Joëlle Warren of Warren Partners Has Been Awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List
Joëlle Warren, Executive Chair, Warren Partners, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for her services to business.
She founded executive search firm, Warren Partners on the principle of delivering `leadership consulting with heart, because people matter`. A firm believer in the importance of family life and giving back to the local community, Ms Warren has shown that you can stay true to your values and still succeed in business.
Ms Warren was one of the early champions of diversity in the workplace and was also involved in establishing the Northwest and other regional branches of the Two Percent Club, a network of women leaders from across the country, which drives forward the issue of the under-representation of women at the top of corporate UK. She is a popular speaker on the business benefits of boardroom diversity in all its forms and on ethics in business.
To promote greater gender diversity in UK boardrooms, Warren Partners has adopted the Davies Committee Enhanced Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search firms. The firm is also one of only eight firms accredited by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the Beyond FTSE350 category and is taking an active role in shaping broader diversity guidelines for the industry.
Ms Warren divides her time between London and the North West, where she is hugely committed to supporting business and the wider community. She serves as Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Cheshire and also founded and chairs the Cheshire Community Foundation.
Motivated and sustained by her faith, Ms Warren is a Bishop’s Selection Adviser for the Church of England and serves on the Leadership Team of her parish church where she is involved in children’s and community work.
Ms Warren’s drive and passion for life is evident both at work and play. She is qualified ski instructor, has climbed Kilimanjaro, walked the Machu Picchu Trail with her husband and sons, and cycled 500 kilometres alongside the Great Wall of China for charity with the team at Warren Partners.
On hearing she was about to receive the award, Ms Warren said:
“I am deeply honoured to receive such an endorsement for the power of living your values in business. I believe as a leader that you have to set the tone from the top as far as culture and values are concerned, and at Warren Partners we recruit to those values as well. We don’t just see recruitment as a process. We put our hearts and souls into it as we want to make a difference in the lives of the people and organisations we work with.”
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