Sue O'Brien

WiM Chair

Sue joined Ridgeway Partners as a partner in 2015 to lead the Retail and HR practice and work with the Board practice team. Previously Chief Executive, and a board member of a listed search firm, she has over 17 years as a practitioner in board advisory services. Her work within the search industry has focused on board and non-executive appointments in FTSE and AIM listed businesses.

With an early career in retail, she was a managing director of a leisure business in the early nineties. She moved into executive search in 1998.

In addition to her role at Ridgeway Partners, Sue is a board member of Walpole British Luxury, a non-executive director of MK-LF partners, a founder member of

The Women’s Business Council and a Trustee for KidsOut children’s charity. In January 2014, she was awarded an OBE for services to charity and for promoting equality in the workplace. In September 2015, she took up a role on the board of the Chartered Management Institute and she is also a member of the International Women’s Federation.

Area of interest: Women in Management

Type: WiM Committee