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FT Women at the Top 2018

Time to Change

London |
Speakers include:
Nicola Adams OBE

Nicola Adams OBE

Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt

UK Government

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard


The FT Women at the Top summit returns to lead the debate on how to achieve gender equality at the top level of business in the UK and beyond.

Events of the past year have been a call to action for business on the urgency of addressing gender inequality: the evidence of the gender pay gap as UK companies report their data to the government, the revelations of sexual misconduct at the heart of the establishment, and the growing awareness that structural inequalities in the workplace and society must finally be reversed. All point to one thing: it is time for radical change.

Yet while momentum is building, progress can be achingly slow. At current rates the gender pay gap will take 32 years to close in the UK, and 100 years globally. Women at the top of business and politics around the world are still scarce, and too little is being done to change policies and cultures that drive mid-career women out of the workplace. If the benefits of greater diversity in business are now widely accepted, what is holding company leaders back from implementing more inclusive strategies? How can women and men work together to capture the impetus of wider societal developments and accelerate progress?

Join us in September to learn about the latest developments on gender diversity in business, hear practical tips and examples from company leaders who are driving change from the top, and help us to make gender imbalance in the workplace a thing of the past.

We will discuss:

How to close the gender pay gap

Me Too, Time's Up and the backlash

Inclusion beyond women at the top

Living longer: how to plan for a multi-stage career

How to manage money: why aren't women investing?

Using AI to make workplaces more inclusive

How to fix bias - whether unconscious or not

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/20/2018 08:00:0009/20/2018 19:15:00trueFT Women at the Top 2018The FT Women at the Top summit returns to lead the debate on how to achieve gender equality at the top level of business in the UK and beyond.Events of the past year have been a call to action for business on the urgency of addressing gender inequality: the evidence of the gender pay gap as UK companies report their data to the government, the revelations of sexual misconduct at the heart of the establishment, and the growing awareness that structural inequalities in the workplace and society must finally be reversed. All point to one thing: it is time for radical change.Yet while momentum is building, progress can be achingly slow. At current rates the gender pay gap will take 32 years to close in the UK, and 100 years globally. Women at the top of business and politics around the world are still scarce, and too little is being done to change policies and cultures that drive mid-career women out of the workplace. If the benefits of greater diversity in business are now widely accepted, what is holding company leaders back from implementing more inclusive strategies? How can women and men work together to capture the impetus of wider societal developments and accelerate progress?Join us in September to learn about the latest developments on gender diversity in business, hear practical tips and examples from company leaders who are driving change from the top, and help us to make gender imbalance in the workplace a thing of the past.We will discuss:How to close the gender pay gapMe Too, Time's Up and the backlashInclusion beyond women at the topLiving longer: how to plan for a multi-stage careerHow to manage money: why aren't women investing?Using AI to make workplaces more inclusiveHow to fix bias - whether unconscious or notFT-Women-at-the-Top-201847874179e4f5a26980c7636b9a56ac6fMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 20th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:50am
    Welcome remarks

    Angela Mackay, Chair of Women at the Top; Member of the FT Group Management Board, Financial Times
    John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times Group

  • 9:00am

    We look at the big issues shaping the gender diversity agenda today.

    How equality creates tomorrow’s leaders

    Knowing and using our power to remove barriers that are discouraging equality and preventing women from reaching their career goals

    Sandie Okoro,  Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, World Bank

  • 9:25am
    Evolution or revolution

    The evolution of women's careers over the past century is disappointingly slow. Is it time for more revolutionary approaches?

    How successful have voluntary and government-backed initiatives been in making leadership teams more balanced? What are the limitations? What is still holding corporate Britain back?

    Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive Officer, Santander UK
    Sir Roger Carr, Chairman, BAE Systems
    Denise Wilson OBE,  Chief Executive Officer, Hampton-Alexander Review

    Moderated by Sarah Gordon, Associate Editor and Business Editor, Financial Times

    To include a special announcement of the FT/Henley/30% Club Women in Business essay competition results

  • 10:05am
    Women’s representation in tech

    Representation of women in tech is low, and may even be declining.  What does this mean for our ability to reach gender parity and promote inclusion in tech, and for the future of technology itself?  How can we ensure that the hard-won gains of the last decades are not lost in the fastest growth area of the economy?

    Vivian Hunt DBE, Managing Partner, UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company

  • 10:25am
  • 10:50am
    Inclusion beyond women at the top

    Are policies focused on improving the gender balance at leadership level too limiting? How can we ensure that they open doors to broader workplace diversity? As initiatives such as the Hampton-Alexander review and the revised governance code in the UK are implemented to fix the gender imbalance in executive teams and boards, what lessons can be applied throughout the workforce? What do companies need to understand about overlaps in identity – across race, class and sexuality – to ensure that their policies are truly inclusive?

    Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager, WPP
    Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
    Andrew Lawson, Executive Vice President and General Manager UK, Salesforce
    Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO, Audeliss

    Moderated by Brooke Masters, Comment and Analysis Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:25am
    How to close the gender pay gap

    We look at some of the traditional and more innovative ways to address the differences between how men and women are paid. What works?

    Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sky
    Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI

    Moderated by Sarah Gordon, Associate Editor and Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:55am
    Insights from a female founder

    In this session we hear from an entrepreneur who has taken an unconventional path to the top. How has she navigated the challenges along the way? What are her tips for success and how to pitch for funding?

    Debbie Wosskow OBE, Co-Founder and Chairperson, AllBright

  • 12:15pm

    An optional speed networking session will run from 12.40pm - 1.30pm, held in partnership with CASS Business School. There will be an opportunity to sign up for this in advance.

    Chaired by Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:40pm

    Afternoon address
    Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities, UK Government  

  • 1:50pm
    How to fix bias - unconscious or not

    Many companies now offer unconscious bias training to help employees identify and act on their own implicit biases, but does it work? Resistance to diversity is not always rational, so how can this be managed – and what about conscious bias in the workplace? How to recognise it and what to do about it.

    John Amaechi OBE, Psychologist, Amaechi Performance Systems

  • 2:10pm
    How to use AI to create an inclusive work culture

    Can new technologies, such as AI and machine learning, help organisations to be more inclusive? What are the risks that they set back inclusion at work?

    Ann Cairns, Vice Chairman, MasterCard
    Gary Kildare, Chief Human Resources Officer, IBM Europe
    Kriti Sharma, VP Artificial Intelligence, Sage

    Moderated by Maija Palmer, Acting Deputy Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm

    Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia

    Interviewed by Pilita Clark, Associate Editor and Business Columnist, Financial Times

  • 3:05pm
    Time’s Up: How can companies stamp out sexual harassment?

    Recent revelations in the media have shown how widespread sexual harassment in the workplace is (a TUC report, for example, found that more than 50 per cent of women in every kind of job had experienced sexual harassment at work). How can the basic need for respect between employees be included in policies and how should managers be trained to identify and address a breach? We hear from leaders who have taken action against misconduct and put policy into practice.

    Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Vice President and Regional General Manager, EMEA, Uber
    General Sir Gordon Messenger OBE, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
    Tulsi Naidu, Chief Executive Officer UK, Zurich
    Dnika Travis, Vice President Research, Catalyst

    Moderated by Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:40pm
  • 4:05pm

    Living longer: Planning for your multi-stage career

    Life expectancy continues to rise but organisations are slow to adapt. How can employers think ahead to respond to this change and better meet the needs of workers of all ages? How can older and younger employees learn from each other?

    In this session we hear from people navigating different stages of their careers, to understand how they are seeing their future working lives: what challenges do they face – or expect to face – and what do they hope to achieve?


    The rising star: Claudine Adeyemi, Associate, Mishcon de Reya
    The career changer: Collette Altaparmakova, Trainee Solicitor, Linklaters
    The long-serving politician: Margaret Hodge DBE, MP for Barking

    Moderated by: Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School and co-author of The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity 

  • 4:55pm
    How to manage your money: financial planning

    Where are all the female investors? A practical session on money management.

    Maike Currie, Director, Fidelity International
    Johanna Kyrklund, Global Head of Multi-Asset, Schroders

    Moderated by Claer Barrett, Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times; Editor, FT Money

  • 5:25pm
    FT review of the day's themes

    What will you pledge to do after today’s discussions?

  • 5:35pm
    Closing remarks

    Angela Mackay, Chair of Women at the Top; Member of the FT Group Management Board, Financial Times

  • 5:40pm
    Drinks reception
  • 6:00pm
    FT-HERoes awards
  • 6:15pm
    Evening keynote interview

    Nicola Adams OBE, Professional Boxer and Double Olympic Champion
    In conversation with Murad Ahmed, Sports Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 7:00pm
    Drinks and networking

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering senior level audiences at world class thought-leadership events across the globe and this Summit is no exception.

Women at the Top is designed for senior business leaders and representatives from leading corporate organisations, large-scale institutions, SMEs and start-ups, academia and government, including:

  • Chief Executives
  • Chairs
  • Presidents
  • Vice-presidents
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Heads of Social Responsibility
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Heads of Diversity
  • Policymakers
  • Senior Academics
  • Inclusion influencers

Why attend?

  • Join the vanguard of those driving progress and show your commitment to making work and and home life fairer for women and men.
  • Participate in cutting edge debate on gender diversity, and hear practical advice and examples from leaders supporting the advancement of women.
  • Learn about the changes you need to make now to attract and retain younger employees, for whom diversity is an essential attribute of a progressive employer.
  • Understand why a fairer work culture benefits everyone, and why it’s good for business. Hear from and network with advocates of best practice on pay gap transparency, shared parental leave, flexible working, role models, and more.
  • Find out what you can do to take action and pick up practical tips to help you drive progress and lead by example.
  • Celebrate our FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business, the male and female business leaders who are actively making workplaces in the UK more diverse and inclusive.

Speakers (29)

Nicola Adams OBE

Nicola Adams OBE

Professional Boxer and Double Olympic Champion
Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt

Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities
UK Government

Penny Mordaunt was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities in April 2018, and has been Secretary of State for International Development since November 2017.  Before this she was Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions from 2016 to 2017.

She has served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as Chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People.  She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 2015 to 2016. In 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010, and worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign.

Ms Mordaunt was Director of Communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a Director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 she founded a media company, which she sold in 2010. She read Philosophy at Reading University, and worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during her time as a student.

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Chair, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London; former Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 until 2013. As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest in the world, during the global financial crisis. She delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australian education at every level, from early childhood to university education, and commenced the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities.

Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In October 2012, she received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life. In April 2018, Ms Gillard was appointed Inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, which will work to address women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions, and the way gender negatively impacts the evaluation of women leaders. Ms Gillard is also Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, and is a non-resident Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington. 

General Sir Gordon Messenger OBE

General Sir Gordon Messenger OBE

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

General Sir Gordon Messenger deputises for the Chief of the Defence Staff and has responsibility for running the Armed Forces aspects of Defence business principally through the Central Staff. He is also Gender Champion for Defence. General Messenger was appointed as Vice Chief in May 2016 following promotion to 4*. Prior to this he had been Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) in the Ministry of Defence since 2014, and before that he was Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, a position he assumed in 2013 on his promotion to 3*. From 2010 to 2012 he served as Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Permanent Joint Headquarters, responsible for the conduct and capability of UK overseas operations. 

He commanded 3 Commando Brigade for their operational tour to Helmand Province in Sep 2008 and was the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Communication Officer. Before that he was Director Joint Commitments (Military), coordinating military policy for all overseas operations, after a brief period as Director Force Development. He joined Joint Force Headquarters as Chief of Staff in 2004, a job that saw him on various operations worldwide, including the tsunami relief effort, the civilian evacuation from Lebanon and command of the Op HERRICK Prelim Ops deployment in Southern Afghanistan in 2005. 

Prior to this General Messenger had a sabbatical in Geneva, having previously commanded 40 Commando from 2001 to 2003, which included operational deployments to Afghanistan and Op TELIC 1, the invasion of Iraq, in 2003. He was appointed as Chief of Staff to 3 Commando Brigade in 1999, a tour that included an operational deployment to Kosovo. Earlier in his career he held a range of junior officer appointments. He joined the Royal Marines in 1983.

Sandie Okoro

Sandie Okoro

Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel
World Bank

Sandie Okoro  was appointed Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group in February 2017. Prior to joining the World Bank Group she had been a General Counsel of HSBC Global Asset Management and Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management since 2014. before this she was Global General Counsel at Barings. Ms Okoro qualified first as a barrister and then re-qualified and trained as a solicitor. In 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by City University London in recognition of her career in business and law, and her voluntary work. In 2017 she was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in the UK. She is a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and was on the Equality Standards Panel UK for the Premier League from 2015 to 2017. She has received several accolades in the UK and Europe for her volunteer efforts and contribution to the legal profession as a diversity champion.


Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty

Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty

Vice President, EMEA

As part of the Uber Executive Leadership Team Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty heads Uber’s operations across Europe, Middle East and Africa overseeing the company’s growing business across 45 countries and over 120 cities. After spending some years at Goldman Sachs, becoming an entrepreneur at the age 27 and harnessing a big urge to build something, he joined Uber’s first international city as General Manager for France in 2012. As one of the earliest members of the team and with a conviction of the need to offer better transport options, he mass-scaled Uber’s service across Europe before taking the challenge to the wider region.

Mr Gore-Coty first developed his passion for numbers during school, coding and building websites with friends, after which he further developed his skills at the Ecole Centrale de Paris before heading to New York to study Financial Engineering at Columbia University. He is a French citizen based in Amsterdam, married and father of a 6 month-old son.

Nathan Bostock

Nathan Bostock

Chief Executive Officer
Santander UK

Nathan Bostock has been Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK plc since 2014 and has served on the UK Government’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board since 2015. He joined Santander UK from the Royal Bank of Scotland plc, where he was an Executive Director and Group Finance Director. He previously held the post of Group Chief Risk Officer, having joined RBS in 2009. Mr Bostock served on the Board of Abbey National plc (now Santander UK plc) as an Executive Director, from 2005 until 2009. He joined Abbey National plc in 2001, holding a number senior positions including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Finance, Markets and Human Resources. Prior to this, he held a number of executive positions at RBS (1991 – 2001), after seven years with Chase Manhattan Bank in a variety of areas and functions. He is a chartered accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics.

Carolyn Fairbairn

Carolyn Fairbairn

Director General

Carolyn Fairbairn has been Director-General of the CBI since 2015. Prior to this, she held a range of senior leadership roles in business, government and the media. She spent much of her career at McKinsey, where she became a partner leading the media practice. She also worked extensively in the media industry, first as BBC Director of Strategy, where she led the BBC’s digital strategy and launched TV service Freeview, and also at ITV, where she was a member of the Executive Board for four years.

She has also held several FTSE non-executive director positions: at Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group and Capita plc. She was also a director of the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority and the Financial Services Authority between 2008 - 2011. From 1995-1997, Ms Fairbairn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit. She began her career as an economist at the World Bank and worked as a journalist for The Economist magazine. She holds a BA in Economics from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD.

Debbie Wosskow OBE

Debbie Wosskow OBE

Co-Founder and Chairperson

Debbie Wosskow OBE is recognised as one of the most prominent serial entrepreneurs in the UK, known for successfully launching and scaling businesses in the areas of digital disruption, the sharing economy and female empowerment. She was the Founder and CEO of Love Home Swap, sold to Wyndham Destination Networks for $53m in July 2017.
As Co-Founder and Chairperson of AllBright, Ms Wosskow, along with her Co-Founder Anna Jones (former CEO of Hearst), aims to close the gender-
based funding gap that currently prevents many women from launching and succeeding with their business ideas. In January 2018, she opened The AllBright, the first members’ club for working women in the UK. A second club will open in Mayfair later this year.

Ms Wosskow led the independent government review of the Sharing Economy and was the Founding Chair of Sharing Economy UK. She sits on the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and was shortlisted for the City AM 2017 ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. Hailing from a family of female entrepreneurs, her entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 25 when she launched her first company Mantra, a marketing consultancy, later sold to Loewy Group in 2009.  She was awarded an OBE for services to business in 2017. She graduated with an MA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford.

Ann  Cairns

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chairman

In her role as Vice Chairman Ann Cairns represents MasterCard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation.  She is a senior ambassador and executive leader with a global remit and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to this Ms Cairns was President of International Markets, responsible for the management of all customer-related activities in more than 200 countries. She has led the company’s expansion into new and diverse geographies and opened up new customer segments; embracing the continued evolution to digital while driving an increased focus on safety, security and convenience. She is passionate about the role MasterCard can play in delivering financial inclusion through innovation and has continued to build new global partnerships with governments, telecommunication companies and organisations including the World Food Programme.

Ms Cairns brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the US, where she ran global retail, commercial and investment banking operations.  Before joining MasterCard in 2011, she was Head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal in London. She helped restructure banks across Europe including Ireland and Iceland. She has held senior positions within global organisations including a tenure as CEO, Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO, and 15 years in senior operational positions at Citigroup.

Ms Cairns sits on the group board of the Fortune 500 Company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and is Chair of ICE Clear Europe. A Pure Mathematics degree from Sheffield University and a MSc with research into medical statistics from Newcastle University resulted in an early career as an award-winning research engineer, culminating as the Head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas where she was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain.

Vivian Hunt DBE

Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing Partner, UK and Ireland
McKinsey & Company

Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company, UK and Ireland. Previously named “the most influential black woman in Britain”, and “one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London,” she advises corporate, public, and third sector clients on topics of performance improvement, productivity growth and leadership. Her pioneering work tying diversity to strong financial performance, The Power of Parity, Why Diversity Matters and Delivering through Diversity is also recognised globally. She is active in a variety of business settings, including the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Council, the CBI, the UK’s Industrial Strategy Council and is chair of BritishAmerican Business. She is a trustee of The British Museum and on the board of the Southbank Centre, The Henry Smith Charitable Trust, and Business in the Community (where she is a National Ambassador and chairs the Prince’s “Seeing is Believing” programme). Ms Hunt is also Chair of Teach First. She is an inspirational speaker and a powerful advocate for non-traditional voices in the corporate world.  In 2018, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.

Andrew Lawson

Andrew Lawson

Executive Vice President and General Manager UK

Andrew Lawson joined Salesforce in 2013 and has held roles leading both UK and Ireland and EMEA teams over the past five years. As General Manager, he is responsible for leading the company's growth and business strategy in the UK. Since joining Salesforce, he has led the company to achieve second 'Best Place to Work' in the UK Great Places to Work 2017 ranking and the fifth 'Best UK Employer' in the Glassdoor 2018 ranking, among many other awards. He has also been recognised for his work to promote equality in the tech industry, ranking in the top 30 in Management Today’s Agents of Change power list (2017 and 2018) and seventh in the FT HERoes 2017 list of male champions of women in business. He is passionate about developing the next generation of talent for the technology industry. He is the executive sponsor of Salesforce's support for School 21, a 4-18 school based in Stratford.

Tulsi Naidu

Tulsi Naidu

Chief Executive Officer
Zurich UK

Tulsi Naidu became UK Chief Executive in November 2016 having joined Zurich as Head of Business Development for EMEA in September that year. She has more than 20 years of financial services experience, most recently with Prudential where she held a number of executive positions in their UK and Europe business. Before joining Prudential, she worked for Credit Suisse First Boston Investment Banking in Singapore, ICICI in Mumbai, and began her career at Arthur Andersen. She is a graduate from Nizam College in Hyderabad, and completed her MBA at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

Jeremy Darroch

Jeremy Darroch

Group Chief Executive Officer
Gary Kildare

Gary Kildare

Chief Human Resources Officer
IBM Europe

Gary Kildare is the Chief HR Officer for IBM in Europe and is based at the European headquarters in Madrid. He has spent most of career with IBM. He has previously served as Chief HR Officer for Global Business Services (IBM's consulting business) based in Paris, and Vice President of HR for Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, Chief HR Officer for Global Technology Services, based in New York.
He is a member of IBM’s Acceleration Team, a group of Senior Executives appointed by the CEO to provide global leadership across key strategic areas.

Outside IBM, Mr Kildare is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Board Member of the British Quality Foundation. He has served as a Non-Executive Director of Education Scotland; as a member of the Scottish Government’s Education study – ‘The Curriculum for Excellence’; a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy (Financial Services); a Non-Executive advisor to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC); and a member of the CBI Business Council for Scotland. He is married with three children.

Margaret Hodge DBE

Margaret Hodge DBE

MP for Barking

Margaret Hodge became the Labour Member of Parliament for Barking in June 1994. In 2010, she faced a challenge from the leader of the British National Party in the General Election of that year but was returned with a comfortable majority. She has served in government, holding portfolios across education, work and pensions, business and culture. She was the first Children’s Minister from 2003 to 2005; Minister for Universities from 2001-2003; and Minister for the Arts and the Creative Industries for the last years of the Labour Government.

In 2010, she became the first elected Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and was also its first female Chair. She held the post for the full parliamentary term, retiring in 2015. She published Called to Account in September 2016, reflecting on her time as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. Dame Margaret is now chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Taxation, a Visiting Professor at The Policy Institute at King’s College London and a Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.

Suki Sandhu

Suki Sandhu

Founder and CEO

Suki Sandhu has been a game-changer within executive search and inclusion for more than 14 years. He established Audeliss, a diversity-focused boutique executive search firm, in 2011.  

2017 saw the launch of HERoes, a unique initiative focused on celebrating female and male leaders working to support gender equality in business. The FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business role model lists are published in the Financial Times. The previous year, Mr Sandhu founded EMpower, a membership organisation that helps corporate firms to maintain and develop their ethnic minority talent pipeline. Each year, in partnership with the FT, EMpower publishes role model lists celebrating ethnic minority leaders, future leaders and advocates. This followed the introduction of OUTstanding, an LGBT+ membership organisation, in 2013. OUTstanding drives the diversification of the boardroom, champions the visibility of LGBT+ role models and works to develop emerging LGBT+ talent. Role model lists are published in partnership with the FT.

In 2018, Mr Sandhu launched INvolve, a motherbrand bringing together the OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes membership and list initiatives. In 2017 he was named ‘Most Inspiring Recruitment Leader’ at the Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards and in 2016 he became a trustee of the Guild of HR Professionals. He was awarded the title of ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, and named In The Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’ of 101 LGBTQI people who are making Britain better for the community. He is a Stonewall Ambassador and supports many charities including StandUp Foundation, the Albert Kennedy Trust and Smartworks.

Claudine Adeyemi

Claudine Adeyemi

Mishcon de Reya

Claudine Adeyemi is a multi-award winning lawyer and social entrepreneur.  She is an Associate who specialises in Real Estate Litigation at Mishcon de Reya​ and also founded The Student Development Co. in 2014, which is a non-profit organisation ​providing career-related support to young people from less privileged backgrounds. In 2016 she launched a mobile app called Career Ear, the UK's first Q&A careers advice platform enabling young people to ask career-related questions to professionals. In May 2018, Ms Adeyemi was listed as the EMpower #1 Future Leader as presented by the Financial Times.

Karen Blackett OBE

Karen Blackett OBE

UK Country Manager

Karen Blackett is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success. In January 2018 she became the first UK Country Manager for WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, overseeing 17000 people across 123 brands. In this role she is responsible for delivering growth in WPP’s 2nd largest market.

Ms Blackett has been in media for 24 years and was previously the Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK. She was instrumental not only in the success of MediaCom, but in championing diversity throughout the advertising industry. In 2012 she launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector, where the apprentices qualify for an NVQ in Marketing and Communications. In 2014 she received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours and in 2015 was the first business woman to be named 'Britain’s most influential black person' in the Power List 100.

In 2015 she was appointed as one of four external advisors to the UK Government Civil Service, and as a Business Ambassador to the Department for International Trade for No 10. She is on the Board of Creative England, whose focus is to support new and emerging talent in the Creative Industry, and is also a Board Member of the Creative Industries Federation. In 2016 shebecame the President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presents the business case for diversity. In 2017 she took over from Sandi Toksvig as Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth.

John Amaechi OBE

John Amaechi OBE

Amaechi Performance Systems

John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist, high-performance coach, and New York Times best-selling author. He is CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems, a leadership consultancy working in Europe and the United States. He partners with organisations to help leaders move from being transactional to transformational. He focuses on improving performance, solving intractable people problems and creates thriving workplaces despite the challenges and disruption of the modern world. Mr Amaechi is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of East London and a senior fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research. Prior to founding his own firm, he spent several years as a professional athlete, becoming the first Brit to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Johanna  Kyrklund

Johanna Kyrklund

Global Head of Multi-Asset

Johanna Kyrklund is Global Head of Multi-Asset Investments at Schroders, which involves being responsible for investments on behalf of Multi-Asset clients globally. She is the lead portfolio manager of the Schroder Diversified Growth Strategy and heads the Multi-Asset Investments division. Ms Kyrklund joined Schroders in 2007. Prior to this she was Fund Manager at Insight Investment from 2005 to 2007, which involved managing an unconstrained global macro absolute return fund. She was Head of Asset Allocation at Deutsche Asset Management from 1997 to 2005, managing asset allocation in the UK, and was fund manager of the Deutsche tactical asset allocation fund. She is on the Schroders Group Management Committee, which oversees the development and delivery of the overall business strategy, and she chairs the Global Asset Allocation Committee. She is also a member of the Cambridge University Investment Board. Ms Kyrklund is a CFA Charterholder and holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Denise Wilson OBE

Denise Wilson OBE

Chief Executive
Hampton-Alexander Review

Denise Wilson is Chief Executive of the Government-sponsored Hampton-Alexander Review, formerly the Davies Review for Women on Boards, which leads the national, business-focused task force and voluntary framework for increasing the number of women on FTSE 350 Boards and in leadership. She is also on the Board of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Chair of the
Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee. She is a mentor to business leaders in the corporate and charitable sectors and an influential speaker and advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace. 

Ms Wilson is a former Chair of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends Board and Trustee for All Churches Trust, one of the top five corporate donors in the UK and has spent more than 30 years working for large corporate organisations. Her career began as a graduate with the Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group in London, going on to hold a number of senior roles at British Gas in the post-privatisation years, in corporate centre functions, finance and overseas acquisitions. She has also worked extensively in South America and the US in various executive positions with BG Group and latterly National Grid. She is a graduate in Modern Languages, qualified FCII and speaks fluent Spanish. She was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to women and equality and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Hull in 2018.

Dnika Travis

Dnika Travis

Vice President, Research

Dnika J. Travis, PhD is a researcher, educator, and expert in leadership, communication effectiveness, and workplace inclusion. She leads Catalyst’s research on organisational change and gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace. In both areas, she is responsible for developing and delivering recognised research agendas, serves as a primary investigator on selected Catalyst studies, and leads large, multi-year research projects. She has been widely published, and her research has been funded by several foundations and government branches.  Most recently, she was named a 2017 "Woman Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Prior to joining Catalyst, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, where she holds an affiliation as a faculty fellow. She earned her PhD from the University of Southern California, MSW from the University of Michigan, and BA from Hampton University.  

John Ridding

John Ridding

Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude.

He managed the acquisition of the FT by Nikkei in 2015, a merger than has been completed smoothly to create a global news media leader. He also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.

During his tenure the FT has built its reputation for quality global news and analysis and digital transformation. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 129-year history, with two-thirds of its readership now coming from digital channels and a growing presence in video and social media. It has won a series of awards for its strategy and its coverage and is recognised as an industry leader in innovation and communications.

Mr Ridding has been at the FT for 29 years, including leadership roles in editorial, business and at the FT’s former parent company, Pearson, where he was President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. He launched the Corporate Learning Alliance in partnership with IE of Spain and the FT125, a leadership forum now complemented by a forum for women in business.

Prior to his Pearson role, Mr Ridding was the editor and publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has more than 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China. He launched a number of training and educational initiatives in the region.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both editorial and business departments, including deputy editor, managing editor, Asia editor, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.

Sir Roger  Carr

Sir Roger Carr

BAE Systems

Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc.  He is also Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust and a senior advisor to KKR – the world’s largest private equity company.
He has previously held a number of senior appointments including Chairman of Centrica plc (2004 – 2013), Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the Court of the Bank of England, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Chairman of Cadbury plc, Chairman of Chubb plc, Chairman of Mitchells & Butlers plc, Chairman of Thames Water plc and Chief Executive of Williams plc.  
Throughout his career he has served on a number of external committees including the Manufacturing Council of the CBI, The Higgs Committee on Corporate Governance and Business for New Europe.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce, a Companion of the Institute of Management, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
He was knighted for Services to Business in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011.

Kriti Sharma

Kriti Sharma

VP Artificial Intelligence

Kriti Sharma is an artificial intelligence technologist and a leading voice on AI ethics and its impact on society. In addition to advising global businesses on AI, she focuses on AI for social good. She built her first robot at the age of 15 in India and has been building AI technologies to solve global issues ever since, from productivity to education to domestic violence. She was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI and was included in the Recode 100 list of key influencers in technology in 2017 alongside Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Ms Sharma was invited as a Civic Leader by the Obama Foundation Summit for her work in ethical technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Google Grace Hopper Scholar and recently gave expert testimony on AI Policy to the UK Parliament in the House of Lords.  Earlier this year, she spearheaded the launch of the Sage Future Makers Lab, a forum that will equip young people around the world with hands-on learning for entering a career in Artificial Intelligence. She addressed the United Nations’ AI for Good Summit in Geneva in May.

Collette  Altaparmakova

Collette Altaparmakova

Trainee lawyer

Collette Altaparmakova is a trainee lawyer at Linklaters LLP. She studied Natural Sciences followed by a PhD at the University of Cambridge. She spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mother of four children before completing the GDL and LPC/MSc in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law. 

Frances  O’Grady

Frances O’Grady

General Secretary
Trades Union Congress

Frances O’Grady is General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress. Before this she was Deputy General Secretary from 2003, leading on the environment, industrial policy, the NHS and winning an agreement covering the 2012 Olympics. She has served as a member of the Low Pay Commission, the High Pay Centre and the Resolution Foundation’s Commission on Living Standards. Ms O’Grady headed up the TUC’s organisation department in 1999, reorganising local skills projects into unionlearn, the learning and skills organisation of the TUC, which now helps a quarter of a million workers into learning every year. She launched the TUC’s Organising Academy in 1997, having first joined the TUC as Campaigns Officer in 1994,

Maike Currie

Maike Currie

Investment Director
Fidelity International

Maike Currie is an Investment Director at Fidelity International. Her role is to provide insight and guidance to end investors on topics ranging from investments to pensions and personal finance. Prior to joining Fidelity, she worked at Investec Asset Management. She also spent a sizeable part of her career working as a financial journalist. The author of The Search for Income: An Investor's Guide to Income-Paying Investments, Ms Currie is a well-regarded media spokesperson, regularly quoted in the national press and featured on BBC, Sky news, Bloomberg and ITV.


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Angela  Mackay

Angela Mackay

Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Management Board
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as the 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia Investment Editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia Editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include Editor at The Economist Group, Supervising Producer at CNBC, Deputy News Editor at The Times in London, and UK Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a Non-executive Director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a Board Member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute; former Business Editor, Financial Times

Sarah Gordon spent 18 years at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper’s corporate coverage during the financial crisis, and was most recently Business Editor and Associate Editor. Before journalism, she worked in fund management in the UK and the US, and at the UN Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. She was a panel member of the recent independent inquiry into the future of civil society, led by Julia Unwin CBE, and was formerly a trustee of CSV, one of the UK’s largest volunteering charities. She is a visiting professor at Kings College London.  

Roula  Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. In this role she provides strategic direction for the FT’s editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents. An award-winning journalist, she also writes a weekly column on international affairs. Prior to this role, she served as the FT’s Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor, responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the management of the FT’s international network. Her promotion to Foreign Editor came after she served for more than a decade as the FT's Middle East Editor, overseeing the launch of the FT's Middle East edition and leading coverage of the financial crisis in the Gulf and later the Arab spring. Ms Khalaf joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York, where she focused on corporate reporting accounting. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Ms Khalaf's series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013 and she was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016. She appears regularly on national and international TV and radio.

Murad  Ahmed

Murad Ahmed

Sports Editor
Financial Times

Murad Ahmed is the FT's Sports Editor. He writes news and features on the world, business and science of sport. He has covered the biggest stories, from the Rio Olympics to the growing Chinese investment in football. Before this he covered sport, hotels, restaurants, tourism and more as Leisure Correspondent. He joined the FT in July 2014 as European Technology Correspondent, and had written about the global technology sector for eight years. Prior to joining the FT, he worked at The Times of London and studied at the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Maija Palmer

Maija Palmer

Deputy Editor, Special Reports
Financial Times

Maija Palmer is Deputy Editor for Special Reports at the Financial Times. She has worked at the FT since 1999 in a number of roles, including Social Media Editor and Commissioning Editor on the Business Life section. She spent seven years as technology correspondent, during which time she was twice named Techmark technology journalist of the year, in 2005 and 2011.

Before joining the FT this she worked at Law Business Research, as an assistant editor of the Global Competition Review, a magazine about competition and antitrust law. She has a degree in Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Brooke Masters

Brooke Masters

Comment and Analysis Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Comment and Analysis Editor for the Financial Times in 2018. Previously she was an Assistant Editor, Companies Editor and Chief Regulation Correspondent. In the latter role she covered the UK Financial Services Authority and worked with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this, she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.

Claer Barrett

Claer Barrett

Personal Finance Editor, Financial Times
Editor, FT Money

Claer Barrett is the Financial Times' Personal Finance Editor as well as the editor of FT Money. She has worked for the FT group for over a decade, joining the Investors Chronicle magazine as the financial crisis took hold, specialising in property and buy-to-let investment. She became the FT's retail correspondent in 2011, then served as deputy UK news editor before being appointed to her current role. Her weekly Serious Money column won the Headline Money commentator of the year award in 2016 and 2017. A frequent contributor to TV and radio debates on personal finance and investing, she is an expert on the BBC1 series Right on the Money.

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton

Professor of Management Practice
London Business School

Lynda is a Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School and founder of the Hot Spots Movement.

She has written extensively on the future of work and the role of the corporation. Her eight books have various awards and her most recent book ‘The 100-Year Life’ was shortlisted for the FT Business Book of the Year.
Lynda has served on Prime Minister Abe’s “Council for Designing 100-Year Life Society.” Global recognition includes the Tata prize in India, the HR prize in Australia, the annual Fellow of NAHR and the LBS Best Teacher Award. Lynda is a fellow of the World Economic Forum, she has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership and currently serves on the digital advisory board of Equinor.


Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

Strategic Partner (2)

Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry.  For more than 50 years we have been leveraging leading technology to make payments safe, simple and smart.

We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. 

Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. 

As a global technology company, diversity, inclusion and trust are business imperatives. It allows for a deeper understanding of Mastercard’s diverse customers and enables us to super serve people everywhere, in both developed and developing markets.

Mastercard believes that providing diverse experiences, access to varied cultures and different points of view sits at the heart of innovation. Mastercard’s goal is to ensure inclusion at every level, in every office and in every country in which we operate and create the technologies and programmes that deliver lasting impact for society as a whole.

Inclusive growth is a process that extends basic rights for all to access and participate in the vital networks that power the modern economy. When achieved, it democratizes productivity and distributes the benefits of an expanding economy more equitably, thus driving sustained reductions in poverty.

Payments technology has the ability to create a world with greater opportunities for all. To take us beyond borders, to new markets. Beyond mere moments, to meaningful experiences. That's the power of a “World Beyond Cash”. And that's Priceless.

As a global investment manager, we help institutions, intermediaries and individuals meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future. But as the world changes, so do our clients’ needs. That’s why we have a long history of adapting to suit the times and keeping our focus on what matters most to our clients.

Doing this takes experience and expertise. We bring together people and data to spot the trends that will shape the future. This provides a unique perspective which allows us to always invest with conviction. We are responsible for £447.0 billion (€503.6 billion/$604.7 billion)* of assets for our clients who trust us to deliver sustainable returns. We remain determined to build future prosperity for them, and for all of society. Today, we have 4,600 people across six continents who focus on doing just this.

We are a global business that’s managed locally. This allows us to always keep our clients’ needs at the heart of everything we do. For over 200 years and more than seven generations we’ve grown and developed our expertise in tandem with our clients’ needs and interests.

*as of 31 December 2017

Supporting Partner (3)

Audeliss’ vision is to level the playing field for diverse leaders for executive and non-executive roles. 

We’re the destination for diverse talent, and a refreshing alternative to the tired, uninspiring offer of mainstream competitors.

Colourful where others are grey, bold where others are staid, we guarantee to create meaningful encounters between exceptional talent and progressive organisations – and we’ve built an impressive reputation on our results.

Although we specifically represent LGBT+, ethnic minorities and females; we work with all types of talented candidates. We put talent before background and will always recommend the best person for the role.

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs.


Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and so do our people. We aim to reflect and celebrate diversity in our workplace in order to create an inclusive culture that adds real value to our business. We believe that having a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives makes us stronger and helps us attract and retain talented people and develop them to their full potential.


At 30 June 2019, Santander UK has around 24,000 employees. It serves around 15 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking; and 62 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers’ eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Henley was one of UK’s first business schools and aims to empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders.  Our courses are enriched by up to date knowledge and research, interactive teaching and applied study projects, with academic theory applied to real world examples to help bring business to life. We offer programmes for students and professionals at every stage of their career – from undergraduate through to postgraduate, PhD, MBA, DBA and Executive Education.

We’re widely recognised for our diversity and international reach; we have staff and students representing more than 100 nationalities and 74,000 alumni members in 150 countries.

We are proud to offer a Women in Leadership Scholarship for our Executive and Flexible Executive MBA programmes in collaboration with the Financial Times and the 30% Club. Hear more about Henley from our MBA staff, students and alumni here.   

Innovation Partner (1)

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at

Supporting Organisations (4)

UN Women’s vision is to see a world where gender equality is a reality, economic empowerment is a right and violence against women no longer exists.
Established in 2010, UN Women is the global UN entity for gender equality. We work with governments, the private sector, NGOs and individuals all over the world to change the way the world works for women. We are the only global organisation specifically committed to gender equality, unique in our focus on both policy and sustainable programme delivery.

Whether empowering women entrepreneurs, responding quickly to crisis situations or working in communities to change behaviour and eliminate gender-based violence, we believe gender equality is not only a basic human right but it has enormous impact on economies, and on the lives of individual women and girls worldwide.

The UK National Committee is the UK arm of UN Women. We work towards the many global programmes changing the way the world works for women, through raising awareness, activating the public and advocating for change in pursuit of these goals.

The 30% Club was founded in the UK in 2010. We now have chapters in 9 other countries. Led by Brenda Trenowden, our Global Chair, we collaborate with businesses, governments and other campaigns to improve gender diversity and accelerate the pace of change at senior levels of organisations, and throughout the pipeline. 

Established in 1980, Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF), is a not-for-profit women’s network run by members, for members. It is dedicated to increasing opportunity for individual members to network, learn and advise each other at every stage of their career, through WIBF’s programme of workshops and events. WIBF aims to improve gender balance at all levels in the financial services sector by working closely with individual and corporate members.  WIBF is a UK-wide network with branches in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol,  Birmingham and Manchester.

Speed networking partner (1)

Cass Business School has been a leading global business school for over 50 years. Driven by world-class knowledge, innovative education, a vibrant community and located in the heart of financial London, we also have strong links with the thriving entrepreneurial hub of Tech City.

On graduation, 4,000 students join a 45,000 strong alumni community across 160 countries from a range of globally renowned programmes including undergraduate, master’s, MBA, Executive Education and PhD.

Cass launched its Global Women’s Leadership Programme in 2016 to fuel the development of responsible, authentic and thriving womenleaders, providing support through all stages of their careers.


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