PRIME Anniversary Conference Speakers and Panellists
She is a graduate of Trinity College (Connecticut) and The George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the New York State Bar.
Stephanie holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance from King’s College and is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute.
Stephanie is a Council member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing the Women Lawyers Division and Board member of the of the Law Society, a solicitor member of the Joint Tribunal Service and holds a number of statutory appointments with her local authority.
Stephanie has recently been appointed to the HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy commission - an independent taskforce boosting socio-economic diversity at senior levels in financial and professional services.
In 2020 Stephanie was voted on to the Governance Hot 100 - Board Influencer and made the Power List 100 Most Influential Black People in the UK in 2021.
She remains an active employment law Partner and has handled many high profile cases concerning protected disclosures, sex and race discrimination, contract variation exercises and international employee restructures. Sandra trains clients on diversity and inclusion matters and handling complex employee investigations.
Aside from her legal role, Sandra was appointed to the Social Mobility Commission in December 2018. The Social Mobility Commission is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office, which monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK and promotes social mobility in England. In July 2020 she was appointed interim Co-Chair. Sandra also works to drive social mobility within the legal sector and worked on the Firm’s bid to become the lead legal services Employer for the Social Mobility Pledge.
Sandra is also the Birmingham Chair at TheCityUK, a membership body, lobbying on behalf of the financial and related professional services industry. She was also recently appointed as Co-Chair to a Government commissioned taskforce, looking at improving socio-economic diversity at senior levels within UK financial and professional services. She will be leading the industry consultation workstream, which looks at the role of Government, regulators and sector bodies in incentivizing employer action.
Sandra has been the recipient of the Law Society Leadership Award, Legal 500 Leading Women Award, Social Mobility Champion of the Year Award 2020, the Lawyer Hot 100 and she is also listed in the Powerlist 100 for people of African or African Caribbean heritage who have risen to the top of their profession.
He was Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Student Employers with a brief to shape the apprenticeship strategy for its’ members.
He is an Honorary Teaching Fellow as part of the ‘Leaders in Residence’ programme at Lancaster University.
He is one of the Delivery Partners for a Govt commissioned taskforce with the City of London Corporation to set up and run a new body to boost socio-economic diversity at senior levels in UK financial and professional services.
He is Deputy Chair for the Apprentice Diversity Champions Network (ADCN). The network supports the Government’s commitment to Diversity within and through Apprenticeships.
In 2018 Nick become a board member of PRIME; he was recently re-elected to serve a further term in that role.
He joined Hogan Lovells in 2000 and served as the global Chair of the firm from 2012-2018, retiring from the partnership the following year. He is now a Senior Counsel consultant to the firm. In June 2021, he became Interim Head of Legal at The Crown Estate
Nicholas is committed to increasing diversity and social inclusion. He is a member of numerous related bodies, and is a Trustee and past Chair of Making the Leap, as well as the Executive Chair of PRIME. He is also an Independent Member of the Council of the University of Exeter.
Nicholas, and Hogan Lovells, believe that access to the legal profession must be open and fair, and that perceived and actual barriers that deter talented individuals must be removed.
Hogan Lovells are signatories of the Social Mobility Compact, and founding members of both PRIME and the Pathways programmes, focused on social mobility within the legal sector in partnership with The Sutton Trust.
Since 2008 the firm has hosted 28 open days and 13 work experience programmes, through Ladder to Law, a bespoke programme which started in 2010. In that time more than 240 students have attended workshops, open days, and work experience programmes. Students are all from state schools and will have one or more contextual flag. Since PRIME was founded in 2011, the firm has provided work experience to over 200 Year 12 students through the Pathways to Law programme.
Sarah plays an active role in driving social mobility and diversity in business and is a board member of PRIME and a trustee of SMBP. She is also on the Advisory Committee of Karikuri. Outside work, Sarah spends her free time enjoying the outdoors as much as she can and chasing around after her 3 year-old twins!
Jen’s passion is helping aspiring lawyers to reach their potential, by providing support and guidance on our recruitment and selection process.
Prior to Forage, Katie was a lawyer for over five years in private practice with Ashurst and at community legal centres.
Over the past 15+ years Deborah has focused on recruitment and talent development, with a particular passion for ensuring the newest recruits are set up for success. Increasing diversity within the profession has always been close to her heart - supporting initiatives like PRIME to thrive, continues to be a career highlight. She is current Board Chair of the Institute of Student Employers.
BCLP is a global law firm with 1,400 lawyers across 31 offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.
Her journey to securing a training contract was not without its challenges. Being state school educated, attending a non-Russell Group university and being a first generation lawyer each played a part in creating barriers to entering the legal profession.
She hopes that sharing her experiences will help to effect change and will inspire those who may otherwise feel discouraged from pursuing a career in law.
She is the official event compere for Smart Works Reading – a charity that helps disadvantaged women return to the workplace.
Alongside her performing duties, Toni ghost writes for senior leaders and delivers workshops on embracing change when it feels risky. She also hosts the podcast ‘university, challenged’ which champions the career success stories of people who took a non-graduate route.