• Speakers

    Alice Beveridge

    Training Director and Speaker, Tree of Knowledge

    Psychologist, teacher, director and keeper of chickens Alice brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and energy to everything she delivers. Alice is one of only handful people around the world who has successfully achieved a Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology. As a positive psychologist she challenges the way people see themselves. She has a true passion for helping people realise that they are in control of their lives and by introducing people to a range of positive psychology theories and interventions, through fun and laughter, Alice helps them to truly ignite their spark.

    Fabian French

    CEO, UK Community Foundations

    Fabian French joined UKCF as Chief Executive in March 2015, after spending 5 years as Director of Fundraising and Retail at Marie Curie Cancer Care. Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector, Fabian worked in investment banking, holding a number of senior posts at both Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch. Fabian has a degree in Modern Languages and Law from Cambridge University and is a qualified solicitor. He lives in Oxfordshire and is a keen sailor.

    Danny Kruger

    Special Adviser, DDMCS, UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    Danny Kruger is an Expert Adviser at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where he led the production of the Government’s 2018 Civil Society Strategy. He was for ten years the chief executive and chairman of two charities he founded, the criminal justice and rehabilitation project Only Connect, and the West London Zone for Children and Young People. Prior to that he was an adviser to David Cameron as leader of the opposition, and chief leader-writer at The Daily Telegraph.

    Sara Llewellin

    CEO, Barrow Cadbury

    Sara Llewellin is the Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust in the UK.  Her career has included 10 years as Deputy Director of the City of London’s largest foundation.  Before that, she had a career in operating charities including Chief Executive of St Giles Trust in London and ran a network of women’s refuge provision in South London.  She is a member of the Governing Council and Management Committee of the European Foundation Centre, Chair of the European Foundation Council’s Diversity, Migration and Integration Network, Board member of Charity Bank and has served on a number of other national Boards.  Her background is in activism, particularly in the domestic violence movement and in local social enterprise and community family provision. 

    Sally Magnusson

    Conference Chair

    Sally Magnusson is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has presented a wide range of programmes for the BBC from current affairs and politics to news and religion.  Her career began on The Scotsman and Sunday Standard and presenting Breakfast News in London for several years. She currently anchors the daily news programme Reporting Scotland and is the author of several books. 

    She is the founder and chair of Playlist for Life (www.playlistforlife.org.uk), a charity which encourages access to personalised music on iPods for people with dementia to help them reconnect with their memories and their loved ones.  Her bestselling memoir about her mother, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of this widespread brain condition.

    Caroline Thomson


    Caroline Thomson is the chair of Digital UK, the body which is responsible for digital terrestrial television. She is also Chair of Oxfam GB. She is a non-executive director of VITEC plc (and chair of the remuneration committee) and a trustee of Tullie House Gallery in Cumbria and The Conversation.

    In the arts world, Caroline stepped down as deputy chair of the National Gallery and retired as Executive Director of English National Ballet in 2016. She remains a trustee of the ENB.

    Originally a journalist, until 2012 Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at the BBC — having served twelve years as a member of the Executive Board. As COO, she was the Deputy Director General. She has an honorary degree from the University of York and is an honorary fellow of the University of Cumbria.