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Our Team

One Loud Voice Trustees

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Anna Sofat

Chair

Anna, a postgraduate of London School of Economics, is known as the Voice of Women’s Wealth. She founded Addidi Wealth, the award-winning financial services boutique for women which was sold to Progeny Wealth in 2019. She is an Unbaised.co.uk’s financial adviser of the year and was recognised as the Top Female Adviser by Financial Adviser. She founded Addidi Angels, the first women only business angel club in 2009, and is an angel investor in a number of female run or founded businesses and an advocate for female founders.

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Elaine Aarons

Co-founder & Trustee

Elaine is a senior partner at Withers LLP. She is recognised as a leading employment and discrimination lawyer acting for senior executives and is listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, as an individual who has received constant praise from clients for continued excellence. She has acted for 20 bank chief executives and 30% of her clients are female leaders. She has actively campaigned for women’s rights in New York and London and served on the Board of International Women’s Forum UK for 4 years. She sits on the Women in Finance Advisory Panel chaired by Amanda Blanc, Aviva CEO.

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Harriet Cunningham
Vice Chair

Harriet is a governance executive for the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), a charitable organisation promoting sustainable environmental practices. She manages the Trustee Board, ensuring that all activities align with the charitable agenda. She is currently involved in a governance restructuring. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in PPE before completing her Master of Laws. She believes that gender inclusivity within the workplace is essential to sustainable business, and to the wider equality movement.

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Magda Andronic

Company Secretary

Magda is part of the senior management team at an international sports marketing agency headquartered in London, where she leads the group financial function. Magda has over 20 years of financial experience working in the media /advertising sector in London. After returning to full-time work from two maternity leaves she is a strong believer that much more can be done to eliminate discrimination against working parents. She is a passionate supporter of diversity and equality in the workplace. Alongside this she is a keen supporter of various charities and promoter of sustainability.

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Kim Williamson

Kim relocated from Canada to London in 2023. She has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services.

At MD Management, the physician’s wealth manager, she held roles in leadership, portfolio management, consulting and as sales development and leadership coach. She has mentored women in financial services through formal groups such as WIL (Women in Leadership), WeForShe, and through coaching. At MD she was awarded ‘Best of Best ‘for her commitment to the overall purpose of fostering an inclusive culture.

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Robert Baker

Robert has a deep involvement in getting men engaged in gender equality. He runs his own consulting firm, Potentia Talent Consulting focusing on developing talent potential. He supports senior leaders in building.

He supports senior leaders to build inclusive cultures and realise the potential of a fully diverse talent pool. This enables them to meet the key business challenges of disruption, innovation and growth. At Mercer, the global HR consulting firm, he was Head of Diversity & Inclusion Consulting for the International Region.

Executive Committee

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Jacqueline Abbott-Deane

CEO

Jacqueline has been advising and consulting to businesses big and small for many years through her business Tactix Consultancy; she is a facilitator for change. Her sweet spot is where systems or technical change converges with the need for a change in mindset, behaviour, leadership practices and culture. She has held senior leadership roles in global financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, Commercial Union and Lloyds Bank, as well as McKinsey & CO. She is a media contributor on gender culture and change.

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Amelia Vaughan

Amelia is a business development and marketing executive at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, the global law firm, where she leads and delivers on the full cycle of business development projects and initiatives. After graduating from the University of Kent in 2016 she has been involved in initiatives that further gender equality. She believes that raising awareness is key to e gender inclusive workplace.

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Barbara Connelly

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in improving business outcomes by elevating customer and people experience. She creates innovative strategies and optimises technology to deliver results at speed. Her passion for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is shown through leading and advocating for inclusive practices to enrich team dynamics, drive innovation, and remove barriers to opportunities. She thrives in developing and executing strategies that help people and customers achieve their goals.

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Charlotte Szostek

Charlotte is a Machine Learning Engineer with a PhD in Engineering Mathematics. She has expertise in multidisciplinary research and over eight years’ experience in industry – creating and productionising machine learning and artificial intelligence tools. She has contracted across government as well as for startups, and has applied her skill set to deliver software solutions for ‘big-data' problems across cyber security, defence, organisational risk and banking. She is part of 1LV to help ensure the next generation can ‘just’ show up to do their job.

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Barbara Ioannou

Barbara has almost 30 years’ experience in consulting, risk management and audit. She is a key player in social inclusion, including entrepreneurship, youth employment, disability, age, reaching net zero, labour market initiatives – and gender. She has worked with the serious violence teams in London, aligning with the Mayor of London’s initiatives on gang prevention and tackling knife crime. She also contributed to the work of the Women’s Library at the London Metropolitan University on serious female youth violence issues.

Barbara has almost 30 years’ experience in consulting, risk management and audit. She is a key player in social inclusion, including entrepreneurship, youth employment, disability, age, reaching net zero, labour market initiatives – and gender. She has worked with the serious violence teams in London, aligning with the Mayor of London’s initiatives on gang prevention and tackling knife crime. She also contributed to the work of the Women’s Library at the London Metropolitan University on serious female youth violence issues.

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Kathleen Versland

Kathleen has been a financial services and consulting executive for over 25 years, driving global business, cultural and regulatory change. With a lifelong passion for gender equality, she also serves on the board of Zonta International’s City of London branch. She was named one of the UK’s ‘WIE (Women: Inspire & Enterprise) Power 50 Exceptional Business Leaders’ for her dedication to empowering women and girls through service in the UK.

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Lulu Parry-Clarke

Lulu is passionate about pushing the boundaries of out-of-home advertising as a Client Executive at Grand Visual, part of Talon. She read philosophy at The University of Nottingham. Whilst in Nottingham she founded The Underground Music Society and Wavelength Music & Arts Festival. This experience led Lulu to support the advancement of women in the music industry by teaching them how to DJ and offering mentorship. Lulu also has a keen interest in seeing more equality in the workplace for women with neurodiversity and those with a chronic illnesses.

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Clare Avery

Clare is an Occupational Psychologist by training, and now works at Bayes Business School, City University of London. She is a practising psychotherapist and coach with a deep, research-based interest in how organisations change and in how people can develop the careers that they would like to have.

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Louie-Mae Gibson

Louie-Mae is an Estate Director at Knight Frank Promise, where she also chairs the EDI Group and serves on the People Board. As a feminist and former military service member, she is an advocate for gender equality and a champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Louie-Mae is a speaker on these critical issues. She actively supports veterans through the Armed Forces Network. She has 12 years of experience in HR and the property industry, where she has held positions such as Head of HR, Operations Director, and various site-based roles. As a woman in business, Louie-Mae is committed to celebrating and uplifting those who deliver exceptional work.

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