Lesley graduated in law from Birmingham University in 1977, winning the University’s Prize for Planning Law. She qualified as a solicitor in 1980, having been only the second woman to obtain a training contract at Freshfields in London, and remaining with them until 1984. Lesley has since held partnerships in law firms Masons (1984-1993); DLA (1993-1997); Beachcrofts (1997-2003); Reed Smith (2003-2008) and am currently a partner in Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Property Litigation Group.
Throughout her career she has specialised in solving property problems particularly in relation to commercial lease disputes and planning matters. From 1997-2003, Lesley was a member of the Property Advisory Group to the UK Government and in 2002 she was awarded an OBE for services to the property industry and to the PAG. Lesley is currently an independent member of the Commercial Property group of DCLG. Lesley works with the surveying profession, particularly on commercial valuation and rent review disputes and is a member of the RICS training panel for surveyor decision-makers. In 2007, Lesley was given honorary membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for services to the property industry. Also an honorary member of Arbrix , the surveyor-arbitrators’ body and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2004, Lesley was elected as a District Councillor for Epping Forest District Council where she is Chairman of the Standing Planning Panel.
Lynne Berry is Vice Chair of the new Canal and River Trust, transferring British Waterways into the voluntary sector and a senior visiting Fellow at CASS Business School, City University, London. Her work is focused on linking the corporate and voluntary sectors, supporting social enterprise and encouraging women’s leadership and professional experiences to be valued in all sectors.
She has had five Chief Executive posts: WRVS, the General Social Care Council, the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Charity Commission and the Family Welfare Association. She has served on many Government bodies and has a number of non-executive roles in the not-for -profit sector.
Liz McMahon is Managing Director of Madison-Muir, a strategic brand and marketing consultancy working with companies in the Financial Services sector and those considering involvement with and sponsoring the Olympic Games. Clients include J.P. Morgan, BT, Portas Consulting, Centre for Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI), and the International Olympic Committee.
Liz was Head of International Marketing for the successful London 2012 Olympic Games Bid, on a leave-of-absence from Citigroup, where she was a Director in the Global Consumer Investments group. Prior to joining Citigroup, she was Director of Marketing Services for the IOC in Lausanne Switzerland. Before moving to Europe, she managed Global Corporate Marketing Communications at 3M. Liz has also held executive positions in New York with Nabisco Brands and Chase Bank.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with an honours degree in Political Science/International Relations, she did her graduate work at New York University Stern School of Business.
Sally Doganis has spent most of her career in television and has an extensive understanding of broadcasting and the communication industry. She was a senior producer on BBC’s flagship Panorama for 5 years and an executive on Newsnight and Money programme. She was headhunted to join the ITV company CarltonTV where she became the Controller of Factual Programmes. There she helped turn round the company’s fortunes bringing them new markets and won every major TV award. As a result she was made a fellow of the prestigious Royal Television Society for ‘outstanding work in the industry’.
She was nominated to the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2006, which dispenses £100 million government grants to universities ,museums and galleries. She is a trustee of the £50m turnover charity Catch 22 which supports vulnerable youngsters. She spent 8 years as a Mental Health Manager in her local Hospital Trust, taught Media Management at the London Business School, worked at the Central Ballet school helping them develop their outreach programme. She is on the Events committee of the Royal Television Society, chairs the Benefactors Committee of the Friends of Kenwood House,Hampstead which promotes and preserves their extensive art collection, is on the Development board of the Tricycle Theatre, and works independently as an Executive Producer.
She was elected to the Forum UK Board in November 2010.
From 1972 to 1983 Judy Lever was a Freelance journalist, author and documentary Producer/Director for Thames TV.
In 1983 Judy founded Blooming Marvellous Ltd which became the largest maternity wear specialist in the UK and she successfully sold the business in 2007.
She served on the Competitiveness Committee set up by Department of Trade and Industry under Margaret Beckett from 1998 to 1999 and also participated in various Government SME Business Seminars.
And in 2010 Judy has become Executive Chairman of Collier Campbell Ltd, a hand painted fabric design business.
Susan is an international executive who has worked in organizations such as General Electric, Black & Decker. She has also been MD in a number of ’start up’ companies. Recently, she completed an MSc in Organizational Psychology. She plans to develop a consultancy practice around the subject of her dissertation, leadership styles and innovation. Since she has had much experience in new product development, she has the ability to “get things done”. As Forum UK is an organization she deeply values, she will use her skills to support its continued development.
Susan has a BA and MBA from the University of Massachusetts and an MSc in Organizational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London. She has just completed a 2-year renovation project of a house in Italy and plans to spend as much time as possible there.
Liz comes to Forum with 18 years experience from the Royal Society of Arts, where she ran their extensive public events programme. She managed over 100 events a year, ranging from film screenings and academic conferences to lectures and presentations by some of the world’s leading thinkers.
Liz is a highly experienced administrator and is really looking forward to developing Forum’s events programme. She would love to hear from Members about their ideas for events, interesting new venues and good speakers.
Liz’s interests lie mainly in the arts and current affairs. She also enjoys travel, cooking, visiting new restaurants and gardening, and is currently attempting to grow her own fruit and vegetables.
Tel: 020 8248 2371
Jan has held diverse senior leadership positions in global organisations during her career - predominantly in major turnaround and change scenarios. These include Resident Vice President – Consumer Lending, Citigroup, Member, Executive Committee, Barclays Private Bank and Head of Zurich Corporate Pensions. Her work focus continues to be towards increasing female representation in policy making roles and on Boards, and economic empowerment for women.
Her public roles include Commissioner, Women’s National Commission and Regional Lay Chair, NHS Complaints Board. Jan is also a UK National Committee member of UN Women and a Trustee of Winston’s Wish, a child bereavement charity. Jan is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a Level 7 Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor, and trains, coaches and mentors women (and their organisations) towards senior leadership through her consultancy, The 9 Situations.
Gillian’s career encompasses 30 years at leading companies and brands, including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Next, Avon Cosmetics, Littlewoods and Royal Mail.
She is the Founder and CEO of BoardMentoring which mentors CEOs, Chairmen and Directors of leading global and UK companies and third sector organisations.
Her early career as a Marketing Director included launching the award-winning and highly profitable home shopping brand, Next Directory, and transforming the image and profitability of the Avon Cosmetics brand.
At Royal Mail in 2000, she was MD of Mail Markets and part of the team that kick-started the transformation and culture change of the business and its return to profitability.
From 2003 she developed a Non-Executive Director portfolio with Board Non-Executive roles at Admiral (FTSE 100 insurer), Blackwells, Help the Aged, Land of Leather and Chairman of Derbyshire Probation Trust.
She has experience in Audit, Risk, Remuneration and Nominations Committees. She is a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and the UK Committee of Advertising Practice.
Sally has had a distinguished career in the financial services industry in both New York and London. She has also worked as a Senior Partner, a member of the UK Management Committee, and Headed the UK and Co-Lead the European Financial Services practice in Korn/Ferry International for nearly 13 years before establishing a boutique executive search business, Rowley Williams Limited, and its executive coaching arm, Career Doctor in 2009.
Additionally, since 2004, she has been a non executive Director and has served on the Executive Committee of the Racehorse Owners Association, appointed non executive Director on the board of the Greenspan Realty Corporation in 2005, and since 2009, founded and Chairs the Women in Racing network.
Her interests include Golf, Racing, Riding, and she is a 4 time Marathon runner.