In this session, we talk to senior executives about the world of work we’re operating in now and the ways that career journeys are rapidly having to evolve, often in unexpected ways.

They’ll be sharing their own relevant experiences and offering key tips around navigating role moves, managing career support relationships, being resilient through setbacks and how to maintain readiness for new opportunities.

About the speakerBirgit Neu

Birgit Neu, Senior DEI Advisor & Former Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, HSBC

Birgit Neu is a senior DEI advisor and the former Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at HSBC, with a broad career spanning multiple sectors including digital, retail, publishing and financial services. She has been named in LinkedIn’s Top 10 UK Voices for Gender Equity 2022, WeAreTheCity’s Trailblazers Top 50 in 2021, Top 20 Diversity Professionals in Industry 2020 by the Global Diversity List, and was Head of Diversity of the Year at the 2019 European Diversity Awards. Birgit has held leadership committee roles on a variety of diversity networks and campaigns, and is a regular contributor to thought leadership and advisory groups across different aspects of DEI and ESG for leading organisations worldwide.

Alison PainAlison Pain, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Northern Trust

Alison Pain joined Northern Trust in January 2020 as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Global Technology Services in EMEA. She also holds a regulatory role as part of the Senior Managers Regime (SMF24) acting as the technology interface into the PRA and FCA. She is based in London. As CTO she is responsible for helping develop and drive the Technology strategy across EMEA whilst ensuring Business requirements and strategy are understood and delivered.

Throughout her career Alison has a proven track record of delivery, driving a material reduction in the technology total of ownership (TCO) in all of her previous organisations. She is passionate about ensuring a premium user experience, flexing technology to allow our Businesses to be responsive to the markets & our clients whilst ensuring a laser focus on reliability, stability and security.Alison has more than 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles with UK Financial Services organisations across both Infrastructure and Application Development teams.

Before joining Northern Trust, Alison spent 4 years at Deutsche Bank where she was a Managing Director. She held multiple senior roles including Global Head of Backup & Storage and Global CIO for End-User Computing. Previously, Alison worked at Goldman Sachs for 11 years where she was an EVP and Senior Engineer. She held multiple senior operational and transformation positions and was the only Global Head of a technology function based outside of the US. Prior to Goldman Sachs she worked at other financial service organisations, including Barclays and RBS.Alison holds a BA(Hons) from Greenwich University in Humanities and an MBA from Southbank University.She is an active supporter of diversity and is the technology representative on the EMEA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion council. She is also a keen mentor. In previous organisations, Alison has been an LGBT+ Ally, Diversity Network champion, co-founder of the Working Mothers Network, and a member of the Disability Working Group steering group. Whilst at Goldman Sachs Alison was a member of the ‘Girls in IT’ working group, through which she presented to more than 1,000 school-age girls, encouraging them to choose a career in Technology.

Sheridan AshSheridan Ash MBE, Technology Innovation Leader, PwC; Founder and CEO, Tech She Can

I have two roles, I am a technology innovation Leader at PwC, and the founder and co-CEO of the charity, Tech She Can, an industry-led tech education and careers charity that creates initiatives and pathways to increase the number of women in technology. It has over 250 member organisations, spanning more than 40 sectors across all regions of the UK.

At PwC I work with all parts of the business to develop new products and services for our clients. I have over 20 years experience working with clients from public and private sector organisations, harnessing technology and innovation to benefit people and transform organisations. I was named by Computer Weekly as one of the 10 most influential women in UK Technology in 2022 and as one of the 30 most influential women in Cyber in 2021. More recently, recognised by Forward Ladies as Business Women of the Year and Social Impact Leader of the Year.

In 2020 I was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to young girls and women through technology.