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Apr 24, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Getting a NED in a Private Equity-backed business

Rumour has it that working on a Private Equity-backed board is more rewarding than a listed company board because:

  • You can have more of an influence on the outcomes of the business
  • You get more money
  • There are very few women on those boards
  • Once you have one, you may have a better chance to sit on another

The theme of our next WACL NED Lunch is all about 'Getting a NED in a Private Equity backed business' and it is our great pleasure at WACL to welcome our very own Stevie Springs and Filipa Moreira from DirectorBank - a head hunting company in the Private Equity space - to join us on Friday the 24th of April 2015 from 12:15 to 14:00 and find out for ourselves if these rumours are true . The lunch will be hosted by Dentsu Aegis :  1st floor of 10 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, NW1 3BF (closest tube station Great Portland Street) .  

Speaker Biographies

Filipa Moreira

Head of Consumer & Retail – DirectorBank

Filipa has more than eight years’ experience in executive search, and has managed assignments in the UK, US and Brazil. She joined Directorbank from an international executive search firm that specialises in board level searches. Prior to that, Filipa worked for two executive search companies in Brazil as a search consultant. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese her early career was spent working in recruitment in Portugal. Filipa currently heads Directorbank’s Consumer Practice, supporting a large number of investment professionals throughout the investment cycle with executive search solutions, pre-deal recruitment support and networking events.


Stevie Spring

Portfolio NED & Chairman of ITG

Joined the Club in 1989. President 1994/5. Made an honorary member in 2007. Stevie graduated in law and worked in both marketing and breakfast television before starting a 16-year career in advertising agency management. She left adland in 1999 to be UK Chief Executive of Clear Channel, the world’s largest out of home media company.

From June 2006 to November 2011 she was CEO of Future plc - one of the few women to run a fully listed public company - where she led the company's restructure and digital transformation.

She is now a portfolio director, investor and adviser. She currently Chairs the ITG Group for Bridgepoint Capital ; Chairs Children in Need for the BBC; is Senior independent director of ALCS; an angel investor and advisory Board Chair to two technology businesses; on the Council of Kent’s International University and an adviser to Metdist.

Prior to Chairing Children in Need , she served three terms as Chairman of The Groundwork Federation, and was Audit Chair for Arts and Business.

She is a Fellow of both the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and of the Marketing Society, and holds an honorary doctorate for services to business.

She was named in November’s GQ magazine as one of the UK’s 100 most connected women and is on Debretts 2015 list of Britain’s 500 most influential people.


This is a members-only event and free of charge, capacity for the room is 20 people so please let me know soonest on Francesca@Ecsery.com   if you would like me to reserve you a seat.

Thanks and kind regards