EY is proud to support and convene inspiring women around the world through collaboration, sponsorship and networks, covering the public, private and non-profit sectors. And even before women begin their careers, we are helping girls access the right skills so that they can become inspiring young women and future leaders.
UK&I Tax Partner, Joanna Santinon is just one of the many inspirational women at EY who’s passion for building sustainable opportunities for women at all levels knows no boundaries. Joanna first joined EY as a partner 16 years ago in our Leeds office, joining our entrepreneurial services group. She had previously studied towards a Law degree at Sheffield University and been recruited into the 3rd intake of direct tax graduates at Andersons. Her initial motivation to work in Tax came from a desire to work towards a professional qualification which would give her a broad base to work from, having decided that a career as a barrister or solicitor was not the career path she wished to pursue.
Joanna firmly believes that working for a Big Four organisation like EY, has given her the opportunity to do lots of things – whether it’s been a role taken in HR or within Transaction Tax, she has worked on mid-market and billion pound deals – “no two days are the same when you’re working in the ever changing world of Tax – every day brings a new challenge” Joanna says.
Alongside Joanna’s career milestone of making Partner, Joanna speaks incredibly passionately about her role within the EY Women’s Network which she joined 4 years ago. She thrives off the impact that she can have, and the influence her involvement has on driving diversity and inclusiveness both at EY and in the wider business world. For Joanna, International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate the achievements of women and to highlight their work in all of their forms, shapes and sizes. At the centre of this, lies an important message from the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: “Equality for Women, is Progress for All”. Joanna believes that this highlights an important message about problems with the wider workforce, which includes men, who want the same things as women from their careers.
Through her work with the 30% Club,Joanna is working with a group of industry women to support Chairmen and organisations committed to achieving 30% female representation on FTSE boards by 2015. This has given her a unique insight into the progress of women in business through other people’s eyes, and she is confident that EY is leading in this space – there is of course she says, a way to go.. The 30% Club are currently working towards a mentoring initiative which seeks the involvement of20 corporates which will reach 200 women. Joanna is also proud of the growth she has seen of our own Women’s Network over the last4 years– the number of members has now doubled to 3,000 with 60 events held in the last 12 months. “The reach that this affords the network provides those involved with a greater influence, and means there are more opportunities for women to network and hear the stories of some of our amazing women – it really is an exciting time for EY”