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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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