06th Sep 2022 by

Female Voices Event: The generation, preservation and creating giving of wealth


With one day to go, we are delighted to announce that tomorrow we will be hosting MASECO's first female focused event.

With one day to go, we are delighted to announce that tomorrow we will be hosting MASECO's first female focused event. Due to circumstances over the past few years it has been a while since we have been able to hold an in-person event and so we are very much looking forward to welcoming guests. This event has been created and tailored to suit guests, whether they are in the accumulation phase of their career, an established leader looking to influence change (as a male or female), or looking at succession and/or philanthropic giving, this event is tailored to cover a broad scope of topics.

We are thrilled to have a high calibre of speakers joining us to discuss such important topics and impart their experiences, knowledge and advice on subjects such as the role of being a female leader, how to support female talent to thrive in the workplace (and understanding the differences found in the public, private and non-profit sectors) and how to give creatively and choosing a recipient for your philanthropy, professionally and personally.

Joining us as our speakers we have Partner and Head of Advanced Planning at MASECO, Andrea Solana, acting as facilitator for the evening. Andrea will be facilitating a discussion with our three key speakers who will be: 

Anna Sofat
Voice of Women’s Wealth, Founder & CEO of Addidi

Anna Sofat is widely known as the Voice of Women’s Wealth having founded and sold Addidi, the financial services boutique for women and their families. Anna is a wealth adviser and chartered financial planner, helping clients to live a richer life by planning and managing their wealth.

Clare Pelham
Chief Executive of Epilepsy Society

Clare Pelham was appointed Chief Executive of Epilepsy Society in November 2016. Clare was previously Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability for five years.

Before joining the charity, which supports disabled people in the UK and around the world, Clare was the first Chief Executive of the Judicial Appointments Commission and held senior civil service positions at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department for Constitutional Affairs. Clare has also worked in the private sector at IBM and was a member of the executive committee of Coca Cola GB and Ireland where, as Director of Active Lifestyles, she was responsible for the company’s partnerships with the voluntary sector.

In her non-executive life Clare is a Governor of Birmingham City University, and a Director of Ofqual among other roles. She is also very fond of cake!

Susan Hooper
Currently chairs or advises on the boards of several companies and start-ups including Uber, Moonpig, Tangle Teezer, Carbon Gap, Chapter Zero and EUROWAG

Susan is Chair of Tangle Teezer and sits on the Boards of Moonpig plc (Chair of the Remuneration Committee), EUROWAG plc (ESG and workforce Lead), and Uber UK.  She is Acting Chair of Carbon Gap, Chair Designate of Inter.Earth, and a Founding Director of Chapter Zero, an organisation dedicated to providing education, insight and support on climate change to Non-Executive Board Directors and Chairs.  She is involved in several start-ups in carbon capture and sustainability and is also an Ambassador for the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Prior to her plural career, Susan was Managing Director of British Gas Residential Services, a £1.8bn revenue division, leading the Service and Repair, Central Heating Installations, Electrical Services, and Dyno-Rod business units.  She joined British Gas from the Acromas Group where she was Chief Executive of the Travel division, responsible for Saga Holidays, Hotels, Cruises, the AA Travel division and Titan Travel. Previously, she held senior roles at Royal Caribbean International, Avis Europe, PepsiCo International, McKinsey & Co, and Saatchi & Saatchi, living in over seven countries worldwide.

She was Chair of Caresourcer.com in Edinburgh and has held several non-executive directorships including: Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), Wizz Air plc, Courtaulds plc, Royal & Sun Alliance plc, Transcom, First Choice Ltd., S.C Johnson, Whitbread plc, Affinity Water and The Rank Group plc.  Susan was also a member of the Advisory Board of the LUISS Business School in Rome.  

Susan has a BA from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.) in Washington DC. She is fluent in German and Italian.

Susan lives near London with her husband.  She loves being outdoors and enjoys mixing sailing, travel and photography.

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