Meet the Team
Meet the Charlotte Sweeney Associates team of D&I specialists.
Charlotte Sweeney, OBE has specialised in D&I for over 20 years. Inspired by her global corporate career in the Financial Services sector, she launched Charlotte Sweeney Associates in 2012.
She is a trail blazer in her field and thrives on empowering business leaders and organisations to create inclusive workplaces. The Sweeney Report was produced at the request of Sir Vince Cable and Lord Davies, examining the voluntary code of conduct for executive search firms. She also created the City of London’s Diversity Programme, The Power of Diversity on behalf of the then Lord Mayor of London Dame Fiona Woolf and was previously the Vice-Chair of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel.
Charlotte has won many awards for her dedication to diversity. From Harvard, for her work in the D&I field to the International Alliance for Women for advancing the economic empowerment of women.
She is listed in the Northern Power Women Top 50 Power Women, included by The Economist as one of the Top 50 Diversity professionals in the world and is recognised as one of the Top Ten D&I Consultants by The Global Diversity List. In the 2017 New Year’s Honours, she was awarded an OBE for services to Women and Equalities.
Charlotte is co-author of the best-selling book Inclusive Leadership, published by Pearson/The Financial Times, which was shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year. She also writes regularly for professional publications including Hays, Virgin and CSR. As well as delivering keynote speeches and chairing conferences internationally, she is an expert contributor for BBC Radio, TV and the national press.
Kay currently works as a Special Advisor to several companies working with them to design and implement responsible business, diversity and inclusion strategies. She is an Associate of CSA, working with Charlotte Sweeney to research issues impacting on inclusion and diversity. She also is a qualified performance coach to C Suite executives focusing on supporting leaders to succeed.
Kay’s previous roles include Director of Business Commitment for the UK Prime Minister’s Office, where she examined the impact of responsible business. Her commercial career includes Head of Social Action and Inclusion for Royal Mail Group, Public Affairs for BSkyB and Head of Inclusion for B&Q.
Kay has also held several Non-Executive roles including, Commissioner on both the Disability Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She also served as a Non-Executive Director on the Department for Work and Pensions and currently sits on the Ofcom Consumer Panel in the UK.
Kay is a Fellow of St Georges House Windsor, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. As a qualified performance coach, Kay’s personal vision is to always help others to succeed and facilitating individuals to thrive in their chosen careers.
Mark supports organisations across all sectors in UK and Europe in designing and delivering sustainable diversity and inclusion strategies to future-proof their success. He is an Associate of CSA, working with Charlotte Sweeney to help clients create a D&I strategy that is right for them as well as support delivery of elements of the strategy.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience in global financial organisations, with a proven track record in finance, audit and business strategy garnered from his time with PwC, Schroders plc, Rothschild & Co, UBS & the AXA Group. Mark is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Mark has lived and worked in several cities globally. He holds a 1st Class Honours in Executive Coaching from the Irish Management Institute and is an active member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He sits on the board of Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board), driving the gender equality and diversity committee and chairing the audit and risk committee.
Katie has over 16 years’ experience in financial services having most recently held a lead D&I role at YBS. She has a solid project management and business analysis background and is a change and transformation expert. Her expertise includes workplace culture, having co-written a transformation programme which won the Best Change Management award at the 2018 CIPD awards.
Katie trains individuals and organisations on a host of D&I topics including unconscious bias, transgender awareness and building a D&I strategy. She also regularly speaks at events and conferences around the UK on the topic of gender equality.
Katie is a certified practitioner in PRINCE2 and Change Management and is a qualified yellow belt process improvement consultant. She has previously been a project manager and a business analyst so can support any organisation looking to undertake change transformation. She is a Board Trustee for Touchstone mental health charity as well as being a steering group member for Lean in Leeds and an experienced mentor.
Alison Hendry Butler
Alison is an accredited and qualified coach certified in both NLP (Master) and MBTi. She has over 25 years’ experience and specialises in leadership, learning and development and talent management. She is an Associate of CSA, working with Charlotte Sweeney coaching clients to uncover solutions to their challenges and discover opportunities to deliver their D&I strategy.
Alison’s previous experience is across many sectors having worked in Finance, Manufacturing, Banking. She worked for over 15 years in Retail, working as an in-store leader as well as various roles within HR. Her insider experience provides a great understanding and empathy for clients and their employees. Having experienced workplace reality first-hand, she brings an abundance of practical expertise and credibility.
With over 25 years’ experience, Alison has built a wealth of skills knowledge and has a valued reputation of having the ability to engage and encourage others with her passion. She is a Member of The British Psychological Society and her mission is to help people be the very best version of themselves.
Gamiel is a passionate and seasoned diversity and inclusion expert and has worked on some of the largest inclusion projects in the UK. With twenty years’ experience, he has built a successful diversity and inclusion practice working with companies across many sectors to create D&I strategies, implement change and positive action initiatives. He is an Associate of CSA, working with Charlotte Sweeney to help clients create and deliver a sustainable D&I strategy.
Gamiel spent 15 years in business magazine publishing where he revitalised failing magazines. This is where he developed an interest in diversity as a means of attracting new audiences and giving fresh content to readers. One of his first forays into the world of diversity was when he collaborated with the then Commission for Racial Equality to promote the Amendments to the Race Relations Act which require public bodies to act on Race Equality.
He is an Ambassador for the global poverty charity, The Hunger Project and is on the Board of Trustees for The Parks Trust, The MK Homelessness Partnership and Women Leaders UK. Gamiel proudly received the Global Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Global HRD Congress in 2017.
He is the author of Demystifying Diversity and Yemen Proud, delivers keynote speeches and facilitates the d&I Leaders club members workshops which has a network of over 500 diversity and inclusion professionals.
Howell has over 25 years’ human resources experience within global financial services, specialising in D&I, talent management, and cross-border HR. She is an Associate of CSA, working with Charlotte Sweeney to help clients create and deliver a sustainable D&I strategy.
Howell’s commitment to creating safe, inclusive cultures began as the Senior HR Business Partner to a line of business operating in 30 countries. She is passionate about this work and brings an abundance of practical experience in facilitating organisational assessment and action planning, council development, employee resource group facilitation, and development and delivery of education and awareness solutions.
Howell is based in the US. She has lived, worked and immersed herself in the local cultures of Hong Kong, Toronto and Zurich. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and was previously a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Network (DIAN) of Community Business Hong Kong.
Liz has over 10 years’ experience in the financial and professional services industries, having trained and qualified as a lawyer at a Magic Circle firm and specialised in the financings of high value mergers and acquisitions. Her previous clients ranged from financial institutions, private equity funds and portfolio companies. She has extensive experience partnering with senior stakeholders in a corporate environment and has a strong understanding of the culture of large organisational structures spanning multiple jurisdictions.
Liz is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion and is excited to bring her diverse skills and experiences to support the CSA team and their clients as a D&I Analyst. She has contributed to EDI networks such as the Interlaw Diversity Forum, which works to foster inclusion for diverse talent working in the UK legal sector and to promote meritocracy. She also volunteers for Inspiring the Future, introducing local community students to the world of work and different career pathways.
Aggie is an experienced and passionate Inclusion Specialist, HR Leader and Executive Coach with a keen passion for supporting organisations as they build cultures where everyone can thrive. She works with C-Suite leaders, HR directors, Inclusion leaders and their teams to explore mindsets, compassionately challenge beliefs and create psychologically safe spaces for reflection, behaviour change and inclusive cultures.
Aggie’s recent focus areas include:
- Facilitating c-suite inclusion strategy and engagement workshops
- Progressing diversity and inclusion maturity and strategy
- Managing race in the workplace
- Developing organisational race fluency
- Developing organisational allyship
- Building HR team inclusion and race fluency capability
Aggie is a sought-after inclusion specialist who has been engaged by the CIPD and other organisations to write, advise and speak on inclusion matters. In addition, Aggie is an inclusion and people awards judge, supporting the ‘Business Culture Awards’ and the CIPD People Management awards. She is a trusted panellist and speaker most recently for the CBI and the CIPD Annual Conference 2020 to address issues of inclusion in the workplace.
As an individual, Aggie is known for her disarming, authentic and candid approach which creates a psychologically safe environment for open sharing and growth. She is described as engaging, commercially astute, an effective confidante and as an inspirational coach and mentor. She is passionate, inquisitive and has a naturally coaching style which makes her an effective safe space facilitator and instigator of mindset and behaviour change.
Leng Montgomery is a passionate LGBT inclusion and Trans specialist from the UK who actively engages and consults with private and public sector companies. He is a regular speaker within the D&I field and has appeared on BBC radio, he has also written policy and delivered keynote speeches to many organisations for UK and EMEA. He’s worked as a consultant but also in house for companies such as ASOS, BDO, Sainsbury's and Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to this, Leng worked at Stonewall, where notably he worked the Workplace Equality Index and the Trans inclusion guides that were launched in 2016.
In addition to this Leng also has done a lot of work in Disability, Race & Ethnicity and Gender Equality space leading on strategic planning and has a very keen passion for activating allyship and getting all companies to look at people with an intersectional lens.
In 2014 he was the first openly trans contestant on BBC’s Masterchef and for two years running from 2014-2015 he was listed on the Independent’s Rainbow List in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category. He’s also one of the Top 10 2018 LGBT awards Corporate Rising Star category and a TEDx London speaker in 2018.
Sung Hee Han
Sung Hee is a career, leadership, and business coach, with a passion for developing Female and Asian leaders. She has extensive global executive leadership experience with Fortune 500 corporations, across 6 countries in 3 continents, Asia Pacific, the US and Europe. With 25+ years of front-line business experience, in High-Tech and FMCG, including Samsung Electronics, The Coca-Cola Company, Mars Inc., and British American Tobacco, she has been helping corporates and individuals to be at their best.
Since she set up her own coaching practice in 2019, she has had 500+ workshops and coaching sessions for clients from 7 countries, across 9 industry sectors. 70% of her clients are female, and 65% are senior managers and above level.
Her specialties include:
- Asian leadership
- Female leadership
- Cross-cultural effectiveness
- Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
- Self-confidence and Self-advocacy
- Creating impact and influence
- Business communication skills, esp. operating in English as a second language
- Career transition planning
Growing up Coen has his own share of challenges, agonising pains, and tribulations in life. He was able to turn his adversaries into strength and took it as an opportunity to inspire people with his own stories.
Coen has over 12 years’ experience of being:
- A keynote speaker
- Coach, and
- Strategic Communications Consultant
Coen has spoken to and trained over 42,000 individuals and professionals in Singapore, China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, USA, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Indonesia to name a few. His clients come from various sectors with notable names such as PayPal American Express Citibank. Siemens, Nestle, Prudential, AXA, Roche, Merck, AstraZeneca and Coca-Cola, among others. Coen desires to help professionals, business leaders, trainers, and educators to discover their true potentials as they face their major challenges in their professional and personal lives.
Rodrigo is a business leader with more than 15 years of international experience as business executive, executive coach, and facilitator. As an Industrial Engineer, with MBA in Leadership & Specialisation in Psychology (Psychosynthesis), he is motivated to support leaders to grow and achieve their most important goals.
Rodrigo is known for his wide and deep knowledge, combining a practical approach with a profound understanding of human behaviour and motivations. Clients experience Rodrigo as a warm and challenging coach that truly believes in their potential and does everything he can in order to support them.
Topics he teachers (both workshops as well as MBA classes):
- Conflict Resolution
- Effective Leadership
- Productivity and Personal Effectiveness
- People Management
- Change Management
- Influencing others
- Strategic Agility
- Non-Violent Communication
He is also a Master Trainer (trainer of trainers) on many internationally known workshops such as ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, ‘Crucial Conversations’ and many others.
Partner of WYSE International (NGO from UK, affiliated to the UN) on international leadership programs aiming to empower young leaders for global change (working as coordinator, trainer and coach for those programmes).
A Finn with more than 25 years’ broad experience in domestic and international business in managerial positions. After graduation Pia led Finnish company’s Russian and CIS business, also establishing, and managing its representative office in Moscow. She later was responsible for export and international business development, managing and developing sales and marketing functions, consulting, and training.
Core strengths: broad business experience in international setting, ability to see the bigger picture and convert theory into practice, easily connects with different people, team player who is used to working internationally. Speaks several languages including Finnish (native), English & Russian (fluent) and Swedish, German and French (basic).
Since 2008, she has also worked as intercultural management (ICM) as a trainer for various international companies, specialising mainly in training their Western managers to improve their soft skills in operating in the Russian culture (leadership, negotiations, sales, partnership building etc), but also Russian managers to work in some European cultures.
She has a MBA in European Management, London South Bank University and a MA in Russian Translation and Interpretation, University of Eastern Finland.
Jo supports clients across 4 continents on delivering on their diversity and inclusion objectives. Her focus areas include designing and delivering inclusive cultures that translate cohesively across multiple geographical locations. She is an Associate of CSA, working with Charlotte Sweeney helping clients deliver on their international D&I strategy.
Jo brings over 10 years’ experience in the financial and banking industries, having worked for a bulge bracket investment bank in a number of countries. Her previous clients ranged from financial institutions, pension funds, hedge funds, government institutions and supranational bodies.
Jo is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion and guest lecturers on the topic at several universities and business schools. She is a mentor with HERA (Her Equality Rights & Autonomy), supporting women survivors of human trafficking pursue a better life through entrepreneurship. Jo has lived and worked in several cities globally and is fluent in English, German & French.
Sara’s career has been within organisational and management roles across multiple sectors and industries and predominantly within early-stage businesses or those scaling up. She has over 30 years’ experience, managing projects and teams and covering all aspects of strategic change - business growth, business improvement, processes and procedures, communication, and sales and marketing.
She has a track record of building effective relationships with stakeholders and peers and strives to ensure the right culture within businesses is successfully delivered against this objective. Sara has ILM Certificate Levels 3 & 5 in Leadership and Management, C&G Award in Education & Training and is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner.
She is also an experienced mentor, and has mentored individuals on both a professional and personal level.
Lizzie is currently studying for a degree in Sociology at Leeds Beckett University and is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion. As part of her degree course, she is focusing on exploring how different genders experience the workplace, and the impact multi-national organisations have on societies globally.
Prior to starting university, she spent three years working in the HR People Team at YBS, participating in their Diversity and Inclusion agenda alongside her role in the People Programme Team.
Whilst at YBS, she won their internal annual award for fully embracing the company values in her work on YBS’ redeployment and colleague support strategy through various restructures.
Lizzie will be supporting the CSA team and their clients, applying her skills and experience whist she continues to study for her degree.