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 – CEO & Founder, 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.

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.

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.

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.