About us


The LACA-Lead the change Board has been created to champion diversity and inclusion at the top levels of business in the UK.

Our aim is to build strong, strategic collaborations, identify and engage with senior business leaders as change agents, to encourage them to step up to make a meaningful and measurable difference. We will also promote ideas which make a difference and share best practice.


Our members

Emer Timmons OBE

Emer is Co-Chair of the LACA - Lead the Change board.

She is the founder and CEO of ET Solutions, which provides Strategic Engagement Professional Services and Programmes, delivered through consultancy and extraordinary experiences for clients globally...Read more


Denis Woulfe

Denis is Co-Chair of the LACA - Lead the Change board.

Denis is a senior business advisor and NED and Co-Chairs the LACA-lead the change Board. Denis is a trustee of the RNLI and is chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the board of governors at the University of the West of England...Read more

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith

Ruby is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director with current positions which include the Airports Operator Association, Tideway, Mace Group and the Department of Education. Previously, Ruby was the Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC and was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of PageGroup.

She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 ... Read more

Michael Prescott

Michael was political editor of the Sunday Times prior to entering corporate life. He has worked for agencies that advise companies on communications strategy and served for seven years as BT’s director of corporate affairs.

In his first position after leaving journalism, Michael led a team of 40 communications professionals. He was proud of the equal gender balance on the team and the way it boosted creativity and the quality of client advice... Read more

Randall S. Peterson

Randall is Professor and Academic Director of the Leadership Institute at London Business School.

From 2007-2012 Randall was Deputy Dean of London Business School.Since 2017 Randall is also on the board of UN Women UK.

Randall teaches, consults, and publishes on high performance teams and conflict management, at all levels including boards and top management teams... Read more

Caroline Waters OBE

Deputy Chair of the EHRC, Vice President of Carers UK, RSPCA Trustee and Founder of CW Consulting Box

Caroline was also Director of People & Policy at BT and has a distinguished record on equality, inclusion, and HR setting the agenda and demonstrating real thought leadership.

An influential leader of the movement to create new ways of working and the nascent flexible working agenda of the 1990s Caroline continues to work to build more inclusive approaches to work... Read more

Emma Codd

Emma Codd is a Partner at Deloitte LLP and Global Inclusion Leader.

From 2013 – 2019 Emma was Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte LLP and sat on the firm’s Executive Committee. During this period Emma led a period of significant change for the firm from a gender diversity perspective; this included – amongst many other things – early voluntary gender pay gap reporting, the introduction of an award-winning industry-first return to work programme, and ... Read more


Elysia McCaffrey

Interim Director, Government Equalities Office

Elysia took up the role of Interim Director of the Government Equalities Office in October 2019 and forms part of the Senior Leadership Team at the Cabinet Office. The Government Equalities Office leads work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality, and is responsible for the wider equality framework .... Read more

William Touche

William Co-Chairs the activation committee for LACA.

William is London Senior Partner and Vice Chair at Deloitte.  Alongside his client work, he leads Deloitte’s Executive and Board Programmes, the corporate governance team and the Deloitte Academy... Read more