John trained and worked as a youth worker, social worker and community worker on Inner London housing estates for 20 years before becoming Senior Development Manager at Sport England London Region where he remained for 15 years. John spent the last of his working years as Company Secretary of London Youth Games. Now President of London Weightlifting Centre and a trustee of the Weightlifting Foundation he continues to embrace Sport for Development.
Kevin, is currently the managing director at Teneo and advises a leading global clientele on strategic priorities across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, including building and executing on government relations, public affairs, and political and economic risk efforts.
Prior to joining Teneo, Kevin served with distinction in the Foreign Service of the United States Department of State, with a focus on Near East and African Affairs. Kevin most recently served as the acting Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he led U.S. efforts in support of Northern Ireland’s peace process and economic diversification.
Prior to his arrival in Belfast, Kevin served as the Trade and Investment Team Leader at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2008-2009, working with Iraqi government, industry and foreign investors
He has worked with many leading community businesses in recent years, as well as with exemplars from the wider social economy, such as the Community Shares Unit. There, he helped bring 60,000 new investors to the market in less than five years, generating the long-term growth finance so sought after by community businesses.
Prior to working in this sector, he undertook a wide variety of projects for corporate financiers and private equity firms, helping to design innovative financing solutions, to advising and supporting not-for-private-profit organisations
Jo Calvino is a 21 times British National Weightlifting Champion, competing at World Championship and Commonwealth Games level, and has held numerous national records. As well as being an elite level athlete, Jo is also a coach, educator and ambassador for sport for young people and for women. Jo has also appeared in numerous media roles as commentator, guest and model across a range of print and broadcast media
Having established and grown businesses in the hospitality, construction and healthcare sectors, Douglas was an early advocate of the consolidation and professionalisation of the Domiciliary Care market and the integration of this service with both TeleCare and TeleHealth services. He is currently CEO of Connected Health, a socio-technical model for healthcare management and delivery by using technology to provide healthcare services remotely.
As ex-chairman of Ofsted, the children and learners’ inspection and regulation body, Zenna always has the young persons interest at heart when it comes to education. A high profile career has led to being a regular speaker on education, innovation and leadership with a popular column for The Guardian including extensive publications in education, health and housing press. Currently Zenna works through her consultancy practice ZA partners assisting organisations directly, through The-Learning-Crowd working in education and runs Hopson Mediation a dispute resolution service.
Nick has over 40 years financial experience having worked in many corporate finance departments, including Safeway, Glaxo and Aquascutum. He spent 10 years working for the Tibbett & Britten Group, one of the UK’s largest logistics providers in a number of senior roles, including Finance Director of a Joint Venture with IBM. In 2000 Nick joined Cox Costello & Horne and headed up the management accounting and outsourcing department. The department has grown significantly and continues to provide valuable support to their clients. Nick now works as a consultant to Cox Costello & Horne.