Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, FRSA, FBCS

Patron

Kenneth Olisa OBE, FRSA, FBCS, was appointed HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London in 2015. He is Lord Deputy-Chair of the Institute of Directors, the 1st British-born black man to serve as a Director of a FTSE-100 company (Reuters) and the founder of two technology merchant banks. An advocate of social inclusion, he is President and former Chair of Thames Reach; Chair of the Shaw Trust; founding Chair of the Powerlist Foundation; a former Governor of the Peabody Trust; and a former Non-Executive Director of the West Lambeth NHS Trust.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallet DL

Patron

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett DL spent 25 years in investment banking before becoming CEO of Marie Curie Cancer Care from 2000 to 2012. In 2013, he was knighted by the Queen for services to end of life care and charity and presented with a Beacon Fellowship for Philanthropy advocacy. Tom is now chair of the Marshall Institute at LSE, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and director of the King’s Fund (the healthcare think tank). He is an adjunct professor at The Institute of Global health innovation at Imperial College London. Tom is also a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Mike Tye

Chair

Mike has enjoyed an executive career in UK and International consumer businesses; where over the last 30 years, he has led diverse organisations including Costa Coffee, Premier Inn, David Lloyd Leisure Clubs, Aramark, and most lately Spirit Plc.

Since 2015, Mike has focused exclusively on non-executive roles, including chairing Moto Hospitality and The Haulfryn Group, and is currently Chair of The Big Table restaurant group and Vice-Chair of the charity, Prostate Cancer UK. He is also a personal mentor for CEOs across a variety of industries.

Mike lives with his wife, Elsa, in Hertfordshire, where he is a keen sportsman, life-long supporter of Chelsea FC and a lover of classic sports cars.

Jerome Misso

Vice-Chair

Jerome was a Partner at City law firms Eversheds and then Nabarro, specialising in corporate and investment work until 2001. For the next 20 years he was a senior Partner at one of Europe’s leading technology venture investment firms, Balderton Capital, before stepping back to a consultancy role with the firm from late 2021. In addition to his role at The Fore, he is Chair of RPLC, a  £100M plus charitable endowment focused on need in SW London; Trustee of Mental Health Innovations, the digital mental health charity operating the Shout 85258 text support app; and he became a Practitioner in Residence at the London School of Economics, Marshall Institute in May 2022. He is a Governor of the Board at The Southbank Centre, London.

He joined The Fore as Vice-Chair in 2022.

Mary Boakye

Advisory Board Member

Mary Boakye, one of UK’s leading experts on Africa, is Managing Director of Oriol Associates.  She helps international companies and individuals to establish or extend their investment footprint in Africa responsibly and assists African governments and African companies to raise funding in the international markets.  Previously a partner and head of Dentons LLP’s Africa Financial Markets Group, Mary shared the strategic leadership and development of the firm’s Africa practice and jointly supervised its transformation into a leading internationally recognised practice. She is now a Senior Advisor to the firm and co-Chair of Dentons UKMEA’s Black Professional’s Network.  With dual UK and New York legal qualifications, she has been recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s “Hot 100 Lawyers” and as being “skilled in dealing with complex regulatory environments and jurisdictions” and also by Powerlist as one of the UK’s 100 most influential men and women of African, Caribbean or African-American heritage.  Outside of work Mary mentors students and young professionals in various countries.

Baroness Dido Harding

Advisory Board Member

Baroness Dido Harding is Chair of NHS Improvement and former Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC. Prior to her role as Sainsbury’s convenience director and a member of the operating board 2007-2010, she worked at Tesco PLC, Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited. She was appointed as a non-executive director on The Court of The Bank of England in July 2014 and Chair of the Remuneration Committee in 2016. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company PLC and Cheltenham Racecourse. In August 2014 Dido was offered a Peerage and now sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer. She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation.

Rupert Harrison

Advisory Board Member

Rupert Harrison CBE is Portfolio Manager and Chief Macro Strategist in the Multi-Asset Strategies group at BlackRock. Rupert has been instrumental in the building The Fore as Founding Chair of The Fore from 2017 – 2022.  From 2010-2015 he was Chief of Staff to UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Chair of the UK’s Council of Economic Advisors. From 2006-2010 he was Chief Economic Advisor to the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron and Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. Prior to that Mr Harrison was a Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Charles M R Hoare

Advisory Board Member

Charles M R Hoare is the Chair of the Bulldog Trust. He is Head of European Healthcare at Stifel and was previously a Managing Director at BofA Merrill Lynch and Commerzbank. He is also Chair of Chariot Innovations Ltd (the commercialisation arm of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), a Non-Executive Director of Atlantic Healthcare plc and a Churchwarden of St. Dunstan-in-the-West.

Ginny Williams-Ellis MBE

Advisory Board Member

Ginny Williams-Ellis MBE was founder and Chief Executive of Read Easy UK, an adult literacy charity that provides free, confidential, one-to-one reading tuition from trained volunteers for adults who struggle to read. She is a former literacy tutor in prisons, teacher and adult education specialist. Ginny won funding for Read Easy UK from The Bulldog Trust in 2012. Her ambition and innovative approach were an inspiration for The Fore pilot.  In June 2022 Ginny was awarded an MBE for her services to the charity sector in the Jubilee Honours List.

Shani Newbold

Advisory Board Member

Shani Newbold is Founder and Managing Partner of Cadence Partners.  She has over 20 years’ experience in executive search and talent management in the UK and US. Shani was previously a founding member and principal of the public-sector search practice at Penna Executive Search. Later, as Head of Executive Search, she built and led the executive search business at another large diversity-focused executive recruitment business. She is a leading diversity and inclusion campaigner with a wide range of experience looking at re-addressing the balance of diversity leadership and board appointments.