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 1693 or malin.rosenkvist@mlf.org.uk

(Chair) Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE

november_0897Lesley-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.

Patty Dimond – NED, Advisor and Investor

PattyDiamond_WDBPatty is currently an NED, Advisor and Investor. She was previously a Retail Executive and McKinsey consultant with 25+ years of experience at board level in international consumer and retail markets. Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Value Retail, an owner/operator of Luxury Retail Villages in UK, Europe and China. Patty is an active angel investor and a shareholder and member of the Go-Beyond Network of Early Stage Investors. She has a keen interest in microfinance and supporting entrepreneurs. She received her MBA, from IMD, Switzerland and her HBA from Ivy School of Business. She is a chartered accountant and also a CFA. NED experience includes: Growth Funding Board, CFA Institute, Vice President Swiss CFA Society, Vice President, Humewood House, and The Boys & Girls Club, Toronto.

Geraldine Gallacher – Managing Director at Executive Coaching

GeraldineGallacher_WDBGeraldine Gallacher is the founder of a London-based coaching business with a particular focus on women coaching, Executive Coaching. She has over 20 years’ experience across a breadth of industries working with big corporations, from fashion retail, investment banking to law firms. Known for galvanising people into action with an impressive track record, since setting up her consultancy she’s coached many women to success, through the different stages of their careers. An advocate for having more women on boards, she has helped organisations to increase their gender intelligence by presenting the need for balanced boards. In addition to juggling her business and family demands, Geraldine also finds time for her philanthropy initiatives. Passionate about microfinance and a loyal supporter of our work, Geraldine has raised vital funds for MicroLoan.

Geeta Sidhu-Robb – CEO & Founder, Nosh Detox

GeetaSidhuRobb_WDBGeeta Sidhu-Robb is an ex corporate lawyer and entrepreneur who set up her own business, Nosh Detox in 2008. Her son’s severe food allergies, eczema, asthma and anaphylaxis as a baby led her to retrain as a food technician and nutritionist. Her focus was on allergy free foods, nutrition, diet and organic produce – she was determined she could make him fit and well through nutrition, despite doctors believing only steroids and drugs were the way to control his conditions. Customers of Nosh Detox include Gwynneth Paltrow and Georgia May Jagger. Nosh Detox develops food that tackles everything from treating problem skin, weight issues and digestive problems to coping with stress and fighting infections. Nosh Detox products are now available to buy from her website and Ocado, Whole Foods, Amazon and Planet Organic, as well as independent retailers nationwide.

But her empire doesn’t stop at home delivery detox’s and retail on-the-go raw juices and smoothies – in January 2013 she launched a Nosh Infusion Clinic to administer IV vitamin drips, just off Harley Street www.noshinfusionclinic.com.

Geeta has inspired thousands of men and women all over the UK to improve not only their health and well-being but their complete mind set in the way they look at life and their lifestyles. Geeta was also the very first to pioneer healthy blended juices through her Nosh Detox Juice Fast plan.

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 – Global Finance Director at Christie’s

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Lynne has been at Christie’s for just over three years. She is also Co-Founder for Wild Woman Challenges since October 2011, 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.


Kari Chaudhry – CEO & Founder, Kari C.

Kari Chaudhry is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur based in London and New York City.  After graduating with a business degree from University of Toronto, Kari worked for leading Investment Banks in Toronto, NYC and London before pursuing her love for design.

Kari’s portfolio consists of a range of business ventures assisting brands launch and grow their businesses.  With a specialty in luxury sectors, including but not limited to, lifestyle, fashion, design and interiors, Kari’s clientele boasts from large corporations to start-ups to influential individuals including leading women, celebrities and royalty.  With her success, Kari launched her eponymous brand, Kari C., a lifestyle boutique in the heart of Knightsbridge, London called The Collective by Kari C., and a multi-disciplinary brand consulting agency Kari C. Design Ltd.

In 2016, Kari won the prestigious International Recognition and Achievement Awards as Best Female Fashion Designer. She has also been a finalist for Business Woman of the Year by the The Asian Business Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group (2015), shortlisted for the Young Achiever Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2014) and was a finalist for Best Shoe Brand, at the Footwear Friends Awards.  In 2013, Kari was one of the select few chosen globally to showcase her designs at a prestigious exhibition International Museum of Shoes in Milan.