Raleigh's legacy?
21st century entrepreneurialism

What are the many lessons on both sides of the Atlantic that the wealth creators of the future can learn from the exploits of Sir Walter Raleigh, a flamboyant adventurer and fearless explorer?

Our Aim

Our Aim

Under our banner of ‘entrepreneurialism in trans-Atlantic trade’, a valuable window of opportunity now exists to encourage and support future wealth creation on both sides of the Atlantic by

  • identifying and developing the lessons of history and the central role of entrepreneurship in wealth creation;
  • understanding the crucial importance of and future challenges to bilateral UK-US trade;
  • highlighting the foundational role played by education in identifying and developing the future explorers, entrepreneurs, wealth-creators and business leaders of our age; and importantly
  • supporting the ‘future Raleighs’ in developing a long and successful tradition of UK-US entrepreneurial wealth creation.

The realisation of this aim creates the conditions for the creation of a lasting R400 legacy.

Our Team


Peter Hewitt, JP FCSI FRSA: R400 Chairman

Peter created the R400 concept. A former Alderman in the City of London, he is a descendant of Sir Walter Raleigh and a serial entrepreneur. He is a founding Freeman and Master Elect of the Guild of Entrepreneurs and was the originator and Chairman of the Waterloo 200 Banquet in Guildhall in 2015 (attended by 645 people) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Michael Hutchings, MA MBA: R400 Director

Michael is a former soldier. His commercial career was spent largely in the private security world, operating in conflict and post-conflict environments in the Middle East and Africa. He is a graduate of the British Army Staff College (Camberley), King’s College London, and holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management.

Ian Picken, FRSA – R400 Director Education Partnerships. Ian is passionate in his belief that the teaching of character, happiness, life, and business skills is essential for a lifetime of success, health and wellbeing. Ian played a fundamental role as Director at the Sunday Times Festival of Education, developing it into one of the biggest education events in the country. He has worked on global education events and initiatives with organisations including IPEN, The Education Foundation, and Live Happy.

Mark Huxley – R400 Director Marketing & Media Relations. Mark has spent his career working within the iconic Lloyd’s and London insurance market. Originally as a front-line practitioner, he has for the last 20 years founded a number of related service businesses, most recently one of the largest sector-specific strategic marketing and branding group of companies.

Louise Hunter – R400 Director Festival of Entrepreneurship & Education. Louise is the founder and driving force behind Summerhouse Media. Having built an impressive portfolio during her eighteen years with the Financial Times as Regional Director for Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent and latterly as Director of Conference, Louise launched Summerhouse Media in 2007 and has worked with many of the world’s most respected news media including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Times and Sunday Times.

Stephanie Ashton – R400 Director UK-US Bilateral Trade Symposium. Stephanie has many years expertise in setting up, managing and consulting high-level bilateral and regional conferences between the UK and other countries.  These include Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Italy, the Nordics & Baltics and going forward Germany also.  Stephanie will bring this experience and knowledge to the creation and delivery of the R400 UK-US Bi-lateral Trade Symposium, planned for May 2019.

Our Team

Our Patrons

Our Patrons

  • Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Boyce, KG, GCB, OBE
  • Lord Brennan, QC
  • Paul Drechsler, CBE
  • Sir Roger Fry, CBE
  • The Right Honourable, the Lord Garnier, QC
  • The Lord Hogan-Howe, QPM
  • Barbara, Lady Judge, CBE
  • The Right Honourable, the Lord Marland of Odstock, OEM
  • Sir Anthony Seldon, FRSA FRHistS FKC