Our Team

A committed and experienced team are the driving force behind the Institute:

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SIR Anthony Salz


The Institute was set up following his 2013 review into Barclays’ business practices. Formerly Vice Chairman of Rothschild, the BBC Board of Governors, Chairman of Bloomsbury publishing and a lawyer at Freshfields for more than 30 years.

Sue Bonney

Non-Executive Director

Sue is a Senior Partner at KPMG, where she leads a number of global client relationships and sits on the Client Council. 

David Rhodes

Non-Executive Director

David is a Senior Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), working with Financial Institutions around the world on major strategy and organisational changes. 

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SIR William Castell

Non-Executive Director

William was formerly Chairman of the Wellcome Trust until 2015. He was also previously President & CEO of General Electric Healthcare and the Chairman of BP.


EmmAjane Varley

Non-Executive Director

Emmajane is Global Head of Communications - Global Private Banking, HSBC. She is also a Fellow from Cohort 2016.

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Founder & Executive Director

Adam set up the Institute, with the support of The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a consultant for five years.

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Programme Director

Ruth previously held senior positions in government and business. She leads the Fellowship programme, co-ordinating faculty, speakers and teams to deliver it.

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Cleo Sheehan

Deputy Programme Director

Cleo previously had a career in innovation consultancy. She works closely with Ruth on designing and developing the programme and leads the team of facilitators.

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Jess Dennis

Head of Finance & Operations

Jess previously worked in banking and leads our finance, HR and governance for the Institute and team. She is also our company secretary. 

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Camilla Upson

Senior Communications Manager

Camilla worked in the creative industry before joining to manage the Institute's internal and external communications, digital infrastructure and brand.

Alex Jolly

Events & Experience Manager

Alex organises and runs all our events, working with Ruth and Cleo to implement the programme and wider Fellowship activities. 

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Jo Grant

Executive Assistant

Jo is a seasoned Executive Assistant. She supports Adam, Ruth and often the wider team with day to day tasks as well as long term strategic initiatives.

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Alex Stokell

Team Administrator

Alex supports the day-to-day running of the office and assists the team on a variety of projects.

Marie Permingeat

Fellowship Administrator

Marie supports external communications and works with all our Fellows to connect them and support Fellowship activities.

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Jane previously had a thirty year career at the BBC, culminating as Director of Education and has been on the facilitation team since day one. 

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Geraldine was the Global Head of Executive Talent at Standard Chartered and now runs her own coaching consultancy. She has been with the team since we began. 

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Geoff previously had a 25 year HR career culminating in being Global VP HR Marketing, Communications and Sustainability at Unilever. He now consults on purpose and wellbeing when he's not Facilitating.


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Becky has spent her career working with leaders and their teams to deliver large scale transformation in the UK, Europe and North America.

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Ed founded an award winning communications agency and is a writer, communications specialist, entrepreneur and futurist when he's not facilitating for us. 

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Bhanita is an innovation, disruption and creative leadership specialist and the founder and MD of LAB-Innovation. She joined the team for our second cohort and third cohorts.

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Scott Morrison


Scott has over 20 years experience at some of the world’s biggest companies and agencies. He’s author of the book ‘Creative Superpowers’ and coaches and consults alongside his facilitation with us.

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Kate Simpson


Kate has worked in international development, environmental management, academia and leadership development. When she’s not facilitating with us she is running Wasafiri, a systems change consultancy.

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Fergus Cusden


Fergus is a leadership coach and co-founder of the consultancy Alpha Sierra Group. He has spent over 30 years in the aviation industry and was central to a transformation in air traffic control that affected the industry globally.