Dame Carolyn McCall
Chief Executive Officer, easyJet Airline Company Ltd
Carolyn McCall joined easyJet on 1 July 2010 as Chief Executive Officer.
Since joining easyJet Carolyn has been responsible for improving the airline’s punctuality to industry-leading levels as well as introducing important customer innovations like allocated seating. Her strategic focus has resulted in a series of milestone events including reaching the landmark of carrying 70m passengers annually and attracting more business travellers, with more than 12m now flying with easyJet each year – always ensuring easyJet provides easy and affordable travel for all.
Under Carolyn’s leadership easyJet has consistently exceeded City expectations. 2012 saw the company achieving record profits and paying a dividend for the first time and in 2013 the company entered the FTSE 100. In 2013, Carolyn led a rigorous evaluation process and obtained shareholder approval for the purchase of 135 Airbus aircraft.
Prior to joining easyJet, Carolyn was Chief Executive of Guardian Media Group plc. She was also was non-executive director of Lloyds TSB (from 2008–2009) and was a non-executive director of Tesco Plc (2005-2008), and of New Look plc (1999-2005). She was Chair of Opportunity Now (2005-2009) and a former President of Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL).
In 2013, Carolyn McCall was awarded the Airline Business ‘Airline Strategy Award for Low Cost leadership’. In the same year Carolyn was awarded City AM’s Personality of the Year award along with the Gold Medal Award from the Chartered Management Institute for her work in management. In 2014 she was the winner of the Business Achievement Award at the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame Awards.
Carolyn is Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, having joined the board in November 2012. She has also been a member of the Royal Academy Corporate Board for the last four years, and in September 2014 she joined the Burberry Board as non-executive director.
Carolyn was awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honour List in 2016 for services to the aviation industry, as well as being awarded the OBE for services to women in business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008. In April 2008 she was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.
She graduated from Kent University with a BA in History and Politics and from London University with a Masters in Politics.
Founder and CEO, Maiden Voyage
Carolyn Pearson is the founder and CEO of Maiden Voyage. Prior to launching Maiden Voyage Carolyn led technology teams for organisations such as ITV, BBC, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and easyJet where she was head of Commercial Systems.
Maiden Voyage started life as a social network to connect female business travellers and has evolved to be a well-known and respected organisation that is driving up standards right across the industry to support female travellers. Today over 8000 women in over 80 countries use the platform, there’s a corporate solution used by the likes of BP and Richemont and Leeds Beckett University. Maiden Voyage set the standard for ‘female friendly hotels and also provides female traveller safety training and a there’s also a certified TMC programme. Maiden Voyage currently partners with CTI and International SOS and has recently, in partnership with the Business Travel Magazine produced the Women in Business Travel Report.
Carolyn has been appointed to the GBTA Risk Committee where she represents women travellers and is a regular speaker at travel industry events around the world
Sean Fitzpatrick is a legend of international rugby and international sport. He was captain of the mighty New Zealand Rugby Team, the All Blacks. Sean played 92 international rugby matches for the All Blacks from 1986-1998, including a world record of 63 consecutive Test matches and 51 Test matches as captain of New Zealand.
Sean is the Vice-Chairman and Academy Member of the Laureus Sports Foundation. He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General in 1997. At the end of 1999, Sean was named as hooker in Rugby World magazine’s Team of the Century.
Sean is still very much involved in rugby, he is currently an author and journalist to various international publications, as well as a pundit on Sky Sports. He is founder of the sport-to-business leadership company ‘Front Row Leadership’ offering consultation, leadership and motivational advice to senior global management at companies such as Microsoft, Renaissance Capital, Hewlett Packard, Nestle, General Motors, Heinz and many more.
Sean lives in London with his wife and two beautiful daughters.
Simon Wheatcroft refuses to let blindness hold him back. Whether he is competing in ultra-marathons, climbing mountains or going about his day to day life, he combines the use of technology and his fundamental belief and trust in his own abilities and body to overcome what many would consider insurmountable barriers and achieve his goals. Simon’s unique blend of ferocious drive, along with his background in technology and psychology, enables him to push the boundaries of possibility and challenge the audience to explore what they can achieve.
Born with a genetic eye disorder (Retinitis Pigmentosa) resulted in Simon becoming blind at 17. After a number of difficult years of adaptation, he headed to California with the intention of climbing a mountain and proposing to his girlfriend. Having never climbed or hiked up a mountain before, Simon’s view was how hard can it be?
While he managed to propose to his girlfriend (halfway up the mountain) the summit remained elusive as it was too dangerous for him to continue to the top. For the first time in his life Simon quit because he couldn’t see. It wasn’t the difficulty of the mountain, it was his lack of vision that defeated him on the day.
Returning to the UK he vowed never to quit again because he was unable to see. Now all he needed was a new challenge. Making use of technology, he began a remarkable journey of learning to run outdoors totally unaided aside from the Smartphone app RunKeeper and his remaining senses as a guide.
Over a period of seven months, he went from running between the goalposts on a football field to his first race of over 100 miles. Partnering with leading technology firms and using social media to find running partners Simon has gone on to run marathons and ultra marathons. In 2014, he decided that the 26.2 mile New York City marathon wasn’t enough, so he started in Boston over 250 miles away!
Leveraging his experience of working with leading technology firms (IBM, MIT and Google), Simon is creating the next generation of technology that will continue to enable himself and others to achieve what many bystanders would consider unattainable. Much of this technology will be put to the test as he seeks to test the boundaries of what is humanly possible as the first ever blind person to run solo the 4 Deserts Marathon in Namibia in May 2016.
Director, Business Development, Oxford Economic
Anthony Horne manages global business development for the economic consulting division.
Anthony joined Oxford Economics from the American economics firm EMSI, where he led their business development work in the UK. Prior to that, he worked within the public sector in a range of executive level roles. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester.
Crispin Humm MBE
Head of Customer Journey, Rail Delivery Group
Crispin joined RDG on 9th May 2016 from Barclays Bank. He held two roles there; first he was a Customer Experience Manager in the Design Office and more recently, a Chief of Staff in the UK Private Bank. Prior to that, Crispin was a Commissioned Officer in The Parachute Regiment and served in a number of theatres across the globe. Crispin is now focussed upon driving the Team Experience to deliver a consistent and exceptional experience across the entire customer journey.
Managing Director, Sabre
As Managing Director, Hallerberg leads Sabre’s travel marketplace business in the UK and Ireland, which is the largest for Sabre in the region. He is tasked with growing the company’s customer base, and maintaining successful and trusted relationships with Sabre’s existing travel management company clients, technology partners, as well as leisure and generalist travel agencies in the UK and Ireland.
Before taking on the position as Managing Director, Hallerberg held numerous regional leadership positions within Sabre. He was most recently Regional Managing Director of Global Accounts Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, he spent six years in Singapore working alongside Abacus, Asia’s leading GDS – which Sabre acquired in 2015.
He earned a PhD in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also earned dual degrees – a BA in History and a BBA in Finance – from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, spending part of his studies at University College, Oxford.
Sales and Account Development, Barclaycard
With over 20 years in the commercial payments sector, Marc Pettican has seen significant development in technology and innovation, and often been a driving force in shaping this for customers. He started with Barclays in 1994, with the majority of his experience in a succession of senior sales, account management and leadership roles in Barclaycard Commercial, including the payment acceptance, issuing and most recently as Managing Director of Barclaycard’s newest partner, The Logic Group. After spending 2 years transitioning the payment and loyalty technology provider to Barclaycard Business Solutions, he has recently taken up a new role as Managing Director for Commercial and Multinational Clients for Barclaycard Commercial Payments.
Head of Sales, Amadeus UK
Liz joined Amadeus in 2016 as part of the senior management team and is responsible for delivering the technology company’s commercial strategy and leading its expanding new sales division. Liz’s role is designed to enable travel companies across the leisure and business sectors to achieve competitive advantage by deploying technology that drives productivity gains as well as growing revenues by adopting best practice travel retailing. Prior to joining Amadeus, Liz has held senior VP positions at American Express Europe across the payments, financial services, and corporate business travel sectors.