Our Team

For more than 17 years Elin and the Professional Boards Forum team have promoted better gender parity at board level across Europe.


We support experienced, determined and ambitious women with advice and insight into finding and positioning themselves for Non-Executive roles but, above all, we provide them with access to a group of Chairmen/Chairwomen they may otherwise not have the opportunity to meet.

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.

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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 15 years providing support to a wide range of clients both in the UK and abroad.

Helen Vickers

Events & Office Manager

Phone: +44 7971 951693

Helen provides expert administrative support to Professional Boards Forum. She has many years experience in office management for investment banks, and has run her own business providing office management and event management services. She has a degree in German and French.

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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