Harriet Minter is a journalist, speaker and future author. She founded and edited the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section, which focussed on women in the workplace, and is a columnist for Psychologies magazine. She’s written for publications including The Times, Huffington Post and The Pool. Prior to working at the Guardian she completed a Politics degree at Newcastle University following which she started her journalistic career at RollonFriday.com, the leading news site for lawyers. She is a regular speaker on women’s rights, the future of work, and digital media. In the past two years she’s given two TED Talks, the first on the importance of learning to fail and the second on yoga, which have had 10s of thousands of views. Outside of work her passions include high heels and big boats – just not together.
Natalie Reynolds is the Founder and Managing Director of advantageSPRING and is a recognised thought leader on effective negotiation and the benefits it can deliver for individuals and organisations. Natalie has trained clients all over the world how to negotiate more effectively including Schroders, the European Investment Bank, DLA Piper, Mayer Brown LLP, Deloitte, KPMG, MasterCard, Invesco, Lloyds Banking Group, Goldman Sachs, ETF Securities, Capital One and HSBC.
Natalie and the advantageSPRING team work with a range of global companies to develop internal negotiation capability through coaching and training, often generating huge savings, increased revenue or efficiencies for their clients. Natalie also coaches senior women on the topic of salary negotiation, writes regularly in the national press on the role that negotiation can play in tackling the gender pay gap and delivers keynote speeches at conferences worldwide on effective negotiation.
Vanessa Vallely is Managing Director of WeAreTheCity. Vanessa’s corporate career in Technology and Finance spans 28 years. Vanessa has worked for nine different financial organisations holding technology roles such as Programme Director, Global Head of Business Management and COO. At the height of her career in financial services Vanessa launched the award winning WeAreTheCity.com in 2008 as a vehicle to help corporate women grow professionally and personally and to help corporate organisations to attract and retain their female talent. Today, WeAreTheCity has over 60,000 members in the UK and 40,000 in India and receives over 8 million hits per month. WeAreTheCity is also home to WeAreTech, WeAreTheCityJobs, Careers Club and the Rising Star awards, which recognises the achievements of women under a senior management level in the UK and India.
Vanessa is the co-founder of City-wide diversity forum Gender Networks (formerly The Network of Networks (TNON)). Gender Networks is a network for internal network leaders and provides its members with the opportunity to connect with other network leaders, share best practice and drive the equality agenda within their respective firms. Gender networks has 170 members and is represented by 80 cross sector organisations.
Vanessa has won multiple awards including,Women in Banking & Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women globally, Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs, GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women, The Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners and mostly recently, one of the Top 100 women in Technology, Business Cloud.
Vanessa sits on the Women of Influence board for CR-UK and the Women’s council at techUK. She also serves the government as an advisor on the Government Digital Services committee.
Andy found his passion for problem solving whilst studying engineering and for people whilst working at a bar.
He was a secondary school Design teacher for 8 years and later became a coursework moderator, subject examiner and curriculum adviser for the Qualifications Curriculum Authority. He left teaching and headed for the bright lights of London where he worked for ?What If! Innovation, the world’s largest innovation company. He spent 5 years growing the Learning Team and transferred the creative process to 60+ clients in over 30 countries.
For a short time he was the mind of the Mind Gym as Solutions Director, designing and delivering an award-winning employee engagement programme for British Gas, Unilever and RBS.
Not wanting to waste an entrepreneurial opportunity he founded theGeniusBox on April 1st 2010 with mobile phone and a client notepad. Since then, theGeniusBox has facilitated strategic planning sessions, projects and training across the US, Middle East and Asia for a select client base including HSBC, Red Bull, JWT, VISA and Bupa. He and the team champion brilliant facilitation and rage against reassuring professionalism.
Andy holds a Masters in Educational Psychology, is a published author, is married with 2 children, has had three surgeries from skiing accidents, owns a problematic sports car and knows nothing about football.
Mairi is an Impact Expert and CEO of Scene Change Creative Consultants Ltd, providers of bespoke people development and talent initiatives across the sectors. She is Director of Coaching Squared™, an award nominated cross organisational leadership development programme spanning the diversity strands which has been shortlisted for several diversity awards and is registered on the Civil Service Learning Framework.
She is founder of the House of Commons Women into Leadership (WIL) programme and has designed and delivered successful Presentation Skills workshops for their Senior HR Leadership Team.
She is a lead trainer for Civil Service Learning and associate trainer for various global consultancies. As part of the core delivery team for the PwC/ HMRC Module 48 programme, she led bespoke role-play sessions on the highest scoring elective “Communicating Confidently with Customers and Advisors”.
As a trained professional actress and BBC TV presenter, Mairi uses her skills to enable individuals and groups to communicate and present better, build confidence, increase visibility and align personal branding to organisational values.
As a sought-after speaker, Mairi regularly speaks across the City with practical sessions on confidence and influencing skills combining her theatrical training with the work of Harvard social psychologist, Prof Amy Cuddy.
Mairi has been a judge on the BBC Apprentice Final as part of a team of business experts assessing the market potential of a key product and in 2016 she was a judge for the prestigious Rising Stars Awards for female pipeline talent across industries, she will again be judging these in 2017. She is the mother of two young boys, a School Governor and occasionally dabbles in stand-up comedy.
Sonia Bate is the Managing Director of EDIT Development, a global leadership development business. Sonia has previously been a senior leader in both retail and financial services and is known for being challenging, pragmatic and impactful. Her expertise spans inclusive assessment, talent management, the future of leadership and working with organisations to deliver a high performing environment. Sonia designs and delivers award winning, ground breaking programmes to build diverse talent pipelines in global businesses and her team works with a range of FTSE 250 companies on inspiring, enabling and supporting women on being the best version of themselves.
Elizabeth Harrin, MA, FAPM, MBCS is Director of Otobos Consultants Ltd, a project communications consultancy specialising in copywriting for project management firms. She has over fifteen years’ experience in projects. Elizabeth has led a variety of IT and process improvement projects including ERP and communications developments. She is also experienced in managing business change, having spent eight years working in financial services (including two based in Paris, France). Elizabeth is the author of Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers and Customer-Centric Project Management.
She also writes the award-winning blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. You can find Elizabeth online at GirlsGuideToPM.com or on Twitter @pm4girls.
Ben joined Société Générale in June 2005 and was appointed Head of Human Resources, UK and Ireland in February 2016. Previously he held a number of senior roles including UK Head of HR Business Partners, Compensation Director, Head of HR Operations and Lead HR Business Partner for Coverage and Investment Banking and Global Finance. Ben sits on the UK Executive Committee for SG London Branch and is a member of the Global HR Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Société Générale, Ben was an HR Business Partner for Allianz Dresdner Asset Management. He has a Masters Degree in HR, a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Management and is a Board Director of the City HR Association; an UK Industry Association whose purpose is to support and provide best HR practice to over 170 organisations whose activities are directly involved in the financial services sector.
Ben has two young daughters and is passionate about being an active father. His other interests include spending as much time as he can in the countryside (where he lives), clay pigeon shooting and photography.
Funke is a solicitor and senior leader for Roche, the world’s largest biotech company. Currently the most senior black lawyer in her field, she is ranked by the Financial Times as being one of the top 20 BAME leaders internationally (UPStanding100 2016 Powerlist) and one of the most influential leaders of African/Afro-Caribbean heritage in the UK (The 2017 Powerlist).
A multi award winning solicitor and diversity leader, she has received both national and international recognition for her legal and diversity work. She is an experienced public speaker, speaking regularly about her personal journey to large audiences ranging from school children to senior professionals including regularly speaking in Parliament. She holds a number of board-level voluntary leadership roles across a range of different diversity organisations. In 2015, she founded a network supporting the international pipeline of female legal talent within the life sciences sector. She is a Committee member of a House of Lords-based diversity recruitment drive and also appears regularly on BBC 1 as a news reviewer, commenting on world business news.
Funke is a proud working mother, an expert mentor and sponsor, passionate about the law, diversity, education and healthcare. She is a regular media commentator, a keen fundraiser for various charities (including Cancer Research UK) and has twice served as school governor and as a board director. She recently founded the Akindolie Medical Scholarship in memory of her father, Dr. Frank Olufemi Akindolie. This is a privately funded bursary and leadership mentoring initiative aimed at supporting future UK doctors from a minority ethnic background.
In October 2016, Funke was honoured with a ‘Point of Light’ award by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK Cabinet Office, recognizing the outstanding positive impact of her voluntary diversity work in improving workplace diversity and in supporting the next generation of future leaders.
Caroline Graham is a Programme Director at Barclays currently working for the Barclays International Structural Reform Programme. Within her nine years at Barclays, Caroline spent three years in India as Head of Location Change building out a change organisation across Mumbai and Chennai.
Caroline is passionate about the Diversity and Inclusion agenda. Within Barclays she is Co-Chair of the Win London gender network, founder of Win India and founder of the Win Assistants Forum. Externally, Caroline is co-founder and head of WeAreTheCity India, is an Associate Board Member of Gender Networks and has recently become a Corporate Ambassador for the charity Smart Works.
Originally from Glasgow, Caroline is now based in Twickenham and loves writing, networking, cycling and travelling.
Chuck is a recognized leader in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). Leveraging more than a dozen years’ of experience building, deploying, and managing D&I practices, Chuck delivers measurable, business-focused solutions that meet the demands of complex organizations. He has guided some of the world’s largest companies in addressing their D&I challenges while increasing their eminence as diversity leaders. He has deep experience establishing and governing broad-based D&I practices that are tailored to the needs of individual business units while leveraging knowledge across the organization.
Established relationships with Fortune Magazine, Human Rights Campaign, Stonewall, Race for Opportunity, UN Women, Working Mother, OpportunityNow, outstanding, The Guardian newspaper, and others have contributed to drive brand eminence and D&I impact.
Birgit is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at HSBC. She was previously Head of Private Banking Initiative, Global CMB, HSBC, and also held COO roles within Corporate Communications & Marketing and Corporate Development in HSBC’s GBM business.
Named one of The International Alliance for Women’s World of Difference Top 100 for 2012, European Diversity Awards Inspirational Role Model in 2012, and Women of the Future’s Mentor of the Year in 2009, Birgit has been actively involved in driving diversity efforts in the corporate world for a number of years. At HSBC she was founding co-chair of its Balance employee network for men and women as well as a founding member of the Women on the Wharf initiative linking up the financial and professional services firm’s gender networks in London’s Canary Wharf. She sits on leadership committee for Out on the Street, the global LGBT forum for financial services.
She previously served as UK Director for the Center for Talent Innovation, a non-profit think tank based in NY. Her financial services experience includes communications at Atos Euronext Market Solutions and a variety of roles at electronic broker Instinet. Prior to her work in financial services Birgit worked with book publisher Henry Holt and Company, branding agency Wunderman and restaurant chain Planet Hollywood in NY. Birgit also currently sits on the board of legal charity Advocates for International Development.
Tamara Box is an internationally recognised expert in legal and financial structuring and in strategic financial advice. She is currently Global Chair of the Financial Industry Group at international law firm Reed Smith, where she also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.
A founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, Tamara is knowledgeable and passionate about the efforts to establish gender parity in corporations and professional organisations. In order to achieve gender balance, she focuses strongly on the pipeline of talent that takes rising stars up the leadership chain.
A few years ago, she created Women in Structured Finance to actively encourage and mentor women in the male-dominated sector. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the London School of Economics, where she is also a frequent speaker. For the past two years, she has been the chair of “Women of Influence”, an initiative that has raised almost £1 million in support of the senior women fellows of Cancer Research UK.
Tamara was a commissioner on the All Party Parliamentary Group’s first Commission on the Future of Management & Leadership, which launched at the House of Commons in 2014. She has lectured at the University of South Bank, debated at the Oxford Union, and written articles for many publications on the topic of gender balance and the pipeline of talent women offer. Tamara is also a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only organisation of women who mentor future female leaders through scholarship programmes at the world’s foremost universities. Last year she was instrumental in selecting three rising stars at the LSE for this honour.
Andy started his career straight from school working as an Engineering Design Apprentice. After completing an HND in Computing, Andy spent the next few years working in IT consultancy, project management and IT management. In 1998 he joined Price Waterhouse in London as a Cyber Security Consultant focused on Ethical Hacking. Andy was admitted into the PwC Partnership on the 1st of July
Heather Melville was appointed as the Director for Strategic Partnerships and Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives in January 2016, following a successful career in International sales, a role which leverages vast global client relationships together with her sector specialism especially within the Retail and Textile industry. Heather was recently been recognised in Financial Times 2016 inaugural Upstanding 100 Executive BAME Power List (UK & US) and WeAreTheCity 2016, Top 5 Rising Star Champion for Diversity.
A graduate of the IBM business school, together with a wealth of international experience secured over a 30 plus year career in the world of finance, with the last 9 years primarily focused on the SME client base positioned her in a strong place to meet the evolving global challenges of her clients.
For a number of years, she has sat on the judging panel for the prestigious “UK Fashion & Textile Awards”, “The National Diversity Awards”, “We Are The City Rising Stars” as well as the “Brummel’s Top 30”. Through her partnership with the Latvian Chamber of Commerce in 2015, she is now a Patron and has been invited as a guest judge for this year’s International competition for young fashion designers within Europe.
The Founder and Global Chair of the RBS Focused Women’s Network, which is managed by volunteers, to date have Circ. 12,000 members in 33 countries. Not only does she sit on a number of internal and external diversity boards, in 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Women in Banking & Finance Award for Achievement under the category of Champion for Women, and in 2012 was also awarded the World of Difference 100 Award (TIAW) recognising her as one of the top 100 women worldwide who have made a difference to the economic empowerment of women.
Outside of the financial industry, having completed an executive coaching programme, Heather is a Career Coach and Mentor advising young people who are striving to be tomorrows Entrepreneurs. She represents RBS as a Non-Executive Director for Enterprise Enfield a business consultancy funded by the Government to help small businesses. As an established speaker Heather is regularly invited to speak at a number of global business forums, and last but not least is also a Justice of the Peace.
Heather is a mother of two sons, a grandmother of four girls, who enjoys jazz and driving fast cars!
Born and raised in Syria, Luma obtained her BA in Economics from Damascus University and worked as an Economist for two years while teaching Principals of Banking at the Commercial Polytechnic. In 2003, Luma won the UK’s FCO Chevening Scholarship to complete her master’s degree in the UK at Cass Business School.
Luma joined a small London-based merchant bank in 2004 where she rotated between Front Office relationship team, Trade Finance operational area and the Risk Management team.In 2012, Luma joined Barclays Plc where she continues to work today. Her role covers providing Subject Matter Expertise in Sanctions and Financial Crime within Barclays.
Luma is Member at Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and has CISI’s Diploma in Investment Compliance and an ICA Diploma in AML with distinction. In 2016 she was named We Are the City Rising Star in Banking. She’s married and lives in Kent with avid interest in current affairs, FinTech and Financial Inclusion, foreign policy and photography.
Kim is a Corporate Associate solicitor at Dentons UKMEA LLP. Having graduated in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Business Law, Kim qualified into corporate law, following her LPC and training contract, in 2012. Kim was recently promoted to a level 2 associate, following her Rising Star in Law Award 2016, and has experience of advising all types of businesses from owner-managed businesses through to large listed multinational groups in relation to a wide range of corporate transactions including acquisitions and disposals. Last year, Kim also completed a 6 month client secondment to Network Rail, where she worked in the Corporate team.
Outside of law Kim is passionate about helping young people and enjoys volunteering at various organisations. In particular she has recently been appointed as a trustee of St Francis’ Children’s Society, a children’s charity and adoption agency based in Milton Keynes which places children with new families and offers support to anyone involved in the adoption process. She is also a school governor at a local secondary school, a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors which aims to educate and inform the next generation of the legal profession about the importance of diversity and promote and encourage diversity within the profession and regularly volunteers for Worktree, an employability education charity on a mission to help young people succeed in work by broadening their career awareness, stimulating their aspirations and enhancing their communication skills.
Rupal is passionate about diversity, women’s empowerment and the power of the corporate sector to create lasting contributions to societies. She has over a decade of experience in financial services strategy consulting, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Oliver Wyman’s EMEA Insurance Practice.
Rupal is strategic advisor to Oliver Wyman’s Social Impact team, which takes a capabilities-based approach to creative positive social change. She is passionate about access to finance for women, as well as gender diversity in financial services, where Oliver Wyman continues to drive the global agenda and provide actionable solutions. She co-chairs Oliver Wyman’s women’s network across 30+ offices globally, leading programmes including executive-level cross-company mentoring with the 30% Club and speaking at conferences to share best-practices.
Rupal is on the advisory board for an international executive-search firm. In 2016 she was listed on Brummell’s 30 Ones to Watch 2016: Rising Stars of the City and as a 2016 Rising Stars Diversity Winner.
Julie joined Zurich in March 2006 and spent eight years in employee communications and engagement. In 2014 she took a career move into HR to lead diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the UK. This included establishing the strategy and priorities, governance and the set-up of four Employee Resource Groups (multi-cultural, gender, LGBT and disability) which have grown to over 1,000 members. Under Julie’s leadership Zurich UK has received substantial external recognition including achieving 2016 Overall Winner – Private Sector at the Employers’ Network for Equality & Innovation (ENEI) awards.
In June 2016, Julie was recognised at the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars awards in the diversity category.
In late 2016, Julie was asked to lead the global implementation of Zurich’s diversity and inclusion framework. She is committed to creating a workplace that attracts and retains talent, with a culture of inclusion that enables everyone to have their best experience.
Outside of work Julie lives with her husband and her two young children. She is a volunteer Girl Guiding Leader, and enjoys running, travelling and continued learning. Most recently, she has embarked on a Mindfulness Diploma.
Manisha Tailor MBE is the founder of Swaggarlicious who uses the power of football and education to engage with diverse community groups and organisations, including women and girls and adults with mental illness to lead a healthy lifestyle and develop life-long learning skills.
By profession Manisha is a qualified head-teacher, primary school trained with a Masters Degree, and more than 15 years of experience working in schools across the UK and Internationally. She is also only one of 19 Asian women (based on FA historical data over 20 years) to hold the prestigious UEFA B Licence in Football Coaching.
Having graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in International Business in 2015, Shauna already has a wealth of international experience from her time studying in Australia, France, Germany and China, and working in the USA, The Netherlands and The UK. She has a passion for sales, which started during her Secondary School years, setting up various small businesses both inside and outside of school. Her progression has led her to work for a Silicon Valley based technology company, starting in Inside Sales, and recently being promoted to an Account Manager, after her Rising Star win in 2016, having responsibility for her own UK territory and revenue targets.
Outside of the office, Shauna is a member of the Women’s Equality Party, enjoys attending various events, recently attending a Women In Technology event hosted by The Guardian at Skype HQ London, and was a participant at a TEDx Event in 2015, where she gave a speech on ‘Making Your Own Luck’.
Sarah Chapman is a Technical Manager at global science company 3M. She graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Chemistry and has held a variety of roles in industry including technical service engineer, regulatory specialist and project manager for the build of a multi-million pound Customer Innovation Centre at 3M’s Bracknell head office. Obsessed with STEM education and people development, Sarah is a keen STEM Ambassador and active member of the 3M’s Women’s Leadership Network. She is a trained coach, experienced mentor and champion of flexible working – which is proving handy as she recently started a family of her own. Sarah was a key contributor to 3M’s Big Tick Education Award and last year won a WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award.
Susan Berardi has over 25 years of experience in corporate business development, management and business consulting and training. With experience across a range of industries from telecommunications and IT to financial, retail and consultancy, Susan has a range of areas of expertise including strategic leadership, high impact communication, the art of good management and motivational speaking. She is passionate about developing the potential of others and believes inspiration and communication is at the heart of all training and coaching.
Des Christofi works as an executive coach and facilitator with senior leaders and teams seeking or undergoing change in the private or public sector. Des works across a range of industries and holds expertise in areas including talent management, cultural assessment, employee engagement and stakeholder engagement. Her vast international and cultural experience allows her to maximise her impact and influence throughout her many years of working with global organisations.
Deon is a business owner, a writer and a father.
Deon has made businesses fly, and has been at the helm when they have failed. He has been running small businesses and consultancy firms for near on 15 years. He is a master of coaching psychology, and he understands human nature – a key ingredient for good public speaking.
Deon has spent the past 15 years helping business owners and senior executives drive improvement in bottom-line results by mastering their power to influence and building real trust when presenting and public speaking.
He challenges people to re-examine their intentions and values and use their story to influence their leadership presence – their ability to communicate and relate to others. He does this, by getting to heart of why people don’t want to express their true self.
Beth Chadwick is an strategic and innovative organisational effectiveness professional and consultant with over 20 years’ global experience. She has solid grounding in HR and extensive experience in designing and delivering communications and impact, engagement, and leadership programmes. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, personal brand and impact, change and talent strategy and enabling high performing teams. Beth thrives on helping individuals to maximise their potential, and brings passion, energy and creativity to all her work.
Suzy is a coaching psychologist specialising in wellbeing, stress management and facilitation of healthy lifestyle change. She holds a B. Psychology (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney and a M.
Psychology (Org) degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, is a certified yoga teacher, and a qualified personal trainer. Her coaching is informed by Positive Psychology, the Mindfulness Tradition, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Suzy offers an integrated approach to wellbeing: nurturing head, heart and body, and is passionate about teaching tools of self-care to help people weather and recover from periods of stress, loss and change and to boost resilience in the face of future challenges. Suzy is a contributing editor for Psychologies Magazine and the Psychology Expert for wellbeing brand Neom Organics.