Helene Martin Gee Pink Shoe Founder
Helene is a serial entrepreneur and senior Parliamentary adviser. Uniquely, she has been Chief of Staff for both a Conservative and a Labour Peer. For many years she served as Chief Adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship which she helped establish.
A media commentator, investor and non-executive director, Helene has won several business awards including the RSA T-Mobile Award. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Creative & Cultural Enterprise at Goldsmiths, London University; and the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for Innovate (the Technology Strategy Board).
Helene is on the board Of Quantum l;eaps USA and WishKnish Inc. She advises several charities, is a Trustee of the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and has been a Save the Children committee member for many years. She is a Fellow of the RSA and Fellow of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
Jill Pay Chairman of the Pink Shoe Senate
Jill made history as the first female Serjeant at Arms at the House of Commons. A Crown Appointment announced by The Queen, The Serjeant at Arms has numerous ceremonial duties and has wide ranging responsibility for the House of Commons and its security.
With an early career as a civil servant and in advertising, Jill now runs her own consultancy and is a Chairman of Trustees at Corum Beanstalk, the volunteer reading charity. Jill is passionate about giving young people the very best start in life.
A founder ambassador member of Pink Shoe, Jill is Chairman of the Pink Shoe Senate which drives strategy for the club.
Marie Melnyk Minister without Portfolio
Marie worked her way from a Saturday assistant to MD of Morrisons Supermarkets. Appointed as a buyer aged 21, she ran a factory operation before the age of 30. Having joined the business in 1975 when the business had 12 stores and a £35m turnover, in 2006 when she left this had grown to 370 stores and a turnover of £12.7bn!
Marie spent 13 years at PLC Board level responsible for all trading and commercial activities. At the time Marie was one of only 11 female board directors in the FTSE 100.
Now enjoying a portfolio career, Marie has various NED positions including at The Cricketer, and mentors many businesses especially in the food industry.
Sheila Williamson Club Administrator
Sheila has been with Pink Shoe since its launch. With a long career in the House of Lords as Chief of Staff and senior PA, Sheila has worked with a number of leading life Peers to establish their Parliamentary offices and organise international diaries and events. For the past 10 years she has managed an International Intern programme for a senior member of the House of Lords, overseeing recruitment, work flow and training.
Previously Sheila was PA to senior industrialists including at American Express; and was a senior travel manager including spending many years living in Italy.
Beth Rowley Communications
Beth is an experienced researcher, having worked in both the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as charities and lobbying groups. For the past year, she has helped with the mentoring and training of female candidates for public office, communications and IT within Pink Shoe.
Beth has spent time in London and Singapore studying philosophy and politics, and is currently assisting with the Economic Blueprint and BoardAble programme, alongside her full time role as Parliamentary Assistant to a Government Minister.
Hannah Grover Membership and Events
Hannah works with Pink Shoe as Executive Assistant via her award-winning consultancy Virtual Girl Friday. Hannah is first point of contact for potential members and looks after Pink Shoe Ambassadors and members as well as managing major events for Pink Shoe.
Sharron Wallace Photographer-in-Residence
A leading photographer with many topnotch clients, Sharron attends all the major Pink Shoe events to capture members, speakers and guests.