Standing for Member of Parliament for Women’s Equality Party

  Harini Iyengar

Barrister and Candidate for for Parliament for WEP

“I wanted to be an astronaut and go up into space.”

“I wanted to be an astronaut and go up into space from the age of 9 to 16, but when I put down my options I was told I couldn’t do that, I had to choose between Arts and Science.

Because I was a very academic student, both the Science and Arts were putting pressure on me. I’ll always remember sitting on tall stools in the physics lab and the head of Physics showing me various astronomers on TV, including Patrick Moore, and I thought, “I don’t want to work with people like that, they don’t look very glamorous, and I’m going to do Arts”.   It is important to go back and remember what it is like to be a teenage girl.   I chose Arts, but I look back and think, “Might I have been in Tim Peake’s shoes”.

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The Service Compaints Ombudsman

The Service Complaints Ombudsman

Nicola Williams

I wanted to use my my abilities with words,

both the written and the spoken word
to help further social justice, that’s my life purpose.

When the Travon Martin verdict came out in the States, I was so very very angry at the time because of the blatant unfairness.

Social justice
Nicola has been a barrister, a judge and served on regulatory bodies.  She has been the second woman Service Complaints Commissioner for the armed forces and now has  a more important role, that of the first  Service Complaints Ombudsman, to the Military. Continue reading

Joy Adeniran

Joy Adeniran

It is something I will always carry with me, trying to have an empathy towards clients, their respective backgrounds.

Understanding where they’re coming from.

It’s not something they can teach you.

Most inspirational women interviewed are well into their career, looking forward Joy. Law studentand reflecting backwards. Joy is at the beginning of her journey. But already she holds beliefs and values of which she is certain.

Just turned 25, she is a student, working on her Masters, undertaking legal work experience.
She is British born of Nigerian heritage, on both sides.   Her father came to study on a scholarship from the Nigerian Government, in the 80s and after his wife followed, he stayed on.

Perhaps a moment of realization that girls were treated differently, was in P.E.    At school being separated from male peers, only being allowed to take part in certain sports.

“I was not set on a particular career, but there are certain things I was interested in, which led me onto the law path.  At school I remember being involved in the school council at a young age, enjoying trying to represent my peers and other students.

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Professor Francesca Klug

Human Rights at the LSE

Professor Francesca Klug

…. justice (was) served up with the dinner.


Our family story, and that of many others around us who, unlike us, had survived the Holocaust, impressed on me growing up, that things can change,  that nothing is certain and definite, and that you have to inculcate a sense of justice and a sense of fairness to stop the world turning against you and others.”   Both my parents impressed that on me in different ways.

Francesca Klug is a Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE, based in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, and Director of the Human Rights Futures Project.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.

The concept of justice was quite strong in my family,  I can’t claim any special insight on my part.  I was brought up in a family where justice served up with the dinner.

All 4 of my grandparents were refugee migrants, and we were brought up very consciously to know that if they hand’t left  the various Eastern European and Russian homelands when they did, they almost certainly would not have survived. Their extended families did not survive except one cousin.Professor Klug researcher at LSE Human Rightss

My father thought Britain was the promised land, he felt so lucky to be here.   There was no sense of entitlement.  He felt lucky to be alive, and to live in this country.

“For me it means recognizing the imbalance of power based on gender and being keen to address that  through the rights of women.”

My most surprising event  when I was called into Jack Straw’s office in 1997, Continue reading

“Get lucky and say yes” Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf

“Get lucky and say yes”

Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf

ionthecity interviews the Lord mayor in her office


The Lord Mayor in her office

The Lord Mayor in her office, by Jonathan Goldberg


Mansion House

The office of the Lord Mayor is very grand with escutcheons on the wall and a golden ormolu clock under the window. Second only to the Queen in The City, she neither intimidating nor self important.    Power woman, an electricity lawyer, she wears a simple black dress with a bright red jacket and a tiny gold brooch which represents the golden coach she rode in, for her Mayoral procession in The City.

“It’s an amazingly well received role as you travel around the world, and I think the best thing about it, it’s always re-inventing itself so that it remains modern and relevant even thought it goes back to 1189”

So interesting that her themes in interview with one exception, are very much the themes of ionthecity, and christrainers in training entrepreneurs.

Lord Mayor on Her Parade

Lord Mayor on Her Parade

“ Get lucky and say yes”.

1)Get lucky, recognize and have confidence in your capabilities, and skills,

2)Have your ear to the ground, and always be  open to opportunities.

3)Importance of role models who help you to know who you are

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Head of Matrix Chambers Lindsay Scott

Lindsay ScottLindsay Scott

Head of Matrix Chambers

At first sight Lindsay Scott does not look like a lawyer/solicitor, let alone head of one of the most prestigious, chambers, which includes  Cherie Booth, and Conor Gearty previous Head of Human Rights at LSE.  A chambers which a which takes seriously both issue of Diversity and Human Rights.

She has flyaway hair, and a laughing face, very unlike the serious countenance of the usual image of expected of a CEO. She was head hunted to be CEO at Matrix Chambers.  Previously she was the Managing Director of QDOS before joining Informa plc, a FTSE 100 media and telecommunications group and previous to those was a practicing solicitor.

The focus on women and Diversity make this very topical.

These are some of her comments when interviewed by Counsel,  the monthly Journal of the Bar of England and Wales.

“The secret of Matrix success is down to the quality of our people, (both staff and members), our openness to change, our values and our diversity. Matrix is open to change and we have reacted to the changing market by hiring the “right people” we believe will help us adapt and add value for our clients.

We do a number of things differently. We have moved away from the inefficiency of the traditional chambers hierarchy.    The key to attracting good people is good reputation , good work and a good se level of service,   We actively promote work/life balance for staff and members and also increasing the diversity of our member and staff teams.”

That she ran her own business, was a practicing solicitor, was headhunted, and is mother of 4 children, makes her an impressive role model of how to balance work and family.

Interview with Lindsay Scott.

Being a woman can be an advantage. Its often easier to say something helpful to a male colleague, if you’re a women, that he might not take from a man.

I believe in the importance of mentoring and coaching.   For example   if some one is not doing well, men are happier to discuss it and be more open with a woman.  And when it comes to personal problems, men often see women as more empathic.

The main negative is equal pay.

There are always girly comments and expectations as a women, low level innuendo, just ignore it and become inured. I wouldn’t notice.

How to work at one of the top law firms and four children to say nothing of a husband!
I see myself as electrical energy with 2 major things going on and colliding; family and children, and professional life. Continue reading

Lord Mayor’s Parade.

Lord Mayor on Her Parade

Lord Mayor on Her Parade

Lord Mayor’s Parade.

 Shout aloud

The Lord mayor’s Message

The Power woman

“Energy has been the driving force in my career as a lawyer specialising  in global electricity industry reforms at CMS Cameron McKenna to  bring cheaper, cleaner and more energy to more people. My mayoral  theme reflects my conviction that the City of London has the energy  and talent for innovation necessary to serve the needs of society and  the environment – it has “The Energy to Transform Lives”.”

Only the second time there has been a woman as Lord Mayor of the City of London. Although there have been 686.   Not a role model for young women, in her sixties, rather an inspiration for mature, experienced women, Fiona Woolf , accompanied by a float from Age UK and this year is the first time that women in the city have had a float. Continue reading