Isobel O'Connor

Isobel O'Connor | Mercer

Isobel is an International Benefits Consultant at Mercer. Having graduated from the University of Bath in 2013 with an honours degree in European Studies, French and Spanish, Isobel joined Mercer in a business development support role before moving to the International Consulting Group in January 2015.

In her day to day consulting role, Isobel partners with senior HR stakeholders to provide strategic advice and support in the management of global employee benefit programs for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organisations. She is also studying towards the Diploma in International Employee Benefits.

Alongside her day job, Isobel is Co-Chair of the UK gender balance network at Mercer, ‘The Vine’, which encourages all employees to embrace gender diversity. In this role, Isobel develops the strategy for the network,  makes recommendations to the Board on diversity matters at Mercer, and
organises events for employees and clients.

Outside of work Isobel is a keen netball player and enjoys travelling and photography.

Sian Rodway

Sian Rodway | PA Consulting

Sian is a Consultant Analyst within PA’s Defence and Security practice – an independent company specialising in Technology, Consulting and Innovation where she can fully apply the skills and knowledge gained from an MSc in International Defence, Development and Diplomacy from Durham University. Sian is currently using her experience to help UK defence and security clients design new analysis based approaches to complex problem solving - including Big Data, effective research and development and efficiencies through better collaboration and operating models.

Since 2015 Sian has been a key player in Women in Defence UK, a community of people who wish to promote the value of women in the defence sector. Sian is motivated by their vision of succeeding authentically and is passionate about being a role model that mentors and encourages others. She is pioneering a ‘Women in Defence Blog’ that aims to be an original source of inspiration for others who work or are thinking of working anywhere in the defence sector.

Helen Campbell

Helen Campbell | PwC

 Senior Manager | PwC

Helen is a programme management specialist at PwC working in the Industrial Products industry sector.  She has overseen significant growth of a programme management team in this sector since joining PwC in 2010. She co-founded PwC's LGBT employee network, [email protected], sits on its leadership team. She launched [email protected] Foundation which brings together all the work the network does for the community. She acts as a visible lesbian role model in the organisation as someone from Northern Ireland, she has been most proud of helping to launch [email protected] in Northern and the Republic of Ireland over the last 12 months.


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Emily Wrightson

Emily Wrightson | Cammack Retirement Group

 Consultant | Cammack Retirement Group

As a Consultant at Cammack Retirement I lead a team in providing retirement plan consulting and advisory services to approximately 15 non-profit and state clients with over $15B in assets and 200,000 participants. I partner with clients in all aspects of the due diligence process, including investment analysis, plan design, compliance, and process changes. I work not only to help clients ensure that their employees have enough to retire, but also on financial literacy and providing education around a broader financial picture.  I have recently started an initiative with higher education clients to mentor university students, discussing the importance of saving early and providing advice on starting a career in the financial/consulting industry. Recently, (2015) I was acknowledged by my peers and the National Association of Plan Advisors and selected as a Top Women Advisor. I received BA from the University of Richmond and enjoy cooking and playing tennis in my spare time.


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Karen Williamson

Karen Williamson | EY

 Senior | EY

I have built my career with EY from starting as an Associate to progressing to an Executive role within the growing Managed Services department in Newcastle. I have gained a huge amount of experience in Anti-Money Laundering, and more recently in reviewing past financial advice, acting as a Quality Checker for both work streams while delivering ad-hoc training to file reviewers. Alongside this, I have completed the Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning,  Level 4 Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management and the R08 Pensions update exam, all with the CII. The high standards I expect from myself and my success in professional qualifications in my relatively short career in financial services is what I believe has led to my successful career progression - this success has  been recognised by my colleagues who recently nominated me in the category of Team Hero for one of EY's International Women’s Day awards.


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Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer Curtis | ZS Associates

Consultant | ZS Associates | Consultancy


Jennifer is a Business Consultant at ZS, focused on Marketing and Customer Insights (CI). Since starting in 2009, she has been promoted three times, taking on leadership roles in pushing innovation in the ZS European Marketing & CI practice area and managing this work for the largest client in Europe. Prior to ZS, Jennifer worked in marketing & communications strategy for healthcare and medical device firms.

Jennifer’s passion is in human behaviour and psychology, which naturally lead to her interest in marketing. She received an MSc in Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from the University of New Hampshire.

While at ZS, Jennifer has actively worked to support junior women, driving the London Women’s Leadership Initiative, aimed at attracting, retaining and promoting women to take on leadership roles. She has led the development of a programme geared at empowering women and raising organisational about the benefits, challenges and steps to achieving diversity.

Outside of working, Jennifer has a passion for travel, previously living in Dublin, Madrid and New Zealand before moving to London nine years ago. Jennifer is a certified yoga instructor, Pilates enthusiast and occasional marathon runner.

Hannah Selby

Hannah Selby | Mott MacDonald

 Bid Manager | Mott MacDonald

I am a Bid Manager in the Integrated Transport Division of Mott MacDonald. I have worked in the Company for ten years starting in a technical transport planning role and moving into project management and business development over the years. In my current role I manage and support a variety of bids across the division ranging from international airport developments to local UK based public transport schemes.

I am the co-chair and founder of Advance, Mott MacDonald’s UK Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network. The network was launched in 2014 and covers all areas of EDI in the UK such as Gender, Race, LGBT, Disability, Age and Parents & Carers. As operation lead in the network I work with the strategic committee, 10 regional champions and staff to deliver its aims and objectives.


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Jemma Kehoe

Jemma Kehoe | Oliver Wyman

 Senior Consultant | Oliver Wyman

Jemma joined Oliver Wyman in 2014 after studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge. She enjoyed exploring a range of industries at the start of her career and has now found her passion in healthcare.

She spent last year driving transformation in an NHS trust, improving patient experience while delivering much needed savings. She was recently selected for a secondment at NHS England and  continues to drive impact from within the organisation.

Dedicated and always wearing a smile, Jemma will go that extra mile for clients and colleagues. This enthusiasm and commitment continues into interactions with wider communities. She used her position as a recruiting lead to drive I&D, particularly supporting female students. She mentors a local school student and delivers training for charity employees. Jemma jumped at the chance of an eight week pro-bono project last year and finds such opportunities, deploying consulting skills to benefit those in need, most rewarding.


Cynthia Yoon- KPMG- Management Consulting

Cynthia Yoon | KPMG

 Analyst | KPMG

Cynthia is an Analyst at KPMG where she leads a workstream in a project that develops global tax reporting tools for financial services clients across the world. She is also heavily invested in business development. Cynthia founded a team of over 20 colleagues to develop geospatial analytics and visualisation solutions. She actively reaches out to potential partners and clients, cultivates talent within the firm, and serves as the subject matter expert. As a Diversity Champion, Cynthia engages her colleagues in discussions on diversity and inclusion. Her colleagues describe her as a passionate and inspiring leader.

Outside of KPMG, Cynthia runs an anti-street harassment campaign and an online community that provides sexual education for youths across the sexuality spectrum. She is also producing a short film that explores international adoption and single motherhood in Korea. Cynthia is committed to building a more empathetic world.


Amber Rosier

Amber Rosier | Accenture

 Management Consulting Anaylst | Accenture

After six years of working with NGO’s to advance human rights, I joined Accenture in 2015. Since then, I have worked with senior government officials across several departments to drive forward our clients’ transformation agendas. Currently, I am leading the UK government’s first implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework; a radical delivery lifecycle redesign which will transform the operational model of a 180 person programme. Alongside my primary role, I am also defining the requirements to re-engineer a government system which raises £34bn in revenue for the Exchequer.

I love the challenges that consulting brings, and am dedicated to driving innovation throughout our client’s business. Beyond my core client role, I am proud to champion the agenda for women and inclusion and diversity in the workplace; steering mentoring schemes to proactively develop opportunities for my colleagues across the company, and leading the Accent on Enablement team in Health & Public Service. Outside of Accenture, I continue to support the child rights NGO I founded as an active Trustee.