Board Members

Our board members come from a wide range of disciplines and give their time voluntarily to assist the Women’s Pioneer organisation.

Kim Vernau, Chair of the Board

Kim is currently a Non- Executive Director of Womens Pioneer Housing and the Housing Association Property Mutual. She is also Chair of acumen7, committee member of the Next Generation Services Advisory Group for Innovate UK and is providing consultancy for a legal guide on residential construction law.

Louise Wolfson, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of Remuneration & Nominations Committee

Louise is a senior corporate lawyer who is currently working on a freelance basis. She also sits as a Tribunal Judge hearing social security and immigration appeals.  Her background is at international law firms.

Sofia Nilsson, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Sofia has worked for financial institutions across the globe.  Her banking experience includes roles at Standard Chartered Bank, American Express and the Swedish Stock Exchange. She is leading teams specialising in risk, compliance, treasury and strategy. Sofia brings specialist procurement and contract management as well.

Claire Thurston

Claire is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor (MRICS) and Town Planner (MRTPI).Claire currently works for Altair Ltd and specialises in planning applications, consultations, consents, project appraisals, budget monitoring and management of multi-disciplinary project teams.

Vivienne King

Vivienne, whose early career was spent as a solicitor, is Chief Executive of Soho HA. Prior to that she worked at The Crown Estate. Vivienne is a member of the City of London Solicitors Company with Freedom of the City of London.  She is also Chair of Real Estate Balance.

Shushil Chohan

Shushil Chohan qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has extensive experience in industry as Finance Director and COO.  He volunteers as Director on a number of property management companies and more recently co-founded businesses involved in IT Consulting and Staffing.

Kasia Kwilecka

Kasia is a tenant with Women’s Pioneer and a full time student reading for a Screenwriting and Producing Degree. She has a background in financial market research and system testing. She used to be a therapist for a charitable foundation and Chair for Women’s Pioneer Scrutiny Panel.

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