Gowling WLG appoints Helen Mahy CBE as non-executive director

02 August 2021

Leading international law firm Gowling WLG has appointed Helen Mahy CBE as a non-executive director. She will join the firm's UK LLP Executive Board alongside existing non-executive director Mandy Donald.

Helen has extensive experience and understanding of a range of industries including Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation, Health, Professional Services and Retail.

Helen's distinguished career has included over a decade as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for National Grid where she also headed up the Global Assurance function. She contributed extensively across the wider National Grid business as a member of its Executive Committee. She was also Co-sponsor of the Group Inclusion and Diversity programme, Executive Sponsor of the UK Women's Network, and was a coach and mentor for rising stars.

Most recently, Helen is a non-executive director for SSE plc, Commissioner for the Equality & Human Rights Commission and chairs the Renewables Infrastructure Group, a FTSE 250 company. She has worked tirelessly to promote inclusion, diversity and social mobility and was awarded a CBE in 2015.

Andy Stylianou, Chair of Gowling WLG (UK) LLP said: "Helen is a true star in the non-executive field and we are delighted that she will be bringing her wealth of industry experience and strategic expertise to our Board discussions. Her market-leading work in the inclusion and diversity arena, something I am equally passionate about as our Chair, aligns fully with our values. I'm excited about how we can accelerate our progress with the benefit of Helen's fresh ideas."

David Fennell, Chief Executive of Gowling WLG (UK) LLP added: "Helen's formidable strengths play perfectly into our strategic priorities. Her insight from the client 'frontline' as General Counsel will help shape our ongoing programme to enhance the Gowling WLG client experience. And Helen's proven track record as a champion of talent supports our determination to remain an employer of choice in the legal market, attracting the very best and most diverse talent."

Commenting on her appointment, Helen said: "I am honoured to be joining Gowling WLG, a leading international law firm with exciting potential for growth, and delighted to be working with the Board on a range of strategic initiatives. I have already been impressed by the firm's ambitious outlook and its strong reputation in the market, and look forward to contributing my experience and knowledge to the benefit of Gowling WLG, its clients, people and the legal sector."

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