Baroness Camilla Cavendish
Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, and the author of “Extra Time: Ten Lessons for an Ageing World”, published by Harper Collins in 2019. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Contributing Editor at the Financial Times where she writes a weekly OpEd column on Saturdays.
She was Head of the Prime Minister’s UK Policy Unit under David Cameron. One of the policies associated with her is the 2016 “sugar tax” on fizzy drinks. Previously a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission, and was author of the 2013 Cavendish Review, an independent review for the Department of Health, into junior nursing staff and care workers. In 2020 Camilla became a temporary adviser to the Secretary of State for Health during the Covid-19 pandemic and delivered an internal review on social care reform in October 2020.
She sits in the House of Lords as a non-aligned peer: Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice. Camilla’s work has changed the law: her exposure of miscarriages of justice in family courts led the Brown government to open those courts to the media in 2009. Her awards include Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the year, and the Paul Foot award for investigative journalism. Camilla began her career at McKinsey & Co. She helped to found the lobby group London First and was CEO of the South Bank Employers’ Group, a public-private joint venture which regenerated parts of London’s south bank.
She holds degrees from Oxford and Harvard and chairs the non-profit Frontline, which puts talented graduates into social work.
Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He contributes to diverse organisations and communities, including business corporations, universities, schools, social enterprises and various grassroots initiatives. He is the founder of Embercombe, a centre in Devon (UK) which seeks to explore and promote the profound regeneration of land, society, and people.
Mac led a leadership development business in the UK, and co-founded two similar consultancies in Poland and Russia. Over the last few years, his work with organisations has included the delivery of multiple presentations and workshops supporting Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, and speaking engagements with Vodafone, HSBC, and the Taranaki CEO Forum, amongst many others.
Mac was a member of Danone North America’s Advisory Committee (2017-19) as they made their remarkable journey towards attaining B Corp accreditation. In the past he has also sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble.
Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life, and a contemporary dominant world-view in whose hands the future of humanity and all other species now uncomfortably rests.
In 2013 Mac was presented with the Enlightened Society Award, and in 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his work in service to the community by Plymouth University. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks.