Michael Cole-Fontayn

In April 2017, BNY Mellon was named to The Times “Top 50 Employers for Women” list, an achievement that would not have been possible without Michael’s allyship and engagement in the company’s efforts to progress women in the workplace. He oversees BNY Mellon’s EMEA Diversity and Inclusion Council, playing a key role in shaping the regional strategy and supporting groups to ensure diversity and inclusion priorities are relevant and culturally appropriate to each office. Through his support, BNY Mellon proactively signed the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter in July 2016 to make the company’s workforce commitments public and inspire others to openly share their own strategies. Since retiring from BNY Mellon, Michael continues to champion Inclusion and Diversity, mentoring under the 30% Club programme, joining the steering committee of MissionInclude and mentoring under the MissionInclude programme. He is actively involved in opening the conversation around women’s workforce equality, LGBT rights, mental health, and is an active supporter of City Mental Health Alliance. Additionally, he has spoken at external events such as the Women’s Forum of British American Business, the Cambridge Rising Women Leaders Programme and The Economists’ Pride and Prejudice Conference, and is joining Women in Banking and Finance as a Patron.

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