Faculties

Our Faculties are led by established NEDs & Chairs with subject matter expertise in the different areas. This helps our Members cope with the increasing issue of information overload by providing accredited and globally recognised CPD opportunities.

Faculty Leaders

Meet the Thought Leaders leading our Faculties

Africa Faculty
Led by Mireille Ineza Karera

Mireille is Founder and CEO of KORA Coaching Group, a Coaching & Consulting company based in Rwanda and South Africa. The group owns a Coaching Academy which certifies Professional Coaches in Africa. She speaks 7 languages fluently.

Africa Faculty
Led by Mireille Ineza Karera

Globalisation and the shift in working practices ushered in by the pandemic have created new opportunities for existing and aspiring board directors around the world.  The Africa faculty explores the opportunities and challenges of supporting businesses in Africa and provides Transpire members with the knowledge and skills to succeed in Africa’s emerging economies.

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Cyber Security Faculty
Led by Wendy J Barnes

Wendy J Barnes, a portfolio non-executive and an independent consultant in cyber security, has wide experience in utilities, security and defence sectors.

Cyber Security Faculty
Led by Wendy J Barnes

The information risk landscape changes daily as new treats and actors emerge posing existential threats to businesses globally.  The goal of the cybersecurity faculty  is to keep Transpire members highly informed rather than over-informed.

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Digital Transformation Faculty
Led by Devyani Vaishampayan

‘Future of Work ‘ digital innovation specialist, Non Executive Director and Investment Fund Manager. Previously an international and multi-sector Group HRD – experienced in effectively leading large, diverse and multi billion complex organisations through transformational change.

Digital Transformation Faculty
Led by Devyani Vaishampayan

Our objective is to keep Transpire members up to date in the ever-changing world of business technology.  Looking at digital processes such as AI, machine learning, automation and other technologies in a corporate setting we’ll focus on what directors and non-executive directors need to know.

Diversity & Inclusion Faculty
Led by Francesca Ecsery

Portfolio Non-Executive Director / Chairman / MD / GM with 30+ years experience in both blue chip companies and start-ups in the Digital / Retail / FMCG / Leisure travel industries. Special expertise in omni-channel consumer Marketing, Branding and Commercial strategies which deliver growth and profits.

Diversity & Inclusion Faculty
Led by Francesca Ecsery

Diverse and inclusive businesses have a proven competitive advantage.  The D&I faculty helps board members understand how to drive growth through diversity and inclusion and how to measure success in their businesses.

ESG Faculty
Led by Marjella Alma

Marjella Alma is Co-Founder and CEO of Datamaran. Trusted by blue chip companies and global partners, Datamaran is the only software in the world that supports a data-driven process for monitoring external risks and opportunities – with the power of AI and Big Data.

ESG Faculty
Led by Marjella Alma

Corporate boards need to fill an expertise gap in understanding external and ESG risks, such as climate change, environmental management practices and human rights). The ESG faculty helps members to close the gap focusing on a structured approach to identify, understand, prioritise and monitor material ESG risks and opportunities in a dynamic and data-driven way.

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Finance Faculty
Led by Jean Pousson

For the last 20 years, Jean Pousson has lectured and consulted on issues of strategic planning and implementation, risk and finance to an international client base consisting of SME’s, multinationals, charities, housing associations, professional firms and public sector bodies.

Finance Faculty
Led by Jean Pousson

Directors and NEDs need to be able to assure the integrity of the financial information that is presented to them.  The finance faculty focuses on knowing the right questions to ask and interpreting and evaluating financial information.

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Financial Services Faculty
Led by Simon Burke

He has worked for FTSE 100 companies in life assurance, pensions, general insurance, asset management, and banking. He has led many M&A transactions in the FS Sector. He is currently Chair of an FS Risk Committee, and Chair of a retail investment company where he is an Approved Person on the FCA register.

Financial Services Faculty
Led by Simon Burke

Designed to provide members involved in the financial services industry with a place to discuss and share developments in regulation, governance, financial reporting, risk management, fin tech, and other issues of interest to the industry.

Leadership, Mentoring & Coaching Faculty
Led By Gary Storer

Gary has an MSc in Executive Coaching, & works with leaders & future leaders in public and private sectors via his new venture Future Leadership.

Leadership, Mentoring & Coaching Faculty
Led By Gary Storer
Also led by Rebecca Ganz

A high performing Non-Executive and compelling strategy advisor to Boards, C-Suites and Entrepreneurs. Core abilities include designing finely honed strategic direction underpinned by pragmatic guidance on effective implementation.

Also led by Rebecca Ganz

This Faculty addresses a foundational skill set relevant to all Board Members. We explore the challenges undertaking a Board role presents, such as how to build your relationship with the business, how to deal with difficult conversations, how to influence successfully, how to handle a crisis etc. Sharing good practice, latest thinking and your and others’ experiences.

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People, Culture & Wellbeing Faculty
Led by Sharon Critchlow

Sharon champions emotional intelligence in leadership, diversity and culture change for enhanced productivity and raises awareness, advocates and trains leaders and companies in wellness.

People, Culture & Wellbeing Faculty
Led by Sharon Critchlow
Also Led by Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones is the former Chair of the CMHA where his term ended in 2019. Until April 2018, his primary professional activity was as a partner at Linklaters, where he had worked for 32 years. His professional focus is now on business coaching. Nigel created Linklater’s healthcare sector, leading it for 2 decades.

Also Led by Nigel Jones

The global pandemic has led to an increased focus on wellbeing in the workplace.  In this faculty, we discuss the impact of COVID on wellbeing along with other issues relating to organisational culture and employee wellbeing with a focus on what should be on the agenda for board members and senior leaders.

Risk Faculty
Led by Bryan Foss

Bryan is an experienced NED across growth firms, regulators, listed companies, financial services, public sector and more - with special interest in technology, risk, assurance, good governance, ESG & beneficial outcomes.

Risk Faculty
Led by Bryan Foss
Also Led By Hanif Barma

Hanif is the founder partner of Board Alchemy, a specialist governance consultancy focusing on board, risk and assurance effectiveness. He is also co-founder of the Risk Coalition, a network of not-for-profit professional bodies and membership organisations committed to raising the standards of risk governance in the UK.

Also Led By Hanif Barma

The Risk Faculty helps Transpire members achieve better board outcomes in organisations of all sectors, types and geographies.  The faculty focuses on the practical application of best practices in board risk management and assurance through leading risk thinking from the Risk Coalition and other sources. 

Strategy Faculty
Led by Jean Pousson

For the last 20 years, Jean Pousson has lectured and consulted on issues of strategic planning and implementation, risk and finance to an international client base consisting of SME’s, multinationals, charities, housing associations, professional firms and public sector bodies.

Strategy Faculty
Led by Jean Pousson

Board members have a vital role to play in providing advice and external perspective on corporate strategy.  The Strategy Faculty helps board members understand their strategic responsibilities and make effective contributions to in a changing environment.

Venture Board Faculty
Led By Natalia Blagburn

With a background in venture capital, Natalia is currently working at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, where she coaches teams of student entrepreneurs and mentors startup founders whilst teaching starting up, growing and closing ventures.

Venture Board Faculty
Led By Natalia Blagburn

Over the past decade, venture capital-backed companies, such as Airbnb, Uber, and Deliveroo, have redefined industries and become highly valuable to the economies of many countries. Their boards of directors, as the main decision-making bodies, have been recognised to have a significant influence on strategy, funding, and personnel choices.  This faculty brings together NEDs, advisors, investors, and founders of tech startup ventures to a conversation about the importance of venture boards.

Faculties Coming Soon

  • Ethics & Compliance – Why board support for a robust ethics and compliance programme is critical and how to get this right in practice.
  • Pro Bono Faculty – Facilitating giving back at board level & highlighting ways in which pro bono roles can accelerate board career development.
  • Sports Faculty – Highlighting the many governance issues in Sport, including ownership and inclusion and the links with Wellbeing.

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