Our team

Advisory board

CHERIE BOOTH QC
Wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women’s rights, Cherie set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women www.cherieblairfoundation.org in 2008 to help women build small and growing businesses in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Cherie is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. She is a member of ICRW’s leadership council, Ambassador for the GSMA mWomen Programme, Honorary Vice President of Barnados, President of the Loomba Foundation, Ambassador for Scope, Trustee of Africa Justice Foundation and Patron of a number of charities, including Breast Cancer Care and SolarAid. Cherie is also Vice-Chair of the US Secretary of State’s International Council for Women’s Business Leadership and Honorary Chair of the World Justice Project. 

NOREEN DOYLE
Noreen Doyle is an independent director on the boards of Credit Suisse Group and its UK subsidiaries, Newmont Mining Corporation, QinetiQ plc and Rexam PLC. She is the former First Vice President and Head of Banking of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Prior to EBRD, Noreen spent 18 years at Bankers Trust Company. She is chair of the board of governors of Marymount International School, London, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a frequent speaker to senior women’s groups.

LADY BARBARA THOMAS JUDGE CBE
Lady Judge, a trained commercial lawyer, has a successful international career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director. In 1980 she was appointed by the President as a Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Thereafter she was appointed as the first woman executive director of Samuel Montagu. She was Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 2002 and became its Chairman in 2004 (reappointed in 2007).  In 2010 she was appointed as Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund and is a director of a number of public and private companies. In June 2010 she was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the nuclear and financial services industries.

PINKY LILANI OBE
Pinky Lilani is the founder and chairman of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, the annual celebration of the achievements of Asian women. Pinky is also the creator of the Women of the Future Awards, The Inspirational Women’s Network, the Ambassadors Programme and the Global Empowerment Award. She is patron of several charities including the Asian Women’s Resource Centre, DIL and the Westminster Society. She is a trustee of the Halo Initiative, on the advisory Board of the Global diversity Practice and a member of the Court of Brunel University. Pinky is an exceptional advocate for women in business and women entrepreneurs.

BRUCE RIGAL
Bruce is Global Chief Operating Officer of Human Resources for Deutsche Bank. In addition, Bruce is a long-time champion of DB's Women in European Business group and co-Chair of DB's UK People Committee. Prior to his current role, Bruce served as the first Distinguished Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business' London campus where he coached and taught MBA students. Previously, Rigal was the Deputy COO of Deutsche Bank's Corporate and Investment Bank and prior to that Rigal was COO of Global Banking. Bruce joined Deutsche Bank in Equity Capital Markets focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Deutsche, he worked in Equity Capital Markets at S.G. Warburg, and was a management consultant with Oliver, Wyman. Rigal is the past co-chair of Chicago Booth’s EMEA Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves in the UK.

HERTA VON STIEGEL
Herta von Stiegel has over 25 years of international management, finance and board level experience.  She has specific expertise in banking, clean energy and cross-border risk management. During her 17 years in banking, Herta held senior positions at Citibank, Rabobank, JP Morgan and AIG in London and New York. Until 2005, she was managing director at AIG Financial Products, where she co-led an investment banking division with net revenues in excess of $800 million. She is the founder and CEO of Ariya Capital Group Limited, a financial services firm focusing on sustainable investments in Africa. Herta founded the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group, is a member of the board of Opportunity International, serves on the governing board of The Committee of 200 and chairs the C200 Foundation.

JOHANNA WATEROUS
Johanna Waterous is a Non-Executive Director of a number of listed companies including Wm Morrison PLC, RSA Insurance PLC, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexam PLC.  She is an Operating Partner of Duke Street LLP and Chairman of two of Duke Street’s portfolio companies: Sandpiper CI, the largest retail group in the Channel Islands; and LM Funerals, the UK’s third largest chain of funeral arrangers. In the not-for-profit sector, she is a trustee of the Kew Foundation and NED of Kew Enterprises, and on the Commercial Board of the RHS. Johanna spent over 20 years with McKinsey & Company, where she co-led the firm’s Retail and Consumer Marketing Practices.

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