Charlie Leech

Charlie Leech | Bloomberg

Charlie joined Bloomberg at the start of 2017 and rapidly expanded her network within the business across all departments. She regularly collaborates with colleagues from all business units, expanding her skills and knowledge of Bloomberg's core products and services.

Throughout her career journey Charlie has always aspired to succeed and gravitates towards leadership roles. As a Project Manager for Bloomberg Media Studios within the Media division, Charlie has strong campaign management ability and a proven track record of achieving targets. She has experience leading agile project teams working across global campaigns, within a fast-paced and demanding commercial media environment. Confident when communicating with senior stakeholders, Charlie maintains a positive attitude and ensures she delivers flawless execution and customer service for business, finance and Government clients. Most recently she was nominated by management to complete the 'Pathway To Leadership' programme for high potential individual contributors around the world.

Charlie takes a leading role in the Bloomberg Women's Community as Leadership Development Pillar Lead within the committee. She is passionate about developing the professional profiles of her peers and strives to co-ordinate a calendar year of events for employees at all levels to engage in. Charlie is a diversity and inclusion champion at Bloomberg. She encourages active participation in diversity activities across the Media department, sharing knowledge on company developments such as the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Charlie is a strong advocate for gender equality and champions creating opportunities for women in leadership roles. She actively encourages participation from male colleagues in the business to collaborate with and support current and future female leaders on their career journeys. As a Social Ambassador Charlie further amplifies Bloomberg Philanthropy activities through her social platforms.

Looking back, Charlie had a varied start to her career. Initially focused on joining the British Military, she rose to the rank of Junior Under Officer in the University Officers' Training Corps based at Oxford. Tasked as a Section Commander of 15 Officer Cadets within a platoon of 50, Charlie motivated and trained individuals in preparation for field exercises to put military theory into practice. Alongside this she managed a nation student development programme, directing a cohort of 250 undergraduates through 10 week personal development programmes of direct sales over 4 years. This led to a role in a performance consultancy directed by an Olympic gold medallist rower; the organisation adopted Olympic winning strategies to develop high performance business training programmes. Charlie's first media role was at The Telegraph for 2.5 years where she was recognised as an aspiring leader by the management team and was rapidly promoted to Senior Project Manger for Business and Finance.

Charlie is passionate about empowering future leaders therefore became a certified Career Mentor with the University of Reading, acting as a millennial coach, mentor and guest lecturer. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and International Relations with subsidiary modules in French from the University of Reading. Alongside her degree she also achieved level 1 and 2 'Leadership and Development' certification from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which led on to her obtaining a level 5 certification from the Chartered Management Institute for 'Management and Leadership'.


Lizzi Doyle

Lizzi Doyle | Radio City

Lizzi Doyle is one of the most exciting prospects in UK radio.

In a short but successful career to date, she has achieved wide recognition for her ground breaking ideas and delivery of award-winning programming at Radio City Talk in Liverpool.

In the last year alone, she produced the biggest broadcast in the history of Bauer Media, the 24 hour “Mental Health Marathon” - the first of its kind in the UK.

In 2017, she oversaw one of UK radio's most recent memorable moments - when UKIP Leader, Paul Nuttall, was exposed over lies told on his website about the Hillsborough disaster. Radio City Talk's coverage went viral across online platforms, as well as national TV, radio and newspapers.

She worked alongside colleagues to launch the road safety scheme "Slow Down for Bobby" - which has been adopted across the whole Merseyside region.

In her first year at Radio City, she produced an 8 hour show delivering the deliberations of the Hillsborough Inquests results.

She has also played a pivotal role in the establishment of Radio City Talk's flagship mental health show "Mental Health Monday" which was nominated against multinational media organisations in 2017s Mind Media Awards. The show was also recognised at the IRN Awards 2018 and the Prolific North Awards 2018.

"Slow Down for Bobby" won the O2 Media Community Journalism award and the Paul Nuttall expose was nominated as North West radio's "Most Memorable Moment”.

She also received an "Above and Beyond" Award at the Bauer Radio Awards 2017 for her work on the Hillsborough Inquest coverage and was named in this year’s Northern Power Women Future List.


Katie Litchfield

Katie Litchfield | Financial Times

Katie is the Executive Director of the Financial Times' The 125 which is a forum that provides FT curated events for senior executives. Since 2013, Katie has driven the prestigious international media organisation’s exclusive FT 125 Forum and later initiated the incredibly popular FT 125 Women’s Forum for mid-level career women.

She is responsible for continuing to build one of the most well-regarded business networks for executives and across the Square Mile and beyond.

Some of the past speakers at Katie's events have included Bill Gates, George Osborne (while still Chancellor of the Exchequer), Kofi Annan and also organised and hosted Mark Carney's first London-based speaking event after he was appointed Governor of the Bank of England.

As well as her day-to-day duties, Katie has helped raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for FT charities through a number of functions and events, including more than $125,000 at a Christie's auction of original photographic prints held at the Rockefeller Centre in New York.

Starting her career on the newsroom floor, Katie has been at the Financial Times for more than 17 years and has seen many changes in a varied career from global financial crises to a change of ownership.


Remel Okeke Wickham

Remel Okeke Wickham | Remel London

Remel London is a bubbly, energetic, fun award-winning TV & Radio presenter and media personality. Since graduating with a BA Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Leeds in 2010, Remel London has gone on to be a well known and loved TV and radio presenter, host as well as an online video blogger.

Remel London is making waves in the industry after landing the lead presenter slot on SKY 1's What's Up TV and new weekend show on Capital XTRA.

Remel has already worked as a lead presenter on Link Up TV, ILUVLIVE, Channel AKA and a host of mainstream TV networks. Remel previously hosted regular slots on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Remel and has racked up over 12K followers on Twitter, as well as over 3 million views combined across several YouTube channels that continues to grow each day. Her Presenting style is comedic, warm and relaxed which credits her healthy knowledge of all things Showbiz, music, and entertainment. As well as producing entertainment content Remel is a noted urban music specialist. Her music knowledge has caught the attention of major industry players, and she was made a member of the MOBO Awards panel in 2013-2015 and official Red Carpet presenter since 2016.

Remel executively produced an independent entertainment show "The Show Room" in 2014 & 2015 and sets her sights on being an international radio and TV personality.

Remel London is also very passionate about her local community and is the founder of the highly recognised Showcase and Networking event The RateMePlz Live Show created to support emerging talent across the country.

Remel continues to host commercial, corporate and charity events, awards shows, festivals and concerts wowing audiences in their hundreds and thousands.

For more information go to www.RemelLondon.com


Shivanjli Rajput

Shivanjli Rajput | Eric Robinson Solicitors

I am 29 years old and a Family Law Solicitor (5 years Post Qualification Experience). I graduated with First Class Honours in my Law degree and a Distinction in my Legal Practice Course, before being trained by a Deputy District Judge at a Legal 500 firm. I have personally dealt with hundreds of family law cases during the past 7 years, ranging from straight-forward divorces to complex children and financial matters with an international element, and I have had the privilege of helping many people in difficult situations. I am currently working for Eric Robinson Solicitors in the new Richmond upon Thames office, which is the firm’s 10th branch and their first venture into London.

I joined the firm when the Richmond office opened, so I have been responsible for creating a caseload organically. I have been actively involved in the business development for the office, attending regular networking events and giving presentations in the community on legal issues, including a presentation on Female Genital Mutilation to a group of 50 women and a presentation to law students at The Law Society on my life as a family lawyer.

My goal is to become one of the youngest Deputy District Judges in England and Wales, whilst also continuing my private practice as a family law solicitor.

Whilst I was studying for my degree, I set up my own business called “Milkshake Magic” as a way of funding myself through university. I offered party planning services, focusing on magic, contemporary party games and balloon modelling. I ran the business and also performed at all the events. I was booked to perform at Johnny Depp’s son’s 5th birthday party, as well as charity events, large corporate events, local Borough events, schools and private parties. Although I have now stopped running the business, it vastly improved my leadership, organisation, business development and communication skills, which I have successfully transferred over to my current role as a solicitor.

Outside of work, I am a former World Karate Champion, having represented England in several national and international competitions. I won the WKC World Championships in Germany in 2006 and I am a Second Dan black belt.


Coleen Mensa

Coleen Mensa | EY

Coleen is a trainee solicitor at one of the “Big 4” accountancy firms Ernst & Young (EY)

Coleen is passionate about self-development and career progression. Above all, her interests lie in helping others, who, like herself come from humble beginnings to reach their full potential.

In 2015, Coleen started began sharing her journey of navigating the legal profession on popular website Lawcareers.Net. This led to her winning the Legal Cheek award for “Best use of Social Media for her videos. Coleen is also a frequent writer for the Guardian predominantly focusing on advice for getting into law.

Coleen is the co-founder of Power up, an initiative designed to help individuals get into their chosen career paths which is sponsored by Google and Gaucho.

Coleen was also named as an inspirational woman by Ernst & Young and has a video on the EY website about her journey.
Coleen often gives up her time to mentor others and is a regular public speaker. She has spoken at a variety of universities, schools, FTSE 250 companies and motivational events.


Rosie Watterson

Rosie Watterson | Herbert Smith Freehills

It is easy for me to envision a world where I did not get offered a training contract.

I’m from a non-law background. I’m one of the first members of my family to go to university. I have a Northern accent. An upper-limb deficiency. I was state-school educated and have poor A Levels.

And for years, I had absolutely no idea how to write a good application.

However, I was very fortunate. I found a career mentor who invested a lot of time in me, and I was guided through the application process by Aspiring Solicitors. Without these two influences, I doubt whether I’d be a future trainee at Herbert Smith Freehills.

This realisation is what motivated me to create Apply.Shine.Win. It is a blog that aims to provide practical and encouraging advice to students applying for training contracts. It covers everything from making applications through to performing well at vacation schemes, with some interviews, examples and anecdotes thrown in for good measure.

My hope is that by making this information available to everybody, students from underrepresented groups will feel more confident during the recruitment process and find it easier to access the legal profession.


Kayleigh Leonie

Kayleigh Leonie | TandonHildebrand

I grew up in Jersey in the Channel Islands before moving to England to go to University in 2005. I was the first person in my family to go to University. Following graduation, I successfully secured a training contract at a firm in Brighton. Prior to commencing this, I spent a year working for a law firm in Jersey and then attended law school in London.

To build a successful legal network in Brighton, I was a founding committee member of the Sussex Junior Lawyers Division (JLD). The JLD gave me a fantastic platform from which to share my experiences of working in the legal profession with other junior lawyers and acted as a support network. Once I qualified as a solicitor in 2012, I moved to a firm in Kent to specialise in employment law and became an executive committee member of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales. In 2015 I was delighted to be elected as a Council Member of the Law Society of England and Wales to represent junior lawyers with up to five years' post-qualification experience. In 2016 I joined an international London firm and undertook a secondment in–house to a global accountancy firm's HR department. As someone who struggled with anxiety during secondary school, university and whilst at law school, I enjoyed the opportunity that this secondment gave me to support a number of employees who were experiencing physical and mental health issues.

As a Council Member, I was keen to focus on supporting junior lawyers with mental health issues and to help those experiencing high levels of stress at work. To ascertain the extent of this amongst junior lawyers, I conducted a survey in 2017 which received over 200 responses. One of the key statistics from the survey showed that junior lawyers did not think that there was enough support for those struggling with the demands of the profession, causing stress and mental health issues. As a result, I have worked on a number of different initiatives to try to provide more resources and support to junior lawyers and their firms, and this is something about which I am passionate.

I have since joined a small employment team in a firm in the City and I sit on its Diversity Committee and Physical and Mental Wellbeing Network. I am also a Wellbeing Mentor for my firm. I am shortly about to start a new role with a small start-up legal and business advisory, TandonHildebrand, where I hope to try something different in the legal profession by working in a new way. I am hoping to be able to develop my practice more on mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession and am excited about the opportunities that this new venture will offer.


Victoria Anderson

Victoria Anderson | Carter-Ruck

Victoria is a solicitor in Carter-Ruck's commercial litigation team and the CEO of youth engagement and social mobility charity, Big Voice London.

After completing her education at a state school and sixth form college, Victoria graduated with a first class in law from the University of Exeter and later obtained an LLM in International Commercial Law from the same university, graduating with a distinction at the top of her class.

Having trained and qualified at Carter-Ruck, Victoria has gained experience in both commercial and media matters and has assisted in proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She has assisted in the Claimants’ legal teams in Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman v ARY Network Ltd (a libel and harassment trial which led to the first ever publication order under s.12 of the Defamation Act 2013 and a damages award of £185,000) and PJS v News Group Newspapers (the first case in which the Supreme Court has given judgment on an interim application restraining a breach of privacy).

Victoria is also extremely passionate about improving diversity in the legal profession. Alongside her work at Carter-Ruck, Victoria is also the CEO of Big Voice London, a social mobility charity which seeks to engage young people from non-traditional backgrounds in law and legal policy. Big Voice London runs projects for young people each year, including: a Mooting Competition in association with the UK Supreme Court and the country's only Model Law Commission.


Lucy Walker

Lucy Walker | Sarasin & Partners

Lucy is Head of Third Party Funds at Sarasin & Partners. She joined the firm as a fund analyst in 2011, became a fund manager in 2012 and was promoted to head of the team in 2016.

Lucy manages £300m in a range of multi-asset portfolios and advises on £1.8 billion of assets in third party funds.

Prior to joining Sarasin, she worked in the multimanager team at HSBC Global Asset Management.

Lucy has a BSc Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

She lives in East London with her husband and their young son.