Charles Style

Vice-Admiral Charles Style was until spring 2012 the Commandant of The Royal College of Defence Studies, London. A Cambridge graduate, his sea commands included five ships culminating with the aircraft-carrier and fleet flagship HMS Illustrious, followed by flag command of the UK Maritime Force, and the maritime element of the NATO Response Force. As Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments) in the Ministry of Defence, he was Director of UK Military Operations, and ran the Defence Crisis Management Organisation. These and other roles have engaged him in leadership, strategy and capability development both nationally and much further afield. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Manchester Business School, and has established a business providing international strategic advice, consultancy and leadership development.

Nicholas Beale

Nicholas Beale is a strategy consultant and Chairman of Sciteb 思特, a firm that provides innovative thinking to top management both in developing their strategies and their boards. He is known internationally for fundamental new thinking on systemic risk, and has given seminars at Harvard, Oxford, LSE, Tsinghua and Renmin Universities as well as to central banks and regulators in the US, Europe and China. His work has been featured in the FT, WSJ, HBR, Nature and PNAS. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the RSA and the Royal Institution, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

David Ellery

David Ellery is a Foreign Office official with extensive first-hand experience of strategic policy-making and its implementation at the national and international level. He is also Senior Directing Staff Emeritus at the Royal College of Defence Studies (where his recent work on India and China as emerging global powers has been published) and is a Fellow and Trustee in the University of Durham, where, as a member of Van Mildert College, he graduated with a Double Honours degree and a distinction.