Dirk Noordewier is General Manager, Australia
Annabel Snaith, Home Office Account Director
Andy Lethbridge, Head of Central Government Consulting
Mivy James, Digital Transformation Director
Charmian Simmons, Financial Crime and Compliance Expert
Jo Massey, Account Director, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
I’m sure the main challenge we have faced amongst our FCDO team is the same as those faced in many other accounts: just not being together. Not with the client, and not with each other.
Establishing a form of togetherness in a virtual way was really the work of 2020, but we had not intended our makeshift virtual togetherness to have to last a whole additional year. But a couple of things we have done this year have gone some way towards bringing us together in a really powerful way.
The first is the creation of the Sounding Board: a group of six early career individuals in the account who act as a shadow leadership board, both listening to and learning from how we drive the account, and advising the leadership team on the needs and priorities of our rather large wider account team.
The second is the continuation and ongoing success of our Inclusion Sessions. These are carefully facilitated Friday morning discussions, held every other month, on topics such as race, white privilege, cognitive diversity, to name a few.
With about 50 people joining for each session, the mutual respect and enthusiastic engagement confirms that a virtual shared environment really can function as a psychological safe space. They have also enabled us to see and hear each other in a way we could not otherwise have achieved – possibly not even had we been face to face.
Enda Shirley, Compliance Product Management Lead
This year saw the release of our second consecutive global report on anti-money laundering, surveying the industry to assess their AML challenges. Everyone is passionate about detecting financial crime but also concerned that industry could be doing more.
Nicola Eschenburg, FTS Venture Lead, Futures
Paul Spedding, Head of Pre-Sales, Defence
Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Martin Barber, People and Capabilities Director
Mark Rayner, Financial Services Head of Consulting and Head of Delivery Management
Sam Neath, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, BAE Systems
However, one group in particular that I can’t help but mention is our trans community (those members of our society for whom their gender identity does not align with their sex assigned at birth.) Social media and news outlets have perpetuated inaccurate, transphobic opinions – spreading lies and fuelling hate – and the LGBTQ+ charity, Stonewall, has been attacked because of their stance on trans inclusion. It’s so hard for me to see the negativity towards such an incredible organisation.
Earlier this year, I lost a good friend to suicide. He was a gay man who took his own life following a homophobic attack in his home town. He was a fierce trans ally and dedicated his spare time to creating a better world for LGBTQ+ and trans people. It’s such a loss for me personally and for the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. In his honour, I am going to do my best to keep his work alive by spreading the truth and hopefully educating others.