Advisory Board

Salvatore Di Maggio, KPMG Senior Manager – Fast Growth Business Lead , Cambridge Ecosystem

Salvatore Di Maggio KPMG Cambridge ThinkLabLife sciences & Tech have a real sense of purpose, that’s clearer in the COVID-era than ever before. I am passionate working with clients (and colleagues!) that are amazed about the businesses they serve; it makes the interactions more dynamic and the work more rewarding.

I am naturally interested in all economic, tax, financial and business news. I possess a good team spirit and ability in managing resources. I am very reliable and highly motivated person. People that have been working with me alongside my career says I am passionate, proactive and dedicated professional, able to swiftly establish positive relationships on all levels, endeavouring to treat others with respect and integrity. I have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and am full of energy and enthusiasm. A confident communicator, flexible, adaptive, able to think on my feet and use my initiative creatively, I am eager to try new ideas and find effective ways to support, encourage, motivate, inspire and challenge to promote excellence and achieve potential in all areas of learning and development.

I am an International Tax professional based in Cambridge United Kingdom, currently working with KPMG as Senior Manager within the Growth Businesses, responsible to drive the Life Sciences & tech initiatives within Cambridge Ecosystem and beyond.

I have started also being visitor lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School to their “Accelerate Program” delivering lectures on  “Find your way to Funding & Getting Investor Ready” within the Ecosystem, at the Babraham Campus to their Accelerate Program and also to Start Codon.

Qualified Chartered Accountant – ICAEW since April 2014 – LLM in International Tax Law from Leiden University – ITC since 2012 and Italian “Dottore Commercialista” (CTA and Auditor) since 2009.

During my career I have been member of the International Tax Committe in Milan Chartered Accountant Association from 2010 to 2013 and have covered different roles as Public Compliance Legal Auditor for the Italia Public Administration.

Sean Gilroy, UX Principal Cognitive Design BBC UX&D and BBC Neurodiversity lead

Sean Gilroy BBC ThinkLab

Sean is currently a Senior User Experience Principal at the BBC, responsible for the organisations Product Inclusion and Accessibility workstreams.  Sean also co-created BBC CAPE (Creating A Positive Environment), the BBC’s award-winning Neurodiversity initiative which advocates Neurodiversity and designing innovative solutions to remove barriers to employment for Neurodivergent people. Through this work Sean is now recognised as one of the UK’s top Neurodiversity evangelists.

Sean originally followed a career in Finance, working across many different industry sectors as a Chartered Management Accountant before joining the project responsible for the BBC’s move to MediaCityUK in Salford, following which he became Finance Director for BBC North.  However, as the BBC CAPE initiative grew, he took the opportunity to pursue a career change and follow a new found passion for Inclusive Design, now leading a function within the BBC’s UX&D department, which aims to shape and deliver the organisations response to Inclusion and Accessibility across its products and services.

Leena Haque, Senior UX Designer, BBC UX&D

leena haque bbc thinklabLeena Haque is currently a Senior User Experience Designer leading the BBC’s Product Inclusion and Equity design research initiative and is also co-creator of BBC Cape (Creating A Positive Environment) which advocates innovative design solutions that understand, appreciate and accommodate our Neurodiversity.

Following Leena’s undergraduate degree from Durham University, she completed her postgraduate Masters at the London School of Economics.  Being Neurodivergent and having overcome many obstacles on her journey through education to employment, Leena has become a passionate advocate for Neurodiversity and Inclusion, using her position to amplify innovative and creative ways to help break barriers for young people.

Recognised as a positive role model, a SENDcode ambassador and one of the top 50 most influential neurodivergent women in the UK, Leena has presented her work at various international conferences, developed diversity training workshops and produced creative short films. As an artist, Leena’s work has also been exhibited at Artism UK, a not-for-profit organisation providing support for artists on the autistic spectrum.