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Emma is Global Inclusion Leader for Deloitte and leads on the development and delivery of the global inclusion strategy, with a primary focus on gender and LGBT+ diversity and mental health.
From 2013 – 2019 Emma was Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte LLP in the UK (and, between 2017-2019, for Deloitte NWE) and sat on the firm’s Executive Committee, a role which she held alongside her client facing role as a Partner in the Financial Advisory practice. In her Financial Advisory role, Emma led the Corporate Intelligence Services practice, a team specializing in the identification and mitigation of third party integrity risks; Emma joined the firm from a specialist risk consultancy in 1997 to establish this team.
In her role as Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte UK Emma led a period of significant change for the firm from a diversity & inclusion perspective, including the firm’s award-winning approach to Respect & Inclusion - a culture change programme that under-pinned all of the firm’s actions on diversity. Alongside this focus on culture, Emma devised and implemented numerous targeted interventions aimed at positively impacting from a gender, LGBT+, ethnicity and social mobility diversity perspective – this included early voluntary gender and ethnicity pay gap reporting. Emma also led the UK firm’s approach on mental health, overseeing a period during which stigma was reduced and an array of support for those with mental ill health was introduced.
Emma - who is also a strong advocate of Gender Pay Gap reporting - was named the 2015 Woman of Achievement by Women in the City and featured in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 INvolve HERoes list which celebrates the top 100 female leaders who support women in business; in October 2018 she was also named as one of the top 50 LGBT Ally Executives by OUTstanding. In April 2018 Emma came second in Accountancy Age’s list of most influential Women in Finance and in June 2018 she was named Ambassador of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards.
Emma is a member of the LACA Lead the Change board, a board established by the UK Government to take forward work to increase the diversity and inclusion at the top of the UK’s leading organisations, of the Business in the Community Gender leadership team and the UK Thriving at Work Council. Emma is a regular public speaker on the subjects of diversity and inclusion and mental health; she has also given evidence to the EU Parliament, the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility in October 2015 and the House of Commons Select Committee on the use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases in March 2019.