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Aviva leaders named in Cranfield’s Women to Watch

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Chika Aghadiuno, Group Enterprise Risk Director (left) and Danny Harmer, Chief People Officer (right)

Danny Harmer and Chika Aghadiuno have been named on Cranfield School of Management’s Women to Watch for 2021. The annual list identifies leading female professionals suited to non-executive positions on the boards of FTSE 350 companies now or in the near future.

Alongside being Chief People Officer, Danny is the Co-Executive Sponsor of our Pride Community, and Domestic Abuse Working Group, which introduced training last year to support customers and colleagues.

Danny is a passionate supporter on issues such as menopause, caring and working parents. She mentors several women, and is a past Master of the Guild of HR Professionals.

Danny Harmer, Chief People Officer at Aviva, said: "I am so proud to be named alongside Chika in the Women to Watch. We know that great businesses are more diverse, including in the boardroom.  I look forward to seeing the fabulous women on this list having a positive impact on organisations both now, and in the future as Board members." 

Chika Aghadiuno is Aviva’s Group Enterprise Risk Director, as well as Co-Executive sponsor of our Origins Community, which represents race, ethnicity, faith and social mobility at Aviva. Earlier this year, she appeared on the EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List. 

Outside of Aviva, Chika is the Chair of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Diversity Action Group and she mentors academically able boys and young men of African and Caribbean descent through the Amos Bursary. Chika is also a non-executive director for a leading medical defence organisation.

Chika Aghadiuno, Group Enterprise Risk Director at Aviva, said: "Appearing on the Women to Watch List is an unexpected spotlight and a reminder to myself that the light is out there and it could land on any one of us. I will endeavour to live up to what it represents."

About Cranfield School of Management and the annual Women to Watch list

The Women to Watch supplement was introduced by Cranfield University’s Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre in 2009.

Cranfield University’s Female FTSE Board Report, launched today, reveals that, while the number of women on FTSE 100 and 250 boards continues to rise, there remains considerable variance between companies, with the overall figures boosted by the efforts of several leading firms.

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