Events In Conversation with Irene Grant: from corporate Executive to small business founder and NXD – highs, hints and hindsight


In Conversation with Irene Grant: from corporate Executive to small business founder and NXD – highs, hints and hindsight

The webinar will cover -

A Q&A session exploring her journey, leaving a long-term career in a large corporate to a) establish her own small business and b) build a small portfolio of NXD roles.

What can attendees expect from the session?

Irene's insights into:

- The transition from Exec to NXD, including how to educate yourself, where to get support, what I wish I’d done differently; plus a bit about the Edinburgh International Book Festival;

- Letting go of my ‘comfort blanket’ of the corporate world to put myself out there as a small business founder; what I’ve learned through experiences, both good and bad.

This is an online event. To attend, book below. We will provide a joining link before the event.

Key details

Date & time: 12 Aug 2020 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Online, Online

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Irene Grant

Irene currently has a portfolio career, running her own business as an Executive Coach & Mentor and Business Consultant and taking on Non-Executive Director roles.  Irene is passionate about leadership, unlocking potential and diversity of thought.

Having completed a qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring with the Institute of Leadership and Management, Irene founded her business Craigelachie Consulting Ltd in 2018 with the purpose of helping individuals and businesses succeed.  Clients are from a wide range of sectors – financial services, agri-foods, healthcare, oil & gas, professional services, public sector, third sector – and are based in a variety of locations – UK, Europe, USA and Middle East.

In 2018, Irene was appointed a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Edinburgh International Book Festival, the world’s largest festival celebrating words, literature and ideas.  Irene brings to the Board extensive experience in Finance, Risk Management and Governance.

Irene is an experienced Executive Director, working as a senior leader in financial services, primarily at HSBC.  Her career is highly international, with roles in London, West Coast USA, Scotland and Hong Kong and leading teams based in a further 15 countries.

A graduate of Edinburgh University (MA Hons French and Business Studies), a Fellow of the Chartered Bankers Institute and a volunteer Committee Member at CBI’s 2025 Foundation, Irene currently lives in Edinburgh with her husband and teenage son, with a daughter studying at Cambridge University.  The family are all avid sports fans, particularly rugby and football, and enjoy travelling and outdoors activities.  

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The event will start on: Wed 12 Aug 2020 - 12:30pm

From 12:30pm ending at 1:30pm

Venue: Online

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