Wim was elected to Senior Partner in 2016 and immediately introduced diversity as one of 5 strategic priorities for the firm. He established the Gender Advisory Committee and is heavily involved with supporting the firm’s women’s network, WiN. Under his leadership the firm has developed and launched a refreshed gender strategy in 2018. The strategy focuses on partner accountability, allocation of opportunities, alternative career paths, parental support and a supportive work environment. In all their initiatives, Wim is keen that the firm “thinks outside the box” to ensure actions stretch the boundaries and make visible changes. He has overseen the introduction of initiatives such as piloting a hub office in Vauxhall to help people balance the demands of work with their personal responsibilities and interests. Wim advocates for better gender diversity externally in the industry press and at events to ensure that Allen & Overy is part of the debate on gender diversity. He also regularly takes part in panel discussions which include questions on diversity. Two examples from this year are a State of the Global Legal Industry panel at the Asia Pacific Legal Executive Briefing in Hong Kong and an IBA Law Firm Leaders panel.