Sir Geoff Palmer OBE
Professor Emeritus Sir Geoff Palmer OBE arrived in London as an immigrant from Jamaica in 1955 to re-join his mother who left Jamaica in 1948. After leaving school in London in 1958, he worked and attended evening classes to improve his qualifications. He subsequently entered Leicester, Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities where he gained BSc, PhD and DSc degrees, respectively. Sir Geoff is a Board Member of various organisations. He has published books on different subjects and has received various research, academic and community awards. Professor Palmer is an Honorary Freeman of Midlothian, Scotland, gained an OBE in 2003 and was Knighted in 2014 for his contributions to science, charity and human rights. He maintains charitable links with Jamaica.
Dr Sylvana Storey
Dr Sylvana Storey, Vice President of Change Management at a Global Bank, is a recognised business psychologist with 24 years experience as an organisational culture change & strategy, and organisational development. She is an expert in the field of Diversity & Inclusion as well as, credited for her design and implementation of multiple transformation strategies and interventions globally.
Sylvana authored ‘The Impact of Diversity on Global Leadership Performance: LEAD³ ; is a contributory author to three further books and, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on organizational culture change, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, employee engagement.
Soulla Kyriacou is the COO for A Blueprint for Better Business, an independent charity that helps businesses to be a force for good by being inspired and guided by a purpose that serves society.
Soulla joined Blueprint in December 2012. During that time Blueprint has grown from an initiative that was launched with a conference looking at how corporate purpose and personal values could be united to serve society, to an independent charity that is engaged with a growing number of major global companies and whose ambition is to help corporates be driven by a purpose that benefits both business and society.
Soulla was previously a director at KPMG. Initially a tax professional, having previously worked for the Inland Revenue, her 20 year career at KPMG changed course following a 4 year secondment to KPMG’s International Headquarters in Amsterdam, when she moved into a series of management roles including working with KPMG’s Client Service Board, working with the UK Head of Tax and with the Global CEO to help implement change projects across KPMG worldwide.
Tom is an experienced procurement and supply chain consultant operating nationally from Wrexham, North Wales, delivering complete procurement and supply chain consultant services.
He possesses first-hand experience with business operations and management skilled in performing extensive, category management, product research and negotiating contracts to purchase large quantities of materials and services at the best price. Proficient in developing and executing a long-term strategy to facilitate improvements for Procurement Services, he has a strong track record of ensuring the execution of procurement strategies across the firm, resulting in consistent and high quality value delivery.
Tom is very adept at implementing best practices in procurement and supplier management to support commercial and operational objectives.