As global executive sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion Victoria leads the drive for equality and inclusion across the group. At a global level they have defined a vision and mission to challenge the status quo, inspire the global board and give different perspectives. They published their gender pay gap figures in April 2018, after Victoria pushed for greater visibility and accountability. She has been spearheading a programme in the UK to improve the results, involving mentoring, coaching, pulling out future female leaders and investing in them. Externally, Victoria is on Executive Team for WACL (Women in Advertising London) and will this year be chairing the Future Leaders Awards which offers bursaries to over 30 women in the industry to further themselves and boost their chances of reaching leadership positions in next 5 years. For past 3 years she has been on the committee organising WACL Gather, a training event for 500 women in the communications industry, the next generation of women leaders. She also sits on the WACL partner committee, working with 10 organisations that are affiliated with WACL. As a committee they offer support, advice and community to these groups so they can collectively drive towards equality.
Victoria believes diversity is critical to business success and has created a 50/50 management team within M&C Saatchi owned customer experience agency LIDA, and is leading a committee defining diversity strategy globally for M&C Saatchi Group. They are building more flexible working options into their approach at LIDA to ensure they keep brilliant talent returning after maternity leave and fully support shared parental leave. LIDA also run speed mentoring for all women in the organisation bi-annually, giving female talent access to advice and inspiration from senior female management. She writes a Huffington Post blog on ‘authentic leadership’, and is an active member of WACL (Women in Advertising London) working on two committees focused on up and coming female talent. Firstly, she is a member of WACL Gather committee, an annual training event giving advice, inspiration and mentoring to 500 women. Secondly, she sits on the partnerships committee working closely with all organisations that are supporting younger females in the industry. They are currently working on a plan to promote ‘equal pay day’ Friday 10th November. Victoria is a school governor at South Hampstead High School for Girls, helping the next generation make great strides towards equality.