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Boardroom diversity conversation – taking the first step

Exclusive Business Boardroom Diversity

Working as a cohesive group together, men and women can address the balance in the boardroom and bring about positive change.

Linda Hitman CEO of Exclusive Business has brought together a panel of experts from a wide variety of business sectors, public and private, all of whom are driving the initiative to bring more women into senior and board level positions.

Delivering an interactive panel discussion chaired by Dr Joanna Berry of Durham University Business School, the aim of the event is to provide a forum for those who are passionate about this topic to share knowledge, experience and advice.

The panel includes Gary Lumby MBE, Managing Director of Focus on Success,  Herb Kim, Board Director at Tech City,  Katie Marshall, Head of Corporate and Legal and Company Secretary at Virgin Money, Kerrin Wilson, Assistant Chief Constable and Lincolnshire Police and Andy Armitage, Branch Distribution Director TSB North, East and West.

All of the panel have been instrumental in their sector at championing boardroom diversity. They continue to champion this topic across their wide-ranging respective areas of expertise.

The event is an opportunity for businesses seeking to generate greater diversity in the boardroom to gain insight into how to achieve this and introduce best practice. It is also for those seeking to make the move to a senior role or boardroom position that need support, advice and guidance to take them to this next step in their career.

The panel will each talk for 15 minutes and then there will be an extensive time allocation for Q&A and general discussion.

This is a subject that needs acceleration in the North East region particularly.

This event is the first in a series that will present the argument from all sides and offer impartial and constructive advice, driving the North East agenda to be leaders in changing mind-sets.

Tickets can be booked via Event Brite

For further information contact Linda Hitman


Boardroom Diversity 

Chair: Dr Joanna Berry

Joanna is Associate Professor Entrepreneurship Durham University Business School.

Joanna’s professional experience runs from her law degree in 1985 and encompasses science, creativity and technology. She is a Board member of the Social Acumen Community Trust and a Board member for the NorthEast LEP “ScaleUp NorthEast” programme she is Regional Chair for the Institute of Directors.


Panel members:

Gary Lumby MBE 

Gary is Managing Director of Focus on Success Ltd through which he acts as Non Executive Chairman or Director of several SME’s across the North East and Yorkshire.

Gary also runs three other family businesses and Mentors on the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Business Program.


Kerrin Wilson

Kerrin Wilson was Superintendent of Durham Constabulary and is now Assistant Chief Constable for Lincolnshire Police. Kerrin has 25 years of service with four North East Forces starting with Northumbria Police in 1992 and the bulk of her service with Cleveland Constabulary. She is a keen advocate of the Equality agenda, in particular supporting BME & women’s aspirations both within the police service and beyond which include her role as a board member for the North East England Chamber of Commerce (NEECC) Women’s Advisory Board.

Tweet Kerrin @kerrinwilson999


Herb Kim

Founder of the thinking digital conference. Herb is the founder of the TEDx conferences in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle, formerly a Board Director for Tech City UK and the Founding Chairman for Tech North. He is a Board Trustee for the Sage

Gateshead and a Governor for the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC.


Andy Armitage

Andy is Branch Distribution Director TSB – E &W North.  Andy was selected to lead the North Verde Distribution team and the separation from the Lloyds Banking Group. He was responsible for launching TSB in the North of England and is currently proud to head up a diverse team who are passionately focused on bringing more competition to the UK banking sector.


Katie Marshall

Katie is Head of Corporate (Legal) & Company Secretary: Virgin Money

Katie joined Virgin Money in 2012, through the acquisition of Northern Rock, having spent 10 years as a corporate lawyer at Eversheds. Virgin Money is passionate about fairness, equality and inclusion committing to achieve a 50:50 gender balance in the business by 2020. Katie supports the Board on governance matters, including succession planning and is proud that the Board, led by a female Chair and CEO, achieved gender parity in 2018.


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