Catherine Roe, chief executive of Elior UK, has taken up the post of chair of the management committee for Women of the Year. She will be joined at the helm by the newly appointed president, Julie Etchingham, the ITV news anchor. The pair take over from former chair Jane Luca, director of public affairs for ITV, and ex-president Sandi Toksvig OBE, the TV presenter and comedian.
Roe said: “I’m honoured to take on chairing Women of the Year. Celebrating the achievements of women from all walks of life is something that is hugely important to me – particularly in providing role models for young women, who should accept no limits and see that everything and anything is possible.”
Women of the Year has championed women’s achievements for more than 60 years, and Roe has a longstanding relationship with the organisation. Since joining the operating in 2003, she has been instrumental in supporting the organisation commercially, gaining sponsors and donors.