The Committee

Rhiannon Paine

Rhiannon Paine

GWN Committee Co-Chair

Rhiannon is an associate in the Financial Restructuring Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP, where she also sits on the firm’s Diversity Committee. Rhiannon trained at Clifford Chance LLP where she was the co-chair of Clifford Chance’s international LGBT network ‘Arcus’, leading in the coordination and development of female-oriented internal and client events. In 2016 Rhiannon was awarded ‘Rising Star in Law’ by WeAreTheCity. She began working with the GWN in 2015 and was appointed as GWN co-chair in December 2016.

Jenny Fallover

Jenny Fallover

GWN Committee Co-Chair

Jenny has over 20 years’ experience in technology and currently works as a delivery lead at Thomson Reuters. She is also a London City Director for Lesbians Who Tech, Co-Chair for the Gay Women’s Network, author at Gay Star News, an expert for Apps for Good and mentor for Coder Dojo. More recently she joined the steering committee for a new magazine for emerging female writers, Salome. Jenny was featured in the Brummel Top 30 Ones to Watch List in 2016 and was awarded LGBT Role Model of the Year in Jan 2017 by Stonewall. More recently she was a TechWomen50 award winner.

Lorraine M

Lorraine M

GWN Multicultural Chair

Lorraine has worked for Corps/SMEs, in growth, resourcing, wealth management and compliance. She has a passion for entrepreneurship from starting businesses, scaling start-ups to helping develop funding, support and mentoring programmes. London, UK is her adopted home and her roots, many friends and family are in the Caribbean. Lorraine has been a committee member since 2010, and is part of the team that shaped GWNM. she encourages multicultural interaction in GWN. “Like other committee members, I consider myself a role model; using my journey to authenticity to support others."

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.

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.

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.

Jemima Jefferson

Jemima Jefferson

GWN Founder

Jemima has worked in the corporate world for over 20 years - mostly as a Diversity Manager - and started the Gay Women’s Network in 2008 when working at Credit Suisse. She is the only current committee member who has been with us from the beginning. She is currently self-employed, specialising in Mental Health First Aid Training and Diversity Consultancy and is learning Mindfulness with a view to adding this to her business, using her background in Psychology and Psychotherapy.

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.

Jonelle

Jonelle

GWN & Multicultural Committee Member

Jonelle is an entrepreneur and co-owner of a care home catering to the needs of individuals with various disabilities. She also owns and runs a health & fitness and mindset coaching business specialising in body transformations and corrective exercises. Previous role include Real Estate Accountant for Aon UK Ltd.

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.

Ky Hoyle

Ky Hoyle

Committee Member

Ky is MD of multi award-winning Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, the 1st women’s sex shop in the UK, which she founded in 1992 after a foray into London’s Soho had revealed a desperate need for change in attitudes towards women’s sexuality. Described as a ‘true pioneer’ (Observer magazine) and Sh! as ‘groundbreaking’ (Time Out) Ky is a passionate speaker on sexuality and feminism and has appeared at WOW, Gen-Pol and Welcome Collection, as well as on radio and TV.

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).

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, HM Revenue & Customs and Department for International Trade. Previous roles include Communications Manager for the charity StreetDoctors, and client account manager at Stonewall. Madeline has been on the GWN committee since 2010 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 for a junior gay lawyer under the Law Society’s diversity programme.

Mini Saxena

Mini Saxena

Committee Member

Mini Saxena is an Associate in the Financial Regulation Group at Linklaters LLP. She has always been passionate about LGBT issues and has been an active part of the firm’s LGB&T Committee since her first seat as a trainee. She now acts as Women’s Rep and Bisexual Rep on the Committee, and also co-founded and is on the Steering Committee for the London Bisexual Network, the City’s first cross-industry network for professionals identifying as bisexual, pansexual and allies. Additionally, she likes to work on the overlaps between identities and is Intersectionality Rep for Women@Linklaters, the global umbrella for all gender-based activities within the firm.

Paige Horton

Paige Horton

Committee Member

Paige is a Human Resources Analyst at Citi where she is the Trans* representative of Citi’s LGBT+ network, Pride. During her time at Citi, Paige has worked on award winning projects and was chosen to be part of a small innovation circle for the HR department. Outside of work, Paige has been a member of the GWN steering committee since 2016 and runs the monthly networking lunch in Canary Wharf. She is continuously looking for ways to promote inclusion and belonging of LGBT+ people and other underrepresented affinities.

Petite Printemps

Petite Printemps

Committee Member

Petite is Middle Eastern raised, North American educated, currently working at Deloitte UK. She has been living, working and volunteering in Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Amsterdam and Paris for the past 10 years, where she has experienced different community and corporate cultures. Her goal is to use these experiences to help find the perfect fit within any organisations she’s a part of. Currently she sits on Deloitte’s LGBTQ committee (GLOBE).

Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas

Committee Member

Rosie is a management consultant with Bain & Company, and is active in their London BGLAD network and Women at Bain. Previously a financial analyst, Rosie led several events at Credit Suisse, representing the ‘L’ on their LGBT steering committee. She has been involved with GWN since 2016, supporting the committee with social events and ad-hoc analysis. Outside of work, Rosie is a keen sportswoman, enjoys pro-bono consulting for Bain’s Social Business Incubator, and sings with the Pink Singers, London’s LGBT community choir.

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.

Tai

Tai

GWN & Multicultural Committee Member

Tai was born and raised in mainland China and lived in Japan for the last six years. She worked in the consumer goods and steel machinery industry after undertaking an MPhil course at Kobe University, Japan. She also studied E-commerce entrepreneur practice for one year in Japan. Currently, Tai studies at LSE, doing an MSc in Social Anthropology. She was drawn to London’s pluralistic lesbian culture and is enthusiastic about social activities for gay women.

Zoë Chowney

Zoë Chowney

Committee Member

Zoë, a qualified accountant and technology entrepreneur, currently runs taxrelief.biz 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.