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Background

Jo Swinson was Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2019, and a Member of Parliament for twelve years (2005-2015 and 2017-2019).

From 2015-17 Jo advised companies on workplace changes to improve staff retention and diversity, and was Chair of the CIPD Policy Forum for senior HR Directors.

As a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from 2012 to 2015, Jo made significant changes to promote better workplaces and responsible business: introducing shared parental leave, extending the right to request flexible working, naming and shaming employers paying less than the minimum wage, improving corporate transparency, and commissioning research into workplace wellbeing and changes to employment status categories.

Jo worked with Sir Vince Cable, Lord Davies, Helena Morrissey and others to achieve the target of 25% women on FTSE 100 Boards by 2015, drawing on research by Professor Sue Vinnicombe and her team at Cranfield School of Management.  Jo’s leadership and actions to improve monitoring helped BIS public appointments of women rise from 32% in 2013 to 51% in 2015. The final battle Jo won in government was a legal commitment to bring in gender pay gap reporting, which began in 2017.

Jo’s book, ‘Equal Power: Gender Equality and How To Achieve It’, was published by Atlantic Books in 2018.

Jo is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and an Honorary Fellow of CIPD.

In 2018, Jo was awarded the CBE for political and public service.