London iRelaunch Return to Work Conference Speakers - November 2010

Keynote Speakers

Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin


Duncan Neilson
Vice President, Experienced Hire Recruitment Europe & Asia  - American Express

Duncan has been with American Express since 2004 in a variety of HR leadership roles. Initially responsible for HR strategy and delivery for the European "Business Travel" line of business, he was later appointed Vice President for Human Resources for the International Merchant Services business in 2006.

In 2009, Duncan was appointed Vice President, International Recruitment with the primary responsibility of leading a project team to transform how American Express recruits globally. In June 2010 he took on the added responsibility for leading the experienced hire recruitment function across Europe and Asia.

He is passionate about ensuring American Express is recognised as a leader in how they attract, recruit, retain and develop high quality people to the organization and is delighted to be a part of today's event.

He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Employer Panel

Kate Grussing, Moderator
Founder and Managing Director - Sapphire Partners

Kate Grussing founded Sapphire Partners, a pioneering consulting firm / hybrid executive search firm in London in 2005. Kate's career has long focused on strategy, managing human capital, organisational behaviour, performance improvement and client management in professional services. Working specifically with professionals returning to the workforce has been a big priority since Sapphire launched.

Prior to launching Sapphire Partners, Kate held a number of senior roles over 7 years at JPMorgan in Europe, including the Chief Operating Officer for the European Equity business; Head of the Strategy and Planning Consulting Group; chief of staff to the CEO of Europe; manager of Corporate Investor Relations; co-head of Europe's merger integration team; and she also launched the regional client management function. Prior to JPMorgan, Kate was a management consultant for 6 years at McKinsey & Company in New York and London where she specialized in strategic issues in financial services. Earlier in her career, Kate worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and London where she focused on M&A and corporate finance for financial institutions.

Kate is also active in the charity sector as a board member for a national and an international medical charity, the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association and is active with the Eve Appeal, Dress for Success, Working Families and the Wellbeing of Women. She is an honours graduate of Wellesley College and received her MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College; she also studied at the LSE (1984-1985). Kate has four children and is married to an investment banker.

In 2009 she was named as one of Red Magazine's Red Hot Women for her work as a mentor and championing corporate flexibility. In addition, Kate was one of the 3 UK women to be named in the 2009 TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards.

Catriona Henderson
Head of Human Resources, EMEA - Bloomberg L.P.

Catriona joined Bloomberg's Human Resources function in 1997. At the time there were approximately 400 employees in Europe and Catriona was involved in Bloomberg's expansion of resources and now oversees the support for approximately 3,000 employees in 50 countries throughout the region. Catriona has been responsible for day to day HR Operations with a focus on employee relations throughout the region but specific focus on the major hubs of UK, France, Germany and Dubai. She is currently responsible for driving all Professional Development initiatives throughout the EMEA region.

Catriona has twenty years experience in Human Resources and is married with three children.

Jackie Kinsey
Global Leadership Development - ThoughtWorks

Jackie has been in Human Resources for over 20 years. During this time she has worked for large complex organizations and smaller more innovative businesses. These businesses have covered various industries, including Travel, Financial Services IT and Construction and Infrastructure Services and IT Consultancy. During this time her career has moved from focusing on Training and Development and HR Consultancy into more strategic HR approaches and practices.

In her current organization, ThoughtWorks, Jackie was integral in piloting an innovative approach to bringing Women Returners back to IT and is going to talk through what went well, less well and lessons learnt.

Rhonda Martin
Development Manager - Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Rhonda started her career working in PR and then spent over 10 years gaining experience in design, direct marketing and advertising agencies in a variety of business development and account management roles. Rhonda then moved to KPMG where she was one of the first key account managers in the firm, and was latterly the global account manager on the Unilever account.

During the last four years, Rhonda has been at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) setting up and running their Narrowing the Gap programme, supporting finance professionals on their return to work and with their career progression on returning. This programme has expanded its focus due to demand from the membership and also in response to marketplace conditions, to now offer leadership development training targeted at women aspiring to senior level roles within a finance environment.

The ICAEW's programme has been shortlisted this year for two awards; Opportunity Now award for Advancing Women in the Workplace and Women of the Future - Corporate Entry.

When not trying to narrow gaps, Rhonda enjoys yoga, mountain climbing and listening to live music.

Juliet Wedderburn
Head of London for Private Wealth Management - Deutsche Bank

Juliet is Head of London for Private Wealth Management (PWM) in the UK. She has worked within Investment and Private banking for over 20 years at a number of leading global banks latterly Deutsche Bank, previous to that she worked at Bankers Trust and JP Morgan Chase.

Juliet was previously a Managing Director in Global Markets at DB, working in Foreign Exchange where some of the world's largest institutional investors and corporations were her clients. She originally joined the organisation in 1996 and left in 2004 to chair a mental health charity and to be a partner in a Hedge Fund.
She rejoined DB in 2007 to develop PWM's presence here in London and South England.

Relauncher Panel

Vivian Steir Rabin, Moderator
Co-Founder - iRelaunch

Vivi Galani
Director, Sales Strategy & Development - American Express

Vivi works for American Express - Global Merchant Services (GMS) Europe, as the Director - Sales Strategy & Development (SS&D). She leads a multi-cultural team responsible for a broad range of tasks including Sales and Client Management Incentive Plan design and management, 3rd party performance analysis, Coverage communications, Prospecting, and the strategic thinking behind the GMS Teleservices operation. For her contribution to Amex, Vivi has been honored with a 2006 President's Club Award and a 2008 Leadership Award.

Before joining American Express, Vivi spent eight years working for United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney (P&W) jet engine division in the US and France and is a graduate of P&W's Leadership Associates Program. She spent her final P&W years as the General Manager, Sales & Marketing for Western European airlines, such as Swissair/Swiss, Air France, Alitalia and Air One.

Vivi has earned an MSc in Finance from the London Business School, an MBA from Purdue University, an MSc in Information Systems Design from the London School of Economics and is an Electronics Engineer. She lives in London with her husband, Kostas, and 6-year-old son, Nicholas. Vivi joined American Express after a short break following the birth of her son. She has a passion for tennis, exploring London with her son, reading, and entertaining friends at home.

Julianne Miles
Founder - Career Psychologists

Julianne is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, with a strong interest in helping individuals to achieve rewarding careers that fit with their lives. She is an experienced career coach who is recommended by both INSEAD and Cranfield MBA Alumni Career Management Services. Her professional and empathetic approach, based on in-depth psychological training and business knowledge, helps clients to develop their self-understanding and to make clear and achievable action plans.

Julianne founded and runs Career Psychologists, a London-based career coaching business. She is also an Associate at Cranfield School of Management, where she works as an MBA career coach, a workshop leader and a visiting lecturer on the MBA Organisational Behaviour module.

Prior to retraining as a psychologist, Julianne worked for eleven years in the UK, France and Australia as a strategy consultant at LEK Consulting and a line manager within various strategy and marketing functions at United Distillers (Diageo).

Julianne has an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Organisational Psychology. She is a member of the Association for Coaching and is a licensed career coach with Career Counselling Services. She is qualified in various psychometric instruments including the Myers-Briggs and the OPQ32.

Julianne is herself a relauncher and has two children aged 13 and 11.

Alexandra Perricone
Associate Director of European Research - Sanford Bernstein

Alexandra Perricone joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 2009 as Associate Director of European Research. Her responsibilities include managing the firm's London-based associate population, designing recruitment and development programmes and working with other senior managers in the day-to-day management of the sell-side research business.

Ms Perricone started her career in fixed income sales at Nomura and then moved into equity research, first at Dresdner Kleinwort and then at HSBC. As a Senior Research Analyst covering Utilities at HSBC, she was highly ranked for a number of years in the leading independent surveys. After 11 years at HSBC, she took a career break lasting over two and a half years during which time she turned her hand to creative writing and undertook a business coaching qualification with Meyler Campbell, qualifying as a Business Coach in 2006. In late 2006, she joined Lehman Brothers to run the Graduate Training and Development Programme for the Investment Banking Division. After another short break, Ms Perricone worked temporarily at Moody's Analytics delivering soft skills training before joining Sanford C. Bernstein in March 2009.

Alexandra has an MA Hons degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University and speaks Italian, Spanish and French. She holds the British Psychological Society Level A and B competency certificates in psychometric testing. She has two children.

Margaret Rayman
Professor Nutritional Medicine - University of Surrey

Professor Margaret Rayman has a doctorate in Inorganic Biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College. She is now Professor of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey where she directs the highly respected MSc Programme in Nutritional Medicine.

Her research centres on the importance of trace elements to human health with particular emphasis on selenium in prostate cancer and the pregnancy disease pre-eclampsia. She is also investigating the relationship between selenium, iodine and thyroid function. She has published widely, including a paper in Cancer Research that showed a link between prostate cancer risk and selenoprotein genotype.

Margaret took a 15-year career break and returned to academic medicine via the Daphne Jackson Foundation Program where she is now a Trustee. She has been a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards and sits as a magistrate in Surrey.






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