2018 Women's Group Speakers
Angela Ann Knight, CBE: Chair, Office of Tax Simplification
Angela Ann Knight CBE is the chair of the Office of Tax Simplification. Until recently she was the Chief Executive of Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry. Previously she was the Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association and, before that, a Conservative Party Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Erewash from 1992 to 1997. She also served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1995 to 1997.
Abigail Lee: Regional Sales Manager , Tullett Prebon Information
Abigail joined the Tullett Prebon Information Graduate Programme in October 2012, and was appointed Regional Sales Manager, where she is responsible for maintaining and creating new client relationships in Scandinavia, Switzerland, Emerging Markets and with global Tier 1 Banks. Abigail established and manages the Tullett Prebon Information corporate partnership with Cass Business School, and leads the Cass Talent Feeder Programme - the summer Internship and Graduate scheme. Abigail manages and mentors Cass students during their time at Tullett Prebon Information and is also an active mentor for other students in her own time. Whilst at Tullett Prebon Information Abigail has been instrumental in forming the TP ICAP Data & Analytics Women’s Network, of which she is Chair, which bestows a platform for women to connect, network, share business ideas and career experiences.
Abigail has a BSc in Geography and MSc in Geomatic Engineering both achieved at University College London, and is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Cass Business School where she also participates as a Student Representative on the Student Executive Committee and Board of Studies.
Marianne Lewis: Dean and Professor of Management, Cass Business School
Marianne W. Lewis is Dean of Cass Business School and Professor of Management. She is an international thought leader in the field of leadership and organizational paradoxes. Change and complexity accentuate tensions – competing demands, contradictory pressures and challenging double-binds. Her research applies a provocative paradox lens to such domains as organizational change, governance, and innovation.
Her work appears in the leading management journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Journal of Operations Management. Professor Lewis was a UK Fulbright in 2014, and is currently completing two, related books. Her paper, “Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide” received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000 and is among the most cited in the field.
She joined Cass after a decade as associate dean at the University of Cincinnati, having earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky, and her MBA from Indiana University.
Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters
Debra Walton is the Global Managing Director, Customer Proposition, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters; she is a member of the Financial and Risk Division’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Network. Ms. Walton has been in senior management at the company since 2003, with roles in sales, marketing, strategy, product development, Financial & Risk and Operations. She currently has end-to-end responsibility for the division’s solutions and product offerings. Working from the firm’s Enterprise Innovation Hub in Baar Switzerland, she manages several large enterprise projects, including an ongoing effort to unify Thomson Reuter’s data across the enterprise as well as leading the execution of the firm’s open digital platform strategy. An expert on big data and the challenges it poses in today’s business world, Ms. Walton speaks frequently at global conferences and industry events where she discusses data management, innovation, and leadership. She blogs frequently on those topics, as well as on gender diversity issues, for sites such as The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Financial IT. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was president and chief executive of Nucleus Inc., a technology start-up delivering enterprise solutions. Before that, she was the first female partner at Cantor Fitzgerald and a founding board member of the Cantor Financial Futures Exchange, the first electronic platform for trading U.S. Treasury futures contracts. In addition to her day to day responsibilities at Thomson Reuters Ms. Walton represents Thomson Reuters as a board member on the Tradeweb Board of Managers and she is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College in London. She is a board member at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization serving refugee women and children around the world, and an advisory board member at Springboard, a New York based nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to help women take their business plans to market. Ms. Walton recently was awarded the 2017 Gertrude Crain Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for her extraordinary record of achievement and service. In 2016 she was acknowledged as a Springboard Enterprises Oracle honoree, championing women entrepreneurship. In 2015, she was named a Woman of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute, won the coveted Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and earned a spot on the New York Business Journal’s inaugural “Women of Influence” list. She has also won the New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award and the Women’s Venture Fund Highest Leaf Award. An avid golfer and sailor, Ms. Walton lives in Switzerland with her husband Marc.