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Alpha Challengers – Championing Diversity Episode 3: Male Allies - Finishing the Journey Together
24 Sep 2020
18:00pm - 19:00pm

Alpha Challengers – Championing Diversity Episode 3: Male Allies - Finishing the Journey Together

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Meeting ID: 893 9524 1842

Passcode: 297576

Hosted and Organised by Sara Pistilli , Georgina Toft and Nolly Maseko.

About Alpha Challengers:

Alpha Challengers are a sub-group of E2W members who embarked on their financial services careers about 5-10 years ago have started to climb the ladder of success and are ambitious and want to reach the top. They work together in a network of peers to help and support each other in areas such as personal development & industry knowledge. They are champions of diversity and will become tomorrow’s leaders.

We are delighted to introduce our guest speakers: 

Kevin Brown
Independent Non-Executive Director and Advisor

Kevin is an accomplished Executive and Non-Executive Board Member/Chairman undertaking a wider portfolio career deploying his extensive Payment and Fund industry knowledge and board experience in selected advisory and non-executive director roles both in the UK and Internationally. Kevin is a career banker with 35 years of experience, formally Global Head of Transaction Services for RBS where he also had responsibility for Payments and Fund Services. He has been heavily involved in the development of payments globally including leadership in the delivery of Faster Payments in the UK, SEPA in Europe and payment modernisation in Australia, US and Canada. He is an industry expert and speaker on Global Transaction Banking, Payments & Treasury/Funds business and regulatory issues; and is a European Women Payments Network male ally.

Hannah Cotton 
Founding director of Corporate Inclusive Leadership firm, EquALLIES
A TEDx keynote speaker and consultant, her strategies save time, money and stress by delivering measurable impact. Driven by improving productivity through strong leadership, reflective education and 100% inclusion, Hannah promotes collaboration and positive psychology - supporting wellbeing in the workplace and identifying individual strengths to overcome real and perceived barriers which may hold individuals, teams and communities back.

Proudly supporting UNWomen, BBC, Barclays, Fawcett Society and Al Futtaim, Hannah uses her powerful experiences to advocate for change in policy, media & business, specialising in; violence, mental health, intersectional inequality and wellbeing. 

Gary Ford
Founder of Moonshot Consultancy Ltd

An independent consultant working across the IT sector and the wider management environment, where he has a particular interest in the intersection between technology and diversity and inclusion.  Most recently, Gary was a Managing Director within Global Technology at JPMorgan Chase (JPM), a large US financial services organisation with over 270,000 employees.

In 2016, he co-founded JPMorgan’s male allies programme for Women in Technology.  The focus of the initiative was to encourage more men to be engaged in discussions on gender equality and partner with female colleagues to understand why so few women choose to work within technology.  Capturing feedback from women on their experience, the small team built a powerful and engaging workshop that allowed men to explore their own attitudes towards women and wider diversity and inclusion topics.

More recently, he was nominated alongside his Allies co-founder, for the Everywoman Tech Male Agent of Change Award.  He has been panellist on a number of Diversity and Inclusion events, including a slot at the Women of the World (WOW) London festival at the Royal Festival Hall.  He is writing a book on his experiences of talking to men about gender diversity.

Mark Freed

Mark co-founded E2W 20 years ago to address a critical issue in the financial services sector and society – equality. I still run this business that dedicates itself to supporting the financial services careers of women and helping Banks collect the gender dividend.

This year E2W will make a real difference to the careers and lives of over 800 women. Through the support we give them via our membership programme and by partnering with Financial Institutions who want to recruit, retain and help them flourish. 

I am doing this because I’m passionate about the economic and social benefits of gender equality. More men need to get on board with the agenda.


Michael Cole-Fontayn

Chairman, Association for Financial Markets in Europe

Michael previously spent 35 years with BNY Mellon, the last seven as Chairman, Europe, Middle East & Africa.  In addition to his role at AFME, Michael is currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI), a member and co-chair of the Wholesale Banking Group of the European Financial Services Chairman’s Advisory Council, a member of the Advisory Council and the Financial Services Skills Taskforce of TheCityUK, and member of FICC Markets Standards Board Advisory Council.  He is also a member of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum Advisory Board and a Board and Executive Committee Member of the Global Financial Markets Association. Michael is Trustee of the mental health charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and of education charity, Engage with China Ltd.  He was recently awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Cass Business School.


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