Gender Equality Advisory Group
The Gender Equality Advisory Group (GEAG) consists of ten external women in senior positions across academia, business and the professions who will advise City on its equality aims. The group is developing and further nominations for members are welcome as we are keen to ensure there is diverse representation amongst members.
The group currently comprises of the following external members;
Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society
Dawn Bonfield is Chief Executive of the Women's Engineering Society. She is a materials engineer, graduating from Bath University with a Degree in Materials Science in 1987. She has worked in the atomic energy, automotive and aerospace sectors for AERE Harwell, Peugeot SA in Paris, British Aerospace in Bristol, and MBDA in Stevenage. She has also worked for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and joined WES as a Council Member in 2011, becoming President in 2014. She became Chief Executive in 2015 - the first CEO that the Women's Engineering Society has employed in its history.
Dawn is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of WES, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.
Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Kersten took up post as Chief Executive of Bradford Council in August 2015. Her key challenges are to ensure that growth in the Bradford economy is sustained and that there is a significant uplift in levels of educational attainment within the district. Prior to taking up post in Bradford, Kersten was Chief Executive of York for six years. In this time the city, recovering after recession, experienced strong growth, with ‘functional full employment’ and high levels of business start up.
Kersten is the lead Chief Executive for innovation and growth in the Leeds City Region, a member of the Council of the University of Bradford and of the National Media Museum’s Advisory Board. Kersten's career has included work in the voluntary sector, higher education, central government as well as 21 years in local government. She is passionate about community capacity building, diversity and equality, supporting civic leadership and sustainable urban growth.
Professor Catriona Morrison,
Professor of Psychology and Head of Department, Heriot-Watt University
Catriona's research in primarily on memory and language. She has expertise in autobiographical memory (how memory is formed and changes across the lifespan), and the development and changes in language across the lifespan.
In addition, Catriona has published on internet addiction and its relationship to depression, as well as benefiting from working with great PhD, Masters and undergraduate students that has led to work on a wide variety of topics in psychology including contagious yawning.
Carol Sergeant has held a range of senior positions in both the public and private sector, including as Head of Major Banks’ Supervision at the Bank of England, Managing Director at the Financial Services Authority and Chief Risk Officer at Lloyds Banking Group. She also led the HM Treasury sponsored project on “Simple Financial Products”, with the final report published in March 2013. When Carol studied for her MBA in the 70s at Cass Business School in London, or, as it was then known, the City University Business School and is currently a member of the Cass Strategy and Development Board.
Carol currently is a non-executive director at Danske Bank, and Martin Currie Holdings, and Chairman of the UK whistle blowing charity, Public Concern at Work. She was appointed CBE in 2004. Carol resigned from the position of Secure Trust Bank in December 2015. She is a Member of High-level Expert Group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector (Liikanen Group).
Team Leader, International - Financial Lines at AIG
Stefania joined AIG as a Corporate Manager – FI Practice Leader in June 2011 and became Team Leader, International in January 2013. Prior to this, she was Director for the Financial Services Group at Aon.
Stefania has actively been involved in gender equality issues at work and is a governing member of the AIG Women’s Employee Resource Group.
Professor Karen Mumford
Professor of Economics, University of York
Karen Mumford is a Professor of Economics at the University of York. She received her doctorate in economics from the Australian National University (ANU) in 1991. She has subsequently taught at the ANU, the University of Warwick and the University of York.
She has held visiting positions at the ANU, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton. Karen is the Chair of the Royal Economic Society Women's Committee. She has been the Convenor of the UK labour economics study group (WPEG) and is a member of its Steering Committee. She was a member of the Resolution Foundation Minimum Wage Review Committee, is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and was awarded a CBE for services to economics and labour market diversity in 2016.
Board Member and Trustee Advertising Standards Authority, Senet Group, University of London, Human Tissue Authority, RICS
Chair, Depaul UK, Chair Standards Committee IOF; NED and Audit Chair
Suzanne has led complex, high profile organisations in a range of executive and NED roles. She is a dynamic and trusted leader building and delivering innovative strategies. She is a skilled negotiator and has experience of managing diverse groups of stakeholders. Named in Female FTSE 100 Women to Watch lists 2014 and 2015 Cranfield University). She qualified as a Solicitor.
( Kathryn Morgan
Director of Regulatory Operations, Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
Kathryn Morgan joined the organisation in 2014 and oversees the Commission’s supervision and authorisation activity.
Prior to joining the Commission, Kathryn worked at the Prudential Regulation Authority (Bank of England) and the Financial Services Authority in London, developing policy and supervising insurance companies. She has over 30 years of industry experience in a variety of financial services firms.
Kathryn has a first class honours degree in mathematics and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries as well as a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary.
Head of Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, LafargeHolcim
Caroline Hempstead has been appointed as Head of Communication, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development at LafargeHolcim, with effect from 1 December 2015. The British national will report to CEO Eric Olsen.
Caroline Hempstead joins LafargeHolcim from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, where she was responsible for the global Corporate Affairs team since 2007. She also chaired the company’s Sustainability Council. Prior to her position at AstraZeneca, Caroline Hempstead worked in the oil industry at Royal Dutch Shell, as well as holding positions in corporate affairs at Inchcape, the London Stock Exchange and Harrods.
Founder & Managing Director, Sapphire Partners, Board and Executive Search
Kate, the founder of Sapphire Partners, has worked internationally in senior positions at JPMorgan, McKinsey & Co. and Morgan Stanley. Kate’s career and functional expertise is in strategy, corporate finance, talent management, financial services, professional services and diversity and inclusion. She is a regular commentator on women’s careers and advancement in executive and non-executive roles. Kate has an MBA with honours from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, a BA with honours from Wellesley College and has studied at the London School of Economics. She is a trustee of the New London Institute of Imagination and an active member of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs.
Kate is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management.