The Committee

Rhiannon Paine

Rhiannon Paine

GWN Committee Co-Chair

Rhiannon is a trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP where she is the co-chair of the Steering Committee of Clifford Chance‘s internal and international LGBT network ’Arcus‘, leading in the coordination and development of female-oriented internal and client events.

Rhiannon returned from secondment to the firm’s Paris office in March 2016, continuing her pro bono efforts and work with the GWN. She was appointed as GWN co-chair in December 2016.

Catherine Hennigan

Catherine Hennigan

GWN Committee Co-Chair

Catherine is a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs and Co-Chair of GWN. She studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of York and graduated in 2013.

Outside of work, Catherine is passionate about politics and equal rights. She sits on the National Executive of LGBTory, acts as a role model for Diversity Role Models, a charity which tackles homophobic bullying in schools, and has represented Stonewall at a number of public speaking engagements as an alumnus of the Stonewall Young Talent Programme.

The GWN committee is made up of a group of dedicated individuals from organisations across London, as well as a number of self-employed representatives.

If you are interested in joining the committee or getting more involved in GWN, please contact us at co-chairs@gwn.org.uk.

Natalie Rivero

Natalie Rivero

Committee Member

Natalie is a Contracting Project Manager with over 10 years of Client Service and Project Management experience within the Financial sector. She has worked closely with previous employer’s HR departments to raise awareness of diversity opportunities. Natalie in previous employment was on the LGBT Committee and also co-founded a Women’s networking group in Dorset prior to moving to London 3 years ago.

Amy Wills

Amy Wills

Committee Member

Amy is the Youth programmes Officer at Stonewall and her work helps to empower young people to campaign for LGBT equality and develop young LGBT role models and leaders of the future. She helps to run Stonewall’s Young Leaders programme, Youth Volunteering programme and the Youth Pride events as well as the Young Stonewall website.

Carina Müller-Harnig

Carina Müller-Harnig

Committee Member

Carina is an Investor Relations Manager at Schroders Investment Management and has been a GWN Committee member since January 2014. She obtained an MA in English Literature and History at Munich University and has been enjoying London’s diversity for more than 15 years. Carina is passionate about equal rights and opportunities and is an active member in Schroder’s Diversity Network. Carina organises workshops for GWN and also runs our monthly networking lunches in the City.

Irene Zalami

Irene Zalami

Committee Member

Originally from Australia, Irene moved to London in 2004 and for the last decade has held a number of Director level roles at various marketing agencies. She holds a wealth of experience in the marketing having worked across multi-consumer sectors. She is currently working on the launch of an exciting, new LGBT focused Financial Services brand. Irene is delighted to be on the GWN committee and co-chairs the Gay Women’s Entrepreneurial Network (GWEN).

Jemima Jefferson

Jemima Jefferson

GWN Founder

Jemima is the founder of the Gay Women’s Network and the only current committee member who has been with us from the beginning. She is an independent diversity consultant who has worked in the corporate world, primarily Investment banking but also consultancy, the voluntary sector and government for over 20 years and is an accredited Mental Health First Aid trainer. She currently delivers some of the GWN’s training programmes and draws on her corporate experience, degree in psychology, training in psychotherapy and mental health to develop insightful and informative events for our members. She is currently studying Mindfulness.

Jenny Fallover

Jenny Fallover

Women In Tech Lead

Jenny has over 20 years experience in technology and currently works as an Enterprise Business Systems Project Manager at Thomson Reuters. She is also part of the Global Leadership team for her company’s LGBT business resource group, Pride at Work, the newly appointed London city director for Lesbians Who Tech and a mentor for Apps for Good and Coder Dojo.

Jo Webber

Jo Webber

Social Media Manager

Jo is a digital marketing professional with 10 years experience delivering data-driven results for a broad remit of blue-chips and SMEs. She also is passionate about journalism, having edited lesbian publication g3 Magazine and co-authored a book on Civil Partnerships. She co-chairs the Gay Women’s Entrepreneurial Network (GWEN) and is a Brand Ambassador for Diversity Role Models, visiting schools to help run workshops, which actively seeks to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools. She also appeared in a lesbian reality series called Candy Bar Girls, which aired on Channel 5 in 2011.

Kate Stuart

Kate Stuart

Marketing and Brand Management

Kate is a graphic designer with over 25 years exeperience in graphic design and advertising, and is self employed. She owns and runs "Kate Stuart Design" specialising in corporate and brand identity, website design and development, and packaging and print. Kate joined the GWN committee in 2013 and co-chaired GWEN with Linda Blackmore for 2 years from 2014 to 2015.

Zoë Chandler

Zoë Chandler

Committee Member

Zoë, a qualified accountant and technology entrepreneur, currently runs businesstaxrelief.co.uk which specialises in helping a wide range of companies maximise their research & development tax claims. Zoë has joined the committee as GWN’s first openly transgendered woman representative and is passionate about equal rights and opportunities for LGBT people in the workplace

Linda Blackmore

Linda Blackmore

Committee Member

Linda, a transplanted San Franciscan, has over 20 years experience in professional services management and is currently COO for Robert Quinn Consulting Ltd in London. A recent graduate of the Sloan Fellowship Masters programme at London Business School, she is a senior advisor for Connect, the LBS LBGT mentoring group and for the annual EurOUT conference. Passionate about fundraising for LGBT equal rights, she is a past Director of HRC, the Victory Fund, the SF LGBT Community Center and BACW, and currently serves as a Director on the Board for OutRight Action International (formerly IGLHRC).

Liz Raczi

Liz Raczi

Committee Member

Liz joined BNP Paribas Securities Services in 2000 and held various HR positions including Head of HR UK. Liz was appointed to the role of Global Diversity and Engagement Manager in December 2015, with responsibility for driving the diversity and engagement strategy across 34 countries and 9,500 employees. Liz is a member of the UK Leadership Team, BNP Paribas’ CIB EMEA Diversity Council and Co-Chair of the BNP Paribas Pride UK LGBT network. Liz featured in the CIPD’s 50 over 50 2015 listing.

Madeline Lasko

Madeline Lasko

Digital Communications Manager

Madeline works in digital and technology for the UK government, taking on roles across departments including the Home Office, Department for Work & Pensions and HM Revenue & Customs. Previous roles include Communications Manager for the charity StreetDoctors, and client account manager at Stonewall. Madeline has been on the GWN committee for seven years and manages the GWN newsletter and website.

Maria Patsalos

Maria Patsalos

Committee Member

Maria is an Immigration solicitor at Mishcon de Reya. Maria is on the Mishcon Pride Steering Committee and she is the Immigration supervisor for Pink Law, a free legal service run via Queen Mary University to help the LGBT community. Maria also acts as a role model for the charity Diversity Role Models, which tackles homophobic bullying in schools. In addition, she acts as a mentor to a gay refugee via the charity Micro Rainbow International.

Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas

Committee Member

Rosie is an Equity Research Analyst at Credit Suisse, and sits on their LGBT steering committee as the ‘L’ representative. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating in 2015 from Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Outside of work, Rosie sings for The Pink Singers, London’s oldest LGBT community choir and has enjoyed getting involved in their outreach and charity events.

Rosie Upstill

Rosie Upstill

Committee Member

Rosie is a Corporate Tax Associate at Linklaters LLP, where she sits on the committee for the firm’s LGBT Network. Despite (or perhaps because of) working in an industry notorious for its gender imbalance, Rosie passionately believes in the power of women supporting other women. When she’s not in the office, Rosie enjoys baking and loves to travel.

Sam West

Sam West

Membership Manager

Sam West is a Director at KPMG leading the Resource Management function for International Markets and Management Consulting. Prior to KPMG Sam worked with Deloitte in the UK and in Australia & New Zealand in Resource Management leadership roles. Whilst in Australia Sam also worked with Telstra on a significant Siebel implementation, and Westpac operationally leading the recruitment team. Sam has been on the GWN Steering committee for 5 years with responsibility over membership and the survey. Sam lives in SE1 with her partner Anuschka and her ageing Australian Pomeranian Louis.

Sarah Garrett

Sarah Garrett

Committee Member

Sarah Garrett launched the leading diversity and LGBT events company over a decade ago, producing events such as British LGBT Awards and European Diversity Awards, Diversity Careers Show, Apprenticeship Careers, Alternative Parenting Show, Opportunities 4 Women, Future Leaders conference, among other events and publications. She founded lesbian magazine, g3 in 2001, which won a Stonewall Award for Best Publication and she was also nominated for Journalist of the Year. She has been a regular writer for The Guardian and Huffington Post.

Elizabeth Hartney

Elizabeth Hartney

Committee Member

Elizabeth joined the GWN committee in 2016. She is a finance solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where she sits on the firm’s internal LGBT and women’s network committees. Elizabeth has three children and also co-chairs the advisory board of the P3 Network, which supports LGBT working parents and parents of LGBT children.