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Business, Measuring The Pay Gap And Why WACL Are Still Making Waves About Reporting

Mar 08, 2021

A WACL webinar on International Women’s Day 2021

Following the recent success of our campaign to reinstate Gender Pay Gap reporting and the news that the EHRC is looking to instate Ethnicity and Disability Pay Gap reporting by the end of the year too, we’re delighted to say we’re taking the next step immediately with an online WACL debate on International Women’s Day.

Our event explores why the original EHRC team felt the introduction of reporting was such a crucial step in achieving gender equality in the workplace and how business leaders blazing an equality trail in their own organisations have used reporting to focus on company diversity. This session will include the best advice for organisations when tackling diversity and the gap, how to use reporting proactively and effectively to measure progress and how to tackle unhelpful behaviour that holds companies back. 


Our truly stellar panel comprises:

Panel Chair: Ann Francke OBE, CEO CMI, 30% Club Ambassador, WACL member and Author, Create a Gender-Balanced Workplace 

Andrew Geoghegan, Global Consumer Planning Director, Diageo and progressive male advocate for change.

Heather Melville, OBE, Director & Head of Client Experience at PwC, Chair and NED, CMI Women, NED Enterprise Enfield, Patron WIBF

Dame Cilla Snowball, Former Chair, Women’s Business Council, Former WACL President, Governor at Wellcome Trust, Portfolio Non-Exec, ex-CEO and Chairman, AMV BBDO*

Gillian Unsworth, Gender Equality Policy & Analysis Division, Government Equalities Office 


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More about our speakers

Ann Francke, OBE, is Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute. She started her career at Procter & Gamble and has held senior executive positions at Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI. In 2020, Ann was awarded an OBE for services to workplace equality.

Ann is an expert on gender balance in the workplace and frequently speaks in the media and conferences on this and other management topics. Her book on gender balance – Create a Gender-balanced Workplace, published in September 2019. Ann also authored the ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’ and has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE Cranfield report. She was awarded the MemCom award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body in 2016.

Ann holds several Board positions and five Honorary Doctorates for her work in management and leadership. Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter. 

Andrew Geoghegan

Andrew Geoghegan is the Global Consumer Planning Director at Diageo – the world’s largest premium drinks company and home to brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, and Tanqueray.  He leads a 150 strong function in 52 countries in their mission to lead the total business with ideas and insights that sell more.

Andrew was featured as a Male Agent of Change by Management Today in their 2019 Power List for his work on gender representation.  This is work he has shared at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity amongst other forums, as well as collaborating with the Unstereotype Alliance to create a toolkit to help members address stereotypes in their advertising and communications.  Andrew also contributes a regular column to Marketing Week. 

Prior to this, Andrew held a variety of roles at Diageo and PepsiCo, including Global Innovation and Consumer Planning Director on Guinness and Consumer Planning Director for Diageo Africa.


Heather Melville, OBE 

Dr Heather Melville, OBE, is a thought leader on leadership, an innovator in business and has a notable track record of delivering strong financial performance and building high performing inclusive teams across both financial and professional services.

Heather also holds a number of Trustee positions: Chair of  Chartered Management Institute Women, Board Trustee CMI and Enfield Enterprise, Patron of Women in Banking and Finance and, most recently, a member of the PwC Colour Brave Charity Committee.

Dame Cilla Snowball is an Honorary Member of WACL and was President of the Club in 1999-2000. She’s the former Group CEO of AMV BBDO, where she worked for 26 years and is now a Governor of the Wellcome Trust and a director of the property and investment company Derwent London plc. She was a member of the Women’s Business Council from 2012 to 2019, as Chair from 2016- 2019. The Gender Pay Gap Regulations came into effect during her term as Chair.

She was awarded a Damehood in June 2017 for services to advertising, diversity and equality.

Gillian Unsworth

Gillian leads work on Gender Pay Gap reporting in the Government Equalities Office, part of the Equality Hub. She oversees the system that enables over 10,000 employers to publish their gender pay gap data each year. She and the team set up and manage a digital reporting service and employer resource portal that receives over a million visitors annually, as well as leading an extensive engagement campaign to share best practice and support employers in closing the gender pay gap.

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Mar 8, 2021
2:45 pm– 4:00 pm


Online via Zoom