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Members-Only event : NED Breakfast 30th April 2014

Apr 30, 2014 – 7:00 pm

The format of the NED Interest group events are members-only interactive lunches or breakfast for 10 to 15 WACLers where one or two panellists (WACL or external) are invited to offer their reflections on how to be an effective Non-Executive Director / Trustee, share tips how they approached these roles and the challenges they have faced securing these appointments in the first place.  These events are 90 minutes long and are held in a central London location hosted by a WACL member.

Our next NED event will be held on Wednesday 30th of April 2014 from 8:30am to 10:00am at Google, at 1-13 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8AG (nearest tube – Tottenham Court Road) )​​.

The theme for this session will be: "what Chairman look for in a NED" and speakers for this session will be: 

  • Rita Clifton

WACL President 97/98. Rita graduated from Cambridge and began her career in advertising. She worked at Saatchi & Saatchi for 12 years, becoming Vice Chairman and Executive Planning Director in 1995.

In 1997 she joined Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, as Chief Executive in London; in January 2002 she became Chairman. She is in demand as a speaker and media commentator on all areas of brands, reputation, marketing and communications around the world. Her writing has included the book ‘The Future of Brands’, and The Economist book ‘Brands and Branding’.

She is a non-executive director of DSG International plc (formerly Dixons Store Group plc), and also chairs Populus, the opinion pollster to The Times. She has been a member of the Government’s Sustainable Development Commission and is on the Assurance and Advisory Board for BP’s carbon-offset programme ‘targetneutral’. In 2006, she was appointed Visiting Professor at Henley Business School, and a trustee of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) in 2007. Most recently, she has been appointed President of the Market Research Society.

Last, but certainly not least, Rita has two teenage daughters


  • Dame Helen Alexander

Dame Helen Alexander is chairman of UBM plc, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Incisive Media. She is also deputy chairman of esure Group Holdings, a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce Group plc, and senior adviser to Bain Capital. Dame Helen was president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) until June 2011.

Helen Alexander began her career in publishing at Faber & Faber, before moving to the Economist Group in 1985. She was managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 - 1997 and Chief Executive of the organisation until 2008, when she stepped down and became the first woman president of the CBI, Britain's leading trade body. 

She is Chancellor of the University of Southampton and is currently involved with other not-for-profit organisations in media, the internet, the arts and education, through the trustees at Thomson-Reuters, the WorldWide Web Foundation, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Said Business School in Oxford and St Paul’s Girls’ School.

If you are interested in attending this event, please let Francesca know on Francesca@ecsery.com. This event is free of charge and places are limited to 15 so it is first come first serve basis.