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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

​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 Chair at Chairman Mentors International (CMi).  She has an MBA from London Business School.

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Ally Gaskin

Executive Assistant to Elin Hurvenes

Phone: + 44 7736 792162


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 19 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

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