Our Mentors

Denise Wilson WhiteDenise Wilson OBE

Non Executive Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and Chair of Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends Board and Chief Executive of the Hampton-Alexander Review.

Denise is Chief Executive of the Government sponsored Hampton-Alexander Review, which leads the national, business-focused task force and voluntary framework for increasing the number of women on FTSE 350 Boards and in leadership positions.

She has served on several corporate and charitable boards, most recently stepping down from the Board of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group where she served for eight years and chaired the Remuneration Committee. She also chaired the Royal Academy of Arts Friends Board for many years.  Denise is also on the Board of the University of Hull, is a mentor to business leaders in the corporate and charitable sectors, an influential speaker and advocate for the advancement of good corporate governance and diversity in business.

Her career began with the Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group, before moving into the energy sector where she held a number of leadership roles at British Gas, BG Group and National Grid and worked in the US and South America. She headed up Investor Relations at BG Group, the Global Audit function and Commercial Division at National Grid, set up and ran a new Shared Services Division and led their Global Transformation programme standardising IT systems, processes and workplace culture across UK and US operations. 

She is a graduate in Modern Languages, qualified FCII and speaks fluent Spanish. Denise was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for services to women and equality and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Hull in 2018.