I am now a multiple non-executive director, after a thirty-five year executive career. I am Chair of CDS Cooperatives, a housing association and Audit Chair and non-executive director of the National Physical Laboratory, a government-owned organisation combining scientific research and commercial operations, where I am the only non-scientist on the Board. I am the Audit Chair of BRE Group, a research-based business in the built environment and construction areas, and I sit on the Audit Committee of the RICS (Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors). In 2017 I was elected an Associate Fellow of Newnham, and therefore sit on its Governing Body.
After studying economics at Newnham, graduating in 1980, I qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, followed by an MBA at London Business School, including an exchange to the University of Chicago. I worked for nine years in corporate finance, including several years as a cross-border Italian M&A specialist with Unicredit and with Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance. I left banking to have my third child and soon built my own consultancy business, working in corporate finance strategy and valuation. I worked for eleven years to 2015 in two niche change management consultancies, specialising in organisational effectiveness, corporate governance engagement and the development of leadership teams. At the same time I was a non-executive director of Thames Reach, a London homelessness charity.
I have been a Newnham Associate since 2013 and am now its President. I keep in touch with current student life at Cambridge both by talking to current Newnham students and via my younger son, who is an undergraduate at another Cambridge college.
I am very happy to give career advice, mentoring, CV advice and general career support. I can talk about management consulting, paths to becoming a non-executive director, and finance careers generally.
Newnham 1977 - 1980, Economics