MEET OUR FOUNDERS

The Pipeline team have succeeded at the highest levels in their chosen careers. They understand the barriers that women face and how to overcome them.

Margaret McDonagh
Margaret McDonaghCo-Founder
Margaret McDonagh is a dynamic business woman and member of the House of Lords. She read an article by Alice Thompson in 2012 that explained corporate UK had lost 40% senior female executives in the previous decade and thus co-founded The Pipeline. Its purpose is to increase the number of women at the most senior levels of large organisations.

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Lorna Fitzsimons
Lorna FitzsimonsCo-Founder
Lorna Fitzsimons thrives on helping employers and their female executives achieve agreed outcomes. She also leads The Alliance Project, a public-private partnership to bring back textile manufacturing to the UK. As previous CEO to the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) Lorna turned this organisation into an internationally renowned centre of excellence.

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FACULTY

Professor Chris Bones
Professor Chris BonesAcademic Advisor & Non Executive Director
Professor Chris Bones is Dean Emeritus at Henley Management School, Professor of Creativity and Leadership at Manchester Business School and Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen. He advises on the academic content of The Pipeline programmes.

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Sue O'Brien
Sue O'BrienNon Executive Director
Sue joined Ridgeway Partners as a partner in 2015 to lead the Retail and HR practice and work with the Board practice team. Previously Chief Executive, and a board member of a listed search firm, she has over 17 years as a practitioner in board advisory services.

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Simon Gulliford
Simon GullifordNon Executive Director
Initially, Simon began his career as a lawyer, however, he changed career direction in the mid-1980s when he returned to University to study for an MBA. He joined the academic staff at Ashridge Management College and was soon promoted to head of the Marketing Faculty.

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Karen Blackett OBE
Karen Blackett OBEChairwoman, Mediacom
Karen Blackett has been in media for 22 years and is currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest UK media agency with billings over £1 billion. Prior to this, Karen was CEO for 5 years where she was instrumental in MediaCom’s success and in championing diversity across their industry.

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Helen Pitcher
Helen PitcherChairman, Advanced Boardroom Excellence
Helen holds an MA, LLB (Law), is a qualified psychometric assessor and an alumnus of the INSEAD Challenge of Leadership Programme & the INSEAD International Directors Programme – Corporate Governance Certificate (IDP-C): she is the only UK Board Effectiveness Consultant with this qualification.

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Sue Campbell
Sue CampbellHead of Women's Football, The FA
Sue Campbell trained as a physical education teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. She then spent four years as a regional officer with the Sports Council (now Sport England) before moving to the National Coaching Foundation (NCF).

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June Sarpong
June SarpongTV & Radio Presenter
June has enjoyed a 20-year career which has already seen her become one of the most recognizable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic young hosts. June is a media phenomenon and is the only host of her generation that is equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public.

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Lindsay Thomas
Lindsay ThomasCEO, Sustainable Risks
Lindsay Thomas is the CEO of Sustainable Risks Ltd a risk and regulatory advisory consultancy. He has extensive experience in financial services, especially regulatory policy, reputation protection and risk management. Lindsay is a contributor to both the BBC and ITV news commenting on regulatory issues.

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Judith Eden
Judith EdenNED, ICBC Standard Bank & Flood Re
Judith is an independent non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair at ICBC Standard Bank plc; independent non-executive director at Flood Re; independent non-executive director at Invesco UK and Member of the Joint Audit Committee for the Kent Police Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner.

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Dr Carole Print
Dr Carole PrintLecturer in Finance & Business Studies, Henley Business School
Dr Carole Print helps participants to understand what leaders need from finance professionals and to ask the right questions. Carole has had a successful career as a Finance Director and senior lecturer at Henley Business School where she has recently stepped down from teaching MBAs full time.

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Tessa Watt
Tessa WattMindfulness Practitioner
Tessa Watt is an experienced Mindfulness practitioner and helps Pipeline participants deal with the pressures of everyday life at work. She is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon, 2012) and Mindful London (Virgin, 2014). She is co-chair of the ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace’ strand of the Mindful Nation UK inquiry (2015).

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Jacqui Ferguson
Jacqui FergusonExecutive Technologist
Jacqui is an experienced CEO from the technology industry. Most recently she was CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK, Ireland, Middle East Mediterranean and Africa, a $3bn P&L and 10,000 people business serving large corporate and mid-sized companies with transformational technology and business process solutions

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Karen Bland-Thomas
Karen Bland-ThomasManaging Director, Peritia Partners
After a successful International Management Consulting and Business career in organisations including IBM and KPMG, Karen established her own strategy and transformation consulting practice ‘Peritia Partners’ in 2011. Karen provides management consulting services to the largest companies including Accenture, Microsoft, Visa and EY.

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Mark Edwards
Mark EdwardsMindfulness & Creativity Coach
Mark has been a successful journalist (25 years with The Sunday Times), and also a successful pitch doctor (helping companies win over $5 billion of new business). In recent years he has focused on training, coaching and facilitating. Mark is a member of the Complementary Therapists Association, qualified to teach mindfulness, resilience and emotional wellbeing.

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Joy Redmond
Joy RedmondSenior Consultant
After her initial career in clinical psychology and academia in Australia, Joy completed her MBA and served in the government’s Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare executive. Joy then branched into insurance in Canada, working with the Ontario Labour Ministry.

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Charlotte Milligan
Charlotte MilliganFormer Political TV Editor, ITV
Charlotte worked in broadcasting for more years than she would care to admit starting out in the BBC. Over the years she had roles on both sides of the camera as producer and presenter. When Charlotte left ITV in 2008 she was Political Editor and Head of Current Affairs at ITV Yorkshire.

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Mark Betteridge
Mark BetteridgeDirector, CampaignIt
Mark negotiated national industry agreements as a trade union officer before bringing his abilities as a communicator and advocate to Campaign It! He uses his understanding of membership organisations to build successful coalitions to support campaigns, securing endorsements from businesses, charities and unions for campaigns as diverse as the Scotland Referendum and telecommunications market reform.

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William Devine
William DevineCoaching Practice Lead
William is an Executive & Systemic Coach working with leaders, senior people and teams across sectors. He is mostly engaged with corporate clients e.g. ‘Big Four’ Professional Service firms, top City Law firms and market leading companies in the Energy, Oil & Gas sector.

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Rees Aronson
Rees AronsonAudit Partner, KPMG
Rees joined KPMG in 1989 and has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry. For six years he held a number of internal management roles including the Head of FS Audit. Rees leads various external audit accounts including FTSE 100 (Prudential Plc) and FTSE 250 (Hiscox Plc) clients and large private groups (Budget Holdings Ltd).

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Matilda Thorpe
Matilda ThorpeActress
Matilda has worked in theatre, TV, film & live comedy. She plays Rupert Grint’s mother in the new comedy, Sick Note, for Sky Atlantic. She is also known for Mandy in TV’s long-running comedy, Desmond’s, BBC’s Robin Hood, & has worked with, among others, Robin Williams & many UK cast members of Whose Line Is It Anyway in comedy improvisation.

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Harriet Thorpe
Harriet ThorpeActress
Harriet is best known for playing Carole Parkinson in The Brittas Empire and Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous, a role she is reprised in the recent movie adaptation. She has also appeared on television in The Three Musketeers (BBC), The Secret (BBC), Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special+Midlife Crisis, French & Saunders, Girls On Top, Doctors, The Bill and Casualty.

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Susan Kay
Susan KayLeadership Summit Programme Director
Susan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Masters’ degree in Business and a Masters’ degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD. Her thesis ‘Wilful blindness – narcissist’s at work’ looked at how personality disorders manifest themselves in the Executive suite.

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Helena Clayton
Helena ClaytonExecutive Coach Practitioner
Helena has worked as a consultant in leadership development for over 20 years working with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to moving into consulting, she worked in strategic and operational HR roles in Aon, Dennis Publishing and Touche Ross.

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Lesley Symons
Lesley SymonsExecutive Coach Practitioner
Lesley is an experienced leadership coach and a highly qualified organisational consultant with a career spanning over a decade. She combines her experience of leading in large multinational organisations, her education and counselling background to help her clients gain sustained transformation both at an individual and group level.

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Ana Pacheco
Ana PachecoClient Director
Ana is an experienced business partner working with organisations to drive their commercial agenda. A naturally collaborative person she builds relationships quickly and thrives on seeing projects come to life. She credits her skills from over 20 years in professional services.

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Nell Cundle
Nell CundleProgramme Coordinator
Nell is an experienced events manager across the private and public sectors. She anticipates the needs of participants before they themselves realise them. Her talent for delivering great customer service comes from working in the retail industry when she helped her dad on his flower stall at a very young age.

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