Margaret passionately believes such organisations are more successful over the long term and therefore looks at this gap as an economic rather than an equality issue. The Pipeline achieves its aim by working with both organisations and individual female executives because if women could do this on their own it would already have happened.
Margaret herself has had a successful corporate career serving as a NED for both Standard Life and Spanish based infrastructure company Abertis -TBI (global airports). Margaret was also the founding Chairperson of Smart Energy GB. She actively supports several charities including serving as trustee of AFC Wimbledon Foundation and is the Chairperson of the Orthopaedic Research & Education Fund, which uses big data to improve outcomes for patients.
By profession, Margaret is a global expert in leading ‘big campaigns’. Margaret ran Labour’s 1997 and 2001 General Election campaigns, which produced the most successful results for any party in Britain’s history. Margaret was also the first female and youngest General Secretary of the Labour Party.
Lorna was also Associate Director at Rowland Sallingbury and Casey, NED of Endsleigh Insurance and a visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research and Assessment Group at the Defence Academy. She is a former Member of Parliament and President of the National Union of Students.
Professor Bones is an organisation and change strategist who is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the most influential thinkers of his generation. He has written extensively for professional journals and major newspapers.
He published his first book, ‘The Self-Reliant Manager’ in 1994 and contributed to the republished works of Peter Drucker. His latest book ‘The Cult of Leadership’ addresses the reasons behind the malaise in leadership and what can be done to restore trust in business. It won the 2012 Management Book of the Year Prize – the first UK winner. Before entering the world of academia Professor Bones had a successful career in industry spanning 30 years. He has also advised the current and previous Governments on M&A and pay.
Her work within the search industry has focused on board and non-executive appointments in FTSE and AIM listed businesses. With an early career in retail, she was a managing director of a leisure business in the early nineties. She moved into executive search in 1998. In addition to her role at Ridgeway Partners, Sue is a board member of Walpole British Luxury, a founder member of The Women’s Business Council and a Trustee for KidsOut children’s charity. She was awarded an OBE for services to charity and for promoting equality in the workplace, has a role on the board of the Chartered Management Institute and she is also a member of the International Women’s Federation.
In 1992, he left academia and set up his own consulting business. Simon then became the Marketing Director of Sears, helping to relaunch and subsequently demerge Selfridges. From there he was appointed Marketing Development Director of EMAP plc and helped launch and develop magazines such as FHM, Red and Heat, as well as working closely with all EMAP music and entertainment interests.
Until August 2004, Simon was the Group Marketing Director for Barclays plc, where he instigated significant change and built Barclays into a world- class marketing organisation.
Until March 2011, Simon was the Chief Marketing Officer for Standard Life plc where he instituted a major re-structuring and re-positioning programme. He has also recently carried out major pieces of strategy work for easyJet, BAA, Harper Collins, Cannes Lions & BDO.
Simon has a strong practical approach, backed by a thorough appreciation of latest analytical techniques. He is a lively and compelling speaker in constant demand on the international conference circuit and European business schools.
In 2012, Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector, where the apprentices qualify for an NVQ in Marketing and Communications. In June 2014, she received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours. Karen has won the Women in Marketing (WIM) Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award, featured 5 times in the Power List of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People (heading the list in 2015, the first business woman to do so), and has appeared in the Woman’s Hour Power List of Top 10 Influencers, and Marie Claire’s Women At The Top Awards.
Most recently, Karen has been appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a UKTI Business Ambassador for No 10. In March 2016, Karen became the President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presenting the business case for Diversity.
Helen has also attended the INSEAD Leading from the Chair Programme. She is an APECS-accredited coach and is also a Fellow of the IoD, CIPD, RSA and a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.
Helen is recognised as a leading Board Effectiveness practitioner and writes and presents regularly on the subject of the Chairman’s and NED’s role in creating a high-performance board culture and the behavioural aspects of board performance.
Helen is also a leading organisational performance coach and mentor, and works at the most senior level in FTSE 100 and international companies, and in the public sector. She has a worldwide network of alumni whom she has coached over the years.
Helen’s career spans 30 years in both the business world and the consulting sector. She held a variety of senior roles in blue-chip companies, then in her subsequent consulting career, was Chairman of IDDAS, which she developed into a leading board effectiveness consultancy. Previously she was Chairman and CEO of CEDAR, which she built into one of the best-regarded consultancies in the human capital world.
Following 11 years as the Chief Executive of the NCF, she became Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. In February 2005, Sue became Chair of that organisation. In March 2016 Sue was appointed as Head of Women’s football with the Football Association.
Among many honours, Sue has received 10 honorary doctorates and in June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport.
In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Sue held this position for two terms, and following a very successful Olympics/Paralympics in 2012, she stood down as Chair in April 2013.
In December 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent Crossbench Peer.
June has also taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 alongside Will Smith she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.
June is the Co-Founder of the WIE Network (Women:Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE first launched in NYC in 2010 and in UK in 2012. This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers from a gamut of industries, previous speakers include: Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi, Iman and many more. WIE supports female excellence and has an alliance of over 200,000 women.
June’s latest endeavour is Ldny an ethical fashion social enterprise initiative which has a partnership with the United Nations. Ldny launched during UN week at the start of 69th General Assembly Meeting.
June is based in London in 2015 she joined the board of Stronger IN the official campaign to keep Britain in the EU. June is currently a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women and Sky News’s weekly political debate show The Pledge.
He has provided briefings or other policy inputs to UK political parties. He provides consultancy to major banks, asset managers and other market participants. Lindsay is also a trustee of KIDS, a national UK young people’s disability charity.
Until 2006, Lindsay was a Director of the Financial Services Authority. His senior FSA roles included directorships of Retail Firms Supervision, Knowledge Management and Authorisation. As a senior supervisor and advisor he has been at the center of almost every major issue in financial services.
Judith is an experienced Managing Director/COO with 25 years of financial services industry experience. She was previously MD for Morgan Stanley Investment Management and headed up their cross border Fund Management Company. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Judith worked for Price Waterhouse UK and for IBM Germany.
Carole specialises in teaching the managerial application of finance. She has been a governor at a large independent girls school for many years where she is Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee and is also a governor at a local primary school.
Tessa is co-presenter of Be Mindful Online, the Mental Health Foundation’s online mindfulness course. She follows the UK Good Practice Guidelines for mindfulness teachers, and has completed the Teacher Development Levels 1 & 2 run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University. Tessa was formerly a Research Fellow in History at Cambridge University, where she completed her PhD, and a Senior Producer at the BBC.
Jacqui is also a Non-Executive Director of the FTSE listed Wood Group PLC (Oil and Gas Services). At the Wood Group Jacqui has a special focus on Cyber Security, Digital Strategy and Company Merger/Integration.
Jacqui has extensive global experience including living and working in Silicon Valley, California working directly for Meg Whitman, Chairman and CEO Hewlett Packard as her Chief of Staff for 3 years. Jacqui is passionate about developing more women into executive positions.
Karen has driven corporate, brand, market and customer strategy, developed and implemented new operating models, led complex digital transformation programmes and established new business ventures as the Interim Managing Director. Karen has lived and worked in Europe, Middle East, US and Latin America.
With a proven track record of successfully developing and implementing corporate strategy to grow equity value. Karen has successfully built businesses, expanded into new markets and delivered measurable results for organisations facing competitive market challenges. Karen is passionate about entrepreneurship and has taken on Non Executive Director roles alongside Angel investing in early stage technology companies in advanced data analytics, digital, cyber security, block chain and health space. Karen is an accredited Chartered Organisational Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Although Mark teaches many “soft” skills, his wide experience in a hard-edged business environment means that all courses are specifically tailored to today’s busy, pressured work environment. This isn’t tinkly bells and incense. Mark’s recent clients include Renault, Intercontinental Hotels, The Economist, MediaCom, Krow, Bauer and Entura. He has also worked with senior executives from HSBC, Direct Line, Marks and Spencer, Standard Life, and the Home Office.
After being Chief Adjudication Officer for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario she moved into the private sector, where she undertook similar responsibilities as VP Canadian Group Life & Disability for Manulife Financial.
In the UK, Joy has focused on building the vocational rehabilitation profession, working with Unum, a leading employee benefits insurer. In 2015, she was awarded the national Rehabilitation First Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Vocational Rehabilitation. She is now a Work & Wellbeing consultant for both employers and insurers.
Joy is a director of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association, the UK Rehabilitation Council, and most recently the Council for Work and Health.
Charlotte now works as a public affairs consultant as well as running media training and presentation skills courses for senior executives in some of the UK’s most successful companies.
His experience and skills are in demand by organisations and campaigns seeking to engage and motivate local communities. As a former Deputy Leader of a London council with minority political control, Mark was responsible for relationships with other parties. The success of his inclusive approach was recognized with the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council Award for 2013.
William is particularly interested in co-creating systemically intelligent, or ‘big picture’, solutions that are creative and resilient in the face of a 21st century global context of constant challenge and change. William has a background and practice in depth psychology. He is Managing Director of a London based firm delivering solution focussed psychological wellbeing services, training and consultancy, to businesses in the UK and abroad. He works as a Consultant to organisations experiencing major incidents, and has a track record of delivering successful interventions enabling recovery, deep learning and growth. He had a previous career with the Metropolitan Police, is a graduate of the University of London and post graduate of the Roehampton Institute of the University of Surrey.
Rees has extensive experience in the insurance sector dealing with Life, Non Life (retail and London Market) and intermediary clients. He has significant experience of working with listed groups.
He has led a large number of advisory projects particularly transactions including IPO’s, rights issues, debt issues and financial due diligence. He has also led a number of projects advising on various aspects of Corporate Governance. Specifically he has acted as the reporting accountant on rights issues for Hiscox and Beazley during their relocation to Bermuda and Ireland respectively and for Prudential during their attempted takeover of AIA. Rees also provided advice to Old Mutual during their acquisition of Skandia and to Winterthur when they sold Churchill Insurance to Royal Bank of Scotland. Rees spent a year on secondment at the Labour party acting as their Finance Director during the 2001 General Election.
Rees has extensive experience of leading audit and advisory engagements for a wide range of clients including Prudential, Old Mutual, Allianz UK, Clerical Medical, Churchill Insurance, Hiscox, Beazley, Novae, Lancashire, Towergate and Budget Holdings Limited (ultimate parent company of Compare the Market).
Rees has considerable experience in IFRS, UK GAAP, European Embedded Values reporting and SOX reporting. He also has experience with various types of regulatory and client money reporting.
She appeared in the West End’s Olivier award-winning, When We are Married, Golden Girls at Leeds Playhouse and recently in the Park Theatre production, Shutters.
Other TV credits include: Eastenders, The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Rosemary and Thyme. Films include Queen of Hearts & Crush.
Harriet has also appeared on film in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, The Lady in the Van, Calendar Girls, Suzie Gold, The Calling, Maurice, Life Is Sweet and Greystoke.
West End theatre includes Wicked, Mamma Mia, Great Britain, Cabaret, Crazy For You and Les Miserables. Harriet has also appeared at the National Theatre in All My Sons, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pravda and The Government Inspector; the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; in Gary Barlow + Tim Firth’s musical adaptation of Calendar Girls; and as Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Harriet is ambassador for breast cancer charity Walk The Walk.
Susan is also on an Advisory Board at UCL where she also lectures on organisation design and the ‘Dark side of Leadership’ on two of their MSc programmes in telecoms and business. She is also member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) and the Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society (OPUS).
Susan is an experienced Consultant and Executive coach. Combining her operational and corporate strategy and HR experience, Susan has a proven track record of diagnosing complex organisation problems/change situations and developing and leading large scale interventions that delivered significant business benefits.
Most of Susan’s career has been working in large multi-national corporate businesses; such as BT plc. She has also worked internationally as a consultant and Executive coach across a range of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, aerospace and bio-medical devices.
She has spent much of her consulting career at Roffey Park leaving as a Director in 2009. Then, having set up and led the Leadership Development practice at Blue Sky Performance Improvement she established her own business.
She now works as a leadership coach and OD consultant, working 1:1, with teams and groups and also with whole systems. Recent clients include: Jaguar Landrover, Port of London Authority, RBS, Post Office and parts of the Civil Service. Helena has personal experience of leading as well as rich experience of supporting many organisations to strengthen their leadership and organisational capability. This means she is able to coach people effectively with an understanding of what it feels like to lead amid the significant challenges of today’s organisational life. She believes coaching is a valuable part of building strong and healthy organisations.
She holds a Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD and her distinctive approach is underpinned by psychology, allowing her to work at a deeper level with her clients. Her unique skill set has proven successful across a diverse set of organisations from start-ups to large multinational organisations, as well as privately-owned businesses and non-profits.
In addition to one-on-one executive coaching, Lesley facilitates leadership, communications and coaching workshops as well as coaching elite Olympic athletes, most recently in Rio 2016. Prior to her consulting career, Lesley gained 20 years’ experience leading in multinationals across three continents including Selfridges, L’Oréal, Edgars Retail and Estée Lauder Companies. As a female leader herself she understands intimately the challenges that can face women leaders.
Lesley currently writes for the Association for Coaching’s ‘Coaching Perspectives’ magazine and has been published in ‘Personal Consultancy: A model for integrating counselling and coaching’ (Routledge, 2013). Lesley also coach and tutors at the London Business School.
She has dual nationality from UK and Australia and spends time working and living between both countries.
She is known for leading and motivating teams to develop strategies with robust tactics which increase profitable revenue – whether improving current market share or growing in new markets.
Choosing not to go to university Nell began working for Guess UK, which led to various management roles with companies such as, Pandora and 7 For All Mankind.
She soon out grew these roles and began combining event management with achieving a Level 3 Secretarial Diploma at North West Kent College. Nell joined The Pipeline in 2014 and is now a vital member of the team who makes all our events comfortable, welcoming and enjoyable.