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Laurie Magnus

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman

Sir Laurie became a trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2006 and Chairman in 2015. Having worked in investment banking for 35 years, he is now a senior adviser at Evercore (following its acquisition of Lexicon Partners, where he was Chairman). He has been Chairman of Historic England since 2013, is Chairman of Pantheon International plc and JP Morgan Income & Capital Trust plc. He is a Non Executive Director of Aggregated Micro Power Holdings plc and Fidelity Japanese Values plc. He is a trustee of English Heritage Trust and Allchurches Trust and was formerly Deputy Chairman of the National Trust.

Nigel Benwell

Nigel Benwell

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 11 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 Cairnie

Ruth Cairnie

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 a Non-Executive Director at Rolls-Royce Holdings and Associated British Foods plc. She sits on the Finance Committee of Cambridge University and the Advisory Board of the Rotterdam School of Management, and chairs the POWERful Women initiative supporting the advancement of women into senior roles in the Energy sector. Ruth has a BSc Joint Honours in Mathematics & Physics from Bristol University and a Masters in Advanced Studies from Cambridge University.


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; a Board member of the Sutton Trust, which seeks to improve social mobility through education; a Director of the FA Womens Super League; 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 Hews

Mark Hews

Mark joined Windsor Leadership as a Trustee in November 2017. Having worked as a consultant and actuary in financial services for 27 years at Deloitte, Aviva and HSBC, Mark is now the Group CEO for the charitably owned Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. In 2016, he successfully led the organisation to exceed an ambitious target of giving £50m to good causes and Mark is now driving the organisation to meet a fresh new target of raising a further £100m for charity by 2020. Mark is also Chairman of Edentree Investment Management, SEIB and Lycetts 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.

Tracy Long


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 170 evaluations across PLC, mutual, privately owned and public sector organisations in the UK, US and Europe. She is an Advisory Director of Carnegie Hall, and a Governor of Marlborough College.

Vijaya Nath


Vijaya is founder of Contemplative Spaces and Programme Director with Advance HE, she 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 26 years’ experience of developing senior leaders in the private and not-for-profit sector. Vijaya has significant expertise in designing innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy and is an accredited executive coach with considerable experience of supporting individuals and executive teams in the UK & internationally. She is visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management and is a Windsor Leadership facilitator and chair. Vijaya has designed and led a number of international study tours and experiential leadership development interventions and has influenced thought leadership in Medical Engagement, Quality Improvement in Health, Equality and Diversity, and the importance of advancing Women in Leadership across sectors.

Sue Owen


Dame Sue Owen, DCB became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2016. Until April 2019 Sue was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Civil Service Diversity Champion. After working as an academic economist, Sue moved to HM Treasury, then No 10, before moving to Washington DC as the Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy. Returning to HM Treasury, Sue was the UK deputy on the EU Economic and Finance Committee. In 2006 she became Director General of corporate performance at the Department of International Development, and in 2009 Director General for Strategy at the Department of Work and Pensions before being promoted to Permanent Secretary at DCMS in 2013. Sue was the straight ally champion of the Civil Service LGB & TI community.

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