Emma Codd

Emma Codd

Panel discussion: Changing Organisational Culture

Speaker's biography

Global Special Advisor on Inclusion


Emma is Global Special Advisor on Inclusion for professional services firm Deloitte. Prior to her appointment to this role (in June 2019), Emma was Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte UK – a role she held for 6 years. During her time in this role Emma led a period of significant change on diversity for the firm in the UK. She led the design and implementation of Deloitte’s approach to agile working – including the award-winning Time Out programme – and, amongst other things, the firm’s gender balance action plan. This plan saw the delivery of various actions over a 5 year period, all targeted at issues that the firm saw as possible ‘pain points’ when it comes to gender diversity. Such actions included a redesign of the firm’s recruitment processes, the introduction of a working parents transitions coaching programme, and the launch of the industry-first ‘Return To Work’ internship programme which to date has enabled almost 50 women to re-enter the workplace after a career break. Emma devised and led Deloitte’s approach to Respect & Inclusion, which has underpinned all its actions on diversity and has focused on ensuring that the firm’s culture is always inclusive and underpinned by respect. This included the multi-award winning film Ask Yourself; the introduction of Respect & Inclusion Advisors – a group of 39 senior leaders from across the firm who provide all employees with a safe space to confidentially raise concerns and call out inappropriate behaviour; and putting 6,000 of the firm’s most senior leaders through mandatory inclusive leadership sessions. These actions have led to an increase in the number of women choosing to join the firm, an increase in women staying with the firm at points where it previously saw higher than average female attrition, and an increase in the number of female partners – June 2019 saw the largest percentage of women promoted to partner, at 41%.

Emma acts as a formal and informal mentor and sponsor to many women, both within and outside the firm. Externally, Emma is a regular speaker at events around gender diversity and the required culture to enable it. She sits on the Business in the Community Gender Equality Leadership Committee and has been recognised with various awards, including Ambassador of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards 2018.