Nexec Leaders, the leading provider of executive search & talent development solutions, was delighted to attend and champion the recent Mayor of London Market Visit to Europe alongside London & Partners and Tech London Advocates.
Joining the final engagement of the Mayor of London’s European cities tour promoting #LondonIsOpen Managing Director Peter Gillingwater and Director Sarah Luxford supported a series of panel debates and discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing tech companies in both cities.
As an official mentor for the Mayor’s International Business Programme, Peter Gillingwater commented “This trip underlines the importance and need for collaboration amongst key cities to drive further business opportunities and innovation in the tech sector, together. This has been an opportunity continuing to celebrate the strength of London’s digital ecosystem worldwide of which I am proud to support.”
This trip comes at a time when Nexec Leaders are launching an end to end tailored solution looking at both talent and practical needs for companies looking to go global via London.
On March 9th 2017 at Here East, Sarah Luxford in her role as Co-founder of Tech London Advocates Women in Tech, hosted a room of 350 movers and shakers in Tech in an energetic and interactive working group titled “Tomorrow’s Tech Success: Shattering uniformity & embracing change” designed to drive change in the diversity agenda.
Reflecting the scale of tech’s diversity problem, half (49.2 per cent) of London’s technology sector believes the industry is actively biased against women. This is according to research conducted by Tech London Advocates, an independent network of more than 4,300 tech experts, leaders and professionals in the capital – of which Nexec Leaders co-drives the WomenInTech working group.
As the geopolitical, economic, social and technological aspects of our world continue to evolve rapidly, leaders now more than ever depend on their workforce for agility and speed of responsiveness to competitive forces.
Creating an environment that encourages transparency, trust, creativity and a willingness to take risks can only truly be achieved by prioritising diversity. Shattering uniformity and being cognizant of how ‘difference’ fits in allows organisations to stay relevant to customers and drive innovation.
Guests heard an inspiring keynote from The Rt Hon Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital and Culture and participated in a lively transformational workshop led by Co-Founder Nikki Watkins. A VIP panel then followed led by Sarah which included insights from corporates and digital start-ups amongst whom including leading figures from Facebook, BAE Systems & BrainLabs sharing insights into how they have broken down barriers and reaped the benefits of an inclusive workplace.
Sarah Luxford comments “Diversity translates into profits. Companies that are more gender and ethnically diverse perform better financially. Most leaders recognise this fact yet this is not translating into systematic change linking talent attraction, development & retention. Change is hard. That’s why we have created a ‘how to’ – a clear outline of questions individuals, teams and businesses should be asking of themselves whilst providing clear actions they can implement to stride forward. Things have to change. They can’t afford not to.’
Fuelled by the desire to drive action & change the industry for an equal gender footing, Nexec Leaders Sarah Luxford and Nikki Watkins founded Tech London Advocates’ WOMENINTECH working group. In a very short time their initiative has grown into to a 900-advocate strong movement consisting of a mix of entrepreneurs, digital specialists, government advisors and international corporate professionals.
As business leaders come to understand the organisational benefits of a diverse workforce and the need to turn thoughts into actions – TLA WOMENINTECH are here to support the ecosystem, now both off and online.
MD of Nexec Leaders Peter Gillingwater says: “Diversity is no longer a subject businesses can afford to overlook – it must be built into the business plan as a strategic objective. We are delighted to support the TLA WOMENINTECH working group and stand by our own commitment as international executive headhunters to source a diverse candidate base for every search campaign”.