Biographies of speakers

  • Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe is the Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Bradford. She has been involved in one of the largest studies of leadership including more than 4,500 managers in public sector and FTSE 100 companies.
  • Jackie Ashley is a Guardian columnist writing a weekly column on British politics and social policy along with regular blogs.
  • Sue Ashtiany is an Employment and Discrimination Lawyer.
  • Dinti Batstone is Vice-Chair of Campaign for Gender Balance, the Liberal Democrat campaign to get more women elected to Parliament.
  • Professor Janet Beer is the Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. She is a graduate of Reading and Warwick Universities and also held a fellowship at Yale University.
  • Anna Bird is the Acting Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society.
  • Audrey Bronstein is Deputy International Programme Director at Oxfam GB.
  • Maggie Carver is the Chair of ITN. She has a background in investment banking followed by a career mainly in the media sector.
  • Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) since September 2003.
  • Elizabeth Coffey is an internationally recognized author, consultant and speaker focusing on leading strategic culture and organizational change, cross-cultural diversity and developing CEOS, Boards and senior managers to be strong global leaders.
  • Beverley Clack is Professor in the Philosophy of Religion at Oxford Brookes University.
  • Joanna Foster is the Chair of the Craft Council, and was formerly Chair of the Equal Opportunity Commission and of the National Work-Life Forum.
  • Jacey Graham is Co-author of 'A Woman's Place in the Boardroom: the Roadmap'. She has particular expertise in building female talent pipelines in large organisations and acts as an advisor to the UK FTSE 100 Cross Company Mentoring Programme.
  • Judy Greevy is Director of Corporate Human Resources and Sustainability at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
  • Sara Hill is the founder and managing director of Capability Jane, a company that helps organisations increase the number of women in senior roles through targeted gender diversity programmes and flexible working job design and implementation.
  • Suzanne Hughes started her career working for an HR software company before joining Accenture as a Management Consultant in 1998.
  • Colonel Marian Lauder has been in the Army for 33 years. She is currently based at the Defence Academy and is responsible for delivering leadership and management education to the top slice of the MOD's senior officers and civil servants.
  • Deborah Loudon has been a consultant at Saxton Bampfylde since 2008. Previously she was Director General of Civilian Personnel and the Ministry of Defence 2005-07.
  • Simonetta Manfredi is a Reader in Equality and Diversity Management and Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice and a Reader in Equality and Diversity Management.
  • Alexandra Marks qualified as a solicitor in 1983. After 14 years’ full-time practice as a partner at Linklaters, she now works flexibly as part of the firm's marketing team.
  • Michelle Montgomery is Head of Administration and Support services for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University.
  • Leslie Morphy has been the Chief Executive of Crisis since November 2006. Her career before coming to Crisis was largely in the not-for-profit sector, with a strong emphasis on social exclusion and expertise in learning and skills development.
  • Juliet Morris is a highly accomplished journalist, broadcaster, conference facilitator and coach.
  • Melanie Richards is a Partner in Debt Advisory Services. She is a member of KPMG's UK Advisory Council, a Chair of KPMG's UK Diversity Leadership Group and a member of The 30% Club Steering Committee.
  • Sally Rowley-Williams leads Rowley Williams Limited. With a BA from Williams College and an MBA from New York University (having also studied at London Business School), Sally possesses over 30 years experience in and around Wall Street and the City of London.
  • Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith became Britain's first female Home Secretary in 2007 - and the first woman to hold one of the highest offices of state who wasn't called Margaret.
  • The Rt. Hon. Dame Janet Smith was appointed a High Court Judge in 1992 (and received the customary appointment as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire), and became the fourth woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2002.
  • Chief Constable Sara Thornton was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police in April 2007, the largest non-Metropolitan force in England and Wales.
  • Dr. Mari Teigen, PhD in Sociology, is research director at the Institute for social research (ISF) in Oslo. Current research interests include multidimensional equality, quota policies, gender and elites, family and working life.
  • Sarah Veale is Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the TUC. The Department leads on employment rights, both individual and collective, employment relations and equality at work.
  • Fiona Vickers is a global sector leader for Heidrick & Struggles Media & Entertainment Practice, and a partner in the London office.
  • Professor Lucy Vickers is Professor of Law at Oxford Brookes University. Her main research area is the protection of human rights within the workplace and aspects of equality law.
  • Professor Susan Vinnicome, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Diversity Management, Director of the International Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield School of Management.
  • Pam Walton is a freelance writer, researcher and consultant focusing on flexible working options and work-life balance.
  • Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Piccadilly, author and founding advisor to the public theology think tank "Theos".
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