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WorkPride - Focus Panels for Industries: Science

Our focus panels for industries explore the challenges and opportunities related to workplace equality specific to the science industry. Key topics of discussion will cover:

- Progress made towards workplace equality: Successful inclusion practices and learnings from the industry

- Challenges and barriers to workplace equality

- What it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in the science industry

- The impact of Covid-19 on the science industry

- The current recruitment outlook

In Partnership With


  • Jim Donnell
    Jim Donnell
    Business Analyst (M&A IT)
    Business Analyst at AstraZeneca in the M&A IT team, previously I have spent over 20 years in the Financial Markets locally and at a Global level in operations and project work. I'm a proud straight super ally and work closely with our employee resource group AZPride. Away from work most of my energy is focused to my family but I still have time for my passion for rugby, photography, and Live Action Roleplay (LARP).
  • Chris Sanders
    Chris Sanders
    Strategy Lead
    I am Strategy Lead for Global Safety, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs at Haleon. I am an active member of our company LGBT+ ERG and over the years have worked both within the UK and in other countries to raise awareness at senior levels of LGBT+ issues for current and potentially new employees and working to build ally networks across the organisation. I am also one of the founding Directors of Proud Science Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation focussed on the public benefit of promoting LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion within the healthcare and life sciences sector globally. Through the Proud Science Alliance we have an amazing opportunity to collaborate across Healthcare and Life Sciences industry to share our endeavours in breaking down barriers; furthermore to stretch ourselves and our industry to become leaders in creating a culture of openness, tolerance, inclusion and diversity across the sector; and to ensure that our current and future employees are equally valued, irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation, so that they are comfortable to bring their true self to work every day and to be the best they can be. Specialties: Strategy Deployment, Change Management, Organisational Design, Lean & Six Sigma Blackbelt, Inclusion & Diversity Networks, Social Justice.
  • Stephie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    Stephie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    Head DEI - Disability
    A Pharmaceutical Industry Professional passionate about people, diversity, equity and inclusion. I am driven by a sense of purpose that all company associates should have a positive workplace experience and are able to bring their true-authentic selves to work, feel that they belong and are able to give their best in an environment free of discrimination and full of opportunity. I am a proud transgender woman and have been out and authentic in the workplace since November 2019. With over 30 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, my career started as a QC laboratory technician in the UK and progressed through validation activities into Information Technology Management across diverse technical platforms and international locations. I enjoy the challenge of working in an international and culturally diverse environment and am now motivated to pivot my career to a role where I can drive cultural change and enable belonging. Key experience: Pharmaceutical Compliance, Computerized System Validation, Global IT System implementation, Project Management, Business Partnering.
  • Jamie Langley (she, her, hers)
    Jamie Langley (she, her, hers)
    Senior Director
    Experienced operations, people, and learning & development leader with a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and continued learning and education at employee, patient and client levels.
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