Funke Abimbola Guest Speaker at LBDC SUMMIT

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Funke Abimbola  

General Counsel & Company Secretary of Roche UK


to be our

Guest Speaker

at our

Inaugural General Counsel Summit  |  London

Wednesday 2 November 2016  |  2.00 PM to 6.30 PM

Venue:  Keltie LLP  |  No. 1 London Bridge

 Gold Sponsor
Keltie LLP
Silver Sponsors
Michael Benson & Associates  |  Boston College’s Global Leadership Institute  |  Catalina Consulting

Good afternoon,

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Funke Abimbola General Counsel will be our guest speaker at the our Inaugural General Counsel Summit in London.  Funke has very kindly agreed to give us a TALK about her personal career journey.

Funke Abimbola  |  Profile

General Counsel & Company Secretary of Roche UK


She leads the legal, corporate compliance and data protection functions supporting Roche’s pharmaceutical operations in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar. She is currently the most senior black lawyer working within the UK’s pharmaceutical industry and one of the most senior globally. She has been recognised by the Financial Times as being one of the top 20 BAME leaders across the UK, Ireland and US (UPStanding100 2016 Powerlist).

A multi award winning solicitor and diversity campaigner, she has received both national and European recognition for both her legal and diversity work.

Funke speaks regularly at conferences in the UK and abroad including to school students as part of Speakers4Schools and to University students as a Professional Ambassador and Advisory Board Member of Aspiring Solicitors.  She is a Champion and Advisory Board Member for Women in Law London (a network of almost 2,000 women lawyers, supporting the pipeline of female lawyers) and is a Project Champion for the First 100 Years Project (creating a digital library to celebrate 100 years of women lawyers in the UK). In 2015, she founded the Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law network to support the international pipeline of female legal talent within the life sciences sector. In addition, she is a Steering Committee member for DRIVE, a House of Lords-based diversity recruitment drive chaired by Baroness Royall, former Labour leader of the House.

An expert mentor and sponsor, Funke is a proud working mother juggling the demands of career and home. She advises working mothers on achieving life balance. Passionate about the law, diversity, education and healthcare, she is a regular media commentator, a keen fundraiser for various charities (including Cancer Research UK) and has twice served as school governor and as a board director.

She was recently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, recognizing the positive impact and outstanding contributions that she has made to British society as a whole.

General Counsel  |   Guest Speakers

Funke will be joined by the following wonderful guest speakers.  Our General Counsel guest speakers have also kindly agreed to give us Talks about their career journeys.



Matthew Fawcett

Executive Vice President & General Counsel of NetApp Inc (Fortune 500 Co).


Tim Grayson

Managing Director at Goldman Sachs


Mark Horncastle

GE Capital Real Estate


Robert Ivens

General Counsel (retired end August 2016) of Marks and Spencer plc


Pavel Klimov

General Counsel EMEA at Unisys


Andrew Magowan

General Counsel & Company Secretary of ASOS plc


Catie Sherat

Associate General Counsel at Pearson Plc


Edward Smith

General Counsel at O2 (a Telefonica company)

Richard Tapp

General Counsel & Company Secretary of Carillion plc

Christian Waida

General Counsel of Open Text


More Information

If you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch.  My email is:


I look forward to hearing from you.


LBDC  |  Lawyers’ Business Development Club |
London │Paris | Dublin | New York | Boston | San Francisco | Dubai
50 Guest Speaker Talks  |  Est’d London 2011
Previous Guest Speakers include:
The Chairman of Goldman Sachs International | The Deputy Worldwide Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi | The CEO of Facebook (Ireland) | The CEO of PayPal (MENA) | The CEO of Hogan Lovells | The CEO of O2 / Telefonica

Official Partner in London – Keltie LLP  |  Official Partner in Dublin – Boston College’s Global Leadership Institute   

Est’d London 2011