ProfessionManaging Counsel, Roche
Funke Abimbola is Managing Counsel (UK & Ireland) for Roche, leading the legal team that supports Roche’s pharmaceutical operations in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar. She is also Data Privacy Officer for the UK. She is a practising solicitor who graduated from Newcastle Law School with honours and is qualified to practice law both in Nigeria and in England & Wales. A recognised legal expert working within the UK life sciences sector, Funke is also a notable diversity champion within the UK legal industry and has received multiple awards and other recognition for both her legal work and her diversity work. She speaks regularly at legal and diversity conferences in the UK and abroad, including speaking to school and University students about legal careers and her own personal journey. As a working mother, Funke juggles the demands of her career with home life and supports working mothers on how best to achieve the elusive work/life balance. She is passionate about the law, diversity, education and the healthcare sector. In addition, she is an experienced mentor and sponsor and a keen fundraiser for various charities including Cancer Research UK and Rennie Grove Hospice.