Joëlle Warren MBE, DL

Executive Chair & Founding Partner

Joëlle Warren

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. She has just been 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 a UK Community Foundation, is a Member of the CBI Enterprise Forum, a Member of North West Business Leadership Team and has acted as a Bishops Selection Adviser for the Church of England.

Joëlle’s drive and enthusiasm extends to leisure activities, qualifying as a ski instructor, walking the Camino di Santiago with her husband to charity cycling adventures with colleagues in Vietnam, China, Cuba and Tanzania.


Recent Posts


HR Leaders Dinners - Supporting Inclusion & Diversity

HR Leaders Dinners - Supporting Inclusion & Diversity

Each year, Warren Partners holds senior cross-sector HR Leaders dinners across the country. In the spring of 2019, amongst others topics, we explored how HRDs can support their NomCo Chairs to facilitate further progress around diversity and inclusion. Given the most recent Hampton Alexander Review statistics, we also discussed how businesses across sectors are addressing the challenges and what new approaches will help unblock the pipeline more quickly. We have captured here the key takeaways...

Chair of the York Crown Nominations Commission: 25 April 2019

Chair of the York Crown Nominations Commission: 25 April 2019

Prime Minister appoints Joëlle Warren, MBE, DL as Chair of the York Crown Nominations Commission.


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.