Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallet DL


Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett DL spent 25 years in investment banking before becoming CEO of Marie Curie Cancer Care from 2000 to 2012. In 2013, he was knighted by the Queen for services to end of life care and charity and presented with a Beacon Fellowship for Philanthropy advocacy. Tom is now chair of the Marshall Institute at LSE, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and director of the King’s Fund (the healthcare think tank). He is an adjunct professor at The Institute of Global health innovation at Imperial College London. Tom is also a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, FRSA, FBCS


Kenneth Olisa OBE, FRSA, FBCS, was appointed HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London in 2015. He is Lord Deputy-Chair of the Institute of Directors, the 1st British-born black man to serve as a Director of a FTSE-100 company (Reuters) and the founder of two technology merchant banks. An advocate of social inclusion, he is President and former Chair of Thames Reach; Chair of the Shaw Trust; founding Chair of the Powerlist Foundation; a former Governor of the Peabody Trust; and a former Non-Executive Director of the West Lambeth NHS Trust.

Rupert Harrison


Rupert Harrison CBE, Chair of The Fore is Portfolio Manager and Chief Macro Strategist in the Multi-Asset Strategies group at BlackRock. From 2010-2015 he was Chief of Staff to UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Chair of the UK’s Council of Economic Advisors. From 2006-2010 he was Chief Economic Advisor to the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron and Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. Prior to that Mr Harrison was a Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Mary Boakye

Advisory Board Member

Mary Boakye, one of UK’s leading experts on Africa, is Managing Director of Oriol Associates.  She helps international companies and individuals to establish or extend their investment footprint in Africa responsibly and assists African governments and African companies to raise funding in the international markets.  Previously a partner and head of Dentons LLP’s Africa Financial Markets Group, Mary shared the strategic leadership and development of the firm’s Africa practice and jointly supervised its transformation into a leading internationally recognised practice. She is now a Senior Advisor to the firm and co-Chair of Dentons UKMEA’s Black Professional’s Network.  With dual UK and New York legal qualifications, she has been recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s “Hot 100 Lawyers” and as being “skilled in dealing with complex regulatory environments and jurisdictions” and also by Powerlist as one of the UK’s 100 most influential men and women of African, Caribbean or African-American heritage.  Outside of work Mary mentors students and young professionals in various countries.

Lloyd Chamberlain

Advisory Board Member

Lloyd Chamberlain spent 15 years working as an investor, most recently as founder and Managing Partner of Praxient Capital from 2007-2014. Lloyd started his career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and took this analytical approach into investments across start-ups, listed companies and distressed credit restructurings. Lloyd graduated from Cambridge with a First Class degree in architecture and is now developing property.

Arvinda Gohil

Advisory Board Member

Arvinda Gohil was appointed chief executive of Central YMCA on the 19th of September 2019

Gohil, is a former chief executive of the social action organisation Community Links and former head of the homelessness charity Emmaus UK.

She stepped down as chief executive of Community Links in February after it became part of the social business Catch22’s group structure.

She previously spent five years at Emmaus UK after four years as a consultant. Before that, she was director of membership and regions at the social housing umbrella body the National Housing Federation and Chief Executive of two Housing Associations.

Arvinda has also worked in South Africa where she assisted in developing a social housing model.

She is Chair of Access’s Reach Working Group and was appointed OBE in August 2019.

Baroness Dido Harding

Advisory Board Member

Baroness Dido Harding is Chair of NHS Improvement and former Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC. Prior to her role as Sainsbury’s convenience director and a member of the operating board 2007-2010, she worked at Tesco PLC, Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited. She was appointed as a non-executive director on The Court of The Bank of England in July 2014 and Chair of the Remuneration Committee in 2016. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company PLC and Cheltenham Racecourse. In August 2014 Dido was offered a Peerage and now sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer. She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation.

Alexander S Hoare

Advisory Board Member

Alexander S Hoare, Partner of C. Hoare & Co. and Chief Executive from 2001-2009. He is Chair of Project Snowball LLP and a Patron of Royal Trinity Hospice.  In 2017 he was winner of the City Philanthropy 2017 Beacon Award.

Charles M R Hoare

Advisory Board Member

Charles M R Hoare is the Chair of the Bulldog Trust. He is Head of European Healthcare at Stifel and was previously a Managing Director at BofA Merrill Lynch and Commerzbank. He is also Chair of Chariot Innovations Ltd (the commercialisation arm of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), a Non-Executive Director of Atlantic Healthcare plc and a Churchwarden of St. Dunstan-in-the-West.

Monica Merli

Advisory Board Member

Monica Merli is currently the Managing Director and Regional Head for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Moody’s. Until September 2016, Monica led Moody’s EMEA Infrastructure Finance team. She has also acted as Moody’s lead analyst for a broad range of European infrastructure and utility companies. Monica joined Moody’s in December 1998 from Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, where she worked as an analyst in the bank’s credit research and supervision division. Monica holds an Economics and Business degree from the University of Florence, Italy, and is an alumna of the London Business School, where she completed the Corporate Finance Programme.

Shani Newbold

Advisory Board Member

Shani Newbold is Founder and Managing Partner of Cadence Partners.  She has over 20 years’ experience in executive search and talent management in the UK and US. Shani was previously a founding member and principal of the public-sector search practice at Penna Executive Search. Later, as Head of Executive Search, she built and led the executive search business at another large diversity-focused executive recruitment business. She is a leading diversity and inclusion campaigner with a wide range of experience looking at re-addressing the balance of diversity leadership and board appointments.

Ginny Williams-Ellis

Advisory Board Member

Ginny Williams-Ellis is founder and Chief Executive of Read Easy UK, an adult literacy charity that provides free, confidential, one-to-one reading tuition from trained volunteers for adults who struggle to read. She is a former literacy tutor in prisons, teacher and adult education specialist. Ginny won funding for Read Easy UK from The Bulldog Trust in 2012. Her ambition and innovative approach were an inspiration for The Fore pilot.