Sailing | United Kingdom
Vicky Ellis is a public speaker and consultant. She established her own speaking and leadership training program using lessons from her offshore racing career to illustrate leadership in challenging conditions and high performance team building. Vicky is one of only a handful of women who have ever led a team in a round the world yacht race. A sailor from a young age and exceptionally driven, Vicky has never been afraid of hard work which has led her to succeed in several fields. Offshore yacht racing became her sporting focus following her first offshore race win at the age of 19. After attaining a first class honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol, during which time she represented the university in sailing, Vicky embarked on a spell as a professional sailor. She competed in the legendary Rolex Fastnet race and later went on to win the ARC transatlantic race despite encountering a hurricane on the way.
Next followed a land-based career in engineering consultancy, analyzing the structural integrity of aircraft wings. Vicky became a Chartered Engineer, further specializing in project and program management. In addition, she set-up and led an award winning initiative that inspired young people to enter science, technology and engineering careers. In 2011 Vicky decided to return to professional offshore racing full time, determined to attain one of the toughest positions in the sport, that of skipper in the Clipper Round the World yacht race. She was successfully selected as one of the 12 international skippers for the 2013-2014 edition of the race and was tasked with leading a multinational team around the globe for 11 months. Vicky was the only female skipper selected that term and became the first female skipper to ever win a leg of the race in its twenty-year history. Her passion is to inspire the next generation of female sailors and business leaders. Vicky lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband, son and water-loving dog. She continues to support a few sailing charities whose work is close to her heart.
Non-Executive Director | Impact International
MENTOR | IWF United Kingdom
Sue was Director of Strategic Programmes at the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In this role she developed and managed the overall Strategic Programme approach for London 2012 and played a key role in delivery of a widely acclaimed Olympic and Paralympic Games – IOC “happy and glorious,” IPC “best Games ever.” She ran the Nations and Regions team supporting the promise of delivering a UK wide Games, Sustainability for the Games and all aspects of International Relations and Protocol.
Sue joined LOCOG after 20 years with Goldman Sachs, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for the European Special Situations Group and previously as International Treasurer for the firm. While she was there, she sponsored a number of diversity initiatives and received a Global Leadership and Diversity Award. She was also on the board of their Business School and a patron of Community Teamworks – Goldman Sachs’ programme of activities in the community. Sue studied Geography at Cambridge University and then trained as an accountant with KPMG and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Sue is passionate about allowing people to reap their full potential, as part of her portfolio she is a non-executive director with Impact International, a leading global learning and development organization and involved with a number of charities, including The Lullaby Trust and Amref Health Africa which are both focused on health. Sue enjoys keeping fit, trying new things and a sense of adventure.