Women’s Development Board

Our Women’s Development Board includes business women from all walks of life who volunteer their time and energy to raise funds and open networks for us.

If you are interested in joining the Women’s Development Board and would like to know more, please contact Malin Rosenkvist on 0208 827 1688 or email contact@mlf.org.uk.

(Chair) Geeta Sidhu-Robb – Founder and CEO at Nosh Detox

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Geeta Sidhu-Robb is an author, inspirational speaker, CEO and Founder of Nosh Detox. She is an expert on Natural Health & Lifestyle Solutions and appears frequently on Radio and National TV. Before starting her business in 2008 she had a career as a corporate lawyer. Her strong skills in business development and her entrepreneurial acumen have seen Nosh grow from a start-up to a multi-award winning wellness empire.

The work of MicroLoan Foundation is particularly close to Geeta’s heart. She not only understands what it is like to be an entrepreneur setting up a business to support her family but she is Malawian born and bred. This gives her a unique perspective on the lives of Malawian women and how much the help from MicroLoan means to them.

Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE

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Lesley-Anne has many years’ experience in local government (housing and social services) and significant experience as both a chief executive and a non-executive director. She was the Group Chief Executive of RNIB from 2004 to 2016. In 2012 she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to the Voluntary Sector. Lesley-Anne is currently Chair of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, and a non-executive Director of Big Society Capital and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing.

Lesley-Anne is passionate about the charity sector and is a huge fan of the work of MicroLoan Foundation. MicroLoan is redefining how modern charities support women and their families through very challenging times to help create sustainable futures.

Emma Slatter – European General Counsel at Visa

Emma joined Visa as the European General Counsel  in March 2017 after spending 21 years at Deutsche Bank. Prior to that she spent six years at Slaughter and May, having studied law at Bristol University and Guildford College of Law. Emma is a member of Visa’s European Executive Leadership Team and the Global Legal Leadership Team.

MicroLoan a small but focused charity which makes a huge impact, punching above its weight. It combines key elements about which I am particularly passionate – directly supporting women and micro businesses in the poorest countries; working with them to grow and invest in their, their families’ and their communities’ futures.

Lynne Shamwana BA FCA – Chief Financial Officer at Virgin Care

Lynne is Chief Financial Officer of Virgin Care and a Non Executive Director of the West Brom Building Society. She was previously Global Finance Director of Christie’s the international art auction house. She has held a variety of senior finance and management roles at Centrica plc, British Gas, Goldfish Bank plc and Alliance & Leicester plc.

Lynne has been a supporter of the MicroLoan Foundation for over ten years after seeing first hand the impact of their work in Malawi and Zambia.  She was impressed with the charity’s empowering approach in helping some of the world’s poorest women to develop their own businesses to enable them to make better choices for themselves and their families.

Sarah Thomas –Managing Director at Accenture

Sarah Thomas is a seasoned marketing and communications strategist with a passion for innovation, creativity and technology. As a Managing Director at Accenture, Sarah now leads the Executive Positioning practice globally. Prior to this she spent more than 10 years as Chief Marketing Officer for the $11bn+, 120,000 people strong Accenture Operations business and as head of Accenture’s Industry Analyst relations team.

The work of MicroLoan Foundation is a cause Sarah is passionate about having travelled in Africa and seen the hardships women often face. She saw how with a helping hand these women can build their own business and a future for their families.

Victoria Pawsey –  Senior Client Relations & Marketing Leader at EI Advisory

Victoria Pawsey is a B2B marketing and events expert. She works closely with world leading brands creating innovative ideas, new concepts and internal strategies that enable clients to navigate their marketing challenges. She has extensive experience in client development and account management, currently working agency side and previously within the publishing, events, media, and entertainment industries.

Victoria was introduced to the MicroLoan Foundation through a fellow board member and immediately wanted to get involved having spent time previously working in Tanzania and experiencing how charities like Microloan truly change people’s lives.

Ahlya Rafique Fateh – Managing Director at Amanda Wakeley

Ahlya Rafique Fateh was appointed to the position of Managing Director of British heritage brand Amanda Wakeley in 2014 which she has successfully transitioned to a fully developed luxury lifestyle offering. She was previously the Managing Director of fashion house, Tata Naka for four years. Ahlya began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to Condé Nast Publications where she launched Vogue in Russia and spent 9 years at the helm of society magazine Tatler as its Managing Editor. Ahlya was runner-up in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (Media Professional 2009) and was appointed to the English Cricket Board as Head of Women’s Cricket Committee in May 2009.

As a single parent to two daughters Ahlya knows first hand the impact that a working mother can have on the economic health of a family. MicroLoan’s commitment to enable and empower women in Malawi to develop their own businesses and build the economy of their communities and country is not only inspiring but deeply resonant in its simplicity.