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 launched the Ambassador Programme on the 9th of October 2018. Please see details of our appointed Ambassadors below.
Women on Boards Ambassadors
Julie is Chair of Clear Returns, one of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups and Chair of Directors Edinburgh. She is also CEO of Broadreach and provides specialist leadership consulting services to global blue-chip companies. Beginning her career with Tesco where she built a formidable reputation for delivering excellence in operations, Julie works extensively as an Executive Coach with various FTSE 100 companies and has held Interim Retail Director roles with Liberty and Punch Taverns. She also spent time as a retail specialist and Executive Partner EMEA with IBM.
Julie is a presenter for Women on Boards' Getting Started and On Track for Success workshops and co-leads the Getting to the C-Suite programme. She also works with Rowena providing 1-on-1 support to subscribers working on their Board CV. She lives in Edinburgh and, along with Tanya Castell, is a point of contact for Women on Boards' members in Scotland.
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.
Catherine Barber Brown
Catherine is a Non-Executive Director of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, a Lay Member of the University of Manchester General Assembly and Nominations Committee and a co-opted Governor at Gorsey Bank Primary School.
She specialises in Business/Organisational and Commercial Strategy, Strategic Change and Risk Management, Strategic Stakeholder & People Engagement, Ethical brand customer engagement
and Performance Scrutiny.
She is an experienced, creative and driven leader with over 20 years’ experience across strategy, change and capital raising, focused most recently on the mutual financial services sector and growth and transformation of purpose-led organisations. She has worked with multiple sectors including financial services, health tech, education, transport, telecoms and health and now leads Barber-Brown Strategic Consulting.
Claire-Marie is a Chartered Engineer and a part-time Programme Director at Alliance Manchester Business School. She spent her early career in Financial Services and left corporate life after 10 years to establish her own consultancy, Lurig Ltd.
Claire-Marie specialises in implementing complex business change and leadership development, working with organisations such as Rolls-Royce, AstraZeneca, BASF, United Utilities, the NHS and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. She also provides mentoring & executive coaching to senior women in organisations and women in personal transition.
Claire-Marie established the Institute of Directors North West Women Directors’ Forum & has frequently hosted their annual IoD Women Directors Conference, which is in its 8th year. She is the Lead on Diversity for the IoD North West, an active member of Manchester City Council’s International Women’s Day Steering Group and a friend of The Pankhurst Trust. She is a regular speaker, forum moderator and coach at the Women’s International Network (WIN) Global Leadership Conference.
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.
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.
Tanya Castell MBE
Tanya is a non-executive director of the Faster Payments Scheme (a core part of the UK's financial market infrastructure), Societe Generale Newedge (a major global derivatives brokerage firm) and Vice Chair of Scottish Canals (which owns, operates and transforms the canals in Scotland). She is also the Lay Chair of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries new Quality Assurance Scheme and on the board of Soirbheas, a community charity in the Highlands (which she chaired for 3 1/2 years) and Fettes College, a leading UK independent boarding school in Edinburgh. Tanya chairs the Risk and Audit Committees of Newedge, the Audit and Risk Committee of Scottish Canals and the Audit and Finance and Remuneration Committees of Faster Payments.
Tanya is a regular presenter on WOB's Getting Started workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow and is a point of contact for WOB members in Scotland.
Monica has broad and extensive experience in both executive and non-executive roles across the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) space. She secured her first non-executive role at the age of 24 at the British Video Association, and her first executive role as Production Director at Prism Leisure Corporation Plc aged 25.
Previously she was Chairman of the British Board of Film Classification Advisory Group; a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Digital Communications Board; Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness; and Non-Executive Director at Voddess Portal Ltd. Her last executive position was as CEO of MyMovies.Net Ltd, a UK market-leading service delivery company that aggregated, curated and monetised content for retail, internet service providers and mobile networks.
Currently Monica is a Non-Executive Director of Obviously Creative Ltd; Vice Chair of Queen Mary University of London where she also chairs the Remuneration Committee; Chair of the British Independent Film Awards Advisory Board; and a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for AI.
Monica runs her own consultancy and is an Ashridge-trained Executive Coach. She is an alumna of the Deloitte Women on Boards Programme, and the BAME on Boards Programme – both by invitation and aimed at senior executives considering a NED position at a UK listed company. She was appointed an ambassador for Women on Boards in 2018, and a ‘Super NED’ by FDS Director Services and the University of Salford in the same year.
Naeema is a partner at Eversheds Sutherland advising on all aspects of employment law, acting primarily on behalf of large scale employers who are household names. Naeema has a special interest in discrimination law as well as whistleblowing, executive terminations and large scale re-organisations. Naeema regularly works in a cross border environment.
Naeema is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. She contributes to a variety of publications and broadcast media and has appeared on BBC Breakfast News, Radio 5 Live and the Today programme.
She is also featured in the Legal 500, Legal Experts and Chambers directories, in which she is noted for her "articulate and professional manner" and "high level of competency in various areas, from tribunals, to pension issues, to discrimination" and as someone "you would want in your corner".
Naeema is featured in the Opportunity Now 20th Anniversary Review which celebrates two decades of advancing women in the workplace.
She is a Trustee of the Eversheds Sutherland Charitable Trust and a member of the WaterAid speaker network. Naeema also sat on the North West Advisory Board for Business in the Community for almost 10 years.
Naeema is also the Co-Chair of the Eversheds Sutherland BAME network and sits on the steering committees of the firm’s gender network and Central D&I Group.
In September 2013 Naeema was appointed as a Fee Paid Employment Tribunal Judge sitting in the Midlands (West) Region.
Lesley Cowley, OBE
Lesley is the first ever Chair of DVLA. She also Chairs Companies House and is the Lead Non-Executive Director of The National Archives.
Lesley’s expertise in digital, internet and cybersecurity began in her previous role as CEO of Nominet, the registry for .uk Domain Names. She was named one of the 500 Most Influential People in the UK by Debretts & Sunday Times in 2014, received the inaugural ICANN (Global Internet Body) Award for Leadership in 2013 and was appointed OBE, for services to the internet and e-commerce, in 2011.
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.
Sally is an experienced, successful Director, in both Executive and Non Executive roles for early and development stage technology companies, with a focus on fintech and software. Her passion is to taking new products and services to market and helping existing businesses restructure to accelerate growth. Sally is Chair of Stormagic Limited and a Non Executive Director of Mobeus Income and Growth 2 VCT and has recently stepped down as Chair of BeyondTheStory.
Sally is a regular presenter for the Women on Boards London Getting Started Workshop.
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.
Lynette is a NED and Board Committee Chair of Remuneration and People Strategy at University of Nottingham and a trustee of Mental Health Matters, a mental health charity.
Lynette’s board advisory experience spans global corporates, an AIM turnaround, private equity businesses and not for profit gained across a range of sectors including financial services, technology, telecoms, energy, professional services, education and healthcare. Lynette has specific expertise in leading culture and business transformational change as a result of turnaround, organisational change, IPO and M&A.
Lynette began her career with Johnson and Johnson and has worked globally with a variety of FTSE 100 organisations as a board level HR Director and Director of Talent and Resourcing. In her advisory practice she is recognised for delivering commercial interventions that support business leaders translate their plans into customer orientated solutions.
Lynette is passionate about coaching and mentoring women in their executive careers which her board membership of International Women’s Forum (IWF) UK and ambassador role with Women on Boards actively supports.
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 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.
Portfolio Executive specialising in; culture, change, transformation, customer experience and communication engagements.
Most recently, Phil set up, developed and was Director of Huntswood's Non‐Executive Director (NED) network which consists of over 500 NEDs, Company Secretaries and Legal Counsel who sit on boards in the financial services,energy, utilities, pharmaceutical, travel, gambling and telecoms sectors.
Prior to his portfolio career Phil was Director of Learning & Development (L&D) at Huntswood, a specialist resourcing and board-level consultancy firm in compliance, culture, governance and complaints. Learning & Development consultancy engagements included work for Barclaycard, Tesco Bank, GSK, Metrobank, Allianz, RBS, Qatar Airways, Homeserve, BNP Paribas and Lloyds Banking Group.
Before joining Huntswood Phil was Commercial Director for international marketing services specialist dunnhumby, famous for launching the Clubcard into Tesco. Prior to dunnhumby Phil was a Board and Executive Director at Managing the Service Business (MSB), customer service and change management specialists. His role included helping to set MSB’s strategic direction as well as taking responsibility for the design and implementation of high-value national and global client projects.
Phil’s early career was eleven years at British Airways, as an internal consultant and communications specialist on the airline’s, internationally acclaimed culture change programme – “Putting the Customer First” which is where he started his career-long work in the power of communication to achieve successful change across organisations.
Named by Cranfield as one of the FTSE 100 Women to Watch, Valerie Gordon-Walker is a former Managing Director, Executive Committee member and Group Head of Human Resources. During her executive career she has worked at complex, global organisations including Barclays, BP, West LB and Marks & Spencer. Much of her focus at these organisations was on major transformational change, strategic vision and effective stakeholder management.
Since 2009, Valerie has developed a strong and varied non-executive portfolio in both the private and public sector. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee member at BPDTS Ltd. (DWP), Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL) and ACL International. She also works as a Senior Board Advisor to multinational firms focusing on corporate governance and culture, succession, board and executive mentoring.
In the public sector, Valerie has been an independent Senior Advisor to the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority at the Bank of England. She is a graduate of University College Dublin, a founder Member and Freeman of the Guild of HR Professionals in the City of London, and is passionate about the arts.
Specialist in Culture and Organisational design. Rhiannon worked for 15 years at Barclays with roles spanning a range of commercial, operational and strategic disciplines. Latterly she led the implementation of a Conduct Risk framework across the UK Retail Bank and spear headed the supporting People and Culture Programme. Over the last 4 years she has moved to specialise in Culture Transformation and has worked with and coached Boards and other Leadership teams to better understand and proactively manage their organisational culture.
Ali is a non Executive Director with experience of the UK National health Service as a Board member, Trustee & Chair of several committees. She is also Board Trustee for the Alzheimer's Society and a member of their external digital advisory group. Ali is an experienced global regulatory leader with significant expertise in Europe. China and the Emerging markets working for a top 10 global pharmaceutical company. She has chaired the European Industry Association European and International Regulatory Affairs Committees and is a Fellow of the global regulatory professionals organisation, TOPRA.
Ali connected with WOB at one of the first regional 'Getting Started' workshops in the North West and is now a presenter and active advocate of the work of WOB.
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.
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
Julie is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Board Committee Chair, operating within retail financial services. A Senior Management Function holder, Julie has a deep understanding of what it takes to operate in a highly regulated industry.
Julie brings a breadth of knowledge to her NED roles gained during a successful executive career with blue chip retail financial services companies. She has worked in both the UK and international businesses.
Julie has a track record of P&L management, growing consumer businesses, running large-scale operations and leading transformational change. She is adept at strategically repositioning businesses to revive performance and improve margins, proven at RSA and Tesco Bank. She understands what it takes to make retail financial services businesses successful. Julie brings energy and passion to the businesses she works with. She is able to contribute across the Board agenda and does so with a strong commercial and customer focus.
Julie is committed to an ethical and socially responsible approach to business. Julie is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Current Non-Executive Directorships include: Main plc board member and Chair designate of Saga Services Limited subsidiary board, subject to regulatory approval, Board member, Chair of Remuneration Committee and member of Risk, Nominations and With Profits Committees at Police Mutual Assurance Society and Board Chair designate with effect from 2019, subject to regulatory approval.
Stephanie was a presenter with the BBC for 18 years, communicating her insights and passions from the most intimate radio programmes to flag-waving international broadcasts. She brought her extensive experience to the world of corporate communcations in 2005 when she founded Farrier Communication. Her clients range from Heads of Finance & Development to senior management in corporate finance, legal, engineering and architect/property firms. Her learning and therefore her advice and courses don’t come from a book; they come from practical life experience. She presents the Impact and Influence Masterclasses for Women on Boards.
Eilish is an experienced finance professional having spent over 20 years in Investment Banking and Professional Services. She started her own consultancy business in 2015 providing strategic business, risk and governance advisory services. She is a NED at the Financial Reporting Council, the UK’s independent regulator responsible for corporate governance and reporting, and a NED at Sport England, a non-departmental public body of DCMS.
She was Executive Director and Head of Audit at Goldman Sachs in London between 2004 to 2015. During her time there she held numerous leadership roles and was responsible for leading the audit functions for the firm’s banking entities across EMEA, as well as leading numerous strategic initiatives around operational transformation, regulatory change, culture, governance and diversity. Eilish began her career with KPMG where she qualified as a chartered accountant, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
As an mentor and executive coach, Eilish is passionate about helping others create careers they love. She is a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Women in Banking and Finance, and is currently studying for a postgrad in coaching.
Lisa's business life has been spent in marketing communications agencies, working on business-to-business clients across Europe. Lisa is well known in the industry for being passionate and capable. She is skilled at challenging and inspiring others which is why she was also the Board Director responsible for implementing agency personal performance training alongside her client relationship responsibilities. In addition to supporting WOB UK Ltd, Lisa is an active business angel investor. Lisa is also trustee, and Chair, for the London based charity Regenerate which helps to transform deprived communities from the inside and a NED on a start up CIC called The Feel Good Bakery.
Lesley is a Board Governor of the University of Central Lancashire, a £300m organisation that is making significant investment to help secure its future in a sector that is undergoing considerable change. She sits on the Audit & Risk and Marketing & Communications Committees. She is also Chair of Active Lancashire (£4m), a rapidly growing organisation which is aimed at getting people active, keeping people moving and improving peoples’ lives, where she sits on the HR & Remunerations Committee. She is an experienced Chair and Board Director, with over thirteen years in seven not-for-profit/charity organisations. Lesley’s chairing roles have involved highly political, fast moving organisations requiring CEO mentoring, strong stakeholder management and ensuring effective utilisation of public funds.
Lesley is an experienced international marketer who has directly managed over twenty B2C brands, re-launched six product ranges and launched six new brands that each became No1 in their sector and achieved financial breakeven within six months of launch - from Foods (RHM) and Healthcare (Roche) to Household Cleaning Products & Toiletries (Bristol Myers). She also has managed B2B brands, marketing departments and projects for leading global organisations as a management consultant with PwC and in her portfolio Marketing Director career.
Her passion is helping organisations and people to reach their potential. Lesley was introduced to WOB at one of their first events in the North West and is now a presenter for and active advocate of their work.
Trisha McAuley OBE
Trisha is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director, with experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She was named as one of 100 Women to Watch in Cranfield University's 2017 FTSE 350 Board Report. Trisha's background is in consumer affairs. For over twenty years she was a senior executive in UK and Scottish consumer organisations. She is widely recognised as a national consumer expert and was awarded an OBE for services to consumer affairs in 2015. She has been an influential public policy leader, working effectively with parliaments, governments, regulators, business and public services at strategic level. In the past four years, Trisha has developed a successful non-executive and board portfolio.
Trisha is currently the Independent Chair of the National Grid RIIO2 Gas and Electricity Transmission Stakeholder Challenge Groups and the Independent Chair of two national energy industry governance panels. She is also a Board Member of Northern Ireland Water, a Member of the Heathrow Consumer Challenge Board and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland Discipline Board. She is a member of Ofgem’s Gas Network Innovation Competition Expert panel, a Member of the Office of the Rail and Road Regulator Consumer Expert Panel and a Member of the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Panel. Trisha is also a Board Director, and the Treasurer of, Energy Action Scotland, a Member of the Scottish Power Green Economy Fund Panel and the Consumer Expert Advisory Group for the Scottish Government’s Consumer Energy Vision. She is a former Board Member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and former Chair of Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership Board.
Executive with over 30 years’ experience in the highly regulated domestic and global financial services sector with significant broader business experience working with Scottish, UK and Global businesses. Skilled at operating in complex global matrix structures and managing Government relations. Currently CEO of HSBC Scotland, Non-Executive Director CBI (Confederation of British Industries) and Non-Executive Director Beatson Cancer Charity. Previously Chair of CBI Scotland and Non-Executive Director of Scottish Enterprise.
Moni Mannings is an experienced FTSE 250 Non Executive Director. She is currently the Senior Independent Director of Investec Bank PLC, Chair of Remuneration at Polypipe Group PLC and Dairy Crest PLC. Moni is also a board member of Cranfield University and a Trustee of leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s. Until recently Moni was a Board Member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and chaired its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Moni's most recent executive role was as COO of AI and IP data analytics company Aistemos Limited and, until March 2016, Moni was a senior partner in international law firm Olswang LLP having enjoyed a career spanning over three decades in private practice. Moni founded and led Olswang’s International Banking and Finance Group and served on Olswang’s Board for 13 years.
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 Womeninthelawuk.co.uk. 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.
Sarah is Managing Partner of Perris-Myatt, which helps individuals and organisations from grass-roots to global to build their brands and to enhance their reputation by communicating more productively with internal and external audiences. She is an experienced executive and non-executive director, trustee and board advisor in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Currently a Trustee for the Twin& Multiple Birth Association and for the Eifion Trust. Previously de-facto Director for Bentley Motors and a school Governor. She is a regular presenter on WOB's Getting Started Workshop in Manchester and Leeds.
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.
Ginny is currently a Partner at Capital Market Communications ("Camarco"), a Non-Executive Director of Stobart Group plc and a trustee of Carers UK, the leading UK charity for unpaid carers and was a former Development Council Member of the Natural History Museum.
With a background in financial public relations and investment banking, Ginny Pulbrook brings more than 30 years' experience as a board level adviser to quoted companies in the infrastructure, industrial and support services sectors.
Prior to joining Camarco in 2014, Ginny co-founded and spent 26 years at one of the UK's leading financial public relations firms, Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Her specific areas of expertise include high profile capital markets transactions, crises and change management.
Anne is CEO of Fidelity International. Anne joined the company in December 2018 from M&G Investments where she was CEO and a director of its parent company Prudential plc. She has worked in the asset management industry since 1992. Anne has two decades of experience as an analyst, portfolio manager and CIO and is a strong proponent of ESG investing. Her career path spans many blue chip global names in the financial sector including Alliance Capital, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Aberdeen Asset Management.
Anne is a Chartered Engineer and began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. She chairs the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Practitioner Panel and is also a member of the US-based Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, which works to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards.
Anne was publicly recognised in the UK for her services to the voluntary sector and to the Financial Services industry by being appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2014 and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015.
Anne holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh.
Heidi is Treasurer Trustee of Pushkin House in London. She is an entrepreneur, consultant and educator with specialisms in Russia and its neighbours, the legal sector and transformative change. She studied Russian at Durham University, politics at the LSE and law at City Law School. She spent a year in Ulyanovsk Russia in 1992, where she co-produced TV programmes at Simbirsk TV and taught at Moscow State University. She has worked for Accenture, Oracle and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, spending several years monitoring elections and running OSCE legal reform projects in the former Soviet Union.
She is the author of the bestselling book “How to Pass Numerical Reasoning Tests” and is the founder and creator of Jurilogical.com, an online practice strategy service for barristers.
Susan Sternglass Noble
Susan is known as a leading investor in global financial services companies, having held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, CQS and AXA Framlington. She is currently a Senior Adviser to the Investor Forum, established by fund managers to facilitate dialogue with the boards of listed UK companies on long-term, strategic issues. Susan is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Unity Trust Bank plc. and a Trustee of Link Age Southwark. She has a long-standing interest in FinTech having been an early Non Executive Director of Avanza AB, one of the first online stockbrokers in Europe, and is an active angel investor.
Susan has been a Specialist Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons and a Commissioner on the Dormant Assets Commission. She was named one of the "100 Women to Watch" in the Female FTSE Board Report 2016. Susan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacture. She is a dual US and British national, and speaks French, German and Mandarin Chinese. Susan is a Senior Adviser at the Investor Forum CIC and a non-executive director at Unity Trust Bank.
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.
Alison held executive board and leadership positions at Mothercare, Lego Retail, George at Asda, Kingfisher and Otto UK and has a range of non-executive roles. She spent two years as a partner in an executive search firm, set up a business that supports companies to deliver through their people and now also combines this experience to help individuals present and develop themselves effectively. Alison is Non-Executive Director of TPC Consulting, a trustee of Chwarae Teg and a Board Member of Sport Wales. Alison is a presenter for WOB's Board CV Masterclass and also provides the follow up one-on-one support. She is based in Cardiff and is WOB's Lead for members in Wales.
Ann is a Non Executive Director, SANS Institute & FCO Services. Before becoming a Non-Executive Director, Ann had forty years’ operational experience in UK government service, in the defence, security and foreign affairs fields. She has wide and varied experience as an Executive Director and Management Board member and has deep knowledge and experience, in particular, of designing and delivering transformational change; programme direction and management; and in developing strategic solutions to people-related challenges.
From 2010 to the end of 2016, she was on the Management of Board of GCHQ (the UK intelligence and security agency tasked with keeping the UK safe in the present, challenging cyber security environment), as Director of Security and Human Resources. She was also the Chair of both the Remuneration and Health & Safety Committees. Prior to that, she was the Programme Director for the cross-MoD Spending and Efficiency Programme, which comprised 40+ separate projects and successfully delivered staff reductions of 10,000 as well as annual savings of £2.8Bn.
Ann has also worked in NATO and was Director of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Human Resources on the Board of the Meteorological Office from 1997 to 2000.
She joined SANS Institute as a Non-Executive Director in 2017, where aside from her wider strategic, advisory role, she has been the principal adviser on the Cyber Schools Programme. She has also just (November 2018) taken up a Non-Executive Director position on the Foreign & Commonwealth Services Board.
Ann is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Pam spent 18 years as a Regional Group Account Director at global ad agency Leo Burnett before moving to Hertz Europe as European Marketing Director, where she was responsible for marketing across 9 corporate European markets. She was headhunted in 1999 to become Global Marketing Director of StepStone.com, then an online recruitment start-up, which subsequently expanded into 18 countries, IPO’d and was acquired by Axel Springer in 2009. Pam set up Caspia Consultancy in 2001 and works as an outsourced marketing department to SME’s and start-ups across many sectors including financial and professional services, design, media, technology, retail, not for profit, leisure and FMCG. She hopes with the help of WOB to secure her first NED position soon. Pam is also Women on Boards Uk Marketing and PR advisor.
Lisa has held a number of senior roles at Sport England initiating the work on the safeguarding standards, clubmark and volunteering. She has held Executive roles at England Netball, Volleyball England and British Basketball. Internationally she has held roles on the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Ethics Panel, Technical Director International Volleyball (FIVB), European Volleyball (CEV) Credential Panel and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Governance Commission. She is also a Director of the British Olympic Association.
In a Director capacity, she was appointed Vice Chair of the swimming (ASA) Group Board in 2013 - 2017, plus Interim ASA Group Chair as well as her role as Chair of the Institute of Swimming – leading the 9,000 plus teachers and coaches across England from 2014 to 2017. Her desire to help others is demonstrated in her voluntary work in Africa as a Director of the Wallace Group of Universities, supporting team sports and in particular women and girls in Namibia and Zambia.
Following her award of CIMSPA Companionship in 2012 she has continued her enthusiasm within the sector by forming a new foundation to support young children through sport, The Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund, awarding a number of local sports clubs in Leicester/Cornwall/Manchester.
Lisa relishes challenge and continues to strive for improvement both personally and in others, she has recently graduated from the UK Sport CEO Executive Leadership Programme.
Jenny Watson CBE
Jenny Watson CBE is Chair of the House of St Barnabas, of the Portman Independent Complaints Panel, and of Gamstop. She is a non-executive director at the Financial Reporting Council and the Financial Ombudsman Service. She is also a school governor. She is a previous Chair of the Electoral Commission and of the Equal Opportunities Commission, and a former ViceChair of the charity Money Advice Trust.
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.
Shefaly Yogendra, PhD
Shefaly is a portfolio board director, with special focus on digital and tech leadership and governance, organisational growth, risk, and decision making. She serves as a trustee of BeyondMe, an independent governor of London Metropolitan University including serving on the Governance committee, and a non-executive director of the LSE-listed JP Morgan US Smaller Co.s Investment Trust where she chairs the Remuneration Committee. She built her career in corporate venturing in the technology industry, followed by strategy advisory to investors, regulators and leaders of operating companies on strategic investment in emergent and regulated technologies. She was listed among the "100 Women To Watch" in the 2016 edition of the Female FTSE Board Report and has recently joined an Explainable AI startup as the Chief Operating Officer.