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Emma-Avignon

Emma Avignon

Emma is the CEO of Mentore Consulting who helps businesses to identify, develop and accelerate their most talented professionals by designing bespoke development programmes, delivered through professional mentoring. With a particular focus on women, Emma leads a team that provides best in class consulting, mentoring and access to appropriate networks and connections, which enable mentees to more effectively deliver on their business objectives. Emma also speaks on the value of mentoring, networking and sponsorship and offers practical advice as to how women can progress their own careers, how men can play an active role and how organisations can change to foster gender diversity in senior leadership teams.

Emma is passionate about working with companies to create environments where both women and men can flourish. Through her consultancy work, Emma advises companies on how to embed diversity and inclusion goals into the heart of their business strategy – to achieve change and engagement from both men and women across the organisation.

Emma has more than 15 years of experience working for large professional services firms including PWC and EY, where she  provided restructuring and transaction advice to multi-national corporations. Emma consulted with both boards and executive leadership teams to drive the development and delivery of strategic initiatives.

Emma works with the Royal Academy of Arts and mentors upcoming future business leaders across corporate and social enterprises.

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BA in Modern Languages, French and German, from Leeds University.

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Karren Brady

Baroness Karren Brady

Vice Chairwoman West Ham FC, NED Arcadia, SyCo, Author and TV personality

Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, Lord Sugar's Advisor on The Apprentice, the Small Business Ambassador for the Government, one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers and she is a non-executive of Arcadia and Syco.

Karren began her career aged 18 at Saatchi & Saatchi, she swiftly moved onto LBC as a sales executive.  In 1998 she joined Sport Newspapers Ltd and became Director within a year.

Karren Brady is recognised as the first woman in football.  She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club’s fortunes around.  She took over the club when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit.  In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 she launched the Club on the Stock market; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.  

In October 2009 Karren sold Birmingham City FC for £82million.

In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. In January 2011, under her leadership WHU was awarded as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. As a result her club hopes to be moving there post games in 2014. Following her first 12 months at West Ham, the club made a trading profit for the first time in many years.

An Ambassador for The Stroke Association, WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust, Karren Brady is also Chair of the Mothercare Group Foundation. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England and is currently a non-Executive Director of Arcadia and Syco. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing.

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Sir Roger Carr

Chairman BAe Systems, Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust, Senior Advisor to KKR, Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc.  He is also Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust and a senior advisor to KKR – the world’s largest private equity company.  In addition, he is a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

He has previously held a number of senior appointments including Chairman of Centrica plc (2004 – 2013), Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the Court of the Bank of England, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Chairman of Cadbury plc, Chairman of Chubb plc, Chairman of Mitchells & Butlers plc, Chairman of Thames Water plc and Chief Executive of Williams plc.  

Throughout his career he has served on a number of external committees including the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, the Manufacturing Council of the CBI, The Higgs Committee on Corporate Governance and Business for New Europe.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce, a Companion of the Institute of Management, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

He was knighted for Services to Business in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011.

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Russell Chambers

Senior Advisor Credit Suisse

Russell is a Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse, a qualified solicitor and has many years of exposure to corporate clients in the UK through his career in the financial services sector with Merrill Lynch, UBS and now Credit Suisse.

Russell has been involved in mentoring many professionals at key transition points in their careers, both formally and informally.

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Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE

Vice-Chair Corsair Capital, Chairman Chime Communications, Senior Independent Director Diageo, ex-CEO of Standard Chartered Bank and Author of the 2011 UK Government report ‘Women on Boards

Lord Davies is a Partner and Vice Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in financial services.  He has a wide range of interests, including being Chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts Trustees, Chairman of Jack Wills and Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust.  He was Minister for Trade, Investment, Small Business and Infrastructure from January 2009 until May 2010.

Prior to that, he was Chairman and previously CEO, and served on the Board of Standard Chartered for over 12 years.

He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years.  Lord Davies is also a JP in Hong Kong.

Lord Davies is married with two children and is a fluent Welsh speaker. 

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Sir Charles Dunstone

Chairman Carphone Warehouse, Talk Talk, Interim Chairman YouView TV Ltd

Sir Charles Dunstone is the founder and Chairman of both Carphone Warehouse plc & TalkTalk plc. In 1989, Dunstone set up Carphone Warehouse (CPW) with £6,000 of his savings and began selling mobile phones out of his flat in Marylebone. The company grew rapidly and today has over 2,400 stores across Europe, principally under the Phone House brand. In 2003, he launched TalkTalk, which now has over 5 million customers.

He is Chairman of The Prince’s Trust and in June 2012, he received a Knighthood for services to the telecommunications industry and his charitable work.  

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Roland Rudd

Founder and Chairman Finsbury

Roland is the Founder and Chairman of Finsbury which merged in July 2011 with RLM. Before RLM Finsbury he was a financial journalist at the Financial Times, The Sunday Correspondent and The Times. He is the founding Chairman of Business for New Europe and a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board as well as the Founder and Chair of the Legacy10 charitable giving campaign.

He is a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and Non-Executive Director on the Army Board.

Roland is also involved in Speakers for Schools whose aim is to provide state schools with access to speakers that are leading in their field, providing inspirational talks to young people.

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Wendy Shakes

Wendy Shakes is the Business Manager for Mentore Consulting. She has over 17 years experience in the Financial Services Industry, having spent most of her career in various roles at Credit Suisse.

Wendy brings a strong balance of financial acumen, commercial acuity and people management experience to her role at Mentore, where she is responsible for all other business operations, including the smooth execution and coordination of the mentoring programmes.

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Emma-Avignon

Emma Avignon

Emma is the CEO of Mentore Consulting who helps businesses to identify, develop and accelerate their most talented professionals by designing bespoke development programmes, delivered through professional mentoring. With a particular focus on women, Emma leads a team that provides best in class consulting, mentoring and access to appropriate networks and connections, which enable mentees to more effectively deliver on their business objectives. Emma also speaks on the value of mentoring, networking and sponsorship and offers practical advice as to how women can progress their own careers, how men can play an active role and how organisations can change to foster gender diversity in senior leadership teams.

Emma is passionate about working with companies to create environments where both women and men can flourish. Through her consultancy work, Emma advises companies on how to embed diversity and inclusion goals into the heart of their business strategy – to achieve change and engagement from both men and women across the organisation.

Emma has more than 15 years of experience working for large professional services firms including PWC and EY, where she  provided restructuring and transaction advice to multi-national corporations. Emma consulted with both boards and executive leadership teams to drive the development and delivery of strategic initiatives.

Emma works with the Royal Academy of Arts and mentors upcoming future business leaders across corporate and social enterprises.

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BA in Modern Languages, French and German, from Leeds University.

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Karren Brady

Karren Brady CBE

Vice Chairwoman West Ham FC, NED Arcadia, SyCo, Author and TV personality

Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, Lord Sugar's Advisor on The Apprentice, the Small Business Ambassador for the Government, one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers and she is a non-executive of Arcadia and Syco.

Karren began her career aged 18 at Saatchi & Saatchi, she swiftly moved onto LBC as a sales executive.  In 1998 she joined Sport Newspapers Ltd and became Director within a year.

Karren Brady is recognised as the first woman in football.  She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club’s fortunes around.  She took over the club when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit.  In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 she launched the Club on the Stock market; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.  

In October 2009 Karren sold Birmingham City FC for £82million.

In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. In January 2011, under her leadership WHU was awarded as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. As a result her club hopes to be moving there post games in 2014. Following her first 12 months at West Ham, the club made a trading profit for the first time in many years.

An Ambassador for The Stroke Association, WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust, Karren Brady is also Chair of the Mothercare Group Foundation. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England and is currently a non-Executive Director of Arcadia and Syco. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing.

roger-carr

Sir Roger Carr

Chairman BAe Systems, Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust, Senior Advisor to KKR, Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc.  He is also Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust and a senior advisor to KKR – the world’s largest private equity company.  In addition, he is a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

He has previously held a number of senior appointments including Chairman of Centrica plc (2004 – 2013), Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the Court of the Bank of England, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Chairman of Cadbury plc, Chairman of Chubb plc, Chairman of Mitchells & Butlers plc, Chairman of Thames Water plc and Chief Executive of Williams plc.  

Throughout his career he has served on a number of external committees including the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, the Manufacturing Council of the CBI, The Higgs Committee on Corporate Governance and Business for New Europe.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce, a Companion of the Institute of Management, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

He was knighted for Services to Business in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011.

russel-chambers

Russell Chambers

Senior Adviser Credit Suisse

Russell is a Senior Adviser at Credit Suisse, a qualified solicitor and has many years of exposure to corporate clients in the UK through his career in the financial services sector with Merrill Lynch, UBS and now Credit Suisse.

Russell has been involved in mentoring many professionals at key transition points in their careers, both formally and informally.

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Lord Davies of Abersoch

Vice-Chair Corsair Capital, Chairman Chime Communications, Senior Independent Director Diageo, ex-CEO of Standard Chartered Bank and Author of the 2011 UK Government report ‘Women on Boards

Lord Davies of Abersoch is a partner and Vice Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in financial services.  He is also Non-Executive Chairman of PineBridge Investments Limited and Chair of the Advisory Board of Moelis & Co.  He is the Senior Independent Director at Diageo and a Non-Executive Director at Bharti Airtel.

Lord Davies was Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business, and Infrastructure from January 2009 until May 2010.

Prior to this appointment, he was Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC from November 2006. He joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC in December 1997 and was Group Chief Executive from November 2001 until 2006.

Lord Davies is the Chair of the Council of Bangor University, he is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts, and Chairman of the Trustees of the Royal Academy Trust.  He chairs the UK ASEAN Business Council and also recently chaired a public review of the role of Women on Boards.

He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years.

Lord Davies is married with two children and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Sir-Charles-Dunstone

Sir Charles Dunstone

Chairman Carphone Warehouse, Talk Talk, Interim Chairman YouView TV Ltd

Sir Charles Dunstone is the founder and Chairman of both Carphone Warehouse plc & TalkTalk plc. In 1989, Dunstone set up Carphone Warehouse (CPW) with £6,000 of his savings and began selling mobile phones out of his flat in Marylebone. The company grew rapidly and today has over 2,400 stores across Europe, principally under the Phone House brand. In 2003, he launched TalkTalk, which now has over 5 million customers.

He is Chairman of The Prince’s Trust and in June 2012, he received a Knighthood for services to the telecommunications industry and his charitable work.  

roland-rudd

Roland Rudd

Founder and Chairman RLM Finsbury

Roland is the Founder and Chairman of Finsbury which merged in July 2011 with RLM. Before RLM Finsbury he was a financial journalist at the Financial Times, The Sunday Correspondent and The Times. He is the founding Chairman of Business for New Europe and a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board as well as the Founder and Chair of the Legacy10 charitable giving campaign.

He is a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and Non-Executive Director on the Army Board.

Roland is also involved in Speakers for Schools whose aim is to provide state schools with access to speakers that are leading in their field, providing inspirational talks to young people.

wendy-whitehead

Wendy Shakes

Wendy Shakes is the Business Manager for Mentore Consulting. She has over 17 years experience in the Financial Services Industry, having spent most of her career in various roles at Credit Suisse.

Wendy brings a strong balance of financial acumen, commercial acuity and people management experience to her role at Mentore, where she is responsible for all other business operations, including the smooth execution and coordination of the mentoring programmes.

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