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We have launched the #WeAre campaign to de-stigmatise the perception of disability by putting faces to lived experience.

Our role models serve as inspiration that living with a disability or supporting colleagues, family or friends with a disability does not impede access to success or create a barrier to showing up authentically in the workplace to drive excellence for clients.

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Tim Roberts, Global Marketing, HSBC Asset Management. Co-chair Disability workstream

Marilyn Swinney, Head of Institutional Sales, Principal Global Investors

Philip Fielding, Co-head EMD, Mackay Shields

Ashley Fagan, Global Head of ETFs, Indexing and Smart Beta Strategic Clients, Amundi. Co-chair Disability workstream

Ted Duffy, Head of Wellington Management International

Alexandra Haggard, Head of Product and Investment Services, Capital Group. Co-chair Disability workstream

Role Models

Alexandra Haggard

Head of Product & Investment Services, Europe & Asia, Capital Group

“I'm a co-founder of the Diversity Project, and co-lead of the Disability workstream, and I have a disability myself.” "My hobbies are horse riding, theatre, reading."

Alexis George

Head of Health and Safety, GPE

“I became disabled in 2021 when a knee replacement went wrong. I now have to mobilise to London in a wheelchair.” "My hobbies are sailing, pottery and drawing."

Alison (Sav) Savage

Marketing/communications/PR/strategy, Rowhill Communications

“I walk with crutches. Do first impressions count? I’m only weak physically. Change of attitude is needed. Stop employers being fearful. Stop employees apologising and feeling alone. I get both.” "My hobbies are family, gardening. Turning toot into something."

Beth Kume-Hollanda

Founder and CEO, Patchwork Hub

“Awareness is the greatest agent of change and I hope that sharing my story and lived experience helps to demonstrate the ability of disabled business leaders when barriers are removed.” “My hobbies are filmmaking, writing, travelling.”

Charlotte Francis

Senior account executive, KL Communications

“I have a handful of disabilities (including deafness and ME/CFS) and I always want to help people where I can.” “My hobbies are looking after my 5yo twins!!”

Charlotte Hughes

Advice Journey Lead, Quilter

“I want to show the world what people with Borderline Personality Disorder can achieve; our empathy, our sense of justice and our ways of thinking are superpowers!” “My hobbies are reading, crafting, being with my puppy!”

Chinmayee Thadakamalla

Executive Search, Sainty, Hird & Partners

“As someone who was diagnosed with ADHD later on, I understand the struggles of working in a corporate environment whilst being Neurodiverse.” “My hobbies are singing, charity, swimming and yoga.”

Francisca Beloso

Global Head of People, CBRE, Data Centers Solutions

“I have only recently came to accept my own congenital hearing impairment and learning communications techniques to convert it in a strength and added value to what I am.”

Heather Inglis

Global Head of DEI, abrdn plc

“I have temporal-lobe epilepsy, which I control with daily medication. I don't usually share this with colleagues, but want to help break down stigma and raise awareness of invisible disabilities.” "My hobbies are interior design and furniture restoration."

India Cox

Talent Acquisition Partner, Quilter

“I want to contribute to removing the stigma towards people with disabilities and set a positive example for women living with ADHD, especially those diagnosed later in life.” "My hobbies are Singing, Dancing, Karate and Film/TV Content Creator."

Jennifer Ockwell

Head of Institutional, Octopus Investments

“I’ve been involved with the DP for many years campaigning for greater understanding/inclusion of ND individuals - primarily driven from being a mother to autistic children and recently diagnosed with ADHD myself.” "I’d like talk about intersectionality with menopause

Jennifer Petrie

Senior Information Management Analyst, Janus Henderson

“It takes a lot of effort to 'fit in' when really we should be applauding people from all walks of life to make a broader picture.” “My hobbies are abstract art”

Michael Blighe

Chief Risk Officer, LGIM

“To show that parents of those with a disability can succeed in the workplace, but also to help fight for a more inclusive workplace in future.” “My hobbies are running and Swimming”

Richard Bradley-Peters

Compliance Manager, MHA Caves Wealth

“As part of the LBGT+ community & with hearing loss, I want to be able to show and be visible, that this doesn't stop you working in our profession.” “My hobbies are health, fitness, community involvement.”

Tanya Anne Harrison

Manager, Client Implement Management within Global Client Account Services, T. Rowe Price

“It’s important to be “seen,” so anyone can understand the impact of their actions and words. In my opinion, discussions regarding mental health should be on par with physical health.”

Tim Roberts

Diversity Project Disability Workstream Co-Chair & I work in Marketing, HSBC

“As a deaf person, it is important to me to show society that deaf people are able to carry out Senior roles in industry and to inspire younger people.” “My hobbies are squash, running, going to the pub!”

Victoria Jenkins

Adaptive designer, disability advocate, Unhidden

“As the founder of the first adaptive fashion brand to join the British Fashion Council, my work with inclusive design makes me a role model I hope!” “My hobbies are art and reading”

Allies

Ashley Fagan

Head of Global Strategic Clients, Distribution & Wealth, Amundi UK

“As a working-mother of a child with a disability, I understand the challenges and want to help raise awareness and create a more inclusive workplace today and for future generations.”

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Cara Hewitt

CFO - UK and WPFH and sponsor of Enable Network, Fidelity International

“I'm passionate about creating an environment where everyone can demonstrate their talents and abilities and thrive, unlocking all our potential; having a workplace that represents the customers we serve.”

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Caroline von Koenig

Wellbeing Lead, Fidelity International

“We all need to play our part in challenging assumptions and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Disability inclusion is critical for a successful and collaborative business.”

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Ian Hood

Chief Digital Officer, Fidelity International

“I lead the drive to ensure our firms digital platforms are accessible for clients and colleagues alike and am passionate about the importance of inclusivity and accessibility.”

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James Frew

Divisional Director - Operational Strategy, St James's Place Ltd

“I wish to support under represented people by engaging in productive conversations about how we can supporting inclusion and diversity in the workplace.”

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James Stoll

V.P. Enterprise Risk Management, Wellington Management

“Allyship is paramount to moving the dial on equitable outcomes for talent with disabilities. By breaking down systemic barriers and revolutionising workplace access, we will innovate client solutions.”

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Laura Ladd

Legal & Company Secretarial Assistant, Invesco

“I'm passionate about making a difference a raising awareness. I really want people to talk openly about disabilities. I have Multiple Sclerosis and struggle with my disability especially being a single parent.”

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Linda Russheim

Founder, HT Financial Marketing

“My son has dyslexia and see his struggles at school first hand. Here's to a more inclusive workplace to welcome a lovely, talented young man.”

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Lucinda Wakefield

Head of DEI, EMEA, BNY Mellon

“I would like to be a disability ally, because we all need to work together to ensure everyone is included and feels valued #WeAreTogether”

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Philippe d'Orgeval

CEO, Amundi UK

“I have been inspired by my wife committed to launch in the UK a cafe (CAFE JOYEUX) empowering people with learning disabilities such as Down's syndrome or Autism.”

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Sean Taylor

Director - Sales, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management (UK)

“Having been injured myself I have deep understanding of disability issues.”

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Shanika-Marie John

Talent Acquisition & Diversity Lead, Quilter

“Disability is part of my everyday life. I have a blind Aunty and an autistic brother so I’m very passionate about creating opportunities for those who live in different ways.”

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Anji Kang-Stewart

MD Global Head of Marketing, Man Group

Despite a rare diagnosis, my daughter survived. Her navigation of the world daily inspires my commitment to championing accessibility and innovation in disability inclusion in our industry.

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Sam Walton

Talent Acquisition & Diversity Business Partner, Quilter

Caring for my disabled son truly opened my eyes to the challenges those with disabilities face, I am extremely passionate about living equitable lives and erasing ableism from the workplace.

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Robert Baker

CEO, Potentia Talent Consulting Limited

I have a disabled son

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