Join the Women on Boards team in Edinburgh on the evening of the 27th January to find out more about board roles in a variety of sectors.
Come along 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 purpose of this event is to introduce you to the different types of board opportunity you could be targeting 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 networks.
Chair, Clear Returns, Chair, Institute of Directors Edinburgh and WOB UK Ambassador, Presenter and Advisor
Julie is Chair of Clear Returns, one of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups. 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 WOB's 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 members. She lives in Edinburgh and is a point of contact for WOB members in Scotland.
Womens Enterprise Scotland, Chair and WOB Ambassador and Presenter
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.
Chief Legal and Policy Officer at Trustpilot
Non-executive Director, Marketing specialist and Business Coach
Tania is a Non-Executive Director of Age Scotland Enterprises and the Marketing and Business Development Director for one of Scotland’s growing independent law firms, Morton Fraser.
Working at board level for 14 years, she has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing and delivering successful strategies – from growth, acquisitions and mergers through to brand. Her experience has spanned the professional services industry, IT sector and PR market, having worked with brands such as Fujitsu, Diageo and Digital Animations Group Plc.
Alongside her chosen career, Tania is a vocal ambassador for creating a good work-life balance and advocates agile working for women in leadership. She has spoken, on this topic, at the Management Today Inspiring Women Conference, Whitespace Women Event and
Holyrood Insights Women Mean Business Forum. She sits on the Working Families Scottish
Advisory Group and is a Champion for Family Friendly Working Scotland. She is a Mentor
for the Scottish Chamber of Commerce Future Female Business Leaders’ Programme and
an Executive Business Coach.
Alongside her day-job of being Chief Legal ad Policy Office at Trustpilot
, Carolyn has multiple non-executive
roles. These include being an Investment Advisory board member for Scottish Equity Partners
, a board member for Edinburgh-based start-up, Cortex Worldwide
and Chair for another Scottish start-up, Wallet Services
She has over 16 years of experience working internationally
in strategic business and legal roles within the technology environment
. She has a proven track record as a strong business leader in a fast-growth environment, creating high performing cross-functional teams and helping businesses to scale. She is adept at building trusted relationships
across cultures, and at Board
and investor level
, with recent experience of leading a high-profile company in a successful exit event.
Caroline worked at PwC for over 35 years and was an Assurance Partner for over 20 of those. Since Caroline retired in 2016, she has steadily built up a portfolio of non executive positions including sitting on the boards of both the Edinburgh International Festival and VisitScotland where she is also chair of audit and risk committees. In 2017, she joined the board of Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust Plc and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Whilst Caroline was busy at PwC, she spent 6 years as a trustee of Scottish Ballet. Caroline has just been appointed to the board of Edinburgh Worldwide Investment Trust plc.
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
Wine and light nibbles will be provided.
With thanks to our event hosts, PwC