Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality.
Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Mr Heatherwick founded Heatherwick studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace.
Mr Heatherwick leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collabora-tion with a team of 200 highly-skilled architects, designers, and makers. His unusual approach applies artistic thinking to the needs of each project, resulting in some of the most acclaimed designs of our time. Based in London, Heatherwick studio is currently working in four continents on projects valued at over £2 billion. Following the success of the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Heatherwick studio has gone on to win exciting design briefs including the Learn-ing Hub at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, and the new Google campus in Silicon Valley.
Mr Heatherwick has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Royal Academician and in 2004 became the youngest Royal Designer for Industry.
John Blashford Snell
Having organized and led over 100 expeditions, former Royal Engineer John Blashford-Snell, has a reputation as one of the world’s most renowned and highly respected explorers.
In 1968 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia invited the British Army to send a team to explore and make the first descent of the infamous Blue Nile. Captain John Blashford-Snell of the Royal Engineers was invited to select, train and lead the 60 strong party. The success of this immense expedition led to even tougher assignments such as the first vehicle crossing of the complete Darien Gap in 1971-2 and in 1974-5, navigating almost all the 2,700 miles of the great Zaire (Congo) River. Both these ventures had strong environmental, medical and scientific objectives, which led to JBS and his colleagues forming the Scientific Exploration Society which today encourages young people to be “pioneers with a purpose” through an award programme.
In 1978 JBS, with support of Prince Charles, launched Operation Raleigh and by 1992 over 10,000 young men and women from 50 nations had taken part in challenges and worthwhile expeditions all over the world, returning home intent on putting something back into their own communities.
He works closely with a number of charities to help disabled youngsters and is President of the Just a Drop charity providing drinking water for remote communities.
Currently he organizes and leads expeditions with people of all ages to help in the developing world. Recently he delivered an ambulance boat to the remote tribe in Colombia’s Amazonas region and in January 2018 he will take an expedition to carry out wildlife studies on horseback and give aid to a community on Mount Kenya.
Lucia van der Post
Lucia van der Post was born and educated in South Africa where she spent the first twenty years of her life. She started her career in journalism writing on interior design matters for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper before joining the The Sunday Times and becoming one of the feature writers on the newly-launched Look pages.
In 1973 she became the editor and main feature writer on the How To Spend It Pages of the weekend section of The Financial Times which she turned into cult Saturday reading. She was the launch editor of its award-winning monthly colour supplement also called How To Spend It which is now a hugely successful part of the Weekend FT. She still writes regularly for How To Spend It where she is an Associate Editor.
Alice Lascelles is an author, journalist and drinks expert. She’s been writing about drinks for the Financial Times for nearly ten years and is a contributing editor on FT How to Spend It, where she has a column called The Goblet covering wine, spirits and bar culture. Her columns and articles have also appearing in Prospect, Monocle, www.jancisrobinson.com, Noble Rot, The Times, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, Vice and many specialist titles including Imbibe, the leading magazine for bartenders and sommeliers which she co-founded in 2007. She is also the author of Ten Cocktail: The Art of Convivial Drinking, a book distilling the stories, recipes and tips she’s picked up in a career travelling the world in pursuit of the mixed drink. In 2016 she was named International Wine & Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year. A second life as a musician has also seen her release an album under the name Alice Gun and tour with the White Stripes. She lives in London.
How To Spend It contributing editor Jonathan Margolis is a journalist and author based in London and New York. Building on an early ability with a soldering iron, he became the UK’s first mainstream media consumer technology journalist in 1991 and started reviewing technology for How To Spend It in 1995.
As well as his Technopolis column which appears in the magazine, he presents Technopolis TV video reviews for howtospendit.com and writes a weekly column, Talking Tech, for the Financial Times.
Jonathan is the author of a successful book on futurology, A Brief History of Tomorrow, published by Bloomsbury in 2000. He talks on the subject at conferences and dinners around the world.
For twenty years Roland Mouret has created the most coveted of womenswear collections. The designer has defined the era of the iconic dress which have become known by a single name - Galaxy, Titanium, Moon – and have earned Mouret a reputation as magician, master of structure and silhouette and as a man with an intuitive understanding of the female form.
Mouret’s work is informed by the diverse experiences of his own life. “I consider my years in Paris, modelling, styling, being part of the social scene all a key part of my make-up. As are the years I have spent in London, opening a café gallery, video directing, and ultimately building my first store under my own name. My fashion history is well documented. Building success and then losing my name, starting over, building a new unique partnership, getting back my name – it is all part of an inspiring and evolving journey.”
Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.
Creator of the finest fragrances in the world, Master Perfumer Roja Dove is widely regarded as the most complete and provocative voice of perfumery, delivering the secrets of scent with risqué anecdotes in his inimitable way. Renowned for working with only the finest quality raw materials available, Roja has collaborated with a large number of brands and organizations including Rolls Royce, Laurent-Perrier and The Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011 Roja restored luxury into the world of commercial perfumery when he launched Roja Parfums. In honour of his creative prowess, Roja was appointed an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain Campaign in 2013.