Change Agents

Executive Summary / Introduction

Containing insights and stories from some of the great leaders Opportunity Now works with, this insightful peice is intended to inspire others to be Change Agents, to give you the ideas and tools that you need to transform your own organisational culture.  If you are a leader in your organisation, draw from these examples and consider our recommendations. Diversity and HR practitioners or others who influence or support leaders will take useful learning from how our Change Agents made progress.A Change Agent can develop a change programme, mentor and support women who then become role models in their own right, and set an example for others to follow.   


Two of our business leaders won 2012 Opportunity Now awards, and we have already published their stories as awards case studies.   Helena Morrissey CBE, Chief Executive Officer at Newton Investment Management, a BNY Mellon company, is well known for her championing of women on boards and for her leadership of the 30% club.  She won the Opportunity Now Champion Award 2012.  Read more about Helena

Roshni Hayward, Senior HR Manager for GE Capital EMEA, the financial arm of General Electric, won the Directing Diverse Talent award at the Opportunity Now awards 2012.  Roshni delivered a strategy to deliver a fast track talent pipeline for women, internally and externally.  
As well as our award winners, we are now showcasing change agents from a range of sectors and job roles, from Colin Grassie, UK CEO for Deutsche Bank, to Samantha Heilling, Chair of the Women’s Network at the Home Office.  Kathryn Britten from KPMG is a ground breaking advocate for agile working and women’s progression in her field.  Geraldine Huse of Proctor and Gamble started as a pioneer for women in her organisation.  Carolyn Gray, HR Director, Guardian Media Group, has tremendous experience in how to make organisational values around diversity a lived reality.  Graham Wright, Executive Head of Services at IBM Global Business Services, makes a strong case for the importance of people being able to be their whole authentic selves at work. 
There will be many more great change agents throughout our member organisations, and we will continue to tell their stories.    
I have developed some practical recommendations, based on learning from our change agents and Opportunity Now’s knowledge and research, for leaders to consider.  I hope that they will help increase the pace of organisational and cultural transformation.   
Best wishes, 
Rachael Saunders
Opportunity Now

The Full Story

A series of case studies that showcase leaders that are true change agents

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Recommendations from this informative document that offer practical actions for the workplace.
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