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TMA UK NOW & R3 - Connect & Elevate

Building networks, elevating NextGen talent, supporting and developing female leaders

TMA’s Network of Women is delighted to introduce a new programme of events outside London. The 2023 events will be in Bristol, Manchester, Thames Valley and South East Counties and we are excited about hosting future events in other areas to ensure that NOW is reaching as many TMA members as possible across the UK.

NOW Connect & Elevate is a new initiative focussed on introducing our NextGen to experienced female professionals in the industry to start building meaningful and long-lasting relationships in an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring forum. The aims are:

  • to provide our NextGen with a facilitated platform to engage with more senior women to support and elevate all of our careers; and
  • to foster and embed allyship throughout our NextGen.

We are excited to launch NOW Connect & Elevate in Bristol on Wednesday 22 March. Louise Durkan, Partner, Special Situations M&A at Deloitte LLP will be our guest speaker and we already have an excellent roster of experienced women who are looking forward to meeting our NextGen community. There will be small break-out groups to encourage open chats and our ambition is for this to be the start of some ongoing relationships at all levels.

TMA NOW is thrilled to have support from both the TMA NextGen Bristol committee and the R3 South West and Wales Ladies Committee. This is a free event open to all members and non-members.


5.00 - 5.30pm – registration (with tea and biscuits for people)

5.30 – 6.15pm – Louise Durkan’s guest speaker slot

6.15 – 7.15pm – small table breakout group

7.15 – 8.30pm – drinks and food

About the speaker/s

Louise Durkan, Partner, Special Situations M&A at Deloitte LLP

Louise has a strong background in restructuring across the South West having started her career with EY in the corporate insolvency team in Cardiff. Following the birth of her daughter 8 years later, she joined KPMG working in their large & complex liquidation team covering the South West. A relocation to Bristol a couple of years later resulted in another change of roles and Louise spent several years at Grant Thornton as a manager in the Courtwork Team. Having successfully passed her CPI Louise subsequently became JIEB qualified in 2007, sitting her exams during the year following the birth of her second child, before joining Deloitte for the first time in 2009 and was a Director in their Restructuring Services team until 2020 when she joined Quantuma as Partner to head up their Financial Advisory practice.

In 2023, Louise re-joined Deloitte as a national partner to grow their U.K. Special Situations M&A activity and works closely with the broader M&A teams across Advisory Corporate Finance and Financial Advisory.    

Louise has significant experience of working with C-Suite Executives, shareholders and stakeholders supporting companies with the identification, understanding and reporting of business options and advising on restructuring strategies with a particular focus on the planning and execution of accelerated M&A solutions. Louise brings over 20 years’ experience of working with a wide range of clients including multi-national corporates, private equity, mid-market privately owned businesses across a wide range of industry sectors. 

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