Rt Hon Lord Ryder of Wensum OBE (Chairman)
After Cambridge, Richard worked as a Daily Telegraph journalist in Fleet Street before becoming political secretary to Margaret Thatcher, for six years, when she was Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister. Then, following a spell in television, he was elected MP for Mid Norfolk. During his time in the House of Commons, he carried out several ministerial roles at Agriculture, the Treasury, and as paymaster general and government chief whip. On retiring from the Commons, he set up a commercial radio company before his appointment as deputy chairman and later acting chairman of the BBC. This was followed by chairmanships of the Institute of Cancer Research and UCANDOIT. Richard has held, and still does, directorships of various private sector companies.
Will is Founder and Chief Executive of Campion Capital. Since founding Campion Capital in 2003, he has been the Head of the investment committee and is an executive board member. Previously, Will spent 17 years in equity derivatives for major European and American Investment Banks. Prior to Campion Capital he was Head of European equity derivatives sales at JP Morgan and Flemings in charge of UK institutions and hedge funds. Will is a Member of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Register of Investment Professionals.
Camilla Geffen BA ACII CIB
Camilla worked for insurance broker Willis Limited for many years both as a broker and as an Operations Director ending by heading up compliance for the Energy, Financial and Executive Risk Divisions. She is married and lives in London with her two sons. Her eldest son Edward died aged 8, so she has experienced at first hand the importance of supportive care following the death of a child.
Nicola Grimshaw BA ACA
Nicola, a qualified chartered accountant, enjoyed her first career with Arthur Andersen where, for many years, she led consulting assignments, both in the UK and overseas. Whilst living in Australia, she moved into recruitment, and has now worked in the sector for the last seventeen years. Currently, CEO of a leading HR recruitment business, Nicola is responsible for commercial issues, business development and people management. Nicola has also spent several years, in a voluntary capacity, as a telephone counsellor for emotional support services and also is trained as an executive coach.
Jack Heathcoat Amory BA Hons
After studying at Oxford University, Jack worked in the advertising industry for Publicis. He then went into investment banking. He has worked at JPMorgan Cazenove from 2005 to the present with a focus on advising investment companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Jack joined CBUK as a trustee in 2013. He has two children.
Kristen Eshak Weldon
Kristen Eshak Weldon is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and is co-head of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group’s London office. Before joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Eshak Weldon worked at J.P. Morgan in New York and London. Ms. Eshak Weldon is a founding and current Board member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, London. Ms. Eshak Weldon studied Finance and International Business at Georgetown University and is married with two children.
Mark Seldon FCA
Mark qualified as a chartered accountant in 1968 in Birmingham and then spent two years in Dallas Texas before returning to London. He then spent five years in industry followed by 10 years in commercial property, including acting as financial controller and Company Secretary for Wates City of London Properties plc and finance director of Arundell House Securities Limited. Since 1991, Mark has provided independent financial management support to small and medium sized businesses in a variety of different fields, including the charitable sector, the travel industry and both retail and manufacturing sectors. Mark served as a Trustee of the Child Bereavement UK from 2002 to 2014.