Companies with executive committees that have more than a third female membership make 10x the profit of those companies with none (Women Count 2020). The Pipeline’s research explained on Sky and Bloomberg TV.
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Pool RE
Alter Dolmus
Deloitte
Mars
Santander
Aer Lingus
Asda
First
Aon
Aviva
Telefonica
Morrisons
Morrisons
Barclays
Eon
British Airways
Marks & Spencer
Royal London
Seadrill
JD Williams
Aegon
HM Government
Scottish Government
British Heart Foundation
HSBC
Lloyds
Worldpay
Jaguar
Flood RE
Atos
Foreign Commonwealth Office
Clifford Chance
Prudential
Thames Water
Standard Life
BBC
Direct Line Group
BLP Insurance
N Brown Group
Petrofac
Billy Christie

Billy Christie

Programme Coordinator

As the Programme Coordinator for The Pipeline, Billy 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.

Pauline Wiseman

Pauline Wiseman

Executive Coach

Pauline has held a number of senior leadership roles in the European and UK motor industry. In addition she has supported several charities in a non-executive role, drawing on her broad commercial experience as a Finance Director, Learning and Development specialist and International Human Resources Director.

Pauline is now engaged in providing consultancy support to organisations aiming to create positive commercial change while bringing out the potential excellence within their people.

Working with senior leaders to examine their strategic direction, company structure and culture, Pauline supports positive change through organisation design, leadership development and executive coaching. Recent clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Ultra Engineering, Children with Cancer UK and MacIntyre.

As an executive coach, Pauline is focused particularly on supporting senior female leaders to bring out their most authentic personal leadership in challenging environments. Feedback from those Pauline has worked with attributes her with enabling them to leverage their personal impact and influence more effectively and so drive the success of their organisations.

Nell Cundle

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.

Margaret Edge

Margaret Edge

Director of Consultancy Services

Margaret 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.

Michelle Emmerson

Michelle Emmerson

Associate Director

Michelle is an experienced CEO, Management Consultant and Non-Executive Director.

Michelle has worked at CEO and Board level with established businesses, SME’s and Start-ups to develop strategies for growth, change, people and business transformation, often as an advisor to the CEO.

In her early career, working as HR Director at EMI Music UK & Ireland for 8 years, she was one of the team supporting the launch of The BRIT School and its Music Business course and work experience programme. Today she is the Director of BRIT for Business which she launched to share the creative expertise and ethos of the world-renowned BRIT School with businesses in search of creativity and inclusivity, with all profits being returned as a charitable donation to the school.

Michelle became SVP HR for EMI Music working with the global HQ for 2 years before leaving to become Global HR Director at BBC Worldwide. Having diversified out of core HR into areas of strategy and business development at BBC Worldwide, she left and joined the start-up pure-play fashion Etailer ASOS.com as Group Services Director, with a remit across Customer, People, Studios, Production, CSR and Business Transformation. After almost 3 years at ASOS, Michelle became CEO at Walpole, an industry body established to promote, protect and develop British Luxury Brands. As a unique alliance of c.250 British Luxury brands, Michelle established Walpole as the voice of the sector, developing initiatives and events, working with the GREAT campaign and UK Government, media partners, business sponsors and member organisations. Through her own business consultancy, Michelle has worked with many different clients.

With extensive experience in digital high growth environments and global operations across industry sectors, Michelle’s experience spans businesses that are UK listed, public sector, not-for-profit, private equity and pure play Etailing at Board level.

Lorna Fitzsimons

Lorna Fitzsimons

Co-Founder

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.

Lisa Wilcox

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.

Margaret McDonagh

Margaret McDonagh

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.

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.

June Sarpong

June Sarpong

TV & Radio Presenter Sky News

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.

Stuart Rose

Stuart Rose

Chairman, Ocado & former CEO, Marks and Spencer

Stuart Rose has spent all his career in retail joining Marks & Spencer plc in 1971. He left to join the Burton Group in 1989, becoming a director in 1993. Following the Group’s demerger in 1997, he became Chief Executive of Argos plc during the bid by GUS. In 1998, he became Chief Executive of Booker plc which was merged with the Iceland Group in 2000. He then became Chief Executive of Arcadia Group plc in November 2000 and left in December 2002 following its sale to Sir Philip Green. He was named Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer plc in May 2004 and became Chairman in 2008, standing down in January 2011. He was Chairman of The British Fashion Council from 2004 – 2008, Chairman of Business in the Community from 2008 – 2010 and a Non-Executive Director of Land Securities from 2003-2013. He was Chairman of Ocado until 2020, and is now Chairman of EG Group, Fat Face, Oasis Healthcare Group and a Non-Executive Director of Woolworths (South Africa). He is also Chairman of The Healing Foundation, a medical charity.

Stuart was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility and made a life peer in September 2014.

Baroness Dido Harding

Baroness Dido Harding

Chair, NHS Improvement & Former CEO, TalkTalk

Dido is the new Chairperson of NHS improvement after standing down as Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC in May. She also serves as a non-executive director on the Court of The Bank of England.

Dido previously served as a senior executive director on the Management Boards of both Sainsbury’s and TESCO. Both were in P&L roles here in the UK and abroad. She has also held executive roles at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited. Dido has served as a NED on the boards of The British Land Company PLC and Cheltenham Racecourse and is a former jockey. In August 2014 Dido was introduced as a Peer and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer.

Lord Gerry Grimstone

Lord Gerry Grimstone

Minister for Investment & Former Chairman, Barclays International

Sir Gerald Edgar Grimstone (born August 1949) is a British businessman, the chairman of Standard Life, and chairman of Barclays Bank plc. He previously served as group deputy chairman of Barclays plc, the holding company for the Barclays Group.

Gerald Edgar Grimstone was born in August 1949, in Streatham, London, the son of a carpet fitter father. Grimstone has described his father as a “working class intellectual” and communist.

He was educated at the Whitgift School, Croydon, and Merton College, Oxford, from where he received a degree in chemistry.

Grimstone worked as a civil servant from 1972-86, then as a director of Schroders from 1986-99.

Grimstone has been chairman of Standard Life since May 2007, deputy chairman of Barclays since January 2016, a non-executive director of Deloitte and the lead non-executive director at the Ministry of Defence.

Helen Pitcher

Helen Pitcher

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.

Sue Campbell CBE

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 went on to spend 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.

Judith Eden

Judith Eden

NED, ICBC Standard Bank & Flood Re

Following 23 years’ international financial services career with Morgan Stanley, Judith now fulfils a Non Executive portfolio across banking, insurance and wealth management.

Currently 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; Member of the Joint Audit Committee for the Kent Police Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner.

Former non-executive director across Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s European cross border fund management business; member of Morgan Stanley International Audit Committee; non-executive member of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney UK Holdings Ltd Audit Committee

Joined Morgan Stanley 1992; spent fourteen years in Audit, Operational Management and Finance on broker/dealer side before joining Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) in 2006 as part of internal hedge fund start up

In 2009 appointed a Director of MSIM Ltd and promoted onto the Divisional management team as CAO where I oversaw a period of significant restructuring and change

In 2013 additionally became CEO of MSIM’s European cross border fund management company, MSIM ACD Ltd, before leaving mid 2015 to pursue a portfolio career.

Jacqui Ferguson

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.