August 11, 2020

European WBE Council

  • The WBE Council was established in 2015 with amazing support from a number of certified WBEs within the WEConnect International network. Now chaired by Miriam Dervan from mdgroup, the Council was chaired by Gill Thorpe from The Sourcing Team since its inception. The Council now has WBE representatives from the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. 
  • The role of the WBE Council is to:
    • Act as ambassadors for gender diversity in the supply chain
    • Build a community for the WEConnect International network of female business owners
    • Support the WEConnect International team in Europe’s efforts to share knowledge and to open opportunities within the network through annual conferences, and WBE 2 WBE days 


The three key themes of the WBE Council are:

  1. Winning Together
  2. Ambassadors for Gender Diversity
  3. Success Drives Success

Clare Hill

Chief Executive, Sysdoc

Dana Denis-Smith

CEO, Obelisk Support

Elizabeth Lehnich

Founder, discover legal

Farida Gibbs

CEO, Gibbs Hybrid

Gabriella Skala

CEO, AMP Health

Gill Thorpe

CEO, The Sourcing Team

Ilse Kerling

Co-Founder, The Business Academy

Janet Beck

CEO and Founder, Glasseye

Karen Hayes

Managing Director, World Wide Group

Miriam Dervan

Executive Chair, mdgroup

Sarah Davis

CEO, Skills4Stem