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Rowena Ironside

Rowena Ironside

Founder and Chair of Women on Boards UK

Rowena is a businesswoman and tech industry veteran who now works principally as a non-executive board member and mentor. She is also a founder of Women on Boards UK, a purpose-led company providing the information, connections and encouragement to ensure more women are appointed to boards and senior leadership positions across all sectors.

Rowena spent 25 years in the information technology industry, starting her career writing software in Australia; building and selling an IT services business in London and subsequently running several multi-national services businesses in the software and hosting industries. Since completing the Sloan Masters at London Business School in 2002, Rowena’s career has focused on board, advisory and entrepreneurial roles in purpose-led organisations, including start-ups, universities, charities and the Cabinet Office.

As well as her role at Women on Boards, Rowena is a Non-Executive Director of the Digital Catapult and Chair of the healthcare charity PSPA.  Alongside a deep tech background, Rowena brings broad strategic expertise and global operations experience, along with a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity.

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