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Bjial Majithia

Bijal is an ambassador and mentor for ‘The Girls Network,’ which seeks to empower girls from disadvantaged communities. She is also an ambassador and educator for ‘Binti International’ with a mission to provide menstrual dignity to all girls all over the world. She has been featured on BBC Radio 2 ‘Pause for Thought’ to represent the Hindu voice on topical issues as well as a panellist for Women on the Wharf, the BBC, Tempo recruitment and Lloyds Banking Group. At EY, she has helped to drive and deliver strategic D&I initiatives as well as highlight the conversations of ethnicity, gender and faith within the workplace. This includes championing campaigns and hosting events to discuss taboo topics and create a culture of openness.

Patricia Souza

Patricia is a member of the EY Luxembourg D&I task force, which oversees the implementation of the D&I balanced scorecard firmwide. Furthermore, as a part of her goal to drive Inclusion amongst her team members, she developed a successful training session on inclusion and belonging, which is now under consideration to be scaled up for other areas and service lines. In addition to her contributions to the D&I task force, Patricia has actively brought together her People Advisory Services team, initiating a running group to bring together women and men in her team promoting an inclusive atmosphere with allies at all levels. She is also co-creating D&I within Workforce Advisory (WFA) at EY Luxembourg and EY Belgium. Outside EY, Patricia is building a D&I network of experts to tackle the issues this community is facing and promote a more inclusive and equitable society in Luxembourg. Additionally, she is also working as a member of the Hacking HR Luxembourg to promote debates on human topics, including D&I.

Laura Tynan

Since arriving in London three years ago, Laura has made a significant impact in advancing women in business. She has worked alongside senior executives to influence mindsets and behaviours and has become a visible role model for changing the environment for women in finance. She has spoken regularly on the importance of gender parity and has been featured in several global campaigns at her firm. Her experiences have provided valuable guidance to support the advancement of younger women, including one of her mentees, who recently spoke at the Houses of Parliament. Among other forms of recognition, Laura has received EY’s “Inclusion Ally” award for her work on improving the diversity of project staffing. Outside of work, Laura is active in supporting women through social and business organisations. She mentors 6th form students through the ThinkForward volunteer programme, providing insights into career opportunities and helping them instil self-confidence and belief. She is a frequent public speaker who has delivered personal development talks focused on the intersection of personal empowerment and achieving gender equality. In 2019. Laura was a featured guest speaker at the business seminar, Power to Achieve, where she shared her experiences as a woman in finance with an audience of over 1,000 professionals. Laura’s work was recently profiled in The Bold Woman Guide, a book showcasing 20 women who are making a contribution to gender parity in business, cultural and civic organisations. She is currently pioneering a personal development programme to help women navigate the personal and professional challenges of succeeding in business.

Joanna Santinon

Joanna led the women’s network at EY for 10 years, handing over responsibility in July this year. She continues to run EY’s FTSE women’s group which brings together women who are or aspire to be FTSE directors.  She has been a steering committee member of the 30% Club in the UK since its inception and led the creation of the 30% Club cross-company mentoring scheme which has now seen over 2000 mentees pass through the programme in the UK alone. She is currently Co-Vice Chair of the Women’s Network Forum (WNF) which brings together the broadest of industries, from tech to retail to business services to PR, to work together to showcase and share best practices that are driving change in the gender space.  WNF recently released a research report ‘Fuelling Gender Diversity – Unlocking the impact of the next generation on the workplace’, an important look at how much ground we can gain by adapting working practices for all to recruit and retain the next generation.  Joanna leads the Entrepreneur Of The Year programme at EY and works to support female entrepreneurs through mentoring scale up entrepreneurs and bringing together a peer group of over 100 female entrepreneurs to share experiences and support each other.

Coleen Mensa

Coleen created a video for EY’s global website to shine a light on amazing women in the workplace whilst encouraging other females to join EY. She is also the founder of a focus group which is dedicated to bringing females in law together who share the same desire to excel at work. Coleen mentors 12 young women, assisting them with getting with entry level law positions or trainee solicitors roles in FTSE 250 companies. Coleen is a regular speaker at diversity and inclusion events and often speaks on the importance of this in the workplace. Coleen hosts quarterly roundtable masterclass sessions for her mentees which mainly focuses on the tips she learned through her own journey. In addition, Coleen is the co-founder of Power Up – an initiative which helps women get into their chosen career paths. This is done through “power dinner” events where individuals can connect with others who are excelling in their field.

Laura Tynan

At EY, Laura’s focus has been largely on cultivating female leadership. She serves as a mentor for a number of women in the firm including Lena Forster, winner of EY’s inaugural Corporate Finance Woman of the Year 2018 award, supporting her in navigating through difficult decisions. Aside from these individual efforts, Laura is the co-lead of EY’s ‘Gender Debate’ initiative, an important part of the firm’s effort to elevate the discussion around women’s issues. In this role, she organised and chaired EY’s inaugural ‘Profitability of Parity’ event, where gender parity was discussed as a critical business issue that impacts the long-term success of the firm. Outside of EY, Laura coaches a number of women, helping them navigate through career challenges, and build their confidence in order to overcome setbacks.

Joanna Santinon

Joanna has been partner sponsor for EY Women’s Network for eight years, doubling its membership in that time and extending its reach to all offices. The network runs a variety of learning and development events to help women be the best version of themselves, alongside events that showcase inspirational role models. The network has created a best in class International Women’s Day Celebration and awards programme where they presented 22 awards across the UK last year. She also takes part in mentoring and sponsorship of up and coming female talent both formally and informally. Under the banner of the Women’s Network Joanna runs a full external programme with events for different groups. They have a market leading group for women on boards of FTSE companies to discuss current business topics. Separately she has brought together a group of female entrepreneurs providing a forum for them to learn from each other. She has been a member of the 30% club steering committee for 7 years, and was instrumental in creating the cross company mentoring scheme and running the pilot at EY. She currently mentor two female entrepreneurs in the early stages of their start up journey.

Maggie Stilwell

In her role as Managing Partner for Talent, Maggie has championed gender and other diversity at EY. She has given her sponsorship and personal presence not just to the EY Women’s Network, but to many diverse Network events. She has built a strong intersectional viewpoint – and an appreciation that women have different ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientation, faith and mental health issues. She led EY’s early disclosures under Gender Pay Gap legislation, effecting additional voluntary disclosures on ethnicity and partner remuneration. She has also been persistent in driving up the numbers of women to the profession and to EY, a top ten UK employer in size, both in terms of transforming the student recruitment process and championing the Women Returners Campaign. She is a mentor to many women. Maggie is a regular speaker at conferences and in the last year one of EY’s top 3 most quoted spokespeople. She also blogs and speaks openly about being a flexible working champion. In her client work within the Forensic & Integrity services team, she is a recognised accountancy and finance expert, being listed in the Who’s Who for her specialism.  Maggie was recently ranked in the Accountancy Age Top 5 Women in Finance.

Omar Ali

In his role of Managing Partner, Omar has made the establishment of a truly inclusive culture the number one priority for EY. As part of this focus, Omar has put gender equality at the forefront of UK firm’s agenda, and set the ambitious target of achieving 30% female partners and 50% female graduate recruitment. In the last few years EY FS has launched various programmes to support women (and BME talent) in the workplace, such as the launch of EY’s Return to Work, EY Reconnect, and Career Watch, aimed at female and BME Managers. In 2018, EY was the first of the Big Four firms to publish its gender pay gap, including their Partners, voluntarily. Omar is an active supporter of the Her Majesties Treasury Women in Finance Charter and was one of the first signatories to make a commitment to women in the workforce.

Steve Varley

Earlier this year Steve made the decision, with the support of his leadership team, to go beyond the UK Gender Pay Gap Regulations and publish EY’s Partner pay gap. The decision was recognised by the Financial Times and set best practice across the industry. EY has a firm focus on diversity and inclusion (D&I) and increasing the representation of women and ethnic minorities at all levels, with many initiatives in place. These include, setting public diversity targets, developing a returnship programme, and focusing on supporting high potential female talent through their careers. They have also delivered inclusive leadership training to over 2,000 business leaders in the UK to help drive cultural change in the organisation. Steve chairs EY’s UK D&I Steering Group that brings together EY’s four business units based in the UK, to ensure that they focus collectively on the D&I outcomes that matter. He also actively sponsors a number of women within the organisation to counsel and advise them on their careers. Externally, he has been an active supporter of the 30% Club since its inception.