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Our presenters

Presenters at WLB events since 2013

Alan Fogarty


Alan heads up Cundall's sustainability group in the UK, that specialises in low-energy and sustainable building design. A building services engineer by training, he has gained extensive knowledge of natural ventilation design, passive design techniques and assessment of natural lighting and energy. He has also developed specialised fields of competence in chilled ceiling systems, the application of Building Regulations (Part L) and BREEAM.
Alan joined Cundall in 1999. Prior to that, he worked for a number of years in Australia where he gained in-depth experience in passive building design for the Sydney Olympics. 

Alice Lester

Alice Lester MBE is Brent’s Operational Director for Regeneration, Growth and Employment, having previously been Brent’s Head of Planning. Prior to joining Brent, she led the Planning Advisory Service, at the LGA, where she worked on a variety of projects to support ongoing improvement in local authority planning services, and in implementing the government’s planning agenda. Alice had previously worked at Westminster, Camden and Islington Councils. Alice has been a Trustee of the TCPA, an external examiner for planning courses, and is an LGA Planning Peer.

Alireza Mousavi

A Reader at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Brunel University.

My research interest is in Mathematical Modelling and Simulation, Applied Control and Computing. The applications are in :

  1. Real-Time Systems encompassing Data Acquisition, Sensitivity Analysis, and Systems Modelling. We are engaged with collaborators in the Aerospace and Aviation (Flight Data Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Fault Diagnostics, and Predictive Maintenance), Micro Semi Conductors, Composite Material Manufactruing, Nano Coating Process Control, Machine Tools, Discrete Production Systems, Automotive Industry (Control and Optimisation of Fuel Injection Systems, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Control Units (ECU), Electronic Braking Systems industries). Further applications in real-time performance monitoring and optimisation of Water, Waste Water, Power Plants and Factory Performance Optimisation.(see Publications and Activities)
  2. Systems Modelling and Simulation: Application of discrete event modelling and simulation for measuring and optimisation of plant/shopfloor performance optimisation. Measurement of key performance indicators in industrial systems including manufacturing, health care, retail, logistics, and service industry. Linking internal resource performance with external and environmental factors (secondary models) such as customer satisfaction, environmental impact and complex socio-economics factors.
  3. Mathematical Modelling and Computing: Application of Physical (in forms of Transfer Functions), analytical, stochastic and heuristic modelling in describing and controlling complex systems and presenting them in the form of software tools.

Andrew Carr


Andrew Carr is a Senior Architect with Brady Mallalieu Architects and has completed a series of housing projects for a range of clients including Ballymore, Peabody, Pocket, Murphy Group and Islington Council. His Phoenix Heights project, near Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, won the Evening Standard Award for the 'Best new development in the Affordable Homes sector’. Alongside practice he is currently a visiting critic, tutor and technical consultant at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture and has written on housing issues and design matters.

Andrew Dakers

Andrew Dakers has led West London Business as Chief Executive since September 2015.  He grew up in Brentford, West London and still lives locally.

Andrew’s career spans IT at the BBC, business change management at GSK, campaigning for WWF UK, leading Public Affairs at Business in the Community and heading education business charity Spark!  He has also been a module leader for the University of Bradford’s highly regarded international MBA programme and was selected as a London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission.

Andrew has worked in Fiji, India, Uganda, UAE and the USA and gained an MSc in Development Management from The Open University.  Amongst other voluntary commitments he served for four years as a pension fund trustee.  Today he volunteers as Chair of Brentford town centre’s regeneration charity, the Ealing Business Partnership, and the London Textile Forum.  His memberships include UKSIF and the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability.

Andrew was active in the Liberal Democrats from 2000-10.  He is no longer a member of any political party and supports the work of politicians across the spectrum.

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Andrew George

Professor Andrew George, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and International), Brunel University London

Professor Andrew George joined Brunel University London as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and International) in 2013. He is responsible for the education and international strategy of the University, as well as the annual planning round.

Andrew George did his first degree at the University of Cambridge, before going on to the Tenovus Laboratories in the University of Southampton to do his PhD with Professor Freda Stevenson, developing a vaccine for B cell lymphoma. He was awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship and stayed in Southampton for his first postdoctoral period, before going to Dr David Segal's laboratory in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA, where he used recombinant techniques to generate novel antibody molecules. In 1992 he returned to the UK as a lecturer at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, which merged with Imperial College London in 1997. At Imperial he was Professor of Molecular Immunology and Director of the Graduate School and the School of Professional Development.

In a voluntary capacity Andrew is a Director of West London Business.

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil presents the Daily Politics on BBC Two, the Sunday Politics on BBC One and This Week on BBC One. One of Britain’s best-known and experienced journalists in print and broadcast, he’s been the editor of a national newspaper, publisher of Scotland’s national newspaper and a TV executive. Andrew has an MA (Hons) in Political Science. His first job was in Westminster as a political researcher specialising in Housing Policy for the Heath Government.

He moved into journalism in 1973 and never left. During his career he has been UK Editor of the Economist, Editor of the Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television and Publisher of the Scotsman Group of newspapers in Edinburgh. He has been a Westminster lobby correspondent, a White House correspondent and a Wall Street editor. Besides presenting five programmes, he is currently chairman of various companies, including The Spectator Magazine Group, ITP Magazines and World Media Rights.

Andrew Strauss

Andrew John Strauss, OBE (born 2 March 1977) is a former English international cricketer who played county cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club. He was formerly captain of England's Test cricket team.

Andrew Strauss became the Director of Cricket for England cricket team in 2015. He relinquished the Test captaincy and retired from all forms of professional cricket on 29 August 2012, following his 100th test, leaving the job the second most successful captain of the English modern era in terms of wins.

Andy Slaughter


Andy Slaughter is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament for Hammersmith since 2010. He had previously been MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush from 2005 to 2010 and before that, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. He is currently a Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for London, serving on the Labour Party’s frontbench.

In the 1980s Andy had a number of jobs working in the voluntary, public and private sectors. Andy worked for the British Safety Council in libraries around the borough and at Fulham Town Hall. He then worked for commercial PR firms before moving on to research, first for the BBC and then in Parliament. In his early thirties he studied Law, qualifying as a barrister in 1993. He is a governor of William Morris Sixth Form in Barons Court, a school which he helped to establish in 1994.

Andy has been Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party London Regional Group since 2007. In October 2010, Andy was invited to join the Labour frontbench as Shadow Justice Minister and served as the lead shadow minister opposing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. In 2016, Andy was invited to join Labour’s Front Bench as a Shadow Minister for London and Shadow Minister for London.

Anita Longley

Anita Longley FRSA, FICRS

Anita Longley is a board-level sustainability professional with over twenty-five years’ experience in both the private and public sectors.  A passionate advocate for collaboration and transparency she has delivered impactful sustainability programmes and community partnerships.  Anita is currently Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, (ICRS) and a trustee of the Scottish Power Foundation. She has worked in the energy, biotechnology and manufacturing sectors in the U.K., India and across Europe.

Anita is a Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the ICRS. The ICRS is the UK’s first professional institute for sustainability. With over 700 individual members and 56 corporate members, it supports CRS professionals to be brilliant at what they do.


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