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Members-Only event : NED lunch 11 March 2014

Mar 11, 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 Tuesday 11 March from 12:30 to 14:00 at AMVBBDO, 151 Marylebone Road, NW1 5QE​​.

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

  • Cilla Snowball : Group CEO & Group Chairman AMV.BBDO

Cilla graduated in French at Birmingham University and joined Allen Brady & Marsh. She moved to Ogilvy and Mather where she enjoyed nine years before joining Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in 1992. She has worked for AMV for 20 years: in senior management positions for the last 12, rising to agency head and now country head, with overall responsibility for the 6 communications companies that make up the AMV Group. The advertising agency has held the number one position in the UK for 16 years.

In January, 2009 she was awarded the CBE for services to the advertising industry. She is Chair of the Advertising Association and sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide, Comic Relief and the Women’s Business Council. She is a past president of WACL and the MGGB.

Most importantly she is Fred, Albert and Rosie’s mum.


  • Kate Grussing: Managing Director Sapphire Partners

Kate, the founder of Sapphire Partners, has worked internationally in senior positions at JPMorgan, McKinsey & Co. and Morgan Stanley. Kate’s career and functional expertise is in strategy, corporate finance, talent management, broad-based financial services, professional services and diversity and inclusion. She is a regular commentator on women’s careers and advancement in executive and non-executive roles. Kate has an MBA with honours from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, a BA with honours from Wellesley College and has studied at the London School of Economics. She is a trustee of the national medical charity, the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, and the new London Children’s Museum. She is also an active member of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

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.