Boardroom Insights: Boardroom Insights Manchester

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Date Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Time 26 Feb 17:30 - 26 Feb 19:30
Venue Squire Patton Boggs, No. 1 Spinningfields 1 Hardman Square Spinningfields Manchester North West England M3 3EB United Kingdom
Pricing Full Member
£ 10 Full Member
Basic Member
£ 20 Basic Member
Corporate Member
£ 10 Corporate Member
Global Member
£ 10 Global Member
£ 10 Champion
Guests Allowed
Register by Wednesday, 26 February 2020

The North West 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 other North West women who are on or interested in boards. The purpose of this event is to introduce you to the different types of board opportunities across the sectors 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.

Sarah Perris WOB's North West Ambassador, Presenter and Coordinator will be facilitating and chairing the evening.            

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.


Lorna Fitzsimons
Portfolio non-executive Director, advisor and former MP
Lorna is a Board member of the UK Fashion Textiles Association, UKFT, Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership and a trustee of the education charity, SHINE. She is co-founder of The Pipeline and had become a trusted advisor to big cap companies and Whitehall on gender and developing executive female talent. Lorna is deeply committed to unlocking women’s potential at the top of corporate Britain as well as realising growth in the Northern Powerhouse.

Previously, Lorna was the founder and Director of The Alliance Project, a £150m public-private partnership to bring back textile manufacturing to the UK and CEO at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM). She turned BICOM into an internationally renowned centre of excellence. She was also a visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy’s Advanced Research and Assessment Group and former Member of Parliament for Rochdale.

Yvonne HarrisonPL-Yvonne-Harrison-e1506887166624.jpg
Non-executive Director, sports industry specialist and Managing Director
Yvonne currently sits on the boards of both One Running Movement and Why Sports Media Group both of which strive to encourage a more active society and a healthier future generation. Prior to this she was non-executive director for Manchester Rangers Rugby League Club for six year which aimed to become the first professional rugby league club in Manchester for 60 years.
Yvonne has a wealth of experience within the sports and physical activity sector, incorporating strategic development/planning, people management, relationship management, finance, business planning, income diversification, communications and partnership working. 
On behalf of GreaterSport, Yvonne was a key driver in galvanizing the Greater Manchester network to produce Greater Manchester Moving, a blueprint for physical activity and sport across the City Region, backed by the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.
In addition to her non-executive roles, Yvonne is Managing Director of Project 92 which oversees the sports and education portfolio for the brand new higher education institution, University Academy 92 based in Old Trafford.

Laura Hill
Alumni Board member, and education marketer.
Laura currently sits on the alumni board of the University of Oxford, which advises the Alumni Office on strategy to increase and enhance engagement amongst its global community. She sits on the Regional Group Sub-Committee, helping to develop networks across the UK supporting student recruitment and networking opportunities.
She has been a governor at Holly Lodge Girls College in Liverpool, has previously sat on the South and East Museums Federation Committee and acted as Regional Secretary for the Thames Valley Region of the Institute for Development Professionals in Education.
Laura is currently a Youth Advisor at the Heritage Lottery Fund, supporting on the development of heritage youth projects for organisations including Curious Minds and English Heritage.
Laura has worked in the private and higher education sectors, creating strategies and delivering campaigns to engage alumni across the globe. She currently works at Manchester Metropolitan University, managing alumni volunteering programmes and alumni communications, in addition to developing international networks.

What previous Boardroom Insights attendees say:

"A most insightful evening.I met some fascinating ladies and found the whole event inspiring."

"I got so much from you and wanted to thank you for sharing your learnings. You’ve helped me reframe what a NED is."

"It totally surpassed my expectations! Inspirational! I made some great contacts."

"The session ... 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." 
Drinks and light nibbles will be provided.

With thanks to our event hosts