Suki Thompson - People - Gateley

Suki Thompson

Non-Executive Director

Expertise

Suki is an entrepreneur and transformational business leader. She has founded businesses including: Bunker Gin, The Haystack Group, Oystercatchers and most recently Let’s Reset, creating wellbeing and resilience programmes for better commercial business outcomes. Suki was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2018 WinTRADE awards – which celebrate game-changing women across corporate structures and small businesses worldwide. 

Suki is an executive director of Xeim, which helps clients to achieve excellence in marketing through insight, advice and connections, bringing together the nine Centaur’s marketing brands. This is in addition to her role as Chair of Oystercatchers where Suki has led change in reshaping the marketing industry – pioneering new marketing model development bringing together traditional marketing, digital, tech and innovation for clients like Sainsbury’s, The Post Office, EY, BA and McDonald’s, among others. For two years running, Oystercatchers has been named a leading UK management consultancy by the Financial Times.

A passionate advocate of accelerating the next generation of industry leaders, Suki mentors for WACL and actively supports Martha Lane Fox’s Tech50 @doteveryone. She lectures about wellbeing and resilience in the workplace and has twice been presented with a Merlin Mentor Award by the Marketing Academy. She leads the Centaur Development Board at Centaur Media. 

Suki holds an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University for services to International Business and Entrepreneurship. She is a member of WACL, MGGB, and former Chair of Marketing Society. She is a Addidi Angel Investor for Small Businesses and previously she was a trustee of Macmillan and sat on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Equality Party. Suki has recently published a book, Creative Influence with the International photographer, Rankin.

Skills brought to the Board

Suki sits on Gateley’s remuneration committee, Suki’s particular skills are centered around entrepreneurialism, marketing and transformation.

External appointments

Suki currently holds the below additional positions:

  1. Member of The Centaur EXCO management board and executive director of Xeim – their marketing umbrella brand.
  2. A long-standing member of WACL and MGGB.
  3. Addidi Angel investor for small businesses
  4. Founder of Let’s Reset. 
  5. Previous trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support
  6. Previously sat on the steering committee of The Women’s Equality Party.
     
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