Our Founder & Chief Executive Officer: Charlene Laidley

Charlene Laidley is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FutureProof Foundation in the United Kingdom. 

An entrepreneur for the education and empowerment of women and girls, Charlene is leveraging new technologies and sustainable innovation to help women get ahead in the world of work and is supporting global corporations in their efforts to close their gender and ethnicity gender pay gap. 

A recognised United Nations Women Global ChangeMaker and Advocate for the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment Charlene has spent more than 12 years actively campaigning for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the United Kingdom and globally. She is an Ambassador for Inspiring the Future Women by the international charity; Education & Employers Taskforce, a Board Member for USA charity the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative, and a Gender Diversity Committee Member for UK national charity Founders4Schools. 

Charlene is the winner of the 2018 London Stock Exchange Group International Women’s Day Award "in recognition of her contribution to inspiring the next generation and driving economic growth" and was named as one of 30 ChangeMakers to watch globally in 2018 by the Ambassadors at London Tech Week. Charlene's other accolades include her nomination and shortlist for the "Rising Star" Award at the inaugural Variety Catherine Awards which celebrates inspirational women in business,  winning the City of Westminster's "Social Impact Scholars Award". She also had the honour of being featured as part of "Black 100+" which celebrates Black achievers in modern Britain who have made valuable contributions to society.

A current student in entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge, in May 2018, in recognition of her achievements Charlene had the honour of introducing HRH The Duke of York at the official celebratory opening of the Simon Sainsbury Centre at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Later in the same month, Charlene was also awarded the ‘Cambridge Coat of Arms’ by The Mayor of Cambridge; George Pippas. 

Before dedicating her career to tackling gender inequality, Charlene had a successful career in the fashion and luxury goods industry working in brand management for organisations such as Burberry, LVMH, Unilever and The Mayor of London. She is part of the team that founded The Latiénne Communications Group - the world's first exclusive horology communications company.  

Charlene is a running and cycling enthusiast and when she is not pursuing her passion for advancing gender equality she can be found taking part in marathons and cycling events around the world.

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