Our Trustees
The members of our Board of Trustees represent a cross-section of City businesses and institutions.

Graham Dickinson Graham Dickinson

Chair of Trustees
Partner, DWF LLP

Graham Dickinson is a Partner and head of the Large loss Insurance team at national Law Firm DWF LLP, working on cases arising out of accidents that result in the most serious of injuries and losses. He has worked with the insurance industry for over 30 years and in 2015 was Master of the Worshipful Company of Insurers (WCI), the City’s Livery Company for the insurance profession.

Graham was Chair of Trustees of the WCI for 7 years and in that capacity was involved in the creation of the links between The Brokerage Citylink and the WCI that continue to this day.

DWF LLP is a supporter of The Brokerage and has provided training and work experience for The Brokerage students for several years.

 

Charles Logan

Charles Logan

Independent Consultant

After graduating from the University of Wales, Charles joined a small recruitment consultancy, which was later acquired by Hays. By 1992 he had become a Managing Director, and in 1994 he founded Hays Resource Management and later became Managing Director of Hays UK.

He retired from Hays in 2012, and is now acting as an independent consultant alongside being a Director of a major pension trust.

Charles has been a Trustee of The Brokerage for a total of nine years. From 2012 until 2016, he was Chair of the board.


Leila Gomes

Leila Gomes

Head of Business Resilience, EMEA, Nomura

An accountant by profession, Leila has held roles primarily in Finance and Risk through her career to date. Leila now heads up the Business Resilience function for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region with a broad remit on organisational resilience and contingency planning matters. Leila also has responsibility for the global Information Management programme as well as other cross-regional initiatives.

Leila is also a founding trustee of the Nomura Charitable Trust.

 

Philip Grant 

Philip Grant

Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Insurers

Philip is an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Lloyd’s Managing Agent Argo. After qualifying as a barrister in 1980, Philip began his career in the insurance sector as a graduate trainee with Skandia Insurance and subsequently held numerous senior management and advisory positions in the London insurance market, latterly specialising in situations of organisational and operational change, including M&A and legacy issues.

Philip is a Liveryman and a Managing Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

Ahmer Huda

Ahmer HudaSenior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP 

Ahmer has been with EY for over 10 years as part of its assurance function, he has served in a variety of jurisdictions and on a number of global accounts specifically focusing on the Wealth and Asset Management sector. He studied in the Middle East, Pakistan and in the UK, is a qualified accountant and holds a Masters degree in Economics.

Ahmer joined The Brokerage in 2014 as a trustee and Treasurer.

 

Mohammed Marikar 

Mohammed Marikar

Associate Director, Market Intelligence
RBC Wealth Management

Mohammed became a Brokerage trustee in July 2016. Mohammed leads the Market Intelligence function and the Innovation Lab within the Royal Bank of Canada’s Wealth Management International (WMI) division, and launched WMI's Artificial Intelligence project in 2016. He co-chairs RBC’s Multicultural Employee Alliance (MEA) in the UK.

Mohammed started his financial career in 2004 as a trainee with UBS Investment Bank and progressed to become one of its youngest Associate Directors aged 23, and in 2011 moved to the Wealth Management division as UK Business Development Manager.

Mohammed joined RBC in 2013 as Business Development Manager.

Born in London, Mohammed graduated in Mathematics from Imperial College London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science. He has been programming computers since the age of five. 
 

Esther Felton

General Counsel 
QBE 
Esther Felton

Esther is a corporate finance lawyer with over 15 years experience in the insurance sector, both in private practice and in-house.

Esther qualified at City law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and subsequently held various legal roles within the insurance market, most recently as General Counsel & Company Secretary for QBE European Operations - with responsibility for the Legal, Compliance, Wordings and Company Secretarial functions.

Esther has had a long association with The Brokerage and joined as a trustee in July 2017.

 

Catherine Knivett Catherine Knivett

Principal Policy Officer, Digital Skills
Greater London Authority

Catherine leads on digital skills policy at the Greater London Authority.

She has worked on STEM and digital policy and programmes for the past four years and currently manages the Mayor’s £7m Digital Talent Programme. This is a high profile initiative that aims to accelerate diversity in London’s tech workforce, empowering young talent to become our digital pioneers of the future. She is a passionate advocate for education, inclusion and equal opportunities.

Catherine joined The Brokerage as a trustee in July 2017

 

Workplace visits

Over 4,500 students visited a workplace in the City or Canary Wharf in 2016

Over 9,000

young people participated in our programmes and activities in 2016

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