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

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 is 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.

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.

Saeeda Rousselet-Yasmin – Legal Counsel for NatWest Group

Saeeda Rousselet-Yasmin is a regulatory lawyer working within an in-house Legal function of a large banking institution. Her practice primarily focuses on credit regulation encompassing consumer, commercial and private banking, but she is equally passionate about the pro-bono agenda and social inclusion.

MicroLoan Foundation presents itself as a natural fit for Saeeda given her passion for female empowerment and sustainable development work to eradicate global poverty.

She is specifically drawn to this small charity’s strategy to focus on financial independence for the longer term rather than short term handouts – helping women to help themselves.

Wendy Powell – Founder and CEO at MUTU System

Wendy is the woman behind leading global digital health tech platform MUTU System. The medically recommended exercise programme for mothers is trusted by more than 65,000 women worldwide.

Inspired following her own traumatic birth experiences, body shame, and lack of credible recovery support and education – Wendy created the evidence-based recovery solution she had lacked. Wendy is shifting the conversation on women’s bodies towards equality and empowerment for health, confidence and power.

Wendy’s work with medical professionals around the world to improve education, dignity and empowerment for mothers, aligns beautifully with Microloan’s mission. When women are empowered, everyone wins.