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WiL ambassadors

Our ambassadors

Take a look at some of our founding members who are all alumna and inspiring female leaders.

Jacqui Harper

Jacqui is a presence expert. She transforms the presence of leaders to increase impact and effectiveness. Her coaching success comes from her experience as an acclaimed author, a visiting professor at INSEAD and a former BBC TV news anchor. She combines classic coaching and the toolkit of a news anchor.


Nicola Elliot

After graduating in History of Art from Northumbria University, Nicola spent 12 years editing magazines including Glamour, InStyle and Marie Claire, before launching her brand, Neom. Starting out with just 10k capital and a range of five natural candles, within a few years, Nicola had created the UK’s fastest growing brand in the well-being sector, which now has a 130 product catalogue and is sold all over the world.

Kathryn Cearns 

Kathryn graduated from the University of London and is a qualified accountant. She has worked in many different types of organisations, gaining insight and experience along the way which has all fed into what she now bring to boards at places like the Supreme Court, Highways England, Crossrail and the IMF.

Zoe Hudson

Zoe graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, and trained and worked in the NHS before specializing in sports medicine. During her career she has worked for numerous GB and other international squads, including at Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, Women’s Rugby at European and World Cups and GB swimming. She has skied to both the North and South pole being part of the first all women teams to do so.

Nicolette Jones

A graduate of Oxford University and a former Henry Fellow at Yale University, Nicolette has written for all the national broadsheets as well as writing her own books, including an award-winning BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. She has been the children’s books reviewer of the Sunday Times for decades and was nominated for an Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding service to children’s literature.

Ann Starkey

Ann has over 40 years’ experience of working at the interface between higher education and the medical and healthcare sector. Firstly, at the University of Leeds, then at Medipex Ltd, a company set up to commercialise innovations emerging from the health sector. More recently, as a senior member of the ESRC Peer Review College, Ann has mentored postgraduate students undertaking fellowships and higher degrees.

Anna Stephenson

Anna has an MA in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and has held senior positions at Women in Finance Asia, Hong Kong and Women in Finance Tokyo. She is a popular public speaker and panel moderator, for both diversity-related and industry-related events.

Ellissa Baskind

Ellissa is a consultant gynaecologist and sub-specialist in reproductive medicine. She is also the clinical lead for a specific form of IVF for parents at risk of an inherited disorder who want to ensure they have unaffected children. Ellissa is working with NHS England to secure equitof this treatment in the North of England.

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