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Meet the speakers for the Annual Conference 2018

Keynote Speaker

Dame Helena Morrissey DBE, Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management, founder of the 30% Club and one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

Helena is well known in the City, particularly for her work on gender equality. She was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years and has recently joined Legal and General Investment Management, leading a new drive to engage the nation to invest more.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a business-led campaign to improve gender balance in the boardroom. The proportion of female directors on UK listed company boards has since more than doubled and there are now ten 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena chairs the Diversity Project, a cross-business initiative aimed at improving diversity across all dimensions within the UK investment and savings profession.

Helena is an Ambassador for the Eve Appeal, a charity funding innovative research into gynaecological cancers and a member of the Institute of Public Policy Research’s Commission on Economic Justice. She has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’ at the paper’s Boldness in Business annual awards. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.

Helena is a Philosophy graduate. She is married to a Buddhist priest and they have nine children. Her first book ‘A Good Time to be a Girl, Don’t Lean In, Change the System’ was published by William Collins in February 2018.


Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive, Working Families

Sarah is the Chief Executive of Working Families and has led work-life balance campaigning and culture change for over twenty years. Sarah is an acknowledged expert and has worked across the political spectrum to push for positive change including the right to request flexible working, maternity and paternity leave and fathers’ rights at work.

Sarah works collaboratively with the third sector, trade unions, employers and business leaders to argue for change. Sarah chairs the judging panel for the respected Top Employers for Working Families Employer Awards and for the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families awards. She is called upon for her expertise, including in 2018 being a member of the joint industry/Government Task Group on flexible working. Between 2011 and 2013 Sarah chaired the Promoting Flexible Working: Private Sector Employers’ Group for the Department for Work and Pensions. Sarah spearheaded the introduction of the ‘happy to talk flexible working’ strapline to encourage a greater spread of flexible work in job advertising, endorsed among others by the CBI, TUC and the Scottish Government.

In 2007 Sarah was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Quality of Life Issues. She is a Trustee of the charities Classics for All and Commonweal Housing, and a Fellow of the RSA.


Emma Blaney, Global HR Director, Euromonitor International

Emma joined Euromonitor International in February 2017 as Global HR Director. Prior to joining Euromonitor International Emma spent 14 years at informa plc; 4 of those years as the Group HR Director and Head of Corporate Responsibility.

Since 2008 Emma has lived and worked in New York and Switzerland which has provided her with a solid understanding of cultural norms and attitudinal differences in such geographies.

Emma is passionate about ensuring businesses are set up to develop and retain all talent. Including through times when an individual may either want or need to balance work with caring responsibilities, be it a mother, father, daughter or son.

Earlier in her career Emma spent 7 years sitting as a Lay Member for the Employment Tribunal System and is interested in understand how legislation can help to support and drive change in both employees and business.

Emma lives with her husband and their 2 boys who are currently a very active 10 and 11.

Andy Clewer, Assurance Talent Leader, EY

Andy Clewer is the UKI Assurance talent leader for EY. His professional role is as an audit partner in the consumer products sector.  His talent role encompasses leading the talent development, learning, HR and people strategy for 3,500 employees and partners, as well as Assurance initiatives around people transformation, diversity and proportionality. Andy is proud of the progress the firm has made over recent years, but recognises that there is always more to do to broaden the outcomes for all our people, regardless of their working arrangements, family or other diversity characteristics.  He works on a part-time flexible working arrangement of 90% FTE, which allows him to spend more time with his two boys during the year as they prepare for their A Levels and GCSEs!

Jasmine Kelland, Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Programme Leader of the Masters in Human Resource Management, the University of Plymouth

Jasmine is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management and  Programme Leader of the Masters in Human Resource Management at the University of Plymouth. Prior to joining academia she worked as HR Manager in a number of organisations such as NHS, Boots the Chemist and ITV.

Jasmine’s research is focused around the area of Gender Role Stereotyping in the workplace, with specific focus on parents.

She has had numerous papers published by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select committee regarding parents in the workplace. She has presented her research at CIPD and international academic conferences. Most recently she obtained national press coverage on early Phd findings regarding the ‘Fatherhood Forfeits’ faced by fathers who wish to apply for part time roles.

Mark McLane, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Barclays

Mark McLane is the Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Barclays PLC, a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank. Mr. McLane is responsible for architecting a global diversity and inclusion strategy that will leverage organizational strengths, remain nimble in the every-changing global business climate and enable Barclays to maintain their competitive advantage by driving innovation to its customers.

Mr. McLane holds the title of Master of The Guild of Human Resource Professionals along with being a member of the Lord Mayor of London’s Appeal fundraising Board and additionally holds leadership roles on the OutLeadership leadership committee and GayStar Business advisory board. In 2014, 15 and 16 Mr. McLane was recognized by The Guardian’s global LGBT power list, the Financial Times 100 LGBT business leaders in London and named to the top 50 global Diversity Executives by the Economist.

Mr. McLane holds a B.S in Business Management from the University of Scranton.

Carolanne Minashi, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, UBS

Carolanne joined UBS in February 2016 as the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, for UBS.  Prior to joining UBS she spent 29 years at Citi and has an extensive background in senior HR leadership positions including Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Talent Management and Employee Relations.  She achieved recognition and acclaim for Citi as a best practice employer through numerous Awards, she lead and authored a Global Study looking at the root causes leading to senior Female Attrition.

Carolanne is an experienced Coach and qualified Mediator.  Passionate about working with leaders to drive real change on the Inclusion agenda she has a pragmatic style and is focused on fixing the ‘system’ rather than fixing the ‘women’ (or any other under-represented group!) She has a proven track record of creating impact and has been recognised by Women in Banking and Finance with Award for Outstanding Achievement.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the British Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and qualified in numerous diagnostic instruments.

Outside of work, Carolanne and her Husband Mark live in Hertfordshire and have 4 children aged between 13 and 23, she is a member and student of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace. 

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers

Danny Mortimer has been Chief Executive of NHS Employers since November 2014. NHS Employers is the voice of employers across the English NHS, and leads work relating to workforce policy and practice. He also serves as deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, of which NHS Employers is part.

Danny first worked in healthcare as a porter and a CSV care assistant before becoming a management trainee in Stoke-on-Trent. He worked in the NHS in Bath and Brighton before taking up his first director post in West Sussex. He then worked in Executive roles in hospitals in Hertfordshire and Nottingham before joining NHS Employers.

Danny is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Trustee of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion and the NHS Retirement Fellowship, and chairs the Cavendish Coalition of social care and health organisations.

Denise Priest, Director of Employer Partnerships and Executive Sponsor of the Modern Families Index, Bright Horizons

Denise is Director of Employer and Strategic Partnerships, International at Bright Horizons, dedicated to developing and enhancing Bright Horizons’ brand through thought-leading activity, growing our portfolio of services, and adding value to our clients. She is an experienced, versatile professional focused on developing meaningful and strategic relationships with organisations at leadership level across a range of different disciplines; including the financial, legal, technological and academic sectors. As a leader she is committed to helping her team members fulfil their professional potential while also enjoying a healthy work-life balance.

Denise is also a Director of The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children – a charity committed to making a difference to the lives of families in crisis in the UK.

Jonathan Swan, Head of Research, Working Families

Jonathan has researched and written on a wide range of work-life integration issues, including: fathers and work, flexible working in senior roles, productivity and performance, organisational culture and active ageing. He is responsible for the annual Top Employers for Working Families benchmark for organisations and the Modern Families Index reports. He is currently part of the ESRC funded research consortium that is examining work-life balance and the effects of austerity.