CHAIR: YVONNE FINCH PROFILE
Born and bred in England, Yvonne came to South Africa in 1978 to assume control of the South African subsidiary of an American Corporation with a seat on their American Board as a Senior Vice President – a position she held for 16 years.
She owns her own business, Yvonne Finch Consulting, a company focusing on offering strategic support to small and medium size companies, life skills and executive coaching. They also design and facilitate organisational and developmental workshops tailored to client’s requirements and run internal and external Mentoring Programmes. Her
Mentoring Programme prototype has been accepted as a world benchmark for effective mentoring when she spoke at the International Bar Associations Annual Conference in Brussels in 2011.
She is a Director of UnitedSucces, the global women’s entrepreneurial network, headquartered in Amsterdam. She sat on the National Small Business Advisory Council to the Minister for Trade and Industry from 2006 to 2009, was National Vice President for the Businesswomen’s Association from 2003 to 2007, and is currently a Continent Expert for Africa for Vital Voices, Washington. She chairs the Board of 5 South African companies and sits on the Board of the South African Women’s Entrepreneurial Network. She is passionate about good governance underpinning effective business.
In her spare time she loves the theatre and is a member of the Cape Amateur Theatre Awards Panel. She is married to Nigel and their son and daughter-in-law have two daughters.