Peter J. David


A graduate of the London School of Economics, Peter became a member of the London Stock Exchange and enjoyed a career of over thirty-five years in the worlds of finance and investment analysis, ultimately specialising in fund management towards the end of his business career. He then worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on their overseas visitors' programme and has been chairman and trustee of the Concordia Foundation since 1995. 


Dasha Shenkman OBE


Dasha is a Canadian, resident in London, with experience in the fields of publishing, music, visual arts and theatre.  She was a literary agent for many years and, in 1992, co-founded Atrium, a book shop in Cork Street, London, specialising in international art reference books. She has been involved with a number of arts-oriented organisations, either at board level or as a consultant. She established the Belle Shenkman Music Programme, in memory of her mother -- a series of concerts at the National Gallery performed by students from the Royal College of Music -- and also initiated a similar programme at the V & A Museum. Dasha is member of Tate International Council, Chair of New River Dramatists, a research and development centre for writers in North Carolina, as well as the Council for the BetterPlanet project at the University of Guelph, Canada.

Georgina Benton

Georgina graduated from University College London with a BSc in Geography and then moved to France to undertake her Masters in International Business at the Grenoble Graduate Business School. On her return to London, Georgina worked for the French Team at HSBC Investment Bank and then for the Economic Section of the French Embassy. In 2002 she moved to the Telecoms & Technology Division of IIR Conferences (part of the Informa Group) where she worked as a Conference Producer developing, project managing and hosting a number of overseas conferences. In 2007 she was promoted to Conference Director with responsibility for several event portfolios. In 2010, Georgina moved to IQPC, another conference company, where she was responsible for setting up a successful new business in a highly competitive market, and driving it forward to create a reputed market brand that was profitable after just two years. Georgina is a Trustee of the Foulkes Foundation, a family-run charitable organisation established by her grandfather, working closely with the Chairman & Registrar on the overall management of the Foundation in order to further enhance its work.  She is a keen saxophonist and is currently General Manager of the BBC Elstree Concert Band. She is also past Chairman of the Society of Young Freemen and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers. Georgina was very honoured to be invited to the 2010 Women of the Year lunch as a Woman of Achievement.