T&FT celebrates equality and diversity on International Women’s Day #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange

Temple and Farringdon Together are joining the worldwide call to be bold for change on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, to help forge a better  – a more inclusive, gender equal world, where there is more justice for all.

T&FT’s Caroline Addy, Wendy Mead OBE, and Ruby Sayed all have strong records as champions for equality and diversity and in standing up for the rights of women in the workplace, at home, and in public life.

At a time when the place of women and other marginalised groups in society are under increasing threat from political change and economic uncertainty, Temple and Farringdon Together stands shoulder to shoulder with those calling for greater social justice and equality.

Family law barrister Ruby Sayed said:

“I have campaigned for women and children’s rights throughout my career and today, on International Women’s Day, I am proud to be standing for election as part of a team that believes in an open, inclusive, and tolerant society.

If elected, promoting greater fairness, opportunities, gender parity, and diversity in the City of London will be a top priority.”

T&FT colleague and diversity campaigner Edward Lord OBE added:

“We are so proud to have three fantastic women role models on the Temple and Farringdon Together team in this election. Caroline, Ruby, and Wendy are inspirational advocates for equality and electing them will show the world that we are bold for change in the City of London.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Some suggestions of things all people can do to #BeBoldForChange

  • query all-male speaking panels
  • pull people up on exclusive language
  • challenge stereotypes
  • call it out when women are excluded
  • monitor the gender pay gap
  • point out bias and highlight alternatives
  • call for diverse candidate shortlists
  • embrace inclusive leadership
  • redefine the status quo
  • decide to buy from companies that support women
  • choose to work for a progressive employer for women
  • support or back a woman-owned business
  • take a junior female colleague to a major meeting or event
  • build conducive, flexible work environments
  • appoint a woman to the board
  • mentor a woman and sponsor her goals
  • invite women into situations where they’re not already present or contributing
  • measure and report on gender parity gaps and keep gender on the agenda
  • create new opportunities for women


Health and Clean Air campaigners back Temple & Farringdon Together’s Wendy Mead #CityVote2017


Temple and Farringdon Together’s Wendy Mead OBE has dedicated much of her life to campaigning for better local health services, especially at the City’s St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and to improving air quality.

As a City Councillor for Farringdon Without since 1997, Wendy has been able to put her beliefs into action, especially in her current roles as Chairman of the Port Health & Environmental Services and the Health Scrutiny Committees.

Londonwide campaigners have recognised her contribution, with the following endorsements:

“Wendy Mead has been a great inspiration to many campaigns to develop NHS services; most significantly to the Save Barts’ Hospital Campaign, which she has successfully led. In the past Wendy made an important contribution to the local Community Health Council that successfully raised the standards of NHS care, and  she continues to serve people in the City of London through her outstanding work as Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee. Amongst Wendy’s special interest is the development of better urgent and emergency care and the defibrillator campaign, which aims to save the lives of people who suffer cardiac arrest. We greatly value Wendy’s contribution to the work of the Patients’ Forum.” Malcolm Alexander, Chair, Patients’ Forum for the London Ambulance Service


“Wendy has been a wonderful Clean Air Champion as Chair of the Port Health and Environmental Services Committee and before.  Under her leadership, the City of London Corporation has led the way, day in day out, in the fight against diesel fumes in the way it did so successfully against coal burning with the first Clean Air Act in 1954.  Everyone is now getting the message!  I encourage people to re-elect Wendy.” Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London