Deloitte supremo scoops prestigious City gong


Emma Codd wins coveted Woman of Achievement Award

Deloitte managing partner for talent Emma Codd has won one of the City’s most coveted awards for achievement in business.

Codd (pictured second from left with other finalists) won Women in the City’s Woman of Achievement Award for the sea change she has delivered about at the accountancy major.

Judges noted the “depth and breadth of the change she has created by challenging entrenched norms”. She was praised for her “fearless pursuit of what she believes in”, and “intra-preneurial spirit”.

Codd has balanced the needs of the business with bringing up her young twin daughters, a Women in the City spokeswoman added.

“I am truly honoured to have received this award, particularly when I look at the incredible women that are the other category winners,” said Codd. “I have worked over many years to help ensure that women are able to flourish at Deloitte, initially as a client-facing partner and as the sponsor of our Women’s Network for several years and most recently as Managing Partner for Talent. Since being appointed to this role in June 2013, and with the full support of my CEO, I have had an incredible opportunity to really make difference. From ensuring that all our women are truly able to balance a successful career with family life and launching the first return to work internship programme in professional services, to embarking on a significant programme focused on respect and inclusion – I have loved every moment of it. I still have so much to do, but when I look back over the past two years I am proud of what I have achieved. This award is the ultimate confirmation of this and I am so proud to have won it.”

On announcing the Woman of Achievement Award, Gwen Rhys, chief executive and founder of Women in the City, said: “Emma has left a long term impression on me as I am sure she has on others. She identified a problem and was fearless in challenging those at the very top. She has a clear sense of what she wants to achieve now and can articulate what her legacy might be – 30% of new equity partners each year being female, 50:50 men: women taking Time Out (sabbaticals) and, longer term, 25% of all partners to be female. Already a very successful businesswoman, Emma knows she’s not a finished product and understands how winning the award will help her achieve her personal career goals.”

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