Professor Sir Cary Cooper


Cary L. Cooper is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He is a founding President of the British Academy of Management, President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), former President of RELATE and President of the Institute of Welfare. He was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, former Editor of the scholarly journal Stress and Health and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management, now in its’ 3rd Edition. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU in the field of occupational health and wellbeing, was Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum (2009-2010) (then served for 5 years on the Global Agenda Council for mental health of the WEF) and was Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences 2009-2015.

Adam Gale

Editor, Management Today

On the simplest level, Adam's job is to learn what makes a great company, and then bring that to life in stories that reflect the vivid cut and thrust of business leadership. If there's one lesson Management Today's editor has picked up from the hundreds of conversations he's had to that end with chief executives, founders and scholars, it's that acting is generally more effective when preceded by thinking.

Dr. Astrid Fontaine

Member of the Board of Management, People, Digitalization and IT, Bentley Motors

Dr. Fontaine joined Bentley Motors in January 2018. She is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of global Human Resources. In addition she leads the Digital Transformation and Digitalization of enterprise, products (car and services) and customer related areas of the business. She also is responsible for full strategic and operational management of all Information Technology (IT) for Bentley Motors globally. As Member of the Board of Management and Director of the company she has personal responsibility and liability for Bentley Motors. One of Dr. Fontaine’s passions is to lead towards a better gender balance and inclusive culture in the automotive industry. As such she engages in the career progress for other females, participates in panel discussions and shares her experiences as a former student of Technology and Engineering. In 2019 she was awarded with the Inspiring Women in Automotive Award from the 30% Club, as well as recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector.

Andy Hunter

CEO and Founder, Bookshop

Andy Hunter is the founder and CEO of Bookshop.org. A writer, editor, and publisher, he co-founded Electric Literature in 2009, Catapult press in 2014, and Literary Hub in 2015. He currently serves as publisher of Literary Hub and (separately) Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press, in addition to being CEO of Bookshop.org. His work is dedicated to preserving and promoting literary culture and the importance of books in the digital age.

Wol Kolade

Managing Partner, London

Wol has been instrumental in developing the Livingbridge strategy, leading the spin out from its parent F&C in 2005, building the team and a strong internal culture. He joined a predecessor of Livingbridge in 1993 and has led the business since 1998. His role encompasses overall responsibility for the leadership and strategic development of Livingbridge, senior-level involvement in winning deals and active involvement in selective key investments.

Sue Unerman

Chief Transformation Officer, MediaCom

In a world that is changing faster than any of us can quite get used to, business needs people who can not only see the next change coming, but can also explain it to the rest of us. Sue is one of these rare people. She’s a “clarifier”. In the rapidly changing world of media, Sue has been ahead of the curve for three decades, and remains at the forefront of the industry’s evolution. She has helped advertisers such as Mars, DFS, Direct Line Group, CRUK, Tesco, Universal, and Sky to connect with consumers by bringing a succession of new ideas to the advertising and media industry. She set up the first strategic planning unit in a media agency, pioneered the use of Integrated Communications Planning, foresaw the dramatic shift from the age where advertising messages were “pushed” out towards consumers to the age we live in today when brands and consumers are in constant dialogue, and was instrumental in broadening the limited world of advertising into the wider world of “content”. In her current role she drives transformation for MediaCom and their clients. The annual Transformation Week festival brings leading edge developments to MediaCom’s clients (in 2020 there were over 3000 delegates), and Sue is currently spearheading MediaCom’s Agile transformation. She is a qualified Scrum master, and Agile practitioner.

Claire Warner

Co-Founder, Æcorn

Claire Warner (nee Smith) began her corporate career in 2003, joining the LVMH owned brand, Belvedere Vodka and was appointed Head of Spirit Creation and Mixology in 2009. In this role, Claire led the development of all new Belvedere expressions, as well as creating the global educational programmes for Belvedere. Belvedere was awarded ‘Vodka Producer of the Year’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the International Spirit Challenge. In 2015 Claire was awarded both Best International Brand Ambassador at Tales of the Cocktail, the ‘Oscar’s’ of the drinks industry, and Wine Spectator Ambassador of the year. Claire joined the alcohol-­free world of Seedlip in January 2018 to head up the brand’s sister company, Æcorn Drinks. Æcorn launched in May 2019 to London’s Selfridges & Waitrose nationwide. Æcorn will extend ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’ from the bar to the table.

Alison Wilcox,

Group HR Director, BT

Alison joined BT in July 2015 as Group HR Director. Prior to joining BT she worked in management consultancy and then for Vodafone for nine years, joining as the Group Director for Leadership & Talent, moving on to be Regional HR Director for the operating businesses in Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific and finally as Regional HR Director for Europe. She has experience of leading and developing HR strategy, policy and priorities at both Chief Executive and board level and has held operational, group and HR consulting roles. Alison has worked across multiple industries and geographies, including a range of experience in M&A, the integration of fixed and mobile operators and converged markets.

Orianna Rosa Royle

Reporter, Management Today

Management Today's Orianna Rosa Royle has worked across print, broadcast and online journalism with honed skills for a modern multichannel newsroom. Previously seen in Managament Today's sister title, Campaign magazine, as well as, Women’s Health, Sky News, Local Guardian, London Live and more, you'll find Orianna interviewing business leaders, inspiring inclusivity and bringing content alive online. She is especially passionate about empowering underrepresented communities and de-stigmatising mental health.

Stephen Jones,

Reporter, Management Today

Stephen is Management Today's reporter and unofficial books columnist. Away from the world of business you'll usually find him in a museum or booting balls around a sodden patch of grass.

Josh Graff,

UK Country Manager, LinkedIn

Josh joined LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, in 2011 and is now UK Country Manager and VP of LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions (advertising) business in EMEA and Latin America. In his role he is responsible for driving member growth, strategic partnerships and revenue across all lines of business in the UK, and leads sales teams across the EMEA and LATAM regions as they help marketers identify, target and engage with the world’s largest network of over 722+ million professionals. Before joining LinkedIn, Josh held roles at Electronics Arts (EA) and Microsoft. Prior to that he founded the world’s first in-game advertising agency, JAM International, which was acquired by Massive Inc. Josh is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. He has been featured on the Financial Times Top 50 LGBT Leaders list, is a founding member of the advocacy group ‘Open For Business’, a Special Advisor to Founders4Schools, a member of Stonewall's Development Council and a Commissioner on the HIV Commission.

Russell Haworth,

CEO and Executive Director, Nominet

Russell joined Nominet as CEO in January 2015. He leads the organisation in a time of diversification, developing the core registry business while exploring the potential of new technologies and delivering on a commitment to harness technology for good. He has extensive experience in the digital information, content and software services sectors and has held senior roles across four continents, covering both established and emerging markets. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and is a chartered member of the Institute of Marketing. Russell is a Member of the Nominations Committee and Member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Shayoni Lynn,

Founder, Lynn PR

Shayoni Lynn FCIPR FPRCA is Director and Principal Consultant at award-winning strategic communications and behavioural science consultancy, Lynn PR. Shayoni is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Fellow of the Public Relations and Communications Association and Chair of PRCA Cymru. She represents Wales at the UK PR Council where she is leading a workstream on ethics. Shayoni is a founding member and Vice-Chair of CIPR's Behavioural Insights Interest Group, and a committee member for CIPR Education & Skills, and the Government Communication Service (GCS) South West and Wales. Shayoni is a regular industry awards judge (CIPR, PRCA, CASE, PR Week) and speaks on the use of data, behavioural insights, and measurement & evaluation at conferences across the UK. Shayoni is an Associate Lecturer on the MA in International PR and Global Communications Management at Cardiff University. In 2019, she was recognised in the WalesOnline 35 under 35 list of top young businesswomen in Wales.

Katrin Herrling,


Katrin co-founded FUNDING XCHANGE (FXE) setting out to use access to new live data sources and advanced analytics to disrupt the inefficient SME funding space by creating the first UK platform for businesses to easily access bank and non-bank funding solutions in one place. FXE launched in 2016, announced an exclusive partnership with MoneySuperMarket and was designated as an official finance referral platform by the British Government in November 2016. Today, FXE is working with nine UK banks and 40+ lenders to help customers access SME funding solutions, delivering services to the UK’s largest price comparison websites and building marketplaces that are integrated into banks’ SME banking proposition.

Simon Calver,

former CEO, Mothercare and LOVEFILM

After a degree in Computer Science Simon followed a career in large blue chip companies such as Unilever, Pepsi and Dell. He returned to tech leading early stage businesses in Silican Valley as COO of Riverdeep and then as CEO of LOVEFiLM, the online DVD and Digital Entertainment Company, up to the ultimate sale to Amazon in 2011. As CEO of Mothercare Plc. he led the initial turnaround plan before returning to tech as Chair of Moo.com and chemistdirect.co.uk. In 2015 he set up the £200m Venture fund at BGF leading investments into companies such as Gousto, Doctor Care Anywhere and Firefly learning. Since leaving BGF in July 2020 he has remained on the board of Doctor Care, he also Chairs Firefly and MuscleFood. He also Chairs the UK Business Angels Association. He mentors a number of CEOs, is a speaker on technology change and is a previous winner for London/SE of Entrepreneur of the Year. With LOVEFiLM he was the winner of the Sunday Times Buyout Track in 2011. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his two children Monty and Nieve.

Ben Johnson,

Director of Financial Partnerships, Xero

Xero is online accounting software for businesses and their professional advisors, with 2.5 million subscribers. Ben leads Xero's engagement with global financial partners who enable the Xero team to build amazing products that help businesses get paid, make payments and access working capital.

Costi Karayannis,

Managing Director, Learning Services - Capita

Costi joined Capita Learning from V. Group a $1bn global ship manager. As Managing Director, he has built the maritime training offering, lead the restructure of the business, and transformed the brand, customer proposition, commercial model and the sales organisation. Prior to V. Group, Costi was a Director at Babcock for eight years where he was responsible for the commercial training business in the energy and engineering sectors. He was also a consultant for PMSI Consulting and Accenture.Costi’s background and experience in learning, leading change and proposition development will enable us to be successful in our next chapter of the Learning Pillar.

Paul Bolt,

Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft UK

Paul has over 20-years experience in the technology sector across a variety of VP and GM roles. Most recently Paul was appointed as CMO at Microsoft UK after running their UK SMB business and sits as a NED on the board of a SaaS start up. His passions lie in building engaging workplace cultures, understanding how technology drives transformation, collaboration and creates compelling customer experiences. You can find Paul on all the usual platforms if you want to get social.