Ramat Tejani

Programme Lead
Amazon Web Services

At Amazon Web Services (AWS) Ramat leads the AWS GetIT education programme in the UK and Ireland. It is designed to inspire young students aged between 12 and 13, especially girls, to consider a career in tech, by challenging them to design an app which could help their school or local community. AWS GetIT simultaneously empowers female talent within the business to build confidence and leadership skills through a 10-month executive speaker training program. The women, known as AWS GetIT ambassadors, go on to use some of the skills they learn to mentor students at the schools involved in the school stream of the AWS GetIT programme. This year Ramat increased the total number of AWS GetIT ambassadors to over 150 women, from across a variety of business units. For Amazon UK’s Black Employee Network, and in collaboration with the Women@AmazonUK, Ramat curated a series of financial wellbeing workshops, after recognizing the importance of financial literacy especially for women.

Amrit Teja

Operations Manager, Digital Acceleration
National Grid

Amrit Teja is an Operations Manager in the Digital Acceleration team at National Grid. Over the past eighteen months Amrit has driven the Inclusion agenda within National Grid, was appointed as Co-chair of the Women in National Grid (WiNG) employee resource group and embarked on her current role helping to shape National Grid’s digital future.Co-led by Amrit, WiNG promotes gender equality and the professional development of Women. The diverse Steering Committee spans eight teams delivering projects across the business. The network has 400 members with 650 on Yammer and a further 150 in the Families Group.Whether it’s offering training and development, professional accreditation support, events, networking, mentoring, lean in circles, Allyship or Inclusive Culture; WiNG is a powerhouse network. During the pandemic, working full time and home schooling her children, Amrit ensured the continued success of WiNG and is now excited to focus on future projects around women in science, technology and the green workforce of the future.

Shelina Janmohamed

Vice President, Islamic Marketing

As one of the few high-profile women of color at Oglivy Shelina plays an active role in pushing the company’s D&I agenda, sitting on the Inclusion boards of both Oglivy and WPP. She has served as a panelist next to the WPP CEO and the WPP UK CEO to discuss anti-racism and allyship in an internal WPP-wide 'safe room’. As well as chairing key public and internal sessions, such as industry discussions on unconscious bias and women, Shelina has represented Ogilvy at International Women's Day events. In the past she has hosted a women’s speed mentoring scheme, and today she mentors junior talent herself with a focus on women and women of color. In August 2020 Shelina published a children's book called ‘The Extraordinary Life of Serena Williams’, serving to highlight strong female role models. In the same year she received Advertising Week's Future is Female award.

Jennie Koo

Head of Operations Risk Management
Capital One

When Jennie joined Capital One over two years ago, it was with the understanding that she would continue to drive a gender lens in the Financial Services sector. She is currently the UK Chapter co-lead for the internal gender Business Resource Group empowHER, as well as serving on the UK Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Partners forum which pushes for progress with initiatives such as getting more women into senior leadership roles. She brings a gender lens to all activity and conversations including those within the REACH ethnicity network, and frequently takes part in collaboration between REACH and empowHER such as Career Pathways to build community support outside of the organization, actively engaging in local school career sessions. Some of the key initiatives Jennie has been responsible for have included establishing safe space meetings to discuss key challenges; running regular bite-sized sessions where senior women share their five guiding principles; and expanding the mentoring program to include reciprocal mentoring.

Katy Goodrich

Business Manager, Strategic Growth

As Global Executive Co-Chair of Women at Adobe, Katy launched the group’s Strategic Pillars within UK&I, including establishing 23 women across tiger teams with a lens on Professional Development, Recruitment, Social Impact, Women's Health and Communications. Each team has set a strategy and KPIs to help move the dial on key indicators of diversity in the business and its leadership. After accepting the Executive Co-Chair role in May this year, Katy has been partnering with stakeholders to advance the mission of women at Adobe globally. Another way Katy has advanced the group’s mission has been through a Women at Adobe Speaker Training, which saw 25 women participate in a three-month training to enhance their skills and gain opportunities for internal networking. Each participant filled out a profile, which were then referred to Adobe’s marketing and communications teams, expressing their interest in participating in future internal and external speaking opportunities.

Catherine Wright

Vice President
Bank of Ireland

Catherine is Co-Chair of the Bank’s Corporate & Markets Gender Balance Network and also Chair of the UK Network where she is involved in managing a number of initiatives, including organising I&D focussed events, whilst engaging with key stakeholders to grow the bank's inclusive culture. As part of International Women's Day, Catherine spearheaded a series of high-impact Women in Business & Finance webinars with a diverse group of industry leading panellists, including female Chairs and CFO’s across the corporate sector, achieving the highest NPS of any bank event. Catherine formally mentors upcoming women within the organisation and is also a UK Representative of the Psychological Safety working group, where she has been developing ideas and taking action to help women feel psychologically safe. Externally, Catherine supports and empowers millennial women through bespoke mentorship and coaching. In 2021, she founded The Women in Business Society, a global membership community providing opportunities for professional females to share knowledge, network & create impactful connections.

Rabi Wilson

Head of Business Case and Benefits – Help to Grow Digital
Department for Business

At the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rabi initiated and set up working groups to address issues on allyship, women's health, and women's safety including sexual harassment. After developing a program of work to engage colleagues, and in particular men in Senior Leadership positions, to better understand gender equality, the Women Empowered Network saw an increase in membership from allies. Rabi was also responsible for launching 'Allies Hours', which invites a diverse range of speakers to discuss effective allyship to women and individual actions to promote gender equity, in cross-thematic conversations related to women in business and women in STEM amongst others. In 2020, Rabi had strategic oversight of the network’s first interactive 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence across the department. Rabi champions a safe space for awareness-raising discussions focused on women's health, aiming to better equip staff to have honest conversations about conditions that predominantly affect women and the impacts in the workplace.

Sultana Tafadar

No 5 Chambers

Sultana is a human rights, international law and criminal justice barrister. She is the first Chair of the new Religious Discrimination Task Force at the Bar Standards Board, supporting the delivery of the BSB's statutory objectives to improve equality of outcomes for those in the profession. As a hijab wearing female from an ethnic minority background, Sultana has consistently encouraged candidates from diverse backgrounds to enter the legal profession, speaking at dozens of events every year to promote diversity, including at universities and other institutions. Sultana has mentored scores of aspiring barristers throughout her career, most often female mentees from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. As Chair of the Muslim Lawyers Action Group, Sultana is spearheading a mentoring program for the hiring, retention and progression of minorities in the legal profession, including a new program for increasing the number of Judges and QCs from racial, ethnic and faith minorities, with a particular emphasis on supporting gender diversity.

Rebekah Bostan

Director of Research and Insight
InsTech London

Rebekah joined InsTech London in July 2021 having previously worked for almost 15 years for IHS Markit. One of the key features of Rebekah's time at IHS Markit was a focus on proactively seeking out opportunities to progress female talent within the organization, in partnership with HR. During her time at IHS Markit, she mentored senior leadership on issues that predominantly affect women, such as the menopause and flexible working, culminating in the implementation of global awareness programs focused on both those issues and an award from TimeWise in recognition of her efforts. As Chair of Parents@IHSMarkit, Rebekah worked with HR to launch a Global Parental Leave Support program and Global Parental Leave Buddy Scheme. She was also an active mentor for the latter, as well as the Women in Tech program. Additionally, as co-lead of the Innovation Month she was able to facilitate a 50% increase in the representation of female and minority groups in the program over 2020.

Lauren Fuller

Customer Journey Developer
NatWest Group

At the NatWest Group Gender Network Lauren has taken on the roles of Strategy Committee Lead, East Regional Lead, and Comms & Marketing Deputy Lead. Her D&I work includes building an internal awards support hub to encourage more women at NatWest to nominate themselves for awards. As a result in 2020 the bank saw an uplift of over 40 women being shortlisted for awards externally. In addition the financial capability program she developed to support women with closing financial gaps helped almost 1000 women with managing their finances, and the Lean In program she launched currently has 13 circles running with 200 people involved. Other programs Lauren has kickstarted include Google’s #IAmRemarkable initiative, which involved 31 facilitators delivering workshops to over 400 colleagues in less than three months. As well as being an Inclusion Champion, Lauren was a winner of the bank’s 2021 Amethyst Award for Gender Inclusion.

Caroline Spence

UK Risk Reporting Manager

Caroline chairs the AXA Balance Employee Network, which focuses on gender equality supporting and working families. In 2021, the network released a flexible working hub designed to help employees understand what flexible working arrangements were available; to normalise taking advantage of them; to empower employees to start conversations with managers; and to escalate issues. Caroline also supported the creation and launch of a Women's Wellbeing Hub, to allow men and women across the organisation to understand and engage with the issues faced by women in the workplace, and to provide a supportive resource for women. A 'People Like Me' vlog series was also created, spotlighting those living the life they choose and not letting prejudice, stereotypes or perceived shortcomings prevent them from achieving their goals. Later this year, the domestic abuse policy and hub that Caroline has helped to design will go live, with the aim of helping employees to normalise conversations and create a safe environment for anyone suffering.

Olivia Maguire

Portfolio Manager
J.P. Morgan Asset Management

At J.P. Morgan Asset Management Olivia instituted and chaired EMEA Women on The Move in Asset Management, and EMEA Women on The Move in Fixed Income. The ‘Innovate & Inspire’ conference series she organized for internal and external attendees included ‘Investing in your Connections’ - designed to encourage the building of networks - while ‘Investing in your Future’ highlighted mentoring, ESG, technology and being 'board-ready’. The fourth annual ‘Defining Success’ panel facilitated an opportunity for junior employees to hear from senior female and male leaders, including the CEO, and a parental leave discussion held with male leaders aimed to increase awareness and encourage male take-up. Olivia is a partner for the ‘Male Ambassador Program’, a cohort of 50 senior male Managing Directors committed to being allies for female employees, mentoring young emerging female talent, and encouraging their teams to do the same. Externally Olivia chairs the CFA UK Inclusion & Diversity Committee and is personally committed to various diversity initiatives.

Yasmine dong

Senior Policy Advisor
department for business energy and industrial strategy (BEIS)

In her role as joint Head of Events, L&D and Volunteers for the Women Empowered Network at BEIS, Yasmine has raised the profile of the Network internally and externally by aligning Gender equality initiatives with departmental strategy and increasing collaboration with cross-government and private sector allies. Throughout the pandemic, Yasmine revamped the Network’s events offer to accommodate new ways of working with a focus on community. This involved creating a bespoke programme called 'Elevenses', which provided safe spaces to discuss challenging issues including Gender pay gap and returning to work while breastfeeding. She also led the Network's delivery of the first 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, where she curated thought-provoking sessions on topics ranging from sexual harassment in the workplace to victims’ safe access to justice. Externally, she provides pro-bono legal advice at the Waterloo Action Centre where she particularly focuses on representing victims of domestic violence and those affected with respect to their legal rights.

Nikki Jamieson

Transformation Manager
NatWest Group

Currently a Transformation Manager at Natwest Group, Nikki has taken on additional roles to progress the D&I agenda. She is an Inclusion & Gender Champion, Lead for the Intergenerational Workforce, member of the Gender Balanced Steering Group and as LGBT, Disability, Ethnicity & Neurodiversity Ally. She’s coached and mentored many women including Executives, Senior Managers, Software Engineers and Graduates. These experiences led to opportunities to speak “Women in Technology” events, including ‘Neuroscience during Covid-19', and ‘Resilience and Positive Mental Health in Women’. In both the all-female ‘Bereavement Café’, and in a panel looking at ‘Mental Health in Women and the Return to the Office’, Nikki shared her advice and experience of loss. During lockdown, she took two additional female graduates onto her team, coaching them on soft skills and strategies they’ll need to succeed in a complex and largely male environment. Lastly, she is coaching ‘women with Autism’ - having (finally) disclosed she has Aspergers as well as Multiple Sclerosis.

Amanda Scott

Managing Director
Willis Towers Watson

Amanda is a senior leader at Willis Towers Watson and advises clients on organisational transformation, gender equity, inclusion and diversity, climate, talent management, rewards and leadership. Amanda launched an I&D programme within the firm to drive employee experience and a culture of inclusivity. The programme includes ‘diverse diversity’ to encourage broader thinking about diversity, an educating matters series, promotion coaching, mentoring scheme, diversified hiring processes, recognition, and community impact through a partnership with Inspiring the Future. Amanda is passionate about mental health issues, a gender balanced workforce, environmental, social and governance issues. Amanda founded the mental health charity, Mike’s Mates and sits on the board of Global Women 4 Wellbeing. Amanda regularly publishes industry thought leadership, provides commentary to the UK press and social media and is an active public speaker. Amanda recently led a lecture masterclass series across Europe communicating key issues about the future of work to tens of thousands of delegates.

Lin Yue

Executive Director
Goldman Sachs

Lin is a multi-award winning thought leader, keynote speaker, an original thinker in delivering the intersection of diversity, culture and psychology to business. Alongside her Executive Director role at Goldman Sachs, Lin informs management about East Asians’ experiences, led a Lunar New Year event for the Asian Pacific Network, where she delivered the keynote on ‘China – A Personal Journey’, and a ‘What did you hear me say?’ diversity session, where she partnered with senior female clients to drive changes across the industry. She articulates East Asian professionals' experience and leads discussion on Stop Asian Hate and Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, focusing on intersectionality of gender and race. She has created ground-breaking talk series such as “If the World listens to China” to inspire vital curiosity about China and the influence it will have, and “How to find your voice” to empower more women. She influences via leadership positions at Diversity Project, UK Chinese Women Connect, and Rising Network.

Bola Adesina

Senior Systems Analyst (Co-Chair, Culture Club network)
LGIM | Legal & General

Bola has worked tirelessly to empower women and ethnic minorities both in the Tech sector and within the workplace. As a member of the C-suite led Women in Technology (WIT) forum, she has represented the company at cross industry events such as the Women of Silicon Roundabout, where networking opportunities are promoted and best practices and insights shared. Her appearances at these events have encouraged other junior women in Tech to stay put and to look to their role model for guidance as they navigate a male-dominated industry. Bola is also Co-Chair of Culture Club (Ethnicity workstream) where she works to ensure an inclusive workplace by collaborating with stakeholders at all levels, gaining buy-in, and aligning D&I initiatives with overall business strategy. Her experiences with Culture Club have led her to mentor and coach other ERG Leads, to build an effective intersectional D&I outcome.

Nina Ma

Technology, Data & Analytics Senior Associate

At PwC Nina is an active member of the Midlands' committee and the national communications team of the Gender Balance Network (GBN), where she regularly contributes to the weekly digests and monthly newsletters to talk about gender-related issues. She has organized many successful events to raise awareness of gender equality within the firm and also with clients, including International Women's Day events, Discussion Clubs and Everyday Sexism initiatives. Nina is also part of the Women in Technology, Data & Analytics (WiTDA) team, which aims to create an environment where everyone feels empowered, inspired and supported to bring their authentic self to work. The special initiative she supports within WiTDA helps women at the manager level break the glass ceiling and progress further in their careers. Nina has spoken at many internal and external events and conferences, including for the Diversity Network, Generation Success, Females of the Future and Women in Tech.

Chidi Onyeche

Latham & Watkins

Chidi has successfully led Latham's award-winning Black Lawyers Group (BLG) in London for two years. Based on this success and on her track record as an associate, Chidi made history as Latham's youngest affinity group global leader. In this role she has been instrumental in the recruitment, retention and promotion of Black women. Her efforts have included mentoring and training each group of BLG trainees since 2017; hosting events focusing on Black female excellence; assisting in creating safe communities and housing for orphans impacted by the Rwandan genocide; establishing an internal system within the London Women Lawyers Group to nominate exemplary female attorneys for awards; co-founding The Ultimate Guide Group to empower and educate the Black community on careers, finances, wellness and property; and assisting the expansion of Latham’s pro bono partnerships with organisations supporting the Black community, including the Making of Black Britain and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants to help individuals impacted by the Windrush scandal.

Anne Collins

Senior Associate - Dispute Resolution
Clifford Chance LLP

At Clifford Chance Anne is responsible for helping to ensure the firm is targeting pro bono support towards issues that particularly affect women and girls. She jointly led a global team of lawyers on a pro bono project for an international NGO in support of its campaign for the reform of national laws and practices regarding protections against violence and harassment at work. These efforts were significant in promoting engagement across Clifford Chance's global gender parity Accelerate>>>> network. For the past two years Anne has also acted for a not for profit sporting organization which supports women and girls, seeking protection and justice for female players alleging systemic sexual abuse by officials. Last year Anne was a finalist in both the Inspirational Women Awards in the Under 35 category and the Law Works Pro Bono Awards in the Best Contribution as an Individual category.

Jane Green

Chair and Champion advocate
Sussex EDS and Hypermobility Group

Jane promotes accessibility issues in all areas, including with a gender lens. She believes we need 360-degree insight into accessibility issues, which has been particularly relevant during Covid. Jane designed Covid19 alert cards, free, as all the main charities were in lockdown and unable to help. They now sit on the DHSC. Also online cards so women could be fully included in virtual meetings by offering different means of communicating. Jane founded and Chairs the multi award winning charitable social enterprise and chronic ill/disability group mainly for all women, plus theAutismConnected for autistic/neurodivergent adult women and non-binary, who have historically been left out of any support or belief. The first autistic Trustee for the Social Care Institute for Excellence, sits on the DEI Gender Equality, Diversity Steering and co-production group. Recently, CoChair for the National Institute of Health research, policy lead for autism health training medical students, leads the content on the new hypermobility SchoolToolkit UK and oversees health strategies.

Sarah Hepworth

Business Manager

At LSEG Sarah participates in and promotes all the Women Inspired Network’s internal and external events, ensuring new joiners are connected to this network if they wish to be. During the pandemic and the summer of the Black Lives Matter protests, Sarah and her team swiftly recognized the impact external events were having on Black colleagues and their experience working in the city. They sourced relevant external partners to support coaching and counselling for Black colleagues, and following a successful pilot they have now had approval to develop this into the current Employee Assistance Program, which ensures Black, Asian and other ethnic minority colleagues have a counsellor or coach they can relate to and connect with. In 2020 Sarah facilitated a virtual panel event with LSEG’s COO and the COO of their external partner City Mental Health alliance, where they talked about mental health, race, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Samantha Price

Head of client solutions - RPOne

Samantha is the Founder of the Morson Group Diversity Champions. Her achievements in promoting gender equality include launching a series of reverse mentoring sessions for directors from the company’s population of future female leaders formalizing a partnership with Women in Rail including sponsoring its Big Rail Diversity Challenge and its mentoring program; and extending the group-wide Diversity Champions network to ensure it is gender balanced and includes all under-represented groups. She was also responsible for launching a Women Leaders in Transport network together with telent, Siemens, Crossrail and TfL. Most recently Samantha has introduced an ‘inclusion moment’ for every meeting, put in place plans for inclusive meeting training, and finalized and promoted the BAME Inclusion Report. Her work on gender inclusion within the Morson Group and its client base played a pivotal role in their awards recognition, receiving the accolade for the Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy by the Firm Awards.

Sabrina Pyneeandy

Project Manager

At Aon Sabrina is Co-Chair of both the Gender Inclusion Network and the Gender IQ Business Resource Group. She has played a pivotal role in Aon UK's mission to strive for gender parity by running events for International Women's Day, International Men's Day and Non-Binary Day across the UK. As well as developing key D&I goals and initiatives, Sabrina has been working with HR on the gender pay gap and women's issues, particularly women's safety. She has spoken out about men’s rights, toxic masculinity, the andropause and menstrual leave, and has changed the narrative at Aon for non-binary colleagues, including by sharing how this narrative change could benefit clients. Sabrina’s work running the industry-wide Gender Inclusion Network has seen her create a gender strategy from ideation through to execution. She has helped use the network’s position within the sector to offer insightful events and informative content to advocates, allies and mentors.

Namita Singh Thakur

Business Manager
LinkedIn UK

Namita Singh Thakur leads Global Strategic Accounts for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions in UK. She is also Co-Chair of the Women@LinkedIn Employee Resource Group (ERG) for EMEA, co-leading the operations across ten countries in EMEA where LinkedIn has a presence. The ERG's mission to create an inclusive community that empowers women to advance their careers whilst being their authentic selves. LinkedIn has made great strides in gender diversity and currently prides itself on achieving gender parity across all levels of the organization. Throughout the year and across EMEA, Women@LinkedIn has found ways to bring its mission alive through a line-up of events, L&D Programs, workshops and speaker series. Besides her formal involvement in the ERG, she regularly participates in speaking engagements related to women's education, empowerment & endorsement. She is particularly perceptive about women & their role in corporate life & personal experiences that have shaped their journeys. This has enabled her to help & create impact for women around her.

Aisha Adedeji

Digital Engagement Manager
Barclays Bank

Aisha is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council of Barclays, as well as the Black Professional Forum and the Women’s Inclusion Network. She has hosted various events including ‘Women In Business’ conferences held at the head office of the bank. These events were hosted internally but open to external female entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs. The impact of the events on the bank’s reputation and income included on-boarding over 20 new female business clients who were impressed by the offering. Aisha is also part of an initiative titled ‘Ethnically Diverse Founders’, a program launching in 2021 aimed at educating businesses on a variety of things including access to finance, digital engagement and growth. She has pioneered the program to ensure that the selection process includes a 50:50 male to female ratio. Externally Aisha runs a Youtube channel titled ‘The Hustle Table’ which aims to empower young women in their career aspirations.

Sarah Dal Pozzo

Performance Leader

After joining KPMG’s Network of Women (KNOW) in 2014, Sarah became the National Co-Chair in 2021. She is also the Chair of the Leeds network, where she drives events covering important but often overlooked topics such as impostor syndrome and the menopause, as well as tackling issues around women's safety. Sarah represents KNOW on the MyLeeds committee which runs events for International Women's Day, International Men's Day and Mental Health Awareness Week. She hosted KPMG's flagship International Women's Day 2021 event which saw over 800 attendees globally. In her Performance Leader role, Sarah actively challenges leadership to consider diversity, leading to the recent promotion of three women to Director roles, where previously there was no female representation. She was also responsible for arranging for KPMG Leeds to support Smart Works, a national charity which helps women to re-enter the workplace after an absence or due to difficult background circumstances by providing clothing, coaching and interview preparation.

Mamaa Duker

Associate Director, Business Development

Mamaa has led Roots, WPP's Ethnic and Cultural Diversity employee network since 2019. The group actively amplifies ethnic minority voices within the business, particularly those of ethnic minority women. Mamaa’s work to expand Roots and embed inclusive thinking throughout the global network has led the community to grow by over 400% since 2017, with 160% more agencies participating. In 2020, Roots expanded to Amsterdam and Canada, with ongoing expansions into Australia and Asia. Rallying WPP’s people and leaders to support women in the business through times of distress and grief has been another of Mamaa’s priorities. In response to Sarah Everard's murder, rising Asian hate crimes and India's COVID Crisis, Mamaa built and hosted educational resource libraries and held safe room discussions to encourage judgement-free conversations. She is committed to ensuring female voices are overrepresented both at Roots events and in speaker nominations for WPP townhalls.

Amandeep Khasriya

Senior Associate / Founder
Moore Barlow / Women Back to Law

As Co-Founder of Moore Barlow's Women in Leadership group, as well as Co-Chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Amandeep played a key role in the firm's application to a gender pilot program run by the Law Society for its Diversity and Inclusion Charter. In the process, she secured senior buy-in; created a 'self-assessment' team; and helped to prepare a submission which involved collecting, analysing and presenting gender diversity data, in addition to researching benchmarking statistics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Her contribution is now helping the Law Society to develop a final version of the Charter and the firm has since then celebrated a milestone at leadership level, with its equity partner female to male ratio now sitting at 50:50. Outside of Moore Barlow, Amandeep plays an active role as a Committee Member of the Law Society's Women Lawyers Division and as a mentor within the Reignite programme, and has been heavily involved in high-profile projects that promote gender equality.

Aimee Sykes

Business Liaison Manager
UWE Bristol

At the University of the West of England, Aimee’s achievements in promoting gender equality include spending a year as a Co-ordinator for the Women’s Forum, where she implemented and managed their social media. During her tenure, membership almost doubled and event attendance tripled. Aimée facilitated a partnership with the Red Box Project resulting in every campus hosting a donations box. She contributed to UWE's Engineering Our Futures and Inclusivity and Diversity blogs. Aimée hosted sessions at other campuses to ensure a cross-campus approach and organised collaborative events with the Disabled Staff Forum and the Parents’ Network, to promote intersectionality. Aimée founded and manages the Aurora Alumnae Network. Outside of work Aimée wrote articles for the City Girl Magazine, providing careers guidance, leading to the creation of a Careers segment. Aimée spent a year as Head of Communications & Engagement for the Women’s Higher Education Network, where she contributed to a significant increase in social media following and recruited many volunteers.

Maya Welford

Behavioural Finance Specialist

Maya is dedicated to having a positive impact on society and championing inclusion. She does this in various ways at work and beyond, such as through her podcast, That's My Name, which focuses on lived experiences of bias related to names and identity, leading LMF Network's Social Mobility programme, and mentoring young people to raise their aspirations. Maya has multiple leadership roles within Barclays' Gender Network, Win. She is Founder and Leader of the Charity Mentoring Programme, one of Win's flagship offerings, which supports the professional development of network members and staff at charities. In 2019, the programme formed 43 mentor partnerships which ran formally for 6 months. This grew to 257 partnerships and 19 charity partners in 2020. The programme has had a positive impact in developing the leadership and coaching skills of over 500 mentors and mentees. Maya also co-leads Win's community-focused committee, which develops campaigns to raise money for charity partners and skills-based volunteering.

Ngozi Emeagi

Senior Consultant
Powerscourt Group

In her previous role at MS Amlin, Ngozi initiated the first celebration of International Women's Day, organizing for the Chairwomen and Chief People Officer to talk about why the day was so important and what it meant to them, and encouraging others in the organization to do the same. Believing it was important for women to be known for being excellent at their day job as well as for being D&I champions, Ngozi started a women's visibility PR programme to externally promote the work that senior female leaders were doing outside of the D&I area. She also organized a number of journalist meetings with the Chief People Officer in order to actively promote the company’s emerging policies aimed at helping women work more flexibly and encouraging equality in the workplace. In her current position at Powerscourt Group, Ngozi continues to be responsible for addressing gender and diversity issues. She is also currently Vice President of Women in PR.

Hannah Farmer

Associate Director

Hannah was appointed Co-Chair of the Proud Network at CBRE GWS 12 months ago, and has already grown the network to over 500 members in that time. This year the network is focusing on underrepresented subjects such as trans awareness and allowing conversations to happen in safe spaces , and aspiring to be a role model for employees to come out at work. To help progress this agenda Hannah published an online interview with a male colleague and his trans son, who transitioned female to male. The interview went out to 30,000 employees and represented a huge advancement within the business as something which had never been tackled before. Hannah’s proudest moment so far is hearing the volume of people who have now come out at work, , as well as having three employees who will be transitioning following the education, awareness, and freedom promoted by the Proud Network. Hannah is also involved in the Executive Steering Committee supporting the wider DE&I action plan for CBRE GWS.

Jessica Gosling

Senior International Policy Adviser
UK Government

Jessica has used her role as a Diversity and Inclusion ambassador in her directorate to recognize the intersectionality of culture and gender. She was responsible for organizing the rollout to over 400 colleagues across government of the #IAmRemarkable training, a Google initiative that encourages women to speak openly about their accomplishments. She has also supported wider D&I practices by volunteering to be on recruitment panels at all levels, ensuring that a diverse and inclusive culture was being realized within the broader department. Through utilizing a positive, proactive, and solution-focused view, Jessica has also managed to commit to several pro-bono initiatives in her spare time, including launching both Growth & Grace Collective, a global community changing the narrative of upskilling, learning and development, and Gosling & Co., a platform designed to challenge the perceptions faced by under-represented groups around self-promotion, unconscious biases and imposter syndrome.

Teneeka Mai

Senior Analyst
Oliver Wyman

Teneeka joined Oliver Wyman as Digital specialist in Data and Analytics in 2019 after graduating with a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford. She founded the Women of Oliver Wyman (WOW) Digital group in late 2020, where she leads a team which focuses on three core pillars: development, inspiration and community. To drive these initiatives, she has organised a variety of events including speaker events, networking sessions, discussion groups, and working with the global team on reverse mentoring. The group regularly engages with senior stakeholders and colleagues across the Digital practice, spanning multiple offices across three continents and collaborating with other I&D groups within the firm. Outside of work, Teneeka has an interest in social impact and has volunteered her skills with an organisation that supports other charities to generate operational insight from their existing data. In 2021, she was also recognised as a Rising Star in Digital by WeAreTheCity.

Stephanie Robles

Director of global client development
GroupM I Xaxis

During her time at GroupM, Stephanie has been involved in numerous diversity initiatives. She participated in WPP’s award-winning global female empowerment program Walk the Talk, which has been rolled out to GroupM and WPP globally, and engaged over 10,000 women to increase the number of senior female leaders. Stephanie stayed involved in many diversity programs by being responsible for global communications working together with WPP’s senior leaders. With her gained experience, she rolled out other local initiatives. She co-founded the Future of Work program to drive change by setting up Employee Resource Groups focused on gender, sexuality and ethnicity. The aim was to build better teams, to enrich talent pools, and to create more inclusive and diverse strategies together with clients. Another role Stephanie is committed to is Chair of Gender Equality Network (GEN), where she creates awareness for the gender gap and takes actions accordingly, making sure it’s each and everyone's responsibility to build a gender equal business.

Joanne Rose

Head of Salesforce Platform

After being an active member of the Centrica Women's Network since 2018, Joanne became Co-Chair from September 2020. One of her focuses is on ensuring an intersectional lens is applied to everything the Network does. For International Women’s Day 2020, the Network commissioned articles from diverse female Centrica employees sharing their experiences, whilst the main event featured a panel of women from different ethnic backgrounds. At a joint event with Centrica’s ethnic minority network, Joanne spoke about the importance of being an ally to BAME women. Other efforts Joanne has undertaken include introducing the Google #IAmRemarkable program in 2020, for which she facilitated workshops for over 180 people, as well as co-drafting and championing the 2021 D&I objectives with key targets cascaded as measures through the Technology directorate. Joanne has served as a main stage speaker at both the London Women of Silicon Roundabout and the Panasonic Toughbook Innovation Forum.

Martina Satherlund

Programme Director - Market Data
Fidelity International

Martina co-founded the Fidelity Women in Technology Network so that women in all stages of their career could come together and discuss relevant topics such as STEM, personal branding and women in leadership. She is currently active in setting the strategy and driving the group, including organizing webinar discussions of topics such as personal branding, mentoring and career journeys which have reached thousands of people, and establishing career roundtables in which groups of 15 men and women meet senior female leaders to learn how careers are not linear. The ‘Let's get ready to rumble’ article Martina wrote for WiT addressed the importance of having a gender balance in the Technology sector, and in 2020 she won the network’s Technology award. Since 2017, Martina has actively enlisted both male and female mentors to support women, a scheme which has led to more women progressing to senior roles.

Suman Sidhu

Investment Consultant
Lane Clark & Peacock LLP

Suman is a Committee Member of Lane Clark & Peacock’s Women’s Network and helped lead the firm's ‘Let's talk about Gender Equality’ four-week educational program covering a range of topics such as ‘The History of Women's Rights’, ‘Celebrating Differences’, ‘Women in the Workplace’ and ‘Legislation and the Gender Pay Gap’. Information was shared internally and discussed with the rest of the firm in weekly discussions. In addition, Suman and her team have now held three Women's Talent Academies which are unique mentorship schemes giving undergraduates access to women working within investment consulting with the aim of improving gender diversity in the investment industry, in pensions and at LCP. Suman also sits on the Gender Equality workstream of the Diversity Project and has recently set up a podcast called “Spotlight on Women in Investment” which offers female students a chance to voice their opinions on D&I related topics such as the Imposter Phenomenon and EQ vs IQ.

Preeti Singh

IT Audit Assistant Manager

Preeti was a graduate when she joined the IT's Her Future programme in 2017, an initiative to improve gender diversity at KPMG. As part of the programme, she dedicated herself to driving inclusion for women, both within and outside KPMG. Since 2019, Preeti has led the Juniors workstream which is aimed at younger women outside of KPMG, to help tackle the gender diversity issue within technology. Preeti leads various events for students aged 10-18, such as bespoke primary school technology workshops, insight events with a long-term mentoring scheme and reunion events to ensure that students are kept engaged. Preeti has also supported and promoted the national roll-out of the internal KPMG mentoring for IT audit females. Preeti is an inclusion and diversity ambassador at KPMG, training and advocating existing and new D&I workstreams and supporting IT’s Her Future’s mission, which, in the past 5 years, has seen its efforts result in an increase in female headcount from 26% to 42%.

Amy Bird

Senior Associate
Clifford Chance

Amy took over as Co-Chair of the UK arm of the Accelerate Gender Parity network in February 2021, and since then has implemented a number of initiatives including running an International Women's Day month of events to drive forward discussions and educate colleagues on achieving cultural change; influencing the content of the firm's new Code of Conduct, including principles around inclusive environments and respect for flexible working; and calling for enhancements to family leave/benefits, to embrace shared parenting culture. She also created a working group on work culture and campaigned to adopt true agile working. She was instrumental in establishing the firm's principle of up to 50% home working, serving on the steering committee with senior management to drive through this cultural change, with the potential for generational impact. Since autumn of last year Amy has also been on the firm’s ESG Board and as an employment lawyer works with clients to maximise the impact of their own D&I work.

Elena Koycheva

ESG Institutional Portfolio Manager
BlueBay Asset Management

Koycheva contributed to the establishment of BlueBay’s women’s forum, having led the restructuring of the forum’s activities to become the diversity and inclusion forum, building greater intersectionality. She has contributed to a D&I vision and strategy and organised working groups on data, volunteering, and interview practices. As vice chair of the D&I Forum she sets its agenda and chairs its meetings while collaborating with the Employee Resource Groups of BlueBay's parent company, RBC, and other financial organisations. In addition to spearheading BlueBay's participation in the inaugural summer internship programs with GAIN and 100BlackInterns, Elena led BlueBay's International Women’s Day panel with senior females from across the business. In 2021 she became a member of the BlueBay Corporate Responsibility Committee, Charity Forum, and RBC’s RWomen ERG. Externally, Koycheva leads the CFA UK Job Profiles working group and supports greater D&I awareness as the recently appointed CAIA London chapter head. Koycheva mentors in cross-industry mentoring programmes and is a Diversity Project Ambassador.

Sneha Shah

Founder & CEO

Over the last two years Sneha has built a database of over 3000 artists, 72% of which are female. She has created paid opportunities for female artists to show their work across the commercial sector, and curated an all-women exhibition of recent art-school graduates titled ‘Resilience’ in the prime location of Oxford Street. One service Sneha and her team launched for their art rental client businesses was curated collections of artwork for the walls of workplaces, commenting on the importance of diversity and inclusion. The artworks stood as a daily reminder to employees and visitors of the company's commitment towards this goal. Over 30,000 individuals have experienced, interacted and engaged with these exhibitions and art programs. Sneha has personally mentored over 40 female artists on their public image and on pricing their artwork, after it was proven discovered that female artists tend to undervalue their works in comparison to their male counterparts.

Louise Woods

Vinson & Elkins

Louise is the Office Lead for the Women's Initiative (WI) at Vinson & Elkins, placing her at the forefront of the WI's activities in London. Her responsibilities have included organizing internal skills trainings and client events; writing on the topic of diversity; spearheading a cross-office senior female networking and mentorship program; mentoring women colleagues herself both formally and informally; and acting as talent lead for her practice group. She is also the Office Lead for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a role which has seen her drive D&I efforts including a schools outreach mentoring program; internal training on topics such as implicit biases and DISC assessment; cultural and religious celebrations; and a London office Book Club to discuss race and gender issues. Together with Human Resources and graduate recruitment teams Louise has worked to ensure the diverse hiring, retention and promotion of lawyers at the firm.

Caroline Southall

Senior Sales Manager, Small and Medium Business
Vodafone UK

Caroline assumed the role of the Chair of the Women's Network at Vodafone UK at the end of 2020, with the purpose of re-invigorating an inactive network by engaging a broad and diverse workforce. To date she has established an operating model; recruited 40 voluntary roles to form the network committee; and held sessions with the CEO and the Network’s Executive Sponsors, to gain support and to highlight how the company can better support its women employees. Under Caroline’s leadership the Women’s Network has gathered feedback from its membership and defined a program of activity in 2021 based on their insight and input. This has involved taking an intersectional approach with other D&I networks and using events to target key topics such as imposter syndrome, the menopause, and striking a work-life balance throughout COVID. Caroline has also worked with HR and the D&I Team, highlighting 'gaps' in Vodafone's employment policies and support materials relating to women and working in collaboration to develop and launch new support tools.

Eunice Zhu

Director, Head of XVA Trading
SMBC Nikko Capital Markets (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation)

At Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s (SMBC) Nikko Capital Markets, Eunice is an active Committee Member of the BALANCE network, a group which supports gender balance and aims to empower all female and male colleagues. Through BALANCE, Eunice organized and hosted the Learning from Leaders session in September 2020, where she interviewed the CEO of SMBC Nikko Capital Markets in front of an audience of more than 150 colleagues. Eunice’s other work championing diversity has seen her actively mentoring and tutoring for the “Young Women into Finance” programme and Career Lead to help develop the female talent pipeline for the finance industry, as well as participating in D&I initiatives such as women’s networking and support groups. Outside of SMBC Eunice founded and now leads the Lean In Circle for Women in Banking & Finance, connecting and empowering women who have career ambitions in finance. She runs monthly and sometimes bi-monthly events for the Circle’s more than 230 members.

Rachel Waters

Head of Investment Management Technology
Man Group

Rachel became Co-Chair of Women at Man (WAM) in 2020. Under her leadership, engagement in the WAM working group has improved and a focus has been placed on retention and personal growth, empowering women at the firm to reach their full potential. The Mentoring Circles she introduced provided women with an opportunity to share their varied experiences on topics like 'Getting Out of your Own Way' in a facilitated environment, whilst the Development Workshops focused on offering support in areas commonly highlighted as gaps for women, starting with impact, authority and presence. In addition to running interview sessions with Man Group’s three new female board members, whose presence took the board to gender parity, WAM has also been investigating the ways it can build ally support from male colleagues, and how this can lead to sponsorship opportunities for women.

Sherena Masharani

Business Integration Manager
Centrica plc

At Centrica Sherena is the Head of Communications and Engagement for the VOICE Network, a role through which she works to care for all colleagues, including female ethnic minority women. In this role she led the Network’s relaunch, creating a distinct platform as a forum for colleagues to support one another. This included promoting a 'Hidden Figures' event, which focused on allowing female ethnic minority colleagues to be heard across the organisation. Sherena has also brought a fresh perspective to conversations including gender diversity by producing the 'Amplify' newsletter to promote a message of inclusion, share best practices, and encourage readers to engage with the conversation. Sherena helped co-ordinate the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion event for Centrica’s Legal function. This event facilitated the discussion on how the future of the legal industry could be more inclusive, especially for women. This event, featured within industry magazines, committed 14 leading law-firms to initiatives providing more inclusive workplaces for employees.

Marion Bentata

Vice President
State Street

Marion strongly believes in the power of education and visibility when it comes to making the workplace more inclusive. As Co-Chair of the State Street UK Pride Network and Chair of the Interbank’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, she acts as a role model for LGBT+ women, regularly appearing on panels to discuss the specific issues they face. This has included featuring on the “Corporate activism: the second full-time job” panel organized in the framework of the 2020 EUROUT conference, and the “Inclusivity in the workplace” event organised by Out in Business. She has also been responsible for organizing events herself, for instance featuring women’s stories from the birth of the modern LGBT+ movement at Stonewall to the present day. Marion is also credited for setting up a diversity committee within Interbank, the network of LGBT+ networks for financial services firms in the UK. Tremendous progress has been made in women representation and visibility in the wake of this initiative.

Frances Holmes

Head of Technical Innovation
Thales UK

Working in Engineering, Frances is very aware of the severe under-representation of women in the sector. At Thales she speaks out to advocate for flexible working and for adapting the workplace environment to become truly inclusive for all. Most of Frances’ work in aid of gender diversity and women's inclusion, however, has been done externally through the non-profit she founded, Speak Out Revolution. Speak Out Revolution has a mission to cancel the culture of silence on workplace harassment and bullying. Frances and her team decided that the best solution to these issues was to create the 'Glassdoor' of workplace harassment and bullying: a place to provide insights for individuals to help them navigate the poor systems in place, and to spotlight the challenges faced by different people. The non-profit has now launched their Speak Out Survey and Speak Out Dashboard designed to capture and present data on these behaviors, to raise awareness and drive positive change.

Sarah Chapman

EMEA Application Engineering Manager

As a well-respected, full-time Technical Manager at a global science-based technology company, Sarah is a role model for women in STEM careers. As a manager, she has always championed flexible working and leads by example as the mum of two young children. Sarah was appointed Co-Chair of the EMEA Technical Women's Leadership Forum after returning from maternity leave and has led many campaigns to support diversity and inclusion, such as facilitating #IAmRemarkable workshops for more than 200 people, mostly from underrepresented groups. Her work as a Gold level #IAmRemarkable trainer and recruitment of new facilitators to support the roll-out was recognised at 3M’s internal International Women’s Day event. 3M has pledged to create five million unique STEM and Skilled Trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals by the end of 2025 and this is something that Sarah is wholeheartedly supporting through her award-winning STEM volunteering and advocacy work. Sarah mentors numerous female colleagues and is also a mental health first aider.