Steering Committee Member, Hampton Alexander Review and Deputy Chair and Board Member
As Deputy Chair of KPMG, Melanie works with her fellow board members to drive the Big Four firm’s strategic direction as well as policy positions around the big topics. She leads KPMG’s Vice-Chairs who represent KPMG’s external voice in the market and works alongside our highest-profile clients and key stakeholders, including regulators, industry bodies and the public sector.
Mark Baker has decades of experience connecting business communities to accelerate change.
Mark founded Sircula Ltd to enable B2B communities to connect, learn and grow. In June 2018 Mark launched d&i Leaders to bring together global diversity, inclusion, HR and recruitment leaders. Since then, Mark and the team have established an annual programme of 6 summits attracting more than 1000 attendees,
People Director, Savings & Retirement
Laurence has worked at Aviva for 30 years, spending 25 years in Senior HR roles including Head of Training, HR Services Director, Group Centre HR Director and currently the People Director for Savings & Retirement. Commercially focused and values driven, Laurence is passionate about all elements of the Diversity agenda. He was the first Chief Ally for Aviva Pride (LGBT network) and was co chair of the DWP Fuller Working Lives Strategy Group,
Pregnant Then Screwed
Joeli is the founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, an organisation which protects and supports women who encounter pregnancy and maternity discrimination and lobbies the Government for legislative change. 54,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs for getting pregnant or taking maternity leave and 77% of working mums encounter some form of discrimination in the workplace.
Director, Global Leadership, Talent and Performance
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®)
Candice is a Leadership, Talent and Inclusion director with over twenty years’ experience in the development and delivery of leadership development, talent and transformational people programs; with a special interest in applied neuroscience and inclusion.
Over her career Candice had led some major organizational transformations, across public and private sectors, and has built a deep understanding of what it means to engage and equip leaders to enact sustainable change for their organizations and themselves.
Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Julie is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist with over 19 years’ experience, gained within the public and voluntary sector. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at ACAS, Julie is responsible for leading and providing expert advice on all diversity & inclusion related matters, with the aim of building an inclusive culture that drives engagement and ultimately performance.
Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing (interim)
Emma is currently seconded as Group Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing for the Zurich Group. As part of this role she’s driving Zurich’s global approach to gender neutral parental leave and flexible working.
Emma has been involved in the D&I space since 2013 when she became Corporate Responsibility Manager for Zurich UK and a founding member of Zurich’s women’s network.
Equality Diversity & Inclusion Workforce Manager
High Speed Two (HS2)
Maria was the national winner of the “Ready To Start” UK Disabled Entrepreneur Award in 2010, and 3-times winner of UnLtd’s Millennium Awards for Social Entrepreneurs. She was Vice Chair of Community (Disability) engagement group at London 2012 and co-founded Sisters Of Frida, a co-operative of disabled women and allies. In 2019 Maria was listed as one of the Power 100 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK and is currently shortlisted for Diversity Role Model of the Year with the British Diversity Awards.
Member, Women's Business Council and Chief People Officer
Rick is Chief People Officer at Willmott Dixon, a privately owned construction and property services company that values innovation, partnership, sustainability and people. Rick started his career at Shell, working in the Middle East, followed by roles at QA plc and the University of Nottingham.
Rick is passionate about equality and diversity – he heads up Willmott Dixon’s Centre for Leadership Excellence,
Chief HR Officer
SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Tracey joined SUEZ recycling and recovery UK in 2018. Tracey sits on SUEZ UK’s Executive Board and is a member of the SUEZ Group’s HR Executive Committee in Paris. As Chief HR Officer her portfolio encompasses HR, H&S and Facilities for the £815m turnover business which employs 5,500 people operating out of 300+ sites.
Tracey’s Human Resources career extends over 20 years in the public and private sectors across a wide range of industries,
Vice President People, UK and Ireland
Tony leads Sage’s People team in the UK and Ireland. Sage has over 2800 colleagues in the UK & Ireland, 1800 of which are based in the North East. Tony joined Sage in 2017 as the People Director for Asia Pacific as well as being Sage’s global leader for Colleague Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Loraine is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, which maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure. With some 39,000 employees, it is the fastest growing railway in Europe. Loraine leads a centre of expertise which supports Network Rail’s ambition to be a more open, diverse and inclusive business.
Previously, Loraine lead a multi-award winning team on equality and inclusion and employment and skills in the construction of the Olympic Park,
Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Europe Middle East and Africa
Manisha has an expansive track record in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Communications and Organisational Change. Currently Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Bloomberg LP, she brings innovation and tenacity to designing and delivering wide-ranging strategic D&I solutions that drive organisational change.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Manisha worked at New York Life for 10 years.
Group Director of People
J. Murphy & Sons
Dawn joined J Murphy and Sons Ltd (Murphy) in January 2020 as Group Director of People, overseeing the People strategy and activities for all of Murphy operations across the UK, Ireland and Canada. Prior to Murphy, she was HR Director at Morgan Sindall and received numerous awards for her work on culture change, people strategy,
Neil’s executive career has taken him across multiple industries and sectors, including media, retail and utilities as well as the public sector. Throughout this time there has been a common thread, helping organisations, and their people, to successfully navigate change.
From his early career supporting the delivery of one of the first private finance partnerships in the NHS,
Trustee and Director
UN Women UK
Carol has championed women in senior leadership for the last decade since founding the women’s board network Inspire in 2008, As well as running V2 Coaching she sits on the Board of Southern Housing and is a Trustee and Director of UN Women UK.
As a trained executive coach, Carol supports and helps individuals to achieve their full potential,
UN Women UK
Baroness Verma is an influential and experienced business leader. Since entering the House of Lords of the Parliament of the U.K. in 2006, she has held several key ministerial appointments, and has played an active and advisory role in policy formation and development.
Between 2012 and 2016, she served first as Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change,
Deputy Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
HM Revenue & Customs
Gillian leads on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for HMRC, having spent most of her career in the Civil Service in a wide variety of roles. Although Gillian has been accountable for D&I in different Government Departments, what really shapes her thinking about what works in creating diverse and inclusive cultures in big organisations is:
• having led and managed diverse groups of people,
Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Specialist
Charlotte Sweeney OBE has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for nearly 20 years and was recognised by The Economist and The Daily Telegraph as one of the Top 10 D&I Professional Consultancies in the world. She runs a consultancy specialising in D&I strategy and their effective and sustainable implementation. Her clients include many global companies and gained much of her global experience leading D&I in a number of companies in both Retail and Investment Banking (Barclays,
Joint Head of Gender Equality Policy Team
Government Equalities Office
Kiren is a social psychologist with over ten years in delivering research and evaluation for the government. From immigration, to national security policy, Kiren joined the Government Equalities Office in January 2019 to lead on Gender Equality Policy as a jobshare with Clare Sandling. With a track record of applying rigour and innovation to evidence-based policymaking,
Department for International Development
Sally has over fifteen years’ experience in the UK Civil Service, much of that spent leading diverse teams in a wide range of different country contexts. She has a passion for gender equality and during her two years as Co-Chair of DFID’s Women’s Network, Sally oversaw a 50% increase in membership and pioneered groundbreaking work to counter sexual harassment,
Head of Policy and Diversity
Department for International Development
Ashley is an international HR Leader who applies an organisation development approach to change in organisations. She has led the review of Safeguarding policies and processes within DFID HR and works in partnership with the Management Board in DFID to innovate with purpose – to build a more inclusive organisation.
Senior Legal Counsel
Andrea is a senior lawyer and has been at Aviva for 24 years, latterly supporting the Commercial Finance business based in Norwich and currently the Aviva Investors Real Assets business in London.
Andrea is also Co-Chair of the Aviva Generations Community, which is one of six Aviva UK employee resource groups which was originally sponsored by Andy Briggs,