Jacqueline Williams is a keen advocate of women’s rights and the empowerment of women, particularly those in and from, developing countries. She is active in the international development arena seeking to help build the leadership capacity of those in positions of influence, especially women as a means of improving the lives of many and developing their communities and nations as a result.Business Speaker, Change Management, Diversity, Entrepreneurs, Law, Leadership, Motivational & Inspirational, Personal Development
Jacqueline believes that she adds value to organisations through helping them to improve their governance structures and practices, and become more openly accountable to stakeholders.
She was born and spent her formative years in Sierra Leone, West Africa. There she learnt the importance of community life and the need for members of the community to pull together and look after each other. She believes that her strong family values and social consciousness stem from the first hand experience of poverty, gender inequality and witnessing the effect these have on those from deprived backgrounds.
Jacqueline subsequently moved to the UK to pursue studies and build her career. She qualified as a lawyer and later as an accountant. She has successfully combined these skills and knowledge in various roles including:
•External Auditor with Touche Ross (now Deloitte’s)
•Internal Auditor with the Sea Containers Group (including Sealink British Ferries and the Orient Express Group of Companies)
•Fraud Investigator and Compliance Manager with the United Friendly Group
•Regulatory Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers
•Project Management, consultancy and training: for Directory of Social Change (DSC), Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and BOND.
Jacqueline now runs her own company, AAA Consultancy Services ltd, providing project management, training and consultant services to organisations across sectors, internationally. Much of her work is with voluntary sector boards of trustees (company directors) and senior management teams. She works with organisations seeking to improve their personal and corporate effectiveness, comply with legal and regulatory obligations, in an environment that respects and promotes equality and inclusiveness while valuing diversity. Her unique selling point is her ability to promote a good governance culture and basic understanding of financial management as key tools in delivering the changes that organisations need.
Her recent projects include:
• Designing and delivering training courses to new chief executives of voluntary organisations (as part of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School)
• Governance and financial management health checks, consultancy work and strategic support to SMEs
• Personal empowerment and leadership training for the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) both in the UK and in different parts of Africa
• Designing and delivering bespoke training to multi-national companies globally (e.g. in Oman and Sweden)
• Facilitating team building, strategic thinking and similar sessions: and
• Providing business skills support to enterprises in Sierra Leone and Ghana.
Having faced many challenges as an African woman working in very male dominated areas, Jacqueline believes she should share her stories and successes with others.
She combines her career with what she considers to be an important role in her life; that of wife, mother of three teenage children and assistant carer for elderly extended family members. Her interests include learning about illnesses and conditions that have lifelong impacts e.g. mental health, autism and addictions. She also enjoys travelling and researching and learning about social policy issues.