Ellie Ablett

Captain Ellie Ablett MBE | Royal Navy

Captain Ellie Ablett MBE - The daughter of an RAF Officer, I read Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford and joined the Royal Navy in 1993, in the first wave of women joining a fully integrated service on the closure of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Over the last 24 years, I have enjoyed a career as a Logistics Officer at sea and ashore, rising to the rank of Captain where I have held two prestigious roles - Secretary to the First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy and Commanding Officer of HMS RALEIGH, the Royal Navy’s Initial Training Establishment at Torpoint in Cornwall; I am the first woman to hold these roles. During my career I have served at sea on board the aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE, the Amphibious Assault Ships, HMS FEARLESS and HMS BULWARK, the frigate, HMS BRAVE, and the Type 42 Destroyers, HMS EDINBURGH and HMS NEWCASTLE. In an increasingly joint working environment, I deployed on an operational tour in Iraq in support of a 3-star Army General and UK military personnel serving in Baghdad. Ashore, highlights have included provision of executive support to the Senior Officers, policy development for pay, allowances and pensions, managing the implications of Defence-wide change programmes on people and supporting international partnerships and planning for the UK contribution to operations in Afghanistan. A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, I achieved a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King’s College London and was awarded a Cormorant Fellowship for academic excellence. In 2014 I was one of 12 senior officers selected to represent the UK at the US/UK Rising Leaders’ Forum in Washington, DC. A keen interest in promoting effective talent management and an inclusive culture across the organisation led me to found a professional network for women in the Naval Service in 2013, which I still lead as it goes from strength to strength. I was honoured to receive the MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List. I’m married to and supported by Simon, a former Royal Navy Weapon Engineer Officer, who now runs his own outdoor sports coaching and guiding business. I too have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy hiking, cycling, sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, and spend any remaining spare time in my garden.


Dominie Moss

Dominie Moss | The Return Hub

Dominie Moss is the founder of The Return Hub, a unique recruitment firm designed to fill a significant gap in the executive search market by connecting women returning from a career break with financial services organisations.

Dominie has 20 years’ experience in the financial sector, 16 of which she spent as a City headhunter. Before setting up The Return Hub in 2016, she worked at JD Haspel as a Partner and co-lead of the Global Banking and Markets practice. Prior to this, she was Managing Director at Sheffield Haworth where she established the FX practice before becoming Global Head of Fixed Income and Currencies.

During her career she completed numerous leadership assignments for a range of global clients in FX, rates, credit and emerging markets in sales and marketing, trading, structuring, e-commerce and corporate risk solutions.


Carol Stewart

Carol Stewart | Abounding Solutions

Prior to starting Abounding Solutions, I worked for the Ministry of Justice. I started off in one of the most junior positions in a magistrates' court and worked my way up to a senior position of Group Court Manager, with strategic responsibility for operations for the group.

I started Abounding Solutions in 2012 after taking voluntary redundancy.

I am Director of Abounding Solutions and I'm an Executive, Career, Business Coach, Speaker and Writer, helping women (with an emphasis on introverted women) to break through barriers and thrive in their careers and businesses.

I also help organisations to develop the female pipeline so that more women make it to senior management roles. I provide coaching, training, workshops, webinars and as well as private clients, some of the organisations I have worked with include London Borough of Croydon, Department of Health, London Borough of Lambeth, I am a coach on the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) women in leadership programme. Some of the sessions delivered to gender networks include:-

• Designed and delivered the 2018 monthly recorded webinar series for RBS Women, the global gender network of the Royal Bank of Scotland
• Delivered the 2018 International Women's Day session for Asurion's women's network
• Delivering the 2018 International Women's Day session for the MetBPA Women's Forum of the Metropolitan Police Service
• Speaker at the Regents University 2018 International Women’s Day event
• Speaker at the University of Leicester’s Black History Month women’s event
• Between 2014 -2018 delivered numerous workshops and webinars to the RBS women’s network, including the Maximising Your Potential webinar series in 2015
• Delivered How to Future Proof Your Career and Setting Yourself up for Success workshops to Barclays women’s network
• Delivered public speaking workshop to Westminster City Council’s women’s network
• Speaker at the Greenwich School of Management International Women’s Day Event
• Key note speaker at Women in Gaming annual conference
• Careers workshop for the Women’s Engineering Society’s National Women’s Engineering Day Conference
• Speaker at London Borough of Croydon’s BAME employee conference
• London Borough of Waltham Forest’s International Women’s Day event
• Careers workshop for Family Mosaic residents

In 2015 I was named as one of Britain’s top 50 Business Advisers by Enterprise Nation for the work I do with women starting businesses. In December 2017, out of 21 million UK users, I was one of 12 people selected as a LinkedIn Top Voice UK. I have been told that I am one of the favourite speakers of the RBS women’s network.


Zaheer Jaffary

Zaheer Jaffary | Carlton Bolling High School

I qualified as a Physical Education teacher in 2000, as the first ever South Asian P.E teacher in England, this story was acknowledged by BBC news. I grew up in the city of Leeds and played county cricket and badminton until the age of 19, after that I found myself having to look after my father's restaurant throughout my further education as he had a triple bypass and was no longer been able to work. I found myself refusing Loughborough and accepting Leeds as I needed to be working every evening throughout my Sports Science degree. I first started working at Carlton Bolling in 2001 and immediately accepted the cultural differences of those in Bradford to those In Leeds. I stay back most days until 6pm, a couple of hours after my colleagues have left for the sole reason of giving the children an opportunity in life to develop dexterity and social skills.

In 2014, I started the first ever South Asian girls cricket team where I constantly had to fight social, cultural and religious barriers which till this very day I still have to face. In 2015 I won the BBC teacher of the year award, the same year my girls cricketers won their first ever county final especially after everyone, including several members of our own school had written them off. In 2017 I won the secondary teacher of the year award at the T&A teacher awards, later that year I won the National Pearson teacher award. My teaching career as whole has been up and down, maybe due to the mere fact of my loyalty and the chances I give to the students to better themselves. My career as a teacher has suffered many set backs and difficulties but I have never once drifted from helping the children chase and follow their dreams and ambitions.

In May 2018 I have been invited to a Royal Garden Party which is hosted by Her Majesty the Queen for my services to Education. I appeared on Sky Sports international news, and was invited to Lords cricket ground to meet some of the England cricketers I have also, appeared on countless news broadcast ranging from BBC to ITV.

In April, BBC have commissioned a documentary about myself and the girls cricket team following our journey of changing and breaking typical stereotypes for many Asian girls, 'Back Streets Of Bradford To The Success Of Bollywood'.


Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu | Women in Leadership Publication

Dr Shola is a dual qualified New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with over a decade of financial services experience working in-house as a trusted senior legal advisor to heads of business and stakeholder partners. Her experience includes providing strategic legal risk management to SMEs and large organisations. She is experienced at facilitating effective decision making to deliver key mandates; brokering strong alliances and cultivating productive relationships to influence and shape outcomes; and demonstrating leadership and mentoring qualities that drive forward developments within respective areas of responsibility www.legaldistinction.com .

She is the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Africa Committee responsible for managing the 400+ member Africa committee in the ABA Section of International Law, which includes managing the basic operations of the Committee, initiating projects of interest including programs (Seasonal Meetings, Forums, and committee non-CLE programs), policies, publications (including Committee newsletters) and communications (including Committee webpages). Liaising and interacting with high-level attorneys within the ABA and forging new relationships externally to contribute to African legal affairs.

She is the Executive Board Director of the Centre for African Business Education (CABE), a UK based institution focused on the development and exchange of practical knowledge on doing business in Africa but also on Africa doing business globally. She also sits on the steering committees of a number of organisations including (i) the International Law Section of the ABA; (ii) Women’s Equality Party; and (iii) Women’s March Global, to help shape and drive positive outcomes on key mandates.

Dr Shola is an activist for women rights and one of the organisers of Women's March London. She was at the forefront of the 2017 and 2018 Women's March and Time's Up rally in London. She has written a number of articles addressing the challenges faced by women and tackling the difficult issues; and featured in British Vogue, Huffington Post, Telegraph, RED, Stylist, Evening Standard, The Voice among others.