We draw on the expertise, support and commitment of our Trustees to help us achieve our vision and mission.
Helen Boaden, Chair
Helen became Chair of Windsor Leadership in 2022. Previously Helen spent 34 years at the BBC, starting as a reporter in local radio and ending on the Executive Board as Director of BBC Radio. In between, she ran Radio 4 and was the first female Director of BBC News in charge of 8000 people at home and abroad. She won several major awards for her radio journalism and under her leadership, Radio 4 was named Sony Station of the Year for two consecutive years. She was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy in 2017. She now sits on the Center’s Advisory Board as well as on the Advisory Board for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. In 2018 she produced The Boaden Review for the Irish public service broadcaster, RTE, on the future of its orchestras. She is Chair of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, is a Non Executive member of the UK Statistics Authority, chairs the Audio Content Fund and is Deputy Chair of Cancer Care Map. She is a board member of the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and holds the honorary position of President of HF Holidays.
Nigel became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2018. He worked in Financial Services for over 30 years, his last role being the Head of Leadership Development & Talent Management for the Lloyds Banking Group. Some 15 years ago he became a consultant providing executive coaching, talent management and leadership development services to organisations and high potential individuals. Nigel’s commercial clients span the retail, financial services and shipping sectors and additionally he consults to various public and not for profit organisations. He is an alumni of the School of Coaching and an Associate of the London Institute of Banking & Finance. He regularly chairs programmes for Windsor Leadership as well as Chairing Windsor’s Chairs and Facilitators Executive group.
Ruth joined Windsor Leadership as a trustee in September 2017. She was an executive at Royal Dutch Shell, with her 37 year career spanning Research, B2B businesses, Strategy, Supply Chain and M&A. Her penultimate executive role was managing Shell’s global Commercial Fuels business, after which she became EVP for Strategy and Planning with responsibility for the development of global Group strategy. Ruth is currently the Chair of Babcock International Group plc and Senior Independent NED at Associated British Foods plc. She chairs the POWERful Women initiative supporting the advancement of women into senior roles in the Energy sector and is Patron of the Women in Defence Charter. She is also a trustee of the White Ensign Association. Ruth has a BSc Joint Honours in Mathematics & Physics from Bristol University and a Masters in Advanced Studies from Cambridge University. She is a fellow of the Energy Institute.
David is Chairman of The Gregson Family Foundation; an Executive Committee Member of The Institute for Fiscal Studies; a Trustee of Pro Bono Economics and The Windsor Leadership Trust; an Advisor to the Sutton Trust, which seeks to improve social mobility through education; a Director of the Barclays FA Womens Super League; Chair of the Advisory Board of the #BeeWell wellbeing programme across Greater Manchester; and a member of the Advisory Boards of Phoenix Equity Partners, a leading UK mid-market private equity business, and of Alliance Manchester Business School. Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix. Over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of some thirty companies or charities. Most recently, David has been Chairman of the LTA, which is responsible for tennis in Britain; Chairman of CGL, the UK's largest social and health care charity; and a Director of LLDC, which is transforming East London following the 2012 Games. David has an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School and an MA in Maths and Physics from Cambridge University.
Mark joined Windsor Leadership as a Trustee in November 2017. Having spent a career in financial services, in various Actuarial Consultant and Director roles, Mark is now the Group CEO for the charitably owned Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. Since his appointment as Group CEO, Mark has successfully led the organisation to become the UK’s 4th largest corporate donor to charity, giving over £150m to good causes. Amongst other directorships, Mark is also Chairman of the award winning responsible and sustainable investment manager, Edentree and a Non-Executive Director for Spanish-based MAPFRE RE. He is an alumnus of Windsor Leadership and has enjoyed executive development at Cranfield, London Business School, INSEAD and Harvard.
DR TRACY LONG CBE
Tracy became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2016. She is the Founder of Boardroom Review Limited, which was established in 2004 to give independent advice on the effectiveness of the board and its Committees. Tracy has conducted over 250 international evaluations across listed, mutual, privately owned and public sector organizations. She is an advisory director of Carnegie Hall in New York, a participant in Speakers for Schools, and an advisory director of Bridgeweave (B-B Fintech). She currently serves as the senior independent on various Government appointment panels, and is a mentor to young female professionals.
Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE
Dame Martina joined The Prince’s Trust in May 2004 and became Group Chief Executive in 2017. She is responsible for overseeing the success of the six charitable organisations within the Prince’s Trust Group covering the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States and International. Dame Martina trained and began her career as a journalist, established the Press and Communications function for the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and worked on a freelance basis for a range of national media. She then held the post of Chief Executive of the Association of Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (ASPIRE). In 2000 she became Chief Executive of the BBC Children in Need Appeal. Dame Martina has been a trustee of several charities including the National Citizen Service and Capital City College Group. From 2018 to 2020 she was Chair of the Social Mobility Commission. Dame Martina received a CBE for services to charity in 2013. In the 2017 New Year Honours list she received the honour of Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO).
Vijaya became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2017. Formerly Director of Leadership Development at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (now Advance HE) and think tank The King’s Fund, she brings over 28 years’ experience of developing senior leaders in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has significant expertise in designing innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy and is an accredited ‘C’ suite coach with considerable experience of supporting individuals and executive teams in the UK & internationally. Vijaya is visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management and is a Windsor Leadership facilitator and chair. Vijaya designs and leads a number of international study tours and experiential leadership development interventions and continues to influence thought leadership in Medical Engagement, Quality Improvement and Innovation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and is committed to advancing Women in Leadership across sectors. She founded Contemplative Spaces in 2017 and throughout the pandemic worked on supporting Clinical Leaders and Boards, experientially live on digital platforms as well as influencing work on developing healthy organisation cultures as institutions evolve new ways of working in a ‘new world’.
DAME SUE OWEN, DCB
Dame Sue Owen DCB is an economist with over 30 years’ experience in government, including 14 at Treasury. She led the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) from 2013-19, having also worked in the British Embassy Washington, No10, International Development and as Strategy Director General in Work & Pensions overseeing a £200bn budget. At DCMS she chaired the appointments panel for many roles including the chairs of the BBC, OfCom, Science Museum and CEOs of V&A and Tate. Having retired from the civil service in 2019, she now chairs the Governors of the Royal Ballet, and is a non-executive Director at PoolRe, PoolRe Nuclear, Serco plc, Pantheon International plc, Methera Global Communications & Opera Holland Park, and a member of the supervisory Board of DAF NV. She is a part time specialist partner at Flint-Global. Sue has been a Trustee of Windsor Leadership since 2015. She was the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion champion, and speaks frequently on these issues. She is currently the designated champion for employee voice on the Board of serco plc.
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