Jayne-Anne Gadhia to speak at IoD Women as Leaders Conference

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Janye-Anne Gadhia

The chief executive of Virgin Money, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, leads an impressive line-up of speakers at this summer’s IoD Women as Leaders conference

Described by the Daily Telegraph as “Britain’s most powerful woman banker”, Virgin Money chief executive Jayne-Anne Gadhia is well placed to talk about societal changes in business and finance in recent decades.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia joined the City during the testosterone-fuelled 1980s, and in 1995 was selected by [Sir] Richard Branson to run his nascent offshoot Virgin Money. After a six-year stint at RBS, she returned in 2007 to spearhead Virgin Money’s post-nationalisation acquisition of Northern Rock and launched the not-for-profit Virgin Money Giving.

Recently, she’s been tackling sexism in the financial world by fronting a Treasury pay review on gender inequality, arguing bonuses should be tied to hitting balance targets. She leads a strong line-up for the IoD’s Women as Leaders Conference, on 17 June at 116 Pall Mall, including former global co-president of Havas Worldwide and One Young World co-founder Kate Robertson, Dunnhumby founder and Starcount chief executive Edwina Dunn and Kim Winser OBE, founder/CEO of Winser London.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia joins an impressive roll call of past speakers such as home secretary Theresa May, Pacific Direct founder Lara Morgan, Margaret Mountford  and JustGiving co-founder Anne-Marie Huby.

As well as offering an opportunity to hear these influential British businesswomen, the conference, hosted by BBC presenter Juliet Morris, will be interactive, with the chance to take part in panel discussions, networking sessions and Q&As.

Women as Leaders takes places on 17 June at Grange St Paul’s hotel, London. Prices are £300 (members) and £360 (non-members).

Visit iod.com/womenasleaders to find out more

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Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Alongside his work for Director, Christian has written features for the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, The Independent, Q, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, ShortList and Glamour in an eclectic career which has seen him interview everybody from Mariah Carey to Michael Douglas through to Richard Branson with newspaper assignments including reporting on the Japanese tsunami and living with an Italian cult.

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