Anne-Marie Jones, Director Commercial & Business Banking Healthcare & Real Estate, NatWest
Anne-Marie currently leads a team of 12 specialist commercial banking managers across the North of England. She has a career spanning almost 33 year in the banking sector. She is the lead for Healthcare for her division and is an active member of the groups Healthcare and Real Estate steering committees. In addition to her key role she has always been keen to champion potential and in doing so set up her channels Diversity and Inclusion network with a view to supporting a sustainable diverse workforce for the future.
Anne Stevens, Council Director – Global Women, Global Leaders, The Conference Board
Anne Stevens is the Council Director for Global Business Women Leaders; Human Resource Executives and Global CHROs in conjunction with The Conference Board in Europe. She is also an independent HR Advisor and a Non Executive Director. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Faculty of Business & Law at Portsmouth University, an executive mentor and a member of several charity boards. She was previously a European Director with IBM and a global Vice President with Rio Tinto.
Rt. Hon Baroness Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester
Baroness Beverley Hughes was MP for Stretford and Urmston between 1997 and 2010 and served as a Government Minister in several departments, including as Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families and Minister for the North West. Prior to that, she was an elected Councillor, Leader of Trafford Metropolitan Council and Senior Lecturer/Head of Department at the University of Manchester. She is now Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester with responsibility for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire. Throughout her career she has focussed on gender inequality, diversity, equal opportunities, children and young people, social/economic inequality and education.
Brigit Egan, Managing Director, Oakridge Training & Consulting
Brigit is Managing Director and Shareholder of Oakridge Training & Consulting – an international consultancy that specialises in Leadership, Management and Team development. Brigit’s speciality is in developing transformational and emotionally intelligent leaders and one to one coaching. Brigit has had more than 20 years board experience and is currently Chair of Emerge 3Rs a dynamic social enterprise and charitable group recycling waste, to providing volunteering opportunities. Brigit is a Master Practioner in NLP, holds the ILM Level 7 qualification in coaching and mentoring and a Business Coaching Diploma and is accredited to use a variety of psychometric instruments. Brigit is a trained hypnotherapist and is currently training to be a stand-up comedian. In addition, Brigit has won the Inspiring Leader and Women of Achievement and has been shortlisted in the Inspiring Women Awards. She is also listed in the Golden Jubilee edition of Who is Who in Manchester.
Chi-chi Ekweozor, Founder & CEO, Assenty
Chi-chi Ekweozor is a social media marketer turned front end developer and software engineer. A little over three years ago, she decided to tackle the problem of getting questions from an audience up on a screen during a Q&A session and ended up building the interactive platform at assenty.com which has been used by companies as varied as PwC, BusinessCloud and Newcastle Startup Week. She also organises Manchester's acclaimed #FemaleTechFounder nights, a monthly meet-up that started out as Assenty's launch event and has since become one of the region's foremost communities for supporting and nurturing female founders starting out in technology and business.
Claire-Marie Boggiano, Director & Coach, Lurig Change & Development
Claire-Marie is a Chartered Engineer holding an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School. Her early career was in Financial Services & she established her own Business Change & People Development business in 2003, Lurig Ltd. Claire-Marie works with blue chip clients such as Rolls-Royce, AstraZeneca, BASF, the NHS & GMCA. She also works with smaller high growth companies and provides coaching & mentoring to individuals making personal transitions in the corporate arena and to entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience of coaching executives and business professionals through complex change. Claire-Marie founded and hosted the Institute of Directors Women Director’s Forum for the IoD North West. Claire-Marie has been part of the WIN experience since 2007, as a participant, forum speaker, moderator and coach. She is totally delighted WIN has come to Manchester for their first UK Conference, to share some of the WIN magic and to see how we do things differently here!
David Muir, CEO, Code Nation
A developer through to management consultant with the Big 4 and various Tech companies, David set up Code Nation in 2017; a pioneering training business designed to bridge the digital skills gap and create employable talent. With a mantra of ‘anyone can code’ we’re inspiring people and removing barriers as we go.
Doug Manuel, Founder, Doug Manuel International
Doug has been running leadership development and team building programs around the globe in fortune 500 companies and leading business schools for more than 20 years. More than 300,000 people in 21 countries (including Oprah) have experienced his work. After an 8 year career of producing documentaries for the BBC, he left his job and travelled to West Africa to study music. In 2012 he created ‘Do You Speak Djembe?’ (an award nominated stage show) which has performed across Europe and in the USA. A portion of the proceeds of his work go towards his charity ‘Lighting Up Lives’ an initiative to create model sustainable villages in rural West Africa. An advocate of personal development, his work combines a first hand experience of indigenous cultures with a deep understanding of the human being and business processes and dynamics. He is a sought after workshop leader and conference speaker. www.dougmanuel.com
Emma Antrobus, North West Director, Institution of Civil Engineers
Emma has been the North West Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers since July 2018, overseeing the activity and budgeting for more than 6500 members in the region. ICE has has more than 95,000 members across the world in all sectors of engineering including transport, housing, development, energy and water. Having done a business with manufacturing degree, Emma has spent most of her career working with and supporting with businesses in all sectors in the promotion and understanding of policy focusing on infrastructure projects including rebuilding Manchester city centre following the 1996 bomb, Northern Hub and HS2.
Dr. Erinma Bell, MBE DL JP, Co-Founder & CEO, CARISMA Services
In 2003 Erinma became a co-founder and CEO of CARISMA - Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area. Erinma employs transformative solutions to ‘build social capital’; educate on social intelligence as well as cultural intelligence and competency - amongst grass roots individuals, community groups and key stakeholders. This successful model enabled a 92% decrease in gun and gang crime in Manchester. Erinma continues to lead on work around issues such as Restorative Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as Peace Making, Peace Keeping and Peace Building within an urban environment. In 2007, CARISMA was awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for ‘voluntary service by a group in their community. In 2008 the Crown awarded Erinma with an MBE and in 2011 she was made Deputy Lieutenant of County of Greater Manchester as a representative to Her Majesty the Queen. She has received a number of other awards and recognition for her work. A sculpture of Erinma made from 50 recycled guns was unveiled at Manchester Town Hall in 2016, which was the first female statue to go on display there in 150 years. In addition, Erinma has a passion for Nigerian fashion, textiles and clothing and created her own brand known as Nu-Being Designs.
Graham Sparks, Director, IAD Consulting, Former Head of D&I, Shell LGBTI Workplace Inclusion
Graham Sparks works with organizations to develop and implement inclusive workplaces through a strategic approach to Inclusion and Diversity as it relates to business delivery, purpose and values. In 2019, Graham founded IAD Consulting where he is Director and Principal Consultant. Graham has extensive experience in developing strategies for achieving gender equity, LGBT workplace inclusion and for enabling those with disabilities. Graham has 35 years of broad experience in the Oil and Gas sector including roles in human resources, sales, marketing, business management and manufacturing and was previously global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Shell. Graham is a chemical engineer by profession and holds an executive MBA from Manchester Business School. Graham works closely with Catalyst as a consultant and is a member of the advisory boards of WIN and Workplace Pride. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the charity Getting on Board. Graham is based in London.
Isabella Phoenix, EMEA Omnichannel Transformation – Senior Manager, HP
Isabella Phoenix’s natural affinity for people and teams is the foundation of her talent for nurturing organisations in the corporate, art and NGO worlds. For the past 30 years Isabella has used her skills in leading global multi-functional teams in HP, Nestlé and Exxon. She is now head of HP’s innovative Global Channel Capabilities and Enablement organisation. Equally dynamic in the field of the arts, Isabella is the passionate co-founder of internationally renowned Architects of Air, whose Luminaria have enchanted 3 million visitors in over 44 countries. Her capacity to give strategic guidance as new territories or unknowns emerge means that Isabella is equally at home in a boardroom, leading a complex business or managing an arts festival. Isabella is delighted to be on advisory boards including WIN:Womens International Networking, supporting Amazonian indigenous people with Aquaverde and the creative agency, Blue Door. Isabella is committed to diversity and equal opportunities for all, is an IMD alumni and is the proud mother of Zoe & Nico.
Jenn Barnett, Inclusion, Wellbeing & Diversity Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Jenn is a Director at the accountancy firm Grant Thornton and she’s an occupational psychologist and an executive coach supervisor with a background of successful culture change and leadership development. She currently leads Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing reporting into the CEO and her role is to enable the amplification of Inclusion and Diversity by inspiring, cajoling and nudging a much broader community in the business to take ownership. Her time is spent educating, coaching and enthusing leaders and people to get involved and generate momentum for change. She has personal responsibility for embedding Everyday inclusivity and Wellbeing/Mental Health through Inclusion Allies; Reverse Mentoring and Conscious Inclusion Training.
Julie Froud, Professor of Financial Innovation, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
Julie Froud is Professor of Financial Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Julie’s research interests include how financial pressures shape corporate behaviour, as well as in-depth studies of foundational economy sectors including food supply, retail banking and care. She has conducted research with a variety of organisations including Coastal Housing in Swansea and the Federation of Small Business Wales. In a personal capacity, Julie is involved in the community banking movement, trying to establish a mutual bank in Greater Manchester.
Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni, Speaker & CEO, Atria Institute on Gender Equality & Women’s History
Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni is a researcher, academician and consultant in Gender Studies, specialized in Gender & Media and & FeMale Leadership. She is also the founder of The Feminine Capital Illimited and Divine9Dance Therapy® Academy. A dreamer and executive who wants to make the world a better place thanks to The Power of Gender Equality & Emancipation, her favorite weapons are: the Pen, the Dance, the Voice &... some laughter! Kaouthar uses her voice to bring her vision and dreams for a gender equal world thanks to one of her professional occupations: a lecturer and motivational speaker about this topic. Her communication style combines an informative Logos (as an Academic), with a provocative Ethos (as a Speaker) and a seductive Eros (as a Dancer).
Karen Campbell-Williams, UK Head of Tax, Grant Thornton UK LLP
I am Head of Tax at Grant Thornton UK LLP and a member of our Strategic Leadership Team (the executive that run our UK business). I have been a partner for 23 years and I was the first female partner in our NW business. I am hugely supportive of and active in our work on diversity and inclusion and I am the SLT sponsor for social mobility. I have a real passion for developing people‚ one of the aspects of my role that I most enjoy. I believe it is important to support others through sharing my experience, connections and networks and mentor both within Grant Thornton and externally. Outside of work, I am a member of the NW Development Committee for The Prince's Trust, a governor at Mount St Joseph (Farnworth) and an ambassador for Women in the Law. My husband and I have 5 children and 2 grandchildren who are undoubtedly our greatest achievement and make us very proud.
Katie Murray, Chief Financial Officer, RBS
Katie Murray joined NatWest as Director of Finance in November 2015 and was appointed as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in March 2017. She was then appointed as Chief Financial Officer in January 2019. Katie has worked in Finance and Accounting for nearly 30 years with experience in capital management, investor relations, financial planning and all areas of financial services. Katie was previously the Group Finance Director for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, based in Johannesburg from 2011-2015, having worked for the organisation from 2002. Prior to this Katie worked at KPMG for 13 years.
Dr. Kerry Firth, Opera Singer
Kerry Firth is currently studying for a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, under the tuition of Jon Christos and Linda Hurst. Here she has achieved first prize in the college’s English song competition, and she was selected to perform with David Gowland in the Jette Parker Young Artists masterclass and recital series. Kerry also holds a PhD in ethnomusicology, which she obtained from The University of Manchester. Operatic roles have included: Madeline (Louise) with Opera Coast; Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) with Manchester University Music Society; lead roles in three contemporary operas which were written for Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Opera Viva, and Damon (Acis and Galatea) and Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Ensemble OrQuesta. Solo concert appearances include: A Child of our Time (Tippett) with The University of Manchester Chorus, Requiem (Fauré), Requiem (Mozart), Nelson Mass (Haydn), Requiem (Rutter), The Spirit of England (Elgar) and The Armed Man (Jenkins).
Lisa Kelly, Head of BTC UK & Ireland, BASF
Lisa assumed the role of Head of BTC UK & Ireland in January 2016. She is also a member of the BASF Plc Leadership team. Having a strong passion for diversity & inclusion, Lisa represents BASF with WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). She also sits on the Executive Committee for BACS (British Association for Chemical Specialities). Her working career started as a Laboratory Technician at Magnesium Elektron (part of British Alcan) and then as a Sales Correspondent at Degussa Ltd.Having joined the Fine Chemical Sales business at BASF plc in 1989, Lisa was delegated to Switzerland between 2001-2004 where she was North Europe Aroma Chemicals Manager. On her return to the UK she became Head of Sales Detergents & Formulators for BTC UK, BASF’s in-house chemical distribution company. Lisa is married with two children. Born in Bolton, Lisa attended the Farnworth Grammar School and studied Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Rose Marley, CEO, SharpFutures
Rose Marley is Chief Executive of SharpFutures, the social enterprise partner of The Sharp Project, and Space Studios Manchester, a purpose-built facility for large scale TV & film production, as well as the founder and director of Rose Marley Management. In 2019, Rose was appointed the lead for Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester’s ‘Our Pass’, an initiative which provides free bus travel and a host of opportunities for young people aged 16-18. In 2020 Rose will chair the new Advisory Panel for Social Entrepreneurs set up by Andy Burnham. Rose also recently produced Together In One Voice, the Manchester community-led Youtube Live broadcast produced in lock-down. Rose has been recognized including by The Times women in ethical business, the 2013 International Women’s Week Business Innovator of the year awarded by Manchester City Council, and an Enterprising Britain award in 2014. She is a founding list member of the acclaimed WISE 100.
Nazir Afzal OBE, International Adviser on Rule of Law & Former Chief Prosecutor
Nazir Afzal OBE, was Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England and formerly Director in London. Most recently, he was Chief Executive of the country’s Police & Crime Commissioners. During a 24 year career, has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country, advised on many other and led nationally on several legal topics including Violence against Women & Girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He had responsibility for more than 100,000 other prosecutions each year. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were ground-breaking and has helped change the landscape of child protection. He is on the European Union and Council of Europe list of expert speakers and he assists the UN on rule of law. Nazir gives a considerable amount of time to charitable work and is trustee & Patron of several NGOs. The award-winning BBC Film “Three Girls” was based on his case & featured Ace Bhatti playing him.
Sally Bucknell, Director, Diversity & Inclusiveness, UK & Ireland, EY
Sally drives EY’s approach on D&I, which is firmly regarded as core to the firm’s strategy. EY believes different perspectives, shared in an inclusive environment, creates commercial advantage and will enable the firm to respond to the fast pace of change in the workplace of the future. A flexible working advocate, Sally works at EY four days a week. She is also a senior member of Keele University Council and a supporter of Northern Power Women – a forum set up to connect and showcase role models in the North of England.
Sally Penni, Barrister & Founder of Women in the Law UK
Sally Penni is a practicing barrister at law (later and sits on several boards in the Arts, housing and education and stem board. She is an ambassador for women on boards, Pankhurst centre and women of the year luncheon a business award attracting 1000. She is an author and host and proud yet of podcast with 14 k listeners of talking law podcast. During COVID she has completed a Leaderahip course with university of Cambridge and has written a children’s book called Rosie and Ume unicorn available on Amazon from 1st July. She is married with three children.
Susan Campion, Entrepreneur, Educator & Connector
Susan Campion is an entrepreneur, educator, and connector. As founder of Camponovo Consulting, she works with leaders to align strategies, culture, and leadership practices; and works directly with employees to develop innovative, practical improvements in the ways they work. As co-founder and leader of Giant Steps, Susan works to fortify artists, entrepreneurs, and communities. Giant Steps facilitates the cross-pollination of ideas and insights between “creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial creatives” via annual conferences, a weekly radio show on KRSM, and other events for its community of 1500+ people in 17 countries. Giant Steps is known for the broad cross-section of path-forging artists and entrepreneurs it attracts; and for the innovative, “unlikely” collaborations it has facilitated.Susan is also adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and at the University of Minnesota.
Susanna Lawson, CEO & Co-Founder, OneFile
I am CEO/Co-founder of OneFile - an EdTech platform primarily for apprenticeships. OneFile has grown from a 2-person, back bedroom start up to an 80+ team with over 1.2m users. It is used by over a third UK police forces, NHS trusts, colleges, universities and employers such as Toni and Guy, Spec Savers, Siemens. Our vision is a world where everyone is learning for their future. I am passionate about diversity in companies especially in technology as well as the impact on women and business regarding women returning from maternity leave. I am a board advisor for the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance and on the business advisory panel for Andy Burnham - Greater Manchester's metro mayor. I also chair the Celebration of Women in Apprenticeships conferences. OneFile has been awarded a Queens Award for Innovation and last year won the CIPD People Management Programme award.