Gwen Rhys’s business experience intertwines periods of corporate life and self-employment.
Having set up her own business in the 1970s, she made a career change in 1987 and for the next 8 years worked throughout the UK on a number of government-funded initiatives that raised the aspirations of young people in education in some of the country’s most economically and socially deprived areas. Much of this work centred on developing innovative programmes that encouraged businesses to partner with schools, colleges and universities.
Gwen became Chief Executive of Westminser Enterprise Agency in 1995 and developed a network for female entrepreneurs which came under the management of Networking Culture Ltd which she set up in 1996.
Gwen works with a wide range of organisations helping them and their employees to build, nurture and leverage their social capital and is a frequent and inspirational conference speaker and chair.
Gwen mentors students and young professionals and is a member of the Management Committee of CIC, Turnaround Futures.
Gwen Rhys has worked extensively in the corporate sector and her clients include organisations such as Intel, ICI, Shell, M&S; high street and investment banks, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Lloyds TSB, Barclays Capital; nation-wide charities such as British Heart Foundation; universities including the London Business School, Cranfield and Oxford Brookes; professional practices including BDO, Withers; Hamilton LLP, Alliance Bernstein; trade associations and organisations such as The King’s Fund.
2009 : named Management Champion by the City Branch of the Chartered Management Institute.
2011 : Women in the City won an international Stevie Women in Business Award in the Women Helping Women Category and a Global Excellence Award for its Annual Celebration Lunch.
2012 : appeared in Brummell magazine’s 30 Most Influential Women in the City List
2015 : identified as one of the top 50 diversity figures in public life in the 2015 Global Diversity List
Gwen served as a local councillor in Brackley, Northamptonshire from 2007 until 2015.
She was one of the Judges of the 2014 and 2015 European Diversity Awards.
In 2015 she was invited to become a Senior Advocate, Finance and Professional Services sector for the Welsh Government.
Gwen sat on the Committee for the 150th London Fire Brigade Charity Gala Dinner (2016).
In 2008 Gwen Rhys became the second woman since 1664 to be appointed Assistant to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, one of the City’s ancient Livery companies and was installed as Master in December 2014, a position she held for one year. Two years later, her husband, Peter Rawlinson, was installed as Master and she became the Mistress.
She is also a Liveryman of the
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