ISF benefits from expert advice provided by senior leaders across business, industry, and the education sector, including Andrew Curry (The Futures Company) and the Rt Hon Charles Clarke (former Home Secretary).
Charles Clarke was Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1997 to 2010 and served in government from 1998 to 2006. He was previously Chief of Staff to Neil Kinnock and a councillor in the London Borough of Hackney. He now holds Visiting Professorships at Lancaster University and Kings College London and works with educational organisations internationally.
Di Speirs is Books Editor for BBC Radio. Instrumental in the BBC National Short Story Award since it began in 2005, she is the regular judge on the panel. She chaired the Orange Award for New Writers in 2010, judged the Wellcome Prize in 2017, has twice been a nominator for Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (literature) and this year is a judge for the International Dylan Thomas Prize
William Webb is Director of Webb Search, a consulting company he established to provide technical and strategic consultancy across the wireless communications space. His activities include advising CEOs, Government Ministers, regulatory bodies and acting as an Expert Witness in complex cases involving wireless regulations and patents. William is also CEO of the Weightless SIG, which is harmonising the technology as a global standard.
Andrew Curry is the Director of Futures at the futures and foresight practice SOIF. He was Vice-Chair of the Association of Professional Futurists from 2011–2016. Andrew has written widely on futures: he co-wrote the first paper on the Three Horizons method, and edited the APF collection The Future of Futures (2011).
Prof. Rebecca Braun
Rebecca Braun is Executive Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. A founding Associate Director and Co-Director of the ISF from 2017-2020, she has led the Institute's development of a distinctive Creative Futures methodology with partners across government and academe in the UK, Europe, South Africa, and North America. Her futures work builds on a deep understanding of the power of people and stories, which she has traced in numerous books on authorship, world literature, transnationalism, and cultural value.
Edwin Booth is the Chairman & CEO of E H Booth & Co Ltd the proprietors of Booths Food Stores in the North of England. He represents the fifth generation of the family that has operated Booths since 1847. Edwin became an HRH the Prince Of Wales Business Ambassador for the North West in 2005 and was finalist for the Ernst & Young – Master Entrepreneur of the Year (North) award. He has also been awarded the Institute of Directors Director of the Year for Lancashire and the North West.
William A. Callahan
William A. Callahan is professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is an expert on China and alternative futures, and a filmmaker as well as an academic.