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Tomorrow’s Global Leaders

20th March 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Women are not a minority and should not be treated as such. Long-term business success demands that women progress in organisations without facing barriers or challenges. The business case for gender diversity is well established. This report goes deeper, examining how behaviour towards gender diversity is shaped and what changes are needed to ensure that companies benefit from women achieving their full potential. These changes require a shared vision, commitment at all levels, and consistent hard work over time.

The report is based on extensive dialogues and research in collaboration with leading businesses and networks including British Airways, BAE Systems, Ernst & Young, YSC, Kingfisher, National Grid, Linklaters, Lloyds Banking Group, City Women Network, the Women’s Business Council, and Women in Banking and Finance.

It lays the foundations for a culture that truly welcomes women working alongside men at every level of an organisation. It will be the springboard for Tomorrow’s Global Leaders Forum, an on-going practice forum.

The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Minister for Women and Equalities was appointed as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities in September 2012. She is the Conservative MP for Basingstoke. She served as Shadow Minister for Education between 2005 and 2006, as Shadow Minister for Family Welfare between 2006 and 2007 and as Shadow Minister for Families from 2007 to 2010. In May 2010 she was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People. As Minister for Women and Equalities, she delivered the equal marriage Act and has overall responsibility for policy on women, LGB&T equality and is responsible for cross-government equality strategy and legislation.

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE is a Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna. Fiona is a leading electricity lawyer who has made a major contribution to electricity reforms, power and transmission projects. Fiona has created new regulatory regimes in over 40 jurisdictions, advised over 25 governments on reform, strategy and privatization, and been a strategic adviser to the World Bank, governments and corporations for 20 years. Fiona was awarded a CBE by the British Government for her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings. She is a former Member and Director of the UK Competition Commission, a non-executive director of Veolia Water Central plc., past Chair of Main Board and President of the Law Society, and an Alderman in the City of London (Sheriff 2010/11). Fiona is a member of the Government’s Women’s Business Council, and in 2011 was awarded a TIAW World of Difference 100 Award by The International Alliance for Women (achievers for economic empowerment and advancement of women locally, regionally or worldwide). Alderman Woolf is Trustee of Raleigh International, a charity that captures the energy of young people to be the agents of sustainable development in very poor rural communities.

Vanessa Havard-Williams leads Linklater’s sustainability practice and is co-leader of its new operational intelligence group, which focus on corporate risk and compliance. She is co-chair of the firm’s London gender diversity initiative.

Alison Maitland is a business author, journalist and speaker who specialises in leadership, diversity, and the new world of work. A former long-serving Financial Times journalist, she is co-author of two books, Future Work and Why Women Mean Business. She is a Senior Fellow in Human Capital at The Conference Board and a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Management at Cass Business School. In 2012, she received a World of Difference 100 Award from The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) .

Lady Rice CBE is Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland and was previously Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland, the first woman to head a UK clearing bank. Susan is a frequent speaker on the future of financial services, leadership and sustainability, and helps lead a cross-sector collaboration on financing renewables and reducing carbon emissions.  She also chairs a new UK-wide initiative to create professional standards for bankers for the first time (the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board) and recently became the President of the Scottish Council of Development and Industry, the first woman to be elected.

Steve Varley has over 20 years experience advising clients in various sectors, including Government and Public Services, Pharmaceuticals and Oil & Gas.  He joined Ernst & Young in 2005 to lead the firm’s Advisory business.  He was made managing partner in July 2011 and is currently responsible for leading the firm’s UK & Ireland business and people.  Steve is also a founding member of the Social Business Trust, a partnership of world-class businesses who combine their resources and expertise to accelerate the growth of social enterprise in the UK.


20th March 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm