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YVETTE FORRESTER – Head of Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion, Learning & Development

Yvette is a Governance and Inclusion Consultant for Howlett Brown. Yvette joined Howlett Brown from the Bank of New York Mellon where she worked in the EMEA Regional Change group supporting the EMEA Regulatory Governance and Reporting Programmes. Prior to being a Project Manager she was the Company Secretary where she performed comprehensive company secretarial services to a large portfolio of entities in the UK and EMEA region with responsibilities for compliance with statutory and corporate governance requirements. Yvette has over 25 years of Senior Administration experience in large firms, including Accenture, United Broadcasting Entertainment and previously worked as a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs, performing Company Secretarial duties. She remains an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (UK) since 2016.

Yvette graduated from Fordham University in New York majoring in Sociology and French. She completed her MSc in Corporate Governance (2015) gaining a distinction in her dissertation on women making it to the C-Suite. Alongside her main duties, Yvette was involved in many social awareness activities at BNY Mellon having Co-Chaired EMEA Community Partnership; Chair of Business Resource Group, IMPACT Community Affairs sub-committee; and she was appointed as Co-Chair of IMPACT in EMEA where she looked to increase diverse talent pipeline externally and internally.Yvette is a mentor with Inspiring the Future and is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair sitting on the Board of DigiBridge Community Interest Company; a social enterprise providing IT support, recycling, re-use services and activities locally in London and educational support for young people in Africa. 

Yvette is also President of the City Women’s Network, one of the longest-standing women’s networks in the UK and remains committed to providing a secure, collegial environment where members can grow their professional networks and allies and succeed through collaboration. She is a regular panellist or facilitator on topics ranging from Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Courageous Conversations and Hybrid working.

Yvette has a keen interest in the arts having spent her formative years working at the International Centre of Photography and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is a mother to two teenage boys Chi and Ifa. Fond of yoga and swimming she also occasionally participates in charity runs.