Michael Schluter CBE, Founder & Chairman
Michael trained as an economist before working as a research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute, and economics consultant with the World Bank in East Africa. He and his wife Auriel have 3 married children, and 12 grandchildren. Michael is now a social entrepreneur and has launched six charities whose work includes international peace-building (Concordis International), alternative finance (Citylife) and social policy (Credit Action). In 1994, Michael launched the Relationships Foundation; he is also on the board of Relationships Forum Australia. He is co-author of The R Factor (1993), Jubilee Manifesto (2005) and The Relational Manager (September 2009) and has contributed to a number of other books looking at social issues from a relational perspective. He is an experienced speaker who has addressed audiences all over the world, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s new year honours in 2009.
Beris Gwynne – Head of Programmes for the Relational Thinking Network in Geneva
Beris started her working career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and also served with the Australian International Development Agency. After several postings in different parts of the world, her last position was with World Vision as their Director and UN-Representative in Geneva. Founder of Incitāre, a platform to support accelerated achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, she now works as a consultant, and is assisting the Relational Thinking movement to develop its programme of activities further into Geneva and beyond.
Edmond Granges – Treasurer
Edmond studied finance and economy at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He worked for 40 years for large Swiss bank, first as a credit analyst in corporate banking in Zurich before moving to London to take on the responsibility of bonds sales for all Swiss institutions. In 1990, he returned to Geneva to manage portfolios for institutional clients and developed long-term relationships with Swiss pension funds. Alongside his professional commitments, Edmond enjoyed being a social entrepreneur, founding a sport club and leading a charitable institution. Since September 2015, he has been working with the Relational Thinking Network and is a founding member of the Swiss association. He is currently the Treasurer.
Claire Barnes – Network and Relations Officer
Claire has been with the Relational Thinking Network since the start of 2016, and is responsible for keeping in touch with those who have joined the Network, through emails, phone calls and social media.. She was born in Cambridge but spent several years away from the city. In her time with Mercy Ships, an NGO operating mainly in West Africa, she worked on board a hospital ship as Engineering Secretary. She returned to Cambridge nine years ago, and most recently held a position as a PA at Cambridge University Press.
Joshua Hemmings – Communications and Marketing Officer
Joshua is assisting the Relational Thinking Network in the area of Communications and Marketing. He read Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge, and before joining the team spent several months in communications, research and editorial work in the publishing industry.
Marilyn Collins – PA to the Founder and Chairman
Before coming to Jubilee House Marilyn worked as PA to the Keeper of the Archives at Churchill College, Cambridge. She has worked at Jubilee House since 1990 and has been Michael Schluter’s PA for 24 years, first within the Relationships Foundation and now as part of the Relational Research team and assisting the Relational Thinking Network.
COUNCIL OF PATRONS
Lord Parekh of Kingston upon Hull, Emeritus Professor, Universities of Westminster and Hull
[Further patrons to be announced]
Dr. Bob Bishop, ex-Chairman & CEO of Silicon Graphics International; Founder and President, ICES Foundation
Dr. Young Gil Lee, Vice-Chancellor, Kumi University, Uganda
Ms. Beris Gwynne, Founder of Incitāre, a platform to support accelerated achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
Dr. Riel Miller, Head of Foresight, UNESCO
Mr. Carl Nisser, Founder of the European Government Business Relations Council (The Ad Hoc Council), member of the Board of Directors of The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States