Dr Camilla Toulmin
Camilla Toulmin is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), based in London. Camilla was Director (CEO) of IIED from 2003 to 2015. She is a Fellow of the Open Society Foundation and Professor in Practice at the University of Lancaster. An economist by training, she gained her doctorate at the University of Oxford. She has worked mainly in Africa on agriculture, land tenure, climate change and livelihoods, combining field research, policy analysis and advocacy. Her work aims at understanding how environmental, economic and political forces impact on people’s lives and how policy reform can bring about real change. As Director of IIED, Camilla focused on initiatives where IIED and partners can make a difference through research and communications, working together on urban food security, green and inclusive economies, putting land rights into action, getting Least Developed Countries’ voices into global processes around climate and the Sustainable Development Goals. She became Chair of tve’s Board in 2015.
Chris Oakley CBE
Chris Oakley is a journalist and former award-winning campaigning editor of regional newspapers. In the 1980s, he set up the first helpline for victims of child abuse, drew attention to the plight of babies born addicted to heroin and oversaw an investigation into the activities of Militant Tendency within the Labour Party. In 1991 he led what was then the world’s biggest media management buy-out, the £125 million purchase of Midland Independent Newspapers. The group was subsequently bought by Mirror Group plc, where Chris became the Director in charge of the Mirror’s Scottish, Irish and regional newspapers and magazines. In 1998, Chris led a second £376 million management buy-out of Regional Independent Newspapers. Since 2002 Chris has advised private equity companies on media opportunities in Europe, and has chaired the Boards of UK online and regional business publishers. He has been a Trustee of the Royal Armouries. Chris was appointed a CBE in 1999 for services to the newspaper industry.
Teuta Bakalli is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with more than 20 years’ experience in regulated financial markets covering investment banking, insurance and asset management. In November 2013 Teuta incorporated Extol Solutions Ltd to pursue an MBI and to provide consultancy services working with high net worth individuals and small to medium enterprises evaluating early stage investment opportunities, establishing strategy, raising capital and deal sourcing. Previously, Teuta was chief financial officer for Pepper Europe, where she was responsible for leading financial control, IT, HR, legal, project management and risk and compliance across their European operations. Before moving to Pepper, Teuta was headhunted to join Willis, a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, as finance firector and acting chief operating officer. Before that, she was finance director at Vanguard Asset Management after roles at Schroders, Credit Suisse First Boston and Barclays Capital.
Dr Alistair Clark
Alistair Clark is managing director of the Environment and Sustainability Department at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He is responsible for providing strategic direction to the EBRD with respect to the implementation of the Bank’s environmental mandate and the incorporation of environmental and social aspects in all sector and country policies and strategies. Prior to this, he was a Senior Vice President of URS Dames & Moore, a multi-national environmental consultancy responsible for major project development, and has also published extensively in the fields of atmospheric chemistry and environmental impact assessment. In addition, Alistair is a member of the UK Export Guarantee Advisory Council, advising on environmental and social issues. He also actively contributes to the Multilateral Financial Institutions Working Group on Environmental and Social Standards and represents the Bank at many international agency meetings.
Jamie Drummond co-founded ONE, a global pressure group with nearly 7 million members around the world fighting against the injustice of extreme poverty. At present, ONE is pushing for transparency in the extractives sector, open budgets and smart domestic and foreign money for agriculture and health, as well as responsible private sector investment to boost the economic transformation of developing economies. ONE believes transparency is key because it helps citizens to follow the money from resources to results. Jamie was previously the Global Strategist for Drop the Debt (which helped to cancel $110bn of mainly African debt) and co-founder of DATA.org (which helped to double smart aid and boost trade deals for Africa). Jamie’s goal is to ensure that, acting together as ONE, this generation seizes the opportunity to end the injustice of extreme poverty and becomes the great generation that Nelson Mandela hoped that it would.
James Fulcher is a television producer specialising in documentary and factual content. His career has so far taken him to more than 40 countries, including some of the world’s most challenging and unpredictable environments. His broadcast work centres around projects that report on unfolding global events and in-depth investigative journalism, including work for Al Jazeera and the BBC. Before changing roles to working in a production capacity, James was Vice Chairman of the Guild of Television Cameramen and led initiatives that focused on maintaining and promoting high standards in broadcast. He is co-founder of Racing Heart Films, a production company created to produce high-end broadcast documentaries and to support new talent entering the broadcast industry. He has become a tve trustee to support the production of documentary and video projects that fulfil tve’s mission of creating films to inspire change for a greener, fairer world.
Jeremy Irvine is a British film actor with a passion for the environment and social justice. His first major film role was as the lead in Steven Spielberg’s award winning War Horse. His other credits include The Railway Man, Great Expectations, Now Is Good, A Night in Old Mexico with Robert Duvall, The World Made Straight, The Woman in Black, Beyond The Reach with Michael Douglas, Bad Education: the movie and Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall among others. His aim is to use the recognition that he has won to spread tve’s message in the international creative world and beyond. Jeremy has been involved with tve since 2014, attending the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in 2014 where he presented the award for Best Film. In 2015, Jeremy presented the Inspiring Good Governance award, and was one of the evening’s speakers. In 2016 Jeremy co-hosted the tvebiomovies awards ceremony.
Mei Sim Lai OBE DL FCA FCCA
Mei Sim Lai is managing director of LaiPeters Ltd and founder of LaiPeters & Co, chartered accountants. Since 1991, Mei Sim has held a number of non-executive and other appointments in the private, public, charitable and not- for-profit sectors. She is also involved with international business and women’s groups. Mei Sim, who is of Malaysian origin, is proud to be the first Chinese person in the City of London to become the Master of a City livery Company, taking office as the Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders in 2011. She is a past winner of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, was appointed an OBE in 2014 in recognition of her services to equal opportunities and since 2006 she has been one of Her Majesty’s representatives in Greater London with responsibility for Brent. Mei Sim is President of the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2016.
Dr Christoph Mazur
Christoph Mazur is an engineer and economist at Imperial College London, where he works on the sustainable development of urban systems. His projects include the Olympic Park in London and city districts in Paris, Berlin and the Netherlands. He is a Climate-KIC fellow and Grantham Institute Affiliate, under whose umbrella he has finished a PhD in Sustainable System Transitions. Chris worked for the UK Parliament, where he looked at the future of UK’s energy system; the Global Green Growth Institute, where he explored pathways to low emission transport, and as a manufacturing engineer for Daimler Buses North America in Canada. He graduated in Design at the Ecole Centrale Paris and Engineering and Economics at the RWTH Aachen University. Chris has created documentaries on sustainability, is involved in outreach activities in that sector, and also mentors on entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainability.
Surina Narula MBE
Surina Narula, businesswoman and fundraiser, is President of the Consortium for Street Children, a network of more than 50 UK-based development agencies, and has previously been its co-chair and trustee. For 25 years Surina has organised events to raise money and the profile of street children internationally. She has been a Director of Plan International UK, a Patron for Plan India and Patron of Women and Children First. In 2012 Surina founded the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, and in 2016 she founded Difficult Dialogues (www.difficultdialogues.com). Surina has received awards for her contribution to street children charities and in 2003 was highly commended for The Beacon Prize for her outstanding contribution to charitable and social causes. In recognition of her charity work she was presented with the Asian of the Year Award in 2005 and in June 2008 appointed an MBE for charitable work in India.
Sam Shiroff is director of corporate social responsibility for Signet Jewellers, the largest speciality jewellery retailer in the US, UK and Canada, operating about 3,600 stores under various brand names. Previously, Sam was vice president in Edelman’s Chicago Business + Social Purpose Practice where he advised Fortune 500 clients on corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues. Before joining Edelman, Sam was the senior sustainability strategist at Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group North America and in Munich. His responsibilities included developing and implementing the company’s sustainability strategy. Sam began his career in the Deutsche Bank CSR department in Frankfurt. In 2003, he became executive director of the Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development – an international network of corporate and private foundations, multi-lateral and media organisations striving to attain environmental balance, economic stability and social progress throughout the world.
Tony Watson is an award-winning journalist and former newspaper editor. In his early career he was named Provincial Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards after infiltrating the National Front and exposing its incitement of racially motivated violence. While working for Granada TV’s World in Action in the mid-1980s, his investigations into the former Economic League led to a series of programmes uncovering widespread political blacklisting by some of the UK’s biggest companies. After returning to newspapers, he was appointed editor of the Yorkshire Post in 1989 – a position he held for 13 years during which time the newspaper won numerous industry awards. In 2003 he joined the Press Association, the UK’s national news agency where he held a number of positions before being appointed a director of PA Group’s board in 2007 and Managing Director in 2008.
The Lord St John of Bletso
former President, Friends of tve
The Lord St John of Bletso is chairman of merchant bank Strand Hanson. He has supported tve for more than two decades, first as president of the Friends of tve, and now as an emeritus trustee. He was brought up in South Africa where he qualified as a solicitor and completed his Masters at London University in Chinese and maritime law. From 1998 to 2003 he served as managing director and latterly as global business development director for Globix. He has been a director of listed and unlisted companies ranging from oil, telecommunications, IT, renewable energy, financial and marketing services and manufacturing. Anthony took his seat as an Independent Member of the House of Lords in 1978. He was appointed Extra Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen in 1998. He is an executive committee member of the All-Party Parliamentary Africa Group and vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary South Africa Group.
Richard Creasey is managing director of BFC Media Ltd, which owns the large screen IMAX theatre in Moscow. Previously Richard was Central’s (now ITV) longest serving programme controller. For 14 years he ran the Factual Programme Department and was responsible for the company’s features and documentary output. During this time Richard co-founded tve and the East West Creative Association, the first creative, multi-media joint venture between the Soviet Union and the UK. Richard chaired tve from 2002 – 2015, is now an emeritus chair, and a Life Member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He was also a founder and editor-in-chief at The Digital Village Ltd, which was formed by a group of leading thinkers and doers from the online, television and literary worlds, including the late Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
former chair, Friends of tve
Sue Glenarthur went from art school into teaching and subsequently became a full time mother, later returning to work in a variety of roles. Sue was a freelance journalist for BBC Radio Aberdeen and then became the UK PA to the Secretary General of the UN Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues. She has always been associated with various charities, most notably the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Sue was introduced to tve in the 1980s, becoming a strong believer in the work of the charity and forming a support organisation, the Friends of tve. The aim of the Friends was to increase awareness of tve within the UK and to raise funds. As chair of the Friends, Sue has worked for more than 20 years to fulfil this remit. Sue remains a trustee, continuing more than 30 years’ association with tve itself.
Former director of development, WWF-UK