Celia is currently the Digital Integration Director at Casual Dining Group, where she is responsible for driving business transformation across all areas of the business. Prior to this she spent a number of years at Ford Retail Group as Group Marketing and E-Commerce Director, where she was the first female appointed to the board. Her career started out in 1996 at consumer goods giant Unilever, and she has since worked in a variety of start-ups and multinational organisations in the travel, hospitality and leisure sectors, including Rank Group, STA Travel, Livebookings and InterContinental Hotels Group.. She is a founder member of the London Chapter of the 2% club and Guardian Women in Leadership, as well as an active mentor and advocate of growing the pipeline of female talent.
Kate has worked in the design business for over 20 years, both agency and client side. She previously worked as the Head of Packaging Design for Sainsbury’s, and is now the Director of her own consultancy, Kate Blandford Consulting Ltd. She also co-founded The Complete Brief Ltd. – a specialised consultancy dedicated to helping clients and agencies to create better, more comprehensive briefs that both engage and inspire. Kate is on the DBA’s Experts Register, an accredited Design Associate for the Design Council and a mentor with the Central Research Laboratory.
Scarlett Brown is a social researcher, specialising in gender and diversity, work and organisation, and corporate governance.
She is currently undertaking a PhD at King’s College London, examining gender differences in how non-executive directors are appointed to corporate boards in the UK. Whilst the board appointment process is incredibly important to the UK’s business productivity and corporate governance there is surprisingly little robust academic research on the process. This project provides the first in-depth analysis of gender differences and similarities in the search for the first board appointment. It aims to open the ‘black box’ and understand how the board appointment process may treat men and women differently.