Webinar: D&I in 2020: A Year in Review
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2020 has presented a whole host of new challenges and opportunities for Diversity and Inclusion practitioners within organisations across the public, private and not for profit sector. From Covid-19 and remote working to the increased spotlight on the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd, to discussions around gender recognition, and everything in between, there has been no shortage of headlines which have direct impactions for D&I within the workplace.
In this special panel session, you will hear from D&I experts across the sectors, touching upon some of their key learnings from 2020, how the year has changed their approach to D&I and what needs to happen going forward. It will be an opportunity to hear what practices and initiatives others have brought into place, what has worked (and what hasn’t), and get insight into the progress that has been made.
Head of Diversity & InclusionDirect Line Group
Raj is passionate about making the business world more human and a firm believer that leadership, employee voice and effective communications are at the heart of creating a culture where people can be their authentic selves. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Direct Line Group, one of the UK’s leading motor, home and small business insurers, Raj is responsible for creating an environment that welcomes diversity, openness and inclusion – and a business that feels personal and acts as a force for good for its people and customers. Prior to this Raj was Head of Internal Communications, where over a 15-year career in the UK and internationally, he has led teams tackling engagement campaigns and strategy launches, through to acquisitions, people change and everything in-between.
Head of Diversity & InclusionHM Treasury
Global Head of Diversity & InclusionStandard Life Aberdeen
I am a white, generation X, flexible working mum of two, banker and HR professional by trade, who has worked across companies, geographies and sectors – as such I like looking beyond the 'categories' to understand all of the diverse experiences and thinking people bring. In my role I aim to create an environment where everyone can be themselves at work and can reach their potential in the way which is right for them. I am a member of a number of industry groups and established, and chair, the Diversity Project Scotland Chapter which aims to help Financial Services be accessible to all talent. In 2019 I received the Institute of Directors ‘Director of the Year’ award for Inclusivity in Scotland and was highly commended in the IoD UK awards. Most recently, SLA’s commitment and impact have been acknowledged in the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019, Responsible Business Awards UK 2020, Women in Banking and Finance Awards 2020 and the Financial Adviser Diversity in Finance Awards 2020. I am a qualified executive coach and enjoy working with people to help them to achieve their potential. I am also an active fundraiser for cancer charities.
Charmaine De Souza
Assistant Director of Human Resources & Organisational DevelopmentGreater London Authority
Charmaine grew up in Hounslow in west London and has studied and worked in London for all of her career (bar a year teaching English as a foreign language in a remote town on the Greek/Turkish border!). She began her career as control room operator in a busy MPS police station joining the BBC where her first position was in BBC News Subtitling unit which provided services to the deaf and hard of hearing community. She specialised in HR work at the BBC and took her CIPD qualifications while heading up a unit that offered the first learning programmes for staff who were interested in using the Internet for investigative journalism and for creating interactive content that was available via the Red button. After leading pan-BBC change programmes, Charmaine joined the Home Office to lead a national police HR programme to reform the way that new police recruits were trained and tested which is still running today (IPLDP). She worked across a number of high profile projects in central government including the Respect Task Force which tackled anti-social behaviour. Charmaine returned to the HR profession at the Department of Education and worked on key projects under the Coalition government – setting up of new Executive Agencies; introducing project based working and restructuring of policy teams.
Charmaine was promoted to the Senior Civil Service (SCS) in 2014 when she took up the post of HR Director for Enforcement and Compliance and went on to work at the Cabinet Office on executive talent management and succession planning across the whole of the Civil Service.
Charmaine holds a MSc in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck College and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).
At the GLA Charmaine is responsible for leading the HR and OD function, leading on cross GLA Group talent programmes.
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