Board Members

DAVID OWEN | Magician & Founding Board Member

David is a Member of The Magic Circle and a leading commercial arbitrator, mediator and barrister.

His advocacy and legal skills led him to being appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2006, and he is recognised as a leading figure in the world of dispute resolution. Developing communication skills has always been an integral part of his work. He has trained lawyers to become effective advocates and now trains groups and individuals on presentation and communication techniques, as well as communicating in situations of conflict.

David was elected into The Magic Circle in his teens and has performed and taught magic at corporate and private events around the world as well as on television. His lifelong interest in using magic performance skills in other contexts, and as a way of empowering individuals by increasing their confidence, is what led him to be one of our founding Board of Directors.

DR MIKE WRIGHT

A life scientist by training, Mike has spent much of his career working with technology entrepreneurs to set up companies, raise finance and build high performance companies.

In his current role at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity Mike is responsible for new venture creation. He also manages a venture investment fund which is dedicated to investing in innovative technologies coming out of NHS hospitals across South East London.

Before joining the Charity, Mike was Managing Director of EKB Technology Ltd (a spinout company from the University of Oxford) and non-executive Chairman of Oxford-based Green Biologics Ltd, a biobutanol-based biofuels company.

LUCY COTTRELL

City professional Lucy has been involved in investment research since 1985, and began her career working with Kleinwort Benson, BZW and MeesPierson. In 1996 she became General Manager of Aegon’s UK broking operation, before launching a management buyout in 2001 and founding research house Independent Minds, of which she is CEO.

Lucy advises institutional investors, including large pension funds and is also a governance expert. She is a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Treasurer of Primrose Hill Community Library, which was closed by Camden Council but reopened by the residents after a successful fundraising campaign.