Women For Media

Women for Media UK is a database of female leaders in business, finance, government and the not-for-profit sectors who are available for media comment on the key topics of the day. The database connects journalists to these spokespeople and the aim is to raise female profiles and visibility within the media and beyond.

Prospective candidates for the database are welcome to apply online, although not all applications will be successful. Applications submitted into the database will be checked against specific criteria, including professional experience and particular areas of expertise. Previous media experience and / or training is not required, although is helpful.

Spokespeople are not speaking on behalf of the 30% Club and are not representing 30% Club views.

Women for Media UK is a program based on the founding Australian initiative Women for Media, which was established by the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia in 2012 and continues to increase the visibility of Australia’s most senior female leaders as thought leaders and experts in the media, speaking on their areas of expertise.

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Current Positions

  • Founder & CEO, Spark Inside

Notable Past Positions

  • Founder and Board Chair, Venturing Out

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Women in Business
  • Not for Profit sector
    • Women
    • Youth & Older People
    • Management Practices
    • Funding Strategies
    • Philanthropy
Other

Criminal Justice Policy Prisons Life Coaching Entrepreneurship Innovation

Biography

Baillie is a Canadian social entrepreneur passionate about empowering people to break through glass ceilings. The two charities she’s founded, Spark Inside and Venturing Out, have supported over 500 people in prison to lead more fulfilling lives.

Baillie is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Women of the Future finalist and JA Boston Business Hall of Fame inductee. She has delivered two TEDx talks and is writing a book on coaching in prisons. She is also a qualified life coach.

Outside of work, Baillie loves traveling and dancing (she performs with the London Touch bachata team). She currently resides in London.

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Current Positions

  • Managing Counsel (UK & Ireland), Roche UK

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Women in Business
    • Governance
    • Professional Services (Legal, Banking, Accounting, HR etc)
    • Science & Research
Other

Legal sector in particular; diversity issues within the legal profession

Biography

Funke Abimbola is Managing Counsel (UK & Ireland) for Roche, leading the legal team that supports Roche’s pharmaceutical operations in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar.  She is also Roche’s Data Privacy Officer for the UK. She is a practising solicitor qualified to practice law both in Nigeria and in England & Wales. A recognised legal expert working within the UK life sciences sector, Funke is also a notable diversity champion and legal innovator within the UK legal industry and has received multiple awards and other recognition for both her legal work and her diversity work. She speaks regularly at legal and diversity conferences in the UK and abroad, including speaking to school and University students about legal careers and her own personal journey. As a working mother, Funke juggles the demands of her career with home life and supports working mothers on how best to achieve the elusive work/life balance. She is passionate about the law, diversity, education and the healthcare sector. In addition, she is an experienced mentor and sponsor and a keen fundraiser for various charities including Cancer Research UK and Rennie Grove Hospice.

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Current Positions

  • Managing Director, Obatec
  • Director of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), (2010 - 2017)
  • Secretary General, INWES
  • Co-Chair Advocacy Committee INWES, (2014 - 2017)

Notable Past Positions

  • Head Judge, London Region Science & Engineering Big bang Fair, 2015
  • Head Judge, South East Region Science & Engineering Big Bang Fair, 2015
  • Chair for Engineering & Technology Stream - South East Region Big Bang Fair, 2013 - 2014
  • Judge and Moderator, National Science and Engineering Big Bang Fair, 2009 - 2015
  • Chair of the Current & Future Strategy Committee, Institution of Engineering & Technology, IET (2011 - 2012);
  • Co-Chair of Programme and Project Committee, INWES, 2010 – 2014

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Women in Business
    • Information, Communication & Technology
  • Not for Profit sector
    • Women
  • Government sector
    • Information, Communications & Technology

Biography

Margaret is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry and the owner of Obatec, an IT Consultancy Business. She is a highly qualified technical practitioner with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, MSc(Eng.) in Manufacturing Engineering & Management, MSc(Eng.) in Information Systems Engineering. One of her passion is to get more women into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industry.

Margaret is a Winston Churchill Fellow, in 2009 travelled to the USA, Australia and India to look at how businesses recruited, retained and promoted women in the Industry, and was on the (Engineering & Technology) panel to recruit new Fellows from 2010 - 2012.

Margaret became a STEM ambassador in 2008, encouraging young people to consider working within profession, has been a Judge and moderator for National Science and Engineering Big Bang fair, and was the Head Judge for London Region and South East Region in 2015.

Margaret was chosen as one of 36 women selected across the world as role models in ‘Doing IT around the World’ in 2007. She is a Fellow of the Institute of British Computer Society, and is a Director of the International Network of Women.

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Current Positions

  • Partner, Collyer Bristow LLP

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Professional Services (Legal, Banking, Accounting, HR etc)
    • Property
  • Finance sector
    • Banking
    • Investment Management & Funds
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Financial Regulation

Biography

Janine is a Partner in Collyer Bristow’s Dispute resolution department and is a solicitor expert in financial services litigation, particularly litigation against banks, banking scandals and regulatory investigations. Janine is a regular speaker and commentator on matters relating to banking standards and claims against banks. Collyer Bristow is one of the few Central London law firms able to act in complex litigation matters against banks, and Janine has worked closely with many journalists to assist them in understanding the legal implications of various conduct issues and regulatory investigations for banks and their customers. Recent notable issues include interest rate swaps, LIBOR fixing, Forex rigging, LOBO loans, RBS GRG, and Loan Portfolio Sales.  Janine is able to assist with comment and input where lawyers from City law firms acting for banks are unable or unwilling to comment because of their relationships with the Banks under investigation. Janine has a particular interest and specialism in dealing with matters involving Irish banks and NAMA. Janine and the Banking and Financial Disputes team at Collyer Bristow are recommended by the Legal 500 for their work in this area.

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Current Positions

  • Governing Board Member, Innovate UK, UK's National Innovation Agency
  • Fiscal Policy Panel, States of Jersey
  • Non-Voting Non-Executive Board Member, UK Green Investment Bank
  • Member, Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Board, OECD
  • Governor, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • Member, Secretary of State's Panel for Monitoring the Economy, UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Member, Advisory Board for EPSRC Low Carbon Research Consortium

Notable Past Positions

  • Deputy Head, UK Government Economic Service (2011-2014)
  • Director General, Strategic Advice, Science and Innovation Leadership, UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2013-2014)
  • Director General, Economics, Strategy and Better Regulation, UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2011-2013)
  • Chief Economist and Director of Analysis, UK Department for Transport (2009-2011)
  • Chief Energy Economist and Director of Energy Market Economics, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (2004-2009)
  • Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company, Inc. (1992-2004)

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Global Economy
    • Domestic Economy
    • Industry Development / Policy
    • Business & Government
    • Business Management
    • Science & Research
    • Utilities, Transport & Energy
  • Not for Profit sector
    • Art & Culture
  • Government sector
    • Treasury & Finance
    • Education, Employment & Training
    • Infrastructure & Transport
    • Industry, Energy & Resources
    • Regulation
Other

Innovation

Biography

Tera is an economic and strategic adviser to public, private and third sector organisations, including the OECD. She holds a number of non-executive governance roles, including with Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, and the Green Investment Bank, the UK government’s financing institution for green energy and waste infrastructure.

Until recently, Tera was Deputy Head of the UK Government Economic Service and Director General at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where she led on growth strategy, analysis and better regulation and authored an influential report on science and innovation. Before BIS, Tera held Chief Economist and Director of Analysis roles at the UK Transport and Energy and Climate Change Departments.

Previously, Tera was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for 10 years. She worked most frequently with energy and other industrial companies on corporate and business unit strategy. Tera also co-led McKinsey’s global microeconomics practice. Tera holds a M.Sc. in Technology and Industrial Economics (with distinction) from Helsinki University of Technology and an M.B.A. (with distinction) from INSEAD.

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Current Positions

  • Chair - Professional Standards Council - Asset Based Finance Association
  • Chair - Enterprise Research Centre
  • Deputy Chair - NCFE
  • Chair - Tyneside Cinema

Notable Past Positions

  • Chair - CBI SME Council
  • Acting Chair - Northumbria University
  • Chair - Capital for Enterprise

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Women in Business
    • Domestic Economy
    • Governance
    • Industry Development / Policy
    • Business & Government
    • Business Management
    • Professional Services (Legal, Banking, Accounting, HR etc)
    • Science & Research
  • Finance sector
    • Credit Services
    • Banking
    • Financial Regulation
    • Finance & Government
    • Social Investment
  • Not for Profit sector
    • Art & Culture
    • Governance
    • Management Practices
  • Government sector
    • Treasury & Finance
Other

tertiary education

Biography

Lucy runs The Alchemists, which works with high growth mid-corporate businesses to accelerate their development and success by focussing on shareholder and management development and succession. Lucy joined The Alchemists in 2003 after an early career in private equity, corporate development and headhunting with 3i plc, Courtaulds Textiles and Tyzack.  She was chair of Capital for Enterprise , responsible for over £4bn of government backed debt and equity support to UK businesses. She is chair of an angel investment network, along with being a deputy chair of a national qualification charity, NCFE, and a social enterprise investment fund . She was chair of the CBI’s national Small Business Forum and a member of the advisory board of the government’s new Business Bank.  She chairs the independent Professional Standards Council, which oversees the Asset Based Finance Association and the national Enterprise Research Centre, focused on the study of growth in private and family businesses. She is a former chair of Northumbria University. She was educated at Oxford, holds an MBA and a MSc in forensic psychology and criminology. She is a bellringer and keen walker.

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Current Positions

  • VP, Communications EMEA at CA Technologies
  • TechUK board member

Notable Past Positions

  • VP Global Solutions Communications at CA Technologies
  • European Corp Comms Manager at BMC Software
  • Founder of Ink PR
  • Head of UK Corp Comms at 3Com
  • European PR Manager at Cisco Systems

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Women in Business
    • Information, Communication & Technology
  • Government sector
    • Information, Communications & Technology

Biography

Sarah set up and leads CA Technologies’ “Create Tomorrow” CSR programme in EMEA. The initiative recognises the skills gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and aligns all of CA’s CSR programs and Community Affairs initiatives in EMEA to respond to this issue. Sarah believes that as a leader in the application economy, CA Technologies has a vital role to play in ensuring the next generation is inspired and equipped to address tomorrow’s challenges and drive innovation forward, and that a huge part of that is engaging young women.

As VP, Communications, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at CA Technologies, Sarah is responsible for the strategic management of the company’s internal and external communication across the region and is a member of the EMEA Leadership team. Specific responsibilities include: media relations, social media, employee communications, executive communications and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Sarah manages a multi-national team of communications professionals and consultancies in EMEA. She is also a member of the Tech UK board.

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Current Positions

  • Head of People, Executive Board, PwC

Notable Past Positions

  • Market leader for tax private equity tax and M&A tax, PwC
  • Member of the UK tax leadership team, PwC

Full Bio

Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Social & Environmental Responsibility
    • Women in Business
    • Business Management
    • Professional Services (Legal, Banking, Accounting, HR etc)
Other

M&A tax, Private equity tax, International tax

Biography

Gaenor is the Head of People on the Executive Board of PWC, appointed in July 2011.  In this role Gaenor is responsible for all HR matters for the 18,000 employees of PwC in the UK, including recruitment, training, performance management, and engagement.  Gaenor represents all areas of Corporate Sustainability including Community Affairs at board level and is aware of the development benefits of volunteering being a trustee of the PwC Foundation.  Gaenor graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Mathematics and Management. She trained in Audit and spent three years in an investment bank corporate finance team. Then, in 1992, she joined the tax practice of PWC where she continued to work in M&A, specialising in private equity as a partner.  For three years prior to joining the board, Gaenor was the market leader for M&A Tax and a member of the Tax Leadership team.  Gaenor has been a partner for 14 years.  She is married with 3 children.

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Current Positions

  • Non-Executive Director, Aviva France; Member of Strategy Committee
  • Trustee, Fight for Sight; Chair of Marketing & Fundraising Committee; Member of Nominations Committee

Notable Past Positions

  • Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business Development, Publicis Worldwide; Executive Committee Member
  • Founder and owner, Seriously Digital (now merged with Draw Digital)
  • Chief Operating Officer, (RED) International

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business sector
    • Women in Business
    • Media
    • Information, Communication & Technology
  • Not for Profit sector
    • Research Findings
    • International Development
Other

Brand, marketing and digital in a broad range of business sectors

Biography

Joanna Baldwin is a Non-Executive Director of Aviva France, the largest subsidiary of the £43bn life and general insurance provider and a Trustee of Fight for Sight, the leading UK charity funding pioneering research into eye disease. Her experience covers a broad spectrum of business sectors, with a career ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporates, from marketing at Unilever to advertising at JWT and Publicis. She was SVP & Head of Global Business Development at Publicis Worldwide, and sole woman member on the Executive Board. Founded on trusted relationships, she has advised global brands in both traditional and digital media at the most senior levels internationally (including British Airways, Intel, HP, Yahoo! Europe, Ericsson, Inmarsat, Microsoft and the European Central Bank). Her high tech experience led to founding her own digital strategy agency, where her clients ranged from pure play digital businesses to more established brands seeking to transform their business model to the digital age. Latterly, Joanna was Chief Operating Officer of (RED) International, the world’s leading cause-related marketing initiative founded by Bono (of U2) in 2006.

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Current Positions

  • CEO of Alcohol Concern, Board member Newlon Housing Association, Chair Outward Charity

Notable Past Positions

  • Chief Exec Womankind Worldwide, Action on hearing Loss, RSPCA, Member of Parliament Taunton 1997-2001, Board member IPSA

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Areas of Expertise

  • Not for Profit sector
    • Children, Family & Disability
    • Women
    • Governance
    • Management Practices

Biography

Jackie is an experienced charity Chief Executive and non exec.  She is currently Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern, having previously led 3 charities of different sizes (£4m to £110M turnover), each with a mix of service delivery, social policy development, campaigning and lobbying. Prior to Alcohol Concern, Jackie led an international development charity, Womankind Worldwide, led the change of strategic direction, messaging and re-branding of RNID to Action on Hearing Loss, and led the RSPCA through a time of structural, cultural and legislative change, turning it round in 1 year, from 5 years of budget deficits to a surplus. Jackie is currently a board member of Newlon Housing Trust and Chair of the charity Outward.  She was a (non exec) board member of IPSA from inception until January 2013, and was previously a board member of the Youth Justice Board.  Jackie has high level lobbying and negotiation experience with Government Ministers and civil servants on UK legislation, with Chief Executives of major retail chains and with two DGs of the World Trade Organisation. She is an effective communicator with extensive media experience - TV, radio and press - including appearances on BBC ‘Question Time’ and Radio 4 ‘Any Questions’.

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