It’s easy to assume that the business case for gender parity has been won. Innumerable studies have shown the benefits of greater gender equality in the workplace and of introducing more women to leadership positions. One recent study estimated that gender parity could add $12 trillion to the global economy, while others have found that companies with women on their boards outperform those with all-male boards, leading to an opportunity cost of $655 billion a year in the U.S., U.K. and India alone.
Katherine has spent most of her career in the communications arena in financial services, being Head of Investor Relations and subsequently Head of Communications at Bradford & Bingley plc, before moving to Aon as Head of Communications in 2010. At Aon, she has been heavily involved in the community and diversity sphere, managing community affairs since joining Aon and being a member of the Diversity Council for four years. As part of Aon’s growing commitment to the D&I agenda, Katherine transferred to the newly formed role of Head of D&I and Community Affairs at the end of 2015. She is passionate about inclusion in all its forms and takes pride in chairing Aon’s Diversity Council and Community Affairs Committee.