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Sarah Millman | LV=

Sarah’s career began at LV= as an administration assistant, having graduated from Reading University with a degree in English Literature in 2008.

Swiftly gaining a reputation for energy, enthusiasm and a drive to succeed, Sarah naturally developed within analytical and risk management roles; building her expertise whilst becoming an accomplished people leader. Sarah is passionate about relationship building, problem solving and troubleshooting, and is dedicated to helping teams and individuals improve their processes and ways of working.

Recognised as a high potential, talented individual, Sarah was selected for a 2 year fast-track development programme with personal sponsorship from the Life Executive team in 2013. Having excelled on the programme, Sarah progressed into her current position in 2015 as Senior Risk Business Partner supporting the Protection management team.

During this time, Sarah also co-founded the first women’s network at LV= to help women achieve their full potential and drive postive cultural change as part of the D&I agenda.

Outside of work, Sarah is excited to be planning her wedding in December and lives with her fiancé and step-daughter in Poole.

Charlotte Pearce

Charlotte Pearce | Inkpact

Charlotte at just 24 years of age has founded two companies, Inkpact and OR. She was described in Gadgette as, “ a motivational machine that we have no doubt will be the UK’s next Richard Branson.” She was named this year as one of the Maserati100 and listed as the top 19 young entrepreneurs to watch in 2016 by Startups.

Founded by Charlotte in 2015 Inkpact offers genuinely handwritten communication solutions that enables clients to more effectively attract, engage and retain customers. In the age of impersonal digital communication emails and online marketing are easily ignored but send someone a personalised, handwritten message and you will win their attention.  With Inkpact’s software large volumes of personalised messages are just a click away.

The best bit, each message written gives a mother, ex convict, a vulnerable young women or an elderly person a way to move their lives forward.

Charlotte is also a speaker, an advisor to social enterprises, a huge supporter of women in tech and director of a £50k fund to accelerate student start-ups

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Roshni Assomull | Bella Kinesis

Roshni, 27, is the co-founder of the ethical women's sportswear brand, Bella Kinesis. For each item of sportswear sold, the brand funds one month's business education for a woman in rural India. Roshni and her business partner, Shaleena, started the business because they felt that most activewear available was designed by fit people, for fit people. As women who were never previously sporty, they felt a bit intimidated by brands that seemed to only target women with 'perfect' athletic figure. They wanted to create a friendlier, more inclusive brand with which women could identify more easily and one that would encourage women to give fitness another try. Both partners have very different body shapes, so specifically designed each piece to flatter different figures. All Bella Kinesis garments are made in Britain, using premium performance Italian fabric.

Bella Kinesis has recently been featured in Vogue India, Glamour and the Guardian. The company was also awarded a PEA Award for promoting conscious consumerism and were shortlisted for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards for Social Enterprise (International), Micro Business and Manufacturing. Bella Kinesis also won Theo Paphitis' #SBS Challenge in December 2015.

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Kathryn Waddington | University of Westminster

I began my professional career in nursing and healthcare and am now Head of Psychology at the University of Westminster. I believe it is important for women to make the most of the educational and career opportunities that other women have pioneered since the suffragette movement began. Academia offers great opportunities for women, and universities are doing fantastic work under the Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter. The charter encourages and recognises commitment to advancing the careers of women in all roles - professional, support and academic - and includes students.  I am part of my university's Athena SWAN leadership team which has enabled me to work with others to create initiatives that promote the advancement of women - from their undergraduate studies through to becoming leading academics and researchers in psychology, or into careers working with people such as clinical, occupational and health psychology.

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Claire Nixon | RAF

I joined the Royal Air Force in 2008 after completing a degree in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Fascinated by psychology and social anthropology, I joined the RAF as a Training Officer – a specialisation dedicated to the development of personnel. Within this role, I have been privileged to provide training design and delivery support to a wide range of organisations. Whether leading a design team within the School of Physical Training, managing instructors at a multi-role Reservist Sqn or providing training policy advice to aircrew, I am constantly inspired by the depth of talent and passion driving training forwards in today’s military.

In addition to my day job, I am also passionate about military sport and am a member of the RAF Athletics and Combined Services Ski Race Teams. Whilst hugely privileged to compete at this level, I am most proud to be Captain of the RAF Ladies Ski Team. I love being able to promote the physical and psychological benefits of the sport, share an incredible opportunity and be part of an inspirational team.

Samantha Jones. Smart Works

Samantha Jones | Smart Works

As the manager of the new Smart Works centre in West London, it is my job, and my privilege, to bring our amazing Smart Works service to more women who need our help to succeed at interview and get their lives back on track.  Over the last year, I am proud to say that I have increased the number of appointments we’ve delivered by 41%, from 545 to 770, recruited and managed over 30 volunteers to deliver our service, who have together clocked up over 2000 hours of service.  Most importantly, over one in two, 59%, of the women who came to see us in West London went on to succeed at their job interview.

A visit to Smart Works takes just two hours, and during that time each woman receives a high-quality outfit, theirs to keep, and one to one coaching tailored to that upcoming interview.  Many of the women that walk through our doors have been unemployed for years.  We see single mothers with no support, women with physical and mental disabilities and ex-prisoners.  They frequently arrive nervous and feel daunted by the prospect of interview however they always leave confident, charged and lifted by the support they receive.  At Smart Works we believe every woman has many wonderful talents they can offer the world, what they lack is confidence.  My role is to assist them in unlocking their confidence so that they can showcase their skills and shine in their interview.

I have made it my mission to reach out to as many women as possible and welcome them through the Smart Works doors.  This meant rapidly building relationships with people who could refer, the Job Centres, Work Programme providers and other charities working to support women back into employment.  It has also meant building a skilled and reliable network of volunteers who could deliver an impeccable service to the women we see.  It also meant building a support network in the local community and spreading the word.

It has been a fantastic year for me and for Smart Works in West London and I am looking forward to building on this in the year ahead.

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Naa Amanshia Mettle-Nunoo | JP Morgan

Naa Mettle-Nunoo is a Senior Associate and Strategic Projects Manager at JPMorgan. She leads the training and communication work stream for the Economic model project, a multi-year project to enhance client experience, increase transparency and comply with local regulations.

Naa graduated cum laude with an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College in 2008 and joined JPMorgan in New York. In 2010, she moved to London and immediately joined the leadership team of BOLD, the network for employees of African and Caribbean heritage. She currently serves as Marketing Chair managing a team across London, Bournemouth and Glasgow.

During her long tenure on the leadership team, membership has grown from 100 to 725 with 60% of members now from non-African/Caribbean/Black heritage. They also received the Network Impact Award at the 2015 Black British Business Awards. Naa is most proud of her work with Business in the Community, where she mentored 14 young, unemployed BAME individuals over a three week period in Brixton.

Naa lives with her husband and two sons in Kent.

Liz Dimmock

Liz Dimmock | Women Ahead

A coaching and mentoring expert who is dedicated to using this knowledge to bring about tangible change for women in sport and business. Ex-global Head of Coaching at HSBC and Managing Partner at GP Strategies. First woman to cycle the entire route of the Tour de France (2012). 30% Club steering committee member and co-chair of the Club’s sport and business working group.

Liz’s cycling achievement highlighted long-standing inequality in the sport she loves - and ignited her desire to use her corporate experience to bring about a level playing field for women in sport and business. In May 2014 Liz founded Women Ahead. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club and is co-chair of their Sport and Business working group.

Women Ahead, moves organisations beyond the debate and focuses on practical action to improve the parity of women in sport and business. Over the last two years Liz has been fundamental in creating innovative partnerships between and within the worlds of sport and business. Liz has led the three initiatives of particular note: the delivery of the 30% Club’s cross-company mentoring scheme (supporting 640 mentors and mentees from 49 organisations in 2016); Women Ahead’ flagship cross-company mentoring scheme; and a pioneering Speakers Academy for female athletes.

Women Ahead has worked with 102 organisations and supported more than 2,300 mentors and mentees, working in partnership to create positive change and build the pipeline of female talent. Liz has managed to effectively bring together sport and business in a unique way, at scale, with sustainable models for the future. Liz is currently leading a research programme into the myths and realties of women’s networks.

Robert Fiser

Robert Thesiger | The FISER Group

Robert is a graduate of Exeter University and Cranfield School of Management with over 24 years’ experience of Human Capital Management within Financial Services. Robert’s career has been framed within recruitment where he was the Chief Executive of a publically listed global financial services recruitment business which he was instrumental in building to over 500 staff across 15 international locations. In 2010 he co-founded The FISER Group, of which the senior leadership team is almost entirely female and four are part-time return to work mothers. He has been recognised by the Recruiter Awards for Excellence, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and Best Companies for championing diversity and work in Financial Services.

Robert has been instrumental in a number of gender diversity initiatives in human capital, including the creation of the Women in Financial Institutions Index (WiFI Index), which tracks the recruitment and engagement of women in financial services, and a Financial Services Diversity Forum which provides an opportunity for senior decision makers in the industry to discuss strategies and approaches to diversity in the sector.

Robert was also the principal driver behind the establishment of the City Talent Initiative (CTI), a programme dedicated to supporting high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds (of which over 60% are female) gain entry to leading City firms. Today the CTI has gained cross party support from the Hon David Lammy MP, Mark Field MP and Baroness Kramer and sponsoring firms include Ernst & Young, JP Morgan, Strutt & Parker, Bank of America, Resource Solutions and RBS. In the last year over 30 students from low-income backgrounds who are unable to get practical improvements in social mobility them from their schools or families have gained experience through the CTI.