Professor Bobby Duffy
Director of Policy Institute, King’s College London
Bobby Duffy is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute. He has worked across most public policy areas in his career of 30 years in policy research and evaluation, including being seconded to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
Bobby sits on several advisory boards including Chairing both the Campaign for Social Science and the CLOSER Advisory Board, is a member of the Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences, a trustee of British Future and the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) and a Senior Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto.
His first book, The Perils of Perception – Why we’re wrong about nearly everything, was published by Atlantic books in several countries, drawing on a set of global studies on how people misperceive key social realities. His latest book, Generations – Does when you’re born shape who you are?, came out in September 2021 and challenges myths and stereotypes around generational trends, seeking a greater understanding around generational challenges.
Founder, The Reputation Coach
Daisy Powell-Chandler has worked on multiple general election campaigns, Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliamentary elections, the No to AV campaign, Remain and the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK. She was briefing officer to David Cameron during the 2010 General Election and worked as a researcher in a number of high-profile think-tanks including Policy Exchange and the Centre for Social Justice, rising to the position of Research Director at the influential Centre for Policy Studies.
After politics, Daisy became a pollster at the research company Populus where she ran strategy projects for clients such as RBS, the Charity Commission, the National Gallery and No. 10 Downing Street. She then founded her own strategy company and started the reputation podcast “Why Everybody Hates You”. Now Daisy is a Director at Public First where she helps leaders to measure and improve the reputation of their organisations.
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- Voted Individual of the Year: Legal Operations 2019 by the Legal 500
- Voted ‘the Purchaser’ [1 of 6 role models for corporate counsel] by Financial Times in 2018
- Voted 2017 Hot100 Lawyer by the Lawyer Magazine
- MBA from Warwick University and MSc in Lean Enterprise from University of Buckingham
- Keen interest in exploring Lean, Operational and Process Excellence in the legal market.
- Faculty member and coach for the Legal Lean Sigma Institute
- Advisory Board Member of Aston University Law school.
Regional Vice President, EMEA, Legal Solutions, EPIQ
Senior legal operations consultant, legal business advisory group, Epiq
Nicholas is Epiq’s lead legal operations consultant for EMEA and is responsible for ensuring excellence in client delivery.
Nicholas is a results-driven legal operational professional with a proven track record of helping leadership teams achieve tangible business benefits. With 18 years of experience driving change initiatives and supporting operational excellence in legal, compliance, and risk on a global basis, often in regulated environments. Nicholas has consistently delivered enterprise-wide and team-level business transformations collaboratively and successfully.
Nicholas has a diverse range of experience, having worked within various legal environments, including law firms, in-house legal teams, and specialist consultancies. Furthermore, he has worked across multiple industry segments including technological, financial, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, media, mining and many others.
Nicholas’s unique legal operations knowledge, coupled with his customer-centric approach, has earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor who consistently delivers exceptional results. He is dedicated to helping organisations achieve their business goals, and his ability to collaborate and drive change has made him a valuable asset to clients locally and globally.
CEO and Founder, Syke
Alistair Maiden is a successful entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of SYKE, a legal technology consultancy firm based in the UK. Alistair began his career as a lawyer, practising commercial and technology law for several years. He was Head of Contracts and the Data Protection Officer for the UK retailer, ASDA. At ASDA, Alistair designed and implemented a digital contracting tool which reduced the average contract cycle from 17 days to just 5 days.
In 2016, Alistair founded SYKE, with the mission to transform the legal industry by bridging the gap between between legal teams and emerging legal tech, with legal engineers as the interface. Under his leadership, SYKE has become a leading legal tech consultancy, offering services such as technology selection, implementation, and optimization to law firms and legal departments worldwide.
Alistair has been recognized for his contributions to the legal technology industry, receiving accolades such as the Legal Technologist of the Year award at the 2019 British Legal Awards. He continues to be an influential figure in the legal tech space, driving innovation and leading the charge for digital transformation in the legal industry.
Head of Product, LegalTech, Thomson Reuters
Kriti is an innovator, product leader, and a global voice on AI and its impact on society. She was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for advancements in technology. She is a Google Grace Hopper Scholar. Her TED talk has been viewed more than two million times, leading a global movement on AI for Good. In 2017, Kriti founded AI for Good, an organisation that’s using AI and data to help solve some of the toughest global challenges of our time, such as violence, climate crisis, and mental health. She is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, TechCrunch and BBC.
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Atom Bank
Laura joined Atom Bank, initially on secondment, in July 2014 when the business was still very much in the early stages of development. She has been involved in all of the company’s funding rounds, including the initial investment by Banco Bilboa Argentaria Vizcaya as part of a £100m raise in late 2015, as well as the application for Atom’s banking licence and the associated lifting of restrictions on that licence in April 2016. Laura was appointed General Counsel of Atom Bank in December 2019 and was recognised in the Professional and Financial Services section of the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist 2020.
Business Advisor, Investor & General Counsel, Inhouse Collective Ventures
Paula is a seasoned business advisor and C-suite general counsel with a successful career spanning over 20 years in financial services. Having spent the formative years of her career at a Top 5 law firm, she has held management positions in elite global financial institutions including Santander, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered. Most recently, Paula holds executive and board advisory positions in the venture capital space, advising hyper-growth start-ups across the fintech/ technology, media and financial services sectors. An entrepreneur at heart, she is the founder of Inhouse Collective Ventures, which is her second venture. Paula has also been the Vice-Chair of a Board in a leading public sector organisation. Her versatility is reflected by her multi-specialism in banking, structured finance, capital markets, corporate M&A, commercial and restructuring.
Head of Legal, UK Debt Management Office
Sharmin Takin is the Head of Legal at the UK Debt Management Office, an executive agency of HM Treasury responsible for debt and cash management for the UK Government. She previously held in-house roles at J.P. Morgan (as Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel) and GE Capital (as the first Treasury Counsel for the EMEA region), after starting her career at the law firms Slaughter and May and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She has worked in London and New York, is dual qualified and holds degrees from Cambridge University and Columbia Law School. She also serves as a Trustee for East End Citizens Advice Bureaux, a charity serving the Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets communities.
General counsel and company secretary, ASOS
Anna has spent over 9 years of her career at the online fashion retailer ASOS.com, most recently as General Counsel & Company Secretary, leading ASOS’ Governance function. In addition to being a member of ASOS’ Executive Committee, Anna’s remit included Legal, Company Secretarial, Data Protection, Business Assurance & Resiliance and Corporate Responsibility, including ASOS’ Foundation. As Company Secretary, Anna supported the ASOS plc Board and Committees and was Executive Sponsor for ASOS’ ‘Fashion with Integrity’ programme and the Board level ESG Committee, including Chairing ASOS’ Governance Working Group and FWI Steer Committee. Anna joined ASOS in February 2014 was formerly IP Manager at Virgin Group, living in Geneva. She trained and qualified as a UK solicitor at Taylor Wessing LLP, practicing in TW’s market-leading Intellectual Property & Media Team.
Partner and ESG Strategic Lead, RPC
A trained mental health first aider and mentor, she was shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year in the First 100 Years’ inaugural Inspirational Women in Law awards. She also featured in the Law.com/Legal Week 2021 Class of 2021 Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) Awards Innovative Leaders category and was awarded Ally of the Year in the WIPL Awards 2023.
Head of Global Solutions, KPMG Law
Nick Roome is KPMG Law’s Head of Global Solutions and is part KPMG Law Global Leadership team. He additionally heads KPMG Law’s Global Technology Committee, responsible for a one firm global technology strategy leveraging KPMG’s Strategic Alliance partnerships. In the UK, Nick has led the business through a period of transformational growth with an authentic focus on clients, colleagues and culture. Nick recently spearheaded the global launch of the Digital Gateway for Law, our global managed legal solutions platform, and the launch of our Global Legal Technology & Growth hub.
Prior to joining KPMG Law, Nick was a Private Equity and M&A partner at DLA Piper where he spent nine years, following a period of seven years with Addleshaw Goddard where he trained and qualified.
Nick leads KPMG Law’s General Counsel Community, Legal Reimagined. Legal Reimagined is a digital and in person community with a genuine mission to enable its members to connect, be inspired by fresh perspectives, co-create solutions and support. Nick regularly hosts General Counsel discussions in the UK and more laterally Europe, sharing perspectives and spending time in the market actively listening to clients.
Partner , KPMG Law
Partner, KPMG Law
Partner, Risk and Regulatory Transformation, KPMG Law
Managing Director, Legal Operations Transformation Services, KPMG Law
Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College Business School
Partner, Head of UK Connected Technology & Global Lighthouse, KPMG
Head of i-4 Cyber Security Leaders Community, KPMG
Matt is Head of the International Information Integrity Institute (i-4) which is the world’s longest running cyber security leadership trust group. Prior to joining KPMG in 2018, Matt spend 20 years in law enforcement, predominantly tackling international organised crime, cyber crime and kidnap and extortion. During this time he worked on the National Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit, providing strategic and tactical support to threats to life and commercial extortion operations. He has received Director General and Crown Court Judge commendations for his work.
Since joining KPMG, in addition to leading i-4, he has managed multiple global corporations to resolve ransomware incidents and provided negotiation services to aid clients’ return to operational effectiveness.
General counsel, Aviva
Neil is a general counsel at Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer. He part of the management team of the legal and company secretarial function and leads teams covering a variety of legal specialisms across the group including corporate, M&A, reinsurance, privacy and outsourcing. He also sponsors the function’s DEI programme. Prior to joining Aviva in 2010, Neil spent a decade in private practice advising on a wide variety of corporate matters.
Managing Director, SSQ
Laura leads SSQ’s UK In-House business and manages a team of experienced consultants who recruit legal and compliance professionals into all industry sectors from General Counsel level down. With over 20 years’ experience in the search industry, she is interested to learn about your legal team and can provide market intelligence and advice on matters involving recruitment, retention and salary benchmarking. Laura believes in building effective, enduring relationships and that the best results come from taking the time to understand what people are looking to achieve from their career long-term. She champions SSQ’s involvement in various market initiatives including the General Counsel for Diversity & Inclusion.
General Counsel for EMEA/AP & Industrial, Hexcel Corporation
Originally hailing from a cornfield outside Chicago, Terra is a highly experienced English law qualified solicitor (14 years’ PQE) and senior leader with extensive international experience in Europe and Asia Pacific, with sector experience ranging from aerospace and industrial manufacturing, to oil & gas and energy. Terra is currently General Counsel for EMEA/AP & Industrial with Hexcel Corporation, a global leader in advanced composite technology for the commercial aerospace, space and defence, and industrial markets. As GC, Terra focuses on collaboration and efficient, strategic outcomes, and is experienced with building robust and efficient legal teams and functions. Terra likes to indulge by hosting “teacup champagne and hot dog” networking salons, crafting fantastically flavoured popcorn, playing video games and reading voraciously. Recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2020 and in the GC Powerlist UK 2021 and 2022.
Chair, NRG Lawyers
Akil Hunte is a trainee solicitor at CMS and Chair of NRG Lawyers, a not for profit that aims to pave the way for non-Russell group students and graduates in their legal careers through guidance and support. After making history at his law school for receiving the Dean’s Award for two consecutive years, Akil is on a mission to challenge the status quo and inspire the next generation of leaders on their journeys through his value-based leadership principles. Akil is an esteemed public speaker, author of motivational E-guide “Unlocking Yourself After Lockdown”, Founder of LinkedIn Skills For Lawyers, Founder of Solicitors In the Making and is a motivational influencer on LinkedIn, with a following of over 12,000+. Outside of law, he has volunteered in Tanzania as part of International Citizens Service on an economic development project, raising £1,000+ for the charity, empowering young people in his local community at a Grenfell Kids Camp and at homeless shelters such as Crisis, Brixton Soul Kitchen and The Big Warm Up.
General Counsel, City Football Group
General counsel/head of legal/legal director,
Chief Legal Officer, Kiwi.com
Mitzi is currently Chief Legal Officer at Kiwi.com, a global travel tech company dedicated to making travel easier, and oversees a team of lawyers covering all areas of the company’s activities globally. Building on her past experience as Legal Director at Uber and VP/ Deputy General Counsel at Fox Networks Group (working with brands including Fox, National Geographic and Fox Sports/ ESPN), in her role at Kiwi.com, Mitzi drives a team defining legal frameworks for innovative tech companies operating in regulated environments.
Among her most notable achievements and awards, she received the ‘Individual Lawyer of the Year Award in Media – Legal 500 (2019)’, ‘European Counsel Commercial Team of the Year – ACC (2018)’ and ‘GC Powerlist – Africa In House Team of the Year – Legal 500 (2017)’. She is a staunch supporter of D&I, involved with Women@21CF, Women@Uber and is currently the executive sponsor of the recently launched Women@Kiwi.
Chief of Staff, Luminance
Director, Legal & Compliance, Corporates Europe, Thomson Reuters
Enterprise Sales manager, legal and compliance,, Thomson Reuters
Chief of Staff, LegalTech, Thomson Reuters
Legal Director, Pizza Express
Global General Counsel, proSapient
Connagh is currently General Counsel and Head of Compliance at proSapient, a high-growth, tech and AI-driven market insights and data platform. Prior to proSapient, Connagh was a qualified barrister and held another Head of Legal role at a tech-based supply chain management firm.
Joy Van Cooten
Associate General Counsel, ACI Worldwide
Joy is the Associate General Counsel for EMEA & APAC specialising in Software, IT and Data Protection for the multi award winning immediate payments solution provider ACI Worldwide.
She has a wealth of experience working both in house and private practice.
As a former Chair of the National Association of Women Solicitors, she is passionate about championing the rights of women, increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace.
In her spare-time she gives career talks at local schools and mentors young lawyers’ nurturing talent.
Consultant, Egon Zehnder
General Counsel, Howden UK&I, Howden Insurance
Group General Counsel, Kantar
- 2022 British Legal Awards for Innovation shortlist
- 2020 Cranfield University’s 100 Women to Watch
- 2018 Inspirational Women in Law Award – Champion of the Year 2018 awarded by First100years and Sparks21
- 2017 awarded Global Counsel award by Legal Era
- 2016 Legal Business GC Powerlist
- 2013 The Lawyer’s Hot100
Director of UK Legal, Compliance and Data Protection, E.ON UK
Legal Director, Commercial, Kantar