Groundbreakers: voluntary sector women leaders


The purpose of Groundbreakers is:

• To network with and to learn from fellow women chief executives of national and international  

   charities (past and present).

• To network with women CEs in the public and private sectors in order to share learning.

• To encourage women who have the potential to become leaders in the public, voluntary and

   private sectors.


The steering group consists of Susan Daniels (Chair of Groundbreakers and CEO of National Deaf Children's Society), Dame Mary Marsh (Former Director, Clore Social Leadership Programme), Jackie Ballard (CEO, Alcohol Concern),  Bridget Warr (CEO, UKHCA), Lesley-Anne Alexander (CEO of RNIB) and Dorothy Dalton (Governance specialist and former CEO of Acevo).


Previous speakers have include: Dame Anne Owers, Chief Inspector of Prisons; Eliza Manningham-Buller, Director General of MI5; Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, Chair of the Office for Disability Issues; Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund; Baroness Jean Corston; Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission.


All meetings are under the Chatham House Rule.


Meetings are generously hosted by:

Bircham Dyson Bell at their offices at

50 Broadway, London SW1H OBL.


Further information about

Groundbreakers can be found on:

or by contacting Maggie Sproat




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