Wales needs more female board directors and trustees so come along to a networking evening with wine and nibbles to broaden your understanding of the range of opportunities out there, understand how your skills and experience are transferable and to meet other board members, both current and future.
The WOB network is here to support you and can connect you, via these evenings with the women in Wales who are on or interested in boards. The purpose of this event is to introduce you to the different types of board opportunity across the sector and to hear from a panel of board directors with a wealth of experience, who will share their individual journeys to the boardroom. As well as picking up insights and ideas, this will be a great opportunity to broaden your network. Alison Thorne and Marian Evans WOB's team in Wales will be facilitating this evening.
Alison Thorne, Founder, atconnect, NED and WOB UK Ambassador and Masterclass Presenter
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.
Marian Evans, NED, Business Founder, WOB UK Ambassador and Presenter
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.
Ann Beynon OBE
Ann is currently a Non-Executive Director of Hafren Dyfrdwy a wholly owned subsidiary of Severn Trent Water plc. She is a Non-Executive Director of FUWIS (the Farmers Union of Wales Insurance Services) and an Independent Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales.
She is a member of the CBI Council for Wales and is its representative on the SE Wales Business Council.
She chairs Clwstwr, the Innovate UK programme that seeks to transform Cardiff into a screen innovation cluster that sustains and grows media production, moving the city from strength to leadership in an international marketplace.
Ann has held major roles in the private and public sectors. As BT’s Director for Wales until July 2015, she was the company’s senior representative, overseeing its commercial and policy agenda in the country. This required in-depth knowledge of all aspects of BT’s commercial activities across all its lines of business and engagement with BT’s central policy, public affairs and CSR teams. Ann managed BT’s relationship with the Welsh Government and all key opinion formers.
She was the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Commissioner for Wales until May 2016, and sat on its UK Board and its Audit and Risk Committee in addition to chairing the Wales committee.
She chaired the Cardiff Capital Region Transition Board for the Welsh Government until May 2017 and is a member of the Welsh Government’s Valleys Task Force with a lead role on digital.
Ann was appointed as HRH the Prince of Wales’s Ambassador to the community in Wales in 2007, and chaired HRH’s charity Business in the Community in Wales, as well as sitting on its UK board for three years.
The then Prime Minister appointed her a member of the Royal Commission on the role of the House of Lords from 1999-2000.
She has worked in urban regeneration as Business Development Director at the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation and in European and UK media policy as Head of Public and European Affairs at S4C, the Welsh Language TV channel.
Ann was awarded an OBE in the 2008 New Year’s Honours for her contribution to business and charitable services.
Presently serving as a Board Member at Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol | National Welsh College. She previously was a Board Member, of Unique Venues of London and currently sits on the board at National Welsh College | Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol .
Previously in senior management roles at Tate Gallery and Somerset House Trust. Nia is currently the Deputy Director of Performance & Operations at Wales Millennium Centre | Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru.
"The session on Wednesday was a true inspiration to me. It was just what I needed at this time. The speakers you chose shared great insights on what NED roles they'd done, why they'd chosen them and how they got them. I also liked the Q&A session where the panel shared their hints on how to demonstrate what you will bring to the organization." March 2016
Drinks and light nibbles will be provided.
With thanks to our event hosts, PwC