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Katherine ‘Katia’ Ramo

Katherine is the Founder & Chair of CMS ENABLE (disabilities & wellbeing) Network, a member of the UN Stakeholders Group for Persons with Disabilities, & Co-chair InterLaw Diversity Forum disAbility Network. She is a member of CMS Women, BAME and an ally to LGBT+ Networks. She is a core member of CMS equlP, helping technology start-ups scale & supporting women tech entrepreneurs. Katherine leads substantive impactful global conversations, mentoring, advocacy, media, writing and speaking engagements to champion equality for women and disabled talent. Katherine is always called upon internally, and externally by clients, diversity organizations, the UN, and regulatory bodies, to provide advice regarding disability, often with a specific gender lens. She introduced monthly mindfulness sessions at CMS to build resilience and mental wellbeing and in CMS’ film of the Lord Mayor’s appeal, ‘This is Me’, destigmatizing mental health. She is in the First 100 Years Project, celebrating Women in Law.

Katherine (Katia) Ramo

Katherine champions diversity across every channel, leading diversity networks, mentoring, writing and speaking at events. She is called upon both internally and externally by clients and diversity organisations, and by the UN and regulatory bodies, to provide advice regarding diversity issues, particularly surrounding gender and disability. Katherine is the Founder and Chair of CMS Enable Disability & Wellbeing Network and is an active member of CMS Women in Business, BAME and an ally to LGBT+ Networks. She has given keynote speeches on International Women’s Day, addressing women across the organisation regarding her journey and promoting gender diversity. Katherine introduced monthly mindfulness sessions to combat stress at her firm, and participated in the Lord Mayor’s Appeal campaign, ‘This is Me’, with her Guide Dog for the Blind, to destigmatise mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. In her international development career, Katherine championed women’s career development in the projects she undertook domestically and globally. Externally, Katherine spoke on diversity and intersectionality at the Women in Law Summit in May 2019, receiving a standing ovation. She was also a panel speaker at The Law Society International Symposium: The power of gender equality to transform the business of law in June 2019.  She has participated in the First 100 Years Project, celebrating 100 years of Women in Law, recorded a podcast for the Law Society’s inspirational women series,  a short film for the Solicitors Regulation Authority on ‘Why a disability inclusive workplace makes a difference’ , and is a regular speaker at diversity and inclusion events.

Katherine (Katia) Ramo

Katherine (Katia) Ramo is an Associate in Technology & Media at CMS. She is also the Founder and Chair of CMS’ ENABLE Network (disability and wellbeing) and supports the other internal diversity networks (Women, BAME and LGBT+). Katherine acquired visual, hearing and other disabilities as an adult due to a civilian tour of duty in Afghanistan and diagnosis of an elusive genetic condition. Katherine uses her disabilities, legal and business acumen as a platform to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes and misconceptions associated with disability to progress the agenda for disabled talent. Her unwavering spirit and determination make her a role model for all.

Mark Heighton

As supporter of CMS’ gender initiatives, Mark encourages and supports the development of female lawyers (mentoring and supporting a number of female colleagues), encouraging an inclusive culture and involving clients to support gender initiatives, including organising clients to participate in gender initiatives including the firm’s annual International Women’s Day Master Class for female students delivered in partnership with Career Ready. He advocates for flexible working and maternity coaching and in nearly 8 years of managing the Group, two thirds of Partners appointed were female. Externally, Mark is also a CMS Real Estate representative for Real Estate Balance.