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News Release - Wesleyan brings 30% club to Birmingham

News Release - Wesleyan brings 30% club to Birmingham

Specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan has put its full support behind achieving a better gender balance in the workplace by hosting the first 30% Club event outside of London at its Birmingham head office.  

The 30% Club is a campaign to accelerate better gender balance at all levels within organisations and events have been held to inspire women in London since its inception in 2010.

The event "Midlands Mentoring Masterclass", hosted in partnership with Women Ahead and Moving Ahead, is part of a new mentoring scheme by the 30% Club for firms across the Midlands. The scheme offers cross-sector mentoring with the aim of developing more women into senior positions.

Attended by more than 80 guests from Midlands businesses including Santander, Bupa, Paragon Banking Group, Tarmac and KPMG, the event was an opportunity for people to meet new mentors and mentees in the region, as well as hear speeches from senior female leaders.

Caroline Hill, director of HR and corporate services at Wesleyan, said: "Being an inclusive and diverse organisation is extremely important to us and we're proud to have hosted the first 30% Club meeting for the Midlands.

"Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds and we want to reflect this diversity within our own people, helping us to do what's right both for the business as well as the doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers we serve.

 "The mentoring scheme is a hugely supportive programme and ensures that the talented people in our city have the opportunity to build meaningful and informative business connections."

As part of the cross-company mentoring scheme, Wesleyan has put forward seven mentors including its chair Nathan Moss. There are also 16 Wesleyan employees in the programme as mentees benefitting from the support and advice the scheme has to offer.

To find out more about the 30% Club and to sign up to the cross-company mentoring scheme, visit https://30percentclub.org/about/chapters/united-kingdom.

The 30% Club requires that signatories commit to publicly support increasing numbers of women in the boardroom, create initiatives to build the pipeline of women for executive and non-executive roles and actively assist in recruiting and spreading the word to key influencers.

Moving Ahead and Women Ahead is a purpose-led specialist diversity and development organisation that develops leaders in business. To find out more visit www.women-ahead.org

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