Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance, and Geoffrey Williams, Director/Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA at Thomson Reuters, discuss Innovate Finance’s Diversity initiative, how the FinTech sector can attract more female talent, creating more inclusive organisations, attracting talent from all walks of life, the importance of real-time feedback, managing change, the need for more role models, the importance of speaking to young children about their career options, and how men are driving organisations to incorporate flexible working.
Charlotte Crosswell is CEO of Innovate Finance. She has spent most of her financial services career in market infrastructure roles. Most recently she was CEO at Nasdaq NLX (“NLX”), a London-based startup derivatives market, and sat on the board of LCH Ltd. She has held a number of management positions at Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange across international capital markets, equities, fixed income, OTC derivatives trading and clearing. In addition to her work with Innovate Finance, Charlotte advises and sits on the boards of technology and FinTech startups. Charlotte holds a BA (Hons.) in French from the Southampton University. She has been included in the list of top 100 Women in Finance over many years.
You can follow Charlotte on Twitter @ccrosswell.
Geoffrey Williams a native west Londoner is a graduate of the BRIT school for performing arts and technology (equivalent to NYC LaGuardia Fame School), which boasts musical success with Adele, Amy Winehouse, Marsha Ambrosius & Geoffrey obviously :-). He studied Media Studies and Performing Arts with the focus of working within the entertainment industry.
After leaving the BRITS he completed a BA Hons business degree at Buckinghamshire University and went on to work in the Entertainment industry as an Artist & Events manager, where he worked with Singers/Producers/Songwriters and DJ’s working with the likes of Terri Walker, Daniel Debourg, Vikter Duplaix & T.Williams to name a few. As well as producing plays such as Scratched Out the Urban musical that had a sold out run at the Oval house Theater and Riverside Studio his experience in this sector was varied and he honed a lot of the skills he uses today to engage and inspire others.
After a number of successful years in the entertainment industry Geoffrey wanted a new challenge and set his sights on the corporate world.
In 2008 he joined the Thomson Reuters business in what was the Intellectual Property & Science business and has moved around the Thomson Reuters organisations in many roles Learning & Development/ Talent/ Organisational Design, space. In 2013 Geoffrey Joined the Diversity & Inclusion team building a brand for himself as a thought leader in this space been nominated for an Excellence in Diversity award two years in a row as well as leading Thomson Reuters to be awarded the accreditation of the National Equality Standard after a thorough audit of the D&I practices by EY.
In his spare time he likes to write and his first published short story is available via Angelica Publishing released in October 2014. His writing is fictionalised experiences and tales he has heard throughout the years. He aims to spark debate and education by giving a voice to underrepresented groups, through this medium as well as in the work he does as a D&I leader . Geoffrey is also the co-founder of one umbrella productions a TV and film production company that again using the platform to tell diverse stories.
In 2014 Geoffrey co-founded Rocking Ur Teens (www.rockingurteens.com) a company whose vision is to connect teens for a positive and vibrant future. By connecting them to real business role models, as well as people who are transforming the world they live and work in for the better. The hope is to create a movement of young people who are inspired to be authentic, confident and individuals that lead the world to a brighter future.
You can follow Geoffrey on Twitter @GWEntertainment.
Note: This episode was recorded before the recent announcement of the acquisition of Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk (F&R) business.