Women in Governance Risk & Compliance Series


Shining a light on the women of Governance, Risk & Compliance 

27th  April, London

• Daytime Forum – Free to attend
• Awards Evening – Buy your tickets


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Encompassing an awards programme, a forum and a series of webinar sessions, the Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Series’ mission is to provide a platform to recognise, celebrate and support women across GRC sectors, champion their peers and advocates, and help foster the next generation of GRC business leaders.

However, far more than just an award programme and conference, the Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Series will be a year round community for women of all backgrounds and their peers to support, collaborate and encourage via a number of content initiatives that will take place throughout the year.

The Covid Effect

There is no denying that 2021 was a challenging year for us all, and research from the Fawcett Society shows that the pandemic has had a ‘devastating’ impact on gender equality in the workplace but there are ‘signs of hope’. We believe that there has never been a more important time to champion women, and we are making it our mission to create a supportive and engaged ecosystem for women in business.

Studies show only 5% of FTSE 100 CEOs are women

Studies suggest that in 2020, only 5% of FTSE 100 CEOs are women. The FTSE 250 is even further behind, with just 2%. Furthermore, 7% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

This is your opportunity to be at the forefront of our movement to change these statistics and be part of the debate, celebrating, championing and changing the working world for women.

We have made it our mission to create a platform for women in Governance, Risk and Compliance to be recognised, celebrated and supported by their peers, and this is your opportunity to help set the precedent and be part of the change, showing your workforce through action that equality matters.

However, this initiative is not only about supporting those already working within GRC - we are also on a mission to support the next generation of GRC leaders.

Women in Governance Risk & Compliance Awards


27th April 2023, London




The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards honour female leaders and companies demonstrating excellence across GRC.

These Awards showcase the role models, advocates and mentors, as well as the inspirational women and companies building and leading in the world of GRC.

The Awards will unite the whole GRC ecosystem – those who make it their business to inspire females working within the sector across the globe.

Award categories

  • CEO

    Award Category

    CEO of the Year

    According to the Catalyst, Women CEOs of the S&P 500 list from January 2021, women currently hold 30 (6.0%) of CEO positions at those S&P 500 companies.

  • chief privacy

    Award Category

    Chief Compliance Officer of the Year

    2020 research from Zippia shows that in the US, the average employee age for chief compliance officers was 45 years, and the chief compliance officer workforce reached 62,404! Of these workers, the research shows that only 33.6% of them were women, while 62.0% were men…

  • Chief compliance

    Award Category

    Chief Privacy Officer of the Year

    The 2015 IAPP Salary Survey shows that in privacy and data governance, women occupy similarly senior positions and earn roughly as much as men

  • Chief risk

    Award Category

    Chief Risk Officer of the Year

    Research from Oliver Wyman shows that women make up 19% of risk and actuarial professionals on financial services companies’ executive committees, and there is still room for improvement…

  • Chief technology

    Award Category

    Chief Technology Officer of the Year

    At present, women make up just 17% of IT specialists in the UK, and the Chief Technology Officer of the Year Award will be given to a female technology leader who is working to change these statistics and the face of this sector…

  • esg

    Award Category

    ESG Officer of the Year

    Research shows that as of 2020, the value of global assets applying environmental, social and governance data to drive investment decisions has almost doubled over four years, and more than tripled over eight years, to $40.5 trillion.

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  • Sarah Mazhar

    Sarah Mazhar


    AXA Egypt Chief Risk Officer and Board Member

  • Calissa Palmer

    Calissa Palmer


    Data Protection Officer (DPO) and Information Governance Manager, The National Lottery Heritage Fund

  • Nirvana Farhadi

    Nirvana Farhadi


    Pioneer, author and Global RegTech Expert

  • Emerald

    Emerald de Leeuw


    Global Head of Privacy, Logitech

  • Saritha Arunkumar

    Dr Saritha Arunkumar


    EMEA Lead for IBM X-Force Command Centre, Master Inventor, IBM Security

  • Niresh Rajah - comp

    Niresh Rajah


    Managing Director, Grant Thornton

Previous winners & finalists










BNY Mellon





Women in Governance Risk & Compliance Forum


27th April 2023, 11:00 - 16:00 GMT, Grosvenor House, London



The Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Forum brings together the great and good of Governance, Risk and Compliance for a day of learning, insight, guidance and debate.

Focusing on the key areas of leadership, the role of HR in business and career progression, the Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Forum will provide a platform to challenge the status quo for women in GRC and help lead the charge in changing these statistics.

With research from the PwC Women in Technology research study showing that only 27% of female respondents would consider a career in Technology, compared to 62% of males, and only 22% of respondents able to name a famous woman in the tech industry, there is a clear need for a platform to encourage and inspire the next generation of feamle leaders. 

The 2021 Forum had three core themes: Female leaders, HR’s role in business and Career development, focussing on the challenges faced by women when climbing the leadership ladder, how to overcome these challenges, how to build confidence and paving out careers as a future female leader in GRC sectors.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

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Previous Speakers Included:

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