Newcastle Law School

Funke Abimbola

Funke Abimbola

Multi-award winning lawyer, public speaker, TV contributor, diversity leader, patron and board member (LLB 1994)

Funke Abimbola is a multi-award winning lawyer, public speaker, TV contributor, diversity leader, patron and board member. She is General Counsel and Head of Financial Compliance at Roche, the multinational pharmaceutical company. She is the most senior black lawyer in her field and is ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 20 BAME leaders internationally, and by Debretts as the most influential black lawyer in Britain.

Funke is a strong advocate of corporate and social diversity. In 2014, she was nominated for a National Diversity Award, and in the same year she was nominated for the Law Society Excellence Awards. In 2015, she won a Positive Role Model Award and in 2016 she received a Point of Light award recognising the impact of her voluntary diversity work in the UK. She is an advisory board member for Women in Law London, founder of Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law and a regular contributor to radio and television, and a TEDx speaker. She gave the keynote speech at the Inspirational BAME Women of the Law, part of the Freedom City programme at the University, in 2017.