Boardroom Insights: Public Sector Boards
Date Thursday, 26 January 2017
Time 26 Jan 18:00 - 26 Jan 20:00
Venue M&G Financial Services, Governors House, Laurence Pountney Hill, London Greater London EC4R 0HH, United Kingdom
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Register by Thursday, 26 January 2017

Join WOB UK for a Boardroom Conversation on Public Appointments in England and Wales

This is our 5th London Boardroom Conversation on Non-Executive opportunities in the Public Sector. Our speakers are Sue Gray, Director General at the Cabinet Office, Vanessa Sharp, NED at Companies House and Camilla Poulton, Chair of IMB at HMP Pentonville.

Our Public Appointments Boardroom Conversation is designed to alert you to the significant number of public bodies that exist, the breadth of opportunities available to you on the boards of these organisations and the great work being done by the Public Appointments team at the Cabinet Office to help you on your journey into and through public life. Public appointments can offer the opportunity to sit on small niche committees all the way through to steering executive agencies that have a say on the way this country is governed so please do join us for this most informative evening.
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Refreshments: Wine & canapes
Location: M&G Financial Services, Governor's House, 5 Laurence Poutney Hill, London EC4R OHH

Comments from past attendees:

  •     "Just loved the straightforward speakers, and found they offered good counsel regardless of the fact I'm already a board member, thanks!"
  •      "Another excellent opportunity to hear what it's really like to be on a board, gain confidence to action board ambitions and network with inspiring and successful women.  Thank you."
  •      "Just a quick email to say thank you for arranging the event last night. The topic was really interesting and inspirational and I met some interesting women during the networking session."



Sue Gray
Sue is the Director General, Propriety and Ethics team and Head of Private Offices Group at the Cabinet Office. Sue joined the Cabinet Office in the late 1990s. Before joining the Cabinte Office Sue worked in Transport, Health and the Department for Work and Pensions covering a range of roles which included both policy and front line delivery. As the Director General, Sue oversees the provision of advice to all government departments on standards and ethics issues, corporate governance in public bodies, and makes and manages public appointments. As Head of the Private Offices Group, Sue oversees management of the private offices of ministers and permanent secretaries within the Cabinte Office.  

Vanessa Sharp
Vanessa became an independent non executive board member of Companies House in October 2016. Vanessa is an experienced commercial solicitor, beginning her professional career in a London city firm specialising in multinational commercial and insurance issues, She joined KPMG as general counsel in the UK and Europe, leaving in 2015. Vanessa is an independent NED of ICE Futures Europe Ltd, a member of its Audit and Risk committee and chair of its Authorisation, Rules and Conduct Committee. Vanessa is a trustee of Goldsmiths College, University of London and chair of its Finance and Resources Committee. She is also a trustee of the charity, Create Arts. 

Camilla Poulton
Camilla is the Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonville, a position which is publicly appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice.  She is also a member of the IMB's National Council Communications Working Group, whose aim is to raise the profile of the organisation amongst the public (including would-be volunteers), prisoners and prison staff.  She originally qualified as a solicitor, working at City law firms Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May. She has previously served as a Local Education Authority appointed secondary school governor and currently holds a number of other public sector board positions, including serving as a Lay Member on committees at the Royal College of Surgeons and as the only Lay Member of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons' Executive Committee.