Ian is a former MP who now is a non-executive director of or advisor to several companies, mainly in the technology, environment and security sectors. His hands-on experience encompasses business, Parliament and charitable organisations.
He is currently a member of the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council which inter alia supports research and provides a broad range of scientific and technical expertise and facilities in space and ground-based astronomy technologies, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.
Ian was a Member of the UK Parliament for 23 years until standing down at the May 2010 General Election. He was Minister for Science and Technology at the Department of Trade and Industry during 1994 - 1997 in a Conservative Government, and subsequently chaired the all-Party Parliamentary and Scientific Committee which includes the Parliamentary Engineering Group. He was an officer of several all-party Parliamentary committees, including the Office of Science & Technology, the European Information Society Group, PITCOM (Information Technology Committee), Corporate Social Responsibility Group and was co-Chairman of the Space Committee. He sat on the Commission on National Security in 2007/09 and has written extensively about, and been frequently interviewed on, these subject areas.
Prior to entering Parliament in 1987, Ian had 18 years experience of providing corporate finance and management advice to companies in the UK, France and USA.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Steve Lewis is the CEO, Founder of Living PlanIT, the award winning international technology company that develops and licenses the Urban Operating System (UOS™) – the essential open software platform that enables the design, delivery, operations and enhancement of urban and rural environments, facilitating the interaction between people, places and things. He is member of the statutory board and chair of the Living PlanIT Advisory Council.
Formerly with Microsoft Corporation until May of 2004, where Steve served as General Manager of Market Development and Co-Chair of the Microsoft Business Development Forum. Steve was primarily responsible for understanding key market trends and developments to identify their strategic implications for Microsoft and the industry. He also led the company's strategic business development opportunities & commercial engagements leveraging Microsoft's portfolio of technology, research & development, services, marketing, distribution, partner ecosystem and investment capital.
Before joining Microsoft, Steve spent a couple of years raising capital for technology investments, mergers and acquisitions and participated on the boards of early through late stage development companies.
He served as General Manager of the Lotus Messaging and Collaboration division of IBM Corporation, having previously held key executive positions in areas of business development, product strategy, management, marketing, engineering and sales.
Steve, considered a thought leader and visionary by industry and market analysts in the development of smart cities and the industrialization of the Internet, frequently delivers the keynote address at key industry events. He is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship, science and technology in further education, including lectures at the Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School, the Graduate School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Porto, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Cranfield School of Management, University College London and the London School of Economics.
He chaired the European Business Plan of the Year Award 2010 and 2011, became World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Steve is one of the world's leading building engineers and a member of the Buro Happold's Board. He has led Buro Happold teams to deliver a number of award winning projects.
These include the Great Court project at the British Museum, London, the Wing Tower in Glasgow, and the King Abdullah International Gardens in Riyadh. His contributions to engineering have been recognized with awards from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.
Steve began his career in his native New Zealand before joining Buro Happold in 1994. He was appointed a Director of the Practice in 2000 and for the early part of the decade led one of the major structural engineering groups in London, consistently delivering high class buildings working alongside some of the UK's leading architects. In 2005, he took over the management of the company's London Region, the largest in the Practice, and worked to develop and integrate the wider Buro Happold consultancy business. More recently his portfolio has expanded further to encompass the development of new international business in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa.
Steve continues to be driven by the desire to deliver innovative engineering solutions and to mould young engineers into team players with enthusiasm and insight to deliver to the challenge of today and the future. He is also passionate about the need for the engineering fraternity to find ways of delivering projects more cost effectively and with minimal environmental impact.
Steve graduated from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Engineering. He is a registered Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers.
Until 2012, Richard was the Chief Executive Officer of Kreab Gavin Anderson and has been advising governments and corporate clients around the world on high profile financial, corporate and public affairs communications strategies for over 25 years.
His transactional experience involves over 150 M&A situations and 100 IPOs and equity offerings. Previously Richard was Chairman and CEO of Gavin Anderson & Co (2000 - 2009). In his early career, Richard worked for Flemings' Investment Banking Division, with responsibility for marketing Flemings' corporate finance operations in London and New York.
Peter van Manen
Peter is Managing Director of McLaren Electronic Systems, responsible for running the independent trading company within the McLaren Group. McLaren Electronic Systems develops, manufactures and deploys control systems, software and components for the high performance motorsport, automotive and other manufacturing and transport industries.
He is also responsible for the operation of McLaren Applied Technologies, a sister company which exploits simulation, strategy and telemetry solutions in wider market sectors. Under his stewardship, McLaren Electronics Systems has established a leading position in the motorsport sector. It is a respected innovator and supplier to open wheel race cars, sports cars, stock cars and motorcycles in a range of motor racing categories in Europe, Asia and North America. Along with its technical partner, Microsoft Corporation, the company is the Official ECU Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. This entails developing, manufacturing and supporting all the power-train control and data systems used by all teams and engine makers in Formula One.
Prior to becoming Managing Director in 2003, Peter was Operations Director, with direct responsibility for the development and marketing operations within the company. Before joining the McLaren Group in 1992, Peter worked in the mining and railway industries in the UK and Australia. He graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Adelaide and subsequently moved to London where he obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering for his work on dynamics of rail vehicles in underground coal mines.
Rebecca joins the Board bringing expertise in real estate financing and chairs our Audit Committee. Becky has over 14 years of experience in the real estate industry, on both the direct real estate side and finance and structuring. In addition to direct real estate management, she has undertaken restructuring, both of debt and leading operational asset backed portfolios.
Becky joined Quintain Estates & Development plc in 1998, holding the position of Finance Director from 2001 to 2012, where she was instrumental in restructuring the company’s financing, including a £715m club facility with 10 banks, and leading its successful £192m public equity raising in Nov/Dec 2009.
In May 2012, Becky was appointed Deputy Chief Executive, with her key responsibilities including Quintain’s activities at the Greenwich Peninsula and chairing the Risk Committee.
Becky qualified as a chartered accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 1997 and worked as Financial Controller of Britton Group plc prior to joining Quintain.
Becky sits on the Advisory Board of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and is a Board member of the British Property Federation.