Hachette's Gender Balance Network holds virtual event

Lucy Nathan
News - Publishing Wednesday, 28th July 2021

Event on pay transparency includes Nelle Andrew, Aki Schilz, Hannah Trevarthen and Ella Horne

Hachette UK's Gender Balance Network has unveiled an industry-wide virtual event on 2 September. The event, titled Gender balance and pay transparency: in publishing and beyond, will consist of a morning panel, a midday panel, an afternoon keynote speaker, and a post-event conversation. Speakers include Aki Schilz, Nelle Andrew, Hannah Trevarthen and Ella Horne. The event aims to open up discussions, raise awareness and improve understanding around gender balance and the pay gap.

The morning panel, What does gender balance look like?, is chaired by literary agent Nelle Andrew, and looks at 'how hopes for gender balanced workplaces and workforces could and should translate into concrete change, and how balance relates to the work and industries of the panellists specifically'. The panellists are Hannah Trevarthen, events and partnerships manager at English PEN, Federica Cocco, a Financial Times journalist and diversity officer at the Financial Times NUJ chapel, Jennie Kermode, author of Transgender Employees in the Workplace: a Guide for Employers, and Charlotte Woodworth, gender equality campaign director at Prince's Trust charity Business in the Community.

The next panel is chaired by Zainab Juma, who looks after Penguin consumer brand campaigns and is mother of chapel for the unions at Penguin Random House UK. It asks how issues relating to gender balance specifically apply to the publishing industry and will consider how the impact of the pay gap, pay transparency and gender balance differs depending on the variable experiences of publishing professionals. Panellists are Hamza Jahanzeb, a publishing professional who is a staunch advocate of #BookJobTransparency, Suzanne Collier, founder of bookcareers.com, Ella Horne, senior marketing manager at Transworld Publishers and co-founder of The FLIP (a newsletter championing Female Leadership in Publishing), and Saskia Bewley, head of diversity and inclusion at Hachette UK.

Aki Schilz, director of the Literary Consultancy, gives the keynote speech at 4pm, posing the question 'How are conversations on pay transparency progressing following ever-increasing attention on this issue in the publishing industry?'. 

The event forms part of the Gender Balance Network's outreach agenda for 2021 and tickets will be free and open to all. A £5 donation is suggested for those who can afford it; it will go directly to the Equal Pay Advice Service set up by The Fawcett Society.

Niamh Anderson, events coordinator, and Ellen Harber and Emma Petfield, co-chairs of the Gender Balance Network, said: "We are thrilled to be hosting this event on behalf of Hachette UK's Gender Balance Network, but we hope that members of the publishing industry and beyond will be encouraged to attend. The issues raised are pertinent to every working adult, and we are delighted to be bringing together such a talented range of individuals to spotlight these important issues."