Mark Beaumont has become a household name through his documentaries about ultra endurance and adventure. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling World Record twice in his career, he now holds this 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day. His epic documentaries have taken viewers to over 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and around the Commonwealth, also surviving capsize in the mid-Atlantic. A career like this is not possible without building dedicated teams and a business to support. Mark has taken this experience and works with a portfolio of corporates as an ambassador and mentor. Outside of sports, media and business, Mark’s interest is within education where he dedicates his pro bono work to being Rector of the University of Dundee, Honorary President of Scottish Student Sport and Patron for the Saltire Foundation.
Originally from Australia, Skye Gyngell is now one of Britain’s most respected and acclaimed chefs. After initially training in Sydney and then Paris, Skye moved to London to work at The French House and with a number of high-profile private clients before taking on the role of head chef at Petersham Nurseries. It was at Petersham that Skye became renowned for her distinctively seasonal, elegant cooking, creating dishes inspired by what she saw growing and blossoming around her.
To celebrate Skye’s groundbreaking restaurant in the heart of London, her book, Spring, presents a collection of mouthwatering original recipes from the restaurant’s menu as well as providing a fascinating insight into the creation of the restaurant itself.
Alice Morrison is a Scottish Adventurer, TV Presenter and Author. She also knows how to tar a camel’s bottom. Previously, a BBC News Editor and then Chief Executive of a Media Development Agency, she gave up the rat race for a bike race, competing in the Tour D’Afrique in 2011, 8,000 miles from Cairo to Cape Town.
Tom Robbins has been Travel Editor of the Financial Times since 2010. Prior to joining the FT he was travel editor of The Observer and motoring editor of The Sunday Times. He started his Fleet Street career in 1998, working as a news reporter on the Sunday Times, focusing particularly on home affairs. He has travelled extensively on assignment and is a specialist on winter sports and adventure travel. Books include White Weekends (2008).
Captain Louis Rudd MBE served for 34 years in the military, joining at the age of 16 as a soldier and rising through the ranks to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) before commissioning as an Officer.
Sandra Bour Schaeffer
Dr Sandra Bour Schaeffer is Head of Airbus Group Demonstrators and CEO of Airbus ExO Alpha. She is actively shaping the future of aerospace by using flying demonstrators as the principal means of evaluating, maturing and validating new products and services that encompass radical technology breakthroughs.
Gary is Director of Operations Transformation at easyJet. Gary leads the airline’s Operational Resilience programme and works with partners on innovative technologies to continue reducing the airline’s carbon footprint. Previously, Gary was Head of Engineering at easyJet and whilst in this role took the lead on the partnership with Wright Electric, advising them on their work developing electric aircraft.
Oliver is the Founder, Chief Executive and Mission Director of Nekton Ocean Research Institute (Nekton). He is a leading explorer, submersible pilot, and a critically acclaimed, former broadcast journalist with NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel and Channel 4. He is also the co-founder of the educational non-profit, Encounter EDU and the Ocean’s Academy. www.nektonmission.org
Tom Mackay was appointed Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President in January 2017. He is responsible for the financial operations of the business and is focused on achieving profitable growth combined with a healthy return on capital deployed. Legal, External Affairs and Fleet Planning also form part of Tom’s activities.
Tom has a 20 year career in finance, bringing a wealth of financial experience from roles spanning a number of different industries. Prior to joining Virgin Atlantic in September 2015, Tom served as Head of Finance for the Food business at Marks and Spencer PLC, and had previously held the role of International Head of Finance, responsible for all areas of finance within the M&S international business.
Previously he held roles at Logica PLC the FTSE 100 IT and Outsourcing group (now part of The CGI Group) as CFO for their International and Global Operations covering the America’s and Asia and prior to that Group Financial Controller , having begun his career at Ernst and Young now EY.
He is a Chartered Accountant, holding a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Durham university, is married with two children, and enjoys coaching kids’ sport, cycling and outdoor activities.