WLC – Events

Our events are invitation only for WLC members. If you are interested in attending please submit your email address if you wish to attend one or more of these.

Event and registration details can be found below.


Sue Clark
21st March 2019

ellwood atfield gallery, 34 Smith Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3HL



Sue Clark is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Bakkavor Group Plc. She has served as the Managing Director of SABMiller Europe and was an executive committee member of the global brewer SABMiller plc. Sue joined SABMiller in 2003 as Corporate Affairs Director and was part of the executive team that built the business into a top 5 FTSE company. Before this, she held a number of senior roles in UK companies, including that of Director of Corporate Affairs for Railtrack Group and Scottish Power plc.

Sue will be discussing her experiences as a Corporate Affairs Director and making the move to become a Managing Director of a FTSE 100 business.

Please RSVP to lauren@ellwoodatfield.com

Past Events


Baroness Patience Wheatcroft 

20th September 2018

ellwood atfield gallery


Setting off the the first Annual General Meeting an Baroness Patience Wheatcroft shared her experiences and the lessons she has learnt in making it to the top in journalism, finance and politics. Read the takeaways here.

Vicky Pryce

3rd July 2018

ellwood atfield gallery


Launching the our breakfast series with Vicky Pryce who  expanded on the case made in her book Why Women Need Quotas. Read her takeaways here.

Ann Furedi

22nd May 2018 

ellwood atfield gallery


Old-school feminism states that the personal is political, and this has been ever-present in Ann Furedi’s career. Throughout this time, she has been involved in campaigning for women’s health, most recently making the moral case for abortion as the CEO for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. Read Ann’s 5 takeaways here.

Catherine May 

18th January 2018

ellwood atfield gallery


Catherine held three board level Corporate Affairs Director positions for FTSE 100 businesses. She has now turned coach and gave her insights from being on the front line and and understanding of the difficulties faced by others that she has heard as a mentor. Read more of her tour de force of a speech here.

Dame Helena Morrissey DBE

21st November 2018 – 18.00 for 18.30

ellwood atfield gallery, 34 Smith Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3HL


Few women are juggling as hard, or as successfully, as Helena Morrissey.

Helena is well known in the City, particularly for her work on gender equality. She was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years and has recently joined Legal and General Investment Management, leading a new drive to engage the nation to invest more.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a business-led campaign to improve gender balance in the boardroom. The proportion of female directors on UK listed company boards has since more than doubled, and there are now ten 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena chairs the Diversity Project, a cross-business initiative aimed at improving diversity across all dimensions within the UK investment and savings profession.

Helena is an Ambassador for the Eve Appeal, a charity funding innovative research into gynaecological cancers, and a member of the Institute of Public Policy Research’s Commission on Economic Justice. She has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’ at the paper’s Boldness in Business annual awards. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.

A philosophy graduate, Helena is married to a Buddhist priest and they have nine children. Her first book, A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t Lean In, Change the System, was published by William Collins in February 2018.

Previous speakers, 2014 

Angela Knight CBE, former Treasury Minister, former Chief Executive at Energy UK and the British Bankers Association. Angela currently holds a portfolio career as a Chairman and NED of a number of financial institutions.

Baroness Jowell, former Minister for the 2012 Olympics.

Liz Hewitt, former Director of Corporate Affairs at Smith & Nephew, who has launched a NED career with Novo Nordisk, Savills, and Melrose.

Events committee

Deborah Botwood-Smith

Development Director for Best for Britain

Deborah has worked as global communication head for three financial companies, Visa, Coutts and Investcorp, and for leading European membership body the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. She is currently fighting Brexit as development director of campaigning group Best for Britain. She is a Trustee and Board member of two global charities: child and maternal health charity Women and Children First and disability charity ADD International, both of which operate in disadvantaged communities around the world.

Chloe MacEwen

Vice-President, Public and Regulatory Affairs for Western Union

Chloe is Vice-President, Public and Regulatory Affairs at Western Union and Vice Chair of the European Payment Institutions Federation, EPIF. Chloe qualified as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons and then worked as a competition lawyer at Herbert Smith before spending ten years working as a regulator at the Competition Commission, Office of Fair Trading and DG Competition, European Commission. Prior to joining Western Union Chloe worked as Head of competition and Head of International Policy at Lloyds Banking Group overseeing the bank’s engagement strategy with policy makers on a broad range of financial services and competition issues.

Noemie de Andia

Global Head of Communications for Permira

Noémie is the global head of communications at Permira with extensive experience of corporate communications and branding. Before joining Permira in 2007, Noémie spent 7 years in leading UK financial PR agencies Smithfield and Hudson Sandler. Parisian by birth and Londoner by marriage, Noémie is a keen dancer and ice skater.

Helen Kennett

Director, UK Government Relations for Rolls-Royce plc

Helen is Director, UK Government Relations at Rolls-Royce plc with extensive experience of managing complex corporate and global political issues. She has previously managed government relations at Thales UK and at Railtrack and started her career working for an MP following a degree in politics and law.

Claire Thwaites

Senior Director, Government Affairs Europe & Russia for Apple 

Claire had led Apple’s Government Affairs Department in EMEIA for the past 8 years. As a senior government affairs executive with extensive international public policy experience Claire has also spent 10 years based in Brussels and Washington D.C before returning to London in 2015. She has held senior positions in Vodafone, Marconi and the UN. Claire co-founded the mHealth Alliance in the US and has spoken on tech development globally.

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