Lesley has been a voracious champion of D&I throughout her career. In her previous role at Lloyds Banking Group, she supported all strands of diversity by fostering a positive culture where people's different backgrounds, views and values are given appropriate respect at work. She led the hugely successful Breakthrough Mentoring programme to promote and retain female talent – the success of which she then used to raise the profile of other diversity initiatives including, the Rainbow Network.
Lesley sits on the board of EurOut at London Business School and is a regular keynote speaker on LGBT+ issues. She is the Founder and CEO of Through the Looking Glass Charity (which provides less affluent students with rare insight into City professions) and Founder and President of The Eagle Club (which helps women in leadership positions to realise their potential and build strong support structures).
Lesley has won numerous awards including the Power of Women in Leadership 2019 and Chambers’ Europe Outstanding Achievement to Diversity 2015. She was previously featured in the Guardian as one of 10 women changing the face of the City. In October 2019, Lesley was included in the top 50 Executive list as an OUTstanding Role model.
In her new senior leadership role at FBN Bank, Lesley is committed to promoting a good culture of equality and meritocracy across the organisation. She uses her influence as General Counsel to help shift cultures in the legal and consultancy firms that she works with and, while Lesley has witnessed change for the better in the legal profession, she is also aware of how much remains to be done.