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WACL NED Talk - NED on Public Body Boards

Feb 8, 2017 – 7:00 pm

For our second NED Talks of the Year we are thrilled to propose a stellar line up of brilliant women serving on Public Sector Boards. Many of us often wonder if experiencing the challenges and rewards of working in the public sector is an effective way of building a resilient NED career so with that in mind the theme for our February NED talk will be “ NED on Public Body Boards”. The lunch event will be on the 8th February 2017 between 12:15 and 14:00 and hosted by the Starcom Media Group which is located at: Turnmill, 63 Turnmill St, London, EC1M 5RR (closest Tube station is Farringdon).

A light lunch will be provided

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.

Speaker Biographies

Lucy Wells

Centre for Public Appointments

Lucy has worked as a Senior Appointments Adviser at the Centre for Public Appointments at The Cabinet Office since October 2015. She is responsible for overseeing 'public appointments' -  that is Chair and Non-Executive appointments to the Boards of public bodies. Public Appointees play an important role in public life and should reflect the communities they serve. Part of Lucy's role is to raise awareness of public appointments outside of Government to increase the quality and diversity of future public appointees. Prior to her current role, Lucy worked as a Senior Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions and the CEO of Jobcentre Plus. Lucy has more than 18 years’ experience of working within Government.


Sarah Pinch - Chart.PR, FCIPR, MIoD

Non-Executive Director of the Health and Safety Executive, MD of Pinch Point Communications.

She started her career as a journalist with the BBC, leaving in 2000 to work in PR, she has worked for an international development agency, public transport provider and the NHS.  In 2011 she won the inaugural Institute of Directors and Chartered Institute of Public Relations PR Director of the Year award for her work with the board at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2013 she founded Pinch Point Communications, an agency working across all sectors on a range of internal and external communications initiatives designed to enhance, manage and defend reputation.

She was President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 2015, lives in Bristol and has recently discovered the joy of running.


Catharine Seddon

Portfolio NED – public sector

Catharine spent many years as a film documentary maker for BBC TV and then as an independent producer for Channel 4.  She began working for the judiciary in 2002 and now sits on employment and mental health tribunals. She is a presiding magistrate in Central London and she sits as a Lay Assessor under the Equality Act in county court cases.

She is a Gambling Commissioner and sits on the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator of legal services in the UK. She is also a member of the Determinations Panel of The Pensions Regulator. Former national public appointments include Audit and Risk Assessment Committee (ARAC) chair and member of the Human Tissue Authority and member of the HFEA independent appeals committee. She is also a trustee for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Catharine read Philosophy and Psychology at Somerville College, Oxford.