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NED talk -10 February 2016

Feb 10, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Rumour has it that joining a Board pre-IPO comes with its unique challenges and opportunities, as it is a time when companies deliberately look for new blood to strengthen their board and more diverse experience to complement their thinking. But equally joining a board during this period brings more liabilities as well as a particularly intensive learning curve. Our February NED Talk will be around the Theme of  "Joining a company as a NED pre IPO" and will be held Wednesday the 10th of February 2016 from 12:15 to 14:00 and find out all about the NED opportunities in this space . The lunch will be hosted by Strut & Parker :   13 Hill Street, London W1J 5LQ (closest Tube station is Green Park).  


Peter Williams

Peter is Chairman of 2 online retailers - boohoo.com plc, a UK quoted company selling young fashion; and Mister Spex, selling eyewear from its base in Berlin. He is also the Senior Independent Director at both, Rightmove plc, the UK’s largest property portal; and Sportech plc, owner of the Football Pools and an operator of gaming totes. Peter is a non-executive director and Chairman Designate at U and I Group PLC, the leading property regeneration company and is a trustee of the Design Council.

During his executive career he was Chief Executive at both Selfridges plc and Alpha Airports plc. He has also served on the boards of ASOS plc, Cineworld Group plc, Jaeger, Blacks Leisure Group plc, JJB Sports plc, the EMI group, Silverstone, OfficeTeam, Erno Laszlo, Capital Radio plc and GCap Media plc.


Francesca Ecsery

Francesca is currently a Non-Executive Director at Foreign Colonial Investment Trust plc., at Marshall Motor Holdings plc. Share plc., at Good Energy Group plc, VISTA ltd. and sits on the Executive Committee of WACL ltd.   She is an investor in a number of start-ups, acts as advisor in the leisure travel, retail and digital marketing sectors and works as a Commercial Coach to several entrepreneurs. She is also the founder and Director of Advantage Portugal (www.advantageportugal.com) , a one-stop provider of personalised professional services to help foreigners investigate establishing homes, businesses or investments in Portugal. 

Prior to going plural, Francesca worked as Global Business Development Director and UK General Manager at Cheapflights Media for 4 years. She has extensive experience encompassing consultancy with McKinsey &Co, marketing with PepsiCo, general management in a range of blue-chip travel companies including STA Travel, ThornEMI, Thomas Cook and Going Places, through to entrepreneurial activity working with VCs to set up, establish and exit internet-based travel businesses such as IfYouTravel.com.

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