James Timpson OBE DL is Chief Executive of Timpson Ltd, a retail business with over 2000 shops.

James pioneered the recruitment of ex-offenders at Timpsons, to the extent that Timpson now employs over 600 prison leavers (this is over 10% of the Company). James is Chair of the Prison Reform Trust and supports various prison charities and support groups, and was presented with an OBE in 2011 for the training and employment of disadvantaged people.

He is also a Trustee of Tate and Chair of Tate Enterprises Limited.

James will be interviewed by Liam Black and will be talking about his experiences heading up Timpsons, leadership and culture, and how to foster inclusivity in the workplace, ensuring it thrives.