welcome to our two new non-executives


Women on Boards is delighted to announce the appointment of two independent non-executive directors to our UK board, following a transparent recruitment process earlier this year. 

Rowena Ironside, Chair of Women on Boards since its launch in the UK in 2012 said, "The velocity of Women on Board’s growth and impact has increased over the last few years and we are therefore delighted to welcome Fiona Driscoll and Maxine Taylor to our board as non-executive directors. 

As an organisation, we have been advocating for transparency in board recruitment and the value of independent non-executive directors for 7 years in the UK and we are following our own advice with these appointments. Maxine and Fiona will bring new perspectives and challenge to the strategic oversight of Women on Boards in the UK and strengthen our ability to deliver on our mission to increase gender diversity at the top of organisations in all sectors."

We also thank First Flight non-executive directors search for their assistance in our search. 

Fiona Driscoll is an experienced NED and business leader. Her roles currently include UKRI, the bringing together of the UK’s Research Councils with a £7bn budget, Chair of the Wessex Academic Health Science Network for the NHS and Trustee of King Edward VII hospital. She is a Member of HM Treasury’s Major Projects Review Group, and has carried out over 100 reviews for HMG. She has a particular focus on innovation, transformation and commercialisation.

On joining Women on Boards, Fiona said: 
"The business benefits of having more women on boards are clear: more females = better financial performance. But businesses also have responsibilities in the social and sustainability spheres. I believe more women on boards can bring a more thoughtful, inclusive and collaborative approach to developing better corporate citizenship. I’m excited to join Women on Boards and to help them work their practical magic."


Maxine Taylor has spent the majority of her career navigating complex regulatory landscapes at board level. She has operated at the centre of government, at the Cabinet Office, formulating policy across the UK and the civil service. As a member of global pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly’s UK main board she drove market access for new products and pricing. As a member of Nationwide’s executive team she successfully led the protection and defence of the brand through the financial crisis. In her current role at King’s College London (c £1bn turnover), she has led on growth and efficiency, transforming student numbers and the digital offering. 

Alongside her role at King’s College London Maxine has a coaching firm focused on helping senior corporate executives reach board / executive committee level. She is passionate about culture, music and the arts, and holds an MA from Clare College, Cambridge University.

Commenting on her appointment as  Non-Executive Director to Women on Boards, Maxine said:  "I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with this wonderful organisation as a Non-Exec as the organisation is doing such critically important work and I love the ethos of warmth, mutual support and real know-how that it is bringing to so many people."

For more about the team behind Women on Boards, find out Who We Are