About

Working together to promote Diversity & Inclusion.

Our Purpose

We are a group representing the in house legal functions of a number of major corporations who have come together to support increasing meaningful diversity and inclusion across the legal profession, whether in our own in house practices, or in the law firms that we work with, wherever we may be located.

Meet our Board

Our Board are champions of equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Donny Ching

Donny Ching

Legal Director

Royal Dutch Shell

BHP
Caroline Cox

Caroline Cox

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

BHP

Vodafone
Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Vodafone Group

Anglo American
Richard Price

Richard Price

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Anglo American

Unilever
Ritva

Ritva Sotamaa

Chief Legal Officer and Group Secretary

Unilever

Tom Shropshire

Tom Shropshire

General Counsel and Company Secretary Designate

Diageo plc

Donny Ching

Donny Ching

Legal Director

Royal Dutch Shell

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shell

Donny was appointed Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc on February 10, 2014.

He was previously General Counsel for Shell’s Project & Technology business, based in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.

Donny graduated with a law degree from the University of Southampton in the UK and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1988. He joined Shell in Australia in the same year and re-qualified as a lawyer in Victoria, Australia, in 1989. He worked initially in the Resources business before moving on to downstream and corporate work in Shell Australia.

In 1992, he moved to Shell Hong Kong to work on the Nanhai petrochemicals project in China, as well as other smaller joint ventures and projects that marked Shell’s re-entry into China. In 2000, Donny moved to London in the UK where he first worked on some chemical divestments before moving to support Shell’s then Gas & Power business. He helped to set up Shell’s global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading business and on projects such as Pearl GTL in Qatar. Donny moved to Singapore in 2004 as Associate General Counsel for the Gas & Power business in the Asia-Pacific region. His role included supporting Shell’s growing LNG trading business and LNG projects such as Sakhalin LNG and Gorgon LNG. In 2008, Donny became Head of Legal for Shell Singapore, responsible for legal support to the Downstream business in South-east Asia. He became General Counsel of Projects & Technology in June 2011.

Caroline Cox

Caroline Cox

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

BHP

BHP
BHP

Caroline Cox joined BHP in August 2014, and was appointed Group General Counsel in March 2016.

She leads a team of more than 100 lawyers across Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia. In March 2019, Caroline was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Previously, Caroline enjoyed an 11 year career with leading global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills where she was a Disputes Partner before joining BHP. She specialised in large cross-border regulatory investigations, such as under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and performed advisory work for a number of multinational companies. She also represented companies in a range of significant public commissions of inquiry, including the Oil for Food Inquiry and the James Hardie Inquiry. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Caroline practised at leading Canadian commercial law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.

Caroline graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction) and was the Gold Medallist in Law at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Vodafone Group

Vodafone
Vodafone

Rosemary Martin was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Vodafone Group Plc in March 2010.

She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc with the last five years as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Before joining Reuters, Rosemary was a partner in the City law firm, Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown). Rosemary is a trustee of Vodafone Foundation and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a member of the Council of the University of Sussex and a member of The Takeover Panel and has previously held non-executive roles at EY and at HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group).

Richard Price

Richard Price

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Anglo American

Anglo American
Anglo American

Richard Price is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary and a member of the Group Management Committee of Anglo American plc, one of the world’s largest mining companies.

Anglo American has a globally diversified range of mines and exploration properties across a number of commodities including copper, diamonds (through De Beers), platinum, iron ore and coal. Prior to joining Anglo American Richard was a corporate partner at a leading international law firm where he practiced as a New York qualified lawyer in London, Singapore and Toronto. In private practice, he advised clients in relation to capital markets offerings (raising well in excess of $50 billion), disclosure issues, corporate governance, compliance and mergers and acquisitions.

Ritva

Ritva Sotamaa

Chief Legal Officer and Group Secretary

Unilever

Unilever
Unilever

Ritva Sotamaa was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Unilever in February 2013 and assumed the role of Group Secretary in January 2018.

As a member of Unilever’s Leadership Executive Ritva is responsible for the company’s Legal, Intellectual Property and Business Integrity functions. Ritva was born in Kankaanpää, Finland in 1963 and earned a Master of Laws from the University of Turku, Finland. She has trained on the bench (judge qualification).

Prior to joining Unilever, Ritva spent most of her career within the healthcare industry. She has worked extended periods of time in global corporations in Finland, USA, Germany and United Kingdom covering a broad range of legal matters, managing multinational teams and operating as part of business executive teams. She was global General Counsel for Siemens Healthcare from 2009 to 2013, based in Erlangen, Germany. Between 2003 and 2009, she held several General Counsel roles at GE Healthcare, mostly based out of Wisconsin, USA. Ritva started her legal career in Finland in 1989 at Instrumentarium Corporation, a Finnish publicly listed healthcare company, as legal counsel for the company’s international business. Between 1996 and 1998, she was Legal Counsel for Partek Corporation and returned to Instrumentarium in 1998 as General Counsel, in which position she served until the company was acquired by GE in 2003. Ritva is also a non-executive director of the Finnish branded consumer goods company Fiskars Corporation

Tom Shropshire

Tom Shropshire

General Counsel and Company Secretary Designate

Diageo plc

Tom Shropshire is the General Counsel and Company Secretary Designate of Diageo plc (LSE: DGE / NYSE: DEO), and a member of its Executive Committee.

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with brands across spirits and beer, operating in over 180 countries and an outstanding collection of over 200 brands, including Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, Tanqueray, Crown Royal and Don Julio.  Tom is also a former partner of Linklaters LLP, where he was Global Head of the US Practice and co-head of the Risk & Resilience Practice.  Tom is a recognized leader in Inclusion and Diversity, having been a member of the steering group and a principal author of the review of ethnicity on FTSE boards led by Sir John Parker in the UK. Tom has been identified as a leading ethnic minority executive in the US and UK over a number of years, and in 2021 Tom was identified as a top 10 “Executive Role Model” by Empower.  Tom was also the author of the UN Global Compact’s “Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I sign up?

We are currently reviewing the governance and structure of our Initiative and therefore our membership process.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more at this time via the contact link.

Once I have signed up, how can I help?

Recognising the diversity of our signatory community, we are keen to allow signatories to participate in a way that suits their needs. You (or a member of your team) can join one of the Sub-Groups to carry out our research activities or work on guidance and good practice recommendations.

You can attend, or host, an event to support our activities. If you are speaking at a conference or being interviewed you can mention the work of the group. We’ve produced some Ground Rules to help our signatories support our goals through effective communication.

What do I get for joining?

We will provide regular updates on activities and you are free to use the research, guidance and other materials as you see appropriate for your organisation’s situation. These will all be published on this website and also our public Linked In page. There will be periodic events which will give you the chance to meet other signatories and discuss ideas and experiences to shape the future of the Initiative.

I’m holding my own event and I would like to use the statement and materials. Can I copy the statement and participant logos?

We’re happy for you to reference your participation in the GCD&I Initiative in your own D&I events, but we would ask that you don’t reproduce the statement or participant logos (including the GCD&I Logo) without consent. Please get in touch.

I’m with a Law Firm. How can I get involved?

As collaboration is at the heart of this initiative, the Steering Committee is currently considering what the mechanism for law firms to come on board might look like. We will be in touch shortly with more details on this but in the meantime, if you have any feedback of your own to share please let us know.

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