Advisory Board

Lord St. John of Bletso

Anthony St John is an Independent Non-Executive Director at the Falcon Group and a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, as well as Lord-In-Waiting to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Having qualified as a lawyer in South Africa, Anthony St John spent over 30 years serving as a Director of many UK and internationally listed and unlisted companies. Anthony St John has a strong interest in Africa – particularly in the areas of mining, oil, agriculture and renewable energy.

Bim Afolami

Son of a doctor and pharmacist, Bim Afolami was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, where he studied History. He was first elected in June 2017 as the Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, after a career in the City of London; first as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and SImpson Thacher & Bartlett, then as a senior executive at HSBC. He is a Vice Chair of the Conservative Party, and also chairs the all party group on Financial Markets and Services, as well as the all party group on Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

Bim is patron of several charities focused on opportunities for young people - in particular Tilehouse Counselling and GRIT (Growing Resilience in Teens) both based in Hitchin, and Harpenden Spotlight on Africa, a Harpenden based charity that works to build and run schools and maternity services in a poor part of rural Uganda.

Michael Farrant

Michael has more than 20 years’ experience providing strategic communications advice and support to individuals, families and corporates, governments and political parities.

Before setting up Farrant Group, Michael spent over a decade as an owner and Director at Project Associates. He previously worked for a Family Office based in The Bahamas and spent several years at international corporate communications firm Brunswick. In addition Michael is a Director of NMF.org, BoxWise and a trustee of Berkshire Youth Trust.

Michael holds a BA in Psychology from Harvard University.

Ed King

Ed King works with governments, businesses, leading NGOs and UN agencies on high-impact, multi-channel strategic communication campaigns to accelerate political action on climate change.

In 2011 he founded Climate Home News, now one of the world’s leading sources of global climate news.

From 2001-2010 he worked as a reporter, editor and producer at the BBC across digital, TV and radio platforms.
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