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I sit on the Board at Crowdbnk and I am a Strategic Advisor to StartUpCapitalVenture 2 in San Francisco and I am also on the CITI Advisory Board @ Columbia University, NY.

I chair Trinity Hospice, Clapham, NISE NHS Innovations SE, Major Stanley's Trust at OURFC and the Great Retail Revival Foundation.

 

 

The sudden EU increases to the UK's budget would have been flagged up by FTSE 250 company months before; EU needs fundamental reform

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31
JAN
Help donate: http://www.trinityhospice.org.uk/film  ITV Local London News Launch of 120th Anniversary http://www.itv.com/london/hospice-anniversary34180/   
30
JAN
I would have been travelling to Cairo tomorrow for a meeting of the Egypt British Business Council but given the state of play there, we have cancelled our meetings. I have been watching events unfold online and on Sky News and Al Jazeera. But the most interesting comment I have come across was in this morning's Observer. Ed Vulliamay has written a piece on Julian Assange and in it he comments: "The American diplomats writing the cables leaked to Assange report many of the reasons for the
30
JAN
I went to see the Portuguese Nun (English sub titles) at the ICA last night. I felt it was two hours too long.
30
JAN
On Friday, I spend another full day at Trinity Hospice. We were launching our 120th Anniversary with Huw Edwards (BBC News), one of our Patrons and Jack Dee, the actor and comedian, one of our supporters. This was my first outing as the new Chairman of the Hospice and I had to introduce (and thank) both Huw and Jack. About Jack I said that he was depressed this morning because he felt he was the only person in London who hadn't had his phone hacked. Both of them spent time...
30
JAN
A few weeks ago I was contacted and asked if I'd like to attend the 40th Anniversary of the Richmond Heavies XV. The Heavies have been almost a club within a club at the Richmond Athletic Ground and gave me when I was slightly younger immense fun. They are part of Richmond FC whose recent history has been difficult but the community spirit within it has seen it climb back to the top having been demoted eight divisions when it went belly-up in 1999 following the advent of professional...
27
JAN
There's a very nasty smell and it is coming from the Met Police and senior staff at the News of The World. It looks as if the hacking of the mobile phones of a larger number of senior people in the media spotlight is endemic. It also looks as if there is an unhealthy relationship between the Met Police and some staff at the News of The World. David Cameron must stop supporting News Corp. He must instigate a new review of hacking to be carried out by another police force other
27
JAN
I attended the BSAC Council Meeting yesterday - www.bsac.uk.com. When an MP I was invited to attended as an Observer and now I am not they invited back as a Member.  I really enjoy the meetings which are well attended and usually consist of  a number of different presentations across the industry under Chatham House rules.    We heard from Creative Scotland and Creative England and had a session on Micropayments. All good. 
27
JAN
Last night, I tripped along to Pictet & Cie: www.pictet.com at 120 London Wall for a drinks party to welcome them to the Editorial Intelligence's family of sponsors: www.editorialintelligence.com for our Names Not Numbers symposium at Portmeirion in March.   (I am a small shareholder in Editorial Intelligence and on the Board).
27
JAN
After the Editorial Intelligence bash, I had supper with Elizabeth Filippouli of Global Thinkers, and we spent some time wondering whether there was space for a think tank in this area...... More work......
27
JAN
I was due in Cairo next Monday but rioting there may cause a cancellation.
27
JAN
Over the past few years there have been a number of books examining how we might change society. Consider: Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein's Nudge (which Cameron thinks is A1) Charles Leadbetter's  We-Think & Matthew Bishop & Michael Green's Philanthro-Capitalism But the subject that needs to be re-visited is Trust. This was the name of book by Anthony Seldon, it was rushed out in 2009 at the time of the MPs...
25
JAN
This morning I attended the Edelman breakfast on their Trust Barometer now in its 11th Year. Check it out at www.edelman.com The Report will feature in the FT tomorrow and be launched officially at Davos on Friday.
25
JAN
Sky Sports fired Andy Gray earlier today whilst Richard Keys hangs on with his finger tips. Both must go.
24
JAN
I went to see Black Swan at a packed early evening showing at the Curzon Mayfair yesterday. As we were shuffling out of the cinema it seemed like we'd all been at a funeral that had gone terribly wrong.  There's lot to admire about the film itself - great sets, sensational acting, wonderful colours - but at the end you were left wondering whether it actually worked as a film. I know the critics have largely given it a **** or ***** rating but I wasn't so sure....
24
JAN
I said in a Blog posting on 15/11/10 that Sky's presentation of Soccer had become complacent. Today, the UK media has led with the inane comments of Richard Keys and Andy Gray, their two main ¬£1m salaried presenters/commentators, about an assistant referee who was Sian Massey, a woman. As it happened Sian called the decision in question correctly. Sky dropped them from tonight's coverage of Bolton v Chelsea. But they have made no apology to Sky...
22
JAN
Friday was my "Trinity Hospice" day and it started with a meeting with a would-be trustee before going on site to spend time with the HR department and Anne Hooper, our CEO. I then sat in on a management meeting for our 22 shops. It is our 120th anniversary and we will be launching lots of initiatives next week.
22
JAN
Say what you like about the current political firmament but the media likes nothing more than a scandal; this week it was rather like waiting for buses for an age and then along come 2 or 3......... Andy Coulson had to go. The illegal hacking by News of the World journalists whilst he was Editor is causing great anxiety inside NewsCorp just at a time when they are seeking to buy BSkyB. Tony Blair's evidence on why we went to war with Iraq looks flimsier by the week. It was Labour's...
20
JAN
On Monday, I spent the day in Copenhagen with Jim and Kathryn from www.designit.com (UK branch!). We visited their other working halves to discuss the Internet Policy Institute and their work on the web site. We travelled Easyjet for just under £50 return..........
20
JAN
I went to see the King's Speech on Sunday afternoon; usually when I go at this time (around 5.30pm) any central London cinema is more or less empty but not for this film where the pre-publicity and word of mouth has made it the must-see movie for the new year and there were queues for tickets stretching outside the Odeon in Leicester Square.  There will be lots more awards other than the single Golden Globe to Colin Firth for his masterful performance as Bertie (King George Vl). What
20
JAN
I attended my first formal meeting of the EBBC yesterday held courtesy of the Chairman of Vodafone in his Park Lane offices. We discussed our forthcoming meeting to Cairo and a 2 day conference on business opportunities there for UK SMEs in June.
20
JAN
I went to the RSA for one of its many lunch time debates and/or discussions it has held every year for the past couple of decades. These last just an hour so many Fellows and friends are able to pop in during lunch-time to hear a current topic being thought through by a couple of experts. Today, there was a lecture followed by a Q&A by Evgeny Mozorov entitled The Future of Wikileaks - you can catch it on www.thersa.org/events/listen-live. Evgeny has written a book: The Net
20
JAN
I was interviewed this evening just after SIX about MPs' pay, the resignation of Alan Johnson and what I am currently doing with my life.....
15
JAN
The Fabian New Year Conference at the Institute of Education was packed today to hear Ed Miliband speak. He poured vitriol on Clegg and Cameron and rightly so. They have one argument for all their savage cuts "Labour mismanagement". There is an element of truth in that accusation. But the world wide banking fiasco has been air brushed away by the Clegg-Cameroon teams. And now we see that they have refused to reign in the bankers despite the ¬£billions of public money we have paid to...
15
JAN
I moved on from the Fabian Conference to the Tate Modern to see the Gauguin (again) before it closed tomorrow, the Wei Wei's art installation of ceramic sunflowers which I love (again) and finally the Surrealist's Poetry & Dreams exhibition especially the work of Tanguy, Giacometti, Ernst and Dali.  
14
JAN
CAABU Election to Executive   I was re-elected.....
14
JAN
So let's review the spin: Elwyn Watkins, the defeated Lib Dem candidate in the May, 2010 General Election subsequently brought a successful legal case against the winning Labour candidate, Phil Woolas (who won by a mere 103 votes) after two high court judges had ruled that he had told lies about Watkins in campaign literature. If there was any sympathy with Watkins he should have won this seat by a landslide. Instead his lack lustre campaign, unusual for the Lib Dems...
14
JAN
I caught the Venice: Canaletto & His Rivals exhibition at The National this morning which closes on Sunday as does the Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain. It will be another lifetime before these paintings and photographs will be seen again in the UK so if you are free on Sunday do try and see them. Whilst at The National there is also the Bridget Riley and, as interesting, the Ben Johnson Liverpool, Zurich and London landscapes which are quite sensational.
14
JAN
Trinity Hospice Though I am not quite in situ (1st February 2011), as the new chairman of the Trustees, I have dedicated Fridays to give my time to the Hospice. I started with Paul Molloy, Managing Director, Compton Fundraising Consultants Ltd., and then moved onto meet Sophie Harwood, who runs one of our 22 Trinity Hospice shops at 85 Wilton Street, Victoria and some of the volunteers. For my first six months, I shall try and meet as many of the people as possible who make Trinity...
10
JAN
The Oldham & Saddleworth by-election on Thursday could result in a win for Labour. Polls cannot make up their minds (as if they have them) as to whether the Lib Dems or the Tories will be pushed into third place. A win for Labour would be a vindication of the work the local party and its previous MP have accomplished over 13 years.   The Coalition will fall apart at some stage - the really active members of the Lib Dems won't want to join Cleggy in the Tories and will finally
10
JAN
Voter YES in the upcoming referendum to change the voting system The supporters of the old politics have a problem. They refuse to defend the current system, and as has been reported this week in the Financial Times, they are now even confused about which MPs support them. We need you to write to your MP and ask them if they're for Yes or for No. Take a moment now to explain to your MP why you want change. And if they don't want change, ask them why they support first past the post.
9
JAN
I stayed with Frank and Lyndy Sobey over the weekend. We have been close friends for forty years since we were students at St.Luke's College, Exeter. Indeed, Frank was one of my two vice-presidents when I was President of the Students' Union! We went to an NUS Conference at Margate when a young Jack Straw was our President.  Yesterday afternoon, as the weather was so wonderful, we went up to Dartmoor where amongst the isolation, we took in Dartmoor Prison - it would be hard to find
7
JAN
Egypt British Business Council I have been asked to sit on this Council and my first meeting is next week and then I am visiting Cairo sometime next month.
7
JAN
CAABU - Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding www.caabu.org I have been associated with CAABU since June, 1997 and for the past 3 years I have sat on its Executive Board. It is election time again and I have thrown my hat in the ring!!
7
JAN
King Fahad Academy, East Acton www.thekfa.org.uk I was a guest of the Headmistress yesterday.
7
JAN
Trinity Hospice www.trinityhospice.org.uk I spent 90 minutes at the Hospice with Anne Hooper, CEO on Wednesday.
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