Top 50 Trailblazers
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Sue O’Brien OBE | Executive Chair, People Advisory, UK & Vice Chair, Teneo

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Sue O’Brien is Executive Chair, People Advisory, UK & Vice Chair, Teneo, having joined in 2021 on its acquisition of Ridgeway. With over 30 years’ experience working with boards, serving as an executive and non executive, Sue advises CEOs on the pressure points of people risk and talent innovation. As a key relationship builder, her […]
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Melanie Richards CBE | Non Executive Director, Morgan Stanley International and HKA, Chair of The Eve Appeal

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Melanie has extensive leadership experience and holds a number of non executive positions across the private and charitable sectors including Morgan Stanley International, HKA, the Royal National Theatre and the Invictus Games Foundation. She also provides sounding board advice to senior leaders as an Advisory Partner at Manchester Square Partners. She is Chair of The […]

Naomi Dickson | CEO, Norwood

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Naomi Dickson joined Norwood, the charity supported people with learning disabilities and autism and children and families facing social, educational and mental health challenges as Chief Executive in 2023. She previously spent 8 years as Chief Executive of Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA), the charity that supports Jewish women affected by domestic and/or sexual violence, in which role she firmly […]
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Ann Cairns | Experienced Global Executive and Chair

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Ann started life as a research scientist and became the first women to work offshore in Britain. She moved into investment banking in her 30’s and rose up the ranks in Citibank. Following 15 years at Citi she joined ABN and became the CEO of Transaction Banking and a member of the Operating Committee. Following […]
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Ruth Davison | CEO of Refuge

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Ruth is Chief Executive of Refuge, where she leads their work to end domestic abuse. Prior to this Ruth served as interim chief executive of Comic Relief, leading them through the global pandemic and overseeing significant changes including the introduction of a plastic-free red nose and their pioneering work with local film-makers. Ruth has worked […]
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June Sarpong OBE | TV Broadcaster, Corporate Executive, NED & Author of Diversify

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June Sarpong OBE is a British TV Presenter, award-winning author and a top speaker on diversity, a subject she is passionate about. June has worked in television for two decades and is one of the most widely recognised faces in British television. She is currently a panellist on Sky News’ weekly current affairs discussion programme […]
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Dana Denis-Smith | CEO, Obelisk Support and founder, First 100 Years campaign

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Dana Denis-Smith is the CEO of Obelisk Support and the founder of the First 100 Years campaign. A TedX speaker, Dana is regularly invited to address industry events and comment in the media on gender equality, entrepreneurship and legal technology. In 2020, she was recognised for her work as a women’s advocate and champion of […]
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Suki Sandhu OBE | Founder & CEO of Audeliss and INvolve

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Suki Sandhu OBE is one of the UK’s leading specialists in sourcing exceptional diverse talent, and has been a game-changer within the diversity and executive search arenas for over 18 years. Suki established Audeliss in 2011; a global executive search firm committed to levelling the field in executive and non-executive opportunities for women, ethnic minority […]
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