Explore London

Explore London

International Symposium

Richard A. Bennett | President & Chief Executive Officer, ValueEdge Advisors LLC

Richard A. Bennett is President and CEO of ValueEdge Advisors, a firm he founded in summer 2014 to help institutional investors engage with their portfolio companies. From 2006 he was CEO and then Chairman of GMI Ratings and its predecessor, The Corporate Library, a globally recognized investment research firm specializing in corporate governance and ESG with offices in London, New York, San Diego, and Portland, Maine. In August 2014, GMI Ratings was sold to MSCI.

He worked as Director of Corporate Governance for LENS, an institutional activist fund, from 1997 to 2002. He served from 2004 to 2016 as a non-executive director of Trucost, Plc, a U.K.-based firm offering products and services that allow companies, governments, and fund managers to better understand their environmental performance. From 2009 to 2014, he served on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), and currently serves on the ICGN Nominating Committee. He is an independent director of Biddeford Internet Corporation d/b/a GWI (an ISP and telecom business), Atlantic Trust (Maine) (a fiduciary trust company), and Quoddy Inc. (a footwear brand enterprise).

Mr. Bennett has an extensive background in politics and government service as well as a wide range of private sector experience. A former president of the Maine State Senate, Mr. Bennett served four terms in the Maine Senate and two terms in the state’s House of Representatives. From 2013 to 2017, he was Chairman of the Maine Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 2014, he volunteered as a member of the MainePERS ESG Integration Task Force.

Directorship magazine has recognized Mr. Bennett six times in its annual list of the 100 "most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom." In December 2010, he was named by Global Proxy Watch as one of the "10 people around the world who had the most impact on corporate governance in the previous year."

Mr. Bennett was a member of the board of trustees of Hebron Academy from 2010 to 2019. He was a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships from 2005 to 2009. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1986 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000.

Where to Shop

Covent Garden
London WC2E 8RD
Distance from Rosewood: 0.6 miles

As one of London's most well-known shopping destinations, Covent Garden offers a wide array of stores, including Tom Ford, Mulberry, and Tiffany & Co. Don't miss out on The Shop at Bluebird, as you are bound to discover a new favorite brand within this unique concept store that looks like a coach house, with its glass atrium, art installations and original wood beams.

Oxford Street
Oxford St, London
Distance from Rosewood: 1.2 miles

Oxford Street in the West End is Europe's busiest shopping street, with hundreds of high-end stores spanning a variety of specialties. Many famous British chains even have their flagship stores here, including House of Fraser and Selfridges. Though the crowds can be intense, if you are looking for anything in particular, this is where you will find it.

Portobello Market
Portobello Rd, London
Distance from Rosewood: 4.2 miles

Notting Hill's Portobello Market is not to be missed. Organized every Saturday, this outdoor market takes the title of the world's largest antiques market. It boasts more than 1,000 dealers offering vibrant antiques, unique second-hand clothing, and vintage collectibles that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Camden Market
Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
Distance from Rosewood: 2.3 miles

Getting its start as a small arts and crafts fair that was only open on Sundays, Camden Market is a staple for any Londoner that is now open seven days a week. The indoor/outdoor market boasts more than 1,000 places to eat, drink, shop and dance, but is especially known for being a one-stop-shop for all things handmade, vintage, antique and quirky. If you are looking for something unique and one-of-a-kind, Camden Market is where you will find it.

Where to Eat

Soho, London
Distance from Rosewood: 1.0 miles

Getting its start as a stylish place for the aristocracy to gather, Soho is one of the city's most famous dining and partying areas. This is where you go if you don't know what you want to eat, as it is packed full of hip restaurants and bars, ranging from high-end French eateries to street food stalls. Check out BAO, Barrafina, and Little Social. Be advised though, most restaurants in Soho do not take reservations.

Shoreditch, London N1 6BY
Distance from Rosewood: 1.9 miles

Shoreditch is known as the center of London's trendy East End, and as such, it is full of cool restaurants spanning a range of price points. Here is where you will find Michelin-starred establishments next to tiny 24-hour bakeries. Try out spots like Hawksmoor Spitalfields and som saa.

Brixton, London
Distance from Rosewood: 4.3 miles

Right in the middle of south London, the down-to-earth Brixton is full of unique little spots that offer everything from Thai and Japanese to pizza and burgers. Don't miss out on Kricket's Indian delicacies and Salon's seasonal British cuisine.

Notting Hill, London W11 2PA
Distance from Rosewood: 4.0 miles

This cosmopolitan neighborhood is full of Victorian townhouses, high-end shopping and, of course, food. Though you won't find as many options here as you will in the other areas, what you will find are some very special winners that every food-obsessed Londoner frequents, including the Michelin-starred Ledbury.

Arts and Culture

British Museum
Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
Distance from Rosewood: 0.4 miles

Offering more than 900,000 square feet and around eight million pieces of history and art, the British Museum is one of the largest museums in the world. Established in 1753, some of its most notable displays include its collection of Egyptian artifacts, which is the largest collection outside of Cairo's Egyptian Museum, and the Elgin Marbles, which are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures that were part of the Parthenon and the Acropolis of Athens.

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Distance from Rosewood: 0.9 miles

Only housing art made before 1900, the National Gallery holds more than 2,300 works of art and stands as one of the most visited art museums in the world. This is where you will find pieces from Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Monet, Cezanne, Seurat, and Van Gogh.

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Distance from Rosewood: 3.1 miles

The Natural History Museum includes more than 80 million artifacts spanning billions of years, including the 25.2-meter-long blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling of the main entry hall. Debuted last year and named Hope, the skeleton is the only blue whale skeleton in the world to be hung in the diving feeding position.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Distance from Rosewood: 2.9 miles

With a permanent collection of more than 2.3 million items, this museum is next door to the Natural History Museum and has everything from architecture and fashion to sculpture and book art. Of its permanent pieces, make sure to check out its selection of Islamic and Asian art, which is where you can find Tipu's Tiger. Made for Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore in South India from 1782 to 1799, the tiger is an almost life-sized semi-automaton that is mauling a European soldier.

Tate Modern
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Distance from Rosewood: 1.4 miles

As part of the Tate group, which includes three other museums and galleries, Tate Modern houses contemporary and modern art made after 1900, including works by Picasso, Miro, Roy Lichtenstein, and Rothko. The museum is inside the old Bankside Power Station on the Thames, holds more than 800 pieces from over 50 countries within its walls, and is known for displaying both male and female artists equally.

Things to Do

Hyde Park
London W2 2UH
Distance from Rosewood: 2 miles

As the largest of the four Royal Parks, the 350-acre Hyde Park is well known for its grounds, events, and for being in close proximity to Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace. Make sure to snap a photo at the famous Wellington Arch before discovering all of the public art and sculptures on display.

The Shard
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
Distance from Rosewood: 2 miles

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the all-glass 95-story skyscraper is the tallest building in the U.K., the tallest in the European Union and the fifth-tallest in all of Europe. From The Shard's observation deck you will be able to see London's most famous landmarks, including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Tower Bridge. It even boasts London's highest bar, which serves Moët & Chandon and artisan cocktails.

Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
Distance from Rosewood: 1.5 miles

Rebuilt on the south bank of the River Thames, the circular playhouse sits just a few hundred yards from where it originally stood in 1599. Though no one knows for certain what the original Globe looked like, the theater was painstakingly reconstructed using printed panoramas, written accounts, building contracts, and stage directions in the plays themselves.

Kew Gardens
Richmond TW9 3AB
Distance from Rosewood: 8.9 miles

As London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site, this 300-acre botanical garden offers the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world, Victorian glasshouses, and a treetop walkway. Make sure to check out The Hive, a 17-meter "bee hive" that offers a multi-sensory experience that is triggered by a real bee hive at Kew, with its lights and sounds mirroring the activity within the real hive.