Peter Currie was born and brought up in Tanzania. He completed his education in the UK and was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Royal Artillery. As a young officer he had several tours in Northern Ireland in the Infantry role, and 4 months with his battery in the Falkland Islands. After commanding his Regiment he was an instructor at the Army Staff College and later held command appointments as a brigadier in the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and Multinational Division Central (Airmobile), as well as a variety of staff appointments in the MOD. On promotion to Major General he served in Bosnia Herzegovina, where he was military advisor to the High Representative, and then as Deputy Adjutant General and Director General Service Conditions. He left the Army in 2002 and built up a portfolio of jobs including directorships with housing and financial services’ companies. He also gained some experience in journalism. Peter became Lieutenant Governor (Chief Executive) of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and led it through a period of much change between 2005 and 2014. He was Chairman of Combat Stress from 2007 to 2013 and is now a vice president. He is currently Chairman of two mental health charities, Icarus (which is for veterans) and the Family Counselling Trust. Peter is married to Angela and they have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. He has a History degree and his interests include skiing (both sorts), tennis, opera, oriental rugs, politics and walking in wild places. He has just taken up piano!



Dr Vanessa Moulton is a Chartered Psychologist and is the founder of Mindflex, a psychological consultancy. She has worked across private, public and charity sectors. She has extensive experience in one-to-one therapy, coaching, psychological consulting, and organisational performance delivery. She also has in-depth experience of setting up and running Psychological Services. Recently she has become an Advisory Board Member for the Office for Veteran’s Affairs. Dr Moulton did her Bachelor of Science, Psychology from Leeds University between 1994 and 1997 and her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Regents College in 2010. Dr Moulton worked as the Head of Psychological Services at the charity "Help for Heroes". Prior to this, she worked with Combat Stress as a Locum Psychologist. Dr Moulton was also a key member of the Ministry of Defence’s mental health team at their primary Rehabilitation Centre during the peak of the Afghanistan conflict. She was also the Expedition Consulting Psychologist for the ‘Walking with the Wounded’ South Pole challenge with HRH Prince Harry. Prior to getting into the mental health sector, she had 15 years Director level experience in a commercial setting (London marketing agencies), and as Head of People (Human Resources).



Richard Villar is an orthopaedic and war surgeon, was formerly Regimental Medical Officer to the Special Air Service and has worked in many of the world’s conflict and disaster zones. His theatres of operation have included the siege of Sarajevo, Palestinian refugee camps, the Falklands War, the North-West Frontier of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central India, the Far East, Africa, Central America and elsewhere. He has also been responsible for the evacuation of casualties from the North Face of Mount Everest after a disastrous avalanche. Richard has been the surgical lead for the United Kingdom’s disaster response, and attended the Great Earthquake of Kashmir, Java, Haiti, the desert conflict in Libya, the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, as well as Ethiopia, Lebanon and Gaza during the Palestinian Great March of Return. Richard is a founding member and first President of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA), a past Editor-in-Chief of the Bone & Joint Journal and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery. Outside his commitments in conflict and disaster, Richard has conducted a high profile orthopaedic practice in Cambridge, London and Dubai. He is also a Team Leader and Trainer in Fitness to Practise for the General Medical Council (GMC). He is widely published with almost 200 academic, peer-reviewed publications to his name. Richard is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, and has also written several books, which include Knife Edge, describing his time with the Special Air Service, Winged Scalpel, about his role in some of the most inhospitable disaster and conflict zones of recent times, and Never a Straight Line: Travels through Chile and Bolivia. His blog, Never A Straight Line ( is recommended reading for anyone enthused by travel. When not dealing with problematic musculoskeletal conditions, wherever they may be in the world, Richard can be found either playing his classical guitar, or on a mountainside, maintaining his skills as an International Mountain Leader.


A Senior Counsel with Charles Russell Speechlys specialising in commercial law, Jonathan has been, among other appointments, General Counsel to a mobile telecommunications group and legal advisor to professional directors and trustees.


Mac Mahalingam is a London-based Senior Technology Leader in Financial Services, specialising in Digital banking, Cloud Transformation, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Cloud Payments. He is the Head of Architecture for Global Risks Analytics, working for the HBSC Group in the UK. Previously he was the Chief Architect for HSBC Kinetic, a mobile-first cloud-based Digital Business Banking proposition from the HBSC Group for small and medium businesses and has worked for leading UK banks and Investment banks in the past. Mac does thought-leadership on ideas that are hybrid concepts behind mainstream architectural approaches and styles in Financial Services. He speaks regularly in the UK and Europe at conferences, summits, public and private Roundtables. Outside of work, Mac is part of the Cub's Leadership team for a local Scout's Group in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, helping to teach, encourage and and empower the UK's younger generation with life-changing skills and expertise. Mac is also the co-founder of a London-based Business & Technology Architects group called 'Architect Exchange', focussing on the new wave of architecture within both Business and Technology.



Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Born UK 1944, just after his father was killed in the war. Brought up in South Africa. Back UK, Eton College. Failed A Levels. Joined Royal Scots Greys (Tanks). Cold War. Joined SAS 1965/1966. Youngest Captain in the British Army. Fought Marxist Terrorists 1968-1970 and received the Sultans Bravery Medal from HM the Queen. 1984-1990 Vice President of PR and Adviser for Western Europe to Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp. Married childhood sweetheart Ginnie Pepper in 1970 and together they launched a series of record breaking expeditions that kept them ahead of their international rivals for three decades.

Some of these huge challenges include. First to reach both Poles (with Charles Burton). First to cross Antarctic and Arctic Ocean (with Charles Burton). First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis (with Charles Burton). ‘This 3 year, 52 000 mile odyssey took intricate planning, 1900 sponsors, a 52 person team to handle, complex communications, meticulous planning and iron determination mixed with flexibility. The circumnavigation has never been successfully repeated.Led the first hovercraft expedition up the longest river in the world (the Nile) in 1968/1969. Achieved world record for unsupported northerly polar travel in 1990. Led the team that discovered the lost city of Ubar on the Yemeni border in 1992 (after seven previous search expeditions over a 26 year period). Achieved the world first in 1992/1993 by completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent (with Mike Stroud). This was the longest unsupported polar journey in history. In 2003, only 3½ months after a massive heart attack, 3 day coma and double bypass, Ranulph Fiennes (with Mike Stroud) achieved the first 7x7x7 (Seven marathons in seven consecutive days on all seven continents). March 2005, climbed Everest (Tibet-side) to within 300m of summit raising £2 million for the British Heart Foundations new research MRI scanner. March 2007, Sir Ranulph climbed the North Face of the Eiger (with Kenton Cool and Ian Parnell) and raised £1.8 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Delivering Choice Programme. Winner of ITV Greatest Britons 2007 Sport Award (beating the 2 other main nominees Lewis Hamilton and Joe Calzaghe). May 2008, climbed Everest (Nepal-side) to within 400m from summit raising £2.5m for Marie Curie Cancer Care Delivering Choice Programme. Marie Curie 2008 ‘Above and Beyond Award’ Winner. Successfully summitted Everest May 2009 with Thundu Sherpa making a total for Marie Curie of over £6.2m. The oldest Briton ever to summit. Becomes the oldest Briton, at the time, to complete the Marathon des Sables – the ‘toughest footrace on earth’ in aid of Marie Curie.


Tim Collins was born in Belfast in 1960. After University he joined the Royal Irish Rangers in West Berlin before volunteering for the Special Air Service (22 SAS) in 1988. He took part in the first Gulf War as an SAS Captain. He attended the Army Command and Staff Course in UK and US in 1995. He was appointed as the operations officer of 22 SAS in 1995. Rejoining the Royal Irish in 1997 he led his company on operations in East Tyrone. Taking command of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment in 2001, he led the Battalion on operations in East Tyrone and the Liberation of Iraq. He was awarded the OBE in 2003. He retired from the Army in August 2004 as a Colonel. Since his leaving the forces he co-founded New Century, serving with the USMC as a civilian Tim led his men in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim has written a best selling memoire “Rules of Engagement” as well as writing and presenting numerous TV films.


Bertrand Michaud is Managing Director of Hermès in the United Kingdom and Ireland since September 2012. Prior to his current posting, from 2009 to 2012 he was Regional Managing Director, based in New Delhi, in charge of the management, operations and business development of Hermès in India, Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Africa. In Hong Kong, where he spent eleven years as Regional Managing Director of “Hermès Asia Pacific” from 1998 to 2009, Bertrand Michaud was President of the Foreign Trade Advisor of France. Prior to joining Hermès twenty-five years ago, Bertrand Michaud was Visiting Research Fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles, the managing director of his own company and a consultant for the French Medical Research Foundation where he has been instrumental in organising fundraising projects. Bertrand Michaud is a graduate of the University of Paris with a BA in Law, a BA in Political Sciences and a Masters in Public Law & Defense Studies. In 1996, Bertrand Michaud attended the National Defense College in Paris (Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale). Michaud is a Colonel in the French Paratroopers Reserves Forces, “Officier de la Légion d’Honneur” and “Chevalier de Ordre National du Mérite”.



S.Sridhar ACA ACS. Senior executive with more than 30 years of diverse and international work experience in marketing, sales, finance, general management, strategic planning, start-ups, joint ventures, and contract negotiations. Much of his career has been spent in the financial service sector, often in difficult or restricted conditions. A practiced and multi-faceted business leader with superior inter-personal, analytical and problem-solving skills. He is an excellent communicator, with natural ability to integrate into various cultures. Experience includes overseas stint in UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Middle East in addition to India. Started career in the Capital Market as a trader for 3 years thereafter worked as Manager Finance with HCL Group for 6 years. Joined as part of start-up team in India with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Plc (JLT) and subsequently promoted as India Head. Moved to JLT Head Office in London and worked for 4 years in the Credit and Political Insurance practice. As Lloyd’s broker, he has structured and placed comprehensive reinsurance solutions for Emerging Market Risks including counter-party default risk, contract frustration, currency inconvertibility and political risk with Lloyd’ s syndicates and International credit underwriters. After returning to India in 2004, became India Rep for Arthur J Gallagher Asia and Lockton International. Promoted Revenue Management Consulting and Technology company and India P&I Club. Presently, advising Overseas Companies for their entry strategy to India and assisting Indian Companies in formulating their business strategy, raising capital (equity and debt) from both domestic and international market, providing advice on taxation of Cross Border transactions. Contact: