Success Stories: On Board

On Board is where WOB lists members who we know are getting onto boards. This number is now 1,200 in the UK and double that worldwide! 


Have you taken on a new board role since you got involved with WOB?  If so, please let us know at contact@womenonboards.co.uk. We don't mind where you found the role, what size the organisation is or what sector; this page is about celebrating success and inspiring others. Find out more about why your success finding a board or committee role is important to WOB here

On Board 2018

Brenda Trenowden CBE, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Natalie Ceeney CBE, has been appointed as a Trustee of Sport England as well as becoming a Non Executive Director at Anglian Water Services.

Sue Stahly, Head of Human Resources, RBS, has been appointed as a Trustee of The Frisson Foundation, a charity that was formed in May 2015 with the aim of getting Scotland's children singing. WOB met Sue at an in-house corporate workshop in 2016.

David Gray, has been appointed as a Trustee and Treasurer at IAC – the Centre for Adoption.

Alice Hynes, Director and Senior Consultant, APC Futures Ltd, has been appointed to the the Council of Cranfield University as well as joining the Remuneration Committee. Alice has served on the Audit Committee there since 2016, a role that she shall also continue with.

Linda Phillips, shall join the board of Governors at Westminster University from September 2018. 

June Aitken, Partner, Elemental Partners LLP,  has been appointed to the board of the JP Morgan Asian Investment Trust.

Pamela Taylor has been appointed as Chair of the Energy Switch Guarantee Board at Energy UK “Thank you for the support that you gave me ahead of my board interview. It was great and I have been appointed as the Chair”.

Tracey Groves, Founder and Director, Intelligent Ethics Ltd, has been appointed as a Board Member at Middlesex County Cricket Club.

Livia Amidani Aliberti, has been appointed as a Member of the Supervisory Board at UniCredit Bank Austria AG.

Jacqui Ferguson, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at EngineeringUK.

Paola Bergamaschi Broyd, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Big Society Capital as well as becoming a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Moni Mannings, has been appointed as Chair at Investec Holdings (Ireland) Ltd.

Tina Mavraki, has joined the Board of Mytilineos Holdings in Greece.

Liz Butler, has been appointed to the Bar Standards Board as a Lay Member of the Governance, Risk & Audit Committee.

Dr Belinda Howell, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Marine Management Organisation.

Yoko Dochi, Head of Global Treasury and Investor Relations, Toyota Motor Europe, has been appointed as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

Francesca Tondi Guy, has been appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of UniCredit.

Rita Dhut, has joined the board of Shoka Indian Equity Investment Trust plc.

Catherine Stones, Head of Workplace Projects, RBS has been appointed as a Non Councillor Board Member at SEStran (South East Scotland Transport Partnership), a role she spotted on the  WOB Vacancy Board.

Bridget Lea, Director of Stores, Online & Omnichannel, O2, has been appointed as a member of  the board of Governors at The University of Manchester.

Kim Halliday, Business Performance Manager, HSBC Global Banking and Markets, has been appointed as a Trustee of 3rd Age Project - TAP, a role that was advertised on the WOB Vacancy Board.

Sharon Baylay, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Ted Baker plc.

Mary Daunt has been successful in being appointed to the board of Futures Housing Group, a role that was advertised on the WOB Vacancy Board. As well as attending a Board CV Masterclass workshop, Mary gave WOB a call prior to her interview and used WOB's pre-interview connection support to learn more about the housing association sector prior to her interview. 

Caroline Brown, has been appointed as an Independent Director at Georgia Capital plc.

Celia Pronto, Chief Customer and Digital Officer, Casual Dining Group, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of South East Water UK. "This appointment is as a direct result of being nominated by WOB for the Cranfield Women to Watch, which got me on the radar of the Executive Search consultancy handling the appointment."

Sue Jex, has been appointed as a Director at Amnesty International UK, as well as becoming Chair of the HR Sub-Committee.

Kezia Williams, Head of Theatrical Distribution, Entertainment One, has been appointed as a Trustee of MediCinema.

Nicola Gilham, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Turning Point, as well as becoming a member of the Finance Committee.

Hazel Adam, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Latin American Income Fund.

Hannah Senior has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Crop Health and Protection Ltd (CHAP) one of the Government's 4 UK Agricultural Technology Centres of Excellence.  "The advice on preparing for an interview was invaluable".

Ijeoma Okoli, Executive Director, JP Morgan, has been appointed to the Development Committee of the Chineke! Foundation, whose flagship ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, Europe's first Orchestra comprised predominantly of black and ethnic minority classical musicians, made its Royal Albert Hall debut at part of the 2017 BBC Proms.

Dr Belinda Howell, MD, Decarbonize Ltd, has been appointed to the board of the National Biodiversity Network Trust.  

Sonia Flynn, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Payslip.

Ann Beynon OBE, Senior Adviser Welsh Affairs, Severn Trent Water Ltd, has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director at Hafren Dyfrdwy, Severn Trent. 

Nicola Gilham, has been appointed to the Management Committee and the Finance Committee at Jordans Village Ltd.

Wendy Newman, Executive Leader and Change Management Specialist, has secured her first Trustee position on the board of the Royal Gunpowder Mills, an important part of british history & scientific discovery and a European site of special interest. " I found the sessions I attended with WOB and the advice on profiles and supporting statements very very useful and I am sure this has helped me in my quest."

Jean Burke, Executive Coach, has been appointed as a Trustee of  the Wilverley Association. 

Tania Songini, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director and a member of the Risk Committee at Private Investment Development Group as well as becoming a Non-Executive Director at Oxford Policy Management.

Jill Amador, has been appointed as a Trustee on the board of the Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Kalli Bowyer, has been appointed as a Trustee of the British Science Association.

Sarah Talbot-Williams, has been appointed as an Independent Lay Member at the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Rebecca Khanna, Assistant Dean, Academic Development, Sheffield Hallam University,  has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, commencing April 2018.

Helen Pennant, Director, Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust, has been appointed as a Trustee of SOAS, University of London.

Melanie Hall, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Board Member at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Ann Keeling, has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Age International.

Martha Brass, has been appointed as Advisory Board Chair at CountryLine Ltd as well as becoming Chair at Antidote Productions Ltd.

Minoo Sahni-Court, has become a Member of the Board of Trustees at Blind Veterans UK.

Jenny Watson CBE, has been appointed as Chair at The House of St Barnabas as well as becoming a Non-Executive Director at The Financial Reporting Council, a role she sourced via the WOB Vacancy Board.

Bina Rawal, Director Medical Affairs - Research and Innovation, MSD, has been appointed as a Trustee of Children's University Trust.

Irfana Malik, Group Risk Officer, Klesch Group, has been appointed as a Trustee of EMLC Academy Trust.

Christine Wareham, Head of Internal Audit, United Trust Bank, has been appointed to the Team Beds & Luton Board.

Jeannette Lichner, has been appointed as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Local Trust.

Mary Davies, Director, Economic Policy Associates Ltd, has been appointed as Chair of Breast Cancer UK, having served on the board of Trustees since July 2016.

Heidi Smith, has been appointed as Treasurer at Pushkin House. "I did everything you told me to do in the sessions, followed the roadmap, got my CV in board order with Julie's help, attended the getting started workshop, attended a couple of evening seminars, patiently prepared for several rounds of interviews, did the financial literacy webinar, sought advice from Rowena before the interview, and articulated my value to the board in terms of strategy, finance and risk, and it worked. Thank you so much."

Jane Bailey has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Southampton General NHS Foundation Trust.

Wendy Alexander, Vice Principal (International), University of Dundee, has two new Scottish Government appointments. She has joined both the Board of Trade Envoy and the Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills.

Claire Stone, has been appointed as Treasurer on the board of the Crystal Palace Festival.

Carolyn Porretta, Head of Portfolio Services, AIG Asset Management, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Housing for Women.

Trisha McAuley OBE, Independent Consumer Expert & Experienced NED,  has been appointed as a board member on the board of Energy Action Scotland.

Carolyn Porretta,  Head of Portfolio Services, AIG Asset Management, has been appointed as a Member of the Audit Risk and Investment Committee of Engineering UK.

Lucy McClements, Director, BP&E Global Ltd, has been appointed as a Trustee at Community Inclusive Trust, a role she spotted on the WOB Vacancy Board.

Kathy Boate, Head of Retail Capital Markets, Peel Hunt, has been appointed to the board of Ashbury College,Ottawa,Canada.

Louise Terry, Strategic Communications Professional, has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the Royal Institution, having served as a Trustee since last year.

Rachel Beagles, has become Chairman of The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Board.

Elisabeth Scott, Independent Financial Services Professional,  has been elected as a Board Member on The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Board.

Amanda Brown, has been appointed as a Trustee of Hounds for Heroes. "I want to thank all at WoB for inspiring me to get my first foot on the board ladder."

Rowena Ironside, Chair of Women on Boards UK and Barbara Moldenhauer, Head of Strategic Programmes, Payments Transformation
for RBS have been appointed as Non-Executive Board Members for the Elections and Registrations Division of the Cabinet Office, a role they found on the WOB Vacancy Board

Mary Robertson, has been appointed as a Trustee of Mosaic Clubhouse.

Massy Larizadeh, Principal / Founder, New Horizons Advisory Ltd, has been appointed as a Trustee of One Trust as well as becoming a Non-Executive Director at London & Partners.

Rachel Tranter, Executive Director, Women on Boards UK, has been appointed as an Independent Panel Member, Ministry of Justice Public Appointments Team.

Isabelle Jenkins, Partner, PwC, has been appointed as an external member of QMUL (Queen Mary University of London) Council, a role she sourced via the  WOB Vacancy Board.

Gail Smith, Founder and Director, Cavell Group, has joined the Board of Directors at RigNet Inc, Houston, as of 17 January 2018. Gail will also serve on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Carmel Tuesner, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Member of the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland, effective from 1 February 19.

Nicky McCabe, is joining the board of Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Ltd in May of this year.

On Board 2017

Tania Songini, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at London Energy Ltd, as well as becoming Chair of the Audit Committee and a Remco Member there.

Judith Eden, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Invesco UK.

Roisin Donnelly, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Holland & Barrett as well as joining the board of Coca-Cola European Partners as a Digital Advisory Board Member.

Harpal Dhillon, Executive Director, JP Morgan, has been appointed as a Trustee on the board of BookTrust. "I would like to thank WOB for its speedy response to my questions and guidance for the interview preperation. I have been wanting to be a trustee for a while and WOB has definitely helped to make that happen with its wonderful guidance and support."

Catherine Cannon, Sustainability Team Leader, West Sussex County Council, has been appointed as a Trustee of the Chichester Ship Canal Trust.

Tanya Castell, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Border to Coast Pension Partnership.

Sarah Rapson, Director General at the Home Office has been asspointed as Non- Executive Director at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Kate Cornish-Bowden, portfolio NED has been appointed to the Board of Finsbury Growth & Income Trust plc. "Huge thanks to WOB and all the inspirational women I've met who've encouraged me to keep going!"

Nicky McCabe, joins the board of Bristol University in the New Year. She will also Chair their HR Committee and become a member of the University's Remuneration Committee. 

Amanda Parshall, has been appointed as an Independent Director of the British Mountaineering Council. 

Sharon Constancon, Chief Executive, Genius Methods Ltd, has been appointed as Chairman at the South African Chamber of Commerce UK.

Gemma Whitfield, HR Manager, PwC, has been appointed as a School Governor at St Mary's C of E Primary & Nursery School, Chessington.

Fiona Gillespie, Senior Investment Manager, Anderson Strathern Asset Management, has been appointed as a Voluntary Board Member at The Stafford Trust.

Janet Larsen, Director, The Marlborough Syndicate, has been appointed to the the Nominations Committee at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Julia Von Klonowski, has become a DfE Panel Member at the Department for Education. 

Beatrice Butsana-Sita, MD, Capita Networking Solutions, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Axelos.

Helen Pert, Fundraising and Leadership Consultant,  has been appointed as a Member of the Institute of Fundraising Convention Board.

Debbie Thomas, Group CFO, Bibimoney Global Ltd, has become a Non-Executive Director on the board of Firestone Diamonds plc.

Gill Barr, Portfolio NED,  has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Wincanton.

Gaye Hudson, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Quixant.

Julia Porter, has been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Board at fastmap.

Alison Haynes, has been appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board at Leeds University Business School.

Valeria Vescina, Writer, has become a Member of the Board of Trustees of Hampstead Arts Festival.

Aileeen McLeish, has been appointed as a Trustee of The Mount School York Foundation as well as becoming a Director of Tamarind and Cumin Management Company Ltd.

Sarah Speake, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Truphone, has been appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board at Pimp My Cause.

Vanessa Lee, Tax Director, Ernst & Young, has been appointed as a Member of the Development Committee at The Prince's Trust. 

Nicola Sawford, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director (Board Trustee) of CHP Ltd, a role she sourced on the  WOB Vacancy Board.

Lynette Eastman, Director of Lynette Eastman Associates Limited, has been appointed Chair of  the People Strategy Committee at Nottingham University,  and as a member of  the Digital Advisory Panel at Nottingham University, as well as being appointed as a board member of the IWF.

Natasha Higman, Business owner, has been appointed as a Non Executive Director to the folowing boards; Berkshire Credit Union,  Ethica Recruitment Group Limited and its subsidiary Teachethica (UK) Limited.

Judith Green, has been appointed as a Trustee of  the Military Wives Choir Foundation.

Amanda Rendle,  has been appointed as a Non Executive Director to the Board of the British Business Bank.

Marcia Marini, Managing Director at Ancora Consulting Limited  has been appointed as a Non Executive Director on the WYG Board (an AIM listed advisory consultancy and international development firm). 

Sue Jordan, Vice President Human Resources, DHL Supply Chain has been appointed as a Trustee of the Military Wives Choir Foundation  and as a Trustee of the Bromsgrove and Redditch Citizen Advice Bureau, aswell as having been appointed as an Employer Member of the Central Arbitration Committee.

Louisa Martin, Owner, Earstay has been appointed as a Trustee at Citizens Advice, Brent ,  and as a  Non Executive Director at Greenoak Housing Association. 

Cinzia Basile, Former Head of Custom Markets at Credit Suisse has been appointed initially as the Non Executive Director and recently as the Chair of My Community Bank. 

Vanessa Sharp, Independent non-executive director, ICE Futures Europe Limited has been appointed to the Board of Newable. 

Catherine Brown, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency, has been appointed to the Board at the following organisations: Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Airports Coordination Limited and the Wellcome Foundation.

Julia Tyson, MD, Beyond People, has been appointed to the Board of Greenoaks Housing Association.

Sandra Reddy, Legal Consultant, Ambac Assurance UK Limited has been appointed as a Trustee and Company Director for Isabel Hospice Limited.

Perdita Fraser, Partner, SJ Fraser & Co, has beenappointed as Co-opted Member, on the Court of the University of Edinburgh and Member of the  Audit & Risk committee, University of Edinburgh.

Liz Bailey, Associate at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, has been appointed as a Trustee of the London Parks & Gardens Trust.

Joy Tweed,  Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster has been appointed as Chair of the Lay Advisory Group, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, co-opted Member of Council  and Lay Council Member, Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists and Advisory Board Member, St Raphael’s Hospice.

Jill Finney, Lay Trustee of Imperial College Union is now Chair of  Imperial College Union Board and Lay Trustee of Warwick University Union.

Rebecca Shelley, Group Communications Director, TP ICAP plc, has been appointed as a Non Executive Director of Sabre Insurance Group plc, and as Chairman of their Remuneration Committee.

Llinos Jonathan has been appointed as a Trustee for  the Design and Technology Association.

Kathryn Cearns OBE, Principal, Kathryn Cearns Consultancy Ltd,  has been appointed as a Non Executive Director at Companies House, a Non-executive Director for the UK Supreme Court, a Member of the External Audit Committee of the International Monetary Fund and as a Trustee of  the Royal British Legion Industries.

Alison While, Consultant in health and higher education has been appointed as Chair of the Council  at Queen’s College, London.

Julia Bond,Senior Independent Director of  European Assets Trust,  has been appointed as a Non Executive Director of International Public Partnerships (INPP).

Nicola Gordon, Chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland,  has been appointed to the board of SEPA the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Jennifer Ames, Associate Dean of the University of the West of England, has been appointed as a Trustee at Aneurin Leisure Trust, South Wales.

Lucy Walker,  Associate Partner at Sarasin & Partners, has been appointed Treasurer for KEEN London (Charity) and also appointed to the audit & risk committee of SportsAid.

Helen Owen has been appointed  as Governor and Director of  the University of Westminster.

Jane Wiley, Director of Wiley Marketing, has been appointed as a Trustee of Age UK (Horsham District).

Holly Larrett, Portfolio NED,  has been appointed as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Wandsworth.

Lesley Giddins, Self employed has been appointed as a Non Executive Director of  Street League (Charity).

Ruth Punter,  Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, has been appointed as a Non Executive Director of the Spring Partnership Trust.

Joanna Hawkes has been appointed Group Treasurer at Marks and Spencer plc.

Lisa Wainwright, CEO of the British Basketball Federation,  has been appointed as a Non Executive Director of the British Olympic Association Board and also the  FIBA Governance Commission.

Melanie Moreland, Technology Senior Manager at RBS, has been appointed to  Member of Court position at Queen Margaret University. 

Bethany Burrow, Technology Senior Manager at JP Morgan, Executive Director, Assistant Company Secretary, Assistant General Counsel has been apointed to  Independent member of the Archbishops’ Council Audit Committee (Church of England)

Ginny Pulbrook, Partner at Camarco, has been appointed as Trustee of Carers UK.

Ann Keeling, President, of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, has been appointed Chair of Age International.

Dorcas Williams, Vice President Communications, JP Morgan, has been appointed as a Trustee of  Pavilion Dance South West. 

Claire Smith, Director, CH Smith Consulting Ltd, has been appointed as Chair of the St Lawrence Educational Trust at Ampleforth College.

Moni Mannings, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Dairy Crest Group plc.

Carolyn Morgan, Founder of Penmaen Mediais now Chair, Digital Experts Group for the University of Nottingham

Sabine Vandenbroucke, COO, Condé Nast Britain, has been appointed as a Trustee of the National Army Museum.

Kathryn Matthews, Executive Director, Fidelity Investments, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Barclays Bank UK plc.

Delia Ray, Head of Marketing, Motability Operations Ltd, has been appointed as a Trustee of Carefree Kids. 

Gail Monnickendam, has been appointed as an Independent Member of the Audit Committee at BroadAcres Housing Association, Northallerton, as well as becoming an Independent Non Executive Director at Efficiency North Holdings, Sheffield.

Carmel Teusner has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Disability Snowsport UK, a role she sourced on the WOB Vacancy Board.

Nicola Gilham, Independent Board Advisor / NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of LMA Recruitment, a subsidiary business of Empressaria plc.

Abdul Buhari, Credit Suisse, has been elected as a member of the UK Athletics (UKA) Athletes’ Commission.

Wendy Russell, Managing Director, Harper Russell Ltd, has been elected as a member of the University of St Andrews General Council Business Committee. 

Susan Sternglass Noble, Senior Advisor, The Investor Forum CIC, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Unity Trust Bank plc.

Sabba Akhtar, Tax Manager, RBS, has been appointed as a Trustee of Clean Break.  “I am under no illusions as to how fortunate I am succeeding in my first application.  For that, I am very grateful to Alison Thorne for her detailed feedback – I don’t think I could have turned my standard CV in to a credible NED CV without her assistance.  My thanks also to Rowena Ironside for her encouragement in reminding me to focus at interview on what I can bring, rather than worrying about what I can’t, allowing me to show myself in my best light.  I should also mention how invaluable I found the resources on your website, particularly the “My Profile” section and other Members’ Profiles, in helping me brainstorm and consider more deeply relevant experience I have and could mention on my CV.”

Mary Davies, Director, Economic Policy Associates Ltd, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Member on the board of the Single Source Regulations Office.

Sarah Perris, Managing Partner, Perris-Myatt,  has been appointed as a Trustee of Tamba (Twins & Multiple Births Association).

Maria Anastase, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Trustee of the Herts Disability Sports Foundation, a role she sourced via the WOB Vacancy Board.

Dr Ulrike Hotopp, Director, LIVE Economics Ltd, has become a Member of the RICS Regulatory Sub-Board for the UK and Ireland.

Nicola Peers, Principal Consultant, Capita, has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the East Lewisham Conservative Association.

Elisabeth Stheeman, Senior Advisor, Bank of England, has been appointed as an External Member of The Financial Policy Committee (FPC). Elisabeth will serve a 3 year term commencing early 2018.

Julie Mortimer, Director of Marketing, Mills & Reeve LLP, has been appointed as a Trustee of the Jurassic Coast Trust commencing July 2017, a role she sourced via the WOB Vacancy Board.

Charlotte Morgan, Independent Non-Executive Director, has been appointed as a  Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe as well as becoming a Trustee of Spitalfields Music. 

Camilla Poulton has been appointed as a Trustee of the registered charity, Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards.

Dr Paula Haynes, Managing Director, Traded Risk Associates Ltd, has been elected as a Member of the Legal, Finance and Accounting Technical Panel for the Department of Education.

Nina Hingorani-Crain, Non-Executive Director, Monmouthshire Building Society since 2015, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of SELDOC (South East London Doctors).

Trisha McAuley OBE, Experienced NED & Independent Consumer Expert, has been apppointed as an Independent Chair on the Connections and Use of System (CUSC) Modifications Panel.

Marcia Campbell, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Charles Stanley Group plc.

Alina Kessel, President & CEO, Team P&G, WPP, has been appointed to the board of Fight for Sight.

Nina Hingorani-Crain, Non-Executive Director, Monmouthshire Building Society since 2015, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Achieving for Children - a role featured on the WOB Vacancy Board.

Dr Alison Vincent, Group Chief Information Security Officer, HSBC, has been appointed as a Council Member at Southampton University.

Sally Goldthorpe, MD, Deutsche Bank, has been appointed as a Trustee of Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

Dr Ulrike Hotopp, Director, LIVE Economics Ltd, has been appointed to the Competition and Markets Authority Panel. 

Clare Rafferty, Director, Wellbeing Associates Ltd, has been appointed as a Trustee of Smart Works, Greater Manchester, a charity which helps vulnerable women on low incomes access the workplace

Hannah Malone, Account Manager, Cisco, has been appointed as a Member of the Digital Technology Skills Group, Skills Development Scotland.

Susan Webster, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Solutions SK, a provider of specialist facilities management services to public and private sector businesses in Greater Manchester.

Lana Hampicke, Credit Suisse, has been appointed as a Board Member at the British Science Association.

Eme Dean-Lewis, Senior Manager - Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco, has been appointed as a Governor at Leighton Park School, Reading. “You must tell them you’re interested - even if there’s no vacancy right now – otherwise how will they know?" Excellent advice 2 years ago from Fiona and Rowena, without which this appointment could not have happened. Thanks."

Katrina Arnold, Owner, Tall Horse Consulting Ltd, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Fiinu, a start up challenger bank.

Tanya Cordrey, Former Guardian News & Media Chief Digital Officer, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Clarks as well as becoming a Member of the Audit Committee. Up until May this year, she spent three years on the board of publicly-listed global media and classified firm Schibsted. 

Claire Chapman, Scottish Water, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Canoe Association from November 2017, a role she sourced from the weekly WOB vacancy listings. "Waiting for the right role to come up that appeals to my interests was frustrating, as I wanted to jump in and get started after the first WOB training session, but it was worth the wait to find something that appeals to my hobbies and interests. Luckily my non-executive CV was up to date thanks to the support that WOB had given me so it didn’t take much time to apply when I did see a role that interested me."
 
Frederique Pierre-Pierre, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of DACS, as well as becoming Chair of the Legal Committee and a Member of the Finance & Audit Committee. "Many thanks to you and the team for your support and the quality of the positions advertised. I am truly thrilled about this appointment which takes me back to the art sector.​"

Cary Wakefield, Director of Marketing and Audiences Content, BBC, has been appointed to the Board of Aldwyck Housing Group.

Paivi Rekonen, Managing Director, UBS, has been appointed to the board of F-Secure (a NASDAQ listed Cyber Security company), as well as becoming a Member of the Audit Committee.

Moni Mannings, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Investec Bank plc.

Harini Iyengar, Barrister, 11KBW, has been elected as a Governing Bencher of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Mina Parmar, Interim Director specialising in strategic property, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Midland Heart Housing Group, a leading housing organisation owning some 33,000  homes and managing 70,000 customers across the Midlands.  Mina has also been been appointed to the Finance and New Business Committee of the Board. " I would like to thank the team at Women On Boards for their invaluable support and assistance in my search. In particular I am very grateful to Rowena Ironside. Her drive and energy was inspiring,   her  CV feedback was invaluable and she also guided me through the application process in a manner which gave great encouragement and confidence”.

Anne Shiels, Managing Director, Anne Shiels Consulting, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Newcastle Building Society as well as joining the Audit Committee.

Katrina Hart, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of  Keystone Investment Trust plc from 18 January 2018.

Jane Williams, MD, People Innovation Ltd, has been appointed as a Member of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration. The role of the review body is to make reccomendations to the Government regarding the remuneration of doctors and dentists taking any part in the National Health Service.

Tracy Watkinson, Senior Director, Credit Suisse, has been appointed as Independent Chair of England Handball.

Karen Brade, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Keystone Investment Trust plc from 18 January 2018.

Sabine Anderson has been elected to the board of SRK Consulting (UK), an employee owned mining and environmental consultancy. She used WOB’s 1-on-1 support services to help prepare for the role.

Shefaly Yogendra, has been appointed as an Independent Governor of London Metropolitan University effective from 1 August 2017.  She adds this very different set of board challenges to her earlier roles as a Non-Executive Director of the listed JP Morgan US Smaller Companies Investment Trust & as a Trustee of the charity BeyondMe.

Ijeoma Okoli, Executive Director, JPMorgan, has been appointed to the Global Advisory Board for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

Joanna Simons CBE, Independent Consultant, Trustee & Coach, has been appointed as Chair of Experience Oxfordshire and Experience Oxfordshire Charitable Trust. "The WOB site is a great source of information about vacancies and has a wealth of helpful information available.  I would encourage anyone looking for a board position to subscribe and make full use of the advice on offer".

Suzanne Avery, Senior Advisor, Centrus Advisors, has been appointed to the board of Church Commisioners, as well as the Assets Committee.

Marcella Boyle, Business Development and Change Consultant, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Board Member on the Golden Jubilee Foundation Board, Scotland.

Sophie O'Connor, Portfolio NED, has been appointed to the board of Scottish Widows as well as becoming Chair of the Audit Committee.

Dr Georgette Banham, Head of Corporate Services UK & Company Secretary, Hitachi Zosen Inova, has been appointed as Vice President of the Engineering Construction Industry Association.

Alison Thorne, has been appointed to the board of Sport Wales as from October 2017. "A role posted on the WOB website and achieved with encouragement from Rowena and insights from other WOB  members with thanks."

Cecile Agbo Bloua, has been appointed as a Trustee of The Citizenship Foundation, a role she spotted on the WOB Vacancy Board.

Anne Ruth Herkes, has been appointed as a Trustee on the board of Asia House, London.

Emilie West, Image & Brand Consultant and Wellbeing Professional has been appointed as a Trustee of the HER Centre, Woolwich. "Thank you so much for your help, WoB is such a wonderful organisation and so supportive."

Kate Wilson, Brand Strategist and Board Advisor, has been appointed as a Member of the Council of the RNLI/Lifeboats.

Sarah Laessig, Portfolio NED, Commissioner & Advisor, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Valoot Technologies Ltd, Hong Kong.

Geraldine Proudler, Partner, CMS, has been appointed as Chair of Middlesex University, commencing 4 July 2017.

Karen Hands, Director & Principal Consultant, Thought into Action Ltd, has been appointed as a Governor at Wakefield College after stepping down as Chair of Governors at Darwen Vale High School. 

Sally Britton, a consultant working on responsible business and strategic change, has recently been appointed as a Director of Bristol Pound CIC, the UK’s first city wide local currency.

Denise Jagger, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland, has been appointed as Pro Chancellor at the University of York, as well as becoming an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Y2019 Ltd (the company set up to run the UCI World Road Cycling Championships to be held in Yorkshire in 2019).

Frederique Pierre-Pierre, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Brunel Pension Partnership Ltd (BPP Ltd).

Rachel Tranter, Executive Director, Women on Boards UK Ltd, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Amateur FA Board.


Bridget Rosewell, Senior Adviser, Volterra Partners LLP, has been appointed as Chair at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Angela Henderson, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Credit Suisse Quantitative and Systematic Asset Management Limited. 

Katerina Gould, Executive Coach, Thinking Potential, has been appointed as Chair of the Nominations Committee at World Jewish Relief. This is in addition to her existing position as a Trustee.

Yapincak Erkan, Director, Yasha Consulting & Training Services Ltd, has been appointed as a Parent Governor at The Harris Academy School, Battersea.


Elizabeth Jenkin, Chief Broking Officer, Aon Credit International, has been appointed to the Board of the Women’s FA as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Dr Neda Hormozi, Consultant and Advisor, has been appointed as a Lay Member on the board of the UK Faculty of Public Health, a joint faculty of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom and is the standard setting body for specialists in public health in the UK. "The relentless feed of success stories, courses and board opportunities by the WOB team has been the nudge I needed to progress my non-exec career in the NfP sector. Receiving and reading emails from WOB, which are content rich and relevant, has helped me calibrate my suitability against other women who have succeeded before me. Thank you for what you do WOB."

Lucy Walker, Associate Partner, Sarasin & Partners, has been appointed as Treasurer at KEEN London, a charity that supports children with disabilities. "One of the best pieces of advice I received was at a WOB event: to let people in your network know you are interested in becoming a trustee/NED. This is what led to my informal discussions with KEEN and with support such as the CV review, I understood and felt confident in the skills that I could bring to the board. I have just renewed my membership as I expect the service to be equally useful as a serving board member. Thanks to all at WoB!"

Victoria FitzGerald, Director, Briarsmead Limited, has been appointed as a Trustee of Bristol Museums Development Trust. "I really appreciated the excellent guidance and inspiration I received at the Getting Started: Realising you board potential event in Bristol in 2013. The session gave me the impetus to move from non-executive director to the role of chair of a multi-academy trust. Rowena Ironside also generously gave some support specific to a national board non-executive role, and I made it to the final round. When looking for a board role it can take time to find the right fit for your skills and interests. I am so delighted now to have been appointed to the board of the Bristol Museums Development Trust.​"

Charlotte Willis, Global Business Manager, Infrastructure Technology, Schroders, has been appointed as a Trustee on the Board of the MedicAlert Foundation.

Lucy McClements, Director at BP&E Global Ltd, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director at British Handball Association, a role she spotted on the WOB Vacancy Board.

Barbara Moorhouse has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the board of Microgen plc from April 2017 and to the board of Balfour Beatty plc from June 2017.  Earlier NED appointments continue at IDOX plc, Agility Trains and the Lending Standards Board. Barbara is also a Trustee at Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.

Paola Bergamaschi Broyd, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Wells Fargo Securities International. Paola sourced this role via the WOB Vacancy Board"Thank you WOB for advertising the role and for being my UK network of support. I have been suggesting many women in my position join WOB. I am positive they will find their voice in the NED space through your organisation".  

Dr Linda Burke, Executive Director of Education and Quality, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has been appointed as an Associate Non-Executive Director on the board of the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Judit Seymour, Financial Risk Trainer at Moody’s Analytics and Risk Consultant at Sogan Consulting, has been appointed as a Trustee at the Heritage Crafts Association focusing on external communication and also as a Trustee at Bedford Girls School, Bedford.

Nicola Roche, Head of Office of the CTO, F&R Technology- ET&O, Thomson Reuters, has been appointed to the Local Governing Board of Stifford Clays Primary School, in Grays, Essex.

Alex Smith, has been appointed as a Trustee on the board of Edinburgh based charity The Rock Trust (ending youth homelessness). "Attending the WOB Realising Your Board Potential event and keeping in contact with others that I met at that event gave me the extra confidence in my own abilities that helped me better understand what I was looking to achieve and to have the confidence to apply for this role."

Sarah Philbrick, Trustee & Freelancer, has been appointed to the board  of The Jurassic Coast Trust as a Trustee commencing July 17. "I spotted the opportunity on WoB’s weekly vacancy list. Many thanks to you all!​"

Daryn Edgar, Director, PwC UK, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of OPM.

Nicola Peers, Principal Consultant, Capita, has been appointed to the Board of Woman's Trust as well as becoming a member of the marketing committee. Nicola has also joined the Board of East Lewisham Conservative Association (ECLA).

Sue Cooper, Consultant and NED, has been appointed as a Trustee of Access - The Foundation for Social Investment.

Jenny Watson has been appointed to the Board of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Sarah Frost, has been appointed as a Trustee to two charity boards; Calibre Audio Library in May 2017 and also The Abbeyfield Gerrards Cross Society Ltd (assisted housing for the elderly) in March 2017.
‘Attending the WOB Getting Started course and a few of their evening events gave me the extra confidence in my own abilities that both helped me to secure these roles and continues to inform my performance on their boards.'

Francesca Valli is the founder and a director of Chrys, a change management consultancy. She has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Front M, a start-up in the mobile satellite communication space, commencing June 2017. “Thank you, Fiona Hathorn, for the pre-first interview advice: ‘performance and conformance’, deceptively simple and extraordinarily effective advice. Thank you, Rowena Ironside, for the advice on wider contractual issues, practical and immediately deployable”.

Joanna Hall, Head of UK Financial Services, North Highland Worldwide Consulting, has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of The Fifth Estate Ltd.

Paola Bergamaschi Broyd, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director at BNY Mellon International, a role she spotted on the WOB Vacancy Board

Natalie Ceeney CBE, has been appointed as Chair of Innovate Finance and as a Non-Executive Director of Countrywide PLC.

Lucy Blake, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP, has been appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors at Amnesty International UK.

Alina Kessel, President & CEO Team P&G, WPP, has been appointed as a Trustee of Glyndebourne effective from 5 July 2017.

Rebecca Stevenson, Director, Outside the Frame, has been appointed as a Trustee at the Back Up Trust for Spinal Cord Injury. "WOB has massively contributed through a cumulative effect over the last couple of years, through the CV workshops and great networking opportunities, as well as providing a focus and galvanising me to pursue this opportunity."

Lesley Cowley OBE, has been appointed as Non-Executive Chair of Companies House.

Liz Norris, Social Inclusion Coordinator, GreaterSport, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at England Boxing.

Joanna Baldwin, Portfolio NED, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Starcount.

Rowena Ironside, Chair of WOB UK, has joined the Advisory Committee of the Huxley Summit - a high profile thought leadership event from the British Science Association

Nemone Wynn-Evans, COO, Sorbus Partners LLP, has joined the board of Hinckley & Rugby Building Society as a Non-Executive Director.

Nicola Gordon, has been appointed as Lay Chairing Member to the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. "I am most grateful for your generous support and encouragement not only for this application but particularly in terms of the support sustaining my morale through a series of unsuccessful applications. Your advice was crucial in my successful preparation for the interview process."

Alexandra Beidas, Partner, Linklaters LLP, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of St Mungo's.

Harini Iyengar, Barrister, 11KBW, has been appointed to the Retention Committee of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the General Council of the Bar.

Lesley Lloyd, Experienced Chair, NED and Marketing Director, The Marketing Centre, has been appointed as Chair of Lancashire Sport, a role she sourced via the WOB Vacancy Board.

Christine Carr, Operational Risk Manager at RBS, has been appointed to the Audit and Risk Committee of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service."I was pleasantly surprised at the speed and quality of support you provided me with in advance of my Board Committee application and interviews.  To be put in touch with the Chair of the equivalent Committee in England and Wales was unexpected and perfect for my preparation.  I am grateful for all of your advice and counsel and will happily ‘pay it forward’ to support other women in a similar position."

Karen Finlayson, Partner, PwC, has been appointed to the Board of Governors at Sheffield Hallam University.

Essie Russell Butler, Founder, ERB Consulting, has been appointed as Chair of the Ealing 135 Committee. "I consider the WoB course that I attended instrumental in helping me find my way. Thank you. I remain a big supporter of WoB's mission and believe it's a god-send for women in the UK."

Sarah Blunn, Partner and Head of Corporate Real Estate at law firm RPC, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. "I am under no illusions as to how fortunate I am succeeding on my first attempt and that is very much down to the WoB team and the support and guidance I received through the Getting Started seminar back in October, the CV feedback and Rowena's very helpful insights."

Clare Hunt, Group Director of Strategy and Communications, Compass Group, has been appointed to the Board of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. "Thank you so much for all your help in the process. I found the vacancy on the WOB Vacancy Board and the "Getting Started" workshop I attended gave me some helpful tips on writing my CV."

Marion Ellis, has been appointed to the Shadow Surveying Board at Countrywide Surveying Services. "On a personal level since joining WoB UK I became a school governor at the end of last year and I am now appointed to this Shadow Board – your support and resources have helped me not only gain these positions but also to help me raise my profile to be taken seriously at this level."

Alice Hynes, Director and Higher Education Consultant with APC Futures Ltd, has been appointed to the Architects Registration Board. "Having used Women on Boards to recruit governors when I was a University Clerk, I participated in the 'Getting Started' course and had a one on one conversation with Rowena Ironside as interview preparation. I found both most helpful in gaining confidence to apply successfully for this national board role."

Elisabeth Stheeman, Supervisory Board Member of Aareal Bank AG and TLG Immobilien AG and Senior Advisor at the Bank of England, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Korian SA.

Joanne Thompson, CEO, Penrillian, has been appointed as a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust UK. "Thank you very much for the help and support in getting there!"

Dee Lehane, has been appointed as an independent NED on the board of ARGO Group International Holdings Ltd, a Bermuda based global insurer, listed in the US.

Samantha Reed, Risk, Compliance and Culture Senior Manager, PwC, has been appointed as a Trustee of Smart Works, Greater Manchester.

Emma Robertson, Reward Director, PwC, has been appointed as a Trustee and Chair of the Elm Grove Kids Club Committee, Manchester.

Maria Ingold, Founder & CEO, mireality, has become a Member of the Industrial Advisory Board at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex.

Helen Webster, CEO, Aberdeen Life / Head of Product Management UK & Ireland, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, has been appointed to the Scottish FA's newly established Equality and Diversity Advisory Board (EDAB)."I have been to a number of your events and recently attended a webinar which I found really useful in helping me prepare for the interview I attended for this position.  I feel that the advice I have received across these various events made a big difference and gave me the confidence and skills to be successful in getting a place on this panel, right from adjusting my CV to thinking about the questions they might ask and how I would answer them."

Jane Alexander, has been appointed as an Independent Member of Council of The Royal Veterinary College as well as becoming a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. "Thank you for all your help. My completely re-written CV following the masterclass last July was a critical factor in this success, I know."

Jane Alexander, has been appointed as a Governor (Trustee) of The Place, The Contemporary Dance Trust.

Rowena Ironside, Chair of WOB UK and NED at Digital Catapult, will Chair the Nesta Open Up Challenge Judging Panel. The Open Up Challenge is a £5 million prize fund designed to stimulate participants to build apps, tools and services that use new open banking APIs to transform how small businesses use financial services.

Helen Pert has been appointed as a Trustee on the Board of Best Beginnings. "I would like to thank you and your team at Women On Boards, especially Fiona Hathorn and Julie Ashworth for your support in my search. Your drive and energy in your work is inspiring, and most importantly you gave me the confidence and 'know how' to be successful."

Sarah Matthew, President of the Global Healthcare Practice at Golin, has been appointed as a Lay Member of NHS Blood and Transplant. "WOB has proven to be the most valuable resource: both in terms of helping me match my skills and experience with the most suitable opportunities and in guiding me through the application process for this position. In addition to the suite of resources on the website, the WOB team helped connect me with other members with relevant expertise and I could not have felt more supported."

Dawn Wright has been appointed as a Governor at Harris Academy Bermondsey. "Thank you WOB for introducing me to the Harris Academy CEO at your Academy Boardroom Conversation".  

Gwen Ventris, Managing Director, More Than One Ltd, has been appointed as Executive Chairman of Speakerbus Group.

Sally Penni, Barrister, Kensworthy Chambers, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Arawak Walton Housing Association. 

Romy Murray, Director, White Spider Climbing, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on Nomura Europe Holdings and Nomura International plc’s Boards. The support in the WoB CV course in March 2016 really helped as did the support from several WoB members on route.”

Hannah Dickinson, Director of What We Do Matters, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Relate Mid Yorkshire. "The weekly list of board positions was and is a real inspiration, reading through the skills required I realised that my corporate experience could add real value to a Third Sector board. And I often quote Fiona when encouraging others to take the plunge "Women don't need training, they just need information!"

Fiona Spencer, Owner Fiona Spencer Ltd., has been elected to the Board of Trustees of CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing) where she is also Chair of the Appointments & Remuneration Committee. “WOB is such a great resource when developing a portfolio career providing both information and inspiration.”

Julia Possener,  Solicitor (non-practicing) and Founder & Director, JCP Consulting, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Lancashire Care NHS FT. "Having left the main-stream corporate world after nearly twenty years, I have made some really interesting and inspiring contacts through Women on Boards. I was encouraged to have conversations (networking!) with headhunters and chairs to raise my profile and be more proactive in letting the “gatekeepers” know I was interested and competent for a NED role.  I was also encouraged to look at other types of appointments to support my board career and am a lay member of Lancaster University Management School Ethics Committee.  These informal tips were invaluable."

Suzanne King, M&A consultant in the exhibition industry, has been appointed Treasurer of the Women’s Sport Trust after seeing the position advertised on the WOB Vacancy Board . “Attending the Getting Started workshop helped me shape my ideas about the type of role and organisation I thought I could add value to.”

Hannah Woodcock, Senior Legal Counsel, Arrow Global Group plc, has been appointed as a Trustee/Non-Executive Director of n-compass North West Limited.

Jane Mitchell, CA, Aberdeenshire, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at ANM Group, commencing January 2017. "Being a member of WOB and seeing the various roles being advertised on a regular basis inspired me to accept a Non-Executive Director role at one of the largest and most progressive farmer-owned Agri-businesses in the UK."

Sally Spencer, Group Talent Director, Carillion plc, has been appointed as a Director and Trustee on the Board of Carillion Pension Plan Trustees Limited as of 1st January 2017.

Karen Lockwood, VP Senior Legal Director at DHL GBS (UK) Limited has been appointed as a Trustee of Ashgate Hospicecare.  "Having thought about seeking a NED role for a while, the WoB Information Evening  gave me the confidence to start the process - the speakers gave a frank and encouraging account of their own NED journey which helped me to see how the skills I have could be readily transferred into the Board room.    The subsequent Getting Started workshop was very helpful for the application process and I continue to get useful information from the Boardroom Insights and articles on the WoB site."

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