OWIT UK Executive Board

The Executive Board of Directors

The Executive Board sets the direction for the OWIT UK Chapter and manages the day to day activities. 

To contact the Board, please email admin@owituk.org

Noreen Burroughes Cesareo, President OWIT UK, International Trade, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Founding President

Noreen is the Principal of Market Accents and a Trade, Strategic Marketing and Communications specialist with an international private enterprise and entrepreneurial portfolio career.

Nicole Pitter Patterson

Vice President

Nicole Pitter Patterson

Nicole is an experienced Senior Development Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in international trade and development, with a focus on MSMEs, women’s empowerment, creative industries and digital skills training for girls.

The Executive Board

The OWIT UK Board is involved in a number of projects and initiatives, driven by the three pillars: Trade Finance, Digitalisation and Trade Facilitation/Capacity Building. We work with a number of international organisations and bodies across these pillars. If you are interested in working with us, please contact any member of the board.  

Antonella Ragona, OWIT UK Vice President and Hon Secretary, Owner of Marketing Nest

Vice President and Hon Secretary

Antonella runs Marketing Nest and is a strategic marketer with over 20 years marketing and digital experience, helping brands put their best foot forward, online and offline.

Veronique Rapetti

Vice President

Véronique is an amazing trilingual, strategic and impact-focused Learning & Leadership professional who is currently Product and Learners Experience Manager at Insights.

Elisabeth Spry Head of Marketing GTR

Vice President

Elisabeth is a highly experienced professional in digital marketing, mass communication and event organisation. She oversees all marketing operations for Global Trade Review where she also plays a key role in formulating its digital and brand strategy.

Gurshinder Sidhu, Vice President OWIT UK and Trade Finance  Specialist

Vice President

Gurshinder has spent 20 plus years working within the Banking Industry in London, Hong Kong and Dubai. 

Elena 2(1)

Vice President


OWIT UK Advisory Board​

Helene Martin Ge4e - Founder Savvitas

Chair - Advisory Board

The OWIT UK Executive Board is assisted by an Advisory Board chaired by Savvitas President and Founder, Helene Martin Gee. A serial entrepreneur with businesses from technology to healthy snacks, Helene is Founder of award-winning businesswomen’s network Savvitas, with Patrons The Rt Hon Theresa May MP and Tessa Sanderson CBE.

Sue Lawton MBE

Advisory Board Member

Sue Lawton MBE is a global expert on women’s economic empowerment with a particular interest in corporate and government supply chains. She chairs the World Business Women and has extensive international experience in moderating discussions on women’s entrepreneurship.

Fiorina Mugione

Advisory Board Member

Fiorina Mugione is a global expert on entrepreneurship, SMEs and gender with over 30 years of experience in development cooperation, including 15 years at the senior managerial level in investment and entrepreneurship development. She is also a coach and mentor.

Deborah Leahry

Advisory Board Member

Deborah Leary OBE is CEO and Founder of Forensic Pathways specialising in the development of innovative technologies for the criminal and threat intelligence arena.