Matthew Owen biography

Matthew OwenMatthew set-up Cool Earth in 2007 to work with indigenous communities keep their rainforest standing. Cool Earth now works throughout the tropics and has put 500,000 acres of endangered forest our of reach of loggers. Matthew has run a childcare charity, managed a research group and spent 15 years in investment banking. He now lives in Falmouth with three daughters.


Beth Barnes biography

Beth is a student in her last year at Exeter College. She became involved in the Effective Altruism movement last year, and took the Giving What We Can pledge. This year she started Exeter Effective Altruism Society. Next year she hopes to go on to study Biological Natural Sciences at Cambridge, and is currently considering pathways to making a difference and careers such as research into biosecurity, working to combat neglected tropical diseases, or biological software engineering.

Carmel McConnell biography

Carmel’s background is a mixture of social activism and senior corporate roles. She has an MBA is in change leadership and technology, and has worked at senior levels in BT, UBS and 20th Century Fox, as well as working as growth and strategy adviser to many FTSE 100 companies.

Shocked by the numbers of children arriving at school too hungry to learn, she founded Magic Breakfast as the first stage in a global approach to give every hungry child a good breakfast as fuel for learning. The charity aims to be a catalyst, helping schools provide a healthy breakfast and parent support, as part of each school’s plan to improve child educational outcomes and health. Put simply, a hungry child cannot concentrate, and the most important lessons are taught in the morning. Magic Breakfast can provide porridge, bagels, healthy cereals and diluted fresh orange juice for just 22p per child per morning. So a Magic Breakfast is a very effective investment!

Carmel is delighted to work on the expert panel supporting the School Food Plan. She is a strong advocate for the Plan, believing it to be the best chance to improve school food for the future and, in the words of the authors “create a golden age of school food”.

Carmel was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award (New Statesman/Edge) in 2008. Magic Breakfast won the No 10 Big Society Award in 2010 and is currently the Pearson UK Employee Charity of the Year. In April 2014 Carmel was voted number 4 in the BBC Women’s Hour top 100 list of most influential “gamechangers”.

Carmel is on Twitter at @magiccarmel
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Chetan Bhatt biography

Chetan BhattChetan Bhatt is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE. He has taught at several UK universities and published widely. His recent writing has focused on wars, human rights and extreme religious violence. He has been involved for several decades in international work related to human rights, human freedoms and social justice.


Clive Stafford Smith biography

Clive Stafford SmithClive Stafford Smith OBE is a lawyer specialising in defending people accused of the most serious crimes, and is Founder and Director of the UK legal action charity Reprieve.

Clive spent 26 years working as an attorney in the Southern United States, where he represented over 300 prisoners facing the death penalty. Whilst only taking the cases of those who could not afford lawyers, he prevented in the death penalty in all but six cases (a 98% “victory” rate). Few lawyers ever take a case to the US Supreme Court. Clive has taken five, and all of the prisoners prevailed.

In 2001, when the US military base at Guantánamo Bay was pressed into service, Clive joined two other lawyers to sue for access to the prisoners there. He believed the camp to be an affront to democracy and the rule of law. His ultimate goal is to close it and restore to the US and its allies their legitimacy as champions of human rights.

To date, Clive has helped secure the release of more than 60 prisoners from Guantánamo (including every British prisoner) and still acts for 17 more. More recently, Clive and Reprieve have turned their eye to other secret prisons, and to the victims of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Alongside many other awards, in 2000 Clive received an OBE for ‘humanitarian services’ and in 2014, the Contrarian Prize.

Dick Moore biography

Dick MooreDick Moore has been an English teacher, rugby coach, senior school housemaster and prep school headmaster, the latter for almost 23 years. Circumstances led to a developing passion for adolescent emotional wellbeing. A qualified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid, Dick is also closely involved with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, for whom he is a Trainer. As such, he visits businesses and schools around the UK and overseas to talk to pupils, parents and teachers about the challenges of adolescence – for young people and those who care for them – and about the signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders. Dick has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5, as well as local radio and BBC1’s Breakfast TV, and has a passion for The Great War and Fulham FC!

Harry Baker biography

Harry Baker

Harry is about to graduate with a Maths degree from the University of Bristol. In his time there tobuyaccutane he has won the Poetry Slam World Cup; written and performed a 5-Star sellout Edinburgh Fringe show; accidentally become an international rap battler; learnt to write poems in German as well as English; had his work published on; and released his first anthology of poems ‘The Sunshine Kid’ (available at He is looking forward to the next set of adventures!

Jenny Sealey biography

Jenny SealeyJenny Sealey co-directed the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF).

She has been Artistic Director and CEO of Graeae since 1997 and has pioneered a new theatrical language, coining the term “Aesthetics of Access”; the creative integration of sign language and audio description within performance.

Recent theatre credits for Graeae include: The Threepenny Opera (co-directed with Peter Rowe, co-produced with the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Limbless Knight (GDIF); Belonging (co-produced with Circo Crescer e Viver); Reasons To Be Cheerful (2010 co-produced with the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East and the 2012 national tour co-produced with the New Wolsey Ipswich); Blasted; Whiter than Snow (co-produced with Birmingham Rep); Peeling and Bent.

Additionally, Jenny has directed work, run workshops and masterclasses and given presentations internationally in Japan, India, Bangladesh and Brazil.

In 2009, Jenny was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours and became the Artistic Advisor for the Unlimited 2012 Festival before taking on the Paralympics Opening Ceremony.  Jenny has been awarded the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award, is an honorary Doctor of Drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at Middlesex University and is a Fellow of the Central School of Speech and Drama and Rose Bruford College.

Kieron Kirkland biography

Kieron KirklandKieron Kirkland is magician, technologist and social innovation geek. A member of the Magic Circle, he has performed everywhere from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Arctic Circle. As Magician-in-Residence at the Pervasive Media Studio he created new ways that magic and technology could be intertwined and ran the world’s first magic hack which was featured on the BBC, The Independent and Slate Magazine. And yes, it was as much fun as it sounds. He’s also a retired street clown, but generally keeps quiet about that.