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The Employers’ Board works with GIWL to advise on women’s leadership in the workplace, how best to achieve workplace culture change, and to provide feedback on how GIWL can most effectively work in partnership with employers to pursue our mission.


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Sue Asprey

Sue is a senior real estate executive with landlord, occupier client and service provider experience. Her ambitious, highly motivated and results-driven approach, has seen Sue develop extensive track record of results within the Corporate real estate sector. With a strong consulting background, consistently delivering solutions and strategic advice to clients, Sue has developed an extensive understanding of internal business functions and business drivers as well as P&L management Sue leads the Corporate Solutions business for JLL in the UK, delivering professional services including: transaction management, programme management, estate management, account management, design and workplace strategy, strategic consulting, data and analytics, embedded strategy, risk advisory and technology consulting. Sue also sits on the JLL UK Board of Directors.


 

Edwina Burn

Edwina Burn is a Vice President at Macquarie Group with over nine years of experience spanning investment analysis, risk management, strategy and commodities. She serves on the Steering Committee of Macquarie’s Balance network, an employee group which works closely with senior management to promote gender diversity. She is a vocal advocate for women in financial services and is actively involved in several organisations aimed at promoting gender diversity in business.

Edwina grew up in Australia and studied at the University of Sydney where she was awarded an LLB and a BA. She subsequently studied at the London School of Economics where she was awarded an MSc in Finance.


 

Sarah Churchman

Sarah Churchman is the Chief Inclusion, Community and Wellbeing Officer at PwC UK. She has 20 years’ experience in the specialist area of Diversity & Inclusion and is one of the country’s leading practitioners in this field.  She experimented with unconscious bias awareness training in 2005; identified the link between diversity and talent management as an obvious mechanism for target setting in 2011; she established an award winning sponsorship programme in 2013 and, under her leadership, PwC was the fifth private sector organisation in the UK to publish their gender pay gap in 2014 before the regulations came into force.  She led her organisation to sign the Race at Work Charter and publish their ethnicity pay gap in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and lead PwC to number one in the Social Mobility Employers Index.

Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to women in business, equality & diversity.


Sarah Gregory

Sarah Gregory is an employment lawyer and partner with Baker McKenzie. She is the firm's first dedicated Inclusion & Diversity Partner and now also has responsibility for CSR and Pro-bono, overseeing the delivery of the Firm's strategy in London.   

Since Sarah's appointment, Baker McKenzie has been named as a Top Ten employer in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index, featured as a Top 15 Employer in the Social Mobility Index and was named as a BITC Best Employer for Race. Sarah has been instrumental in embedding the Firm's approach to agile working, has led our Respect and Inclusion at Work programme and has overseen a range of initiatives aimed at improving the diversity of representation in leadership roles.  


 

Fiona Harris

Fiona Harris is Group Head of Wellness and Inclusion at Kingfisher. She is an experienced HR leader who has worked across a variety of sectors including energy, IT and retail. Fiona joined Kingfisher in 2017 and became the Group Head of Wellness and Inclusion in January 2019. She is passionate about ensuring that the Kingfisher Group provides a safe and inclusive environment to shop and work in and that all colleagues are able to participate and thrive whoever they are and wherever they are from.

Fiona hold a Masters Degree in HR Management from the University of Newcastle and is MCIPD qualified.


Pamela Hutchinson

Pamela Hutchinson is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg. In this role, she leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives around the world whilst establishing strategic direction, goals and accountability.

Pamela is cited as one of the most visible and vocal thought leaders and advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity across engineering, financial services, technology and media.

Pamela was recognised in the Top 50 Part Time Power List 2014. In addition she featured in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Powerlist of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage, awarded Head of Diversity of the Year in the 2016 European Diversity Awards and was featured in the 2016 & 2017 Global Diversity List Top 50 Diversity Professionals. 

Pamela is a Trustee at The Inspiring Leadership Trust and previously held board positions at Kingston Women’s Aid Ltd, the London Bubble Theatre and was a school governor at Malden Parochial School in Surrey for two years.  


 

Barbara Levi

Barbara Levi is the Group Executive of Group General Counsel of Rio Tinto based in London. Alongside leading Rio Tinto’s legal teams around the world, Barbara oversees a range of governance functions including Company Secretariat, Ethics & Integrity and the Technical Evaluation Group.

Before joining Rio Tinto, Barbara worked for 15 years at Novartis in different senior roles, including Group Legal Head M&A, General Counsel of Sandoz amongst others. She also led practice teams, building capabilities and establishing standards for compliance with trade sanctions and anti-bribery.   

Before joining Novartis, Barbara worked as litigator in law firms in Milan (and as corporate and transactional attorney in New York for several years.  She is an attorney-at-law, admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Bar, and the Italian Bar.  


 

Joanna Ludlam

Joanna Ludlam is Dispute Resolution Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP.  She is co-Chair of the firm’s Global Compliance & Investigations practice.  As well as conducting investigations and related litigation, she advises clients, frequently at board-level, on crisis and reputation management, managing global risk and regulatory compliance. She designed the Firm’s innovative Investigations Academy, a comprehensive and state-of-the-art training programme for investigations practitioners. 

Her commitment to innovation also won her the Women In Compliance Innovation award for 2019. In 2016, Joanna was named as one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” for her practice, and is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Joanna is a member of Baker McKenzie’s ‘BakerWomen’ steering committee, which acts as a sounding board for management on issues of gender diversity. She coaches and mentors many women, both colleagues at Baker McKenzie and also women outside of the firm. 


 

Will McDonald

Will McDonald is Group Director of Sustainability and Public Policy at Aviva plc, a role he does as a job share. The job share is believed to be the most senior, and possibly the only, all-male job share in the UK. Will has been at Aviva since 2011. Prior to that he spent a decade in Westminster, latterly as a Special Adviser in HM Treasury and DWP. He has degrees from Harvard and Leeds, and is a Trustee of the Fatherhood Institute. 


 

Diane Moody

Diane Moody is the Vice-President of Organisational Development and Culture at Royal DSM. In this role she is responsible for DSM’s inclusion and diversity, corporate culture, employee engagement and change programmes. She sits on DSM’s Digital Acceleration Board, and leads future of work initiatives for the group, including DSM’s partnerships with Catalyst and World Economic Forum on ‘Women & the Future of Work’.

Diane’s career has focused on developing individuals, leaders, and the teams and organisations they work in. She’s previously held senior HR/OD roles in firms in the Netherlands, Italy and the UK at ING Group, Generali and RSA. Before this she was a principal consultant at Roffey Park Management Institute, and Programme Director of their Masters in People and Organisation Development.

Diane holds a Master degree in Organisational Learning, and is trained in learning design, performance assessment, change management, systemic team facilitation, and coaching.


 

Birgit Neu

Birgit Neu is Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at HSBC. Previous roles within HSBC include Head of Private Banking Initiative in Global Commercial Banking and COO roles within Global Banking and Markets. Birgit was a founding co-chair of HSBC's Balance employee network for gender which now has over 50,000 colleagues participating worldwide. Her financial services experience includes managing communications at Atos Euronext Market Solutions and a variety of roles with institutional brokerage Instinet. She has also worked in digital, book publishing and retail.

Birgit has been named in Diversity Global magazine’s Top 15 Champions of Diversity, the International Alliance for Women’s World of Difference Top 100 list, and European Diversity Awards Head of D&I of the Year in 2019. She is also a trustee for legal charity Advocates for International Development.


 

Melanie Richards

Melanie Richards is a Partner and Deputy Chair of KPMG. In this role she 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 the highest-profile clients and key stakeholders, including regulators, industry bodies and the public sector.

She joined KPMG in 2000 to develop the Debt Advisory practice and has more than 30 years of banking experience in bank lending, debt restructuring and capital markets’ instruments.

Melanie has personally driven a wide range of programmes designed to advance inclusion in the workplace. She has campaigned for the progression of women and underrepresented minority groups to senior positions for over a decade. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, which is focused on increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership, and in September 2017 she was named number one in the Financial Times’ Female Champions of Women in Business list. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Hampton Alexander Review.


 

Helene Thomas

Helene Thomas is the Managing Director; Global Head of Human Resources at CVC. She joined the company in 2008. Prior to joining CVC, she worked at PA Consulting Group where she was the head of human resources for Europe and the Middle East. Helene is a chartered member of the CIPD and holds an MBA from Nottingham Business School.


 

 

Athalie Williams

Athalie Williams is the Chief People Officer for BHP and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. As Chief People Officer, Athalie is responsible for delivering innovative people and culture strategies, programmes and policies, including leading the organisation’s inclusion and diversity aspirations. In 2016 BHP set an aspirational goal to achieve gender balance globally by 2025. Efforts have focused on embedding flexible work practices, closing the gender pay gap and taking action to mitigate potential bias in behaviours, systems, policies and processes.

Athalie’s previous roles in BHP include Vice President of Human Resources for the Uranium business followed by BHP’s Global Marketing function based in Singapore.

Athalie is a Director of the BHP Foundation, a member of Chief Executive Women and a member of the Australian Government Department of Defence’s Diversity and Inclusion Panel.