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WACL NED Talk – ‘If I could tell you one (NED) thing’ – 28 April 2021 @12:30 – Members-only event

Apr 28, 2021

If I can tell you one NED Thing”? Whether you are interested in listed, unlisted or not for profit organisations, at the start of your journey or mid way through, come along to hear some tips and experiences from fellow WACL-ers. In response to popular demand, this session will provide hands on practical advice to ensure you are considering and optimising every step!

We are extremely fortunate to have highly experienced WACL members, who have a wide breadth of experience across many different boards including Camelot, Virgin Start-Up, Eve Sleep, Untold Stories, timeTo,  ABBEY PLC? , Guide dogs for the blind and many more.  

They will join us to share their breadth of experience in helping you to unlock that first NED role.  We will bring to life each of the key stepping stones, along with helpful hints on how to approach them.  Speakers include fellow WACL’ers, Jennelle Tilling, Avril Gallagher, Linda Grant, Kerry Glazer and Nikki Crumpton  

The event will be held on Wednesday 28th April from 12.30pm until 1.30pm and will be held as a video conference.

This event is free of charge and WACL members only.  Spaces are limited (even by video conference), so please let me know at Francesca@ecsery.com if you would like to attend so that I can send you the dial in details.


Speaker Biograpahies

Jennelle Tilling: 

Portfolio Non Executive Board Advisor 

An experienced and award-winning marketing executive with a career spanning over 25 years, Jennelle Tilling most recently served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for KFC. She was responsible for the company’s brand marketing, communications, innovation, digital presence, and brand reputation in over 125 countries around the world. Jennelle has a long track record of driving results within YUM!, having served in leadership roles for KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Prior to her global role, Jennelle served as Vice President of Marketing for KFC. Her work earned her an IPA Advertising Effectiveness Gold Award in 2008 and a Silver Award in 2010, a British Arrow for Digital Creativity in 2013, and the 2007 Marketing Society Award for brand revitalization. In 2016, she was awarded one of Business Insiders most innovative global CMOs An active contributor to the marketing industry in the UK, Jennelle is a Fellow of The Marketing Society, a member of MGGB, and was proudly WACL President in 2013/14. Jennelle is the Founder and Chief Brand Strategist at Marketing with Insight; a London based brand consultancy specializing in Retail, Food and Beverage strategy. She also sits on the Board of Camelot, Shaftesbury PLC, Butchies and is a Trustee at The Guide Dogs for The Blind.


Kerry Glazer: 

Portfolio NED and Chair: AAR, Untold Studios, timeTo

Kerry has worked in the communications agency business for the last three decades, with stints at JWT, WCRS, Limbo (BBH) and Kendall Tarrant (now The Talent Business) during that period. She joined AAR – the leading expert in marketing ecosystems assisting UK, international and global brands to design, build, and drive the performance of their partnerships with agencies – as Commercial Director in 1999, was promoted to Managing Director in 2000 and Chief Executive in 2006, finally moving to the role of Non-Executive Chair of the company in 2019. Kerry is also Non-Executive Chair of Untold Studios, an independent creative studio and community. Untold is a hub of creative talent creating culturally relevant original content, producing all forms of visual content, including advertising, music and entertainment, and delivering best in class VFX for advertising, TV and film. She also Chairs the Steering Committee for timeTo, the initiative to end sexual harassment in the advertising and marketing industry. Kerry is a Past President of WACL (2017-18), and of NABS (2018 – 2020).

Linda Grant:

Non-Executive Chairman, NED & Board Advisor, Founder Goldpollen Strategy & Leadership Consulting
Virgin StartUp

Linda is a diversified portfolio executive blending board Chair and Advisory roles with hands on, in the business strategy and leadership development work through her company Goldpollen. Current board roles include Chairman of Virgin StartUp which helps entrepreneurs start, fund and scale their business and Trustee of the RSPB, one of the UK’s leading conservation organisations with over 1 million members. Previous board roles include Chair of Housesimple, a technology led online estate agency backed by Charles Dunstone; Non-Executive Director of Crowdreactive, a Mercia Technology backed technology business which creates pioneering social media experiences at large scale events. Linda has over 25 years experience in developing and executing transformational growth strategies within major media groups such as DMGT Plc. and Capital Radio Group Plc. where marketing, commercial and group strategy roles lead to general management and board positions latterly as Managing Director of Metro UK

Avril Gallagher:

Portfolio NED & Career Coach

Avril has extensive experience of the media and communications industry and has held a number of domestic and international leadership roles within Omnicom Media Group and Publicis Media Group. Early in her career, she held a non-executive role within an Omnicom company.  This was a positive experience and was pivotal in making the decision to investigate NED opportunities after leaving Omnicom Media Group in 2017. Today, Avril holds three non-executive roles all within the property and investment arena.  In addition, Avril provides consultancy to start-ups / companies in their early years looking to grow.  If that was not enough, during Covid she decided to embark on post graduate study specialising in Career Coaching with a view to helping people maximise their potential within the work place.  This study during Covid has been fascinating and has added to what I can bring to the Board table.

Nikki Crumpton:

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April 28
12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
Event Category:


Video Conference
United Kingdom


Francesca Ecsery