Dr. Yvonne Thompson CBE
A dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams. Since starting her own PR Company over 30 years ago
Ms Thompson has acquired an exceptional range of transferable skills that can complement high performing companies and organisations.
Originally from Guyana, South America, Ms 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 the industry bible, and IPC weekly and monthly titles. She also has been involved in many successful firsts in the UK including, being Music Editor for the UK’s first Black Monthly glossy magazine – Root, and also being a founder and director and board member of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, now owned(Capitalxtra) 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.
She also has over 20 years’ experience for which she is well known on public sector boards, which includes, Chairing:- the London Central Learning and Skills Council, DTI’s Ethnic Minority Business Forum, African Caribbean Business Network, and many others where to brings energy, experience, dedication, and change to and for many.
Often called upon for media interviews, on issues concerning small business, women and minorities; Ms Thompson is no stranger to engaging with Prime Ministers, Ministers, and high profile personalities in the business arena. Having made her mark in the UK she was awarded a CBE(Commander Of The British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List in 2003 for her 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. She has been recognised across the UK and Europe as well as internationally, having been acknowledged by the Mayor of Houston Texas, with an Yvonne Thompson Day (4th January) as well as being named in Washington in the Congressional Records. 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. She has chaired many governmental committees, including the DTI(now BIS), the Learning & Skills Councils and sat on many boards including the first Mayoral advisory board for the LDA(London Development Agency). Her most recent profiled roles includes working with a prestigious corporate network, TNON(The Network Of Networks), chairing the events committee for the Women’s Diplomatic Service Network, the BAME network of corporate minority networks and most recently appointed to the Economics Honours Committee where she is committed to help in their campaign to increase nominations from minorities and women. Ms Thompson is the Author of upcoming book “7 Traits of High Successful Women On Boards”. Inspired by the Lord Davies report Women On Boards and the pace of change with regards to women on boards, Ms Thompson has interviewed 21 women on top corporate boards along with Lord Davies, Sir John Parker and the Chairman of Deloittes David Cruickshank.
Yvonne is currently working with a group of corporates who are producing for the second year running a carers advice exhibition aimed at young people age 7 plus, encouraging them to take up STEM(Science Technology English and Math) as part of their educational enhancement and using role models within corporate to show that jobs they thought unattainable can be theirs given the right careers advice.
As well as speaking in schools and events to young people, she is also working with the Speakers for Schools campaign (Education for Employment), encouraging more women and minorities to go into schools to inspire young people on their career choices – again showing jobs they thought unattainable can also be achieved by them.
Through writing her book and having just finished the highly recognised Deloitte Academy Navigating the Board which is a programme for Women On Board run by Deloittes, her boardroom skills including Governance, amongst other areas has just been sharpened and ready to put to use.
She supports and fund raises through marathon running and other activities for Build Africa, an organisation which builds schools in Kenya, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, and has sponsored the cost of schooling for one child through Build Africa.