Gillian Wilmot

Gillian Wilmot

Founder & CEO, Board Mentoring

Synopsis

Having held senior roles in retail (Boots, M&S, Next) and at Royal Mail, Gillian now advises businesses and boards on leadership, culture, risk and growth. As well as training C-level execs she also speaks and advises on the importance of diversity within organisations and the business advantages to listening to a broad range of voices.

Biography

Gillian Wilmot is a businesswoman who has held executive positions in almost every sector possible, and has now established a business focused on training C-level staff on leadership, culture change and career development.

Starting her career at Marks & Spencer as a graduate, Gillian became a manager before moving to Boots rising to Marketing Manager. She then joined Next as Marketing Director, overhauling the company’s neglected brand offering and launching the hugely successful home shopping channel, the Next Directory. Gillian then went on to senior roles at US retail giant Sears, Avon and Littlewoods before joining Royal Mail as MD of their Mail Markets division which she turned around from a £180m loss to a £36m profit in just two years.

After Royal Mail, Gillian took on a series of non-executive roles at financial and retail businesses and also started her own home retail business. She sits on the boards of convenience retailer Nisa, energy company ELEXON, the gaming industry body The Senet Group, and the Industrial Development Advisory Board which offers advice and government support to businesses. She also chairs Sports Coach UK, the non-profit agency for encouraging coaching across all sports.

Throughout her extensive career, Gillian has seen the best and worst of a wide range of companies of all types, sizes and industries. She speaks about the vital role of boards and leadership in setting an example, driving culture, taking risks and understanding growth. She also looks at the importance of diversity and listening to a range of voices throughout an organisation, and the effects of regulation on an industry.

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