Director of Public Affairs, Virgin Money
Emily is an experienced Executive and is the Director of Public Affairs at Virgin Money plc, a UK bank. She is responsible for the public affairs strategy and building relationships with policy makers and other stakeholders. She led the Virgin Money team responsible for the Gadhia Review into the representation of women in senior managerial roles in the financial services industry and she co-authored ‘Empowering Productivity: Harnessing the Talents of Women in Financial Services’ which was published in 2016. She has significant legal and HR experience having led re-structuring programmes in Northern Rock and harmonisation and IPO programmes in Virgin Money. She has deep Non-Executive and Chair Experience in the public and private sectors. She Chairs the Remuneration and People Committees at Gateshead College, a further education college and is a member of the Board at Newcastle Gateshead Initiative which is tasked with delivering The Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. She also set up the Women in Finance Board.
Emily is a powerful advocate for gender balance in the financial services industry and regularly speaks at conferences and events across the UK. She works closely with HM Treasury on driving strategy for the Women in Finance Charter and broader Charter membership. She also drives research on the important factors for progression. She set up the Gender Agenda Network at Virgin Money and she is a coach and a mentor for colleagues at Virgin Money with a focus on those who are taking or returning from maternity leave.
Emily works part-time and was on the ‘ones to watch’ Timewise Part-time Power List 2017 and the Woman of the Year in the Women in Finance Awards 2017.
What career advice would you go back and tell 20-year-old you if you could?
The career advice I would go back and tell my 20 year old self is get some coaching on public speaking. The RADA course on Executive Presence for Women was literally life changing. There are a bag of tricks that I wish someone had told me about earlier in my career. Bringing some of this learning back for our Gender Agenda Network has had a massive impact.