Rowena Ironside

Founder and Chair of Women on Boards UK

Rowena Ironside studied Information Processing in Australia before spending 25 years in the ICT industry. She started her career writing software, helped build and ultimately sell a successful IT services business in London and led several multi-national professional and managed services businesses in the tech sector.

After completing the Sloan Masters at London Business School in 2002, she built a second career as an international advisor, non-executive board member and diversity champion. Her board experience includes roles in the end-of-life sector as non-executive director and Vice Chair of Dignity in Dying and inaugural Chair of the sister charity, Compassion in Dying, as well as five years on the board of the entrepreneurial start-up, Cupcake Mum and three years as a City Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge.

Rowena is a founder and Chair of Women on Boards UK, a company providing the information, connections and encouragement to ensure more women are appointed to boards and senior leadership positions across all sectors. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Digital Catapult; a Non-Executive Board Member for the Cabinet Office Elections and Registrations Division; a member of the Advisory Committee for the Huxley Summit and Chair of the Judging Panel for the Nesta Open Up Challenge.