CWN's Board shapes and drives the strategy and mission of our network


Brenda Trenowden

President Emeritus

Brenda D.H. Trenowden, CFA, is at ANZ, where she leads the Financial Institutions Group in Europe. She sits on the UK Management Board and is an executive director of ANZ’s UK Bank subsidiary, ANZ Bank (Europe) Ltd, as well as all of ANZ’s other UK subsidiaries.

Ms. Trenowden has established a history of building international businesses and teams and managing complex client relationships across the globe. She has lived and worked in a number of different countries in Asia, Europe, and North America and has worked for some of the world’s largest banks, including Citi, BNP Paribas, Lloyds Banking Group, and BNY Mellon. Ms. Trenowden is the global chair of the 30% Club.


Sandy Lucas


Sandy Lucas is the HR Director, Alexander Mann Solutions. Sandy had a 23 year career at GE spanning both consumer and commercial finance where she successfully developed her career in marketing, sales, operational excellence, quality and business management.

She was appointed Chief Operating Officer for GE Capital UK, in January 2013, heading up the Operations, IT, Sourcing, BCM and Strategic Projects functions. She is a certified GE Quality Leader.

Sandy champions gender diversity: she co-leads the EMEA community of the GE Women’s Network which spans 35 countries.


@sallyetoddSally Todd

Vice President, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair

Sally is Director of Marketing and Communications at Northill Capital. She was Managing Director of MHP Communications prior to joining Northill and a Partner at Engine Group, the UK’s largest independent marketing and communications group. Previously, Sally was Managing Partner at Penrose Financial, the financial services public relations advisor, which Engine Group acquired in 2010. Penrose was one of three founding consultancies that later joined to create MHP Communications. During her consulting career, Sally advised asset management and pensions businesses on strategic communications focusing on product placement, transactions and crisis management.

Previously, Sally spent four years at Moore Capital Management within the London-based Strategy Group. She started in public relations advising European technology and electronics businesses before moving to financial services in 1997.

Sally is the current Chair of AIMA’s Communications Committee and a former Girls Cricket Board member at Chance to Shine, the charitable cricket campaign launched in 2005 by Lord Mervyn King.

Sally holds MSc and MA (Hons) degrees from the University of Edinburgh.

Isabella Reggio

Treasurer and Operations Committee Chair

Isabella is partner at nest321, a consulting company connecting businesses with talented independent consultants to solve critical strategy and operational issues and providing project delivery capability. She specialises in business transformation and change.

She has a corporate background including a 15 years international career with GE Capital, where she held several roles across different business and geographies, gaining cross functional experience including Finance, Six Sigma, Asset Management and Operations. In 2010, she moved to consulting, working with corporate blue chip clients leading and delivering change programmes in Operational Excellence, sales force effectiveness, systems implementation, outsourcing and organizational re-design. In 2015 she co-founded nest321.

Isabella is energetic and entrepreneurial, and deeply believes in the power of collaboration.

She is an Italian national, with a degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milano, has lived in Italy, France and the Netherlands, and is based in London since 2002.

Maria Mackenzie

External Relations Committee Co-Chair

Maria Mackenzie is Head of Legal, at ANZ, responsible for advising the London and EMEA Offices on a range of Banking and Finance, Regulatory and Company Secretarial matters. Prior to this, Maria was a Senior Associate at Allen & Overy LLP for over five years where she acted on cross border Leveraged Finance and Syndicated Lending transactions.

Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Finance Major) and is admitted to practice in New South Wales (Australia) and England and Wales.Maria is passionate about wellbeing and promoting resilience, and enjoys learning about nutrition. She is fluent in Portuguese and is keen to promote diversity and learn about new cultures.

Uma Cresswell

External Relations Committee Co-Chair

Uma was born in Uganda and is a Partner in Boyden’s London office, leading the Boyden Financial Services Human Resources practice. Prior to joining Boyden, Uma spent over 20 years within senior HR roles operating around the C-suite level across Europe, the Middle East, North America, Asia and Australasia. Uma has a wealth of directly relevant practitioner experience having worked with the global heads of multiple business lines within the sell side at ANZ Banking Group Limited and Deutsche Bank and from the buy side within AXA Rosenberg.

Uma has first-hand understanding of the real-life issues facing Financial Services firms. She has worked with both with C-Suite business professionals and Human Resources Directors, dealing with topics ranging from gender and diversity, regulatory and compliance adherence, talent acquisition, succession planning, employee relations, compensation and benefits, change management and HR transformation.
Uma is passionate about developing top talent and exploring all things that are ‘HR disruption’ related. She is an ardent Leicester City football fan and is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.

Rhonda Martin

Events Strategy Committee Co-Chair

Rhonda has a senior role in the global talent & development team at Allen & Overy law firm. Prior to this, Rhonda has worked at KPMG, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and some leading advertising agencies in a variety of learning, executive development and client relationship roles.

Rhonda lives in South West London and spends her free time trying to keep fit, undertaking DIY and exploring more of the world.

Nicolette Wykeman

Events Strategy Committee Co-Chair

Nicolette Wykeman, who is originally from the Netherlands, has a Masters in Information Management from the University of Amsterdam and worked for 10 years in the telecommunications research and consultancy industry. She retrained as a career coach in 2003 and successfully ran her own coaching and recruiting business in Amsterdam for five years before moving to London in 2009.

Nicolette has been a member of the CWN since 2010. After two years volunteering on the Membership Committee, she joined the Social Committee two years ago.

Nicolette runs her own coaching business in London and is currently studying for a Post Grad in Career Guidance at the London Southbank University. She is an active volunteer for the Charity MyBigCareer, giving career guidance to disadvantaged children in different State Schools in the UK. She is also the Chair of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Group in London and in her spare time she enjoys running and rowing at the London Rowing Club in Putney.

Jacqui Moore

Membership Committee Co-Chair

Jacqui works for GE Oil & Gas in their global HQ here in London, as their Culture & Change Activation Communications Leader. Experienced in delivering multi million pound programmes and leading operational business transformation both in the UK and abroad, she is currently engaged in the integration planning work for the GE Oil & Gas/Baker Hughes merger announced in October 2016. Previous roles included leading on divestiture related activity for GE Capital UK as Business Excellence Leader and as Director of Operations for Reed Professional Services, part of the Reed Global Group.

Within the GE Women’s Network Jacqui promoted the benefits of external networking through her role as External Networks Lead for UK & Ireland and has recently moved into the role of GE London Hub WN Co-leader, to continue supporting and enabling GE Women at all levels. In addition to her MSc in Change Management, Jacqui is Prince2 qualified and graduated with a BA Hons in Accountancy and Finance.

Sarah Brakebill

Membership Committee Co-Chair

Sarah Brakebill joined the Investor Relations team at Omni Partners in October 2015 and is responsible for marketing Omni’s secured lending strategy to investors.

Prior to joining Omni, Sarah was a Sales Manager and Vice President in the Global Financial Institutions Group at BNY Mellon Investment Management and was responsible for managing sales relationships with complex, cross-border institutions, wealth managers and family offices. She joined BNY Mellon in the Corporate Trust department before moving into a Business Development role in Global Client Management.

Prior to moving to London, Sarah worked in the United States at Seattle Bank and MFS Investment Management. She earned an MSc Management degree with Distinction from Cass Business School, City University London and a BSc Psychology degree from Northeastern University.

Sarah was selected as one of WeAreTheCity’s five Rising Stars in Investment Management in 2015. She is a volunteer with the Junior League of London, an organisation committed to promoting voluntary service and developing the potential of women through leadership of trained volunteers.