Margaret McDonagh is a dynamic businesswoman and member of the House of Lords. She 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. Margaret actively supports several charities, including serving as trustee of the 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’. She ran Labour’s 1997 and 2001 General Election campaigns, which produced the most successful results for any party in Britain’s history.
Lorna Fitzsimons is a trusted advisor to blue chip companies and Whitehall on gender diversity and developing executive female talent. She is also a Board member of the UK Fashion Textiles Association (UKFT), the 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 and realising growth in the Northern Powerhouse. 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 a former Member of Parliament.