Speakers announced for SUMMIT: The Future of Growth 2015

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20 Mar Speakers announced for SUMMIT: The Future of Growth 2015

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun, former Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King and Secretary of State for the Environment, Elizabeth Truss MP, are today confirmed as among the headline speakers for SUMMIT: The Future of Growth, a Seven Hills event in partnership with Bloomberg Business.

An annual event, SUMMIT spotlights the innovators and entrepreneurs who are shaping the UK’s growth culture. It brings together the founders of some of the UK’s most exciting companies, with investors, experts and leaders from beyond business.

Speakers at this year’s event will range from pioneering technologists to noted investors, captains of industry, entrepreneurs and leaders from public life. They include:



Ajaz Ahmed, Founder and CEO, AKQA

Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL, Co-founder and Chairman, Cobra Beer 

Ed Bussey, Founder and CEO, Quill

Will Butler-Adams, CEO, Brompton

Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners, serial entrepreneur, Sunday Times columnist and Co-founder, Centre for Entrepreneurs

Dr Mike Lynch OBE, Founder, Autonomy and Invoke Capital

Rohan Silva, Co-founder, Second Home and former Special Adviser to the Prime Minister

Sarah Wood, Co-founder and COO, UNRULY



His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, KG

Ambassador Matthew Barzun, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Lord Young of Graffham, Prime Minister’s Enterprise Adviser

Dominic Jermey OBE, Chief Executive, UK Trade and Investment

Justin King CBE, former Chief Executive, Sainsbury’s

Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG, Chairman, SGO 


John Cridland CBE, Director-General, CBI

Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount, Chair, Your Life and Co-founder, dunnhumby

Nick Giles, co-founder of Seven Hills and co-author of MISSION: How the Best in Business Break Through

Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK

Michael Hayman MBE, Co–founder of Seven Hills and co-author of MISSION: How the Best In Business Break Through

John Kampfner, Director, Creative Industries Federation

Mike LaRhette, Chief Development Officer, MassChallenge, Inc.

Paul Lindley, Founder, Ella’s Kitchen and Paddy’s Bathroom

Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates


Eileen Burbidge, Partner, Passion Capital

Sherry Coutu CBE, Entrepreneur, Non-Exec Director and Investor  

Manish Madhvani, Co-founder and Managing Partner, GP Bullhound

Frank Meehan, Co-founder, SparkLabs Global and SmartUp.io


Professor Sir Keith Burnett CBE, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sheffield

Constantin Cotzias, Chairman, Bloomberg (UK)

Peter Kellner, President, YouGov

Jim O’Neill, former Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs

Justin B. Smith, Global CEO, Bloomberg Media Group

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA and former Chief Adviser to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair


Rory Bremner, Comedian

Anna Edwards, News Anchor, Bloomberg TV

Caroline Hyde, Presenter, Bloomberg TV 

Francine Lacqua, Anchor and Editor at Large, Bloomberg TV 

Elliot Moss, Director of Business Development, Mishcon de Reya

SUMMIT is delivered by Seven Hills, hosted in partnership with Bloomberg Business and supported by Penguin, Mishcon de Reya and Grant Thornton.