LEAD Network Ambassadors

LEAD Network is growing, and to support our development and maximise the involvement of our Partner companies, Partner Ambassadors play a crucial role. We want to introduce our valued Partner Ambassadors who help us to achieve our mission, to attract, retain and advance women throughout the consumer goods and retail industry. We are grateful for their current contributions to LEAD Network and the industry.
We look forward to doing even more together in the future.

Jacqueline Blount
Global Manager, Diversity and Inclusion,
Ahold Delhaize

“I am honoured to serve as a LEAD Network Ambassador representing Ahold Delhaize. This opportunity combines two of my passions: diversity and inclusion; and lifelong learning. I look forward to collaborating with individuals who share my passion as we work to further gender equity in the consumer goods industry.”

Vanessa Kolasniewski
Responsable Talents,
Direction Talents & Carrière France
Carrefour

“I am honoured to be representing Carrefour as a Partner Ambassador of LEAD Network. It is an amazing opportunity to learn more about what other companies are doing to promote diversity and inclusion. I am looking forward to working with my fellow Ambassadors.”

Alba Ramos Sánchez
Inclusion and Diversity,
Coca-Cola European Partners

“I am thrilled to be part of LEAD Network and look forward to working with the other Ambassadors. I recently joined the Inclusion and Diversity Centre of Expertise at Coca-Cola European Partners. I know I will be inspired by this amazing network.”

Jennifer Ragland
Senior Director, Industry & System Commercial Communications,
The Coca-Cola Company

“At Coca-Cola, we believe a more inclusive workplace is key to our growth. That’s why we aim for our company to be 50% led by women. I’m honoured to be a Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network, an organisation working to advance female talent, skills, and networking opportunities, raising the bar (and opportunities) for us all.”

Petra Brand
interim partner ambassador

EY Consulting Partner – Consumer Industries

“After experiencing a year like no other, we, at EY, believe now more than ever that the power of inclusiveness and diversity will build sustainable and resilient societies, industries and companies. We are determined to close the gender gap, by accelerating parity progress in our own workplace and helping clients to do the same. We support the LEAD Network. It’s a place where individuals can connect, share ideas and build momentum for change.”

Emmanuelle Roman
Marketing Director, Global Consumer
EY

“I am delighted to have been involved with the LEAD Network from the beginning and seen it grow from strength to strength. I believe we need more diversity of thinking on the Executive Boards of Consumer Goods companies for the industry to thrive and for the world to be a better place. The Network is a fantastic opportunity to create a powerful movement with a compelling voice to move the needle in the industry. At EY, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture and bringing the power of our people, experience, connections and influence to the LEAD Network to make a difference.”

Heba El Mahdy
Country Director Egypt & Horn of Africa, Johnson &Johnson Consumer

Heba studied pharmaceutical sciences at the Cairo University. Then she got an MBA degree from American University (ACU).
She has 17 years of experience in marketing, commercial and general management.

“Throughout my career, I have often found myself the only woman in the room. I was thrilled to have a seat at the table, but I have always felt that my role necessitates helping other women advance and be heard.”

Nielsen IQ

Stephanie Manning
Global Communications Leader
NielsenIQ

“What excites me as a Partner Ambassador is the ability to create a multiplier effect for current and future generations of female leaders. I’m honoured to help move the needle for diversity and inclusion so we can get more talented women at senior levels in our organisations.”

Carine Shili
Communications Director
P&G Europe

“As LEAD ambassador, I have the opportunity and responsibility to play a bigger role in driving change in our industry. I’m honored to be working alongside passionate people who share the same ambition of creating more sustainable value by leveraging the full talent pool. Now more than ever, we must remain committed to equity and inclusion. We can’t let the crisis push us back, but rather unite our superpowers to accelerate progress faster than any of us could do alone. I’m thrilled to be part of this journey.”

Jemima Bradbury-Wade
Head of Diversity, Culture and Engagement Communication for PepsiCo Europe

Jemima Bradbury-Wade is Head of Diversity, Culture and Engagement Communications for PepsiCo Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her role reflects PepsiCo’s legacy and continued commitment to raising the bar on talent and diversity.
Prior to PepsiCo, Jemima worked both in-house and agency side in Marcomms and Corporate Communications, working on large-scale consumer campaigns for the likes of Starbucks and Colgate-Palmolive, alongside time spent in media at the Daily Mail Group followed by some years in e-commerce.
Her Anthropology BSc from University College London was the catalyst for all of the above, alongside her relentless curiosity in people. Under PepsiCo’s mantra – “What makes you unique, makes us better” – Jemima knows that together we can achieve so much more, with inclusion creating advantages for businesses, and for the people at the heart of them.

 “I bring a relentless curiosity about people to my role of Partner Ambassador. Under PepsiCo’s mantram‘What makes you unique, makes us better’ I know that together we can achieve so much more, with inclusion creating advantages for businesses and for the people at the heart of them.”

Liesel Kruger
Area HR Director:
Europe, Australia and
New Zealand at RB

The LEAD network provides a fantastic opportunity to inform and influence the inclusivity agenda in the Consumer Goods industry. Through collaboration with our stakeholders and partners, RB is providing better solutions for our consumers and it is our inclusive and diverse workforce driving these innovations. We are on a journey to evolve our agenda to broader inclusivity and involve our male counterparts in this movement while accelerating our vision to develop, attract and retain top female talent.

“I am honoured to be a Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network and look forward to collaborating with members to activate our organisations to the next level of value creation.”

Fatma Tek
Global Portfolio & Operations Manager Unilever, The Netherlands

Fatma Tek is Global Portfolio & Operations Manager at Food Solutions (UFS) division of Unilever since 2018.
Fatma joined Unilever in 2010 and has been responsible for European hair category portfolio including Tresemme, Dove, Tony&Guy, Axe, Clear and Love Beauty & Planet brands.
Her main role was implementation of successful innovations where brand purposes have been combined with strong business results. Prior to joining Unilever, Fatma’s career started as a scientist at P&G R&D. Starting in 2008, she was defining formulation strategies based on consumer understanding & business objectives for fabric care unit. She is 2007 graduate of Bogazici University, Faculty of Science.
Fatma is a strong believer in diversity in all forms; gender, ethnicity and bringing this passion into action as being LEAD Network Ambassador in Unilever. LEAD Network’s mission is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry through education, leadership and business development.
Fatma is traditional folklore dancer and loves travelling with her husband and son.

‘Let’s work from purpose for the good of others’

Geraldine Percival
Head of Talent & Development for Asahi Europe & International

Geraldine joined ABEG in 2017 after relocating back from Melbourne in Australia where she held the role of Head of Talent Management for Carlton and United Breweries. Previously, Geraldine worked for SABMiller plc in London where she held numerous roles within the Centre of Excellence of Talent Management and Learning & Development. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with expertise in psychological assessment to support with selection and career growth and development.

“I am honoured to be representing Asahi Breweries Europe Group as a Partner Ambassador on the LEAD Network. I am excited to collaborate with and learn from the LEAD Network Partners and Ambassadors so that we can create a more inclusive and diverse society together”

Gaby Tschofen
Head Diversity & Inclusion

Gaby assumed the newly created role of Head Diversity & Inclusion at Barry Callebaut in early 2020.
Before that, she served as VP Corporate Communications for nearly two decades, contributing to positioning Barry Callebaut internally and externally as a leader in the industry, in sustainability and innovation. From 1994 to 2001 Gaby worked as Global Head Corporate Communications for the Zurich Financial Services Group. Prior to this, she was a Senior Consultant with an international communications consultancy, advising Swiss and international clients in various industries. She started her career in PR & Advertising with a Swiss private bank. Gaby graduated in Public Relations and modern languages and completed executive development programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the US and the London Business School.

“Probably I work for the coolest company in the world: the world market leader in cocoa & chocolate, a leader in sustainability and innovation – and by joining the LEAD Network also demonstrating its commitment to creating an environment where diverse talent can thrive, develop and get to the top of the company”

Putri Realita
Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Danone

Putri Realita is leading the Diversity & Inclusion program globally at Danone. She started this role at the Danone HQ in Paris in May 2016 and has initiated D&I at global level and deployed it into more than 60 countries.
Before joining the global team in Paris, Putri joined Danone Early Life Nutrition business in Indonesia as Head of Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, and before that she worked for British American Tobacco in Indonesia & Malaysia markets holding various roles in Corporate Affairs & Communications. In her various roles, she has always had a passion in cultural transformation, especially for changing people mindset and ways of working.
Since February 2019, Putri has joined the Education Committee of the LEAD Network, intend to contribute to transforming people mindset through education for the LEAD Network’s members.
She is a proud Indonesian who enjoys travelling and yoga, together with her German husband, Christian. So far, she has visited 50 countries and still counting.

Lesley Cordial
Global Talent Manager at FrieslandCampina

Currently working as a Global Talent Manager for FrieslandCampina, with whom I have worked for almost 9 years.

I am delighted to be joining the LEAD Network as whilst diversity is a core part of our culture, the COVID19 crisis has highlighted the importance of inclusion, to both quickly respond to a crisis but also to support our employees through these challenging times. Within our unique organization we have evidenced the open sharing of best practices and experiences, learning from one another, and connections between colleagues globally of all disciplines to overcome challenges. It has proven the critical importance of leveraging diversity and inclusion for business success. We want all our employees to be able to bring their whole and best selves to work, and to feel enabled to contribute to their full potential; and being part of the LEAD network we see as being a core element in helping us to achieve this ambition – to connect, share, learn from and inspire each other.

General Mills

Sadhana Pattni
Director, Talent & L&D EUAU
General Mills

I feel privileged to be representing General Mills as a Partner Ambassador within the LEAD Network.  I am excited to work together to drive inclusion and advance women in both our organisation and within the industry.  Looking forward to learn and share with this incredible network.  

Nicole Zube
Senior HR Director, European Supply Chain at Kellogg Company

In my own experience, networks such as LEAD are pivotal for developing female talent. Firstly, they give women access to truly inspirational females who have rocked their careers whilst also balancing family/home life. Secondly, they provide an all-important “external perspective” and the opportunity for LEAD members to keep up with industry trends, which is becoming increasingly important in driving excellence. Finally, the reach of the network makes it possible to enjoy making new contacts and gain the confidence that comes with putting yourself out there externally.

Our relationship with LEAD is a confirmation of our commitment to develop our workforce diversity and I encourage our employees to take part in this fantastic network.

  • Proud to be a member of the Kellogg family since 2012.
  • Previously held progressive senior HR roles at Proctor & Gamble.
  • US expat from Michigan currently on assignment in UK and based in Manchester.
  • Leading HR for the Kellogg European Supply Chain across 14 manufacturing and distribution centres and over 6,000 colleagues.
  • Specialist experience in recruiting, talent development, succession planning, culture improvement, change management, transformational organisational design, employee engagement, diversity & inclusion, executive coaching and labour relations.
  • Wife to Alex and busy mum to three wonderful children!
Miriam Prins-Visscher

Miriam Prins-Visscher

General Manager Continental Europe
at Kellogg Company

Representation and accessible role models matter. Therefore I make it a personal mission to be present, to mentor many (female) leaders and to speak frequently about this important topic. Sharing experiences, having open discussions. I found it very difficult to choose a path that was not engrained in the culture I am from, where part time working for mothers is still very much the norm. I felt I had to justify my choices all the time, where my husband – who made the same choices- never had to. This, for me, is the power of LEAD. Sharing experiences, giving access to role models, becoming better together and lifting barriers that prevent us to live in a 50-50 society on senior roles. At Kellogg, I always felt my achievements were the only thing that matters. I was promoted during maternity leave twice.

The most remarkable insight for me over the last years has been that very often, tiny adaptations – very easy to implement for the company, can make a massive difference to our female leaders and allow them to continue flourishing both at work and at home. So I really want to share this Kellogg’s Make it Happen Culture with the LEAD Network as well as how we are making strong progress towards our 50/50 gender parity pledge for managers and senior managers. I am happy to play a humble role in making Europe more diverse. In my jobs, I am strongly advocating diversity, not only on gender, but also on multi-cultural, age and diversity of thinking. My biggest ambition is to make this a normality in a world where we won’t need to fight for these basic rights anymore.

Laura Halfas
Head of Corporate Responsibility at METRO AG

Photo:Jan Voth

Laura, has more than 15 years of experience in retail.
Before starting her career in METRO Laura worked for different retail and consulting companies in buying, sales and the IT division. In 2008 she joined METRO, where she worked for 7 years in the Supply Chain Management IT division. She started as Consultant and Project Manager. She worked on and led different international Supply Chain IT projects. After a long time in Supply Chain IT Laura changed to Customer Marketing IT. In 2015 she became the Department Manager for eCommerce, Marketing Operations & Traceability.
End of 2017 Laura decided to follow her passion and become Head of Corporate Responsibility, focusing on Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship.
For more than 4 years Laura is part of the leadership team of METRO’s internal Women Network (Women in Trade). Since that time she is also deeply involved in the LEAD Network, where she was part of the Conference Committee from 2015 – 2018. Since 2018 she has been the Vice Chair of the LEAD Network Germany Chapter.
Laura has a 3 years old daughter and has been married with her husband for 11 years. They have been in a partnership for 20 years now. Her husband supports her a lot. He is a full-time dad at home so that Laura can really focus on her career and knows he’s her back.

Her inspiration is her paternal grandmother, who studied pharmacy at university, bore five children and went on to pursue a career in politics as the first female mayor of her home town. Her example taught Laura that women can achieve anything they want to achieve.
Laura is fully aware that not all women have this kind of inspiration in their life. Therefore she works with a lot of passion in the LEAD Network and with Women in Trade to inspire more women and to cause a change into more women in leadership positions in the Retails and Consumer Goods Industry.

Thomas Allmark
Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Europe, India, Middle East and Africa

Tom is Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Europe, India, Middle East and Africa at CHEP. He joined CHEP in 2006 and has held numerous roles in Finance, Customer Service and Project and Program Management. He has extensive experience of leading teams through periods of cultural, organisational and operational change as well as managing functional alignments, systems implementations and business process redesign. He is passionate about building a truly inclusive culture where diversity can thrive and be leveraged to deliver enhanced customer and employee experiences. During his career Tom has lived in France, Spain, Germany and South Africa. He now lives in London.

“Being part of the LEAD Network is a great way of learning what other organisations are doing to promote gender balance and sharing our own learnings with other members. It’s a fantastic group of hard-working, dedicated and passionate individuals; one that I feel very privileged to be a part of. Driving the Inclusion and Diversity agenda can be a daunting – and sometimes lonely – task and at it really helps to know that I’m part of a supportive community committed to making real change happen.”

Alexa Solórzano
Assistant Buyer, Majors, Furniture & Media,
Costco Wholesale Spain S.L.U.

I am thrilled to belong to this organization and to have the opportunity to network with people that have the same purpose of developing female talent and implementing solutions to eliminate the common bottlenecks in their path to advancement.
I am eager to learn what other retail companies are doing to achieve this goal and to share COSTCO initiatives to drive inclusion and to encourage women leaders.

LillianWassen
Vice President Marketing Europe

I joined Diversey (which was part of Unilever in those days) back in 1992 as a young marketing graduate, ready to join the exciting world of marketing in the FMCG sector. Through the years I have had both national (Benelux) and European/Global roles in marketing, sales & customer service. In my current role I am Vice President of Marketing Professional Europe at Diversey, and proud to be able to create a safer place for all of us to live, through our leading hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions.

“Diversity & Inclusion has always been close to my heart. In many moments in my career I was the first or only woman sitting at the table, being it in leadership teams, at customer or supplier meetings. I am grateful that I have been able to grow into the role where I am now in Diversey, in an international and diverse environment, allowing me every day to realise that my point of view is just one way of seeing things. Being the LEAD ambassador for Diversey is my commitment to help female and male talents to grow and develop, and reach their ambitions while enjoying the path to get there”

Angelina Michail
HR Manager Greece & HRBP, TCD Europe, ECOLAB

“In Ecolab, we believe the best teams are diverse and inclusive. We have a shared vision with Lead Network on the importance of equal gender representation in our businesses and increase of female leadership population.

Our journey of DE&I in Europe has started this year with a focus on empowering women, by launching EmpowHer gender equality program and we believe that our participation in Lead Network will enable us to maximize the returns of this inspiring initiative.”

Emma Nyquist
Talent Foundation, Group HR,
ICA Gruppen

“I am convinced that a diverse workforce that gives equal opportunities to everyone will create better results. I am also very passionate about how to make the most out of a diverse workforce, for me that means to truly include everyone so we all can contribute with our different perspectives and experiences. Diversity AND Inclusion, together, will create sustainable results.

I am looking forward to participate as a LEAD Network Partner Ambassador, to share my and ICA’s experiences and learn from others about best practices, tools, culture-related questions, and much more. I’m excited to join the Network and together with LEAD contribute to a more equal, diverse and inclusive retail business sector.”

Stefanie Gunia
Manager at Kalypso

Stefanie is delivering on the promise of innovation as a Manager at Kalypso: A Rockwell Automation Company. She is leading global transformations in the consumer goods industry from initiation through roll-out and is specialized in sustainable change and value delivery. Prior to Kalypso, Stefanie held marketing positions at Hunkemöller, Starbucks and Domino’s Pizza.

“I believe that diversity not only enhances results and is essential for innovative thinking, but it is also very beneficial to one’s own personal development and growth. I am a strong supporter of advancing diversity in the workforce. But there is still a lot that needs to be done and therefore I am proud to be a member of the LEAD Network and serve as an ambassador representing Kalypso: A Rockwell Automation Company to support LEAD’s mission to attract, retain and advance women.”

Ana Paiva
International Diversity Inclusion & Belonging and IHQ People and Performance Director at
The Kraft Heinz Company

“At KraftHeinz, We Demand Diversity is one of our values. We’re committed to creating an inclusive environment for our employees, our partners, our customers, and our consumers, knowing that diverse backgrounds and perspectives make us a stronger, more interesting and more innovative company. For this reason I’m a proud Partner Ambassador for the LEAD network – joining forces to advance women in the FMCG industry.”

Ana joined The Kraft Heinz Company in 2017, where she started in the People & Performance team working on Rewards and quickly becoming EMEA Head of DI&B. Currently Ana is responsible for DI&B International (EMEA/LATAM/APAC) and is Director People & Performance for the International Headquarters. With over 15 years of experience in different countries, sectors and roles, she is an all-round professional who embraces challenges with an enthusiasm for learning and problem-solving.

“I love working in teams and to me people always come first. This is the reason why I enjoyed so much the roles I’ve done in HR and why I am a DI&B ambassador by nature, way before it was even a role I took.”

Banu Yaran Kılıç
Corporate Communications Manager at Lila Group

She was born in 1982 in Istanbul.
After completing her high school education at Şehremini High School, she graduated from Istanbul University in Business Administration. Then she went to United Kingdom for the MBA degree from University of Wales Institute.

During her university years, she began her professional carrier in services sector. Then worked as consultant in different HR projects. She has a total 15 years of job experience in services, real estate, retail, fmcg and consultancy sectors. She established HR departments and systems during her HR career. She managed recruitment, training, e-learning, performance management, career & succession planning, comp & ben projects. She joined Lila Group and promoted to HR Manager position within 2 years. After her successful and committed work to set up HR Department she was appointed as Corporate Communications Manager in 2015.

Banu is married. In her social life, she is interested in voluntary association activities, reading, discovering different places and cultures.

“Advancing women should not be a mission it’s a necessity for the development and comes from my DNA. I’m happy and proud to be part of LEAD Network as ambassador and volunteer.”

Aurelie Uricher, Groupe L'Occitane

Aurelie Uricher
Human Resources Development Manager chez Groupe L’OCCITANE

I work for the L’OCCITANE Group, a family group with global reach, whose goal is to balance profitability and sustainability to create a company that will still be here in 100 years.
We need to move towards greater resilience in all human activities. It is for this reason that I am particularly proud to work for the L’OCCITANE Group, which has been promoting Diversity and Inclusion for over 40 years.

I started dealing with this topic by managing the Disability Mission in France on our industrial sites ten years ago. Today it is from our international headquarters that I manage both the development of our talents and the development of Diversity and Inclusion programs focusing on women.

Our first global initiative was the launch in March 2020 of a global parental leave policy to support families of all shapes and sizes. The new policy gives primary caregivers a minimum of 20 weeks’ fully paid leave and secondary caregivers a minimum of 12 weeks’ fully paid leave to bond with their new child. It will apply to L’OCCITANE employees worldwide – across its offices, factories, and owned retail stores – whether the child is welcomed by birth or through adoption or surrogacy.

I firmly believe that the company’s role has considerably evolved: D&I initiatives are no longer seen as a cost center but as a source of value creation.”

“I firmly believe that the company’s role has considerably evolved: D&I initiatives are no longer seen as a cost center but as a source of value creation.”

Ayse Deniz Yuzbasioglu
HR Talent Manager at Migros Ticaret A.S.

Providing diversity in decision making processes will contribute directly to companies and economic development. At LEAD Network, we are working hard to encourage more female managers to choose the retail sector. We are so proud to see that LEAD Network brings diversity and inclusion to the agenda and has accelerated the retail sector. We are also happy to be part of this movement.

Our goal is to cooperate with the LEAD Network and Migros in terms of increasing diversity by the help of valuable initiatives. We believe that it will be helpful for us to synergize with the LEAD Network that good practices can be multiplied, various executions can be implemented and supported. We can step these achievements up, which will provide a better working environment, thanks to this collaboration.

Marie Dousova
Business Executive Officer for Nestle Professional CEE

Marie Dousova is currently working in Central and Eastern Europe, as Business Executive Officer for Nestle Professional CEE. During last almost 5 years she has been heading Sales and Customers Management for Nestlé Zone Europe, Middle East & North Africa (Z- EMENA), being a Member of Nestlé’s Z-EMENA Management Team.

She joined Nestlé in August 1993 in Czech Republic following her previous experience in Biotechnology science and research. During her career with Nestle, Marie has performed gradually in different commercial and business positions in Czech and Slovak Republic, Russia, Hungary and she has been appointed as a Country Manager in Baltic Region before taking her Zone role.
Marie is a member of Youth Employment Initiative Steering Committee passionate about mentoring and coaching young talents.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Marie Dousova has graduated from the Charles University Prague as Master in Biophysics, her PhD. has obtained from Czech Academy of Sciences in Biotechnology and MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Marie is married with two children

“I believe on the power of DIVERSITY and INCLUSION as a strategy to achieve best results. LEAD Network is helping us in our journey to Diversity and Inclusion.
I volunteered at the LEAD Network conference in Brussel and since then I have been closely connected to the LEAD Network . It provides guidance and encourages women in my organization to not just trying but doing to take on leadership roles”.

Boryana Kiteva
PA to CEO and Head of Corporate Communications
Prestige

Boryana Kiteva is part of the team of PRESTIGE since 2012 as a PA to the CEO and as of 2015 she is responsible for the corporate communications of the company. PRESTIGE is one of the biggest food producing companies in Bulgaria and market leader in the categories in which the company operates biscuits, wafers and mini cakes. Before her employment at PRESTIGE Boryana was gaining experience in the financial sector and in the motion picture industry working for one of the first private Bulgarian production companies. Boryana has professional development qualification in PR and Reputation Management from London School of PR, Master degree in International Business from New Bulgarian University and Bachelor degree in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“Equality, diversity and inclusion are not female issues, it is a topic we all women and men should elaborate on and fight with all the prejudices we might have. That addresses why I strongly believe that it is not important the title you have on your business card to use your voice, to lead by example and to empower. It is а state of mind and character you build and shape all your life.”

Eszter Lantos

Eszter Lantos
Head of HR, Europe / Senior HRBP at tcc global

Eszter has joined tcc global in 2020. She is originally from Hungary, but currently based in London. She is fronting the HR team for Europe at tcc, shaping and executing the organisational and people agenda, ensuring tcc has the right structure, capabilities and talent for the future. Previously she held HR roles both in a start-up environment and at companies such as KPMG and Continental. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce & Marketing, a Master’s Degree in Organisational and Human Resources Development, and currently pursuing CIPD qualifications.

“I’m so thrilled to join this amazing community. Diversity has a positive impact on organisations and their business results- this has been widely debated, and there is now research evidence out there to back this up. In other words, this is not only something nice to do, but it can be a real competitive advantage. On a personal note, the cause is also close to my heart as I’m the first woman in my family who has been given all support to focus on education & building my career. Being part of this network is a great way to get inspired, learn more, promote a good cause and ultimately give back.”

Susan Sampson
Supply Chain Configuration and Planning at Waitrose & Partners
Susan is Manager, Supply Chain Configuration and Planning at Waitrose & Partners. In this role she is responsible for the day-to-day operational leadership of central forecasting, capacity management and order scheduling. She joined Waitrose & Partners in 1996, working in a number of management roles within Supply Chain, initially focussed on supplier ordering and forecasting, and then more recently taking responsibility for the Supply Chain Configuration and Planning Team. Prior to joining Waitrose, Susan was a Food Supply Officer in the British Army, completing one operational tour in Croatia as part of the UN Peacekeeping Force. Susan is married to Kevin, they live in rural Hampshire and she regularly visits her family in Scotland
“I have been a LEAD Ambassador since Waitrose & Partners became a Bronze Partner in 2018. I have to be honest – I wasn’t that familiar with the LEAD Network before I took on this role and I have been amazed at the energy, enthusiasm and passion displayed by everyone involved. I have introduced LEAD to many other Waitrose Partners and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with women from across our business wanting to understand more about the network and how they can get involved. LEAD is exactly the sort of organisation we need to help women develop their potential, build their confidence and achieve great things in the retail sector.”