Bestselling author Malcolm Macdonald was born in Gloucestershire in 1932. After thirteen years as a non-fiction writer he turned to the richly-documented and compulsive historical novels for which he has been named the 'natural successor to the late Ronald Delderfield'. He lives with his wife in Ireland. For more information, visit www.malcolmmacdonald.org.
Jonathan MacDonald is an inventor, investor, business strategist and internationally acclaimed speaker. As one of the world's most in-demand thought leaders he is trusted by the senior executives of well-known global companies including Google, Microsoft, Apple, P&G, Unilever, Nestlé, Lego, Heineken, and IKEA to translate the benefits of perpetual change into invaluable business insight and personal success. Jonathan is a contributor to numerous publications including Google's Think Insights, Forbes, and the British Airways Business Life magazine. He is the founder of the Thought Expansion Network, Chief Strategy Officer of Moneycatcha Pty Ltd, and involved in a number of exciting projects that are proudly powered by change.
Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and director. Former writer-in residence at Paines Plough and the Royal Exchange Theatre, he has written extensively for theatre in addition to working in radio and film.
Gwen Madoc lives in Swansea with her husband, Harry. She worked as a medical secretary before joining the Civil Service, and studied for five years with the Open University. She loves Swansea and its people, and has a keen interest in local history.
Educated at Harvard, Michael Mainelli is Commerce Professor Emeritus and Fellow at Gresham College (founding home of the Royal Society and former home to Christopher Wren). He is also Visiting Professor at LSE and was responsible for creating the London Accord the world's leading research cooperative into environmental, social and governance investment. He is the co-founder of Z/Yen, the City of London's leading commercial think-tank established in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Over the course of his career, he has worked in economics, political science, seismology, cartography, energy information, research and development, in defense and at the highest level of accountancy.
Iain Maitland has been a professional writer since 1987. He has written over 50 books, mainly on business, and been published as far away as Russia, India, Japan, USA and Australia. He has also written for the Sunday Times, Which? and the Financial Times amongst many others.
Chrissie Manby is the author of twenty five romantic comedies including A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY, THE MATCHBREAKER and SEVEN SUNNY DAYS. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her novel about behaving badly after a break-up, GETTING OVER MR RIGHT, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award. Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on www.cakewrecks.com. She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she can't walk in. You can follow her on Twitter @chrissiemanby, or visit her website www.chrissiemanby.co.uk to find out more.
Martin Manser is a professional reference-book editor. He is also a language consultant with national companies and organizations. Martin is Part-time tutor at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and Part-time visiting lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University.
Christine Marion Fraser
Christine Marion Fraser was one of Scotland's best-selling authors, outselling even Catherine Cookson, with world-wide readership and translations into many foreign languages. She was the author of the much-loved Rhanna series. Second youngest of a large family, she soon learned independence during childhood years spent in the post-war Govan district of Glasgow. Chris lived in Argyll with her husband. She died on 22nd November 2002.
Howard Marks is co-chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based investment firm with $100 billion under management. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the Wharton School and an MBA in accounting and marketing from the University of Chicago. In the 2015 Forbes rankings, Marks was ranked the #338 richest person in the United StatesOaktree Capital Management is a leading global alternative investment management firm with particular expertise in credit strategies. The firm was formed in 1995 by a group of individuals who had been investing together since the mid-1980s in high yield bonds, convertible securities, distressed debt, real estate and control investments. Today, Oaktree comprises over 900 employees in Los Angeles (headquarters), New York, Stamford, Houston, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam*, Dublin*, Luxembourg*, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Sydney. It has 31 portfolio managers with average experience of 23 years and over 700 years of combined investment experience. Among Oaktree's global clients are 75 of the 100 largest U.S. pension plans, over 400 corporations around the world, over 350 endowments and foundations globally, 16 sovereign wealth funds and 38 of the 50 primary state retirement plans in the United States.
Michael J. Marquardt
Michael J. Marquardt, Ed.D. is professor of Human Resource Development and International Affairs as well as Program Director of Overseas Programs at George Washington University. Dr. Marquardt also serves as President of the World Institute for Action Learning and is the author of 20 books, including Leading with Questions and Optimizing the Power of Action Learning.
Iain Martin is a commentator on politics and economics. He has been editor of the Scotsman and of Scotland on Sunday and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and Standpoint magazine. His first book, Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS, and the Men who Blew Up the British Economy, was shortlisted for the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and won the Debut Book of the Year prize at the 2014 Political Book Awards.
Chuck Martin is director of the Center for Media Research in New York, the CEO of NFI Research, an avid public speaker and the author of eight business books, including NYT business best seller The Digital Estate as well as Net Future, SMARTS and Work Your Strengths. With more than 26,000 Twitter followers, Chuck is an established social media expert and has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox and ABC-TV News Now. He served as brand manager for the Mobile Insider Summit (August 2010 in Lake Tahoe, NV). Visit his website and his blog at www.nfiresearch.com and his blog at http://www.thesocialcmo.com/blog/
Diana Mather is a communications trainer, writer, broadcaster and personal image consultant. She started her career as a newsreader and interviewer at the BBC, and for the past 30 years has taught communication skills to people from 5 continents, including UK MPs and US senators. She is a regular talking head on TV, including The Culture Show, Trisha and Jeremy Kyle.
Sadie Matthews is the author of provocative, romantic novels that explore an intense and intimate side of life and relationships. The After Dark series was her first trilogy, and entranced readers with its sensual, engrossing story and unforgettable characters. The Seasons trilogy is her latest series, telling the story of the Hammond sisters.Sadie Matthews is married and lives in England. Find Sadie on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sadie_matthews.
Roberta Chinsky Matuson
Roberta Chinsky Matuson found herself thrown into management at age 24. By her own wits - and through trial and error - she succeeded and became an internationally recognized thought-leader, consultant and career expert, often quoted in the media.
James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime. He has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. His previous books include James May's Man Lab, Car Fever and How to Land an A330 Airbus.
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University following a decade on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School. He is one of the most respected authorities on what is happening in the big data arena. His book, Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age is considered a seminal work on the ever-presence of data.
Andrew Mayo spent 30 years in large international organisations in a variety of roles, latterly in HR and HR Development. He is Professor of Human Capital Management at Middlesex University Business School, and has been rated by Human Resources magazine consistently amongst the 'top thinkers' in HR. His first book, Managing Careers, became the standard UK textbook for organisational career management. The second, The Power of Learning, (jointly with Elizabeth Lank) was rated by Carol Kennedy of The Director 'as the best book around on the learning organisation'. In 1998 he published Creating a Training and Development Strategy, which was rewritten in a new edition in 2004 and is a standard CIPD textbook on the subject. He regards his most important previous work as The Human Value of the Enterprise (Nicholas Brealey, 2001) which remains in demand as a seminal work in valuing people and their contribution in organisations.
Kevin McCann is a published poet and freelance writer and was previously lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool University.