Best known for her legal challenge to the Government’s plan to invoke the UK’s departure from the EU without a Parliamentary vote, Gina has become one of the country’s most high profile campaigners. As well as Brexit she has commented and campaigned on the transparency of pensions and investment advice (she is the co-founder of an investment company) as well as on social and equality issues. Having worked in marketing and in financial services, she is also the author of Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way, and has been named as Britain’s most influential black person.
Gina has worked in the UK retail financial services sector since 1996. She is passionate about transparency, accountability and consumer protection, with a core belief that financial firms have a duty to manage people’s money with honesty and integrity.
In 2012 Gina launched a transparency initiative, the True and Fair Campaign, calling for an end to rip offs and dubious practices in the UK investment and pension industry, as well as a Code of Ethics. Gina’s work through this campaign has resulted in contributions to three EU Directives which have resulted in over 500m consumers across Europe benefitting from enhanced consumer protection from 2018.
Through her philanthropic work Gina supports dynamic small community charities, and works with donors on smarter giving so that their donations achieve maximum impact. She has also been a strident voice calling for reform as well as calling out poor practices, lack of transparency, lack of safeguarding and financial scrutiny in the Third Sector.
In 2016, Gina successfully challenged the Government over its authority to implement Brexit, winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court. In 2018 Gina continues a ‘democracy and legality’ watching brief of the UK Government’s activities, including challenging the legality of the £1 billion payment to Northern Ireland for the 10 DUP votes, and the power grab within the EU Withdrawal Bill.
As an ambassador for the Desmond Tutu foundation, Gina was a featured speaker at the third annual ‘Desmond Tutu International Peace Summit’ in London in April, 2018. The summit explored topics including international peace and security, South Africa in this year of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, rebuilding Syria and the Oslo Agreement, 25 years on.
Gina is a regular contributor to topical programmes and in recent months has appeared on Radio 4’s Any Questions and BBC Question Time, BBC Newsnight, Sky News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and BBC World Service.
Gina was awarded the Most Influential Person – Powerlist 2017 and has degrees in Marketing and Human Resource Management, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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