Stephen Mercer

Head of technology consulting, Deloitte
Leading the charge on respect and inclusion at Deloitte’s 2,600 strong technology practice, Mercer has been instrumental in making the consultancy a more diverse, inclusive and productive workplace. Understanding that people aspire to "be what they can see", he has improved gender balance in visible leadership roles and all the members of his leadership team mentor female colleagues. On his watch, the number of female partners joining the practice has risen 25.5%, with graduate starters this year set to be 50/50 male/female.

She Says: "I was paired with Stephen as part of the Women in Technology Sponsorship programme and I feel privileged to have been supported by such a proactive leader." Sheena Pem, manager, testing, technology consulting, Deloitte