Sareena Bains – CEO

Sareena joined Movement to Work in February 2024 as the Chief Executive Officer on secondment from Accenture where she worked as a leader within Accenture’s Strategy & Consulting Financial Services Industry Group. Her role involved advising and supporting Global and UK Tier 1 Banks, Challenger Banks, and Building Societies with post-M&A integration, regulatory change, and digital strategy and transformation.

Sareena is experienced in leading large programmes and portfolios, driving strategic growth and improvement initiatives, and has a proven track record for establishing, coaching, and building high-performing and diverse teams. Most recently, Sareena played a pivotal role in Accenture’s leadership team at a major UK Banking client. In her role, she operated as the Strategy and Consulting lead, responsible for a multi-million-pound Change Services portfolio and team spanning the UK, Europe, and India.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Sareena is obsessed with levelling the playing field and maintains an unwavering commitment to driving widespread social impact and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) across the domains of Technology, Financial Services, and broader society. She has consistently channelled this dedication through her leadership as a DE&I sponsor and as the founder and leader of Accenture’s UKI Women in Financial Services Network, through
which she has partnered with corporate and not-for-profit organisations to advocate for a more equal and diverse workforce. With a mission to pay it forward, Sareena often mentors university students, champions girls in STEM initiatives, and dedicates her time to volunteering at local youth zones and schools.

Sareena is a firm believer in equal opportunity for all, irrespective of one’s background. She has spent her career committed to breaking down barriers, ensuring our workforces are more representative of the society we live in, and that the next generation is equipped with the skills to compete for the jobs of the future. Sareena brings this passion to the Movement and is delighted to be working with an incredible team, steering group, employers, and partners to shape a sustainable future where young people have the opportunities they deserve to succeed in the world of work.

In her spare time, Sareena enjoys meeting family and friends, baking sweet treats, and is an avid football and Formula 1 fan, often tying her travels to attending grand prix events.

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