Charlotte Macleod

Chair of People, Chair of Pay and Remunerations, Risk and Audit Committee and Lead Trustee for Diversity, Inclusion and Equality

Charlotte has worked with books, newspapers, and magazines throughout her career to date. Initially, she began in retail and wholesaling at WHSmith Group, before more recently moving into publishing and distribution as managing director of a jointly owned subsidiary of Hearst Magazines and Conde Nast Publishing.

She has held various board roles, including pension trustee and chair of a not-for-profit industry body, which has given her vast experience in corporate governance and risk management. Charlotte also has strong skills in change and project management, having led and supported mergers and acquisitions, major system implementations, and process reengineering programmes.

Charlotte’s experience covers being a successful leader, manager, and mentor and recruiting, retaining, and developing people to optimise their strengths. She has also developed strong relationships both within businesses and with clients, customers, and trading partners thanks to her skills as an open, honest, and clear communicator.

Charlotte’s position on The White Horse Federation’s board of trustees is her first role within the education sector. However, it is an intentional step as she is passionate about the role education has in enabling children to achieve what they are truly capable of. She hopes to actively support The White Horse Federation in its goal to deliver a first-class education to every child.

Outside of work, Charlotte is a mentor for The Aspire Foundation, a not-for-profit and social responsibility organisation with the goal of inspiring and empowering women working in charities and social enterprises across the world. She regularly mentors MBA students at the University of Warwick and is a volunteer with Young Enterprise in the South West, where she wants to help make the connection between school and the world of work.

Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends and family — including her husband, who is a keen Manchester United fan — as well as gardening and travelling.


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