Trailblazers 2023
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Avivah Wittenberg Cox | CEO of 20-first

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As CEO of 20-first, Avivah has over 20 years experience as a consultant and coach helping companies adapt to major 21st century shifts. She has advised global CEOs, leadership teams and Executive Committees across more than 40 countries on gender longevity and culture balance across a wide range of sectors – from FMCG and financial services to […]
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Amika George MBE | Founder and Director Free Periods

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At the age of 17, Amika George started the Free Periods campaign to end period poverty in the UK. After reading about children missing school as they were unable to afford menstrual products, Amika started a global online movement, organized a protest in London attended by over 2,000 young people, and launched a legal campaign. […]
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Liz Dimmock MBE | Founder and CEO of Moving Ahead

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Liz has dedicated her career to bringing positive change through leadership, coaching and mentoring. She channelled her initial 16 years of corporate experience – at KPMG, HSBC (Global Head of Coaching) and GP Strategies (Managing Partner) – into founding and running social impact organisation Moving Ahead in 2014. Liz became the first woman to cycle […]
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Deborah Gilshan | Founder, The 100% Club and Advisor, Investment Stewardship & ESG

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Deborah is the Founder of The 100% Club, a networking alliance dedicated to gender equality and advisory business on investment stewardship, ESG integration and diversity. She is a passionate advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion, including  through leveraging the power of investor capital to drive systemic change and as the founder of a gender based […]

Dame Alison Rose CBE | CEO, NatWest Group PLC

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Dame Alison Rose is Chief Executive of NatWest Group plc, having worked at the bank for more than 30 years. She joined as a graduate, and was previously Deputy CEO of NatWest Holdings and CEO of RBS’s Commercial & Private Banking business. Alison co-leads the UK government’s Rose Review Board, and sits on the Board […]
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Payzee Mahmod | Campaign Manager, IKWRO, Women’s Rights Organisation

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Payzee Mahmod is a British Kurd and Campaigner at IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation. She campaigns to raise awareness about and to end harmful practices including child marriage, FGM, virginity testing and hymenoplasty, drawing on her own lived experiences. Payzee has been an influential voice in leading the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill […]
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Dame Inga Beale | Portfolio Director, Chartered Insurer

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Dame Inga has worked four decades in the world of insurance and financial services, culminating in the role of CEO of the centuries-old financial institution Lloyd’s of London from 2014 to 2018. Understanding the vital importance of inclusion in the workplace and, having done much to break down barriers and build inclusive environments, she is […]
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Elliott Rae | Speaker, Author and Founder of MusicFootballFatherhood

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Elliott Rae is the founder of the parenting platform MusicFootballFatherhood, called the ‘Mumsnet for Dads’ by the BBC. He is the curator of the bestselling book, DAD, presenter of BBC documentary ‘Becoming Dad’ and one of the UK’s most prominent speakers on fatherhood, mental health and masculinity. Elliott is the ex Head of DEI Delivery […]
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