I am a skilled and experienced Board Chair, Remuneration Committee Chair, and Non Executive Director, specialising in governance, strategic risk, change management and performance monitoring.
I have 9 years main board plc experience with DRS Data Research and Services Group plc www.drs.co.uk as well as substantial board involvement with start up, SMEs and social enterprises, having been, a non-executive director of Entrepreneurs in Action from 2004-2010, www.theeia.co.uk, a community interest company that trains young people to aspire to move from the classroom to the boardroom, and from 2007 to date, a non-executive director of briteyellow, a leading innovator in high-speed wireless communications services www.briteyellow.com and Skills2Learn www.skills2learn.com an award-winning company that develops e learning, virtual reality, and creative multimedia solutions, now part of the Babcock group.
I was a finalist in the Cambridgeshire Businesswoman of the Year in 2000, Chair of the Cambridge branch of the Chartered Management Institute from 1997-2001 and on the National Council of the Institute of Directors from 2006-2012. I have written and published widely on strategic leadership and corporate culture change, featuring amongst the top UK executives in the innovative 50 LES50NS portfolio www.fiftylessons.co.uk, in Women in Leadership: five roots to success by Tina Kothari (Amazon 2008) and in Diversity: How Diverse Leadership is Better for Business (Mazars LLP 2012)
I have significant experience of senior leadership and strategic issues, human resources, change management, and organisational transformation across the public sector. I undertake coaching work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; I chair the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership SEMLEP www.semlep.com, working with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) & the Department of Communities & Local Government (CLG) and I am a Non Executive Director Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) www.homesandcommunities.co.uk. I am also Chair of ENTRUST www.entrust.org.uk the regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund.
I have built a proven track record in developing and delivering large-scale change programmes in both the public and private sectors. I have a natural ability to build teams and successfully stimulate and generate change. Having held three different Chief Executive roles, I am well placed to fulfil non-executive roles that require an understanding of the pressures faced by senior executives.
I undertake a significant amount of voluntary and charitable work. In 1991, I founded a social enterprise charity, the Network for Women Managers, re-launched in 2007 as the Women Leadership Network www.wlnfe.org.uk. Since 1998, I have been Chair of the Helena Kennedy Foundation www.hkf.org.uk, the charity I founded to overcome social injustice by providing educational bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students. I am also Chair of the multi academy trust, E-ACT www.eact.org.uk. From 2001-2011 I was Chair of the National Council of Faiths and Beliefs www.fbfe.org.uk and from 2005-2011, Chair of both the Anne Frank Trust UK www.annefrank.org.uk and Milton Keynes Arts for Health www.mkartsforhealth.org.uk.
I am currently a Trustee of the Stables Theatre www.stables.org and in this role serve as Chair of the Milton Keynes International Festival IF www.ifmiltonkeynes.org. From 2009-2010, I was also Chair of MK2018, the consortium that successfully led the Milton Keynes campaign to be chosen as a FIFA World Cup candidate host city as part of the England 2018 bid. I currently chair the Milton Keynes Major Events Board which oversees the delievry of the MK2015 Rugby World Cup in Milton Keynes.
I am a Visiting Scholar at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, and an honorary Professor in Leadership and Management at the University of West London; I have been awarded an honorary Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute, the Mary Lou Carrington Award from the Worshipful Company of educators and doctorates from Anglia Ruskin and Manchester Metropolitan Universities in recognition of my contribution to education and business.