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We have a dedicated and impressive team who directly and indirectly to help deliver our specialist programmes and research. Ranging from various careers and backgrounds each person brings their unique experience to The Pipeline.

Ehi Grace Anteyi
Marketing Intern
Ehi is the Marketing Intern at the Pipeline. She studied English Literature and French at University where she developed exceptional communication and linguistic skills. She takes an avid interest in writing, creating content, travelling, and bullet journaling. Ehi is also enthusiastic about championing diversity in all its forms and aims to continue this in her new role.
Alison Byrom
Head of Client Liaison
Alison Byrom is The Pipeline’s Head of Client Liaison. Alison is responsible for liaising with clients to issue all contracts and invoices along with answering any queries that may come up along the way. Alison also ensures all delegates are successfully allocated onto their chosen programme dates and that all Line Managers have full briefings about the benefits The Pipeline’s services will bring.
Billy Christie
Programme Coordinator
Billy has come on board as the Programme Coordinator for The Pipeline. He is responsible for organising all of our Leadership Summit programmes, and liaising with clients, participants, line-managers and HR departments. Having previously worked in politics, and in the tourism sector, he has excellent event-management and client-liaison skills. After working with politicians, business-owners and other stakeholders, he is very comfortable building relationships with a wide variety of people, and is a friendly and approachable voice at the end of a phone.
Nell Cundle
Senior Programme 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.

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.
Margaret Edge
Director of Consultancy Services
Margaret recently joined The Pipeline to lead our Consultancy Services. Prior to this she spent 10 years with Norman Broadbent Executive Search and played a leading role within the HR Practice, working with both large and small clients to help them build capability within their HR functions.

With 20 years corporate HR experience she brings considerable expertise and added-value to clients across all levels of seniority and sectors and has a real passion for retail and service businesses, and financial services, as well as a deep understanding, and affinity for, the development of individuals within organisations.
Lorna Fitzsimons
Lorna is co-founder of The Pipeline and is a trusted advisor to big cap companies and Whitehall on gender and developing executive female talent. She is also a Board member of the UK Fashion Textiles Association, UKFT, Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership and a trustee of the education charity, SHINE. Lorna is deeply committed to unlocking women’s potential at the top of corporate Britain as well as realising growth in the Northern Powerhouse.

Previously, Lorna was the founder and Director of The Alliance Project, a £150m public-private partnership to bring back textile manufacturing to the UK and CEO at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM). She turned BICOM into an internationally renowned centre of excellence. She was also a visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy’s Advanced Research and Assessment Group and former Member of Parliament for Rochdale.
Susan Kay
Leadership Summit Facilitator and Advisory Board Member, UCL
Susan is an experienced international director, consultant and executive coach. Most of Susan’s career has been working in large multi-national corporate businesses such as BT Plc., in operational, corporate strategy and HR Director roles. Her experience as a consultant and executive coach spans a range of industry sectors including professional services, financial services, retail, telecoms, automotive and the public sector.

Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Masters in business and a Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD. She is also an INSEAD certified International Director (IDP) and has a certificate in Board dynamics from the Tavistock Institute. Her research interests include board dynamics, board evaluations and behavioural risk. Her Insead published research “Wilful blindness – narcissists at work” reflects her specific interest in; how personality disorders manifest themselves and are managed in the boardroom and executive suite.

She is an Advisory Board member at UCL where she also guest lecturs on topics including the darker side of leadership, organisational design, development and change. Susan is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) and the Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society (OPUS)
Farzana Mannan
Executive Assistant
Farzana is the interim Executive Assistant to Margaret McDonagh and Lorna Fitzsimons. She comes from a corporate administration and accounts background gained while working for the office of HRH The Prince of Wales and British American Tobacco. She was a freelance makeup artist in a previous life and to that end worked in London, Milan and Paris in editorial and film.
Baroness Margaret McDonagh
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.

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.
Ana Pacheco
Planning 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.

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.
Lisa Wilcox
Finance Manager
Lisa has joined The Pipeline to look after all things finance. She holds a Business (Accounting) degree from Sydney, Australia and was a member of CPA Australia for 20 years. Lisa has worked in the public sector, for large corporates as well as SME’s, across a broad range of industries, has worked in Australia, New Zealand and now lives and works in London.

Coaching Team

William Devine
Coaching 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.

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.
Helena Clayton
Executive 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.

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.
Lesley Symons
Executive 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.

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.
Michele Carr
Executive Coach Practitioner
Michele is an Executive Leadership coach with an avid interest in health and well-being. With a reputation for building excellent working relationships across all sectors and tackling controversial projects, she served as an executive manager in local government during her 35+ year public sector career. She led a diverse range of services such as housing, transport, planning, economic development,regeneration and corporate policy including leading on the delivery of the £90m Metrolink town centre extension for Oldham.

A keen walker and believer in the power of exercise and the outdoors, she has been director of her own company Walking the Talk Ltd since 2015, offering her clients the opportunity to walk outdoors during their coaching sessions.
Jayne MacLennan
Executive Coach Practitioner
Jayne has a wealth of FTSE 300 board level and non-executive director experience. Her career started as a chartered surveyor and property consultant and then progressed to corporate life in the UK and North America where she was involved in several large-scale mergers and acquisitions. She is a subject matter expert but also an experienced all-round business woman.

Michele is a person-centred coach who believes strongly in each individual’s uniqueness and ability to identify how to reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional ambitions. She became a qualified coach after she encountered first-hand the huge positive impact of professional coaching. She has in-depth experience of helping executives shape their professional future and providing wellbeing coaching focusing on personal ambitions and relationships. As a practiced problem solver she has the skills, personality and ability to see connections others do not see, to deliver outstanding results.
Melanie Symes
Executive Coach /Coaching Supervisor
Following a successful HR career in international branded retail businesses, at the heart of fast paced growth, change, mergers and acquisitions at Burger King, The Walt Disney Company and Starbucks, Mel moved into an interim HR career in 2003. She has worked with BP, Virgin, Avon, Henley Business School, QFBA, ISG, Jacques Vert; in all of these businesses she helped to bring order out of chaos and stability at times of major change and reorganisation.

Believing passionately that ‘people’ are the differentiating factor in successful organisations, she added coaching to her portfolio to help leaders develop their understanding of their impact on others and to reach their full potential.

Her commercial understanding of how businesses work and acknowledged knack for ‘calling it as it is’ enable her to build challenging yet trusting relationships with her clients that lead to successful changes in behaviour and self-understanding.
Lynn Blades
Exectuive Coach & Leadership Summit Co-Facilitator
Prior to becoming a full-time executive coach, Lynn spent almost 20 years in the media industry as an award-winning (Emmy, National Press Club and Peter Lisagor Award for Investigative Journalism) television journalist, writer, producer, and on-air presenter/contributor in the USA and UK. Her excellent communication skills and distinctive can-do spirit were honed in professional posts with top international networks including BBC, ITV 1, CNN, CBS, CNBC, GMTV, Fox Health Network, E! Entertainment, BET and Showtime, where she developed and presented hard news as well as entertainment programming.
Lynn is known for her no-nonsense yet non-judgmental approach to coaching, upheld with total commitment to empowering her clients. She insists that measurable results can be obtained when time is valued as a commodity used to achieve leadership growth. Lynn inspires courage, humility and discipline in her clients and consistently coaches leaders to uncover their hidden potential for success.
Karen Mackley
Leadership Summit Co-ordinator
Karen has over 25 years experience of working in design and project management of leadership development programmes for a diverse range of clients in the UK and globally. She is a specialist in experiential learning and have delivered “immersion programmes” for clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has her own consulting business offering coaching and development expertise for clients in the UK.

The Board

Professor Chris Bones
Academic 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.

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.
Sue O’Brien OBE
Non 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.

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.
Simon Gulliford
Non Executive Director
nitially, 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.

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.

The Faculty

Karen Blackett OBE
County Manager, WPP
Karen Blackett has been in media for 22 years and is currently Country Manager of WPP, 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.

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 Pitcher OBE
Chairman, 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.

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.
Sue Campbell CBE
Head 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).

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 Sarpong MBE
TV & 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.

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.
Lindsay Thomas
CEO, 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.

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 Eden
NED, 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.

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.
Dr Carole Print
Lecturer 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.

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 Watt
Mindfulness 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).

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.
Harriet Thorpe
Presentation Persona Training / Actress
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.

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.
Matilda Thorpe
Presentation Persona Training / Actress
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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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.
Jacqui Ferguson
Executive 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

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 Bland-Thomas
Managing 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.

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.
Mark Edwards
Mindfulness & 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.

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.
Charlotte Milligan
Former 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.

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.
Mark Betteridge
Director, BBM Campaigns
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.

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.
Rees Aronson
Audit 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).

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.
Mike Reed
Former Group Chief Internal Auditor, Government Internal Audit Agency
Mike Reed is an experienced finance and internal audit professional who has held a number of corporate and policy roles in the Senior Civil Service (SCS). Mike has led large teams to deliver ambitious change programmes, and worked with stakeholders both in and out of the public service. He has delivered outcomes as diverse as improving the country’s resilience to major incidents, promoting social cohesion through helping local services cope with increased migration, and providing chief executives with assurance on the organizational health of their businesses.
Peter Collett
Psychologist and Former Oxford Fellow For Department Of Experimental Psychology
Peter is a psychologist and a former Oxford don. For many years he was a member of staff at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, where he taught and did research on a range of topics, including body language, culture, management style and television audiences.

Peter has written a number of books and presented several programmes on television. He has spoken at numerous conferences and events, and he has provided consultancy and training workshops to a broad range of organisations. Peter is widely acknowledged to be a world expert on communication. The Guardian called him a “body language guru” and the Mail on Sunday described him as “a grand master of the secret code of fleeting gestures, signs and expressions that give us all away.”

He is senior sponsor of the Civil Service Jewish Network

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