Our Team

Since 2004 Elin and the Professional Boards Forum team have promoted better gender parity at board level across Europe.


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Elin Hurvenes

Founder & CEO

Phone: +47 932 80 230
E-mail: elin@boardsforum.co.uk

​Elin Hurvenes founded the Professional Boards Forum in Norway in 2003 and now runs PBF in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Elin gives keynote speeches about women on boards at international conferences and corporate events, and is consulted by the media as an authority on the subject. Elin is also the Senior Partner at Chairman Mentors International (CMi).  She has an MBA from London Business School.

Professor Stephen Smulowitz

Term Research Professor at the IMD Global Board Center and Senior Advisor on Board Education at the Professional Boards Forum

E-mail: stephen.smulowitz@imd.org

Stephen Smulowitz is a Term Research Professor at the IMD Global Board Center and Senior Advisor on Board Education at the Professional Boards Forum.  He has published extensively in leading international journals in the areas of diversity, risk, and executive compensation. He teaches in the areas of strategy, stakeholder management, and risk management to executives and board members. He joined PBF as a Senior Advisor on Board Education in 2022 having supported us with outstanding case material and facilitation for the `Simulated Board Meetings´ at our events since 2019

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Ally Gaskin

Executive Assistant to Elin Hurvenes

Phone: + 44 7736 792162

E-mail: ally@boardsforum.co.uk

Ally is an accomplished executive assistant who offers organisational support to Professional Boards Forum.  She has had many years experience supporting board level executives in both the private and public sector. Ally has run her own virtual assistant company for 17 years providing support to a wide range of clients both in the UK and abroad.


Paula August

Events & Office Manager

Phone: +44 7973 757248

Paula provides administrative support to Professional Boards Forum.  Paula has many years of experience as an accomplished executive assistant supporting Chairmen of FTSE100 companies at the highest level.

Advisory Board


Sir Roger Carr
Chairman, BAE Systems plc

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David Thomlinson

International Chairman Royal Academy of Engineering,

Chairman Moixa Energy

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Benedicte Schilbred Fasmer
CEO, SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA