Present Appointments

Board Mentoring
Founder & CEO

Sportscoach UK

Industrial Development Advisory Board
Board Member

NISA Retail
NED & Remuneration Chair

NED & Remuneration Chair

Past Non-Executive Appointments

Admiral Group

Blackwells (UK & US)

Age UK (previously Help the Aged)

Land of Leather

Derbyshire Probation Trust

International Womens Forum (IWF UK)

Past Executive Appointments

Royal Mail MD Mail Markets

Buy as you View CEO

Littlewoods Brand/Strategy Director

Avon VP Marketing

Sears Consultant Marketing Director

Next & Next Directory Marketing Director


Marks & Spencer




Gillian is the Founder & CEO of Board Mentoring which works with CEO's and Directors of leading UK and International companies. Mentors are all senior business leaders with many years diverse boardroom experience and a belief in the power of improving personal and business performance through coaching and mentoring.

Winner of the 2014 NED Awards Unquoted/Private Equity category (Peel Hunt/Sunday Times) and listed in the Cranfield 100 Women to Watch in the 2014 Female FTSE Report. In 2013 she was appointed as NED and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Nisa Retail, a £1.6bn grocery convenience group and at ELEXON, a company involved in the successful operation of Great Britain’s electricity trading arrangement under the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC). In 2012 she was appointed to the Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) which advises UK Government on large commercial investment projects and gives robust independent business advice to Ministers. She was appointed Chairman of Sportscoach UK in December 2015 (press release).

Gillian's executive career encompasses 30 years at leading companies and Brands including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Avon Cosmetics, Littlewoods and Royal Mail. Her early career as a Marketing Director included launching the award winning and highly profitable Next Directory in the late 80's and transforming the brand and profitability of Avon Cosmetics in the '90's. At Royal Mail in the early 2000's she was MD of Mail Markets and part of the team that kick-started the transformation and culture change of the business and its return to profitability. She has done two turnaround roles as a CEO and led buyout bids.

Gillian's NED Board career includes Blackwells (retail), Land of Leather (retail) and Admiral (insurance). She writes and speaks on Leadership, Mentoring and the Boardroom.

As one the UK's marketing leaders, Gillian is a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and works with entrepreneurs to bring new concepts to market and expand channels of distribution.

- Gillian Wilmot appearing on the BBC explore if the volume of betting adverts on TV during the World Cup is normalising gambling and ask what more can be done to reduce gambling-related harm. 15 Jul 2018 To listen to the audio track, click below

- Gillian Wilmot article "Marketing from the Front Line". 1 June 2018. To read the article from Marketing Week, click here

- Gillian Wilmot discussing with the editor of Professional Manager in 2017 how she developed into her roles as NED and Chairman. To read the article from Professional Magazine, click here

- Gillian Wilmot in her role as Chairman of Sports Coach UK at the annual Sports Coach awards in London in December 2016 with Princess Anne as Patron. To view the video link of the evening click here


- Gillian Wilmot discussing her NED insights as a NED Award Winner 25th October 2016


- Gillian Wilmot interview on BBC Radio 4 Today program October 2015 discussing the benefit or not of publishing gender pay.


- Gillian Wilmot appearing on the BBC News 24hr channel 14th July 2015 discussing the gender pay gap Government agenda


- Gillian Wilmot interview on BBC 5 Live 14th July 2015 discussing the Governments Gender pay gap.