Boardroom Insights: Boardroom Insights: Public Sector Boards
Date Thursday, 16 May 2019
Time 16 May 18:00 - 16 May 20:00
Venue Korn Ferry, Ryder Court, 14 Ryder Street, London Greater London SW1Y 6QB, United Kingdom
Pricing Subscribed Member
£ 40 Subscribed Member
£ 40 Guest
£ 60 Member
£ 60 Guest
Corporate Member
£ 40 Corporate Member
£ 40 Guest
Guests Allowed
Register by Thursday, 16 May 2019

Ever thought about applying for a board role in the public sector?  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 opportunities across the sector and to hear from a panel of experts with a wealth of experience, who will share their individual journeys to the boardroom and provide information about the public sector and the fantastic opportunities out there.  As well as picking up insights and ideas, this will be a great opportunity to broaden your networks.


Gaenor Bagley, Portfolio NED  
Following a 30 year career in professional services, where she held a variety of leadership positions at PwC including at board level, Gaenor now has a portfolio of non-executive director roles.  Her current roles include

  • Non-executive board member, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • External member of remuneration committee, Cambridge University
  • Non-executive director of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, NHS Foundation trust
  • Non-executive director and chair designate at TKAT Multi Academy Trust
  • Chair of Chartered Management Consultant Oversight Board. 
 Most of Gaenor’s professional career has been as an M&A tax advisor with PwC, where her principal clients were Private Equity funds.  She held a variety of leadership roles whilst at PwC including head of corporate purpose, UK board member responsible for HR and CSR and global leader, learning and development.


Kelly Tolhurst, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy  

Minister with responsibility for corporate governance at the Dept for Business and Industrial Strategy, Kelly will share the government view on the Public Appointments process.

Kelly Tolhurst was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 19 July 2018. She was previously a Government Whip, PPS to the Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark MP and PPS to the former DfID Secretary of State Priti Patel.

Kelly was born and raised in Rochester and went into work from school, eventually making a career in marketing. From 2008 Kelly ran her own small business, a marine surveying company, called Tolhurst Associates. Prior to her election Kelly was formerly a councillor in Medway Council, latterly holding the brief for Educational Attainment and Improvement.

She has been the Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood since the May 2015 general election, defeating UKIP MP Mark Reckless having lost the preceding by-election in 2014.


"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, Korn Ferry