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Members Only event -NED Lunch 13 January 2015

Jan 13, 2015 – 7:00 pm

‘Importance of sitting on Committee’

I am delighted to announce our next WACL NED event that is happening on Tuesday the 13th of January 2015 at 12:15 until 14:00 and will be hosted by Karen Blackett at MediaCom located  124 Theobalds Road London WC1X 8RX ( closest Tube station is Holborn)

The Theme of the talk will be ‘Importance of sitting on Committee when you are a NED

and the speakers for this talk will be our very own Jane Ratcliff and Annette Court.

Jane Ratcliff

Chairman:  Mediacom

Jane joined BMP in 1982 as a media trainee working in computing and media research. She progressed into media planning and buying two years later, becoming a Media Account Director in 1990 with responsibility for many well-known clients including Marks & Spencer, National Dairy Council and British Rail.

During her time at BMP, Jane collected no less than three Gold awards for entries to Media Week’s annual media planning awards and added four more after joining MediaCom in 1992. She was appointed to the Board during 1994 as Media Planning Director with specific responsibility for strategic direction and quality control.

In August 1999 she was promoted to Joint Managing Director and Managing Director in December 2005. She stepped up again in Sept 2008 to take over the reins as CEO and in Jan 2011 became Chairman of MediaCom.

Jane also sits on the IPA Media Futures Group and is on the Board of the NRS.

Jane has recently been appointed a Non-Exec Director of Goodwood and is also the Non-Exec Chair of GSP, an event production company based in London.

She is also heavily involved with two charities; The Winch and Ferring Country Centre.

The Winch is a charity based in North London that offers children the opportunity to fulfil their potential all the way from cradle to career. By supporting them, by helping them develop as individuals and by encouraging them to knock down the social and economic barriers standing in their way, we can improve the lives of London’s inner-city children.

Ferring Country Centre is a charity set up on the South Coast to support young Adults with learning and physical disabilities. It aims to support them and provide them with the necessary care and tuition that will enable them to function in society and lead a better and more fulfilled life.


Annette Court

Non-Executive Director:  Foxtons, Workshare, Merryck & Co

Annette has extensive experience as a CEO of major insurers – Direct Line Group and Zurich FS. She has worked across Europe including Eastern Europe and has a strong technology background with a record of using e-commerce to drive commercial success. She has developed major brands with a strong consumer focus. She also has experience of M&A, partnerships, joint ventures and restructuring, although she has had most fun in growing businesses. Above all she enjoys working with people of varying backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

Annette started her career at IBM as a systems engineer in the banking and insurance sectors. After 11 years she joined one of her clients, Direct Line. She helped shape this fast-growing business in changing the face of the insurance industry, eventually becoming CEO of Direct Line Group in 2001 at the age of 39.

She also became a member of the RBS Group Executive Committee. She led the acquisition of Churchill Insurance in 2003, forming RBS Insurance, with a workforce of around 18,000 people across the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy.

Subsequently she joined Zurich FS as the CEO of their European general insurance business spanning 11 countries across Europe.

She is now pursuing a portfolio career and is a non-executive director of Admiral Insurance, Jardine Lloyd Thomson Group, Workshare and Foxtons.

Annette studied engineering at Oxford University and completed an executive education programme at Harvard Business School. She is currently learning Italian as she is a lover of Italy.

She has two young children that keep her on her toes. She is also keen on arts and sport, and is particularly passionate about tennis. She also works in the charity sector with StreetGames, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people


This is a members-only event and free of charge, capacity for the room is 15 people so please let me know soonest on Francesca@Ecsery.com  if you would like me to reserve you a seat