George Maddison

George Maddison works for Credit Suisse where he is Vice Chairman of its UK Investment Banking business. George has been an investment banker for over 20 years with a broad experience of advising and financing corporates and financial institutions.  Over the years he has been actively involved in large complex transactions involving capital markets on behalf of issuers.  Notably from October 2008 through to February 2010 he was a core member of the HM Treasury advisory team in relation to the refinancing of the banking sector and the design and implementation of the Asset Protection Scheme.


Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey is Chief Executive Officer of Newton Investment Management Ltd, BNY Mellon’s U.K.-based global equity and fixed-income specialist.

Mrs. Morrissey joined Newton in 1994 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2001.

She retains a keen interest in Newton’s investment strategy and is a member of its Investment Committee.  Prior to her appointment as CEO, Mrs. Morrissey was head of Fixed Income, managing a number of specialist global and single currency bond funds.

Mrs. Morrissey is also a Director of the United Kingdom’s Investment Management Association and represents the industry on the FSA’s Practitioner Panel.  She is a member of the Royal Academy’s Corporate Board.  Recently, the Financial News included Helena in their third annual list of the 100 most influential women in Europe.

A Cambridge graduate, she began her career as a global bond analyst with Schroders in New York.  Helena is married with nine children.


Mustafa Özbilgin

From 2011, Mustafa Özbilgin is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London. He was previously a Professor of Human Resource Management at the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (UK). His research focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from comparative and relational perspectives. He has conducted field studies in the UK and internationally and his work is empirically informed. His most recent book, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Edward Elgar) brings together papers from over 30 scholars in the field and his other text, Global Diversity Management (co-authored with Ahu Tatli, Palgrave) provides evidence from international field studies. He has authored and edited ten books and published large number of papers in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Gender Work and Organization among others.


Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan is a psychologist who obtained her PhD from the Australian National University. She is now an Professor of Social and  Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter and a Professor  of Diversity at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

She is a member of the Centre for Identity, Personality and Self in Society, and specialises in research into gender and gender differences.  Michelle's work on women and leadership has been represented in academic journals, industry publications, and within the wider media 
including BBC, CNN, ITV, and all major British newspapers. Her research into the glass cliff was short-listed for the THES Research Project of the Year in 2005 and was selected by the New York Times as one of the ideas that shaped 2008.


Frances Tomlinson

Dr Frances Tomlinson is a senior lecturer in organisational studies in the London Metropolitan Business School, London Metropolitan University.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of difference, identity and organising processes, and current and recent projects include: diversity and equality practice in the voluntary sector; older women moving into self- employment and pathways for refugee women from volunteering into paid work.