Women on Boards is a very small organisation with a big mission: to increase the gender diversity of boards in all sectors across the UK. 

Yet we are able to punch significantly above our weight thanks to the strength of our network. As such we are hugely grateful to a wide range of people who support us with advice, guidance and by helping to spread the word about what we do and how we can help individual women who are interested in taking on a board role.  In recognition of this support we have created our Women on Boards Ambassador group.

We are pleased to announce the  launch of  the Ambassador Programme on the 9th of October 2018. Details of our Ambassadors to follow.

If you would like more information on what is entailed in being a Women on Boards Ambassador, or would like to become one yourself, please contact Anna Lunato at

Women on Boards Ambassadors

Joanna Baldwin  

Joanna is an NED and Board Committee Chair at Aviva France, HM Revenue & Customs and Starcount Insights (predictive customer analytics), and former Trustee at Fight for Sight, the eye research charity.
Her advisory experience encompasses multinational corporate to entrepreneurial start-up in a wide range of business sectors; from government to not-for-profit; across strategic analysis and growth strategies; to brand, marketing and communications; in culturally diverse environments. The thread running through her career is the impact that new technology can bring in delivering superior customer experience.
She began as a marketer at Unilever, becoming SVP, Head of Global Business Development and member of ExCom at Publicis Groupe. Her high tech experience led to founding her own digital strategy agency, Seriously Digital.
Joanna was International COO at Bono’s (Product)RED™, helping meet one of the Millennium Development Goals - halting the progress of HIV by 2015.

Julia Bond OBE  

Julia’s executive career spanned 27 years in Capital Markets within Financial Services; first with Bank of America, then 22 years with Credit Suisse. Made Managing Director in 1997. Member of the EMEA Divisional Operating Committee. Strong commercial acumen, growth market, people management and client strategy experience. Extensive international exposure dealing with large institutional investors, particularly Public Sector, around the world. Built and led global sales teams, including co-head Non-Japan Asia, which were consistently ranked amongst Top 3 in the market sector. Throughout her executive career, Julia led numerous strategic initiatives around clients, culture, leadership, people, branding, diversity, strategy and governance. Since leaving in her executive career in 2009, Julia has expanded her Board experience by assuming Non-Executive Director/Advisory roles across a broad range of sectors. Currently, Non-Executive at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, ACCA,  European Assets Trust and International Public Partnerships as well as Vice Chair of the Royal Academy of Dance. 

Lynne Cadenhead  

A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years’ investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics –  and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up a number of her own companies.  Currently Lynne is involved with several early stage technology companies as director and investor, mainly in the fields of cyber security, artificial intelligence and emotional management.
 She is a key influencer on the Leadership in Board Governance Programme at Edinburgh Napier University and in 2017 the University awarded her the prestigious title of Visiting Professor in Governance and Enterprise.
Lynne is a long-standing member of two Edinburgh Napier University Boards, a member of Technology Scotland Advisory Board, Chair of UNICEF Scotland Advisory Board and Chair of Women's Enterprise Scotland.

Jane Crombleholme                                       

Jane is a very experienced Non Executive Director in the Public Sector. She has been a NED on various NHS Boards for 20 years and has just stood down as Chair of NHS Stockport CCG after 7 years. She has been a School Governor for an outstanding secondary school, Chair of a primary school governing body and a trustee of several charities. She is also Managing Director of Executive Education at Alliance Manchester Business School responsible for their global development programmes.

Terri Duhon  

Terri Duhon is the Chair of the Board of Morgan Stanley Investment Management in EMEA.  She is also a NED and Risk Chair for Morgan Stanley International, a NED and Risk Chair for Rathbone Brothers plc, an Associate Fellow at The Said Business School at Oxford University, on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee and a motivational speaker for Speakers for Schools.
After graduating from MIT in Math, Terri started her career at JPMorgan and spent 10 years working as a derivative trader.  Later she became an entrepreneur, an educator and an author.  She has been on the board of CHAPS Co, the board of Operation Smile and was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Group for the Prince’s Trust.  She is the author of How the Trading Floor Really Works.   

Marian Evans 

Marian is the founder and Director of Elevate BC Ltd and was recently awarded ‘UK Mentor of the Year 2018’  (Women in Financial Advice Awards). A qualified Executive Coach, a Chartered Insurance Broker and Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Marian is also one of only 5 individuals in Wales to be awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the highest level awarded by the Institute.
Now a multiple business owner Marian was previously executive director at Thomas Carroll Group leading the Special Risks division. And prior to this Marian had worked her way up from the grass roots at NFU Mutual where she was one of the youngest and first women in the history of the organisation to hold a number of positions as she climbed the ranks. 

Marian is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Cirencester Friendly Society Ltd Board a school governor and Executive and NED Coach.

Jacqui Ferguson  

Jacqui Ferguson is an experienced CEO from the technology industry.  Jacqui is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK, Ireland, Middle East Mediterranean and Africa.
Jacqui is Non-Executive Director Wood PLC, Tesco Bank and Croda PLC.  In 2018 she was nominated for and won the NED to watch award in honour of Dame Helen Alexander in the Sunday times NED Awards for her contribution as a NED.
Jacqui is a Trustee of Engineering UK, a not for profit organisation focussed on driving more Engineering and Technology Skills in the UK and member of the Scottish First Ministers Advisory Board for Women and Girls aimed at tackling Gender Equality.  Jacqui is passionate about what technology can enable, getting young people interested in STEM and advancing more women into executive careers.
Jacqui chaired the public services strategy board for the Confederation of Business and Industry and was a member of the Tech Partnership, the industry body aimed at UK technology skills.

Lorraine Hendrickson

Financial Services Executive in asset management; first with Merrill Lynch, BNY Mellon and more recently at London CIV, establishing an asset manager for the City of London and 32 Local Authorities. The first of its kind for the UK Pensions Industry.  Lorraine has broad experience in strategic planning, operations, and distribution.  Nominated 100 Women to Watch: Female FTSE Board Report 2017. Lorraine also served on the London Lord Mayors Diversity Forum and as a trustee for a social mobility charity, Making the Leap

Sally S-J Penni  

An award winning practicing Barrister at Law, Vice Chair of AWB, Trustee & NED, Reid Scholar, Legal 500 and Founder/CEO  of  Winner of WE ARE THE CITY’s Rising Star Award sponsored by The Times Newspaper 2017, Member of Northern Power Woman, Power List 2017 - list of 50 most powerful leaders in the North of England, Winner Diversity Champion Award, awarded by UK Diversity Legal Awards, Winner of HSBC & Forward Ladies Women in Business Rising Star Award 2017. Judge for this is Manchester Awards and for Modern Law Awards aswell as a Published Author. 

Jane Henderson                               

Angela is Non-Executive Chair at Qube Research & Technologies Ltd and Non-Executive Director at Credit Suisse Asset Management Ltd. She was European legal counsel for Citco Fund Services before working in the equities divisions of Deutsche Bank and Barclays from 2000 to 2015. She was an investor and director of PharmaSys Ltd, a software development company, until 2017 and is active in the not-for-profit sector as, inter alia, governor of a NHS foundation trust. Angela is a Graduate (LLB Fr Hons) of the University of Leicester and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is listed in the Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report, 100 Women to Watch 2017.

 Celia Pronto  

Célia is an award-winning Board Level Director with over 20 years’ experience in start-ups and blue chip organisations. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at South East Water, Member of the Board of Trustees at Cancer Charity Yes to Life and Member of the Ex Co at Casual Dining Group, where she holds the position of Chief Customer & Digital Officer. Célia is an active mentor, focused on growing the pipeline of talent and supporting people as the key foundation to organisational success. 

Lisa Tennant 

Lisa has over 20 years leadership experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Lisa started and sold her own company, before setting up a management consultancy. This led to a number of roles including CEO of a commercial property company and leadership of one of the first community land buyouts in Scotland. Lisa has been given a Vodafone World of Difference Award for her work on community resilience and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA. She has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director with roles on the Boards of Ombudsman Services, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, The Ethical Property Company and the Scottish Land Fund.  

Gill Weeks OBE  

Gill is an industry expert within the field of waste and resource management
sectors, and was awarded the OBE in 2011 for services to the waste management
sector. She has a Law degree, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institutes of Waste
Management, and is a Chartered Environmentalist.


Gill was appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency by the Secretary of
State for the Environment in September 2014. She is currently Chair of the
Environment and Business Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk
Committee. She is Area Board Member for the two North West Areas covering
Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria and is the lead Board
Member for Waste and Process Industry.

Gill is’ joint owner of Dean Weeks Consultants Ltd. consulting on business
operations, strategy, environmental regulation, and sustainability having previously
(2006-2013) been a Regulatory Affairs Director at Veolia Environmental Services.
She was the acting Policy Director at Environmental Services Association from
2010-2011. She is currently Chair of Trustees for the Welcome Cafe, Knutsford a
small community charity providing facilities in the interests of social welfare