Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE is an entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams.
Having spent the last 30 years in the communications industry, most of which was spent campaigning for minorities, small business owners and women’s equality in the workplace especially the board room, Yvonne has acquired an exceptional range of transferable skills that can complement a vast range of high performing companies and organisations.
Originally from Guyana, South America, Yvonne Thompson has always shown an entrepreneurial flair. Not taking the usual channel to the small business arena, she evolved from freelance writing for many music industry papers including Music Week and IPC weekly.
Yvonne has also been involved in many successful firsts including being Music Editor for the UK’s first Black Monthly glossy magazine – Root, and being a founder and director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, now owned by the Global Radio Group. Other firsts include, starting the first Black Owned PR company (according to PR Week), now known as ASAP Communications; running the first in depth research of the lifestyle of the Black community across the UK – The Black Consumer Survey and starting the UK’s first Black Women Business Network – The European Federation of Black Women Business Owners.
Thompson has over 20 years’ experience on public sector boards, which includes chairing the London Central Learning and Skills Council, the DTI’s Ethnic Minority Business Forum, the African Caribbean Business Network, and many others where she brings energy, experience, dedication and change to and for many.
A regular media commentator on issues concerning small business, women and minorities; Yvonne Thompson is no stranger to engaging with Prime Ministers, Ministers, and high profile personalities in the business arena.
Yvonne is also the author of ‘7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards – Views from the Top and How to Get There’. The book is an essential read for women on boards, and those aspiring to get there, not only in the private, but also public, charity and SME sectors. It delves into the hearts and thoughts of 22 highly successful women on corporate boards in the UK, sharing gems of advice, tips, traits and their essential characteristics that will help you chart your journey to the room at the top.
In 2003 Yvonne was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in 2003 for services to women, small business and minorities. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by London Metropolitan University for services to small business, and mass communications.
Ms Thompson has been hailed as a role model in the Black community in the UK and Europe and for women in general wanting to start their own business.
Speaking topics include:
- Personal Branding
- Women on Boards
- Women in Business