CEO, The Female Quotient and Founder, The Girls’ Lounge
Shelley has gone against the grain for most of her career, starting in 2000 when she left the corporate world to pioneer online research. Shelley created OTX (Online Testing Exchange), which in just nine years became one of the largest and fastest-growing research companies in the world. In 2010 she sold OTX to Ipsos, where she led global innovation in over 80 countries. As the first female chief executive in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, brought emotion and passion to the boardroom and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and friend to women and leaders in her industry. More recently she launched The Female Quotient and The Girls’ Lounge, which supports and mentors women to find their voice, embrace their feminine leadership powers and work together to transform corporate culture. Shelley is also the host of Bloomberg series 'Walk The Talk' about gender equality and the critical importance of women in executive leadership.
President of the Women's Engineering Society
Benita Mehra is the President of the Women's Engineering Society, founded in 1919. She has worked as director of property and project management for an NHS trust and in many other health service roles. Previously she occupied senior positions in the airport sector, both in the delivery of projects and managing runways and terminal buildings. She earned a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering and, wanting to move into major construction, an MSc in Project Management and an MBA from the University of Reading. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Aerodynamics Engineer and Programme Attribute Leader at Jaguar Land Rover
Imogen joined Jaguar Land Rover’s aerodynamics department in 2014 as a graduate engineer, following her degree at Oxford University. Her education over the whole period has included in an impressive list of work placements, some at Jaguar Land Rover and others at BMW and the Milford Haven oil refinery. She currently converts the results of physical aerodynamic testing to computer simulation and identifies problems early on in the development process.
CEO and Co-founder of Peanut
Michelle Kennedy is the CEO and co-founder of Peanut. She started Peanut after struggling to meet other mothers she could relate to while also working. After finding herself trawling blogs for baby advice at 2am while her friends were still hanging out in clubs, she decided to create a product to make being a mother a little less lonely. Michelle started her career as a lawyer at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya. She later joined dating app Badoo, where she transformed the internal legal offering, and eventually rose to the role of Deputy CEO at the $100m-plus revenue-generating market leader. Michelle is also a mother to her three-year-old Peanut, Finlay.
Rt Hon Lord David Blunkett
Former Home Secretary and champion for Diversity and Inclusion
Lord Blunkett has served in public life for over 40 years. From Leader of England’s fourth largest city to Home Secretary at the time of 9/11 he has taken on some of the most challenging roles in politics. David Blunkett held shadow portfolios in health, education and employment before being appointed Secretary of State for Education and Employment in 1997. He also served as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions . David stepped down as an MP after an impressive 28 years. After leaving the Commons, he not only continued his public service in the Lords, but was also appointed Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield and Chair of the board of the University of Law.