Diversity Diversified - moving beyond gender diversity in corporate culture
Join us for our webinar 'Diversity Diversified: Moving Beyond Gender Diversity in Corporate Culture' on Thursday, 18 February at 4pm (GMT).
This webinar will explore the diversity of diversity itself in the funds industry. It will look at the academic basis for diversity to enhance good governance and the diversity considerations for stock selection in investment management. The discussion will investigate the triggers for enhancing diversity in organisations and from a practical perspective, how such triggers can be considered for creating KPI's and action points. The challenge of capturing data points on diversity other than gender will be reflected on by the panel in addition to how such data can affect positive changes in corporate culture. Speakers from investment management, human resources, academia and governance will address how enhanced diversity can be promoted by industry participants such as investment funds, management companies and investment managers.
- Bernard Hanratty - Independent Director - (Moderator)
- Arun Neelamkavil – Independent Director
- Ann Prendergast – CEO, State Street Global Advisors
- Colette Comerford – Head of Inclusion, Legal & General Investment Managers
- Niamh Brennan - Michael MacCormac Professor of Management, University College Dublin
This webinar is eligible for CPD credits for the Accredited Funds Professional designation by the IOB.
Bernard Hanratty is an independent non-executive director. He spent 30 years with Citigroup until 2014 where he had European responsibility for sales, product management and relationship management in the Investor Services business. Bernard is a former Chairman and long-time committee member of Irish Funds. in 2015, Mr. Hanratty established a software company and acted as interim CEO for a troubled public institution in Ireland. Bernard holds a number of board positions for investment fund, service provider and investment management companies.
Bernard is Chairman and Vice Chairman for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission and Women's Committee respectively of World Triathlon. He is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Irish Fund Directors Association.
Ann Prendergast is a Senior Managing Director and Head of State Street Global Advisors Ireland.
Ann joined the organisation as a relationship manager in 2000 and became head of this area in 2010, with responsibility for managing the firm’s engagement activities with a client base that includes pension schemes, charities, corporates and intermediaries. Ann was appointed Head of State Street Global Advisors Ireland in July 2017.
Prior to this Ann worked with the Bank of Ireland Group in both their fund administration and private banking divisions.
Ann holds a Business Studies Degree from the University of Limerick and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is Vice Chairperson of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, a director of the Irish Association of Investment Managers and is on the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Arun is currently an Independent Director and Consultant to Financial Services firms. He has extensive experience in international capital markets, management consulting and product development through domain experiences at Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deloitte and Accenture. He previously worked for 6 years at Credit Suisse where he co-lead Prime Brokerage Consulting driving their client facing product offering and more recently lead Prime Brokerage Sales at Citigroup for 5 years.
Arun hold a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is a Scholar of Trinity College Dublin.
Prof Niamh Brennan is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin and Founder/Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance. A first-class honours, first-in-class UCD Science (Microbiology and Biochemistry) graduate, Prof Niamh Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors (London).
In recognition of her research, Niamh was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2020, Ireland’s highest academic honour, the first business school academic to be so recognised. Former chair of the National College of Art & Design and of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, she holds/has held non-executive directorships with the Children's Hospital Ireland, the Health Service Executive, Ulster Bank, Co-operation Ireland, Coillte (State forestry company), Lifetime Assurance (Bank of Ireland’s life assurance subsidiary) and several private companies, and is/was a member of numerous audit committees.
Niamh is an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Directors in Ireland and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.
Colette joined LGIM in 2018 from M&G Investments where she spent nearly a decade working to create and maintain a balanced workforce. During her tenure, she helped grow and implement M&G’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy addressing gender, ethnicity, nationality, LGBT, cultural diversity, social backgrounds and mental health/wellbeing. During her career, she also held senior roles in employer brand, talent attraction and retention, delivering innovative solutions to ensure a diverse candidate pipeline.
Colette is responsible for driving the evolution and continuous improvement of LGIM’s culture, as well as LGIM’s diversity and inclusion objectives. Colette works closely with the executive team, LGIM’s diversity and inclusion team (LEGIT), and Legal & General’s Group Diversity and Inclusion team.
Colette is a member of the Diversity Project's Steering Group – an initiative which aims to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture and achieve diversity across all dimensions in the investment profession, the Lead Role Model Ambassador for LGBT Great – a global membership organisation specialist in developing LGBT+ diversity and inclusion within the investment and savings industry and a Member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) for Governance and Inclusive Leadership.
Colette was named a Top 8 Champion Ally in the Investing in Awards 2018 and 2020, and appointed to the Advisory Board of the Telegraph’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2019.