We are in the process of identifying opportunities to build a more diverse pipeline of women communicators with a disability, who are BAME or are from lower income households. The group will investigate whether this will be a project operated by WCCN, or an opportunity to have strategic partnerships with others to achieve this objective. Click here to contact Nicola Bates if you have any ideas, information about other schemes or ideas for partnerships.
Director of the Inclusion Committee
Executive Director of the Aldridge Foundation
Shona is the Executive Director of the Aldridge Foundation, which creates and funds innovative strategies and initiatives to support young people living in challenging circumstances and communities, equipping them with the skills to improve their academic performance, their life chances and add value to the communities in which they live. Shona was previously Executive Director, Corporate Development & Communications at Capita plc and a member of its Executive Committee. She is an experienced senior business leader and communications advisor with over 30 years’ experience of working in leading businesses and consultancies across both the private and public sector. She has also recently held posts as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Appointments & Remuneration Committee of Fera Science Ltd, a public /private sector joint venture, and was a main board director of leading industry body, TechUK.
Founder and CEO of DevoConnect
Gill founded Connect Public Affairs in 1998 and oversaw the growth of Connect Communications to one of Westminster’s leading agencies working for clients in the non-corporate sector. Following the sale of Connect she launched a new agency DevoConnect, the first and premier agency providing research, analysis, advice, communications support and training to help inform and shape the devolution landscape. Gill was the first recipient of The Public Affairs Awards award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Affairs and the CIPR Douglas Smith Memorial Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Public Affairs and is Fellow of the CIPR and PRCA.
Nicola has a 30-year executive career providing strategic leadership in all aspects of communications in the fields of technology and health. Most recently she was responsible for external affairs for Vodafone’s €13 billion enterprise business, promoting its services for businesses of all sizes globally. She has also held communications director roles at BT and the National Pharmacy Association. In 2017 she completed an MA in Digital Media at Goldsmiths University and has recently finished writing her first novel.
Director of Communications for Eurostar
Mary is Director of Communications at Eurostar, the cross-Channel, high speed rail service connecting the UK and mainland Europe. She joined Eurostar in 2009 and is on the executive committee with responsibility for media relations, internal communications, public affairs and the community and environment programme. Prior to Eurostar, Mary was Director of Corporate Relations at Lloyds Banking Group and Director of Public Relations for the professional services firm, PKF (Panell Kerr Forster). She began her career in PR consultancy at Ogilvy and Mather running media campaigns for a range of corporate and consumer-facing businesses.
Mary is on the board of Urban Partners, a business partnership focused on improving the King’s Cross/St Pancras and Euston area for residents, employees and young people in particular. She is also a trustee on the Board of the Franco British Council.