Mr Eckert (aged 53) was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Climate Exchange plc until the sale of the company to InterContinental Exchange in July 2010 for approximately £400 million. Climate Exchange plc owned the Chicago Climate Exchange and the European Climate Exchange which traded in excess of 80 per cent of tradable carbon credits in the EU. Mr Eckert was also previously the Chairman of Trading Emissions Plc, an AIM listed company and one of the world’s leading funds investing in emission reduction permits.
Mr Eckert founded Brit Insurance Limited in 1995 and remained its CEO until March 2005. He then served as a non-executive director of the company from April 2005 until May 2008.
Mr Eckert has interests in various property companies and is the Chairman of Design Technology & Innovation Limited, a patenting and intellectual property company whose principal activity is in the field of irrigating plants with salty or brackish water.
Mr Burrell (aged 50) began working with AMP Limited in June 2012 when AMP Limited started working with Mathieson Capital. Mr Burrell had founded Mathieson Capital in 2010, in order to invest in renewable energy and related businesses. Mathieson Capital established Mathieson Biomass in 2011 to establish a pipeline of renewable energy opportunities, primarily biomass boiler and waste converter projects.
In 2002, Mr Burrell founded the London listed, Westbury Property Fund (now Stobart Group) and was Chairman of its investment committee from 2002 until August 2007. In 2003, he launched the Medical Property Investment Fund (now Assura Group) and served as its Chief Executive between 2003 and March 2010. Prior to this, Mr Burrell worked in investment banking at UBS and ING. He is a Director of FirstCare Limited and Chairman of Brickendon Consulting Limited.
Mark Tarry (aged 37) joined AMP in 2011 to originate and develop project opportunities before taking on the role of CFo in May 2014. Prior to AMP, Mr Tarry worked at Canopy Capital, a private equity firm investing in rainforest conservation where he remains a Director. Previously, Mr Tarry was a Manager at Barclays Capital where he focused on the syndication of primary bond transactions. Mr Tarry has an MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Economics from University College London.
Sir Laurence Magnus (aged 60) is Deputy Chairman (Europe) of Evercore Partners Inc, the U.S. listed corporate finance advisory business. He has over 35 years' of investment banking experience, successively with Samuel Montagu (later HSBC Investment Bank), Phoenix Securities, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse First Boston and Lexicon Partners, (latterly as Chairman prior to its merger with Evercore in 2011).
Sir Laurence Magnus is Chairman of the JP Morgan Income & Capital Trust plc, Pantheon International plc and Fidelity Japanese Values plc.
In the not-for-profit sector, he is Chairman of Historic England (formerly English Heritage) and was previously Deputy Chairman of The National Trust and an elected member of its Council. He is also Chairman of Windsor Leadership and a Trustee of English Heritage Trust and the Allchurches Trust.
Sir Nicholas Soames (aged 68) has been a Conservative Member of Parliament since 1983. He was an Agriculture Minister and subsequently Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1994 to 1997. He served as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and as a member of the Shadow Cabinet in Opposition
He is President of the Conservative Middle East Council.
The Rt Hon. Sir Nicholas Soames is a Senior Adviser to Marsh Ltd; is on the International Advisory Board of GardaWorld and is a Trustee of the Amber Foundation.
Sir Brian Williamson (aged 71) is a former director of HSBC Holdings plc; NYSE Euronext and Waverton Investment Trust Plc.
Amongst numerous other roles, Sir Brian was also Chairman of Gerrard Group Plc., Chairman of Electra Private Equity Plc; Chairman of Resolution Plc; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Armed Forces Common Investment Fund and a Director of Climate Exchange Plc. He was also a Member of the Court of the Bank of Ireland; a Director of the Financial Services Authority and a member of the International Advisory Board of Nasdaq and Governor-At-Large of the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Sir Brian is currently a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; Chairman of MT Fund Management; a Member of the Council of St George's House, Windsor Castle and a Director of Politeia.
Robert Bland (aged 65) has been a director of Midlands Wood Fuel Limited, a profitable premium grade wood fuels supplier acquired by AMP in August 2016. He is Chairman of Oakley's Ltd, both a supplier of specialist and professional ground care equipment and a leading distributor of heating and automotive fuels in the West Midlands and mid Wales.
Mr Bland was instrumental in the formation of The Wood Heat Association, a UK trade association for businesses active in the wood heat industry which was launched as a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association in 2014.