International Women’s Day at Coffin Mew 2020

Posted on: March 6th, 2020

International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020 takes place on Sunday 8 March. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual #IWD2020.

Here at Coffin Mew, we are committed to providing equal opportunities for our employees, partners and prospective employees. We pride ourselves on equal treatment for all, regardless of gender. Our vision is for a workplace where people feel valued and that each individual is encouraged to develop their own unique skills.

In support of IWD, we asked some of our leading ladies from our CSR committee about what #EachforEqual means to them. 

Annabelle Vaughan – Partner, Head of Court of Protection and Wills, Trusts & Probate

“Equality is hugely important to me. As a woman with a disability, I anticipated that there would be obstacles to a successful career in law. Instead, I am very proud to be an equity partner at a firm where neither my gender nor disability have ever been an issue, and I strive to enable others to reach their potential.”

Charlotte Allery – Solicitor, Employment

“In my role as an Employment solicitor, I take action for equality by supporting individuals to resolve workplace issues or to bring necessary Employment Tribunal claims, where they have been discriminated against, victimised, or harassed on the basis of gender. When advising my business clients, I raise awareness against bias by providing training on equal opportunities, creating inclusive and family friendly policies, and advising on fair recruitment and workplace practices.”

Jody Nash – Head of Operational HR

“As a mother of two, I am proud to be able to say I have a successful and progressive career within the HR Team at Coffin Mew. I share my own experience of being a busy full-time working mother in a challenging role to combat stereotypes and encourage others to have an equal mindset when it comes to sharing parental responsibilities, to ensure both men and women get equal opportunities to progress their career. An equal world is an enabled world.”

Liz Cheaney – HR Director

“As HR Director and Board member at Coffin Mew, I ensure that traditional and outdated views of women’s roles in the workplace and men’s roles in the home are challenged. With this comes the responsibility to make sure that policies are developed to create a more balanced society with opportunities for all to fulfil their potential and career aspirations, regardless of their gender. I am very proud to be a mother of two teenage boys who have very healthy discussions about challenging gender stereotypes – it bodes very well for workplaces of the future.”

Marie Stock – Senior Associate Solicitor, Family

“I am proud to be a Senior Associate Family lawyer and the mother of a strong and independent daughter. I am a committed advocate of women’s equality, both at home and in the workplace. It is important that we challenge social norms, expectations, and even the language we use to describe and define women. I am teaching my daughter that it’s OK to take up space, speak up and be heard. Feminism is not reserved just for women – we need to encourage everyone in our society to become feminist allies so that equality becomes a reality.”

Nicola Dillon – HR Administrator

“As a single mother from a remote island things could have turned out quite differently, but I was fortunate to live in a supportive environment which helped to provide me and my daughter with positive experiences. As women in a world where male stereotypes still exist, we have both been fortunate to have had, and continue to have, great male and female role models; which has enforced my belief that equality for everyone is possible with support and encouragement.”