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Alistair Telfer is the Chief Executive and Club Secretary of the Oxford & Cambridge Club.
Alistair holds a BTEC HND in Hotel and Catering Management and an MBA both of which he obtained at Ealing College of Higher Education, now Thames Valley University, where he is one of the Governors.
In 1992 he won a prestigious Caterer and Hotelkeeper Acorn Award given to thirty individuals under the age of thirty who had achieved in their career.
Alistair held the position of President of the Hotel & Catering International Management Association (HCIMA) for two years and has served on its Council for eleven years. He has been a Fellow of the HCIMA since 1998.
His outside interests are varied. He is an Independent Governor of a Roman Catholic Primary School in Westminster. He is a Freeman of the City of London being both a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks. He is a Member of the Reunion des Gastronomes and L’Association de la Jurade de St Emilion.
Sue O’Brien OBE has been CEO of Norman Broadbent PLC since the acquisition in 2008. She is actively involved in board search across a consumer focused portfolio, with particular expertise FTSE Group HRD appointments.
Sue is a board member of Walpole British Luxury (Walpole British Luxury), an NED for ComeRound Experiential Marketing (ComeRound), a founder member of The Women’s Business Council (Women’s Business Council), Chairs the Commercial Advisory Board for The Tissue Bank Cancer Research charity (Breast Cancer Tissue Bank) as well as being a Trustee for KidsOut (KidsOut).
She mentors and provides executive coaching to a number of FTSE clients.
In the January 2014 New Year’s Honours List, Sue was awarded an OBE for services to Gender Equality in the Workplace and voluntary services to the community.
Sir Tony has a Master of Arts Degree in International Development and a Bachelor of Law Degree, both from the University of Sussex. He was a visiting Parliamentary Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford 1998-1999 and continues to be a guest member of the College.
The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry was elected in 1983 and served continuously as a Member of Parliament for almost 32 years, until 2015.
He was Personal Aide to Margaret Thatcher in the October 1974 General Election and subsequently remained in her private office when she became Leader of the Opposition.
Sir Tony was a Minister for some eight years, appointed to Government by Margaret Thatcher, and then served in the Conservative Government throughout the whole of John Major’s premiership until the 1997 General Election.
His various ministerial posts included:
- 1990: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of Energy – when together with John Wakeham he privatised the electricity industry.
- 1994: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of the Environment – responsible for all aspects of the Department’s work including environmental protection, construction, housing and planning.
- 1994-1995: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office – wide range of responsibilities including South Asia, Africa, North America and the West Indies.
- 1995-1997: Minister of State Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Whilst a Minister, Sir Tony led numerous overseas business export missions which won millions of pounds of orders for UK plc.
During the 2001-2005 Parliament, he chaired the Commons Select Committee on International Development and continues to take a close interest in International Development and Foreign Affairs.
Sir Tony was for a number of years Chairman of the Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission.
He was awarded the Robert Schumann Silver Medal for contribution to European politics in 1975 and was named the E-Politix International Charity Champion 2003.
He served as Second Church Estates Commissioner from June 2010 until March 2015, a Crown appointment.
He was knighted for political and public services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012, appointed a member of HM Privy Council in November 2013 and became a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in January 2015.
In September 2014, Sir Tony announced that he would not stand in the General Election in 2015. Following his announcement and in respect of his time in Parliament, the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP said that Sir Tony was “the finest example of an MP” and that his “wise counsel” would be missed.
Sir Tony is a practising Barrister. He is Head of a set of commercial Chambers, 1 Essex Court, in the Temple where he specialises primarily in Commercial and International Law. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Mediator. He is a member of the International Bar Association.
Sir Tony is a Director of the following companies:
- Member of the International Advisory Board of the Hashoo Group (which is a global oil and gas company whose main resources are located in Pakistan).
- Woburn Energy plc (Deputy Chairman). AIM-listed company. Oil and gas exploration.
- Kazakhstan Kagazy plc: (Chairman). An LSE quoted company, leading Central Asian paper manufacturer and logistics provider in the Central Asian region.
- Werner Capital LLP (Associate Director). A partnership which develops sustainable residential and commercial projects.
- Chair of the Trustees of the Kazakhstan Centre for Peace and Accord.
He was awarded a 48 Group fellowship in recognition of outstanding contribution to Sino-British Relations in 2013.
Other roles past and present include
- Governor of the Commonwealth Institute 1997-2005.
Adrian Waddingham was brought up in Preston, educated by the Jesuits at Mount St Mary’s College, Sheffield, and graduated in mathematics, statistics and computing from Royal Holloway College, London University in 1971.
Adrian qualified as an actuary in Liverpool in 1975 and became a partner of consulting actuaries Duncan C Fraser & Co in 1978. He spent 1981 to 1985 in Malaysia where that firm had its Far East office. Adrian is a Past President of the Actuarial Society of Malaysia.
In 1987 Adrian started his own practice, Waddingham & Co in Amersham. He was a founder partner of consulting actuarial firm Barnett Waddingham in 1989, and was the Senior Partner from 2005 to 2012. Barnett Waddingham LLP is now the largest independent firm of actuaries in the UK with 750 staff including over 120 qualified actuaries in their seven UK offices.
Adrian has lectured widely on pensions, and in particular on the taxation aspects of pensions, and appeared on TV and radio. He practiced as a “Scheme Actuary” from 1997 to 2014 and advised several medium-sized pension schemes. He has also acted in court as an expert witness on pension and investment matters. Adrian is deputy chairman of the Actuarial Profession’s Disciplinary Investigations Committee. Adrian served on the FSA’s Small Business Practitioners’ Committee from 2002 to about 2005.
Adrian was Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries from 2004 to 2006, and is a former chairman of the International Association of Consulting Actuaries, and a past Chairman of the Association of Pensioneer Trustees. Adrian served as a member of the Occupational Pensions Joint Working Group, advising Ministers and officials in the DWP on pensions regulation.
Adrian served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries in the City of London in 2009/2010. In April 2010 Adrian was chosen as “Pensions Personality of the Year” at the Professional Pensions Awards Dinner. Adrian was awarded the CBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to pensions and the actuarial profession.
In June 2013 Adrian was elected one of the two Sheriffs of the City of London and took up residence in the Old Bailey for one year from September 2013. Adrian remains a partner in consulting actuaries Barnett Waddingham, working two days a week at their head office in Cheapside in the City.
Adrian is a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, a trustee of the Skeletal Cancer Action Trust, a trustee of the Epilepsy Society and an ambassador for the charity Seeability. Adrian is also a trustee of the pension schemes of the City & Guilds, and the Pensions Management Institute.
Adrian is an underwriting member of Lloyds. Adrian has been elected President of the Association of Lancastrians in London for 2016, and an honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway College, London University. Adrian sits on the Court of the Guild of Freemen of London. He is a member of English Heritage and a Friend of the V&A Museum. He also belongs to the Reform Club, Sustrans the cycling charity and SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Adrian is a “Friend” of the Harris Museum in his home city of Preston.
Adrian has just completed the renovation of a Grade II* farmhouse in north Lancashire (Slackwood Farm) which he bought in 2009 when it was on the list of endangered buildings. Adrian enjoys skiing, cycling and poor golf. Adrian has travelled extensively and in recent years to Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Yemen.
Adrian is married to Angela and they live in Gerrards Cross and Vauxhall. Their three children all work in London and have flown the nest.
Angela Knight is just setting out on her fourth career as a non-executive director.
She is currently the senior independent director on the on the Boards of Brewin Dolphin plc and Tullett Prebon Plc and is a member of the board of Transport for London. She has also served as a non-executive director on a number of plc boards.
Until the end of 2014, she was chief executive of the energy industry trade body Energy UK. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of the British Bankers’ Association and several years before that was the Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (now the Wealth Management Association).
Before running trade associations, Angela Knight was MP for Erewash from 1992 – 1997, and during that time was a Treasury Minister after being Parliamentary Private Secretary to both the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and to Industry Minister Sir Tim Sainsbury MP.
Angela has a degree in Chemistry from Bristol University and first worked at the industrial gas company Air Products as only the second ever female graduate. After that she jointly set up and ran the heavy engineering company Cook & Knight Ltd in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Angela is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.
She was honoured with a CBE for services to the financial services industry in 2007.