Charlene Laidley

LTW 30 ChangeMakers to Watch, UN Global Champion for Change, and Entrepreneur at Cambridge Business School in England, United Kingdom

Charlene Laidley

LTW 30 ChangeMakers to Watch, UN Global Champion for Change, and Entrepreneur at Cambridge Business School in England, United Kingdom

Charlene Laidley is a recognised United Nations Women Global ChangeMaker and is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FutureProof Foundation, a global consultancy company which helps corporations to close their gender and ethnicity gender pay gap. She is the winner of the 2018 London Stock Exchange International Women’s Day Award in recognition of her contribution to inspiring the next generation and driving economic growth and was named as one of 30 ChangeMakers to watch in 2018 by the Ambassadors at London Tech Week.

Before dedicating her career to tackling gender inequality, Charlene had a successful career in the luxury goods and fashion industry working in brand management with organisations such as Burberry, LVMH, Unilever and The Mayor of London.

Charlene is currently studying entrepreneurship at the world renown University of Cambridge Judge Business School where she is working on leveraging technology to find a scalable solution to help 'futureproof' the lives of over 2 million women by 2030.


I founded FutureProof to ensure that every woman and girl in the U.K, regardless of ethnicity or social class has the belief, confidence, ability, and opportunities to fulfil their highest potential.


As a professional speaker, lecturer and trainer, I chair conferences, host and facilitate corporate events, deliver workshops and give thought-provoking and exciting speeches.


Listed "30 ChangeMakers to Watch 2018" - London Tech Week. Winner International Women’s Day Award for "Inspiring the Next Generation" - London Stock Exchange. Winner "Global Champion for Change" - UN Women. Winner "Social Impact Scholar Award" - Westminster City Council. Shortlisted "Rising Star Award" - Variety Catherine Awards. Honorary Ambassador "Women Inspiring the Future" - Education & Employers Taskforce. Fellow - The Royal Society of the Arts


Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship. Hughes Hall College, University of Cambridge.

Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, Cambridge Judge Business School.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Honours Fashion Management specialising in Luxury Goods, Fashion Institute of Technology New York and London College of Fashion.

  • Work
    • FutureProof Foundation
  • Education
    • University of Cambridge
Charlene Laidley is an inspirational, professional businesswoman who campaigns for Women's Economic Empowerment."
- Next Tech Girls
We are impressed by Charlene’s boundless energy and commitment to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs and business leaders in the UK. The FutureProof Foundation’s plans to empower women and girls are truly exciting. Charlene Laidley and the FutureProof Foundation is a fantastic asset to our community of entrepreneurs creating a positive impact on people and planet.”
- Shazia Mirza, Managing Director of Impact Hub
I’d like to congratulate Charlene on winning a scholarship and all the work she is doing to empower young women growing up and studying in Westminster.”
- Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Councillor & Cabinet Member for Business
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