Lord Kevin Shinkwin
Has been a member of the House of Lords since November 2015. Prior to that, he had spent almost his entire career in charity public affairs and campaigning, working for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and The Royal British Legion. He has also worked in the private sector. Since being appointed as a Life Peer, he has focused on two policy areas in particular – disability equality, especially equality of opportunity, and Holocaust Remembrance, in memory of the orthopaedic surgeon who optimised his life chances and whose extended family lost their lives in the Shoah. Lord Shinkwin recently chaired the CSJ Disability Commission, which produced a ground-breaking report, Now Is The Time,
earlier this year. It included powerful pro-business recommendations for how the large disability employment gap could be closed, to the mutual benefit of disabled people, businesses and the wider economy. He is also the co-author of Able to Excel
: the case for enabling talented young disabled graduates to realise their potential and reach the top (with George Relph).Darren Rickards
Managing Director Head – Corporate Banking, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle
East and Africa Bank of America.
Darren heads the Corporate Banking platform for the CEEMEA region for Bank of America, and has enjoyed an international banking career spanning 25 years.
He has been based in London, UK, since 2004. In this role he is responsible for developing and leading corporate banking coverage and debt products, treasury and risk management solutions marketing, origination and execution activities across the emerging markets region.
Darren has operated in a range of geographies and banking roles, having begun his
career in Hong Kong and Canada with HSBC, before a senior role in Tokyo heading
HSBC’s Global Japanese Business Unit focusing on Japanese business and trade
connections around the world.
From 1994 to 2004, Darren was based in the Gulf, working with Lloyds and ANZ, with the latter heading their UAE, Oman and Saudi corporate banking businesses, and retains many connections across the region.
He is an active supporter of a number of London’s leading theatre groups
and young aspiring actors.
Darren is a member of the bank’s global LGBT Executive Leadership Council and is
Executive Co-Sponsor of the LGBT Pride Network in Europe.Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
One of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni, amassed a remarkable medal haul over 16 years and five Paralympic Games of 11 gold, 4 silver and a bronze. In 2005 she became ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson for her services to sport. In March 2010, Tanni was created a life peer and was conferred as Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. She is currently chair of UKActive and a member of the boards of the London Legacy Development Corporation and the BBC.
She is also a Trustee of a number of organisations and is Chancellor of Northumbria University