Celebrate. Inform. Inspire. Women in Law.



Spark21 is a charity founded to celebrate, inform and inspire future generations of women in the professions. (Registered Charity Number 1167825)

The charity’s various projects include its ownership and management of s the pioneering “First 100 Years of Women (2014-2019): Women in Law”​ campaign to mark 100 years since women have joined the professions, including law.

The objectives of Spark21 are for the public benefit to:


Catherine Calder

Over 25 years in the legal profession Catherine has worked in privatepractice, in-house and at the Bar, and as a solicitor and in management.

She is Director of Client Care at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, which specialises in high profile medical, police, regulatory, criminal and public law cases, often involving important ethical, social and political issues.

Kerry Jack

Kerry is co-founder and chief executive of specialist legal communicationsconsultancy, Black Letter Communications PR and has been working in PR and communications for over 20 years. She started her PR career at a specialist legal services PR agency. She then went on to work for a number of large PR agencies, where she led accounts for clients such as Royal Mail, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, BDO Stoy Hayward and City & Guilds.

David Standish

David is an insolvency practitioner and partner at KPMG LLP. He was appointed joint trustee in the bankruptcy of Martine McCutcheon in 2013.

Lisa Tremble

Lisa is a communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience of devising and implementing communications strategies in highly scrutinised environments spanning business, politics and the public sector.

She is currently the Director of External Affairs at Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Dana Denis-Smith

Dana has worked as an iInternational journalist and is a former Linklaters lawyer. She is now a legal entrepreneur, having founded Obelisk Support in 2010 to keep ex-City lawyers working flexibly, around their family or other personal commitments. She is the founder of the First 100 Years project.

Spark21 would like to thank Simmons & Simmons for theirits continued support over the years, for organising this event and for kindly sponsoring it. In particular, we would like to thank the following:

Ania Rontaler is a Corporate partner at Simmons & Simmons, London. Ania trained and qualified as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons, having joined in September 2003. She studied law and French at Exeter University, with one year spent studying French law in (the beautiful and very sunny!) Aix-en- Provence, France. She advises clients on a variety of aspects of corporate law and has a strong focus on the asset management sector. In 2015, Ania was listed as one of the 50 leading women in hedge funds by the global publication, The Hedge Fund Journal. Ania is the co-chair of the Simmons & Simmons women’s network, The Number One Club (TNOC), which was established in 2008. TNOC has both an internal and external focus – internally, TNOC looks to support women throughout the firm in their careers, including by putting on a variety of “Looking After Number One” internal events and externally, the network hosts various events focussed on the firm’s female client base. Ania is also a champion of the fantastic and inspiring First 100 Years project.

Peter Manning joined Simmons & Simmons as a partner in 1999, and currently heads the fFirm’s banking practice. He specialises in insolvency and restructuring assignments. Peter is one of the partners leading the Firm’s initiatives to improve inclusivity and address unconscious bias.