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Dr Bijna K. Dasani

Since completing her Masters thesis exploring the gender gap at c-suite within the UK Financial Services sector, Bijna has advocated exercises to help establish ‘new ways of working’ and to re-skill staff, and female colleagues in particular, so they are equipped for jobs of the future. One example was the development of a Data Science Lab, which she championed internally in 2016. She invested in video content, seminars and training to develop existing female staff within the division, and to attract other women into STEM roles internally. Bijna also mentors women internally, and through Lloyds’ accelerator programmes, mentors women CEOs in Fintech. Externally, Bijna serves on Advisory Boards for FinTech Connect, CIO Net, CDO (Chief Data Officer) Exchange Series and the Inclusive Companies Network. Through her various roles, she advocates for equal opportunities for women in the workplace. She has also been a presenter for the Women in Business (WIB) TV show and has appeared on Disruptive TV, where she discussed key statistics, research on women in the workplace and associated topics. Recently, she has been interviewed for three international publications, including Forbes, and is championing the importance of women in the workplace and gender parity in the boardroom. She has also been mentoring for Women in Technology in London for three years and has filmed a series of leadership videos for their new mentoring-on-the-go app, ‘Cajigo’.

Elizabeth Raffle

Elizabeth leads a cultural change programme with targets including 40% female leaders by 2020. It upskills colleagues to value diversity and inclusion and be aware of unconscious bias. She runs an Inclusion & Diversity working group, a women’s leadership programme, and contributes to the Group’s women’s network, Breakthrough. She mentors female colleagues and role models best practice. She speaks at internal and external events, and hosts visits from organisations to promote the benefits of an empowering, inclusive culture. Externally, Elizabeth has spoken at conferences such as PwC’s Finance Leaders’ Summit, its Women in Finance Network, and Deloitte’s Shared Service Forum, about the value in empowering, inclusive working practices, and is participating in a panel discussion on gender pay. She talks to girls at schools, supports with work placements, and has won an award for work with local charities.

Dr. Bijna K. Dasani

Since completing her Masters thesis exploring the gender gap at c-suite within the UK Financial Services sector, Bijna has advocated exercises to help establish ‘new ways of working’ and to re-skill staff, and female colleagues in particular, so they are equipped for jobs of the future. One example was the development of a Data Science Lab, which she championed internally in 2016. She invested in video content, seminars and training to develop existing female staff within the division, and to attract other women into STEM roles internally. Bijna also mentors women internally, and through LBG is a Mentor to the CEO of a global RegTech. Externally, Bijna serves on advisory Boards for CIO Net, CDO (Chief Data Officer) Exchange Series and the Inclusive Companies Network. Through her various roles, she advocates for equal opportunities for women in the workplace. She is also a presenter for the Women in Business (WIB) TV show and has appeared on Disruptive TV, where she discussed key statistics, research on women in the workplace and associated topics. She has also been mentoring for Women in Technology in London for three years and has filmed a series of leadership videos for their new mentoring-on-the-go app, ‘Cajigo’.

Janet Pope

Janet’s work encompasses all aspects of enabling women to achieve their full potential, from women on shortlists to agile working and action on domestic violence. She worked with the CEO to set the first FTSE 100 target for women in senior management (40% by 2020), and is a regular speaker at Lloyds’ Women’s Breakthrough Network, the largest in the FTSE. She mentors four women and has established a ground breaking internal programme to propel the careers of high potential women, tackling issues such as authentic leadership and creating aspirational role models. As a Camden Councillor Janet was heavily involved in equalities issues including the rights of women in employment, housing and education. She has been involved for 20 years with the Camden School for Girls, founded by Suffragettes in 1871, pioneering the drive for girls’ education. The school straightforwardly shows girls what they are capable of achieving and equips them with the skills to get there. She has chaired the governing body for the past five years, having previously chaired the finance committee. She is also a regular contributor to events organised by EY, KPMG, Egon Zehnder and others to promote the role of women in the workplace.

Elizabeth Raffle

Elizabeth leads a cultural change programme, transforming Finance and targeting 40% female leaders by 2020. The programme upskills leaders to value diversity and inclusion, support agile working and be aware of unconscious bias, as well as empowering colleagues, giving them a greater voice and helping them achieve their potential. One of the elements is a talent programme which gives aspiring, female leaders the opportunity to develop their skills through a broad range of activities. Elizabeth speaks regularly at internal conferences and hosts visits from other organisations to promote the benefits of an empowering, inclusive culture. She role models best practice within her own team, including a job share and flexible work patterns. Outside work, Elizabeth has spoken at conferences such as PwC’s Finance Leaders’ Summit and its Women in Finance Network, as well as talking to other financial institutions and local organisations. She supports many charities, including women’s charity, One25, through fundraising and building their management skills. She has a particular interest in the impact of technology on women in the workplace and is in dialogue with Bristol academics about potential research in this, and other, areas.

Andrew Bester

Andrew Bester is Lloyds Banking Group’s Executive Sponsor for Inclusion & Diversity, the Group Executive Sponsor for Gender and is heavily involved with supporting the Group’s women’s network, Breakthrough. Andrew chairs the I&D Operational Committee, which tracks monthly progress against the Group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan. He is passionate about creating an inclusive environment for all colleagues, regularly fronting campaigns across the organisation to ensure colleagues and leaders see inclusion and diversity as business imperative. Andrew sponsored an organisation-wide requirement that all shortlists for senior-level hires should evidence gender diversity. He also personally mentors women both within Lloyds and externally. Andrew has conducted focus groups with women and men at different grades to understand their issues and challenges, and has spoken publically both internally and externally about the role men have to play in advancing gender equality. Andrew champions the Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme, and gave the keynote speech at the annual reception event in April. He has taken part in a number of media interviews and global panels on gender diversity, and was recently named in the 2017 Management Today ‘Agents of Change’ list.