What We Do

The Diversity Project Charity is a grant giving organisation. Our initial aim is to raise £2 million to help the charities who have been affected by the President’s Club disbandment, as well as some regional charities focussing on inclusivity. From 2020, we will support charities with social mobility, diversity and inclusivity aims.

VALUES AND Principles

The Charity’s grant-giving is guided by a set of values and principles that underpin the work that we do. We have a range of policies we aim to adhere to, such as grant giving, safeguarding and volunteer recruitment policies, which are available on request. Do contact us if you would like more information.

Diversity and Inclusion

We believe in empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, thought and national origin.

Transparency

We ensure we work in an open and honest manner; providing full information required for collaboration and cooperation.

Respect

We seek to act with integrity. Value privacy and confidentiality.

Collaboration

We believe in the value of working together and sharing ideas to produce the best results

Purpose

We want to support and advance charitable causes within the UK and make a positive sustainable impact

Our Partners

We aim to include a diverse range of partners within the Financial and Professional sector to champion causes relating to the fulfilment of our mission. This may be through a variety of ways, including financial sponsorship or through creating a forum in which both institutions and individuals who wish to provide support may do so for the charities supported by TDPC.

Trustees

Our Trustees come from diverse backgrounds, with a wide range of experience and expertise in the Corporate and Charity sectors.

SARAH BATES
SARAH BATES
I am a Mancunian by background. I went to state school then Cambridge where I studied philosophy and then law at Trinity Hall, a college founded in 1350, in the first year in which undergraduate women were admitted. I also have an MBA from the London Business School.

I arrived in asset management when it was quite eccentric, in the very early 1980s, and in some ways more diverse than it is now. I was one of the founders of the Diversity Project and I was delighted to be asked to be the Chair of the Diversity Project Charity.

I have chaired organisations from a small youth charity in south Islington to a FTSE 100 company, and my responsibility is to support my fellow Trustees and volunteers to identify how we can make a real difference and then go ahead and make it.

Chris Gray
CHRIS GRAY
Chris has been working in financial services for 5 years and for St. James’s Place Wealth Management for the last 4. Through his 10 year career in recruitment, he has helped people move roles and change careers all over the world. Most recently, he has been helping individuals transition into financial services and wealth management. Chris is passionate about helping promote diversity throughout Financial Services.
David Harris
DAVID HARRIS
Originally from Warwickshire, I went to state school then to King’s College London where I graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in History and an MA in Intelligence & International Security. I then commissioned into the British Army, serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. In 2009, I deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Platoon Commander on a 6-month operational tour working as part of a multi-national force which included Danes, Estonians and Americans.

Following the Army, I worked at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Sales and Trading Senior Relationship Management (SRM) team covering institutional clients, before moving to Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) Frostrow Capital in 2013 as part of the Fund Distribution Team. I continue to manage Fund Distribution for a range of FTSE 250 investment companies.

Outside of work, I enjoy travel, keeping fit and reading. I am also a Trustee of the Mark Evison Foundation (MEF). The MEF’s objective is to promote the personal development of young people through the undertaking of challenges and was founded in memory of Lieutenant Mark Evison, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

Didi Ogede El-Mawas
DIDI OGEDE EL-MAWAS

I am half Ghanaian and half Nigerian. I was born in London and spent my early years in Accra, Ghana. I went to Oxford University to study Theology and completed a Masters in Human Rights at UCL a few years later. For my Masters dissertation I conducted an extensive empirical study of disability rights implementation and monitoring in Ghana. 

I have experience of delivering research, project and stakeholder management to a range of Charities and corporations, both in the UK and internationally. Generating insights and providing strategic advice for organizational/business development. During my career I have promoted diversity and inclusion especially in terms of ethnic, gender, disability and social-economic diversity; as well as providing advice for thought leadership development.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Diversity project charity, contributing and applying my varied experience of charity work, strategic planning and interest in social justice. I am passionate about breaking down barriers – promoting equal opportunities for all, celebrating difference and making a positive impact on society.

Jennifer Ockwell
JENNIFER OCKWELL
Jennifer joined Triple Point in 2019 as Head of Institutional and is responsible for managing client relationships and developing institutional business in the UK and Ireland. Jennifer began her career as a graduate trainee at Morgan Grenfell Asset Management in 1999 and has held roles at Threadneedle Asset Management, Janus Henderson Investments and most recently at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Jennifer has acted as a trustee director for both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes as well as for charity organizations.

Jennifer is an active member of the Diversity Project’s Neuroinclusion Committee.

Outside of the office, she is mummy to 2 wonderful autistic boys and spends as much time as possible in Ibiza, dancing for both therapy and fun.

Latifa Tefridj-Gaillard
Latifa Tefridj-Gaillard

Latifa Tefridj-Gaillard is a Managing Director at Digital Colony and is primarily responsible for Investor Relations and Capital Formation in Europe.

Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard joins Digital Colony after more than 16 years at Goldman Sachs in Global Markets & Investment Banking where she successfully led a number of European public and private transactions across asset classes with a focus on capital raising, structured financings, and hedging strategies. From 2004 to 2021, Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard held various positions at Goldman Sachs, including Managing Director, Head of U.K. Institutions Solution Sales from 2010 to 2021 and Executive Director, Cross-Asset Strategies for Pension & Insurance, Global Markets from 2008 to 2010. During her career at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard assisted and managed the formation of over $40 billion in funds across the capital structure, including over $5 billion for private debt strategies.

Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Banking, Finance and Insurance from Paris IX Dauphine University and Master in Finance and Actuarial Science from ESSEC Business School in Paris. Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard is fluent in English, Arabic and French and she is passionate about ESG initiatives including climate change and diversity & inclusion.

I look forward to using my personal experience and professional expertise to help fund and progress The Diversity Project Charity initiatives.

VALERIA LOCATELLI
LEE MARSHALL

Lee is the Chief of Staff at the Church of England Pensions Board during the day and an experienced trustee out of the office. He has recently stepped down as Chair of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation after eight years on the Board, and has served on several other boards including Ditch the Label and Children with Aids Charity. He was a co-founder of Stonewall and their first treasurer. He has also advised charitable boards on ways of working together both in the UK and the States.

Lee has regularly been named on the lists of inspirational LGBT senior executives working globally in the public and third sectors, has been a shortlisted nominee for Campaigner of the Year three times by the European Diversity Awards, and was shortlisted for a British LGBT Award as Inspirational Role Model.

Martina Jersakova
MARTINA JERSAKOVA
I am originally from Prague in the Czech Republic. From a young age, I have lived an international life which saw me attend a different school approximately every two years, in Prague, Birmingham and Hamburg, before I finished my studies at the University of Edinburgh. This experience has taught me first-hand about the benefits of a diverse and inclusive environment.

I have worked in wealth and asset management for over a decade, initially as an investment analyst and more recently in client relationship roles. I currently work in a client and business development role at Genesis Investment Management, a leading Emerging Markets investment boutique, with responsibility for developing the firm’s marketing strategy.

I am delighted to be able to contribute to the Diversity Project Charity as a Trustee. I am excited about helping the Charity raise funds so that it can support a growing number of diversity & inclusion initiatives. I believe the Diversity Project Charity can become the main organisation through which the investment industry supports charities with social mobility, diversity and inclusivity aims.

Monica Gogna
MONICA GOGNA
I have worked in the Financial Services Industry for nearly 20 years. My career has been diverse, having started on a graduate programme in investment banking, I then decided to pursue a career in law, making partner in a large global law firm at the age of 32. This has meant that I have spent too many meetings being the lone woman or person of colour in the room. Recognising that I was becoming more senior and finding my own ‘voice’, I decided that I wanted to find an avenue to promote the need for greater diversity within the industry and demonstrate to a new generation who may come from similar backgrounds like mine that it can be done.

I very much hope that, over time, TDPC becomes the go to charity for the financial services industry to raise funds and support key diversity projects across the U.K.

VALERIA LOCATELLI
VALERIA LOCATELLI
Valeria is the Hon. Treasurer and a Trustee of the Diversity Project Charity. She brings risk and controls, and finance expertise, as well as a keen interest in equality.

She grew up in Italy and started her career in accounting, relocating to London in the early noughties to continue her career in Financial Services.

She has since served in a number of senior assurance roles in the City and when not at work she can be found walking her dogs, volunteering at St. Barts Hospital or tending to her tomato plants.