Chief Executive Officer and Board Advisor
The Austen Bronte Consultancy
Funke is a performance driven, C-suite leader and healthcare executive with twenty years’ professional experience. Most notably, she has worked as a senior, C-suite leader for Roche, the world’s largest biotech company.
A passionate and committed strategic and operational business leader, Funke leads by example and firmly believes in putting people at the heart of decision-making, driving higher productivity and engagement, performance and delivery. Her first career in law has ensured high standards of governance, compliance and risk management, steering organisations through uncertain times. Funke has successfully leveraged this foundation to develop as a commercial, business leader. Outside her day job, Funke is a recognised equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) leader with a strong track record in the field. In March 2019, she was appointed as a Champion for Action as part of Grant Thornton International’s global diversity campaign, challenging gender-based barriers to career progression including recruitment bias. As part of the Law Society’s Women in Law Group, she contributed to the success of the largest ever international survey of its kind, resulting in the Law Society’s ‘Influencing for impact’ report with practical recommendations for increasing gender diversity across the global legal profession.
Funke provides mentoring and sponsorship to support a pipeline of diverse talent and holds a number of non-exec roles within the diversity space. She has a grassroots approach to driving change and provides talks to approximately 2,000 school children annually.
A regular media contributor for the BBC, Funke has been filmed for the First 100 Years Project celebrating 100 years of achievements by prominent women in law. She is also a notable alumnus of her alma mater, Newcastle University. Her leadership and influence have also been recognised by the Financial Times who listed her as being one of the top 15 ethnic minority leaders globally. The Prime Minister awarded her ‘Point of Light’ status in 2016 due to the positive impact of her EDI work. In 2017, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to diversity and young people. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Hertfordshire in 2019 for contributions to social and corporate diversity.
Funke is currently completing MBA studies with the Wharton Business School. Alongside this, she is embedding her MBA learning whilst leveraging her experience to date by providing board advisory services through her consultancy, the Austen Bronte Consultancy.
She will be resuming her full-time career later this year.