Funke qualified as a corporate solicitor in 2000, but was told that corporate law was “too competitive for a black woman”. Undeterred, she relentlessly cold-called heads of various teams to secure an entry-level position. Today, as Managing Counsel for Roche UK, Funke has been recognised in a large number of award programmes for her business acumen and is currently the most senior black lawyer working in the UK pharmaceutical industry. Funke is a diversity champion. She is a diversity adviser to various law firms, founded an international woman lawyer/leader life sciences network and is a sponsor of a 2015 diversity social mobility report.