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IoD Wales & South West - Profile International Women on International Women's Day

08 Mar 2021
Online webinar, Online

Join us as IoD Wales and the South West profile International Women on International Women's Day  Monday 8th March 1.00pm to 2.30pm

IoD Wales National Director Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE will be hosting our fantastic guest speakers and panel of leaders:

Rachel Clacher CBE - Co-Founder & Director at Moneypenny
Anneliese Reinhold (based in Dubai) - General Counsel & SVP Legal Affairs/Legal & Regulatory Affairs with du
Sarah Soar - CEO for Hawksmoor Investment Management  

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Date & time: 08 Mar 2021 13:00 - 14:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Event manager:
Ms Kerri-Anne Mruk
Contact phone:
029 2038 9990
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Our speakers will address the Inclusivity & Diversity theme -

Anneliese Reinhold
Anneliese will speak of her personal journey in terms of inclusivity and diversity and her role as Chair of the Association of Corporate Council which represents 45,000 members in 85 countries.  

Sarah Soar
Sarah will speak about her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the context of the company and its’ client base in an industry that is slowly waking up to the need for greater diversity.

Rachel Clacher CBE
Rachel will speak of how businesses and their leaders can take inclusivity and diversity learning from a successful charity (against the backdrop of the 'perfect storm - the pandemic, leaving the EU and tough economic climate').


Rachel Clacher CBE

Rachel Clacher co-founded Moneypenny with her brother Ed Reeves, a big idea and £10,000 in 2000. Today Moneypenny is the world’s leading provider of telephone answering, outsourced switchboard and live chat services, with offices in the US as well as the UK. Here Moneypenny’s team of over 700 annually handle in excess of 15 million calls and live chats on behalf of more than 14,000 companies from its new 100,000 sq.ft award-winning HQ – known as ‘the happiest office in the land’ - and the company is listed the Top 5 of ‘100 Best Companies to Work For in the UK’.

In 2014, Rachel brought Moneypenny’s unique approach to people development to a whole new cohort with the establishment of WeMindTheGap, which gives new opportunities in life and work to unemployed under-served young. The first programmes proved so successful - 70% of all participants move into fulltime work or education - that over recent years the charity has expanded to run the same programmes, now called WeGrow, in Wrexham, Flintshire, Liverpool and Manchester. A significant Big Lottery award won in 2019 will allow the charity to grow to deliver 16 programmes by 2025, by which time it will employ 160 young people and have over 450 graduates and a team of 32. In response to the pandemic the charity pivoted to create a virtual programme for isolated 16 – 18 year olds called WeDiscover. Following the success of its launch in North Wales in Autumn 202, WeDiscover is currently being delivered across Cheshire.

As someone who believes fundamentally that business is a force for good, who is committed to developing the agenda on the subjects that she is passionate about - customer service, culture, entrepreneurship, opportunities for all, coaching and corporate social responsibility - and who has walked the walk, Rachel has received two Inspiring Women Awards and Barclays North West Woman of the Year Medium Business Award 2018, was awarded an Honorary MBA from the University of Chester and was recently awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday Honour list. In addition to her Moneypenny and WeMindTheGap commitments, she sits on a Ministerial Advisory Board for Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, is a governor of Coleg Cambria, and raises valuable funds for the charity through speaking and sharing her story and perspective with both national and international business audiences.

Outside of work Rachel can be found racing round the countryside at the whim of her teenage daughters’ sports and social diaries, and recovering from a variety of physical challenges: trekking in Bhutan, open water swimming in Croatia, running half-marathons and most recently heli-skiing. A self-confessed sloth until her 40s, life changed when she realised that she didn’t have to be Rebecca Adlington to swim, Paula Ratcliffe to run…and that the enjoyment and sense of achievement to be had learning and being outdoors more than compensates for the fear of failing or looking ridiculous…

Sarah Soar - CEO Hawksmoor Investment Management

Sarah has 35 years’ experience in investment and wealth management having previously worked for Seymour Pierce Butterfield, Brewin Dolphin and JM Finn. She has held roles ranging from Investment Manager, Head of Office, Regional Managing Director, National Director, Business Development Director and Head of Investment Management. She was the first woman to be appointed to the board of Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC, a FTSE 250 company.

Sarah currently sits on the board of PIMFA, the trade body of the wealth management industry, and is Chair of its Nomination Committee.  Sarah is also on the Council of the Institute of Directors (IOD) where she also sits on the Nomination Committee.

In the past she has held external roles such as Chair of Governors of St Francis School, Pewsey and Chair of the Marie Curie Spring Arts Committee.

Married with two daughters, Sarah is a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion and is a mentor to a number of young women in the wealth management industry.

In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, yoga, Pilates, reading, travel, theatre and walking her Great Dane.

Anneliese Reinhold 

Anneliese is a Non-Executive Director, General Counsel & Angel Investor with extensive global legal, regulatory, public policy & governance experience gained predominantly in the ICT/Digital sector.

She serves on the Council of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the UK, the world’s oldest corporate governance organization, operating under Royal Charter to provide services to its ~20,000 members around the globe.

Anneliese is the Immediate Past Chairman of the global Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world’s largest in-house counsel organization, headquartered in Washington DC with 45,000+ members in 85 countries.

She is also a founding investor & Investment Committee member of Dubai Angel Investors Ltd, a member-led ‘micro-VC’ investment company focusing on seed & Series A funding of early stage technology companies with high growth potential.

As General Counsel of du, a major publically listed telecoms operator (2020 revenue: ~ $US 3 Billion) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Anneliese has been recognised as one of Middle East & Africa’s 20 ‘Leading Women in Communications Technology’. 

With an executive & non-executive career spanning the Middle East, UK/EU, USA & Australasia, she is accustomed to operating in dynamic high growth environments with extremely high levels of cultural diversity, & has a track record of building & leading multicultural teams to success in challenging contexts.

Anneliese is a regular speaker at leading regional & international conferences on issues including corporate governance, risk management & regulatory compliance, investment & growth strategies & telecoms law & regulation, & is an inaugural member of the World Economic Forum’s General Counsel Community.  She has Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Economics) degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia, is a Graduate (GAICD) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ International Company Directors Program, has a Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), & holds a current Practising Certificate as Solicitor from the Law Society of New South Wales.



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