M C Woodford WEBMichael Woodford MBE

Michael Woodford worked his way up through the ranks of Olympus to become the first non-Japanese head of the century-old company. However, he was dismissed as CEO after just four months when he uncovered explosive financial irregularities.

The story reverberated around the world with Michael’s life being threatened whilst also being named Business Person of the Year.

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Just after taking up his appointment as President and CEO, Michael discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars had been transferred to mysterious accounts, many in the Cayman Islands. When he brought it to the attention of his Chairman and board, and informed a contact at the Financial Times, he was instantly sacked. Told that he should fear for his safety, he returned to London and briefed the Serious Fraud Office, setting in train a series of investigations which would involve the SFO, the FBI and the Tokyo Police. The scale of fraud is estimated to be $1.7billion over twenty years. Keen to right the wrongs, Michael also offered to return to Olympus, but was rejected by shareholders.

As recounted in Michael’s book Exposed, and the BBC documentary Full Exposure, the Olympus tale takes in the Yakuza, corporate secrecy, and Japanese concepts of loyalty and reputation. More generally it gets to the heart of what is and what isn’t ethical capitalism. In a frank and entertaining way, Michael will tell his story, exploring lessons of business morality and risk management against a truly dramatic backdrop.



Martine Wright CC WEB
Martine Wright MBE

On 6 July 05′ Martine and work friends gathered to watch the announcement of the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The next morning, Martine caught the Circle line and sat just three feet away from one of the four suicide bombers who coordinated a series of attacks on London. Suffering from the most severe injuries, she was consequently the last rescued survivor of the 7/7 bombings. Martine was trapped for over an hour having lost 80% of her blood supply, as well as both legs above the knees. There followed a painful year of rehabilitation including learning to walk again on prosthetics.

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In 09′ Martine attended her first Sitting Volleyball session. There was an instant appeal and since making her debut in 2010, Martine has amassed a total of more than 40 caps for her country. In 2012 the GB Sitting Volleyball team took part in their first Paralympic Games at  the London Paralympic Games. Martine chose to wear the number 7 shirt in honour of the 52 people who died in the atrocities of 7/7.

In 12′ Martine was named  inspirational Woman of the Year by Zest Magazine, the Vitalise Woman of Achievement, and at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards she won the Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. Post 7/7, Martine  has been a public campaigner for the families of the victims of the 7/7 bombings. Her story resonates with all audiences, and her presentations focus on teamwork, diversity, healthcare and overcoming adversity.


Ian J WEBIan Jolley

Raised in Bedfordshire, Ian Jolley had a mixed childhood which resulted in a number of years in social services care and culminated in being admitted to borstal for 18 months in order he could gain an education in 1982.  In 1990 it was suggested that this young man needed discipline and so went about joining the Army.  He recalls his uncle dropping him off at Luton train station and saying “Don’t worry the world is a peaceful place” Ian reminded him of that statement later in 1990 whilst sitting in an armoured vehicle in the desert of Saudi Arabia!

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Ian’s career involved the completion of 22 fully operational tours in which he was deployed to liberate Kuwait, twice in Cyprus on peacekeeping missions, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq and saw him decorated on three separate occasions. Eleven medals later, one of which was received via recognition on Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours List, Ian decided to move into a full-time reservist capacity, which saw him spend three years teaching, recruiting and nurturing. After almost 25 years in the Army, Ian decided to leave and take the opportunity to have a second career.

Ian left the Army and joined North West Ambulance service in August 2015 and is now an Emergency Medical Technician in Salford, a job he thoroughly enjoys.

Anna RothAnna Roth WEB

Contra Costa Health Services

As a nurse and CEO of  Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (166-bed community hospital). Anna’s patients are the underserved Contra Costa population, this includes some of the most affluent communities in the California-San Francisco Bay Area to some of the most marginalised communities. The facility provides primary care and contracts out services with many of the specialty hospitals in the area.

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Anna spearheaded quality improvement efforts throughout her system including the introduction of The Model for Improvement and the Toyota Production System.

Committed to the engagement of frontline staff as drivers of change, Roth established the CCRMC Change Agent Fellowship to cultivate leaders from within her system as local redesign experts and to create a culture of continuous improvement. She also sees the inclusion of patients, families and the community as essential to transformation and includes them as full partners in delivery system redesign. Roth has played a key role in advancing health care reform efforts and other joint performance improvement initiatives with public hospital systems, safety net organizations and government agencies..

DeVone BogganDeVone Boggan 1
Advance Peace, USA

Until recently, DeVone was the Neighborhood Safety Director for the city of Richmond, CA, founded in 2007, when Richmond’s murder rate was nine times the national average, DeVone’s work helped the rate plummet to its lowest levels in four decades: 11 deaths per 100,000. Even more impressive is the fact that the decline in violence is happening faster in Richmond than anywhere else in the country.

As it’s Founder, Advance Peace interrupts gun violence in U.S. urban neighbourhoods by providing transformational opportunity to young men involved in lethal firearm offences and placing them in a high-touch, personalised fellowship. By working with and supporting a targeted group of individuals at the core of gun hostilities, Advance Peace bridges the gap between anti-violence programming and a hard-to-reach population at the centre of violence in urban areas, thus breaking the cycle of gun hostilities and altering the trajectory of these men’s lives.

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The program provides each Fellow with intensive mentoring by a network of positive adults, an individualised lifeplan, support through a menu of social service options including educational and cultural experiences and monetary stipends in exchange for meeting a range of educational and employment goals as well as remaining free from gun violence. Initially, Advance Peace will implement its model in three cities: Oakland, CA, Toledo, OH, and Washington DC.

Advance Peace’s model was first implemented by DeVone in Richmond from 2007 to 2016, where DeVone was responsible for the development, implementation and management of comprehensive approaches to reducing firearm assaults, preventing retaliation associated with firearm conflict, and transforming the lives of young men identified as the city’s most lethal. The Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) is the first agency of its kind in the US in that it is a government non-law enforcement agency with one single directive, reduce firearm assaults and associated injury and death.  The ONS utilises a variety of community driven, developmental approaches to reducing gun violence. One of the ONS most impactful strategies is the Operation Peacemaker Fellowship.

Previously, DeVone served as Policy Director for Safe Passages, a non-profit public/private partnership focused on improving urban health outcomes for Children, Youth and Families. DeVone is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

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