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Alex Delaney

Chair of the Board

Alex has worked with numerous charities, social enterprises and business delivering change over the last 15 years in communications, leadership and trustee roles.

 

Her most recent role was at Rosa, the UK fund for women and Girls as Interim Executive Director. Alex has held a number of board positions, including chair of British Youth Council and Bright One Communications, a volunteer run PR agency.

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Elaine Aarons

Co-Founder & Director

Elaine is a senior partner at Withers LLP and recognised as a market leading employment and discrimination lawyer acting for senior executives.

She is listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame which lists individuals who have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence.  She has acted for 18 Bank Chief Executives and 30% of her clients are female leaders.

 

She has actively campaigned for women’s rights for decades in both New York and London and served on the Board of International Women's Forum UK for over 4 years. Judge at the Women in Finance Awards 2017.

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Kathleen Versland

Director & Board Member

Kathleen has been a financial services and consulting executive for over 25 years, driving global business, cultural and regulatory transformational change.  

 

Having worked in leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and FTI Consulting, she is currently the Head of Advisory at TCC, a specialist financial services regulatory consulting firm. 

Kathleen is also a social entrepreneur, strategist and coach for over 20 years, advising local and global NGOs executives on how to deliver impactful social change and build strong board governance.   

 

With a lifelong passion for gender equality, she also serves on the Board of Zonta International’s City of London branch and was named one of UK’s “WIE Power 50 – Exceptional Business Leaders” in 2012 for her dedication to empowering women and girls through service in the UK.

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Robert Baker

Rob runs his own consulting firm, focusing on developing talent potential. He supports senior leaders in building inclusive cultures and realising the potential of a fully diverse talent pool. This enables them to meet the key business challenges of disruption, innovation and growth.

 

Prior to this, Rob spent over forty years at Mercer, the global HR consulting firm in a variety of senior roles: latterly as Head of Diversity & Inclusion Consulting for the International Region.

 

Rob has for many years had a deep involvement in getting men engaged in gender equality. 

 

He is a Non-Executive Director of Spktral, pay gap specialists and Investor Director of TalUpp, the leading experiential AI driven talent development platform.

His most recent role is as “Disruptor in Residence” in Diversity & Inclusion for the Global MBA Programme at EDHEC Business School in France.

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Madolyn Grove

Madolyn is an events specialist with over 12 years’ experience in the arts, commercial, luxury and charity sectors. Currently Events Director at Hearst, she is responsible for a diverse programme of immersive events partnerships and live experiences for titles including Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Women’s Health and Red.

 

Prior to joining Hearst, Madolyn led the Special Events Team at Unicef, where she worked across the UK and globally on high-value fundraising events and philanthropic partnerships for the charity. Madolyn started her career working in theatre in Australia. Since moving to the UK, she has worked extensively in the visual and performing arts, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Prior to joining Unicef, and subsequently Hearst, Madolyn was Head of Events at the National Portrait Gallery where she delivered events with corporates as well as with world renowned artists, high profile individuals and business leaders.

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Rebecca Rhodes

Rebecca Rhodes is co-founder of SuperHuman a strategic communications agency that helps brands to connect with female consumers. She is an award winning Creative Director, a Cannes Lions judge and mentor and creative trainer, with diverse marketing experience spanning health & wellness, sport, FMCG and automotive.

 

Rebecca is a recognised thought leader on the subjects of women, creativity and sport and wellness and regularly contribute to media including The Telegraph Group and News International and speaks regularly at events including CMA, Glug, MMC, Twitter, Stella Live and Cannes Lions.

Management Committee

Jacqueline Abbott-Deane

CEO

Jacqueline has been advising and consulting to businesses big and small for many years and is a facilitator for change. Her sweet spot is where systems or technical change converges with the need for a change of mindset, behaviour, leadership practices and culture.

 

Previously, her international career included senior leadership roles in global financial institutions Aetna, Merrill Lynch, Commercial Union, Lloyds Bank and also McKinsey & Co.

 

Jacqueline is both a thought leader and practitioner and has appeared on both BBC TV and ITV as well as BBC 5 radio and Voice of America business radio to discuss gender, culture and change.

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Amelia Vaughan

Amelia is a Business Development and Marketing Executive at a leading 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, Amelia has been involved in the pursuit of gender equality and believes that raising awareness is key to a gender inclusive workplace.

Suzanne McKie

Member of Management Committee & Legal Advisor

Suzanne is a lawyer who has specialised the fields of discrimination and employment law for 25 years, with a particular emphasis on gender discrimination and harassment. She was made Queen’s Counsel in 2012. She now runs her own law firm (Farore Law) specialising in discrimination, harassment and equal pay. She is a former Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association and is a legal advisor to the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ); Maternity Action and Working Families.

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Darja Potjakina

Darja is a manager research analyst at a leading global investment consulting firm. She contributes to the team in generating intellectual capital and researching the universe of managers focusing on hedge funds, multi-asset and other liquid alternative strategies.

 

Darja has a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Surrey and is currently studying towards the CFA qualification. Having worked in the financial services industry following her graduation, Darja is passionate about diversity and equality at the workplace. She believes more-diverse companies are healthier and better performing, and dedicated to increase this awareness to others.

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Aurore Pasquet

Aurore is a Neuroscience undergraduate at King’s College London where she is learning the latest science about human brains and behaviour. 

 

She is funding herself through university with work in administration and customer service. She received the Young Women in Public Affairs Award from Zonta International, an NGO, for her leadership and service to her community. At One Loud Voice, Aurore represents the voices of her generation while supporting 1LV projects.

Barbara Ioannou

Barbara has always been involved in grant management from all sides. Barbara also has an advisory role across London on the distribution of funds. A number of Barbara's roles have involved European collaboration at an influential level on key social inclusion issues including entrepreneurship, youth employment, disability, gender, age and supported labour market initiatives.  

 

As an experienced trainer and facilitator she has delivered training in the UK and Europe over the last 20 years. Barbara has also worked with the serious violence teams across London, in line 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 female serious youth violence issues. Barbara is overseeing the EU Programmes at London South Bank University and is committed to making sure they have a lasting impact on London's small business community.

 

Barbara is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider and certified Management of Risk Practitioner.

Ambassadors

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Sue Whalley

Former McKinsey partner Sue has a track record in working with people to deliver complex change including digital transformations with a focus on leadership, training and development and evolving new business models.

 

She has worked in the services sector managing a multi-national, multi-billion business and negotiating commercial deals with Government. She’s led on a major privatisation and subsequent IPO, as well as commercial responses to market, consumer and corporate issues and innovated to manage digital disruption of both markets and operations.

 

She's a Leader and Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion – member of International Womens’ Forum, BiTC Award, Women in Logistics Award

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Carrie Heiss

Carrie has over 25 years experience across different sectors and organisations including manufacturing, technology and financial services. She operates as a trusted advisor to senior leaders and is a deliverer with good instinct, intuition and interpersonal skills.

 

Used to partnering with and influencing senior leaders to align business, people and organisation strategies to drive business growth and employee engagement. Passionate about diversity and creating inclusive work environments. An advocate for strong and effective cultures.