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 malin.rosenkvist@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 was appointed CEO at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in January 2004 and retired from this position in 2016. She has always worked in the Public and Voluntary sectors and before joining RNIB was Director of Operations for the Peabody Trust. Whilst at RNIB Lesley-Anne was instrumental in rationalising and modernising the sight loss sector with innovations such as developing the RNIB Group of charities and the UK Vision Strategy.

Lesley-Anne chairs Red Door Ventures Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Circle Housing Association. Lesley-Anne was awarded a CBE in The Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours list and was recognised by her peers as Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive 2015.

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.

Lynne Turner – Chief Financial Officer at Virgin Care

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Lynne joined Virgin Care in 2017 after spending over five years a Global Finance Director at Christie’s.  In 2011 she co-founded Wild Woman Challenges,  a not-for-profit social enterprise built on a philosophy of “women empowering women”. Before that Lynne worked at Centrica (British Gas) for 10 years, where she was Group Director of Financial Planning & Control, British Gas Finance Director and Goldfish Bank FD. Prior to that Lynne spent 14 years at Alliance & Leicester in various Finance and MD roles and trained with KPMG.

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 first-hand 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 first hand how charities like Microloan truly change people’s lives.