Representatives from HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter team will take part in a panel discussion on the role of diversity targets at the Finance Professional Show.
Deborah Ejim-McCubbin, policy adviser for Women in Finance Charter at HM Treasury, will introduce the session titled ‘Diversity – Addressing the Imbalance’, which will take place at the event at Olympia London on Wednesday 7th November.
Deborah will provide an overview of the Women in Finance Charter and talk about the charter’s March 2018 annual review and the government equalities office ‘What Works’ advice to employers.
Following this, there will be a wider group discussion on diversity.
Clare Jupp, people development director at Brightstar, will join Deborah on the panel along with: Becky Hewitt, vice-chair of the Women in Finance Charter board and director of people at Leeds Building Society, and Adrian Moloney, sales director at OneSavings Bank.
The panel will be chaired by Beth Fisher, editor at Medianett.
Women in Finance will also host a stand at the show, where it will provide delegates with the opportunity to find out more about the charter and register their interest about becoming a signatory.
“The Women in Finance Charter reflects the government’s ambition to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms,” said Deborah.
“This is a great opportunity to talk about how firms can continue to take action on this and contribute to having a really positive impact on the financial services sector as a whole.”
Adrian added that gender equality had been an area of genuine focus as a result of its commitment to the charter.
“For example, we have seen good progress in respect of the number of female employees undertaking senior management positions.
“We do need to ensure an ongoing focus and that’s why events such as these are so important and I’m very happy to be involved.
“Gender equality can never really be achieved if men are not involved in the discussion, debate and, ultimately, action.”
Becky said it needed everyone to take what may be small, but clear, steps to have a positive impact on the industry’s female talent pipeline.
“This event is focused on providing insight and sharing good ideas which are already working – come along, collaborate and be the person who makes a difference in your business.”
Meanwhile, Clare added: “I believe that these activities represent real action and have the power to make a significant impact upon a huge audience.
“The involvement and support of HM Treasury and the vice-chair of the Women in Finance committee – alongside signatories and businesses who are already doing a great deal to progress the diversity agenda – gives huge credibility to this work.”
The FP Show takes place from 9.30am to 4.30pm and is sponsored by 365 Business Finance, Market Financial Solutions, Octopus Property, Kuflink Bridging, Just Cash Flow PLC, Nucleus Commercial Finance and London Credit.
Full details and registration are available at financeprofessionalshow.co.uk.
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