As executive sponsor for gender, Les has worked with the Bank’s Executive Committee members to introduce a formal target to have >30% women in their most senior roles by 2020, and to have full gender balance at all levels by 2030. The targets are supported by a positive action approach, tailored by business area, according to the specific challenges they face. Externally, Les is a great ambassador for gender equality and regularly speaks and participates as a panellist at external events to help facilitate change. He was a keynote speaker at the London Women’s Forum in Whitehall; the Global Banking Alliance (GBA) Women Summit and a panellist at the Citi Women Event, on International Men’s Day. Later this year, Les will host an external roundtable with fellow CEOs, ministerial representatives, analysts and academics, to broaden the discussion on how to create a sustainable culture across UK plc, that supports gender equality, by allowing participants to share their own or their organisation’s stories, experiences, outcomes and practices so that others can benefit from them. He also leads the women in business initiative, where they have over 400 trained Women in Business specialists who nurture and support the business women of tomorrow.