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Deloitte’s David Sproul and Emma Codd named champions of women in business

20 September 2018

David Sproul, Senior Partner and Chief Executive, Deloitte North West Europe and Deloitte UK, and Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent Deloitte North West Europe and Deloitte UK, have been recognised today in the FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business Lists. The lists are a ranking of the leading champions of women in business.

This year, David has been listed 21st out of 50 male executives recognised for their commitment towards achieving gender equality, while Emma is listed 35th out of 100 female role models.

Gender equality is a personal priority for David and under his leadership the firm has made real progress on the issue. In 2013, the firm set a target that in 2025 25% of UK partners would be female, with this increasing to 40% by 2030. The proportion has already increased from 14% (in 2014) to 19% (in 2017). The firm was also one of the first to report its gender pay gap in the UK before it was mandatory and has continued to report its gap, and the reasons behind it, since 2015. Earlier this month, Deloitte published its annual gender pay gap report for the fourth time.

David is an active supporter of the Women's Business Council and was included in its 'Male Agents of Change' list in 2017. Emma has been part of the Business in the Community Gender Equality Leadership team since 2016 and this year received the prestigious Women in Finance Ambassador of the Year award.

Rana Ghandour Salhab, Deloitte Middle East’s talent and communications partner, is also recognised in the female executive list for her contribution towards gender equality.

Emma Codd said: “David and I are really pleased that the firm has been recognised once again for its work in championing women in business. As with anything that we are serious about, we have set targets for the proportion of female partners we would like to see in the future. We continue to focus on ensuring there are no potential barriers to female progression and the focus on culture and targeted actions is already having a positive impact. However, meaningful and sustained change will take time and hard work.”

Founder of INvolve and HERoes, Suki Sandhu, said: “These lists have been created with one aim – to create gender parity in workplaces across the globe. The role models we’re recognising aren’t just those who have achieved success themselves – they’re those who are committed to lifting others with them as they climb, and ultimately fuelling the female talent pipeline.

“As evidenced by the recent reporting of gender pay gap data across the UK, the quest for workplace gender equality is not complete. All of our champions are inspiring the next generation of female talent who will go on to obliterate the glass ceiling. Ultimately, through these lists we hope to encourage individuals and businesses to stand up and work together to drive change not just in workplaces, but across society as a whole.” 


Notes to editors

All of the 2018 Champions of Women in Business were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were then reviewed by the FT & HERoes judging panel, consisting of: Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments; Mark Wilson, CEO, Aviva; Gigi Chao, Vice Chairman, Cheuk Nang Holdings Limited; Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management; Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, INvolve and Harriet Arnold, Assistant Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times.

Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their work done internally and externally to champion women, their recent and significant business achievements and the testimonial provided with their nomination. Everyone featured in the list has given their explicit permission to be included.

About INvolve and HERoes
INvolve is a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. It sits above OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes, membership initiatives working respectively across LGBT+, ethnic minority and gender diversity. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services INvolve helps member firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes publish role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.

About Deloitte
In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NWE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK's leading professional services firms.

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