About Us

The Pipeline team have succeeded at the highest levels in their chosen careers. They understand the barriers that women face and how to overcome them.




MargaretMargaret McDonagh

Non-Executive Chairman & Co Founder

Margaret McDonagh has served as a Non-Executive Director of TBI Plc and Standard Life Plc. She has a BSc in History & Statistics and a Masters in Advanced Marketing. In 2002 she completed Harvard’s “Advanced Management Program” for Senior Executives. Margaret was introduced into the House of Lords as a Life Peer in 2004.




LornaLorna Fitzsimons

CEO & Co Founder

Lorna Fitzsimons is currently leading a public-private partnership to bring back textile manufacturing to the UK. As previous CEO to the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) Lorna turned this organisation from near collapse into an internationally renowned centre of excellence.

Lorna was also Associate Director at Rowland Sallingbury and Casey, a NED of Endsleigh Insurance and a visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research and Assessment Group at the Defence Academy. She is a former Member of Parliament and President of the National Union of Students.



ChrisProfessor Chris Bones

Academic Advisor & Non-Executive director

Professor Chris Bones is Dean Emeritus at Henley Management School and Professor of Creativity and Leadership at Manchester Business School. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen and advises on the academic and knowledge content of The Pipeline programme. Prof Bones is an organisation and change strategist who is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the most influential thinkers of his generation. He has written extensively for professional journals and major newspapers. He published his first book, ‘The Self-Reliant Manager’ in 1994 and contributed to the republished works of Peter Drucker. Prof Bones’ latest book ‘The Cult of Leadership’ addresses the reasons behind the malaise in leadership and what can be done to restore trust in business. It won the 2012 Management Book of the Year Prize – the first UK winner. Before entering the world of academia Prof Bones had a successful career in industry spanning 30 years. He has also advised the current and previous Governments on M&A and pay.



SatyaSatya Kartara-Leighton

Co Founder

Satya Kartara-Leighton is a senior business consultant and practices in London and Toronto. Her clients include the British army, Body Shop and TorStar publishing. She was executive director of diversity at the Royal Mail and the Ford Motor company. Satya was a finalist for Asian Business Woman of the Year in 2006. Satya has a BA (Hons) in Professional Studies in Education and an MA in Politics and Organisational Change.



NellNell Cundle

Programme Coordinator

Nell is an experienced events manager across the private and public sectors. She has the ability to anticipate the needs of participants before they themselves realise them. Nell believes her talent for delivering great customer service comes from her grounding in the retail industry when she started helping her dad on his flower stall at a very young age. Choosing not to go to university Nell began working for Guess UK, which led to various management roles with companies such as, Pandora and 7 For All Mankind. She soon out grew these roles and began combining event management with achieving a Level 3 Secretarial Diploma at North West Kent College. Nell joined the MK-LF Partnership in 2014 and is now a vital member of the team who makes all our events comfortable, welcoming and enjoyable.



Coaching Practice


WilliamWilliam Devine

Coaching Practice Lead

William Devine is an Executive & Systemic Coach working with leaders, senior people and teams across sectors. He is predominantly engaged with corporate clients e.g. with ‘Big Four’ Professional Service firms, top City Law firms, market leading Companies in the Energy and Oil & Gas sectors. William is particularly interested in co-creating systemically intelligent, or ‘big picture’, solutions that are creative and resilient in the face of a 21st century global context of constant challenge and change.

William has a background and practice in depth psychology. He is Managing Director of a London based firm delivering solution focussed psychological wellbeing services, training and consultancy, to businesses in the UK and abroad. He works as a Consultant to organisations experiencing major incidents, and has a track record of delivering successful interventions enabling recovery, deep learning and growth. He had a previous career with the Metropolitan Police, is a graduate of the University of London and post graduate of the Roehampton Institute of the University of Surrey.