Shalah Akhtar

Shalah works within PwC’s Tax practice with over 7 years of experience, having joined the firm as a school leaver.

Following her own personal experiences with mental health, she has been passionate about addressing the challenges she had faced in the workplace but also the community she belonged to. She has since become a mental health advocate and has been a visible role model for those from a minority or faith based background.

During her time at PwC, she has driven a number of D&I strategy initiatives and campaigns with energy and enthusiasm including driving forward PwC’s ‘This is Me’ video released in April 2018 where people from different faiths and cultures shared their personal mental health stories which helped tackle the stigma. She also sits on PwC’s mental health steering committee and is Mental Health First Aid qualified.

She has a real desire to help others and helped set up Thriving from the Start with other leading organisations including Bank of England, London Stock Exchange and Allen & Overy with the City Mental Health Alliance (“CMHA”). This is a mental health community for those early in their city careers and aims to set a new market standard on how highly employee mental health should be valued.

She was a speaker at the This Can Happen 2019 conference at the 02, the largest mental health workplace conference, and has had the privilege of meeting HRH the Duke of Cambridge for her work in this space. She has done keynote speeches at numerous events, hosted workshops and published articles and blogs sharing her mental health experiences, very much leading by example.

She leads the PwC Muslim Network and is responsible for over 600 people across the UK and recently took 20 PwC volunteers from different faiths, race & gender across London & the regions to Calais to support refugees. Finally, she has also been involved in advising clients on the implications of the government’s consultation in ethnicity pay reporting.