Women on Boards
We are delighted to announce our first NED Interest Group event for ‘Women on Boards’. We will be holding a panel discussion about a very topical subject:
“Is there a glass ceiling?“
Especially topical when a recent survey reported in the Guardian, found that these were some of the reasons given for not appointing a woman to the Board:
“I don’t think women fit comfortably into the Board environment.”
“There aren’t that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board – the issues are extremely complex.”
“Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a Board.”
If you gasped at these blatantly sexist and patronising comments, come and hear what our knowledgeable panel have to say from their own experience.
We are honoured to have a panel of very senior and experienced ladies –
Sally Martin of the 30% Club UK steering committee and VP Downstream HSSE at Shell
Caroline Evans, Director of Mindleap
Sue Milton of SSM Governance
Caroline Swain will be chairing the debate and we look forward to welcoming you and your guests to a very lively and thought provoking discussion.
Sally was born in Cork, Ireland in June 1965. She studied Electrical Engineering at University College, Cork and joined Shell in 1987 as an Instrument Engineer at Stanlow Refinery (near Liverpool).
Between 1987 and 2001, she worked in a number of Engineering and Project Management roles, and then spent two years as the refinery’s Contracting and Procurement Manager.
In 2001, Sally became Shell’s Distribution Manager for the UK and Ireland, managing a fleet of 350 trucks and ten depots. She moved to France in 2005 as General Manager of Petit-Couronne Refinery near Rouen, and from there to London in 2007 to join Shell’s Downstream Strategy and Portfolio Team.
In 2010, she became Vice President of the Commercial arm of Shell Global Solutions (Shell’s worldwide technical consultancy), and then moved into her current role as Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment for Shell’s global Downstream operations in 2013.
Sally is based in London. Business interests outside Shell include her role as Non-Executive Director of Porvair (a FTSE 350 Manufacturing Company) and a passion for promoting STEM careers among young people.
Caroline is the founder of MindLeap, a corporate governance boutique. She partners with a select number of organisations and as such connects and collaborates with individuals and companies across the corporate governance community providing expert advice, practical support and guidance within this complex arena.
Caroline is a Senior Associate at Link Asset Services, supporting their Company Matters division. By helping to develop their services, profiles and engagement with clients, she works with the wider Link Asset Services Divisions as well as the Company Secretariat communities.
Caroline is also Senior Associate at Board Intelligence, a niche board information advisory practice; provides coaching and seminars on career decision-making for CoSecs, corporate governance professionals and aspiring NEDs; Deputy Chair of the 100% Club, a networking group for women in corporate governance; and for some years has been a mentor for the Association of Women Chartered Secretaries. She additionally, plays a key role in the growth of a retail investor society by developing its events programme, where growth companies present to member
Sue Milton is a good governance specialist and an IT professional focusing on the intangible aspects of governance that influence working relationships within and between organisations. Examples are organisational behaviour, stakeholder relationships and the interaction between people and IT.
As well as working in association with a broad range of clients globally, Sue also lectures and writes articles on governance and IT-related subjects for a range of organisations.
Sue is a member of ISACA and a past-president of ISACA’s London Chapter. Her IT credentials include ISACA’s CGEIT and CISA certifications. Her business and governance credentials include the Financial Time’s Non-Executive Directors’ diploma.