Ann Summers , chief executive
Jacqueline Gold CBE is the CEO of Ann Summers and a gender equality activist. As well as building a hugely successful company she has championed gender equality and female empowerment throughout her entire career taking an all-male board in the 1970s to a 70% female one in 2019. She is passionate about teaching younger generations of women (including her 9-year old daughter Scarlett) that they can achieve anything they want to and strives to live in a world where equality is so prevalent that it’s not even a conversation anymore. She has battled breast cancer, bullets in the post and some truly heart-breaking life experiences but has come out the other side stronger than ever and ready to help other women do the same. Jacqueline was also recently awarded Retail Week’s Activist of the Year award for her continuing fight for female empowerment and truly is the person we should aspire to be when we ‘grow up’.