University of Chicago GSB

Book Launch: The Mosaic Principle
The six dimensions of a successful life and career

3 May 2017

Why Women Mean Business

Sapphire Partners are delighted to host a reception at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business to celebrate the publication of Nick Lovegrove’s the Mosaic Principle.   The evening will include a discussion with the Author, Nick Lovegrove,  Managing Partner at Brunswick Group.

If you are interested and would like to attend please email




City Remuneration Summit 2017
22 March 2017

Sapphire Partners is partnering with City & Financial Global for this one-day conference, at which Kate Grussing, Managing Director of Sapphire Partners will be a panellist.
Until now EU policy has tended to dominate much of the debate about financial services remuneration in the UK.  With Brexit, this will begin to change, and the regulatory environment outside Europe will need more attention.  Compensation, Reward and HR managers still have plenty of new UK rules about which to worry, In addition, there is a growing focus on socially related areas such as gender pay.  This conference will be the eleventh in this series and will examine the detailed challenges and it will try to take both a short and long term view.

The full event programme and confirmed speakers can be viewed on the event website by clicking HERE

Men as Role Models
25 January 2017

Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire Partners, attended the Chartered Management Institute’s event ‘Men as Role Models’.

Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director at the Sunday Times, chaired a panel discussion to explore how men act as role models in practice, and how we prompt more men to become everyday champions of women at work.   Speakers included Ann Francke, CMI’s CEO, Chris Stylianou – Chief Operating Officer (UK & Ireland), Sky, Martin Steadman – CEO, Nutmeg, Mark Wild – Managing Director, London Underground and Michael Lewis – CEO, E.ON Climate & Renewables.

To watch Kate discussing her perspectives please click HERE

Women in Finance Summit
24 January 2017

Sapphire Partners was a supporter of this one-day conference, at which Kate Grussing, Managing Director of Sapphire Partners joined an exceptionally strong speaker panel.

This conference reviewed the practical aspects of implementing HM Treasury’s Charter on Women in Financial Services, as well as promote effective corporate strategies for creating gender diversity at all levels of leadership.

The full event programme and confirmed speakers can be viewed on the event website by clicking HERE

Women to Watch Reception
15 September 2016

Sapphire Partners held their fourth annual reception to put the spotlight on “Women to Watch”,  This year it was in collaboration with Royal Mail. The reception was hosted by Moya Greene, CEO,  Royal Mail. 

Speakers included Sir Philip Hampton, Chair of the Hampton-Alexander Review and GlaxoSmithKline and Kate Grussing, MD of Sapphire.

To read The Female FTSE Board Report 2016 please click HERE

2015 Premium Listed IPOs
6 July 2016

Sapphire Partners proprietary research on board composition of the London Stock Exchange’s 2015 premium listed Initial Public Offerings was launched at an event hosted by Numis Corporation. 

Speakers included Lorna Tilbian, Executive Director, Numis Corporation, Cathy Turner, Independent NED, Aldermore Group and Countrywide, and Kate Grussing, Managing Director of Sapphire.

To read recent press on the research featured in the FT please click HERE
To read recent press on the research featured in Forbes by Dina Medland please click HERE
To read Sapphire’s press release highlighting lack of diversity in IPO boards 2015 and 2016 please click HERE

Women to Watch Reception
29 September 2015

Sapphire Partners held their third annual reception to put the spotlight on “Women to Watch.”  This year it was in collaboration with the London Stock Exchange Group plc.  The reception was hosted by Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange.  Speakers included Moya Greene, Chief Executive, Royal Mail Group, Harriet Baldwin, MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury & City Minister and Kate Grussing, Founder of Sapphire.  
To read The Female FTSE Board Report 2015 please click HERE

Opening the Black Box of Board Appointments
12 March 2015

Sapphire Partners, Kings College London and KPMG are holding a research launch “Opening the Black Box of Board Appointments: Men’s and Women’s Routes to the Boardroom”, which is a path-finding report co-sponsored by Sapphire Partners and the ESRC.

With the appointment of women to FTSE100 and FTSE250 boards gaining pace, there is still little known about how men and women experience the search for Non-Executive Directorships and the appointment process.  This research presents the findings of longitudinal interviews and an online survey with men and women seeking commercial board appointments.

To download the report please CLICK HERE                                                                                                         

Women to Watch Reception
House of Commons

22 September 2014

Sapphire Partners held their second annual reception to put the spotlight on “Women to Watch”, this year in collaboration with Lloyds Banking Group.  The reception was hosted by Mary Macleod, MP for the Brentford and Isleworth constituency in West London.  Speakers included António Horta-Osório, Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group, Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities and Kate Grussing, Founder of Sapphire. 

To view photos of the event please Click Here

Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit
23-24 June 2014

Kate Grussing was a panellist with Rona Fairhead on the realities of corporate boards at Fortune Magazine’s third annual Most Powerful Women International meeting and Gala Dinner held in London. With a programme focused on business and career success in the global economy, the 2014 theme was “The New Connected Leadership” packed with interactive sessions featuring in-depth interviews and conversations.

For more information please Click Here

100 Women to Watch
12 September 2013

Sapphire Partners organises a special reception for the “100 Women to Watch” profiled in Cranfield’s Female FTSE Board Report 2013.  Sapphire were eager to turn the spotlight on these accomplished women and to celebrate their achievements alongside prominent guests including some of the UK’s business and political leaders most involved in promoting female talent.  The reception was hosted by Amber Rudd (MP for Hastings and Rye and Parliamentary Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and speakers included Sir Philip Hampton, Professor Susan Vinnicombe and Kate Grussing

For more information, please Click Here.

Parliamentary Inquiry into Executive Women
19 June 2013

Kate Grussing attended the launch and was one of two executive search professionals who gave evidence at a Parliamentary inquiry into Executive Women in the Workplace: Building the Executive Pipeline of Talent for Future Women on Boards. Kate testified to the importance of companies looking broader than their traditional search partners and the considerable pool of highly talented women in the pipeline.

Please click here to read the full report

19 June 2013

Sally Springbett spoke at a round-table discussion on Women on Boards: has progress stalled and does it matter? Other speakers included:

  • Alison Maitland (Author and Journalist)
  • Joanna Santinon (Ernst & Young)

Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women

Women, Leadership and Public Life Conference
8 December 2012

Mum and Career

6 December 2012

Recruitment Diary in Executive Appointment reports on Monday’s popular FT Non Executive Director’s Club Seminar on “Women on Boards: The How Not the Why.”  Sapphire Managing Director Kate Grussing was quoted on the critical importance executive credentials for NED roles.

Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women

Panellists included:

  • Baroness Goudie, Life Peer of the House of Lords
  • Kate Grussing, Managing Director, Sapphire Partners
  • Davida Marston, NED
  • Fran Moscow, Managing Director, Fran Moscow Consultancy
  • Diane Morgan, Forté Foundation
  • Sarah Turvil, Chairman, Willis International
Mum and Career

Navigating your Career Around Children

Kate Grussing was the lead speaker in this workshop and talking about ‘Career Patterns and Concerns for Professional Women’.

Click HERE for further details.

85 Broads
Sapphire Partners

The London Chapter of 85 Broads
Women on Boards Seminar
24 May 2012

Kate Grussing took part in this evening of strategic insights, practical advice and planning ahead on what it really takes to become a Non-Executive Director

Click here for the full programme and booking information

30% Club
Sapphire Partners

Creating the Next Generation of Women Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs
A Practical Guide to Making it Happen

16 May 2012

A year after the publication of Lord Davies’ review of Women on Boards, it is clear that considerable progress is being made towards increasing the representation of women on the boards.  However, there is no room for complacency.

Sapphire Partners were a sponsor for this all-day conference with its stellar line-up of speakers.

London Business School
Sapphire Partners

20 March 2012

Sapphire Partners were delighted to again join LBS and iRelaunch to convene this pioneering and successful Return to Work Conference.

Over a hundred delegates attended the conference, which was aimed at professionals who had taken a career break now wanted to return to work.  There was a buzz in the room as invaluable assistance was given on strategies to return to work, successful relaunchers told their stories and hiring managers told us what they looked for in a job application.

More information about the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference is here.


Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women

Heather McGregor as ‘Mrs Moneypenny’
30 January 2012

Having a sense of humour is a key skill for any woman in business, and the content of this book, combined with the wit of its author, made this a very memorable evening.  Mrs Moneypenny, in real life, is one of the best networked women in the UK and has had several very successful careers already. 

This event is by invitation only