A former Director of CBI Wales, Elizabeth led the organisation through the devolution campaign of the late 1990s, ensuring the CBI emerged a respected body with a strong influential role in the new Welsh Assembly. She gained a good deal of exposure to the media as the organisation’s spokesperson, which continued in her next role as Communications Director for the Association of Train Operating Companies, ATOC.
Here Elizabeth acted as passenger rail media spokesperson throughout the Ladbroke Grove accident inquiry, appearing on prime-time network TV and radio, and promoting proposals through the press to address process failures which had occurred. She acted as spokesperson, raised ATOC’s profile nationally, developed new channels of communication to provide opinion formers with factual information on rail and initiated and improved links with rail bodies outside the membership (e.g. Rail Passenger Councils, trades unions).
After leaving ATOC, Elizabeth joined a headhunting firm as Managing Director and specialised in recruiting for senior roles in the transport sector from the Department for Transport to the National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS). In 2008, she set up her own consultancy and has worked on a number of rail-related campaigns including the Great Western Partnership (for electrification of the GWML) and developing the communications strategy for electrification of the North Wales line while on the Welsh Ministerial Task Force for Transport.
In 2012, Elizabeth was appointed by the Welsh Minister for Business to chair a Task & Finish Group on City Regions, reporting in July the same year, and she now sits on the Boards of Scottish Power Energy Networks, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Natural Resources Wales and The Hendre Group.