Exploring diversity and equality

With gender pay gap reporting coming into effect from April 2017, we wanted to host an event to focus on diversity and equality issues in the industry.

That's why we held a briefing and networking event in March, where our panel of expert speakers examined issues including:

  • gender pay reporting, and considerations relating to employee equity plans
  • the Davies Review
  • diversity and reward in the boardroom

We were delighted to see over 40 attendees at our first 3:60 Briefing event, with many of them staying after the presentations to carry on the conversation.

Our three speakers

  • Janet Cooper OBE

    Janet Cooper OBE

    Partner and Founder, Tapestry Compliance

    DIVERSITY IN EMPLOYEE SHARE PLANS: REFLECTING ON GENDER PAY REPORTING AND OTHER INITIATIVES Janet is well known within the share plan industry as the co-founder of the leading law firm, Tapestry Compliance. Perhaps lesser known within the industry has been Janet’s work relating to equality and women’s empowerment, which along with her services to employee share ownership saw Janet awarded an OBE in the 2017 Queen's New Year’s Honours. Beyond her career in share plans and incentives, Janet has devoted time and energy to organisations including GAPS (Gender Action For Peace and Security) and UN Women – the United Nation’s entity which works for gender equality, where she was a trustee and Vice President of the UK’s national committee between 2009 and 2015. It is with this unique combination of experiences that we welcomed Janet to speak.
  • Sian Yates

    Sian Yates

    HR Director, Computershare

    TAILORING REWARD FOR A DIVERSE WORKFORCE Sian Yates joined Computershare in 2016 as the HR Director for the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Ireland region. She has over 20 years’ experience in financial services organisations, and over 14 years working across the full range of HR specialisms. Sian focuses on driving strategic change and innovation in HR practice. Prior to Computershare, Sian was with Zurich Insurance for over 13 years and, more recently, worked for Conviviality Plc as their Group Reward Manager.
  • Charlotte Valeur

    Charlotte Valeur

    Founder and Chair, Board Apprentice Ltd.

    IS LACK OF EQUALITY A LEADERSHIP OR SOCIETAL ISSUE? With over 30 years’ experience as an investment banker in Denmark and the UK, Charlotte currently Chairs FTSE250 Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc, LSE-listed Blackstone/GSO Loan Financing Ltd and DWCG Ltd. Charlotte is also a non-executive director for LSE-listed JPMorgan Global Convertibles Income Trust Plc and renewables company NTR Plc. In 2014, Charlotte founded Board Apprentice, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the diversity of boards. Driven by a belief that by being different we add value, and having facilitated more than 100 board appointments, we couldn’t find a better person to tackle this topic.


​​While there are topics we all know we could dedicate hours getting to grips with, the reality is that few of us have this luxury.

We believe that a short introduction to an important issue can be more inclusive; can inform more of us; and, perhaps most importantly, inspire us to engage in further conversation.