UK Advisory Board

Annalisa Burello

Annalisa Burello is an experienced fixed income professional, most recently as a private banker with Barclays Wealth, where she was responsible for growing the firm’s client base. Prior to that role, Annalisa worked as a trader for Barclays Capital and JP Morgan Chase for 15 years. Annalisa left the banking profession in 2008 and is now training as a photographer with David Montgomery. She also pursues her artistic inclinations through watercolor painting, which she began in 2006. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Annalisa is a partner at Richard-Lesmoir, Boyle PPL, a venture capital fund. She graduated from Bocconi University in Italy with a degree in monetary and financial economics in 1993. Annalisa and her husband have two children.

Marisa Drew, Managing Director, Credit Suisse

Marisa Drew is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London and is currently Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group and Co-Head of the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group.  Marisa joined Credit Suisse in 2003 and has been in the investment banking business for over 20 years, prior to joining CS, Marisa was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch for 11 years and prior to that, worked with a private equity firm, The Trump Group. She received a BA in Finance and Marketing with distinction from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School. She is the senior banker in charge of both US MBA and Wharton Recruiting.

Marisa sits on the advisory board of NESsT a social enterprise organisation focused on Central and Eastern Europe, Room to Read UK Advisory Board, a member of the European High Yield Association, the Guild of International Bankers and Pi Capital, a private investing club.  Marisa is a member of the C200 and Forum UK, both organisations made up of top women in business and has won awards from Financial News in its annual ‘FN 100 Women in Finance’ and Women in Banking and Finance Award and the Wharton Distinguished Alumni Award.  Personal interests include her wine making business in South Africa, she is a patron of the English National Opera and is a keen golfer and sailor. She is married to Steve Drew.

Martyn Gowar, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Martyn Gowar is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, based in its London office.  His practice covers undertaking domestic, international and estate planning for individuals and their assets; planning for inter-generational business transfers and negotiation of family difficulties and disputes; and providing advice on taxation issues across borders.

Martyn has been ranked by Spears Wealth Magazine in the Top Five of their Top 25 Tax and Trust Solicitors in London.  He has also been named ‘Private Client Lawyer of the Year’ at the 2010 CityWealth Magic Circle Awards.  Described as a ‘senior statesman’ by Chambers UK 2011, Martyn is a leading name within the private client arena in the UK and is praised as “fantastically experienced”. In the PLC Which Lawyer? 2009 directory, Martyn stands alone as the only listed ‘senior figure’.  Martyn is an Executive Committee Member of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, Chairman of the Succession Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Vice President (Europe) of the International Academy of Estate & Trust Law and Chairman of the Estates Business Group, a lobbying and mutual support group comprising 25 of the largest, traditional British landed estates.

Martyn is a regular lecturer and writer on tax and trusts issues.  He is a member of The Times Law Panel, is a Member of the International Committee of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) for whom he writes a monthly column and was editor of the Taxation Section of the Law Society’s Gazette 1979-94.

Doug Henderson

Doug Henderson serves as portfolio manager and partner for Oak Hill Advisors—Europe, directing the firm’s investments in European companies. He has 28 years of experience in the industry, 11 of which have been in Europe. Prior to joining the firm, he was chairman of the European Credit Finance Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., with oversight of the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa loan, high yield, restructuring, structured finance and real estate finance businesses. Additionally, Doug was a member of the bank’s Firmwide Capital and Asian Capital Committees and served on the board of Goldman Sachs International Bank. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 and was named partner in 2004. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the university’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Sindhu Horder

Sindhu is founder of ethical fashion boutique, DeviDoll.

Prior to that she was an investment banker with Barclays Capital. She left in 2003 to become a full-time mother. Sindhu has degrees in politics, philosophy and public policy from Delhi University, the University of Oxford, McGill University and the University of Chicago.   She has been involved with Room to Read since 2007, and joined the advisory board in 2008. 

Scott Mead, Founding Partner of Richmond Park Partners

Scott Mead was formally a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he held a variety of management responsibilities including Chairman of Global Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking and Head of Privatisations.

Scott is involved with a number of not-for-profit institutions in education, healthcare and the arts through the Mead Foundation, of which he is Chairman. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, one of the world’s largest cancer research hospitals. He is a Trustee of the Tate Foundation and a member of its executive committee and a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Scott is active with Harvard and Cambridge Universities and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the WTA Tour (governing body of women’s tennis) and Chairman of the Trustees of Queen’s Club, London.

Scott received a BA from Harvard College; an M.Phil from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, where he was the Harvard Scholar in 1977; and a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Scott is a keen fine art photographer and is currently working towards a solo exhibition in spring 2010. His other interests include politics and world affairs, reading, tennis (three times Queens Club veterans’ tennis champion) and running – he aims to run a marathon on each continent for charity over the next few years and has completed the London and New York marathons. He has been based in London for 20 years and is married with five children.

Benedicte and Patrick de Nonneville

Benedicte runs a small business buying, refurbishing and renting out ski properties in the Alps. She is a graduate of EDHEC business school. After working for Ernst & Young in Paris, she moved to London in 1999 for roles in corporate finance for Dell Computer and Diageo. She is a GIA licensed gemologist, and a Patron of the Royal Academy of Arts. 

Patrick is a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he co-heads Interest Rates Products Trading in Europe. He is a graduate of Ecole polytechnique. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he held trading positions at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank. He serves on the Council of Our Lady of Victories Parish in Kensington. 

Benedicte and Patrick, both active licensed pilots, have three children who also are keen supporters of Room To Read. 

John Ridding, Chief Executive, Financial Times

John Ridding has been Chief Executive of the Financial Times newspaper and since June 2006, having been with the company for 20 years in both editorial and executive positions.

Before taking up his current post, Mr Ridding was the Editor and Publisher of the Financial Times, Asia, as well as Chairman of Pearson in Asia. He led the launch of the Asia edition of the FT in 2003, and steered it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. Mr Ridding also led the development of the FT's Chinese language website, which now has more than 1.1m registered users and is the leading international source of business news in China.

In his Pearson role, Mr Ridding established a series of collaborative ventures between group companies. These include a series of business publications, including the FT/Longman Chinese/English financial dictionary. He also launched a series of financial journalism training courses, including programmes with Beijing University and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Before his appointment to Hong Kong, he held the posts of Deputy Editor of the FT and Managing Editor. Mr Ridding has held several other editorial posts at the FT since he joined in 1987, including Hong Kong bureau chief, Paris correspondent, deputy features editor, Korea correspondent, UK companies reporter and foreign desk correspondent.

Between 1986 and 1987, Mr Ridding worked at Oxford Analytica on the Asia Pacific desk. He graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics

Erica Wax and Andrew Balls

Erica Wax has a wide range of experience in politics, the private sector and non-profit organizations. She worked in international development and trade policy in Washington DC, as a Director at Fontheim International, an international trade consulting firm. She was a vice president in the Global Markets and Investment Banking group at Merrill Lynch in New York and London. She has worked on numerous political campaigns over the last 20 years. Erica was the co-founder of a New York-based non-profit organization called Girls Career Workshop, which targets at-risk high school girls. Erica has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Politics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Andrew Balls is a managing director and deputy chief investment officer at PIMCO, responsible for Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Investment Committee and manages a range of global and European fixed-income portfolios. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, Andrew spent eight years at the Financial Times as an economics correspondent and columnist in London, New York and Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oxford, a master's degree from Harvard, and was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford.

Randy Work, Managing Director, Kitano Capital LLC

Randy Work is a Managing Director of Kitano Capital LLC, a US-based privately owned, financial management company.  Additionally, he currently sits on the board of several start-up companies.  

Prior to Kitano, Randy was with Lone Star Funds, a global private equity investment fund, for 12 years.  During this time, Randy helped to establish and manage the Fund's investment activities in Japan.  Lone Star invested approximately $6 billion in equity capital into the Japanese market, focusing in distressed debt, real estate and operating companies. 

Randy received his bachelor’s degree in International Economics and MBA in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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