Grant Dawson – Co-chair
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Centrica
Grant Dawson has been Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of Centrica plc since the demerger of British Gas plc on 17 February 1997.
Grant has overall responsibility for Legal, Regulatory, Ethics & Compliance and Secretariat activities across the Group and the day to day operating of the main board. Grant is a member of the Centrica plc Executive Committee.
Grant is also Chairman of Centrica Storage Limited, the subsidiary which owns/operates the on-shore Easington Terminal and off-shore Rough platform, the largest UK gas storage facility.
In addition, Grant is the Vice Chairman of the GC100 (the association of FTSE100 General Counsel). He also sits on the The European General Counsel Association Committee along with The Corporate Governance Council Committee.
Rosemary Martin – Co-chair
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Vodafone
Rosemary Martin was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc with the last five years as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Before joining Reuters, Rosemary was a partner with Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown). She is an independent non-executive director of EY and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Group Advisory Panel and. She is also an advisory board member of the Oxford Internet Institute. She was a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group) until April 2016.
Dr James Bellini – Keynote
First British member of U.S. futurology think-tank, The Hudson Institute
James Bellini describes himself as ‘an historian of the future’ with a close interest in key trends and strategic challenges facing current and future business into the 2020s and beyond.
Bellini was the first British staff member of the US futurology ‘think tank’ the Hudson Institute. He has also worked with the Henley Centre for Forecasting, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Global Future Forum and worked for a number of years in advertising and corporate communications. In 2007 Bellini was elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, founded by Nobel Laureate Glenn Theodore Seaborg. In 2015 he was awarded the Professional Certificate in Coaching (with Merit) by Henley Business School.
Bellini also has more than twenty-five years experience as an award-winning TV broadcaster. He presented The Money Programme for BBC TV for three years before moving to Newsnight and Panorama and then to various independent networks. He was Editor and studio presenter at Financial Times Television and Sky News for seven years, heading up their financial and business coverage. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Maaike de Bie
General Counsel, Royal Mail Group
Head of Legal, Travelex
General Counsel & Company Secretary, St Andrew's Healthcare
Company Secretary, BT
General Counsel, Metro Bank
Partner, Business Advisory Division, Shoosmiths
General Counsel and Company Secretary, National Grid
Alison was appointed Group General Counsel & Company Secretary for
National Grid plc in January 2013. As such, she will be responsible for
shaping the Group legal function within National Grid and providing
Company secretariat support to the Boards and Committees of National
Formerly, Alison was Commercial Director, Transmission at National
Grid for 4½ years working with the gas and electricity industries in the
UK and Europe to influence the legal and regulatory regimes in which
National Grid operates, to deliver improved efficiency and reliability,
whilst facilitating security of supply for Britain.
Prior to this Alison was General Counsel and Company Secretary for
National Grid Electricity Transmission plc and National Grid Gas plc
until February 2008.
Alison qualified with corporate solicitors, Martineau Johnson and spent
8 years in private practice before joining National Grid Company plc in
She has extensive external industry exposure including a number of
positions on European and UK Committees. From 2006 to 2011 she was
Chair of the Electricity Pension Scheme from and Chaired Enabling,
National Grid’s Disability Network.
General Counsel (Routes), Network Rail Infrastructure
Dan worked at Dechert LLP before moving in-house to Network Rail in 2007. In 2014 he was selected as one of Legal Business Magazine’s In-House Lawyer Rising Stars and in October 2016, Dan became General Counsel for the Routes Division at Network Rail. The Routes are the operational heart of the railway and are divided in to eight business units along geographical lines. Dan and his team work as partners with the Routes to proactively support the operations, maintenance and enhancement of the British rail infrastructure.
Earlier this year Dan led a cross-functional project team in the re-design and upgrade of the legal team’s KM system which was successfully launched in April. He has first-hand experience of the complexities involved in developing from scratch a KM system which is fit for purpose as well as the cultural challenges associated with embedding the change to working practice in a well-established legal team.
Head of the Business Advisory Division, Shoosmiths
Stuart Little is a Partner at national law firm Shoosmiths, this year’s winner of the “UK Law Firm of the Year” title at the Legal Business Awards.
He heads the firm’s Business Advisory Division which includes Commercial; Employment; Pensions; and Risk & Litigation Services. It advises medium to large corporates (including FCA regulated companies), in addition to public bodies, financial institutions and charities.
Stuart’s own legal background is as a commercial litigator with extensive experience of leading heavyweight commercial disputes with particular emphasis on Technology, Manufacturing and Corporate related disputes (including Warranty Claims, Director actions and Shareholders disputes).
He has worked closely over the years with General Counsel and legal teams and, with the GC of a leading US technology company, pioneered a “Risk Reward” pricing model which was an early winner of the FT Innovative Lawyers Award.
A skilled negotiator, he has wide experience of utilising ADR processes to achieve early commercial resolution, frequently preserving what are important commercial relationships between the parties.
Stuart is a member of the British Computer Society and Society for Computers and Law.
Director of Legal and Third Party Sales, ITV
Asst. General Counsel, Labour, Disputes & Legal Operations, Royal Mail Group
Matt is Assistant General Counsel at Royal Mail with responsibility for the dispute resolution, employment & incentives, health & safety and PI, and legal operations teams. Prior to joining Royal Mail, Matt was the group head of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s employment team and trained as a solicitor at Linklaters.
Managing Director, Investigations & Disputes, Kroll
Executive Chairwomen and Founder, Halebury
Partner, Business Advisory Division, Shoosmiths
Vice President & Head of Legal – Europe, FLEETCOR Technologies Inc
Global Procurement Director, Consultancy and Professional Services, Liberty Global
Vice President and Governance Technology Evangelist, Diligent
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Cambridge University Press
General Counsel – UK & Ireland, HAYS PLC
Evelyn Styles joined Hays in June 2005. She is currently responsible for managing the UK and Ireland legal team to ensure it delivers a highly efficient and commercial legal service to the business. Prior to joining Hays Evelyn had extensive experience in advising companies on corporate, commercial and employment law matters within niche private practice law firms as well as an in-house lawyer.