David HowdenDavid Howden

David is CEO of Hyperion, the world’s largest employee-owned insurance group with divisions in broking and underwriting under the Howden, RKH and DUAL brands. He also oversees the activities of the Group’s retail broking business as CEO of Howden. Since he founded Hyperion in 1994 David has been the driving force behind its expansion. His focus is on building the Group’s enviable international distribution network, as well as shaping and implementing its development and direction.   David has grown the business from three people in a small office in London, to what is, today, a global group with over 3,500 people in 39 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, the USA, and Latin America. Hyperion’s impressive growth has been recognised every year for the past five years by the Sunday Times in their Fast Track listings.  In 2016, the company featured in the International Track 200, which ranks the UK’s private companies with the fastest growth in international sales and moved up over 100 places to 52nd in the Top Track 250, which ranks UK private companies’ overall sales. Over the past five years the Group’s growth has been phenomenal, with a compound annual growth rate of 41%.

David has over 30 years’ experience in the Lloyd’s and London overseas markets, having started his career as an insurance broker at Alexander Howden in 1981. David, an Old Dragon, is married with 3 daughters; all of whom are either at, or went to, the Dragon. He lives on the Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire borders where he farms and, amongst other things, breeds English Longhorn Cattle. He also owns The Pointer: a pub, a butcher and a restaurant which is predominantly supplied by produce from his farm.

Andrew Barnes

Andrew BarnesAndrew is the Chairman of Lloyd and Partners, as well as the Chairman of JLT Specialty Ltd Energy Division. He has over 37 years’ experience in the insurance industry, having started his career in 1979 with Alexander Howden. He then joined Lloyd Thompson in 1983 and was made a Director in 1987. Andrew took over the running of the Energy Division in 1995 and subsequently ran the Energy unit of JLT Risk Solutions until the formation of Lloyd & Partners (part of the JLT Group) in 2005.

Guy Gadney

Guy GadneyGuy has recently started up his third digital company, having successfully led his previous company through to acquisition at the end of 2015. He has worked in both small and large organisations in the UK and Australia, working in entertainment, television, games, book publishing and magazine industries. He has also produced numerous projects in the health sector addressing physical and mental health issues. He has a passion for storytelling and technology, and especially how artificial intelligence can be used to create accurate simulations of the real world. He has produced over 200 interactive projects including Sherlock and Home and Away, and has experienced some great successes and some abject failures along the way. He recently moved back to Oxford from Sydney.

Ibe Akoh

Ibe AkohIbe has been the Head of Curriculum ICT at the Dragon School since 2013. He made the move into education after starting out as a software developer and then moving on to gain experience as an IT consultant, working with clients in a number of industries particularly in Telecoms and Media. He is excited by fresh ideas and has worked with and consulted for a number of startups and small businesses in their early stages.

Robin Wong

Robin WongRobin is an entrepreneur with a string of industry innovation awards and over 17 years experience across Technology, Strategy, Creative, and Business Operations. Prior to founding his latest startup - Custom.cm, a unique fashion discovery and shopping experience built around fashion influencers - Robin’s company worked with Google Creative Lab in London building everything from Science Search Engines (for Google Science Fair), to Multiplayer Computer Games (for Chrome Experiments), Facial Recognition Analysis for experimental comedy clubs (Comic Relief x Google Hangouts), and sending science experiments into space (YouTube Space Lab). He’s even built an artificially intelligent robot called FRHANK that learnt how to talk from a huge online YouTube community. Robin loves taking ideas, and using technology and creativity to turn them into reality.


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