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WACL NED Talk - 15th June 2016

Jun 15, 2016 – 7:00 pm

To NED or not to NED

Want to work more flexibly, have a bit more control over your time, but still in an interesting, challenging and motivating job? A portfolio career may well be the answer - but what sort of portfolio is right for you? Do you prefer being more hands-on, more operational, or would you like to move into a more objective, independent role? Today’s speakers represent each end of this ‘portfolio working spectrum’ and are here to share their experiences and tips from their personal journeys.

This event will held on Wednesday the 15th of June 2016 from 12:15 to 14:00 and kindly hosted by Maxus located at Alphabeta, 5th Floor, 14-18 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 2AH (closest Tube Station Moorgate or Liverpool Street).

Speakers will be our very own Jayne Barr and Heather McGregor  (Mrs. Moneypenny alter ego). Mrs Moneypenny has written a weekly column in the Financial Times since 1999, entertaining readers from Seattle to Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney, plus plenty of places in between. Mrs Moneypenny is a former investment banker and has an MBA from the London Business School and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong.

Wacl’s Jayne Barr has spent the past 12 years as a marketing freelancer working in a variety of interim and project roles across multiple sectors. Most recently she has been   Marketing Director at Confused.com, Marketing Adviser to the Institute of Directors, Visiting Tutor at Falmouth University, and Global Digital Advertising Manager at Shell. Positioning herself as a ‘marketing troubleshooter’, she parachutes into all manner of companies and addresses marketing problems head-on.  Her particular combination of client and agency experience enables her to get to the heart of any matter quickly, bring about solutions efficiently and effectively, and ensure everything aligns  to the wider commercial goals.This 360 degree perspective is a great advantage, allowing her to combine objectivity and inside-knowledge and deliver unique, independent insight . Overall, it is true to say that Jayne feels most at home when she has her sleeves rolled up, helping business owners make a real difference

Miss Moneypenny's Biog

Mrs Moneypenny began writing for the Financial Times while based in Tokyo, then later in Hong Kong and Singapore. Subsequently, she returned to the UK and bought into a small but profitable business in the West End of London, where she was the youngest and worst-groomed of four owner-directors. She later led a management buyout and is now the majority owner.

She runs her own business while juggling three children (Cost Centres #1, #2 and #3) and a sport-obsessed husband, all of whom are subjected to relentless scrutiny and humour in her weekly column. Mrs Moneypenny is described as being ‘provocative, hilarious and wise’ as she advocates hard work, delegation, self-promotion and financial literacy as the key skills of successful women. Mrs Moneypenny is the author of 6 books, Mrs Moneypenny: Survival in the City (2003), Mrs Moneypenny: Email from Tokyo (2006), Mrs Moneypenny Returns (2008), Mrs Moneypenny: Crunch Time (2009), Mrs Moneypenny’s Careers Advice for Ambitious Women (from 2011 to 2013) and Mrs Moneypenny’s Financial Advice for Independent Women (2014).

Mrs Moneypenny was honoured to be asked to write a column in the Australian Womens Weekly, as her husband and her sons all have Australian passports, and she has many friends and family members in Australia. Mrs Moneypenny writes in Management Today about her thoughts on topical business and management issues. Mrs Moneypenny has presented 6 series of the UK Channel 4 series Superscrimpers. The ‘At Home with Mrs Moneypenny’ show ran at the Edinburgh Fringe and off-Broadway (at the 59E59th Street Theatre) in 2010, and she returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 with Mrs Moneypenny Returns and Mrs Moneypenny’s Money Clinic Live. In December 2013 she appeared in the Come Dine with Me Christmas special, which is available on 4OD. Mrs Moneypenny is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4, and other BBC radio stations.

Mrs Moneypenny’s alter ego, Heather McGregor, was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to Business, especially Employment Skills and Diversity in the Workplace.

Jayne Barr's Biog

Jayne Barr started her career at the integrated agency, Marketing Solutions. After just a year she moved to her first advertising agency, SJIP/BBDO. There followed 25 years in the ad industry, in a variety of senior business and strategic roles across a wide spectrum of agencies - from large multinationals, through SMEs, to smaller owner-run shops.

In 2004, Jayne set up Creative Consulting, with a view to applying her unique 360 degree perspective to a broader range of marketing challenges.  She now works with private and public-sector clients as well as agencies and consultancies. Projects have included a branding and communications review for the Department for Work and Pensions, agency search and selection for Clarks and Carfused.com; change-management , global
market research and digital advertising for Shell; marketing workshops for BA; general marketing for Abellio; brand identity development for Aviva, and capability management for Vodafone and LBG.

Most recently, Jayne has been working again with Shell, creating the campaign that  will drive the global business strategy, and with Confused.com as Interim Marketing Director.  She is also the Marketing Adviser for the Institute of Directors and a visiting Tutor at Falmouth and Bucks New Universities.


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