The Women's Network Forum

The Women’s Network Forum (WNF) is chaired by HRH the Countess of Wessex GCVO and is a unique network of cross-industry leaders whose goal is the advancement of gender balance and equality, by influencing business leaders, inspiring the next generation and sharing best practice.

Our vision: Achieve gender balance and equality across industry in the UK.

Our purpose: Raise awareness and influence leaders to take action on improving gender balance and equality.

Our objectives:

  • Improve gender equality through influencing current business leaders actions
  • Inspire the next generation to be the leaders of gender balance and equality
  • Promoting and sharing best practice across industry to accelerate balance and equality
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    Sue Brown is the Executive Director Planning and Development at London First. Prior to joining London First, she ran her own communications company specialising in real estate. Sue is on The Women’s Network Forum at Buckingham Palace and is the co-chair of REWIRE- Recognition and Empowerment of Women in Real Estate. Sue is also a Trustee of the Architectural Heritage Fund, a member of the MOLA Property Committee and on the Property Committee at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She holds a degree in history from UCL.

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    Sue Alexander is Senior Manager, Environmental Programmes at HSBC. Sue is responsible for HSBC’s environmental activities across HSBC’s global business. The current flagship programme is the HSBC Water Programme, launched in 2012. This is an eight year US$150 million partnership with three charities that rank among the world’s most respected environmental and sustainable development organisations – Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF. This funding is also supporting over 60 projects in 35 countries nominated by HSBC employees. Prior to joining Global Corporate Sustainability Sue’s career has spanned a variety of roles in HSBC UK Bank before specialising in project management. Sue was a founding member of the women’s network in HSBC UK Bank in 2005 and remains the leader of this group. She champions diversity and inclusion both internally and outside the Bank. Sue was invited to join the Women’s Network Forum in 2014.

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    Simon Harrison is currently the Head of International Franchise for Europe and member of the ‘Top 100’ leadership team at Marks and Spencer, and career coach to a broad range of mentees. His career at M&S has spanned 20 years covering a variety of roles across UK and International markets from Store and Regional Management to Central Operations and Project Management. He has a passion for developing people to reach their potential and is an advocate of inclusive leadership teams. More recently, he has taken on the role of Co-Chair of the Marks and Spencer Gender Equality Network and plays an active role in shaping the wider Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at M&S. Externally, Simon is a 30% Club mentor, and part of the Women’s Network Forum which is working towards a better gender balance, sharing best practice across industry and looking at ways of inspiring the next generation.

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    Jenni is an experienced fundraiser and Director having worked most recently in the Hospice movement and the Scout Association. She has also been involved in marketing and communications as Head of Communications, Commercial and Marketing and British Universities and College Sports.

    Jenni is a Gold Award holder and DofE enthusiast of the first order. She volunteers with a number of sports organisations and is Secretary to the Institute of Fundraising’s Corporate Fundraisers Special Interest Group.

Whether you’re an individual looking to take on a fundraising challenge or a business looking to create a partnership, supporting the DofE Charity will help give young people opportunities to be the best they can be, regardless of the school they attend or their background.

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