sayli chitre

Sayli Chitre | Oliver Wyman

I am an Associate (junior project lead) at Oliver Wyman, focusing on financial services and public policy work. I am driven by doing right by my clients and creating a positive, lasting impact through the work I do. I started at Oliver Wyman in 2014, having graduated from University of Oxford with First-Class Honours in Engineering, Economics & Management. I previously interned across a variety of industries such as engineering and investment banking, most excitingly writing a policy paper for the Planning Commission of India on the future strategy for solar rooftops.

I am motivated by agendas of Inclusion & Diversity in the workplace and access in general. I co-lead Empowered UK – Oliver Wyman’s network for racial, ethnic & cultural diversity with a view to fostering inclusion and enhancing the culture of the firm. In my capacity as the co-lead, I’ve driven a variety of initiatives for the network across recruiting, internal community building and upwards mentoring to senior management.

Outside of work, I provide informal advice to school students in India on further education opportunities abroad. I am a travel enthusiast and very passionate about dancing, being a certified dancer in the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam at the age of 12.

Anisha Seth

Anisha Seth | EY

I grew up in Maidenhead and attended a local comprehensive school called Newlands Girls School from 2001 until 2008. I then attended UCL in 2008 where I studied Law for 3 years. After deciding that Law was not the path for myself I decided to take a different route.

I joined EY in 2011 as a graduate in FSO Tax in London where I currently am. Over the last 2 years I have been leading the EY Sikh Network here at EY and been involved in many diversity initiatives.

Hollie Haslam

Hollie Haslam | Mercer Limited

Hollie is a senior associate in Mercer’s Wealth business. She is recognised as a strong, talented team member who inspires her colleagues — she has a contagious passion for what she does.

Hollie is a role model to juniors and peers alike in terms of embracing change and being a positive force. She builds strong client relationships very quickly and champions colleagues at all levels. She also demonstrates emotional intelligence and supports her female colleagues as they return from maternity leave. Hollie is a great mentor to her junior female colleagues, helping them build confidence and manage the challenges of working in a male-dominated environment. As an example, she organised two “ask me anything” sessions with an equal gender panel; in the first, juniors asked questions of senior colleagues and in the second, senior colleagues quizzed juniors, reverse mentoring style.

Hollie constantly looks for ways to develop herself and gets involved in various projects outside of her role, always going above and beyond. For example, she recently took a lead role in the re-design a graduate programme demonstrating her ability and understanding of the business and the changing needs of our clients and future talent.

Hollie interacts well with senior leaders and projects a high level of presence and confidence. She recently pitched a new innovative solution to the leadership which Mercer is developing and has already contributed to improve one of Mercer’s existing solutions. A member of the leadership team has also requested reverse mentoring sessions with Hollie.

Hollie is a great asset to Mercer. She is inspiring, driven and passionate about helping her colleagues succeed and realise their full potential. Hollie is running the Manchester 10k in May for cancer research. She is also on the Cherie Blair Foundation Mentoring Women in business programme where she uses her skills to help mentor women in other countries.


Adithi Jagannathan | Aon

Aon was my first job out of business school and having completed ten years now in 2017, I have seen myself evolve as a more confident person and as a respected consultant. I have spent the last decade managing complex projects, integration challenges, cross border assignments and a culturally diverse team. I work as a consultant in the Financial Services practice (McLagan) at Aon. I have worked across geographies in emerging markets like India & UAE and currently work in our London office. As a senior consultant, I work closely with clients and partner with them across areas like reward design, reward benchmarking, benefits, organisation structure and design, job evaluation, bonus pool funding and other HR related aspects. My client portfolio includes large MNC banks, leading local banks, challenger banks, foreign banks in UK and European banks. In my role, I act as a strategic advisor to Heads of C&B, Heads of HR & HR generalists. My key strengths are my in depth understanding of the sector, ability to understand and solve client issues and my trusted long term relationships with my clients. I have also managed teams of consultants and have been a  part of mentoring programs and leadership programs in my organization.

Outside work, I recently became a new mother to a lovely baby boy in 2016 and have been working hard to balance my personal & professional commitments. I was born in India and moved to UK in 2014 to challenge myself to explore a new market and a new lifestyle. I have been a national level table tennis player, having represented India at tournaments through my teenage years. Sport has instilled in me the confidence to perform, discipline required to achieve my goals and appreciation of team work & ability to deal with high pressure situations. I am also involved in supporting various charities and community activities in different villages in India. I love to travel and having been to 22 countries already and have more ambitious plans for the coming years.

Umbar Shakir

Umbar Shakir | Gate One

I’m a mother.  I’m a management consultant. I’m a fashion photographer. I’m an illustrator. I’m a political activist. Hi, I’m Umbar.

Having grown up on a council estate in Lambeth, and being the daughter of Pakistani / Afghani immigrants, I’m very fortunate to have had parents who instilled in me a social conscience, a fantastic work ethic, and great values.  I was taught to rise above my circumstances, the racism, the sexism, and the snobbery – and so I dreamed big, worked hard, and continue to this day to learn on my journey!

After graduating from Imperial College, I worked for Unilever, start-up tech companies, PwC, IBM, PA Consulting, Moorhouse, and presently Gate One.  I joined Gate One because I relish a good challenge: the thrill of the journey to solve a good puzzle; the buzz you get when helping a client have a ‘light-bulb’ moment; or the excitement of turning ideas into reality.

I love to combine many of my passions with my professional specialisms: digital / omni-channel strategy and implementation, business modelling in public sector, and international development strategies.

Outside of work, I'm a freelance digital artist/photographer and have been published in major international fashion magazines including Elle and Asiana. I also designs ‘skins’ for 3D virtual reality gaming via Second Life…which makes me a bit of a geek, but my colleagues think I'm a pretty cool one!

Most importantly though, I’m mama to a wonderful 9 year old daughter.  We mutually drive each other forward, and to strive to be the best people we can be.

naomi jane

Naomi Jane | A Life Less Ordinary Wanted

Naomi has spent the last decade empowering business leaders, entrepreneurs and under-represented communities to reach more of their potential. She has built a high impact career empowering others to achieve positive, transformative changes in their personal lives, their organisations and their communities.
From a single parent household, being bullied at school, a diagnosis of depression, going into care at 17 and, amongst other things, being attacked at knifepoint. To today: graduating from University of London with honours, launching two award winning businesses, and various social initiatives.
A social entrepreneur at heart, she launched first business whilst studying at university. The 4WD Foundation delivered behavioural change programmes to some of London's most vulnerable young people.
She went on to advise top investment banks on how to attract diverse entry-level talent and build inclusive cultures. Facilitating leadership development and employee engagement initiatives for corporate clients followed. Clients have included BP, CBRE, IHG, McDonald’s and Michael Kors.
In 2014 she set up the positive change agency, A Life Less Ordinary Wanted. From FTSE 500 companies in crisis, to individuals at a crossroads in life, Naomi now harnesses emotional intelligence as a coach and facilitator to support her clients to become adaptable, compassionate, resilient leaders, building businesses and lives they love.
She graduated from the University of London with BSc Hons in Management. She has continued learning with WYSE International, Common Purpose and the Coaching Academy.
In her spare time she seeks balance by travelling, meditating and running.

Phanella Mayall

Phanella Mayall Fine | The Executive Coaching Consultancy

Phanella Mayall Fine is an Accredited Executive Coach, development consultant and author. She coaches and trains professionals for clients globally including top law firms and investment banks. Her specialist topics include diversity, women’s leadership and advancement, self-presentation, maternity and return to work.

Her first book, Step Up: Confidence, Success and your Stellar Career in 10 Minutes a Day, was published by Ebury (Random House) in 2016. The Step Up Club, of which she is Co-founder, supports women across the industry spectrum to thrive in their careers via events and a popular blog. Reaching a growing following of women (currently c.20k) across Step Up's social media and newsletter, she is working to change the conversation around women at work. Along with co-founder Alice Olins, Phanella is the career columnist for Get The Gloss, has featured in almost all the broadsheets and glossies and works with brand partners including Karen Millen, The Office Group, Smashbox and Hoxton Hotels.

A mother of three, her extensive practical experience is supported by her Masters in Organisational Behaviour awarded with Merit from Birkbeck, University of London.

An Oxford graduate, Phanella began her career as a finance lawyer working on structured transactions in London and New York. She then moved to become the only female fund manager on JPMorgan’s flagship European Equity Fund desk managing in excess of 20 billion Euros. As well as being a qualified solicitor, she has passed all levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

Lorna Taylor

Lorna Taylor | RBS

I have been with the bank since 2002, starting in a customer facing role and then realising my dream and passion to help and support others to learn and succeed, by moving to Learning & Development. Firstly in training then in design and then l became an accredited Leadership Coach and Facilitator, facilitating leadership workshops and coaching many.

From 2015 to 2016 I facilitated a Leadership programme to circa 13,000 leaders in over 170 workshops globally, which I am very proud of, being the first truly global leadership programme creating one set of tools and techniques with one language for all

I feel very privileged and determined, as a Performance Consultant, part of the Performance Excellence team, to be able to merge my knowledge of coaching skills and experience, to support leaders to become clear, capable and motivated to be the best of the best, role modelling great leadership, enabling and ensuring we are engaging our people and providing a great service to our customers


Bijal Majithia | EY

Bijal Majithia works at EY as a Business Change Manager. She is the Hindu faith representative for EY and hosts regular events with the network as well as collaborative events with other networks.

Earlier this year Bijal won an Award for her on going project ‘Food for the Mind, Body and Soul’ in which she leads a team of 100 volunteers to serve various charitable and community projects across the UK and India. These include cooking for and feeding 9 homeless shelters, supporting an abandoned animals sanctuary, spending time at several dementia care homes, collecting toys for Great Ormond street Hospital, helping at a sanctuary that serves autistic children and adults and building care packages for the homeless. The professionals involved commented on how this experience has taught them the importance of being selfless and uplifted them in giving back.

Bijal is the Director and founder of Veda London, a non-profit organisation which shares mindfulness, meditation and wellbeing in the workplace. The project has grown incredibly over the last 18 months, with events across the city including EY, Norton Rose, Schroders, Accenture, Bank of England, BNP Pariba and HS2, with more events in the pipeline for 2017. Veda London has attracted leading speakers on topics related to living a more spiritually focused lifestyle. In a time where people are more spiritually focused than ever, Veda London is a pioneering project in this fast growing space. Due to its success, the concept is even being established internationally in Melbourne and New York.

Bijal also project leads various experiences areas with thousands of visitors. Most recently she created the ‘Veggie Steady Cook’ experience which serves to educate people on the benefits of a healthy and conscious diet through an interactive multimedia experience, including live cooking demonstrations and tailor made recipe books.

Gill Hemming

Gill Hemming | PwC

As a marketer with 10 years’ experience I thrive on delivering large scale campaigns focusing on issues that are of real importance to my firm's clients.

As the Marketing Manager for PwC’s Forensic Services practice, I work with 900 Partners and staff across the country on campaigns targeted at our key buyers and audiences.  I challenge my customers to think differently, to add new dimensions to their marketing initiatives and to put their clients at the heart of everything they do.

Alongside my day job I am a member of PwC’s GLEE (Gay, Lesbian & Everyone Else) leadership, and chair of the GLEE North Committee, positions I am very proud of and work passionately in. I regularly represent the network at internal and external events, speaking on diversity topics including the importance of the “everyone else” to our network.

In 2017 I am leading our networks sponsorship of Pride in London, as well as working on our involvement with Pride in Leeds and Belfast Pride, a first for our firm. I am coordinating over 50 PwC@Pride activities throughout the country and year to demonstrate PwC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion to our clients, our people and our communities.