Joëlle Warren MBE, DL
Executive Chair & Founding Partner
Joëlle was inspired to set up Warren Partners in the belief that you can succeed in business without losing in life, behaving ethically and treating others as you want to be treated. These values are just as tangible in the business today as they were then in 1999.
As Executive Chair, she leads Chair and NED searches across various sectors. Being passionate about improving effectiveness in the boardroom through the right balance of skills, diversity and experience led to Joëlle being in the group that worked with BEIS developing the Search Firms Voluntary Code of Practice around gender diversity on boards and subsequently with the Hampton Alexander Review putting this into practice to ensure Warren Partners is one of just four accredited firms for the work they have been doing beyond the FTSE350. She received an MBE in 2016 for Services to Business.
“Passionate about improving effectiveness in the boardroom through the right balance of skills, diversity and experience”
Joëlle serves as Her Majesty’s Vice-Lord Lieutenant for Cheshire and a Non-Executive Director on the board of Chester Race Company. In 2019 she was appointed by the Prime Minister to Chair the Crown Nominations Commission for the appointment of the next Archbishop of York. She was the Founding Chair of Cheshire Community Foundation, is a Member of the CBI’s SME Council and on the Board of the North West Business Leadership Team.
Joëlle’s drive and enthusiasm extends to leisure activities, from qualifying as a ski instructor and walking the Camino di Santiago and Tour de Mont Blanc with her husband to charity cycling adventures with colleagues in Vietnam, China, Cuba and Tanzania.
We had the great pleasure of being joined by Moni Mannings and Ashok Gupta and over 100 guests earlier this month to explore how to build more ethnically diverse boards.
Ian Durant joins Warren Partners as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Employee Ownership Trust Board (EOT)
COVID has accelerated the need for CEOs to reprioritise their strategic objectives around what will add most value and best returns. How is this having an impact on ESG? How can businesses best respond and balance the need for performance and long term sustainability. What is the new reality CEOs are having to navigate? In November ‘20 we were delighted that Mike Coupe and Dr Helene Roberts joined in conversation with Joëlle Warren to explore these issues.
In a fiercely competitive market, it is the quality of our people, our market expertise and our commitment to “treating others as we want to be treated” which sets us apart.