Authentic leaders talking openly about themselves and their journey so far

Penny Hughes CBE

Non Executive DirectorMorrisons and RBS

As the youngest and first female president of Coca-Cola in the UK and Ireland, Penny Hughes CBE continues to be a huge inspiration to men and women alike. With active Non-executive Director roles within RBS and FTSE100 Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc, Penny also stands as a Trustee of the British Museum.
Her time at Coca Cola propelled her into the leadership spotlight, and she shares openly her thoughts and choice of leaving her dream position at 35 years old to take on a "going plural” non-executive portfolio.
In the last decade she has had an incredibly successful life as a non-executive, serving on the boards of The Body Shop, Vodafone plc and Next to name but a few. Sharing with Heather Jackson her insights, values and learnings from those global leaders she has worked alongside and the family choices which have helped her carve such an extraordinary and successful career.

Official Biography

Penny Hughes joined the RBSG Board as a Non-executive Director in January 2010 and is currently Chair of the Group Performance and Remuneration Committee.  She is also a Non-executive Director of WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc and a Trustee of the British Museum.

She received a CBE for services to the media in the Queens Birthday Honours list in June 2011.

Penny’s former non-executive directorships include Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc, Home Retail Group plc, Gap Inc, Vodafone plc, Reuters plc, and Skandinavixka Enskilda Banken AB (“SEB”).  She is also former president of the Advertising Association.  Penny spent the majority of her executive career at Coca-Cola where she held a number of leadership positions during the merger of Coca-Cola and Schweppes in the UK. In 1992 she was appointed as President, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland.