BIMA Evening Masterclass | Curated by the Diversity Council | Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap data revealed that 8 out of 10 companies are paying men more than women with a third of businesses reporting a higher pay gap than the 18.4% national median.

But what does this all mean?

Is the data robust and, as Sam Smethers chief executive of the Fawcett Society stated, is “…a game changer.” Or does it obscure the real truth of what’s going on and at it worst creates a sense of disenfranchisement that could prevent progress?

This masterclass will look at both perspectives and build clarity about what the gender pay gap is really telling us and even more importantly, what next…


Nadya Powell, Co-Founder of Utopia

Nadya is Chair of BIMA’s Diversity Council. She is on a mission to deliver business change by harnessing the power of creative thinking. As the co-founder of Utopia she is doing exactly that – Utopia is a culture change consultancy that ‘Re-wires Business for Age of Creativity’. Nadya is also the co-founder of Innovation Social which is an affiliation of innovation leaders from agency, brand and startup worlds who believe that innovation will disrupt UK business for the better. Additionally, she co-founded two Diversity networks and initiatives: which seeks to drive diversity in communications; which drives global media attention to the lack of diverse imagery in communications. In addition to her seat on BIMA’s central council, Nadya is on the Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and this year was a judge for the Cannes Innovation Lions.

Nancy Rowe, Head of Insight of Razorfish London

Nancy Rowe is a member of the BIMA Diversity Council and she is Head of Insight at Razorfish London. Nancy is a trilingual, outgoing and optimistic strategic thinker. She’s experienced at deriving insight from both data and human understanding and has 19 years’ digital agency and client side experience, working across a variety of sectors including Charities, Consumer Electronics, Fashion, Finance, FMCG, Government, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, Telecommunications and Tourism.

Nancy is customer obsessed and entrepreneurial in terms of process, innovation and output. She is highly regarded internationally as an insight and design research thought-leader and mentor for junior strategy and insight team members. A commercially savvy, natural energy-giver, she is also responsible for growing SapientRazorfish teams and offerings.

Marie-Claude Gervais, Co-Founder of Versiti

Alongside Stephen Cribbett, Marie-Claude is Co-Founder of Versiti, a research and consultancy agency that specialises in diversity and inclusion. Over the past 20 years, Marie-Claude has produced evidence to drive change. Her clients that include most UK government departments, large charities (e.g. Macmillan, British Heart Foundation, Unicef) and some of the world’s biggest brands and organisations (e.g. Barclays, Fedex, McDonald’s, EY, PWC).

Prior to joining the private sector, she was a Lecturer at the London School of Economics, teaching both Social Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods for seven years.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Marie-Claude takes multiculturalism and equality for granted. She has two mixed-race, mixed-faith teenagers. In her spare time, she sings and wages a losing battle with weeds in her communal garden.

Laura Chamberlain, Managing Director of Now

Laura is Managing Director of Now, having previously been Head of Account Management at DLKW Lowe (now Mullen Lowe). She’s worked with some of the UK’s biggest brands, including Halifax, E.ON and intu shopping centres and has launched campaigns for everything from cars to baby food. Laura’s also half American, a mum, a dog lover and proud to be a bit of a nerd.


Wed, 04 Jul 2018
17:30 - 19:30


Publicis.Sapient, Eden House, 8 Spital Square, London, E1 6DH,



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