LME Week Women in Commodities Lunch

WIC Lunch

Date: Monday 28 October 2019

Location: QEII Centre, Westminster, London

Event Organiser: London Metal Exchange 

Description: The LME was delighted to host the inaugural Women in Commodities Lunch as part of LME Week. Open to all, this working lunch created discussion around gender diversity in commodities markets and how we promote the development of women in the industry. The event took place as part of the LME Metals Seminar 2019.

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13.15 - Registration and networking refreshments
13.25 - Take your seats with 'brown bag' lunch
13.30 - Welcome address, Gay Huey Evans, Chairman Elect, London Metal Exchange
13.40 - Panel: How can the commodities industry encourage gender diversity and promote the development of women in the industry?


  • Sarah Byrne-Quinn, Head of Transactions, Anglo American (and representative of Women in Mining)
  • Christine Coignard, Non-Executive Director, Polymetal International and Eramet SA
  • Adrienne Muir, Chief Operating Office, VoxSmart (and representative of Women in Listed Derivatives)
  • Carla Stent, Non-Executive Chair of the Group Board, Marex Spectron

Moderated by: Gay Huey Evans, Chairman Elect, London Metal Exchange

14.15 - Close

Christine Coignard


Christine Coignard runs her own consultancy firm since 2001. She is a Non-Executive Director of Polymetal International Plc, the FTSE100 precious metals company, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Eramet SA, the SBF120 Metals and Metallurgy group. Christine combines global banking, investment management and industry experience. She has 31 years of strategy, corporate finance and project finance experience in natural resources, energy and infrastructure with focus on metals and mining, from her investment banking career with the Royal Bank of Canada, Societe Generale, Citi and in consulting industrial and investment companies. She gained industrial experience with Norilsk Nickel as part of the senior team which turned around the group, where she had oversight of investment strategy and international fundraising, leading strategic initiatives and implementation of international best practice. She then continued to work closely with the management and boards of the companies she advises. Christine was named one of the Top 100 Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018 by Women in Mining.

Adrienne Muir, VoxSmart

Adrienne Muir

Adrienne is a Kiwi who has lived in London on and off over the past 20 years. She has significant senior market experience working for both Exchanges and Financial Technology firms in the Financial Markets Sector, most recently taking the leap into Fintech as COO at VoxSmart.

Adrienne is a qualified and effective Chief Operating Officer who has experience in Business Operations and Organisational Development with emphasis on Markets Infrastructure, Business Development, Technical Delivery and People Management. Adrienne has held a number of Senior Positions Globally at LIFFE, New Zealand Exchange (NZX), Trayport Ltd, London Stock Exchange and recently VoxSmart. Adrienne is also a Non-Executive Director of The International Stock Exchange Authority (TISEA).

Adrienne has a real passion for Women in business and believes that natural instincts and aptitude are not tapped into enough when it comes to promoting Women in the workplace. She leads from the front and if often found mentoring and coaching at work or after hours helping share her experiences with others.

To complement her experience, Adrienne has a Post-graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Organisational Development and Change at Bedfordshire University and is a founding Director and Chair of Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD UK) which was launched in 2009 with the goal to highlight industry role models and encourage career advancement for Women in Listed and OTC derivatives.

Adrienne lives in Clapham with her husband Stuart and two young children Alexandra and Harry.

Carla Stent, Marex Spectron

Carla Stent



Carla has held a number of senior positions in banking, private equity and retail industries. She has had direct responsibility for corporate finance & post-merger integration, strategy, business operations, brand development & management and business transformation. Carla has operated at Board level in several countries for organisations including Virgin Group, Barclays Bank plc and the Thomas Cook Group.

Carla now has a portfolio career; heading MCS Advisory Limited, a consultancy that provides interim strategic, financial and operational advice to clients in the private, public and third sectors. She also serves as a non executive director and / or chair person on the boards and sub committees of Savernake Capital Group, JPM Morgan Elect plc, Marex Spectron Limited, the Post Office and Power to Change Trust. She has previously served on the boards and committees of Christian Aid, Change Alliance (India) and the Princes Teaching Institute.

Carla is also a serial angel investor and is a frequent speaker on building alternative careers, corporate culture, gender equality and philanthrophy. She mentors emerging talent and C suite executives.

Carla is a qualified chartered accountant and was born and educated in South Africa.

Supporting Associations

The LME is proud to be running the Women in Commodities Lunch with the support of Women in Mining and Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD). These two organisations are integral to the conversation around promoting the advancement of women in our industry, and we are delighted to have them involved.

Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD)


Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD) is an organization founded by derivatives-industry women with a unified goal: to promote the advancement of women in our industry. WILD’s network includes more than 1,000 women globally. Our group of dynamic and motivated women members hail from diverse backgrounds including: management, technology, sales & marketing, trading & clearing and customer support.

Our group provides networking opportunities, promotes career advancement through knowledge sharing and mentorship programs and helps women develop skills and relationships. We organize networking events, hands-on educational workshops on practical topics like effective use of social media and informal gatherings throughout the year.

WILD raises awareness about the benefits of women in senior management positions and helps prepare women for boardrooms through panel discussions, workshops and high-profile speakers. With research pointing to a direct correlation between women in senior management positions and successful bottom lines, it is a natural progression for us to promote women in our own backyard.

Women in Mining


Founded in 2006, Women in Mining (WIM) advocates and speaks for women in the mining sector, informing industry participants and decision-makers of the challenges and opportunities women are finding in pursuing careers in mining companies and other mining-related businesses.

Through our partnerships with leading mining companies and other industry participants, WIM provides thought leadership, analysis and research on the business case for diversity, inclusion and the economic advancement of women in the sector.

WIM offers a strong network which is used to progress professional goals and career aspirations. Membership is complimentary to both women and men.
Through our work with universities and other organisations, WIM promotes the role of women in the mining industry and externally raises awareness of mining as a career choice for women.

WIM celebrates and shares female success stories with the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” publications and through our social media channels.