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.
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."
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.
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.
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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.
Carley is the Event Manager within the HE Sector at the University of East London, as well as the Event Project Manager for Pride in London. Originally from the North West, Carley made the move to London over 5 years ago and has been active in creating diverse, interactive and immersive events for the community and beyond. Carley also volunteers her time at the disabled charity ‘Enhance The UK’ and is introducing and developing LGBTQ+ events to bring about much needed awareness and support for LGBTQ+ disabled people.
Jenny has over 20 years’ experience in technology and currently works as a delivery lead at Refinitiv. 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.
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.
Kat is a Real Estate solicitor at Linklaters LLP, where she sits on the firm’s With Pride (LGBTQ+) Committee as Bi Representative. In addition, Kat has also been involved in the firm’s pro bono work for the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group which seeks to assist highly vulnerable LGBT applicants to seek asylum in the UK. She joined the GWN Committee in March 2020.
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.
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 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.
Vanessa is a Senior Management Executive with over 16 years of experience in the external relations, marketing and Higher Education (HE) sectors. She has had particular experience in transforming departments and implementing strategic plans in both established and start up environments and extensive international experience with a global outlook and managing a complex matrix of key stakeholders. She currently sits on the University Executive Board as the Chief Marketing Officer at the University of East London and was previously the Director of External relations at Newcastle University London. She is also a member of Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Institute of Directors and Executive sponsor for the UEL LGBTQ+ staff network.