IoD Lancashire - Diversity in the Boardroom

What is diversity in the boardroom? Why should you have a diverse board?

Business leaders will be aware of the need for 'diverse' boards - the need for a board that consists of more than one type of person, and the benefits that can bring to an organisation.

The need for diversity of skills in the board room is now recognised and this has brought about a renewed intensity of focus on the broader aspects of diversity and strategic composition of the board, considering a broader range of attributes such as ethnicity, age, perspective, experience and now, even tenure on the board but there is still much more to be done.

The IoD Lancashire, Diversity in the Boardroom event will explore why it is essential to encourage diversity, to allow the opportunity for fresh viewpoints and to move away from a 'group think' mentality that occurs when like-minded people discuss issues and make decisions.

The panel of speakers for this event will share personal and professional stories supported by recently published data on the diversity of boards, which will provide key 'takeaways' for attendees.


08:30 Arrival and registration

09:00 Welcome from Laura Hartley, IoD Lancashire Committee and director at Laura Hartley Recruitment

09:10 Olive Strachan MBE, director at O S Resources

09:35 Joanne Carlin, director of people and development at Daniel Thwaites

10:00 Refreshment break

10:15 Leila McKenzie, director at Leila McKenzie

10:35 Panel with question and answer session

11:00 Closing remarks and networking

11:30 Event closes


Olive Strachan director O S Resources

Global business woman, entrepreneur and founder of Olive Strachan Resources, Olive, who has established and run her own learning and development consultancy since 1998 is one of the 392 at MBE who has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.  Having worked as a management development specialist and an international learning development consultant for over 20 years, Olive is delighted to be recognised to receive the award for her services to exports in professional business.  As a UKTI North West export champion, Olive has worked in over 25 countries, as a consultant, executive coach and trainer helping organisations to develop leaders to achieve their full potential.

Aside from her profession, Olive has contributed and undertaken many voluntary roles she has been highly commended by the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) for her role as the Chair of Manchester branch before becoming a CIPD Council representative, a role she has cherished and was very proud to undertake. Olive has also been a mentor for the NatWest Entrepreneurial Spark Programme, mentoring young entrepreneurs in start-up businesses.


Leila McKenzie managing director Leila McKenzie Associates

Leila holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Business and Management studies from Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan Universities respectively where she received the RWR Award for the highest mark in the graduating year. Leila has had a uniquely entrepreneurial career since graduation, including working on multiple contract assignments within events management and promotions for businesses such as Nestle, Coca Cola and Unilever. She also founded and opened her own tearoom in York prior to working in executive search for several privately-owned businesses prior to establishing her own business.

In addition to her work within Executive Search, Leila also carries out the role as city director for Winmark Global, specialising in C Suite peer to peer learning. Leila works closely with FTSE and Fortune companies joining Winmark's full portfolio of 16 CxO networks and developing new opportunities that give business leaders the knowledge and connections to achieve greater impact.