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Lucy led BBC HR during a turbulent period. She was responsible for employee relations, reward, training, development and redundancies. During her time the corporation adjusted to four new Directors General, the move to Salford, 30% reduction in management and the Savile scandal. Lucy’s decisions were exposed to frequent media and political scrutiny. In speeches she considers how to instil resilient leadership, break down silos and manage resistance to change.

No design-conscious household is complete without one of Alessi’s products, be it Philippe Starck’s citrus juicer or Michael Graves’s kettle. Alberto took over the family firm and revitalised the brand, commissioning top-name designers and experimenting with new materials. He describes how traditional brands and working methods can be reinvigorated without losing the original ethos and customer loyalty.

Helen ran The Economist’s information analysis unit before taking over as CEO, doubling circulation and leading expansion overseas. She was then appointed President of the CBI. Now back in publishing, Helen talks about industries in transition, a flexible labour market, governance and how to rebuild confidence. With many businesses in recovery mode, she warns against a ‘static’ response to external factors and argues for more focus on the core workforce.

As Zopa co-Founder and CEO, James was a pioneer in peer-to-peer lending. Putting those with a small amount to invest in front of reliable borrowers has proved a successful business model, creating what is now globally £100bn sector. James is now helping organisation make more informed strategic choices as part of FutureAgenda.org, the world’s largest open foresight programme. In presentations he examines disruption across a range of industries and considers how long-established organisations can drive innovation and be better prepared for the future.

John was the first Brit to play at the top level of US basketball, once declining a $17m transfer fee. He’s now a respected cognitive psychologist and founder of a major community sport initiative in Manchester. John brings his research and competitive experience to bear on the management challenges: how do you improve resilience, reduce stress and turn managers into coaches? And how do you distinguish between effective and ineffective motivational tactics?

Having organised security for big national and royal events, Andrew was an obvious choice to take on the security of the London 2012 Olympics. Covering everything from on-site petty criminality to terrorism and large-scale cyber attacks, Andrew looks at the threats any organisation might now face and how they dealt with them during the ‘greatest show on Earth’.

Kate provides trend forecasts for retailers, products and brands. She analyses the key shifts in consumer expectations, retail and technology – tapping into a vast network of designers, architects, technologists, academics and strategists. Her findings show where to adapt, innovate and invest resources. In speeches Kate explores the behaviour of online shoppers, the use of café culture, the latest developments in GPS and the rise of ‘on-demand’ operators.

After spells at BA and Thomas Cook, Tony was the third employee to join easyJet. He was central in steering it from ambitious start-up to the biggest single airline in Europe. It now flies twice as many passengers as BA. Tony still works with Stelios on projects like peer-to-peer car rental. In speeches he tells the inside story, including brand extensions that didn’t quite go to plan: “It certainly helps to be in the right place at the right time, but anything is possible providing you avoid complacency.”

Ankersen describes himself as a ‘high performance anthropologist.’ For his book The Gold Mine Effect, he explored Brazil’s ability to mass produce football superstars, and why so many champion runners hail from one Ethiopian village. 2016 brings a new book, Hunger In Paradise, on how to sustain success, ward off complacency and develop new ideas before they become necessary. In speeches Rasmus looks at how to grow talent and create your own disruption.

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