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FT Women at the Top 2019

Money and Power

London |
Speakers include:
Vivienne Westwood DBE

Vivienne Westwood DBE

Warren East

Warren East

Rolls Royce

Vivian Hunt DBE

Vivian Hunt DBE

McKinsey & Company


Join us in October for the return of the FT's summit on gender equality in business. Hear leaders share their stories of success and setbacks, learn from honest discussion about the obstacles stalling further progress, and take part in forward-looking, action-focused debate with the women and men driving change.

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Full overview

The world is run by those with the most money and power, who for centuries have shaped hierarchies, cultural norms and the structure of how people live and work. Today, despite significant efforts by government and business to shift a greater share of money and power to women, this imbalance persists. The number of women at the top of FTSE 350 and S&P 500 companies has dropped in the last year, while the gender pay gap, investment gap and pensions gap remain. Enforced transparency and societal pressure has brought hidden power inequalities to light and helped to drive progress, but to achieve further meaningful change, business and policy leaders must show commitment to more action.

The need for gender equality is widely accepted, yet progress on achieving this in the workplace is in danger of grinding to a halt. What is impeding a breakthrough? For forward-thinking organisations investing more time and effort in trying to get it right, how do you know you are making changes that will shift the dial? How will power dynamics evolve if money starts to be controlled by different hands?


Speakers (23)

Vivienne Westwood DBE

Vivienne Westwood DBE

Designer and Activist

“The Revolution is already begun. The fact of man-made climate change is accepted by most people. Through every walk of life people are changing their values and their behaviour.  This continues to build the Revolution. The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious.” 

Vivienne Westwood began designing in 1971 with her then partner, Malcolm McLaren, when London was at the forefront of cultural trends. Together they defined the street culture of punk with their King’s Road shop Seditionaries. By the end of the decade Vivienne Westwood was considered a symbol of the British avant-garde. In 1984 she launched her own fashion line, creating what is now one of the last independent global fashion companies. In 2004 the V&A hosted a Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition – the largest exhibition ever devoted to a living British fashion designer – and in 2006 she was appointed DBE.

The Vivienne Westwood brand has always used its collections and catwalk shows as a platform to campaign for positive activism, with Vivienne herself often speaking out publicly about the effects of climate change and over-consumption – mobilising international attention around ecological crusading. 

In 2017, with the British Fashion Council and support from the Mayor of London, Vivienne Westwood launched the SWITCH to Green campaign to encourage fashion industry leaders to switch all UK offices and stores to a green energy supplier by 2020. Through various campaigns, projects and collaborations, the label promotes and supports the charity Cool Earth in their efforts to save the rainforest and stop climate change. Since 2011, it has joined forces with the International Trade Centre, a joint body of the United Nations, to produce bags and accessories through their Ethical Fashion Initiative.  

In 2012 Vivienne inaugurated the 'Climate Revolution' at the London Paralympics, and continues to rally charities, NGOs and individuals to take action against disengaged political leaders and big business. She is a Trustee of human rights organisation Liberty, patron of Reprieve, an ambassador for Greenpeace and campaigns for Amnesty International and War Child, amongst many others.

Warren East

Warren East

Chief Executive Officer
Rolls Royce

Warren East became Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce in 2015, succeeding John Rishton. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce he worked for ARM Holdings plc and was CEO from 2001 to 2013. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on several boards of engineering and technology companies. In 2007, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the National Business Awards and was named in Barron's list of the world's best 30 CEOs in 2011 and 2013. He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for services to Engineering and Technology.

Mr East is a Chartered Engineer, educated at Oxford and Cranfield Universities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS. In 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Vivian Hunt DBE

Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing Partner, UK and Ireland
McKinsey & Company

Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and is a Senior Partner. She previously led the firm’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Products practice in EMEA, and continues to advise leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development. She also provides strategic advice to leading British companies in the private, public and third sectors. She serves on the firm’s global Board of Directors, its Values Committee, and on several personnel committees.

In addition to her client responsibilities, Ms Hunt is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey & Company’s flagship research and co-authored publications such as: 'Women Matter', 'Diversity Matters' and 'The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth'. She was previously named ‘the most influential black woman in Britain’ by the Powerlist Foundation and the Financial Times identified her as one of the ‘European Women to Watch’ and more recently as one the 30 most influential people in the City of London. She is on the Board of several important business groups in the UK, including BritishAmerican Business, the CBI London Council, and the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission. Ms Hunt is a trustee of the Henry Smith Charity and is Chair of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community's ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme as well as a reader for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. She sits on the Advisory Council of the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre, as well as Teach First’s Business Leaders Council and on the Board of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. She is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Warwick and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York. In 2018, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.  

Sarah Hunter MBE

Sarah Hunter MBE

England Rugby Captain

Sarah Hunter led the England team in the 2019 Women’s Six Nations, scoring two tries, as the Red Roses secured a Grand Slam. She was also at the forefront as the team reached the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup final, and led from the front as England won the Grand Slam with a 34-7 win over Ireland in the 2017 Six Nations. She reached a century of appearances for her country at Twickenham Stoop against Canada in 2017.

Ms Hunter started out playing rugby league as a nine-year-old at Goathland Primary School, attended Longbenton Community College and studied Sports Science and Mathematics at Loughborough University. She worked as RFU University Rugby Development Officer for the South West before she moved to Loughborough Lightning to take up at player-coach role at the Tyrrells Premier 15s side. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Rugby and was the 2016 World Rugby Women's Player of the Year. She has surpassed 100 caps during her 12 years at the top level.

Tiina Lee

Tiina Lee

Chief Executive Officer, UK & Ireland
Deutsche Bank

Tiina Lee is responsible for Deutsche Bank’s activities in the UKI region and she chairs the UKI Executive Committee. She has held a number of roles within Deutsche Bank, running trading and capital markets businesses, and she has advised European financial institutions on the debt and equity capital markets. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer for the UK & Ireland, Ms Lee served as Head of Equities & FIC UK and Deputy CEO, UKI. Previously she was UK Chief Operating Officer, and before that she was Head of UK Strategy. She began her 29 year career in investment banking at Hill Samuel Bank and Lehman Brothers. Ms Lee is the Executive Sponsor of dbGo, Deutsche Bank’s Gender Diversity & Inclusion Network in the UK. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Charities Aid Foundation and the Advisory Board of TheCity UK.

Inga  Beale DBE

Inga Beale DBE

Board Director, London First; Former Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd's of London

Dame Inga Beale is a British businesswoman and the former Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s of London, the 330-year-old insurance and reinsurance market. With more than three decades of global experience in financial services she was awarded a Damehood in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the UK economy and for her contributions to driving the inclusion agenda for women and the LGBT community.

During her five year tenure at Lloyd’s, Dame Inga was responsible for accelerating the modernisation of the insurance market and embedding an innovation culture. As the first female Chief Executive of Lloyd’s she also played a critical role in advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives across the global insurance sector, including the Dive In Festival – the only sector-wide diversity and inclusion festival in the world. Dame Inga has served on numerous boards over the years and she is currently a member of the London First Board and the London Mayor’s Business Advisory
Board. She is Patron of Insuring Women’s Futures and her philanthropic interests include being a member of Stonewall’s Development Council and the Pitt Rivers Museum Advisory Board at Oxford University.

Nilanjana Roy

Nilanjana Roy

Novelist and FT Life & Arts columnist

Nilanjana S Roy is the author of two fantasy novels (the award-winning The Wildings and The Hundred Names of Darkness), a collection of essays on reading (The Girl Who Ate Books), and has edited two anthologies, on food writing and on Indian nationalist writing. She writes about books and the reading life for the FT's Life & Arts section, was a contributing opinion writer on gender and other subjects for the New York Times, and has written extensively for the BBC, the Business Standard and other places. She helped to set up the Indian publishing house, Westland Books, as its first Chief Editor, is a founder member of PEN Delhi, and has served on several literary juries, festival boards, gender and literacy trusts. 

Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd

Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and Minister for Women and Equalities
UK Government
Susan Allen

Susan Allen

Head of Retail and Business Banking
Santander UK
Alison Rose

Alison Rose

CEO, Natwest Holdings; CEO Commercial and Private Banking

Alison Rose is Deputy CEO of NatWest Holdings and Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Corporate, Commercial & Private Banking business. An influential member of the RBS Executive Management Team, she leads over 12,000 people and is accountable for market-leading brands such as Coutts and Lombard. She has worked at RBS for more than 25 years and prior to her current role was Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Markets & International Banking. Senior leadership roles with RBS have also included Head of Non–investment Grade Origination and Head of Leveraged Finance for the UK and Europe.

Previously shortlisted for the 'most influential woman in investment banking' award by Financial News, Ms Rose is a passionate supporter of diversity and executive sponsor for the bank’s employee-led networks.  Invited to lead a review of the barriers to women starting a business by the UK Government, she also champions NatWest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator programme, an innovative initiative supporting start-up businesses across the UK. 

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Former Chief Executive Officer
Mitie Group

Ruby McGregor-Smith is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director with current positions which include Mace Group , the Department of Education and Bath University. She was the Chief Executive of Mitie Group plc, the strategic outsourcing company, from 2007 until 2016, having joined the company in 2002. She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies. She was recognised as a top 50 female world business leader by the FT in 2013.

Ms McGregor-Smith was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of the recruitment company PageGroup, appointed to the Board in May 2007. She chaired the Audit Committee, was a Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committees and also latterly their Senior Independent Director. She is a member of the Women’s Business Council (previously Chair) and a Member of the European Committee for Internal Markets in the House of Lords. She is responsible for the Independent Report to the UK Government on Race in the Workplace published in February 2017.

Sharon White

Sharon White

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon White took over as Chief Executive of Ofcom in 2015. Before joining Ofcom, she had a long career in the civil service. She was second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, responsible for overseeing the public finances. Before that, she held Board level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development. She has worked as a civil service adviser at the Prime Minister's Policy Unit and in Washington DC as a senior economist at the World Bank. Ms White is a non-executive Board member for Barratt Developments Plc and is a Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Trust Ltd. She is a trained economist and studied at Cambridge University and University College London.

Bénédicte  de Raphélis Soissan

Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan


After studying Mathematics and spending four years as a consultant, Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan decided in 2013 to change job. To identify all possible options, she manually analysed hundreds of profiles more or less similar to hers and realised how difficult and time-consuming the task was. From this experience came the idea of Clustree: an AI-based Career Coach that leverages bias-free algorithms and machine learning to detect employees’ skills and abilities in order to automatically recommend tailor-made internal job opportunities, training courses, mentors or career paths throughout their professional journey. Ms de Raphélis Soissan is part of the MIT Innovators Under 35 Europe (2017), Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe (2017), Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech (2018).

Elizabeth Uviebinené

Elizabeth Uviebinené

Marketing Manager; co-author, Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible


Will Carling OBE

Will Carling OBE

Former England Rugby Captain

Will Carling was England’s youngest and is the world’s longest serving rugby captain, steering the side to memorable back-to-back Grand Slam wins in 1991, 1992 and 1995 and to the World Cup Final, before retiring in 1997. England’s dramatic win over the touring All-Blacks in November 1993 meant that he captained a winning team at least once against all of the world’s major rugby playing nations.

Since retiring from rugby he has set up WCM Ltd, a sports hospitality and event management company, and The Pack, which organises cycling days alongside current and former sports professionals and will launch a corporate cycling club this year. In 2018 he was appointed by England’s head coach Eddie Jones to be a leadership mentor for the England rugby team.

Mr Carling started his career in the military before pursuing rugby full-time. He joined the British Army before university and was commissioned as Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Wales. He resigned from his post to focus on rugby, and played for the Harlequins before becoming England rugby captain in 1988 at the age of 22. He holds a BA in Psychology from Durham University and was awarded an OBE in 1991.

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

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. 

Iona Bain

Iona Bain

Young Money Blog

Iona Bain is the UK's go-to voice on young people's finances, having established the pioneering and award-winning Young Money Blog in 2011. She writes regularly for FT Money as well as other titles, is a Moneybox presenter and also appears frequently on TV and radio to talk about millennial money. She is the youngest governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, part of the expert advisory team for the Insuring Women's Futures campaign and a founding member of the Next Generation Pensions Group. She has nearly finished writing her second book about investing for young people following her acclaimed debut, Spare Change: Better Ways to Manage Money, in 2016.

Ilham Kadri

Ilham Kadri

Chief Executive Officer

Ilham Kadri is Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company which addresses key societal challenges in sustainable mobility and resource efficiency. Prior to joining Solvay, she was CEO and President of Diversey, where she led the company's turnaround leading to its successful sale to Bain Capital.

Dr Kadri has rich professional experience across a variety of industries in four continents and with leading multinationals like Shell, UCB, Huntsman, Dow Chemical and Sealed Air. She actively promotes inclusion and diversity and is committed to mentoring young women and promoting women in STEM. She is the founder of the ISSA Hygieia™ Network, a non-profit foundation promoting women in the hygiene industry. She is a non-executive board member at A.O. Smith. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from L’Ecole des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg and a PhD in Macromolecular Physico-chemistry from Strasbourg’s Louis Pasteur University.

Nigel  Wilson

Nigel Wilson

Group Chief Executive
Legal & General

Nigel Wilson has been Group Chief Executive of Legal & General since 2012, having joined the company as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009. He was Senior Independent Director (SID) of The Capita Group Plc from 2009 till 2012, and SID/Chairman of Halfords Group Plc from 2006 till 2011. Prior to his he was at McKinsey & Co and other roles have included Group Commercial Director of Dixons Group Plc; Managing Director of Stanhope Properties Plc; Chief Executive, Corporate, of Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA); Managing Director of  Viridian Capital; and Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of UBM.

Dr Wilson was Chairman of the Investment Association’s review of Executive Pay (2016-2017) and the government's review of Mission Led Business (2016-2017). He was also a member of the government's Patient Capital Review Industry Panel (2017–2018) and a Commissioner in the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission (2017–2018). 

He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Kennedy Scholar, and a recipient of the Alfred P Sloan research scholarship. He also worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has a BA and an MA from the University of Essex. He won the ‘Most Admired Leader’ award at Britain's Most Admired Companies Awards 2017, for Management Today. He was also City AM "Business Personality of the Year" in 2014, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2015 to 2016. He has won numerous national masters Athletics Championships and has five daughters. He is leading the 50/50 by 20/20 gender diversity initiative.

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.

Elizabeth Corley

Elizabeth Corley

Impact Investing Institute

Elizabeth Corley was CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe then globally, from 2005 to 2016 and continues to act as a senior advisor to the firm.  She was previously at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Coopers & Lybrand. She serves on three company boards as a non-executive director: Pearson plc, BAE Systems plc and Morgan Stanley Inc. Additionally, she is a trustee of the British Museum where she chairs the Investment Sub-Committee. 

Ms Corley remains actively engaged in the investment management industry, particularly on topics of policy and standards development.  Having previously set up and chaired a Taskforce for the UK Government on impact investing, she is now the Chair of the management board for the newly established Impact Investing Institute. She is a member of the CFA Future of Finance Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of the AQR Institute of Asset Management at the London Business School, a member of the 300 Club and Committee of 200. She was made a Dame in 2019 for services to the economy and financial services.

Annelore Huyghe

Annelore Huyghe

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship
Cass Business School

Annelore Huyghe is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School. Prior to joining Cass, she worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research. Her research interests include consequences of passion in entrepreneurship (e.g., for individual and team well-being), role and identity dynamics in collective action (e.g., in new venture teams and market categories), and drivers and processes of research commercialisation. Prof Huyghe's work has been published in leading academic journals in her field, including the Strategic Management JournalJournal of Business Venturing and Small Business Economics. She currently teaches courses in entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate and MBA level. She advises several tech start-ups and regularly runs entrepreneurship events to close the gap between academics and practitioners. In those activities, she’s a passionate advocate for women-led ventures. She earned her PhD in Applied Economics from Ghent University, Belgium. 

Adam Parr

Adam Parr

Entrepreneur and venture capitalist; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Williams F1

Moderators (9)

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.

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.  

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, Andrew 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.

Andrew 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.

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Mr Barber has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and European security and monetary union in the US and Europe, and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As Editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including US President Donald Trump, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism. In February 2018 he received The Media Society's Annual Award.

He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is Chairman of the Tate.

Madhumita  Murgia

Madhumita Murgia

European Technology Correspondent
Financial Times

Madhumita Murgia is the FT's European Technology Correspondent. Before she joined the FT in 2016 she was Head of Technology at the Daily Telegraph, and prior to that she was an Associate Editor at Wired UK. She is an experienced journalist and speaker with expertise in the fields of technology, science and health. Ms Murgia holds two Master's degrees: one in Journalism from New York University and one in Clinical Immunology from Oxford University.

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Financial Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins has been Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In this role, he shapes the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He works closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team. He also contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.

Murad  Ahmed

Murad Ahmed

Sports Correspondent
Financial Times

Murad Ahmed is the FT's Sports Correspondent. 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.

Isabel Berwick

Isabel Berwick

Executive Editor, Work & Careers
Financial Times

Isabel Berwick is executive editor, FT Work and Careers, where she commissions and oversees coverage of the world of work and business education. She joined the FT in 2000 from the Independent on Sunday, where she was personal finance editor, then business editor, and since then she has worked in various positions on the paper including commissioning editor for FT Life and Arts, deputy editor of FT magazine -and most recently as an editor on the Opinion desk.

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.


Agenda - 17th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:50am
    Opening remarks from the FT

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

    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am

    Opening keynote: Redefining power

    Nilanjana Roy, Novelist and FT Life & Arts columnist 

    Followed by Q&A with Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Financial services: the great missed opportunity

    Women are vastly outnumbered by men in financial services. They hold just under a quarter of board positions at the largest banks and financial services institutions globally, and less than 15 per cent of senior executive roles below board level. On the asset management side, around 90 per cent of the money in funds is managed by men. What is the financial services industry doing to change it? As women's wealth rises, how can financial institutions better advise their clients? How are female asset managers, bankers and investors influencing the financial sector landscape?

    Elizabeth Corley, Chair, UK Government Implementation Taskforce on social impact investing
    Tiina Lee, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Ireland, Deutsche Bank AG

    Moderated by Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:05am
    My path to the top: Successes and setbacks

    Inga Beale DBE, former Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s of London

  • 10:25am
  • 10:50am
    Pay: Time for action  

    How successful has UK gender pay gap reporting been and what are the next steps? What pressure will the government and regulators be putting on companies who fail to produce action plans and what will the repercussions be for those whose gender pay gap does not budge? What lessons can be learnt from this exercise amidst calls for ethnic and disability pay gap reporting?

    Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women and Equalities, UK Government

    In conversation with Sarah Gordon, Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute; former Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Research insights from McKinsey

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

  • 11:40am
    My path to the top: Successes and setbacks

    Warren East, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls Royce

  • 12:00pm

    Optional speed networking

  • 1:00pm

    The Top 5 excuses and how to tackle them

    What are the reasons companies most often give in response to pressure to appoint more women into senior positions? What do these excuses tell us about why progress is so slow? If more women are being shortlisted for the most senior roles, what barriers are stopping managers appointing them to boards and executive committees? As some raise concerns about ‘gender fatigue’ and ‘left-behind’ men, we look at why it is so difficult to share power.

    Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia; Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London
    Denise Wilson OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Hampton-Alexander Review
    Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Legal & General

    Moderated by Sarah Gordon, Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute; former Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:35pm
    Live demo: How tech can help make the workplace fairer

    A showcase for how robotics and machine-learning are transforming the way companies search for, hire and retain their staff, for example using AI to blind-process CVs.

    Bénédicte de Raphélis, Founder, Clustree

    Moderated by Madhumita Murgia, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:00pm
    Get uncomfortable: Managing diverse teams

    Some things may initially take longer or be harder work in more diverse teams, and leading or being part of such a team can be uncomfortable. Whether you are inheriting a team or starting one from scratch, we discuss tips to help you get the best out of all your team members and avoid misunderstandings and pitfalls along the way. Find out how successful diverse teams operate, and what kind of leadership they need in order to thrive.

    Ilham Kadri, Chief Executive Officer, Solvay
    Elizabeth Uviebinene, Marketing Manager; Co-author, Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

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

  • 2:50pm
  • 3:15pm

    My path to the top: Successes and setbacks

    Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director; Former Chief Executive Officer, Mitie Group

  • 3:35pm
    Making the most of your money

    Women get lower pensions and generally have less savings than men, putting retirement funds at risk and threatening future independence. This practical session will tell you how to avoid costly financial mistakes and have the best chance of being rich when you’re 80.
    Susan Allen, Head of Retail and Business Banking, Santander UK
    Iona Bain, Founder, Young Money Blog

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

  • 4:05pm
    My path to the top: Successes and setbacks

    Sharon White, Chief Executive Officer, Ofcom

    In conversation with Isabel Berwick, Executive Editor, Work & Careers, Financial Times

  • 4:35pm
    How to pitch and how to be pitched to 

    Female entrepreneurs often face challenges when pitching for funding, but venture capitalists are missing a trick if they disregard women, since analysis shows they make more money for investors in the long run. We look at the best ways to pitch, and also how to listen to a pitch from the viewpoint of an investor – how can both sides make sure female-led pitches get a fair chance of success?

    Annelore Huyghe, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School
    Adam Parr, Entrepreneur and venture capitalist; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Williams F1
    Alison Rose, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Natwest Holdings; Chief Executive Officer, Commercial and Private Banking, RBS

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

  • 5:00pm
    How to win

    Will Carling OBE, former England rugby captain
    Sarah Hunter MBE, England rugby captain

    In conversation with Murad Ahmed, Sports Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    FT review of the day’s themes

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

    After the summit each participant will receive a toolkit packed with examples and actionable tips.

  • 5:40pm
    Closing remarks from the FT

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

  • 5:45pm
    Drinks reception

  • 6:10pm
    Evening keynote & Q&A

    Vivienne Westwood DBE, Designer and Activist

  • 7:00pm
    Drinks and networking

Why attend

  • Join the vanguard of those driving progress and participate in cutting edge debate on gender diversity. Show your commitment to making work and home life fairer for women and men.
  • Listen to successful leaders talk about their journey to the top, with honesty about setbacks and what they have learnt about leadership.
  • Hear the top excuses companies give for not appointing women leaders, about the tech tools making work fairer, and how to lead diverse teams.
  • Learn how to pitch an idea, bounce back from career hurdles, and avoid costly financial mistakes in order to make the most of your money.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Find out what you can do to take action and pick up practical tips to help you drive progress and lead by example.


Ticket Type

Standard rate

Standard Summit Single Ticket


£1500 +VAT

Standard Summit Two Person Ticket


£2500 +VAT

Standard Summit Group Ticket (4)


£4000 +VAT



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Knowledge partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

Strategic partners (2)

We are a leading European bank with a global reach supported by a strong home base in Germany, Europe’s largest economy. We serve the real economy needs of our corporate, institutional, asset management and private clients, providing services in transaction banking, corporate finance and capital markets, asset management, wealth management and retail banking.

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.

Supporting partners (2)

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.   

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 2017, Santander UK serves around 14 million active customers with c19,500 employees and operates through 826 branches (which includes 61 university branches) and 65 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 are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Supporting Organisations (7)

accelerateHER is addressing the under-representation of women in the technology industry. We work with a network of technology leaders to accelerate change through best practice, strategy & innovation.

accelerateHER was born out of Founders Forum in June 2016. Our vision is a world in which women have equal opportunities to succeed, lead and flourish in technology careers. accelerateHER global events shine a light on the most exciting women founders and leaders in technology, providing the crucial visibility they need to raise capital, access new networks or partner with innovative companies.

accelerateHER runs a number of initiatives including Inspiring Fifty UK, a partnership launched with Netherlands-based Inspiring Fifty to make more women in tech household names, and the Male Champions of Change Global Technology Group. Made up of 14 tech executives across sectors and geographies, the Global Tech Group is dedicated to enabling men to step up alongside women to share the accountability of addressing the (surmountable) gender imbalance in our sector through action.

We also provide partners with guidance, landscaping and advice on best practice for realising gender parity successfully. accelerateHER is part of the EQUALS Global Partnership.

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PWN Global is a network of people accelerating gender balanced leadership in business and society, through professional development, and international, cross-industry online and in person networking. 3,500 members in 30 city networks around the world, representing over 90 nationalities.


* We believe that better decision making, economic sustainability and a happier society will exist by leveraging 100% of the world’s talent. 

* We are creating a movement of people who aspire to accelerate the current pace of change towards gender balanced leadership.  

* We exist to connect people via our unique global network, inspiring the leaders of today to create exemplary leaders of tomorrow.

* We create an environment where you, the members of the PWN Global community can support one another, embrace new skills, learn to speak out on the topic and create sustainable action plans. Why? Ethically – we know it’s the ‘right’ thing to do, and Financially – it’s the profitable thing to do. Remain competitive, be better. 

* Leveraging 100% of the world’s talent will result in better decision making and a economically sustainable, happier society. We aspire to accelerate the pace of change and to inspire our community to embrace new skills, support one another and put reforms into action.

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 and is a global effort with chapters in 14 countries around the world. The 30% Club collaborates with businesses, governments and other campaigns to improve gender diversity and accelerate the pace of change throughout organisations. Campaign targets include a minimum 30% women at senior management level of FTSE-100 companies by 2020. Business leadership is key to the 30% Club mission, taking the issue beyond a specialist diversity effort and into company-wide strategy development.

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.

WeAreTheCity is a free, centralised hub and includes gender-related news, a networks directory, calendar of events and conferences, returnships, business schools, inspirational women profiles, HeForShe interviews, giving back and jobs. Our aim is to encourage women to progress in their careers through proactive activities such as networking, events, further education and training in addition to helping corporate organisations attract, retain and develop their female employees.

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