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Helen Pitcher OBE, Chairman

Helen is an experienced board member, chairman, board facilitator and coach. She works across the range of professional service firms, FTSE 100, private equity and family firms. She has led some of the biggest board evaluations conducted in the last few years. Helen is also coach to many leading CEOs, Chairman and NED's across a range of sectors. She was awarded an OBE for services to business in 2015. 

In addition to her Advanced Boardroom Excellence role other board roles are: chairman pladis (United Biscuits, Godiva, Ülker Bisküvi), chairman of KidsOut a National Children's Charity, president of INSEAD Directors Network Board (IDN); board member CIPD, and chairman of a number of Committees across these Boards (Audit, Remuneration, Nominations). On the Advisory Board for Leeds University Law Faculty.

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If you would like Helen to speak at your next event, please contact us.


Core team

Our team has over 25 years experience in creating strategic performance, process and leadership solutions to meet the challenges faced by individuals and teams at board and senior level.

 

Mark Winkle

CEO and Executive Coach

Mark is an experienced board effectiveness consultant and executive coach. His experience covers a wide range of sectors including a financial services focus, with a career spanning both consulting and executive management with ITT Financial Services, Chase Manhattan Bank, KPMG, GAN Financial Services, CEDAR TM and IDDAS. 

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Jackie White

Chief Operating Officer

Jackie is responsible for branding, PR, marketing, major projects, finance and research. In these roles Jackie works to ensure both our relationships and brand communication with our clients is proactive and effective; and our events, research and client experience meet the high relationship and quality standards we have set ourselves.

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Susan Dudley

Regional Director

Susan’s background is in HR, consultancy, administration and project co-ordination. She provides career consultancy to a number of corporate clients across various sectors, including utilities, telecoms, retail and the NHS. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

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Board effectiveness specialists

Our experienced team of board effectiveness consultants provide expert guidance and support in the areas of corporate governance, strategic change and leadership. 

 

Helen Pitcher OBE

Chairman

Helen is widely recognised as a leading board executive practitioner and writes and presents regularly on the subject of the chairman's and NED's roles in creating a high-performance board culture and the behavioural aspects of board performance. 

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Sean Watson

Corporate governance consultant

Sean is an experienced board governance consultant and works with Advanced Boardroom Excellence carrying out board review work. As senior corporate lawyer, adviser and non-executive board director, he has a wealth of experience in international business, corporate finance over the last four decades. Sean undertakes the board interviews, development of the recommendations and feedback to the board as appropriate.

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Noreen O'Kelly

Corporate governance consultant

Noreen is a qualified chartered accountant and company secretary with twenty years’ experience in two of Ireland’s leading companies. She has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate governance and board management, together with a record of achievement in pension reform, risk management, treasury, strategic planning, budgeting and financial control.

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Mark Winkle

CEO

Mark is an experienced board effectiveness consultant and executive coach. His experience covers a wide range of sectors including a financial services focus, with a career spanning both consulting and executive management with ITT Financial Services, Chase Manhattan Bank, KPMG, GAN Financial Services, CEDAR TM and IDDAS. 

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Christopher Stephens CBE

Corporate governance consultant

Christopher is an experienced Chairman and NED with public, private and third sector bodies. In addition, Christopher has had worldwide business experience in British, American, French and Swiss multinationals.

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Phil Wills

Corporate governance specialist compensation review

Phil is a leading practitioner in board compensation strategy.  He has some 25 years of diverse international compensation & benefits experience, as a practitioner in FTSE 50 companies, and more recently as an independent consultant.

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Annemarie Durbin

Executive coach

Annemarie is part of the Advanced Boardroom Excellence corporate governance team. She is an experienced Non Executive Director (NED) with global financial services, business, company secretary and legal experience.

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Judith Eden

Corporate governance consultant

Judith works for Advanced Boardroom Excellence as a corporate governance consultant.  She has significant corporate and NED experience across the financial services sector. 

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Jeanette Lichner

Corporate governance consultant

Jeannette is part of the part of the Advanced Boardroom Excellence corporate governance team.  She provides support as a governance and regulatory expert and executive coach.

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Julia Tyson

Executive coach

Julia is part of the part of the Advanced Boardroom Excellence corporate governance and coaching team. She provides support as a governance consultant with a focus on remuneration alignment, cultural and behavioural oversight, executive career planning and CRS effectiveness.

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Coaches and mentors

Our experienced team of executive coaches, group and leadership facilitators, and consultants provide expert guidance and support in the areas of corporate governance, strategic change and leadership. 

 

Annemarie Durbin

Executive coach

Annemarie is part of the Advanced Boardroom Excellence corporate governance team. She is an experienced Non Executive Director (NED) with global financial services, business, company secretary and legal experience.

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Claire Davies

Mentor

Claire is a solicitor and qualified company secretary with over thirty years’ experience, principally in banking and financial services, and more recently, in the grocery/retail sector.

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Mike Smith

Mentor

Mike is an experienced chairman and non executive director, with more than twenty years NED experience supporting boards in both the public and private sector. Additionally, Mike had some 14 years’ experience as an executive member at The Rank Group, FTSE 100 plc Board, including the role of chief executive.

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Julia Tyson

Executive Coach

Julia is part of the part of the Advanced Boardroom Excellence corporate governance and coaching team. She provides support as a governance consultant with a focus on remuneration alignment, cultural and behavioural oversight, executive career planning and CRS effectiveness.

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Bernard Buckley

Executive coach and career mentor

Bernard is a board level executive coach and consultant with over thirty years experience gained in a wide range of industry sectors, including telecoms, financial & professional services (including the legal sector), oil & gas, media and the public sector.

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Colin Peters

Mentor and change consultant

Prior to undertaking an independent consultant career Colin was VP Human Resources at GlaxoSmithKline. Colin has over 30 years’ experience in the Human Resources field, especially in a global manufacturing market with extensive knowledge of employee engagement and European Works Councils.

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Mike Cutt

Executive coach

Mike is a board level executive coach and consultant with over thirty years’ experience gained in a wide range of industry sectors with a wealth of experience of leading and managing organisational change.  He is one of the most senior HR professionals in the UK, having been group HR director for Thomas Cook, Boots and B&Q.

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Elaine McPherson

Executive coach and assessment consultant

Elaine has fifteen year's consultancy experience and provides the Advanced Boardroom Excellence lead in assessment. She provides assessment-coaching consultancy to our client’s at senior levels. She also provides project support to Advanced Boardroom Excellence consultancy activities.

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Kevin McGeever

Executive coach and leadership facilitator

Kevin works for Advanced Boardroom Excellence as an executive coach, group facilitator and leadership consultant. Kevin has been providing coaching to director and senior executives throughout the UK and across a range of sectors including finance/financial services, consulting, technology, manufacturing, education and the public sector for over 15 years.

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Gordon MacDonald

Mentor

Gordon’s thirty year career spans both operational management and human resources in the retail and FMCG sectors at executive PLC board level. He has worked for a range of ‘blue chip’ companies including Cadbury’s, Levi Strauss, Diageo, Associated British Foods, Safeway, MFI and Wolseley.

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Panel of influential women

Advanced Boardroom Excellence is passionate about mentoring and the development of senior women and with that in mind we have created a ‘Panel of Influential Women’ to shine a light on top business women and female leaders in their field.

Our Influential Panel members are successful women in their own right, occupying senior executive and board-level positions from varying industries.


Aileen Taylor

A corporate lawyer, Aileen Taylor assumed the role of RBS group secretary in May 2010.  She joined RBS in 2000 and was appointed deputy group secretary and head of group secretariat in 2007.

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Emer Timmons

Emer was appointed president of BT Global Services (GS) UK in August 2010. In this role Emer leads the UK Global Services business, and from 1 April 2014 her remit was expanded to include responsibility for GS’s corporate customers globally, with a multi-billion pound P&L. Emer is also responsible for the systems integrators business worldwide, partnering on major contracts across all sectors and for GS marketing in the UK.

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Julie Chakraverty

Julie Chakraverty serves as a non executive director on the boards of Spirit Pub Company, Amlin and Aberdeen Asset Management, where she is chair of the Innovation Committee.

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Marian Glen 

Marian is a non executive director of Friends Life Group and certain of its subsidiaries and is a member of its remuneration committee. She is also a non executive director of Shires Income plc (a listed investment trust managed by Aberdeen Asset) and of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme where she is a member of the audit and remuneration committees.

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Anne Minto

Anne is a non executive director and chairman of the remuneration committees on the boards of Shire plc, Tate and Lyle plc and EXL Inc. She is also vice chair of the board of trustees of the University of Aberdeen Development Fund.

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Imelda Walsh

Currently, Imelda is a non executive director and chair of the remuneration committee at William Hill Plc, Mitchells and Butlers Plc (UK’s largest pub and restaurant chain with circa 1700 sites and brands such as All Bar One, Browns and Harvester), Mothercare Plc and First Group Plc (one of the largest operators of bus, transit and rail franchises in UK, USA and Canada).

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Marcia Campbell

Marcia is currently a main board non executive director of CNP Assurances in Paris, Sainsbury’s Bank and Murray International Trust plc. She has over 25 years experience in financial services, having spent the bulk of her executive career in Standard Life plc.

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Sheelagh Duffield

Sheelagh joined The Miller Group in March 2012 as general counsel and company secretary and has played an integral part in delivering shareholder strategy involving a number of complex transactions including the investigation of and preparation for an IPO.

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Caroline Waters OBE FRSA

Caroline is deputy chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, vice president of Carers UK, Associate at Marylebone Executive Search and founder of CW’s Consulting Box. Caroline held a number of positions for the BT Group, where she was formerly director, People & Policy.

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Dr Joan Wales

During an exciting and rewarding career in BP, Joan has risen to one of the top 150 executives. Joan is currently the global general manager for BP Plc, London and Chicago.

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Baroness Margaret McDonagh

Margaret is a dynamic business woman and a Member of the House of Lords. She was one of a small team that turned the Labour Party around making it one of the UK's most successful transformations post war.

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Syreeta Brown

Syreeta is the head of global recruitment strategy & programs at Citi. In this role she is accountable for leading and managing the strategy on global recruitment processes and systems, directing a global social media and recruitment marketing strategy as well as managing the program office for all Global Recruitment projects.

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Tanith Dodge

Tanith joined Marks & Spencer as director of human resources in March 2008.  She is a member of the M&S Management Committee, leading HR for its 78,000 employees across the UK and 52 territories internationally.

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