women on boards UK welcomes a new chair

Fiona Driscoll is appointed as Chair of the board - October 2020


This month, Women on Boards UK welcomes Fiona Driscoll as the new Chair of our own board. A heartfelt thanks goes to Rowena Ironside, who is stepping down as Chair but - thankfully - remaining involved as a board member.

Fiona Driscoll joined the board of Women on Boards UK as one of the first independent non-executive directors, after a transparent recruitment process last year.

Fiona-Driscoll-sq.jpgFiona said, “I am immensely proud to be asked to chair Women on Boards UK. From the outset I have been impressed by their sheer professionalism and quality of their product.

My firm belief is that more women on boards, and in all arenas where decisions are being made, is good - not only for equality, but for the quality of those decisions. I’m delighted to be part of the very significant impact Women on Boards UK makes.”


Rowena Ironside was the founding Chair of Women on Boards in the UK, establishing the organisation alongside Fiona Hathorn and Rachel Tranter in 2012.


Rowena said, “After eight years, I feel it is time to make way for fresh ideas and new perspectives, in line with my beliefs on good governance. 

I am very proud to have helped create a truly purpose-led organisation which measures itself on the success of its members, and also the wider impact on equality and inclusion in the UK.”




More about Fiona Driscoll: 

Fiona Driscoll is an experienced NED and business leader. Her roles currently include NED and Audit Chair of UKRI, the bringing together of the UK’s Research Councils with a £9bn 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.