, Merrill Lynch and Mitsubishi Finance. She is a non executive director, Scott Bader Ltd and Unique Consultants Ltd.

Janette is the author of numerous books including the classic textbook Introduction to Stock Exchange Investment, published by Palgrave and Financial Strategy: Adding Stakeholder Value published by Wiley. Janette is a regular broadcaster on radio and television and on OpenLearn.

Janette is bilingual in French and English and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.


Nadia Solovieva

Educated at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Received her PhD in palaeoclimatology from University College London (UCL).

Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Climate & Ecology, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Soros Fellow, Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London.

Worked on several European Commission research projects into climate change and pollution effects on the environment.

Her areas of expertise include the effects of agricultural and industrial pollution on natural ecosystems and the developing world. Experienced in forecasting future environmental responses to climate change in a wide range of geographical  locations.

Nadia is a fluent Russian and English speaker and also understands Arabic.





















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