Lord MarlandRead Profile →
Lord Marland of Odstock retired as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and Chairman of the Business Ambassador Network at 1 January 2014.
He is the former Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2010 and subsequently for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Lord Marland took up the position of Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council in February 2014.
He was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc, a multinational insurance business and also founded the Jubilee insurance company at Lloyd’s of London.
He led the acquisitions of Janspeed Ltd (automotive engineering and manufacturing); Hunter Boot Ltd; Insurance Capital Partners; Jubilee Insurance Ltd; WH Ireland Ltd (stockbroker); Cricketer Ltd and Tamara Mellon, LLC (fashion)
He is Chairman of Tickets For Troops and Peggy Guggenheim (UK), trustee of the Churchill International Society, President of The Outdoor Trust, and The Atlantic Partnership and Patron of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Cricket.
Lord Marland is married to Penny, a probation officer, and they have two sons and two daughters.
Stuart HigginsRead Profile →
Stuart runs Stuart Higgins Media, a Public Relations company specialising in promoting and protecting brands and people. He has a wide range of clients including well-known individuals and major companies, sports stars and sports organisations. He is a previous editor of The Sun newspaper, where he worked for twenty years. He has built up a vast network of contacts and connections which have helped promote the charity and raise its profile in the media and with the general public. He also works with the Armed Forces charity which supports servicemen and women who have lost limbs BLESMA and British Forces Broadcasting Services.
General The Lord HoughtonRead Profile →
General Nick Houghton is a former United Kingdom Chief of Defence Staff - the professional Head of the UK’s Armed Forces. He stood down in July 2016 and is now the Constable of The Tower of London and a Cross-Bench Peer in the House of Lords.
Nick Houghton joined the Army in 1973 straight from school aged 18. He was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Green Howards, a Yorkshire Infantry Regiment. In his early twenties he undertook an in-Service degree in Modern History at St Peter’s College, Oxford. In a 43 year military career he served seven times in Northern Ireland earning operational awards as both a Commanding Officer and a Brigade Commander in Belfast. He was the Deputy Commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq in 2005-6 for which he was awarded the US Legion of Merit. He was the Chief of Joint Operations from April 2006 to May 2009, in charge of all overseas operations of UK Forces, including the final extraction from Iraq. He was both Vice Chief then Chief of Defence Staff over the period 2009-2016 during the time of two Strategic Defence Reviews and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. He was the Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps and the founding Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment.
On leaving the Army Nick Houghton established his own consultancy company which specialises in giving strategic advice to multinational corporates. He also advises a number of technical start-ups. More widely he is a Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute , Historic Royal Palaces, Royal Armouries and The HM Tower of London Chapels Royal Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford. His weekend home is in Richmond, North Yorkshire where he lives with his wife Maggie. They have two grown up children: Thomas and Sophie.
Robert RowlandRead Profile →
Robert A. Rowland is the Principal of Bowdon Capital Ltd, a U.K. Family Office and is also a main board member of Digme Fitness. He began working in the investment industry in 1988. Prior to creating Bowdon in 2014, Robert was a partner and Managing Director with Lazard Frères in NYC, Soros Funds Limited, a fund manager with Odey Asset Management. Robert was in the RAF University Air Squadron for three years prior to starting in banking.
Robert is married to Lisa Marie, the CEO of Chelsea Green Salon and they have 3 sons and one daughter.