Heads of D&I Roundtable: Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting
This event is intended specifically for Heads of Diversity & Inclusion. Numbers are strictly limited to ensure everyone is able to contribute to the conversation.
Attendance is by invitation; the invitees are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall and Industry Group’s charitable purpose, representing organisations from a variety of sectors, to bring a range of views and perspectives.
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In this roundtable discussion, Diversity & Inclusion professionals from across the sectors will come together to share key learnings from ethnicity pay gap reporting, and to discuss the challenges around staff declaration rates. Jenn Barnett, Director. Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing at Grant Thornton UK LLP, will open the session, before an open conversation involving all.
Director. Head of Inclusion, Diversity and WellbeingGrant Thornton UK LLP
I grew up in a small town called Pittington, near Chester-le-Street in the North East. My Dad had his own electronics business, and after my parents divorced, my Mum worked as a bookkeeper. I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship to attend a Church of England funded day school in Durham at the age of 11, however both myself and my Mum struggled with belonging in this environment, due to the wealth differentiation. I have a passion for animals and my first job was mucking out horses at the local stables aged seven in return for free horse rides at the end of the day. I have struggled with anxiety since the divorce of my parents and have developed coping strategies, throwing myself into physical activity, reading and yoga. Trying to understand this and a desire to support others led me to study psychology in my degree and my master’s degree and, more recently, neuroscience. I live in a small village near Windsor with my husband Will and his two children Lucas and Max. We have an allotment, a lovely cockapoo called Bagel and I have a very naughty horse called Breac. I’m passionate and committed to improving Inclusion and Diversity, because I know how important belonging is, and the impact exclusion can have on our mental wellbeing. I also know it’s hard, because it requires the majority to shift to enable the minority to positively flourish. From a personal perspective, I’m really passionate about improving social mobility, because I believe the barriers created can be huge and unseen. I was also diagnosed with a rare condition called Dermatomyositis in 2018. Coming to terms with that and shifting my lifestyle has had a big impact on my understanding of medical conditions and the impact physical illness can have upon mental health. While this was a hard time in my life, I do believe the impact of this has given me a great strength of character, a humbleness and sense of perspective. I believe many of us can suffer from poor mental health either event triggered, situational or longer term and rarely do we either talk about or look after this in the same way we do our physical health. If we can learn to prioritise our mental fitness and create healthier and more sustainable habits, I think it will have a big impact on our strength and capability. I’ve had the most to learn about the many disparities in the lived experience of our LGBT+ community and our people from a different ethnic background and cultural heritage to myself, and that learning continues.