Speakers to our HEARTs
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Our Retreat will be spent in deep listening, deep learning and deep sharing in the company of some exceptional business thinkers and leaders. They represent a wide range of backgrounds and economic sectors yet are united in their commitment to investment for the glory of God. We will learn from their big ideas but also from the practical strategies they use to realize them. They will share insight and inspiration that has been honed from failure as much as from success.
To speak in this way demands openness and vulnerability – it is no easy task. And so we call them HEARTtalks: Hands-on (practical), Ethical, Authentic, Relational and Transformative. This reflects their purpose: God investing into our hearts so we become the leaders he has designed us to be.
Our HEARTtalkers include:
Dr Adebusoye Anifalaje
Busoye is the co-Founder and Chief Implementation Officer of BAO Systems. He is a solutions architect with over 10 years of experience in the deployment of sustainable public health information systems in resource-constrained contexts. His passion is reflected in the core mission of his company: to empower decision makers to improve lives through sustainable technology. He lives in Cambridge with his wife Tolu, son Tobi (16) and daughter Ore-Ofe (11). He has run the city’s half-marathon in support of Cancer Research.
Graham was President and COO at Arm, before his retirement from the company in 2021. He studied Engineering at Cambridge and led the development of pioneering single chip computer designs at Arm through the 1990s. He became EVP & GM of Arm’s Processor division in 2005, leading the business through a period of rapid growth and the development of computing technology for the smartphone era, before becoming COO in 2008. Graham is a Trustee at SOS Children’s Villages UK and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and chairs the Aidan Charitable Trust.
Camelle ilona Daley is the CEO of international clergy fashion brand House of ilona and author of ‘Finding Divine Flow’. An advocate for dressing on Purpose, journaling and mental wellness, Camelle is passionate about helping people and companies discover and amplify their voices. Camelle wants her life and journey to be an inspiration to other creatives ready to launch and market their dreams.
Chair Designate of Stewardship, Chris's executive career has encompassed insurance, investment management, banking and retail wealth management, working for companies such as Zurich Insurance Group, British American Financial Services, Allied Dunbar and KPMG. He has also been a trustee of eight charities and four churches. Married to Noelle, with two grown-up children, Chris attends St Aldates in Oxford where he is one of the Church Wardens. He loves drinking good wine with friends and walking the hills.
As Head of Ethics at Epworth Investment Management, Andrew is responsible for all matters related to ethical thought leadership and ethical performance. Andrew studied theology at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, followed by a doctorate in ministry at Wesley University in Nigeria and ordination in the Methodist Church of Nigeria. Prior to his appointment at Epworth, Andrew was Director of Global and Learning Innovation at Cliff College, a graduate and postgraduate evangelical learning community in the Peak District.
Gavin is a former teacher whose life was changed while walking the choristers of King's College Cambridge to evensong. As a result, he started the Besom in Cambridge, a charity aimed to help churches invest in their local communities through social action. Gavin is also chair of Hope into Action, a national charity enabling the church to house the homeless. Gary lives in Cambridge with his wife Lucinda (soon to be a vicar), two children and two dogs. He loves tennis, cricket, golf and spending time in this great city.
Strive is known worldwide as one of Africa's greatest entrepreneurs and most generous humanitarians. He is chairman of Econet, a global telecommunications group with operations, investments and offices in more than 20 countries. A Zimbabwean now based in London, he has supported the education of more than 250,000 African orphans in the last 20 years. He will speak about overcoming challenges, integrity, turning vision to reality, faith in business, diversity, common values, purpose beyond profit and philanthropy as investment.
Anna spent nearly twenty years in investment banking with Barclays Capital and BNP Paribas, supporting large businesses to achieve their growth aspirations. Almost three years ago, she moved to the Church of England to run its Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG), to provide advice to the three investing bodies of the Church of England - the Pensions Board, the Church Commissioners for England, and the CBF Church of England Fund. Anna lives in Cambridge, is married to Rob McDonald and has three school-age children who all share their parents’ love for cycling and hiking, especially in the French Alps!
Rob is Academic Dean and Tutor in Christian Doctrine at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Originally from Belfast, he grew up in New Zealand before returning to the United Kingdom in 1999. Rob worked in financial services in London before spending two years on the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton. A calling to ordained ministry led him to Ridley Hall, a time which has included a PhD on Karl Barth’s pneumatology - he retains a keen interest in the Holy Spirit and contemporary trinitarian theology. Rob is married to Anna McDonald.
Ben is bi-vocational, working at Deloitte in transaction services in the energy space for seventeen years (so far) and spending the balance of his days teaching and studying the theology of work, with a focus on finance. He is currently writing a review of contemporary finance ethics approaches in preparation for doctoral studies on the theological history of finance ethics. After 14 years in NYC, Ben now resides with his wife and son in Minnesota in the U.S.
Serial entrepreneur Matt Parfitt is the CEO of Grace Enterprises and the founder of multi-award winning Radiant Cleaners & Jubilee Events... and has a vision for 5 more businesses! He employs people who have been homeless, struggled with addiction, survivors of slavery, ex-offenders paying all of them the real Living Wage. Matt founded Grace Enterprises in partnership with Grace Church Nottingham in 2017, where he and his wife Sam have been worshipping for 18 years.
Keren is Co-founder and CEO of Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), a sourcing and manufacturing company working in Ghana, running an operating model that proves that living wages and worker empowerment are not mutually exclusive with cost-competitive product and profit. Keren also runs 2 non profit companies that deliver technical skills to workers and kick start beyond compliance programmes. She currently lives just outside Peterborough with her husband Mark and her 3 year old daughter Hannah.
Jon Reynolds co-founded technology company SwiftKey in 2008 and was CEO until its acquisition by Microsoft in 2016. SwiftKey is best known for its smart typing technology which learns from each user to accurately autocorrect and predict their most-likely next word, and features on more than 1 billion devices to date. Jon studied Physics at the University of Cambridge and prior to founding SwiftKey, worked as a civil servant in the British Government. He lives in Cambridge with his wife Sarah and two young children, and enjoys hiking and most sports!
David is Chief Executive of Cantab Asset Management, based in Cambridge, UK. He has been giving investment and financial planning advice for most of his career, including twenty-four years as the principal of Saunderson House. After reading engineering at Downing College, Cambridge, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. David serves as a trustee of several charities, including the Lambeth Trust for the Archbishop of Canterbury. In his spare time he enjoys skiing and tennis.
As the former CEO of Capella Hotel Group, Horst inspired client loyalty by raising the bar for customer service. Under his leadership, The Ritz-Carlton Group was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award - the first and only hotel company to win this award. He is the author of Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise. He will provide insights on creating customer loyalty and inspiring employees.
Tim serves as Executive Editor for the Eventide Center for Faith & Investing (ECFI), based in Boston, USA. The aim of the ECFI is to inspire an authentically Christian approach to the practicalities of modern investing. Previously, Tim was Founding Editor for the non-profit, AI and Faith. He is a graduate of Harvard University; a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics; and an emeritus member of the Executive Advisory Board of the School for Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. In his leisure time, Tim enjoys cycling, reading and enjoying the company of friends.
Liz is CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm. Some of her recent clients include Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla and Twitter. She will provide insights on “Multipliers” (leaders who empower and release others), and “Diminishers” (leaders who limit and restrict the potential of those they lead).