Jayne-Anne’s Blog

Diversity and walking the walk

Diversity and walking the walk

In my view, good business today needs to be full of wonderful diversity and, in 2015, I led a government initiative to remedy gender diversity in Financial Services. This work resulted in the Women in Finance Charter and I’m delighted to say that over 122 firms, employing over half a million people in the UK and covering almost 50% of …

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Gender equality is integral to achieving a fairer society

Yesterday it was my pleasure to speak about gender equality and the benefits of a fairer society at the first Women’s Equality Party Conference, in Manchester. In the space of just two generations we have made enormous strides towards creating a more equal and fairer society. Whether in health, welfare, economic welfare or education – we have opportunities my mother’s generation …

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Advertising storing up an image problem?

Advertising and Women in Finance

A senior advertising executive has been in the news this week after commenting that the debate about gender bias was “all over”. To put this in context, a survey conducted by the 3% Conference in 2014 found that although women make up just over 46 per cent of the advertising industry, just over 11 per cent of creative directors are …

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Another positive step for women in finance

Jayne-Anne Gadhia: Women in Finance

In the finance industry, too few women get to the top and the numbers highlighting the problem should get everyone thinking. In 2015, women made up only 14% of Executive Committees in the financial services sector. While more women than men start out in financial services, as they progress, the majority fall out, especially at middle management level. This leaves almost all …

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Innovation and Product Development

Virgin Money London Haymarket Lounge

Over the course of my career so far I have worked with some very interesting people including both Fred Goodwin and Sir Richard Branson. I remember listening to Fred present at a session in Edinburgh around the year 2000 and saying that he was sure that there were no new innovations left in financial services. I remember how disappointed I …

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