VP of Women in Banking and Finance.
Women’s Leadership Mentor and Ambassador.
Mother of two. Horse lover.
Melanie is an extraordinary ambassador for women and future leaders.
She is a Managing Director at BlackRock where she is head of a Regional Office and the Defined Contribution Pensions business. She is also the Co Chair of the EMEA chapter of BlackRock internal women’s committee ( WIN ).
With an unconventional career path, Melanie also has an extraordinary entrepreneurial pedigree. She started her own mortgage processing company in 2001 and grew it to 3 offices, 200 staff and a turnover of £20 million in 8 years.
She is vice president of Women in Banking and Finance, supporting all levels of women in the finance industry. She is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders, mentoring a number of men and women both internally and externally.
Deeply passionate about quality education, she has been a Chair of Governors since 2005 and a coach for the charity Teach First who provide a leadership route into teaching to encourage the most talented graduates to join the most challenging schools.
Suzy is the proud editor of Psychologies, a magazine that champions, challenges and coaches women to think differently so they can solve their own problems and create a life that nourishes them.
Previously a freelance health journalist for the monthly glossies, and health editor for OK! Magazine and New Woman; she then unleash her talents on her own book. Her first, Making the Big Leap was named by The Independent on Sunday as one of the top ten lifechanging books of the year. Her second book The Big Peace was named as ‘the ultimate guide to true contentment’ by the Express Newspaper.
Suzy believes that the secret to happiness is living life to the full right here, right now, committing to a few goals now and again and taking Oscar, the Psychologies dog, for a walk round the fields when it all gets a bit too much.
MIX Diversity Developers.
Hayley is a prominent keynote speaker, entrepreneur and consultant to Company Boards throughout the UK and Europe, including Diageo, T-Systems, HSBC and Skanska. She is a subject matter expert on Diversity and Inclusion, Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership.
After quickly rising to become General Manager of Sir Chay Blyth’s ‘Challenge Business’ at just 23, Hayley took the decision to start her own communications and sponsorship business with her twin sister, which they run to this day. After over a decade of successful trading, their second business was born – MIX Diversity Developers Ltd.
Hayley has founded multiple companies and is passionate about inspiring women to seek more. She recently led a team of women from the car industry on an expedition across the Arctic Circle to challenge gender stereotypes and is currently training to swim the English Channel without a wetsuit. After that she says she will be looking for a warmer challenge!
Geeta Siddhu Robb
Geeta Siddhu Robb
Geeta Sidhu-Robb is the founder of multi-award winning wellness empire: Nosh. Beginning with Nosh Detox, Geeta grew this to launch Nosh Raw and Nosh Infusion. And she has broken new ground in July this year launching the first Infusion Clinic to be seen in an esteemed department store: Harvey Nichols, London.
She has taken home Entrepreneur and Business Women of the Year awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014. Her frequent appearance on Radio and National TV has given her a strong media profile as an expert on Natural Health Solutions. She is deeply passionate about the negative impact our highly stressful lives are having on our vitality, health and fertility.
Geeta gave up her career as a corporate lawyer to set up Nosh Detox in 2008, after her son’s severe food allergies, eczema, asthma and anaphylaxis as a baby led her to retrain as a Raw Chef and functional nutritionist.
She has since applied this knowledge and passion to help over 15,0000 clients treat everything from problem skin, weight issues and digestive problems to coping with stress and fighting infections. Her client list reads like a who’s who of London’s business and celebrity elite.
She’s also somewhat of a Super-Mum, often to be found wrangling five teenage kids through typical teenage issues.