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Anthony Murphy is the Founder and Managing Director of Prime Advocates. Anthony is an industry-leading impact finance lawyer, hedge fund finance lawyer and social entrepreneur. Anthony has advised leading foundations, financial organisations, hedge funds (impact and traditional) and innovative technology businesses. Formerly, Anthony was the EMEA head of Prime Services and Equity Finance Legal for large financial institutions, including J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns where he led the legal build-out of the EMEA Prime Brokerage business platform.
Anthony has a wealth of experience in the alternatives and Social Finance space, having assisted Social Finance groups and organisations for over 17 years. Anthony has also undertaken market-leading work on the ISLA 2010 GMSLA (equity finance/ stock borrow loan) redraft, lobbying on post-Lehman bank resolution legislation, analysis and drafting related to Client Assets protection legislation, the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, collateralisation, default enforcement and financial promotion.
Anthony qualified as a solicitor at the global US law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, specialising in Securitisation. He holds a higher LLB in Law from Bristol University.
I am the co-founder of Plinth. Plinth designs and brings to market products of note and quality on behalf of renowned contemporary artists and cultural institutions. We have carved out our own unique niche working with contemporary artists and creators such as David Shrigley, Cornelia Parker, Michael Craig-Martin, Julian Opie and cultural organisations such as The Fourth Plinth, Magnum Photos, and Wellcome Collection. Our latest range commemorates 100 years of women’s suffrage with the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square, the suffragist Millicent Fawcett, we have created a capsule collection with the artist Gillian Wearing and the fashion designer Bella Freud with part of the proceeds going to the Fawcett Society.
I also consult extensively for creative businesses working as a curator and in business development. Clients have included Microsoft, Yoox.com, Trinity Mirror, Bridgeman Images and The SohoCreate Festival. Previous to my work in culture I co-founded the record label Relentless. Working with a roster of artists of the stature of Joss Stone and KT Tunstall, we sold over ten million records worldwide.
Mark Robinson is a writer and the founder of Thinking Practice, which works to build a more adaptive, more resilient and more creative cultural ecology through writing, research, and facilitation. He is the author of the influential papers Making Adaptive Resilience Real and The Role of Diversity in Building Adaptive Resilience (the latter with Tony Nwachukwu), as well as other works on Creative People and Places, disabled people in the cultural workforce and artistic leadership.
He has worked with more than 100 organisations since 2010, right across the cultural ecology - from individual artists to national agencies and all of the bits that join the dots. He was previously Executive Director of Arts Council England, North East.
Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a widely anthologised and award-winning poet, editor and critic. How I Learned to Sing: New & Selected Poems (Smokestack Books 2013) was selected for Read Regional 2014. His poem The Infinite Town is carved on a plinth on Stockton-on-Tees High Street, from which an animatronic train emerges every day at 1pm, hooting, and blowing steam.
Peter has worked in the philanthropic and impact investment space for over a decade and is the CEO and Founder of Boncerto. A social good consultancy working with individuals, corporations and not-for-profits to help increase their effectiveness and enable them to do good, better.
Alongside wealthy families, clients as diverse as BNP Wealth Management, Christian Aid and the Kering Corporate Foundation have benefited from Boncerto’s expertise and resulted in Boncerto being recognised in 2016 as one of the top ten philanthropy advisory firms in the world by Billionaire Magazine.
Based in London, Peter provides challenge, guidance and support to individuals, corporations and foundations looking to engage in the next generation of philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility and impact investing. As such Peter has been profiled in the Financial Times and spoken on 4 continents covering subjects ranging from charity fundraising in the Czech Republic to CSR in Hong Kong. For the last three years (2017, 18 & 19) Peter has been recognised in the Spears 500 as amongst the top professionals working in wealth management and private client practise in the UK.
Prior to heading up Boncerto, Peter had ten years of experience working globally in the philanthropic sector. Most recently leading for Geneva Global (a US advisory firm) in the UK and Europe, working with wealthy families to help develop their thinking on philanthropy and deliver large scale development programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Peter previously held the role of International Manager at the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), representing the organisation on the global stage with a focus on leading and coordinating the work of their international network of offices in East Asia and Australia. This role followed four years in a leadership role in the CAF corporate relations team working with some of the largest UK multinationals to deliver CSR strategy and implementation both in the UK and internationally.
Sarah Forster is Founder and CEO of The Good Economy (TGE), a social advisory firm dedicated to enhancing the role of business and finance as drivers of inclusive and sustainable development. Established in 2015, the company provides research, strategy consulting and impact management and measurement services for investors, businesses, government and social purpose organisations. TGE has quickly established itself as a trusted advisor working at the nexus of sustainable development, impact investing and mainstream finance both in the UK and internationally. Sarah has advised clients on investment strategies to support the growth of the cultural and creative sectors and assessed the social value of creative businesses. Prior to The Good Economy, Sarah held senior positions at Big Issue Invest, the New Economics Foundation and The World Bank.