Dr Sandie Okoro, lawyer, mentor and Putney High Schoolalumna, has made the shortlist of GDST Alumna of the Year competition 2015. Notonly is Sandie very successful in her field, she is also mentors young womenwho aspire to become lawyers.
Sandie attended Putney High School from 1974-1983, and says shehas fond memories of her teachers here. She went straight on after her A Levelsto the University of Birmingham to study Law and Politics, then attended theInns of Court School of Law for the Bar Finals and was Called to the Bar in1988.
Sandie joined Stoneham Langton and Passmore and in 1990 shebecame a solicitor. The same year she joined Schroders, where she rose tobecome Schroders’ Head of Legal for Corporate Services, managing its globallegal panel. She held this position until she left for Barings in 2007.
Sandie assumed the position of Global General Counsel atHSBC Asset Management in January 2014. She is the only female lawyer from anethnic minority holding such a position in the City. During the same month,Sandie became President of International Lawyers of Africa (ILFA), havingpreviously been a director there.
In 2015, for the third successive year, she has beenincluded in the Powerlist, which profiles Britain’s 100 most influential peopleof African or African Caribbean heritage. Sandie was named 4th in this list.
In late 2013 she became a council member of Justice, theHuman Rights organisation chaired by Baroness Kennedy. She is an Ambassador forthe Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme and is on the board of TheHague-based dispute resolution organisation P.R.I.M.E Finance. Sandie is also aBoard member and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was on theWOW (Women of the World) Festival organising committee for 2015.
Despite her busy schedule, Sandie mentors young aspiringlawyers by providing bespoke one-to-one mentoring through various schemesincluding the Law Society’s Access to Diversity scheme. She co-founded, with aBarings’ colleague, the very successful See The Possibilities mentoringprogramme aimed at young students.
Sandie is a strong believer in people at the top helpingothers to rise through the ranks;“every person who is in a position of successshould make sure they are letting down the ladders for the people behind them.”For this work in mentoring, and in recognition of her career in business andlaw, Sandie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by City University in July2014.
We think she is a brilliant candidate for this award– ifyou would like to vote for Sandie, go tohttp://gdst.net/3433/alumnae/alumna-of-the-year/alumna-of-the-year-2015and click on Sandie.