Jeremy is a vocal advocate and has championed gender equality to help make Sky a company of choice for women. Over a number of years, he has driven and supported a range of initiatives, including; a ‘Women into Leadership’ programme to help strengthen Sky’s talent pipeline; a 15 week ‘Get into Tech’ initiative to increase representation of women in technology, and the Sky Returner Program, a paid six-month placement to help senior level people who have taken a 2+ year career break return to full time careers. With Jeremy’s support Sky now has a well-established Women@Sky employee network and has partnered with The WBC and Management Today to spotlight Britain’s “Agents of Change” – male allies supporting women in business. Alongside his role at Sky, Jeremy is Chair of Business in the Community where he inspires, engages and challenges organisations to make business a force for good in society.
As a Director in HR, Deborah’s team is responsible for several initiatives that fall within the Women in Leadership (WiL) programme. Activities have included upskilling programmes for high potential women, introducing gender-balanced shortlists for all job vacancies, and implementing inclusion training. She is also building Sky’s reputation as a leading employer for women through targeted recruitment events and media coverage. As a result of the Women in Leadership programme, Sky announced that nearly 40% of their senior leaders are now female, up from 31% since the launch of the initiative 2 and a half years ago. Their aim is to move this to half by 2020. Externally, Deborah has been involved in speaking platforms such as The Women in Media Awards and also in press articles talking about what they are doing at Sky in the gender diversity space and to create a more inclusive culture, and how other organisations can learn from this, for example in ‘HR magazine’.
Deborah worked with the core Women in Leadership team to create initiatives designed to empower women in the workplace. These include programmes to upskill high potential women, introducing gender-balanced shortlists for all job vacancies, delivery of unconscious bias training, targeting women-only recruitment events to actively diversify the talent pipeline, and offering family friendly policies surrounding care and leave. Deborah also actively champions gender diversity at Sky, by speaking internally about her career journey, challenges she has faced and why she supports the Women in Leadership initiative. She is focused on engaging the leadership team, and making them accountable by regularly reviewing targets and recruitment shortlists so that business areas can be updated. She has been integral to the development of the Women@Sky network, and the GetIntoTech training programme. Deborah is an active mentor, both internally and externally, and often engages with speaking platforms such as The Women in Media Awards, and in the press.
Chris Stylianou is the Executive sponsor of Sky’s Women in Leadership (WiL) programme. He leads on the vision to enable female talent within Sky, and reach our target of a 50:50 gender balance. To do this, Chris worked with the core WiL team to create a wide variety of initiatives to encourage gender parity and female advancement. Chris also actively champions gender diversity at Sky by speaking internally and regularly holding executives accountable to their departmental targets with regular reviews. He also sponsors a number of women, and has 12 women in high profile leadership roles. Externally, Chris is a ‘Male Agent of Change’ and sits on the Women’s Business Council, as well as taking on a number of speaking engagements focusing on how big business can drive change internally and in their communities. Chris was a finalist in the Business in The Community Gender Champion Award, and has also just led and advised on the vision and objectives for the newly formed Women@Sky network.