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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Women in Finance

Date: 17 November 2016 18:00 for 18:30

Type: Career and Personal Development, Social and Networking

Organiser: NEYCAG

Three times as many female members take career breaks compared to males. This can result in disengagement with the profession and loss of talent from the sector. Gender diversity in the workplace is fundamental to business success. Research has shown that companies with more women in leadership positions are more profitable and more efficient.

On Thursday 17 November, the North East Young Chartered Accountants Group (NEYCAG), in partnership with Nigel Wright and PwC, are hosting a Women in Finance Seminar.

The event aims to provide an “off the record” and informal opportunity for female members of the North East Young Chartered Accountants Group (NEYCAG) to hear about the experiences of senior female finance professionals.

Following brief introductions from the speakers, there will be a talk show style discussion addressing a range of topics.


18:30 – Registration opens and refreshments will be served

19:00 – Women in Finance Forum

20:00 – Networking

21:30 Close


Women who have recently qualified and up to 10 years post qualification – Free


Our speakers will include:

Yvonne Gale – Chief Executive, NEL Fund Managers

Jeanette Brown – Partner, Dodd & Co, Chartered Accountants

Lynne Hodgson – Finance Director, North East Ambulance Service

Alison Lander – Coutts & Co.

Angela Hildreth – Finance Director, Shield Theraputics

Catherine Young – Wetton Young

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PwC Newcastle

Central Square South
Orchard Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel No: 0191 232 8493


Alison Lander

Alison has over 27 years working in the banking industry and has had roles with Coutts Newcastle and the wider NatWest Group. Her role involves providing relationship banking and regulated lending services to a portfolio of High net worth private clients. Her background also includes wealth management and a team leadership role across the Coutts North offices of Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield.

Catherine Young

Following graduation, Catherine joined a “big 4” accountancy firm, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1987.  Since then, she has worked in practice and in business, at both PLC and SME level, including as a manager and as a business owner.

Catherine also holds non-executive positions, including,  Chair of Audit Committee with the national charity Breast Cancer Care, Governor and Member of Finance & Development Committee at the University of Sunderland, non- executive director at North East Ambulance Service and as a Commissioner, and pension scheme trustee, at the Port of Blyth.  Catherine is also a member of the ICAEW Northern Regional Strategy Board

Jeanette Brown

Jeanette Brown

Jeanette is Dodd and Co’s Insolvency Partner. She is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and is authorised to take formal insolvency appointments by both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Non-Administrative Receivers Association. Jeanette provides a wide range of recovery advice to businesses – both corporate and personal. Jeanette joined the firm whilst still a trainee chartered accountant and became a Partner in 1990. Jeanette also shares responsibility for the firm’s portfolio of Doctors’ Practices which advises GPs around the country on the accounting, taxation and other financial issues which affect their businesses. She is an experienced speaker and makes regular seminar presentations on her specialist subjects of insolvency and medical finance.

Dr Yvonne Gale FCA – Chief Executive Officer, NEL Fund Managers

Yvonne joined NEL Fund Managers in 2002. She is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of all teams within the organisation.

Her role also involves sourcing funds for management, fund design, achieving maximised returns and impact for investors, and investor relations.

Yvonne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate Member of the Institute of Economic Development. She holds a DBA, MBA, IOD Diploma in Company Direction and is an FCA approved person. Dr Gale’s area of research is investment decision making. She is also a member of the Advisory and Decision Committee for the UAE Ministry of Finance-backed, Mohammed bin Rashid AED 2 billion Innovation Fund.

Prior to joining NEL, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a national accountancy firm and has held senior management positions in several high growth businesses. She brings a wealth of experience to the team of investing in high growth businesses.

How to book

The easiest way to book is online by clicking the button to Book Online at icaew.com – you will be able to log into your account at icaew.com and pay with your debit or credit card.

You can also telephone the ICAEW central events booking team on 01908 248159 and pay over the phone.

Alternatively you can download a booking form or book by email.