Eskil is an international boardroom development company - based in Europe, operating on four continents, Eskil delivers projects, consultancy, training and mentoring to CEOs and Directors

Eskil appoints Sue Smith as Chair

Former public sector CEO appointed to be Chair.

WARWICK, UK, June  1, 2017 – the international boardroom development company, Eskil ( has appointed former government CEO Sue Smith as Chair.

Sue Smith is Chair of Eskil, and Graven Hill Development Company, Chair, Vice President of the Confederation of Chinese Business (U.K), and Non-Executive Director, Swim EnglandSue is considered to be an entrepreneurial and transformative Chief Executive with over 30 years in the UK public sector, culminating in her role as Joint Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council (CDC) and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Sue is also Chair of the Graven Hill Village Development Company – GHVDC is facilitating the development of the UK’s largest self and custom build development, providing up to 1900 homes and 1 million sq ft of employment space in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

As Vice President of the Confederation of Chinese Business (UK), Sue leverages her extensive experience of establishing successful business to business links for this non-profit organisation that promotes business links between China and the UK.

Sue’s responsibilities as Chair of Eskil include the guidance and stewardship of the board, leadership development of individual board members, and monitoring of the governance and compliance of the business.

We had worked with Sue before in her capacity as a local government CEO and, as we needed someone who could guide and support us through a time of growth, her extensive commercial and executive background made her the obvious choice.

(Neil Fogarty, CEO, Eskil)

Sue finished her tenure as a local government CEO in May 2017 and begins her role as Chair with Eskil on June 1, 2017.

One of the ambitions of Eskil is to take the business offering into the Chinese market and this will, over the next 12 months, be one of Sue’s primary strategic activities whilst ensuring, from an operational perspective, that Eskil’s governance & compliance is robust.

I first retained Eskil to introduce commercial awareness and intrapreneurship to a three-way council structure.  We soon began to refer to them for leadership development as well as mentoring and performance intervention activities.  I liked their way of working and I responded really well to their straightforward approach to business.

(Sue Smith, Chair, Eskil)

About Eskil

With an emphasis on organizational health, Eskil is an international boardroom development company, specialising in governance, compliance, ethics, strategy, leadership capability, boardroom dynamics and wider organization transformation / development.

Using their Eskil PGCE® methodology, the organization engages with public and private sector organisations on four continents:

  • Projects – assigned by boards or board members to work on discrete projects.  This also extends into senior support of business-critical programs.
  • Guidance – with a strong foundation in business psychology, Eskil provides executive coaching, mentoring and critical friendship to board members, senior leadership teams in senior management teams.
  • Consultancy – working on behalf of boards and board members in such areas as policy, audit, and review.
  • Education – delivery of seminars, briefing sessions and broader learning & development in leadership, board dynamics, collaboration, strategy, intrapreneurship and more.

Facilitators within Eskil’s network are former CEOs / Directors for $50m+ organizations or leadership experts.  The majority of the facilitators are multi-lingual and have a background in applied business psychology.

Contact Information

For further information about Eskil:

Contact: Neil Fogarty
Tel.: +44.1926.497.211
Cell: +44.7592.350.946