Karl has championed creating an environment where everyone flourishes and has particularly focused on female talent in his two and a half years as Midlands Regional Chair. He created and delivered the firm’s ‘What shadow do we cast?’ programme to inspire all partner and director groups to consider their role as leaders and try new ways of working to create an inclusive environment. He sponsors KPMG’s Network of Women, hosting sessions to discuss challenges to I&D, and mentors potential women partners. Karl also created a female partner/director community specifically working together to help each other and to inform him on how to remove barriers to their progression. He has driven the roll out of his team’s Beliefs, Biases and Behaviours Training programme and launched a ‘Shadow Board’, 50% of whom are female, to be a sounding board and challenger group for the Midlands Leadership Team. Externally, Karl has sponsored the creation of a Women in Business external network comprising of female leaders and top talent from some of the largest and fastest growing businesses in the region. The Hampton Alexander Review, sponsored by KPMG, is a key platform around female progression for the firm, and Karl has assisted in promoting and hosting events in the Midlands to share learning with clients and others.