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 McDonaghNon Executive Chairman & Co-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 FitzsimonsCEO & Co-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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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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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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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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COACHING FACULTY

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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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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