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Taking the Leadership Role in Building a Gender Equal Workforce

March 5, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Taking the Leadership Role in Building a
Gender Equal Workforce
Tuesday 5 March


This event is sponsored by Advanced Boardroom Excellence


How can we all continue the vital work of achieving a gender-balanced workforce, particularly at the higher levels of management? What factors stand in our way and which actions have had a positive result on which we can build? A year after iW50 UK Forum there is another opportunity to join Emer Timmons and a panel of top level leaders in an open discussion to share what we’ve learned and discuss how we can progress towards equality at work with the many business benefits that have been shown to result.


Who are the promoters? Who are the blockers? Has the pendulum shifted sincethe Hampton-Alexander report was published? Is progress being made down the pipeline?


Topics to be explored during this high level debate include:


• Experiences of building a gender equal workplace
• Holding senior leaders accountable for achieving gender results
• Mentoring and sponsorship
• Supporting the great women who already work for you


Jonathan Bullock is Managing Partner & COO at SoftBank Investment Advisers. SoftBank seeks to catalyze technological progress for the benefit of humanity. Through the SoftBank Vision Fund, we are investing more than $93 billion in the businesses and technologies that we believe will enable the next stage of the information revolution. We offer the operational expertise, global network and patient, long-term capital required to help innovators build transformative companies.


Before joining SoftBank, he worked for nearly a decade at Google as Global Business Strategy Director, and Chief-of-Staff of the Global Business Organization. Prior to that I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing people across the TMT and FMCG retail sectors.


He is a strategic leader, pragmatic operator, troubleshooter and Board Director. He is passionate about all aspects of his job, his my favorite part is helping an organization’s leadership work out where they want to go and how to get there. As we go through that collaborative process, the ideas start to flow and that’s always the exciting part.


He has a BA and MEng from Cambridge University in Engineering & Management.


Helen Pitcher OBE (COL 98Jan, IDP-C 13Sep), Chairman, Advanced Boardroom Excellence, is an experienced Chairman, Board member, Board facilitator and Coach. She works across the range of FTSE, Professional Service, Private Equity and Family firms, where she has led some of the biggest Board Evaluations. Helen is also a coach to many leading CEOs, Chairman and NED’s. She was awarded an OBE for services to Business in 2015.


In addition to her Advanced Boardroom Excellence role Helen holds the following high profile Board roles: Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Chairman pladis (United Biscuits, Godiva, Ülker Bisküvi) Advisory Board, a member of the One Health Board and President of KidsOut (a National Children’s Charity) and INSEAD Directors Network Board (IDN); Board member CIPD, and Chairman of a number of Committees across these Boards (Audit, Remuneration, Nominations). Helen is also on the Advisory Board for Leeds University Law Faculty.


Helen was previously Chairman of the Queens Counsel Selection Panel until February 2017.


Helen holds an MA, LLB (Law), IDP-C (INSEAD International Director’s Programme – Corporate Governance Certificate). She is the only Consultant in the UK Board Effectiveness arena to hold this INSEAD qualification. She recently graduated from the INSEAD Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption and Strategy for Accelerated Growth Programmes and has commenced the INSEAD Diversity Programme. Helen is also an alumnus of the ground-breaking INSEAD Challenge of Leadership Programme. She both attended and now features on the INSEAD Leading from the Chair programme.


Helen is an APECS accredited coach, a Fellow of the IoD, CIPD, CIM, RSA and a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.


Anna Thompson, Government Equalities Office


Emer Timmons is the Chief Marketing Officer and President of Strategic Sales for Brightstar Corp. Emer is also President of the group’s Enterprise Business. Brightstar is a leading global mobile services company, and the largest global subsidiary of SoftBank Group. It serves in excess of 50,000 carrier, retail and enterprise customers across 100 countries. Emer was the first female president in BT, responsible for the successful turn-round of the company’s £5bn Global Services UK and product business at a time of significant challenge for the organisation.

In 2017 she became a Non-Executive Director of Paddy Power Betfair and a member of its Audit Committee. Emer is also on the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee.


Emer has been a member of the Women’s Business Council since 2013, and in 2015 was appointed to co-chair their Men as Change Agents board, seeking to involve men in acting as sponsors and promoting cultural change to foster equality. She is also an ambassador for the Royal Marines Business Liaison Group and is a member of the International Women’s Forum, focused on cultivating women leaders for today and tomorrow.


Moderator: Florence Hamilton (MBA 85J), VP, Mentoring Programme & Initiatives, INSEAD Alumni Association UK


VENUE IoD Academy Training Room,
118 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park
TIME 18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 Members’ guests (non INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés

DRESS CODE: Smart dress code – business attire only.  No jeans, trainers or sports wear.