Feb 122016

Sarah Trethowan, director of EU regulatory affairs consultancy TRAC Services, has gained Chartered Director status with the UK Institute of Directors.

Sarah-Jan-16-2 Chartered Director

“It’s fantastic!” she enthused. “I received the news just before Christmas and it was the perfect early Christmas present.

“For the last two years I have been working towards achieving chartered director status with the Institute of Directors. This has involved two residential courses, two exams, preparing a portfolio of evidence and a panel interview.

“I was over the moon to receive confirmation I had met the requirements and achieved my aim.”

Trethowan joins the select few in the professional membership body as a female chartered director.  There are currently 1,234 elected chartered directors in the country of which a growing number (20% in 2015) are female.

“I’m very proud to have gained such status and I would encourage directors to consider the programme as the benefits it brings are significant,” she added.

“I’d particularly like to see more female directors undertaking the professional journey as one way of helping to address gender inequality on boards, something I know the IoD, and in particular Lady Barbara Judge CBE, national Chair of the IoD, are committed too.”

Reprinted from Business Cornwall

Feb 122016

Women in Tech lunch The Clarion Hotel, Cork

Brid Horan Chartered Director

In 2014, we launched our “Women in Tech” programme to support diversity in the technology sector. One of the features of this programme is our lunchtime series which we have recently enhanced. The core aim of this series is to highlight the success of leading, talented female role models.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, our next lunch is on Tuesday 8th March in the Clarion Hotel from 12pm to 2pm and we are delighted that Brid Horan will address us. Brid was Deputy Chief Executive of ESB until her retirement in late 2014.  She is an Independent Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc, a member of DCU Governing Authority and of the Council of the IMI.

Tickets are available at €30 for members and €40 for non members and includes a two course lunch so this is an ideal opportunity to invite clients or colleagues. Discounted table rates also available. If you would like to find out more about the event or book tickets, please contact sarah@itcork.ie.

Brid Horan Chartered Director

Brid Horan
Independent Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc.

Bríd Horan was Deputy Chief Executive of ESB until her retirement in late 2014. She is an Independent Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc, a member of DCU Governing Authority and of the Council of the IMI.

Brid spent eight years on the ESB Executive Team. As Executive Director, she led the transformation of ESB’s retail businesses from a regulated model to a fully competitive newly branded business, Electric Ireland, and led the integration of ESB’s internal services (IT, HR, Finance, Property) into a central Business Service Centre, delivering significant efficiencies/savings.

Prior to joining ESB as Group Pensions Manager in 1997, Bríd headed KPMG Pension & Actuarial Consulting. She served on the Board of the IDA (1996 – 2006) and as a Commissioner of the National Pensions Reserve Fund (2001 – 2009) and was a member of the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council.

Bríd is an Actuary and a Chartered Director (IOD), a Director of ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange), Dublin Theatre Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland, a member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club and a mentor on the WXN Wisdom Top 25 Mentoring Programme. Brid has two adult sons.

Feb 122016

Cheque and Credit Clearing Company appoints Chartered Director as new independent director

The Cheque and Credit Clearing Company (C&CCC) has today announced the appointment of a new independent director to its Board.

Heather BenjaminHeather Benjamin, former Chief Procurement Officer at Centrica, the international energy company, and current Chair of Walsingham Support, the learning disabilities charity, took up the position on 1 February 2016.

Heather Benjamin’s appointment maintains the C&CCC’s objective of ensuring the ‘customer voice’ is heard in the boardroom. She joins at a time when the industry is working on one of the biggest changes in the cheque’s 350-year history with the introduction of cheque imaging, and part of Heather’s role is to ensure that input from multiple stakeholders helps shape the delivery of this important development.

Since her retirement from Centrica, Heather has taken up a diverse number of non-executive and chair appointments: She is: the Senior Independent Director for Portsmouth Water and chairs its Audit Committee; is Chair Of Trustees for the charity, Walsingham Support; and has combined her insight at a senior level with her passion for music by taking up a board role at the Academy of St Martins in the Field international orchestra. Heather is a Chartered Director (IoD) and also provides consultancy advice on managing multi-million pound outsourced partnerships and supply chains.

Regarding her appointment, Heather Benjamin said:
“I am very pleased to take on the role of independent director on the C&CCC Board. It is an exciting time to be part of the cheque industry, as it works to introduce an image clearing system that will bring cheques firmly into the 21st century, ensuring their continuing existence for those individuals, businesses and charities that still use them.”

Jane Bevis, Chair of the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company, commented:
“I'm delighted to welcome Heather to the Board as we work to deliver a transformation in cheque payment services. Her understanding of consumer issues, supply chain risks and operating in a regulated environment will strengthen further the skills around the table. We have built a strong team to lead this major change programme over the last 18 months and Heather's appointment is an important - and independent - addition."

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