The Balance the Board Team


Holly Addison

Holly is a Partner at Leathwaite - the world’s leading executive search and leadership talent specialists for corporate functions - where she leads on Commercial & Digital roles and is a member of the Board Practice.

Holly works with a breadth of clients from global corporations to founder-led and private-equity backed SMEs, sourcing exceptional talent for senior leadership teams as well as advisory boards. She specialises in transformational leadership within the marketing, digital, sales, operations, customer experience and commercial functions. She has a proven track record of supporting organisations to build diverse boards and senior leadership teams with a view to creating more inclusive cultures. Earlier in her career, Holly was the founding Director of a boutique executive search and consulting firm and spent five years working for the Walt Disney organisation in the USA, London and Paris.

Holly is a member of the UK Hospitality Diversity & Inclusion committee and a mentor for Springboard UK. She is a Non-Executive Director of The PM Trust and an active member of the Business Leaders Group for Disability Confident, where she is Chair of the Communications subgroup. She holds a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring in Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. 


Emma Causer

Emma Causer is Director of the UK & Ireland at the RICS, having previously worked across hospitality and leisure, television, and technology in both B2B and B2C landscapes. Emma and her team support UK and Irish members on their entire membership journey and create a fantastic pipeline of talent for the future, that will ensure the continuing future success of the profession.

Emma has a proven track record of delivering revenue growth, outstanding customer service, leadership and transformational change, each of which are underpinned by the desire to build inclusive, respectful and diverse cultures.

Honesty, transparency and putting people at the heart of the story are core to her values.

As an award-winning co-founder of Balance the Board (previously Plan B Mentoring) – which has supported over 500 women's journeys through mentoring – Emma is also a passionate supporter of women and diversity.

The Plan B Team


Jackie Cupper

Internationally experienced and award winning senior leader with experience in the FM and hospitality sectors both provider and client side in complex organisations and regulated environments

Experience in business development, commercially viable operational models and making innovation happen. Passionate leader with ability to restructure and redefine teams across multiple geographies and cultures by mentoring and coaching as tools to create long lasting and productive relationships which retain talent and clients. Consultancy experience also defines ways of working which delivers required outcomes

Nominated by Cranfield University as FTSE 100 Top 100 Women to watch, finalist in Life Time Achievement Award in Shine Awards for Women, Global LGBTQ+ Council and Inclusion and Diversity Council for major Pharma company and supporter of Plan B mentoring for Women in FM and Hospitality