The Mentoring Foundation
Peninah’s early career was in the UK Foreign office, then in Paris, working direct to the Board of NATO National Delegates. After Doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, working for eight years in Government Services and Economics Division, and at Cabinet Office level in India, Africa, Singapore & Hong Kong. Seconded for two years to the UK Cabinet Office and to the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, she was then promoted Director, and spent four years in PwC’s Corporate Transformation Practice working at Board level in FTSE 100 companies. After thirteen years of consultancy at PwC she worked for fourteen years at Praesta Partners LLP, as a Board level Executive Coach.
Peninah is an international speaker & broadcaster, and has published five books and refereed articles on women’s leadership, corporate governance & business ethics. She directs the FTSE 100® Cross-Company Mentoring Programme, in which 70 FTSE 100 Chairmen & CEOs mentor senior women from just below the Board to become credible Board candidates. This highly successful Programme has been running for thirteen years and has been emulated in more than a dozen countries. She also directs the Next Generation Women Leaders Programme, which has as its mission to assist in the development of the “pipeline” of talented senor female executives, by offering highly individualised and effective mentoring relationships for high-potential women at the mid-stages of their career. She is co-author of The Changing Culture of Leadership: Women Leaders’ Voices (2000); A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom (2005), A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: The Roadmap (2008) and Women and the New Business Leadership, (2011). Her latest book The Rise of the Female Executive: How Women’s Leadership is Accelerating Cultural Change, was published in November 2015.
Peninah Thomson is the Chief Executive of The Mentoring Foundation, the not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that owns and manages the FTSE 100® Cross-Company Mentoring Programme.She is a UK Director of the Center for Talent Innovation, New York, and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. Peninah was awarded an OBE for Services to Women and Equality in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours, 2012.