Diversity in Biotech

Thursday 17 June 2021

This June our Women in Biotech series will take a special focus to become a Diversity in Biotech event. We look forward to catching up with the existing Women in Biotech community and welcoming new attendees!

Driving diversity in Biotech: practical steps to building and retaining diverse teams

With a strong understanding in the sector that diversity of all kinds - including gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic background - is the key to building more robust and successful companies and societies, this event will focus on practical steps to achieving a more diverse workforce and mindset in your organisation.

This event will therefore focus less on the well-worn discussion around the nature of the problem, and will instead feature case studies from those who have successfully taken steps to diversify their organisations, followed by an audience discussion.

Using an interactive virtual platform, everyone will be able to move from virtual table to table similar to at an in-person event. Bring your favourite drink and join us for this fantastic early evening event to engage in the discussion and share experiences.


15.30   Event platform opens
15.45   Welcome
15.50   Case studies and panel discussion

16:55   Closing remarks
17:00  Networking at virtual tables
18:30  Close of event

Virtual format and tech requirements

You will be able to join us online to network and, similar to an in-person event, move from virtual table to table to mingle with other attendees. The platform we will be using also includes useful features which will allow you to message directly with other attendees and share LinkedIn details to connect. There is also a general chat for all attendees.

During the panel discussion you will be able to submit and vote on audience questions and we will try our best to cover everything in the time allocated.

What are the technical requirements to attend the virtual event?

  • There is no software installation or download required.
  • Please attend using a laptop or desktop computer with audio and video capabilities (webcam and microphone). 
  • You will need to use one of the supported browsers: Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  • We recommend doing a system check here.
  • If you want to check the technical requirements in more detail, you can view them here.

Please note that if you attend using a phone or tablet instead of a laptop/desktop as recommended, or your browser and operating system are not supported, you may not be able to fully participate in the event.

If your company has firewalls or browsing restrictions in place, please test your connection and liaise with your IT team in advance to ensure you are able to fully participate in the event.

Costs and T&Cs

BIA members - £18 +VAT
Non-members - £30 +VAT

By registering to this event you accept our Terms & Conditions

If you have any questions or problems registering, please contact biaevents@bioindustry.org 

Please note: if you cannot find your organisation in the drop down list when trying to register, please contact biaevents@bioindustry.org to complete your booking.


Dr Kate Barclay

Skills Strategy Consultant

Dr Kate Barclay is an Independent Consultant working across high impact Science and Technology industries with a passion for STEM education. As a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Fellow of the IChemE, she has spent over 20 years in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry as a Senior Leader in Global R&D leading technical and scientific project teams in clinical manufacture of parenteral, solid dose and inhaled dosage forms as well as developing novel device technologies. Since 2013 Kate has been instrumental in developing apprenticeships across the Science Industry, leading the Life Sciences and Industrial Sciences Trailblazer employer group in development of new apprenticeship standards. She pioneered apprenticeship implementation across the science industry and has won multiple national awards for quality of apprenticeship delivery. Kate has a passion for promoting opportunities for women in STEM, is an experienced vocational workplace assessor for apprenticeships and a Non-Executive Director of the Institute for Apprenticeships, assuring quality governance to apprenticeship and Technical Education reforms across England.

Anya Roy

Head of Cambridge Accelerator

Illumina Accelerator

Anya joined Illumina in January 2020 to lead Illumina Accelerator Cambridge. She has experience as an Entrepreneur, venture capital Investor and as a Banker.

She was previously the founder and CEO of Syrona, a digital health start-up that develops low-cost, non-invasive screening kits for women’s health issues pioneering combination of digital and biological markers. She worked at Goldman Sachs and in life science venture capital at IP Group prior to founding her own company.

She earned a MPhil with a focus in Bioscience from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England and currently completing her Executive MBA from Said business school at Oxford University having been conferred the prestigious 30% club scholarship."

Heather Hayes

Global HR Director

Lightsource BP

Heather is a post graduate who has worked as an HR practitioner for over 25 years in industries ranging from North Sea Oil, through Technology, Space and Imaging before landing in Pharma and Biotech with key roles in Roche/Genentech and GSK, over eight years, as a global HR business partner, supporting leadership teams in Research and Development divisions. She relocated to both San Francisco and Switzerland to give her a better understanding of diverse cultures and best working practices throughout her Pharma years. Her journey in Biotech started in 2015 when she joined Horizon Discovery, and learnt to move faster, work more creatively and with a focus on cost. She was able to evolve the people strategy to create imaginative and diverse solutions that fit the uniqueness of Horizon; avoided creating an internal HR industry; and ensure that Horizon’s culture continued to focus on its diversity to deliver the same exciting future for its people, that its science creates for its customers.

She moved in 2019 to another innovative, founder lead organisation, LightsourceBP to deliver their global growth agenda with a mission to tackle another of the big challenges facing our environment - how to create an economic alternate to carbon that will offer continual power to all communities and industries around the world.

Kate Rowley

Venture Partner

Global Bio Fund

Dr Kate Rowley is an independent consultant for Symmetrist and a Venture Partner at Global Bio Fund, a investment fund targeting support to women led businesses in Bio. With over 25 years of life science experience working in both the public and private healthcare sector she advises companies developing innovative science and technology with the potential to transform healthcare.

Kate has a deep history of commercialisation of Life Sciences with experience in investor, founder and non-executive director roles across a variety of businesses in med tech, digital health and drug discovery/development.

Richard Vellacott



Interim CEO, Deputy CEO, CFO and COO of Horizon Discovery Group plc since 2012, building the global leader in gene editing, including 4 acquisitions and one of the most successful ever Life Science IPOs on AIM. Richard was previously Vice President, Finance at the FTSE250 dual listed semiconductor business CSR plc.


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