Keily Blair – Founder & Chair (@KeilyBlair)
Keily is a Director in PwC’s Cyber & Data Privacy practice. Keily specializes in contentious matters relating to Cyber and Data Privacy law and investigations. After 10 years of working in the City, Keily became increasingly frustrated by exodus of talented women from the City . This motivated Keily to join with like minded women and found FV to provide peer support to women in the early and middle stages of their careers in the City. Keily wants to assist women to voice their ambition and make positive career decisions.
Keily is the 2015 Winner of the Women in the City Future Leaders Award and is listed on the City A.M. Women in the City Powerlist. In 2016 Keily won the First 100 Years Inspirational Woman in Law Award and shortlisted for the WeAreTheCity Rising Star in Law Award. Keily has two daughters who both want to be lawyers some day.
Harriet Sassoon – Founder and Thought Leadership (@HarrietSassoon)
Harriet is a litigation associate in Morrison & Foerster’s London office and a member of the firm’s Global Anti-Corruption practice.
Harriet is the driving force behind FV’s successful events calendar. She is dedicated to mentoring and developing talent and is a business mentor with Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership. Harriet is also a Champion of First 100 Years, a history project, supported by the Law Society and the Bar Council, celebrating and charting the journey of British women in Law since 1919.
Bhavini Patel – Thought Leadership (@Bhavini59)
Bhavini is a Property Litigation Associate at Howard Kennedy LLP. Since joining Howard Kennedy in May 2017, Bhavini has developed a number of programmes to bring women together to build a network and support system all levels. Bhavini is keen to ensure women in the workplace are empowered and supported at an early stage in their careers so that they can avoid the challenges she has faced and progress to their full potential.
Bhavini is also involved in The Association of Women in Property network which supports women who predominately work in male dominated industries.
Laura Stuart-Berry – Community and Communication (@Laura_SBerry)
Laura is currently enjoying a well earned career break and a period of self reflection as she works out her next step and recharges ready for her next challenge.
Prior to her career break, Laura spent 12 years at Grant Thornton in various client facing and internal roles, rising to Chief of Staff to the CEO. Laura is passionate about intersectional diversity and inclusion and she is excited to continue unleashing potential in others during her break, as a coach-mentor and FV committee member
Kitty McCormick – Community and Communication (@McCormickKitty)
Kitty is the Head of Innovation for Coutts, bringing new technology and capability to the bank and its clients. She has more than 10 years experience across technology and financial services in the UK and USA. She has held client facing and business development roles in both industries, most recently managing complex lending requirements for private banking clients. Kitty has a BA(Hons) in History from Durham University and an MSc (Distinction) in International Management from Kings College, London.
Kitty was recognised in the 2017 Women in Finance awards as a rising talent in the Wealth Management industry and is the 2016 Winner of the Women in the City Future Leaders Award. She is passionate about building and sustaining diverse and successful businesses.
Helen Carmichael – Events
Helen is a Business Development Manager at Banks Sadler and has very much a work hard play hard mentality, although age gets in her way a little these days and sleep has become more common place! She loves spending time at new venue openings and snooping around for innovative ideas to make events more exciting. Meeting new people is literally her job and she loves a good chat (maybe a little too much).