Acuity Global Development - Event



Gender parity event


The aim of this event is to build on the current strong business case for Gender Parity and related altruism. Reports such as the recent Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry which found that FTSE gender diversity was ‘inexcusable and unacceptable’ at board level means that attention on gender diversity issues is currently at a peak.

By gathering together exceptional keynote speakers from a variety of industry backgrounds, this learning seminar will transform commitment to actions and provide active solutions to our clients. Through case studies and effective practice, this event is moving from discussing the issues to addressing core implementation strategies which will reap benefits at both individual and corporate levels.

This is a complimentary event provided by Acuity Global Development, market lead in Executive Coaching and Organisation L&D support. Places are strictly limited to 50, and are likely to go quickly. To book your place click on the link below. Please contact if you have any questions.

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Full list of speakers (click to see a speaker's bio)

Introduction – suggestions for practical activities that commercial businesses and media companies can do to achieve gender parity
Kirstin Furber - People Director, Human Resources, BBC

Kirstin Furber

Kirstin joined BBC Worldwide in May 2010, as SVP Human Resources, and was appointed People Director in January 2013.

Kirstin's remit incorporates organisational development and learning, talent management, resourcing, training, reward, culture, engagement and employee relations and she is also a member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to working at BBC Worldwide, Kirstin was the Executive HR Director for Twentieth Century Fox, Europe, and spent seven years at Discovery Channel as the VP International Human Resources. Kirstin has also set up her own HR Consulting and Coaching Company.

Kirstin is an accredited coach, gained CIPD Fellowship status, and graduated with a Business Management degree.

The importance of nurturing female talent in the media industry
Kim French - Business Development Director Cherryduck Productions and Tower Bridge Studios

Kim French

Kim French is part of the team that built Cherryduck from a five person to a 200 person strong creative group of talented producers, directors, editors and filmmakers.

From a background of commercial and music video editing, Kim is detail orientated and recognised for her creative flair and ability to work closely with people to create great content. A member of Females in Broadcasting, Kim is passionate about bringing great teams of creative people together to work with exciting clients.

Cherryduck’s clients include: One Direction for Fabulous Magazine, Debenhams, Louis Vuitton, SKY, Samsung. Notable campaigns include: Clinique - Beyond Perfecting, Marks and Spencer - AW14 London Fashion Weekend Catwalk with Stylist Magazine.

With in-house studios, production facilities and an on-site prop warehouse, Cherryduck’s facilities are designed to quickly and economically shoot and output videos whilst still upholding the true values of high end film production. Carving a new approach to production, the firm services the increasing demand for engaging online content.

‘It’s lonely at the top’: Taking a lead as a director to support the female pipeline
Annabel Bosman – MD, Head of Relationship Management, Julius Baer

Annabel Bosman

Annabel Bosman is Head of Relationship Management for Julius Baer International in London. She leads a diverse team of professionals responsible for delivering tailored investment solutions to private clients both in the UK and beyond.

She serves on internal committees designed to promote learning and mentoring and was one of the founding members of Julius Baer International's inaugural Women's Network. This was formed to encourage a pipeline of female talent within the business and to drive changes in gender diversity.

Annabel joined Julius Baer from Deutsche Bank where in recognition of her drive for innovation and inclusive leadership, she was selected to attend the DB Global Women Leaders Programme at the INSEAD business school in Fontainebleu, France. In 2010, Annabel was nominated to the inaugural PAM Top 40 Under 40 list in the UK.

She started her career at Barclays Wealth, moving to Credit Suisse and Citi before arriving at Deutsche. In her time at Barclays she was one of their media commentators and made regular appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC.

Annabel studied modern languages at Oriel College at the University of Oxford and is a member of the CFA UK.

A look at gender parity issues in the legal and publishing industries
Danny Collins - Managing Director / International Division at ALM -The American Lawyer Magazine and The Asian Lawyer magazine.

 Danny Collins

Danny has 25 years’ experience in the publishing industry and oversees the International Transatlantic Awards. In these awards, lawyers and firms are honoured for excellence in transatlantic matters involving corporate, finance and litigation work, innovation, commitment to pro bono, outstanding transatlantic strategy and for producing rising stars under 40.

The current issue of The American Lawyer Magazine, highlights ‘Our Diversity Scorecard’, which finds that just over 15 per cent of U.S. lawyers at big firms are members of a minority group.

Each year The American Lawyer Magazine publishes the acclaimed industry 100 law firm list.

Setting up and running a network that actively changes practice - from staff induction to addressing executive needs
Daniel Winterfeldt - CMS and founder of Inter Diversity Law Forum

Daniel Winterfeldt

CMS’ Diversity & Inclusion Partner and Head of International Capital Markets, Daniel Winterfeldt, has been named in the Financial Times’ OUTstanding in Business ‘Top 100 LGBT Executives’ list. The report recognises executives from across the corporate world who are inspirational role models, championing diversity in the workplace. Other executives in the list come from organisations such as HSBC, IBM, BP and Goldman Sachs.

Daniel was identified by the judges for his active role within CMS, supporting the firm’s LGBT network, including implementing support structures that involve protection against bullying and harassment. Daniel established the InterLaw Diversity Forum, the leading LGBT legal group in the UK, which has grown to over 1500 members from over 70 Law firms and 40 corporate and financial institutions since 2008.

Recent innovative projects spearheaded by Daniel, and supported by CMS, include Purple Reign (a photography exhibition celebrating LGBT and straight ally role models in their professional environment) and the Apollo Project with the FT (focusing on creating meritocratic workplaces). Daniel is also a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust and collaborates with many LGBT charities including Stonewall, Switchboard LGBT+, EJAF and the THT.

Daniel comments: “It is an honour to be included on a list with so many talented LGBT leaders in the business community. Not only are all of these executives great at what they do, but they also take the time to work for equality in the workplace for all.”

How Organisations can Support Women to achieve Gender parity
Gillian Jones-Williams – Managing Director, Emerge Development Consultancy Ltd.

Gillian Jones-Williams

Gillian Jones-Williams founded Emerge Development Consultancy 20 years ago and is the Managing Director. Gillian’s main focus is organisational strategy development and change initiatives and she has successfully implemented HR strategies and projects, coaching and mentoring programmes and visions for many high profile companies. Her focus is strongly on leadership development and coaching, studying with Leaders that empower their staff to achieve great performance and working with organisations to change the culture to an empowered workforce through coaching culture strategy.

Gillian partners with a diverse range of organisations to implement organisational changes and has designed and delivered programmes of varying sizes to national organisations and independent companies. She works well in multinational cultures having facilitated events and coached executives in Paris, Milan, Hamburg, The Netherlands, Bratislavia, Barcelona, Norway, Brussels, Madrid, Dublin, Portugal, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, USA, China and Australia.

Gillian has been working in the Middle East for over six years developing and coaching leaders and has recently formed and launched the Learning and Development Forum in Dubai to allow L and D professionals to share experience. Gillian has worked with many organisations to implement programmes that support gender parity in the workplace. Following years of experience in coaching senior women Executives, she has recently developed an innovative Women’s Development programme which is being delivered in the UK and the Middle East.

Writing to avoid stereotypes, tackling our own unconscious Bias
Maya Sondhi - Actor/Writer

Maya Sondhi

Maya Sondhi is an actor and writer from Birmingham, best known for playing long-suffering daughter Shazia Khan in series 1-3 of the BBC One sitcom, Citizen Khan. This year sees her appearing as new series regular, WPC Maneet Bindra, in the third series of award-winning BBC Two drama, Line of Duty.

Maya is currently writing on BBC1’s EastEnders as well as the popular Sky 1 comedy drama, Mount Pleasant, for Tiger Aspect. Maya was also part of the writing team for the latest series of The Kumars produced by Hat Trick for Sky 1. Her debut play Sket premiered at the Park Theatre in April 2016.

Sket is a play based on true stories told to the writer by young people when she volunteered for the charity TeenBoundaries (founder TeenBoundaries Leonie Hodge). The play follows the lives of six pupils in an inner city school in the 21st century whose lives are consumed by technology where ‘sexting’ and ‘selfies’ are the norm and access to sexual imagery is available 24/7.

Ensuring inclusivity of Transgender in planning for Gender parity
Jacqui Gavin – a:gender Vice-Chair

Jacqui Gavin

Jacqui Gavin has forged an illustrious career in the civil service which has significantly improved equality in both government and private industry. Selected as the first ever Chair of the Transgender Network within DWP, Jacqui also became an active Steering Group member of a:gender in 2010.

This launch pad led to her role as Vice Chair of a:gender, which continues to this day, and allowed Jacqui to not only support the Civil Service in its delivery of transgender equality but to work with external organisations and entities to promote transgender equality across a wider landscape. This has highlighted to government the challenges of transgender people both within and outside of the Civil Service in their daily working lives.

Her dedication to promoting transgender equality at the heart of government has been recognised nationally after she was ‘Highly Commended’ in class at the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards and was listed as the 44th most influential LGBTI person in the UK at the Independent on Sunday – Rainbow List. Recently Jacqui was awarded the Diversity Champion Award at the 2016 British LGBT Awards.

An actor’s perspective of diversity and gender
Babou Ceesay - Actor

Babou Ceesay

A prominent voice on diversity and gender in the film and television industry, Gambian-born Ceesay first gained widespread recognition when he was declared as a ‘face to watch’ by The Independent in 2008. In 2014-15 Babou starred in American Series A.D The Bible Continues on major American network NBC. A hit with UK audiences whilst in popular ITV crime drama, Lewis, Babou was cast as Kevin Whately’s sidekick in 2013, taking over from predecessor, Laurence Fox.

Commenting in the Guardian in an interview on diversity in casting, Babou said: “In acting you can't get away from the fact that your colour and age and gender will affect you. It is a naturally prejudiced business." His standpoint now is that the situation is improving, with a greater variety of work on offer, and a movement towards more 'blind casting' without prejudice towards race, gender or age.

Babou started off in finance, working in the London financial district as an internal auditor for Deloitte. Currently working on two top secret films, one for television and a huge franchise film to be released next year, Babou is managed by London agents, Gordon and French.