Penny Chapman is a partner in Bircham Dyson Bell LLP and head of the firm’s charity law practice. After studying history at Somerville College, Oxford, she became a solicitor practicing in the field of tax and trusts and ultimately specialising in charities. Miss Chapman regularly advises boards of charity trustees on all aspects of constitutional law and good governance. As well as advising numerous charity clients Miss Chapman is also a trustee of a number of grant-making charities and of the College of Radiographers and World Book Night.
Michael Cronk is a retired commodity broker. He joined E.D.& F.Man (now Man Group plc) in 1971, spending the greater part of his career working in the group’s commodity division and serving as director of the group’s sugar company. He was an active arbitrator in the international sugar industry for many years, and served a three year term as chairman of The Refined Sugar Association. Mr Cronk now takes an active interest in various charitable causes, and has served as a trustee on a number of charitable organisations. He is Marjorie Deane’s godson, and was a founding trustee of her foundation in 1998.
Martin Giles is a partner at Wing Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture firm. At Wing, he leads research into new technology trends and their implications for businesses. After studying Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University he joined The Economist as a writer on Marjorie Deane’s The Economist Financial Report in 1988. He later held several other editorial posts, including European business correspondent and editor of the Finance and Economics section. He then spent ten years on the commercial side of The Economist Group, including four as head of the group’s US operations. In 2008 he returned to journalism, covering finance and management from New York. In June 2009 he became the paper’s Silicon Valley correspondent before leaving in 2015 to become a venture capitalist. Mr Giles has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is also a member of the advisory council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, appointed in February 2015. She was formerly Business Affairs Editor overseeing the paper’s business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. From 2007 to 2014 she was Economics Editor, based in Washington, DC. Ms Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Previously, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University. Ms Minton Beddoes is a frequent television and radio commentator on both sides of the Atlantic, including on the “Bill Maher Show” (HBO), “Fareed Zakaria GPS” (CNN), “Newsnight” (BBC), “Newshour” (PBS), CNBC and “Public Interest” (NPR).
Henry Boucher is Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Sarasin & Partners, focused on global equities and with expertise in Sustainable investment, and responsible for managing one of the firm’s specialist thematic investment strategies, Food & Agriculture Opportunities. He is Chairman of the Sarasin & Partners Investment Strategy Group, responsible for defining the long-term thematic investment landscape. Henry is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI). He is chairman of the Walcot Foundation, a large independent grant-making foundation and charity that seeks to break cycles of financial deprivation for people living in South London. Henry started his career in fund management in 1983. Specialising in multi-asset and global equity fund management, he has managed a wide variety of funds, including unit trusts, pension funds, life funds and charity endowments.
Rupert Pennant-Rea was a journalist at The Economist from 1977 to 1993, the last seven years as Editor-in-Chief. He rejoined the board of the Economist Group in 2007 and became Chairman in 2009. He was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 1993 to 1995, and has been involved in business since then. He is Chairman of Henderson Group plc and a director of a number of public and private companies. He has written several books on economics and one (bad) novel.