The full speaker line-up for our 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Conference is now available – see below to find out more about who will be presenting at this year's event. The 2017 programme focuses on advancing the workplace equality agenda, with speakers covering a broad range of topics including:
LGBT and non-binary issues
Workplace race equality and management of BAME staff
Mental health, disability and neurodiversity
Developing diverse talent and building an inclusive leadership environment
The impact of employee networks
Agile working and engaging multi-generational workforces
Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and is a Senior Partner of the firm
Vivian previously led the firm’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Products practice in EMEA, and continues to advise leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organizational development. She also provides strategic advice to leading British firms in the private, public and third sectors. She serves on the firm’s global Board of Directors, its Values Committee, and on several personnel committees.
In addition to her client responsibilities, Vivian is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey & Company’s flagship research and co-authored publications such as: Women Matter, Diversity Matters and The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth. She was previously named ‘the most influential black woman in Britain’ by the Powerlist Foundation and The Financial Times identified her as one of the ‘European Women to Watch’ and more recently as the 30 most influential people in the City of London.
Vivian is a trustee of The Henry Smith Charity and Action on Addiction. She is on the board of several important business groups in the UK, including BritishAmerican Business, the CBI London Council, and the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission. In addition, Vivian is chair of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community's ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme; a reader for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize; and sits on the Advisory Council of the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre, as well as Teach First’s Business Leaders Council and on the Board of the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
Sue became Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 1 October 2013. In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion and was appointed overall Civil Service Diversity Champion in August 2015.
She has championed diversity and inclusion throughout her career; as an academic working on women's lower lifetime earnings; working on parental leave at No10; as disability champion at HM Treasury, researching women's progress to the senior civil service since 2008, as LGB&T Champion in DFID and DWP.
Sue was previously also a Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for International Development, and has also worked in HM Treasury, the British Embassy in Washington, and the Number 10 Policy Unit.
Ian Stuart has over 35 years' experience in the banking industry across a number of financial institutions and holding a number of senior leadership roles within RBS, Barclays and HSBC, where he was recently appointed, UK CEO. Prior to his appointment Ian was Head of Commercial Banking, Europe. Before joining HSBC in April 2014 Ian was Managing Director, Barclays Corporate, UK & Ireland.
Ian is also a Business Ambassador for Meningitis Now and supports Speakers 4 Schools.
Lesley joined the Civil Service in 2000 and has spent her career in variety of HR and Corporate Service roles within IPO and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now BEIS). She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Lesley currently heads up the HR Diversity and Inclusion team in IPO and over the last two years has led on the development and implementation of a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategy. This has been focused on creating a workplace within IPO that enables people to ‘bring their whole selves to work’. She is a Stonewall workplace ally and is a champion for mental health awareness.
Sonia Bewley is a Deputy HR Director who works in a job share partnership leading the Directorate responsible for HR Strategy, Capability and Organisation Development within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). DWP have an overarching strategic aim to be the most inclusive employer in the UK and to make DWP a great place to work. The HR team work with stakeholders and colleagues across the organisation to ensure that this aspiration and focus on inclusion are an integral part of the Department’s People Strategy and business transformation.
Working towards, achieving and living our status as a Disability Confident Leader is a good example of this and the forward steps the Department continues to take in supporting our disabled colleagues and customers. Following roles in DWP policy and front line operations, Sonia has worked as a HR professional for the last ten years performing a range of roles across the function in a number of Government Departments and public bodies with a strong focus on the D&I agenda.
Zara has worked at Fujitsu since 2012, moving from Project Management into HR and Talent Management. She currently works with Fujitsu’s technical community, specifically their award-winning Distinguished Engineer Programme, and is passionate about promoting diversity in the workplace – particularly in the technical arena.
Sarah has worked nearly 30 years in engineering and IT, in the BBC, Siemens and Atos. She became ill in 2000 with a “bad back” just as she was finishing her MBA. For two years she was intermittently off work with “medically unexplained” symptoms and problems. In 2003 she was finally diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome. During this period was demoted within the organisation she worked for and ended up working part time as a change manager. Since then she has managed her condition to return to full time work and now runs a department in Atos delivering IT services.
In 2016 Sarah set up the Atos Employee network for disabled staff. Called Atos Adapt it represents disabled staff in Atos, support employees and offers advice to staff and managers. It was this that encouraged Sarah to speak about her experiences for the first time and discovered a lot of disability is hidden as people will not speak openly for fear of stigma or discrimination. This is particularly true of mental health conditions. Sarah has a particular interest in neurodiversity and has just completed a BSc in Psychology.
Ben Buchanan is a Deputy Director in the Intellectual Property Office. He is also the IPO’s Diversity and Inclusion Champion, responsible for leading the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Steering Group which works with HR to deliver policy and practice changes. The Group reports to the Executive Board on strategy and delivery of D&I initiatives.
He has a particular interest in neurodiversity and strategies for inclusivity, to ensure people can work more effectively and deliver better results. He has first-hand experience of managing individuals and leading teams with people with autism. He has initiated relevant training, support and resources, working with HR to implement reasonable adjustments; he works with the Wales Anchor Companies network to help organisations ensure employees with autism can join and play their full part and he is an advocate of the business benefits of enabling people, individually and collectively, to make the most of their different talents and strengths.
Ben also works with IP Inclusive, the Intellectual Property profession’s D&I taskforce, who aim to improve the diversity of opportunities, capability and services within the profession. Whether within teams, organisations or whole professions, Ben believes that the difference that matters is the difference that you can make.
Along with her role as Head of GM Technology Core Engineering Integration Components, Pips is co-chair of the firm’s LGBT Ally Program and a member of Credit Suisse's EMEA LGBT committee, which both aim to encourage an inclusive work culture where all are encouraged to bring their whole self to work and to promote authenticity in the workplace regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexuality.
Pips identifies as gender fluid and has always been open and out both personally and professionally - he/she typically spends half of the week as Phil and the other half as Pippa both at home and at work. Pips has been happily married for over 22 years and they have been blessed with 2 children who are now 20 and 17, all of whom embrace whatever opportunities possible to help promote the acceptance and celebration of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life.
Prior to Credit Suisse, Pips was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs for 5 years, and has also worked at UBS, in IT consultancies and British Telecom.
Pips was awarded 4th position in the prestigious Financial Times and OUTstanding LGBT and Ally Executive leader list and shortlisted for the top 10 Inspirational leader category as part of the British LGBT Awards.
Pips also works with many mainstream media firms such as the BBC to highlight the importance of Ally programs in progressing LGBT inclusion. She presents to many groups on LGBT inclusion topics and is engaged with many external groups (including Stonewall, OutStanding, OutLeadership GiRes, Trans*Formation, P3 Proud Professional Parents) and other affiliations focused on LGBT challenges and continually strives to improve the culture of the workplace for all.
Sarah is a senior Human Resources professional with over 30 years' experience. She is currently leading on Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion & Employee Wellbeing at PwC.
She has more than 15 years’ experience in the specialist area of Diversity & Inclusion and is one of the country’s most experienced professionals in this field. Over the years this specialism has been strategically aligned with Sourcing/Recruitment (she was also the Student Recruitment leader from 2003 – 2007) and Employee Engagement (Engagement Leader 2008 – 2011). Her role now includes leading on Talent and Employee Wellbeing at PwC.
She is widely regarded as a thought leader and is frequently quoted in the media on issues such as women on boards, gender pay gap, social mobility, work-life balance and generational diversity. She has featured in Personnel Today’s Most Influential People in HR list (ranked 28th) and was awarded Diversity Leader of the Year in the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards. Her work on gender equality at PwC has also been recognised repeatedly, winning the firm awards in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
She has held various external charitable positions; from 2000 – 2002 she was Treasurer and Member of the Management Committee at Antidote, the campaign for emotional literacy; from 2006 – 2008 she was Trustee and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Breast Cancer Campaign and from 2016 to date she has been on the Board of Trustees at the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.
Emma is the Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte UK. She sits on the firm’s UK Executive, and leads a client team of over 50 people within the UK Financial Advisory practice. Since being appointed to her talent role in 2013, Emma has placed a major focus on culture and has led significant change within the UK firm.
In 2014, Emma led the design and implementation of Deloitte’s approach to agile working, including its award winning ‘Time Out’ programme. In 2014 she also established and implemented the firm’s gender diversity action plan, a series of specific activities designed to increase the number of women Deloitte attracts and retains. Emma is a strong advocate of gender pay gap reporting and speaks publicly about the positive impact this has had on Deloitte’s gender diversity strategy. She led Deloitte’s approach to voluntarily reporting its gender pay gap in 2016, and championed the firm’s involvement in the GEO ‘Trailblazing Transparency’ report.
In 2015, she established Deloitte’s renewed approach to respect and inclusion, including commissioning the multi-award winning film ‘Ask Yourself…’, and ensuring that 3,000 of Deloitte’s most senior leaders participated in inclusive leadership sessions. Emma is a major advocate of social mobility, and in 2016 she led the introduction of name-blind and academic institution-blind recruitment and contextualisation of academics to the firm’s student recruitment processes.
Emma was named the 2015 Woman of Achievement by Women in the City; and she sits on the Business in the Community leadership group. Emma lives in London with her husband and their twin 8-year-old daughters.
Andy Croxford is a Deputy Director at the Environment Agency currently working on the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Andy is the Mental Health Champion for the Environment Agency. He provides direction and leadership for the organisation’s work on mental health. This work covers: the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team’s “Healthy Minds” awareness raising and training programme; updating of HR policies and practices; and a highly effective staff-led mental health network. Andy provides a direct link for this work into senior management.
Andy was extremely proud that the Environment Agency was ranked first in the MIND wellbeing index and to accept a Gold Award on behalf of the organisation.
Andy has worked for the Environment Agency for 19 years in a wide range of strategic, scientific and operational management jobs. Highlights have included responding to flood incidents, regulating environmental sites, putting in place communication programmes and developing scientific strategies. He has a broad knowledge of environmental issues and science.
Previously, Andy worked for central Government in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
Jenny leads Inclusion & Diversity for the Commercial Banking business at Lloyds Banking Group. She works closely with the Executive Sponsors to ensure that Inclusion & Diversity gets appropriate focus within the business, and has led a number of projects for the bank touching on agile working, mental health and wellbeing, family friendly support and gender strategy, amongst others.
Jenny has experience of making flexible working work in a senior position having worked part-time, and within a job share, over the last 7 years across a number of different leadership roles.
Prior to the I&D assignment, Jenny worked in a variety of strategy and insight-related leadership roles at Lloyds Banking Group, following several years at a Japanese Bank in operational risk and strategy roles. Jenny started her career as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte.
Beck joined Skanska in 2016 working as a Project Health and Safety Manager for Skanska’s Civil Engineering operating unit, working on the A14 Catthorpe interchange programme.
With over 15 years’ experience in health and safety within the highways sector, covering both Highways Agency and Local Authority contracts and civil engineering projects, Beck is passionate about health and safety and specialises in strategy, compliance, safety accreditations and behavioural safety.
With Skanska placing additional focus on mental health and wellbeing, Beck has been instrumental in establishing a rapidly growing mental health ambassador network on her current A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon highways project and recently achieved a Mental Health First Aid England certificate in mental health awareness.
Charlotte grew up in Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire and has worked for the Civil Service for almost 5 years. Prior to this she worked for North East Lincolnshire Council.
Charlotte has undertaken a number of roles in the Civil Service including working in the national Troubled Families Team, being Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary at DCLG, and managing a Bill through Parliament.
Charlotte is passionate about social mobility and supporting people to fulfil their potential, which is why in 2016 she worked with others to set up and launch the Cross-Government Social Mobility Network. This is a role she performs in addition to her day job.
Simon is a passionate diversity and inclusion (D&I) leader with over 10 years’ experience in directing diversity initiatives.
As the Head of Inclusion at the Bank of England, he is coordinating the Banks’ work to continue building an inclusive culture, where colleagues can all do their best work for the good of the people of the UK.
He has sat on the Board of Albert Kennedy Trust for the last 8 and a half years, helping to end LGBT youth homelessness in the UK and am an active ambassador for their work.
Over the last 15 years Dan has held a number of senior HR & Change Management roles across a range of sectors encompassing outsourcing, energy, construction and rail. He has worked for a number of leading businesses such as Balfour Beatty, Veolia Environment and MITIE. His experience encompasses both generalist and specialist areas such as change, learning & development, talent management, culture change, diversity and inclusion. He is known for his energy, passion and drive and for being someone who makes things happen.
In his role at Skanska UK (Swedish owned Construction & Property Development Business) he is responsible for graduate, apprentice and intern recruitment & development, experienced hire recruitment and the leadership & capability development programmes. He also leads Skanska’s work in the UK on diversity and inclusion. He has been a key force in helping Skanska establish itself in the marketplace as leader in terms of its approach to people development and addressing the diversity and inclusion challenge faced by the sector.
Dan sits on the Governing Board of the London Design & Engineering University Technical College, a brand new high tech school focused on creating the next generation of confident, work-ready, tech-savy individuals for the construction and engineering sectors.
Jacqui joined the Civil Service in July 2009 where she joined the Department for Work & Pensions working out of Warrington Pension Centre after a long term career working her way up the career ladder in the private sector.
It was a decision that Jacqui has not looked back on as she was able to combine her role as a respected transgender rights activist and directly working in the area of transgender equality at the heart of government. First, as the first ever Chair of the Transgender Network within DWP, followed by becoming a member of the cross Civil Service Transgender Network – a:gender. This was the launch-pad needed as established herself as the Vice Chair in 2011 and in 2012 she became Chair until October 2016.
In February 2017 Jacqui became Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the Department of International Trade.
Her dedication within government was recognised nationally after she was ‘Highly Commended’ in class at the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards, recognised as the 44th most influential LGBTI person in the UK on the 2015 Independent on Sunday - Rainbow List and winning the Diversity Champion Award at the exclusive 2016 British LGBT Awards.
Jane is UK Head of Learning and Development at WSP. With a career spanning retail management, training as a civil engineer, transport planning and learning and development, Jane has a wide range of career experiences. Her passion is teaching others new behaviours and skills, in particular utilising neuroscience to inform behaviours.
She has over 10 years’ experience in the design and delivery of programmes to all levels of staff. With a particular drive to bring young people into Engineering, Jane was a founder member of TAC (Technician Apprentice Consortium) which drives the apprentice agenda and writes new national standards. Jane believes that diversity and inclusion are messages that should be woven into all learning and development and be driven through businesses via culture and staff awareness.
Sam is a senior lawyer in the Government Legal Department advising the Department for Work and Pensions. He came to the law late, after graduating in modern languages and spending the next four years as a translator and newswire reporter in Budapest, Hungary.
Back in the UK he qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters and spent two years as a real estate lawyer, before moving to US firm Paul Hastings. Looking for varied work and committed to the public sector, he joined the Government Legal Department in 2009 as an immigration litigator. Since then, he has advised on academies and school finance at the Department for Education, helped draft legislation at the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, and is currently writing regulations for a new type of occupational pension scheme at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Sam joined the GLD’s Mental Health First Aider programme earlier this year and is due to complete his training in September. After seeing at first hand the impact of poor mental health at home and at work, he is keen to help individuals find the support they need, and also to join the increasingly open conversation about mental well-being.
Sarah’s role at King’s College London is an innovative one aiming to bring senior leadership and focus to improve all aspects of diversity and inclusion for students and staff and provide the extraordinary experience that King’s sets out in its Vision 2029.
Sarah co-founded the HMRC BAME Women Staff network alongside being the Equality Champion for the FDA - the union that represents senior managers and professionals in the Civil Service. She has a number of voluntary advisory roles - including being a school governor of a South London Academy, non-executive director of the CSRF – the Civil Service Race Forum, Trustee of a trade union and on the advisory board of Radius Business Network.
Sarah has professional tax qualifications and has also worked at a Trade Union developing member engagement and industrial action campaigns, where she improved collective bargaining with a particular focus on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. She has since moved from strength to strength building her portfolio of experience, including covering Head of Diversity and Inclusion in the Ministry of Defence, as well as strategy development on HMRC’s groundbreaking ‘Building our Future’ transformation programme and being Head of Employee Engagement and Culture.
Sarah was born in London and grew up in the Haringey, Enfield and Barnet. Sarah lives in Tooting with her partner where they have raised their blended family of 4 daughters. She is an avid social media user and enjoys a wide variety of activities outside of work.
Charlotte leads the Digital Security Programme within Barclays Corporate Technology, leading on prevention, identification and monitoring of Cyber Crime attacks. Previous experience includes Fraud Strategy, Online Banking and Management Consultancy.
Charlotte is a committed supporter of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, focusing on Gender Equality. She co-leads on Barclays’ annual Gender Intelligence series which explores a better understanding of masculine and feminine themes within individual decision making. The series demonstrates how to apply a gender intelligence lens to development conversations and how we work day to day.
Outside of Barclays, Charlotte was the Project Manager of last year’s TEDxCoventGardenWomen conference and continues to support the event as it grows and increase its impact. Charlotte will be sharing her story of influencing in the workplace as a Millennial.
Megan is an Equalities Manager in the National Probation Service (NPS) and passionate advocate and campaigner for the trans community. She supports several local and national charities including Mermaids (families), Diversity Role Models (young people) and All About Trans (advising media). She informs Probation & Prison trans policy and co-created online communities TransWorkersUK and TransGirlsCan to promote inclusion for trans people in employment and sport. Megan regularly talks publicly, particularly in schools and prisons and as her trade union LGBT representative. She has been interviewed by Runners World, VICE, Total Jobs, The Independent, BBC Radio and gave evidence to the Government's Trans Inquiry. In 2015, she was a finalist in the National Probation Champion Awards, received a National Diversity Award and was featured on the Independent on Sunday's Rainbow List.
Megan transitioned at work and was the first, and still the only visible trans person in the NPS. She has shared her experiences with thousands of colleagues across the NPS, HMPPS and Ministry Of Justice and supports practitioners managing trans service users around the country.
Miles Lanham was born in Leicester and studied at London School of Economics.
Following careers in retail, broadcasting and writing, he decided to focus on social housing in 2010. At Genesis Housing Association, he was quickly promoted to manage 3000 multi-tenure properties across Westminster. At the same time, he was able to set up the award-winning staff network G-Force, and working collaboratively, created the ground-breaking cross-sector network group HouseProud in 2014. Miles celebrated being a UK Top Ten Diversity Champion at the NatWest LGBT Awards in 2017.
Miles travels worldwide (India, France, USA) with the Chartered Institute of Housing, looking at affordable housing initiatives to share.
John started as Chief of Staff at the Environment Agency in October 2016, having previously worked as Area Director in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.
As a member of the Executive Directors team, the Chief of Staff supports and advises the Chief Executive, helping to enhance the performance of both the Chief Executive and the organisation. John oversees the delivery of corporate services and governance and engagement for the organisation. His remit is also to enable, support and promote organisation wide efficiency, effectiveness and wellbeing.
John plays an active and supporting role in a number of Networks and People Groups within the Environment Agency, with particular focus on the Diversity and Confidence Programme, the Mental Health Network and the Cancer Network. The Diversity and Confidence Programme aims to build confidence in diversity by promoting a culture where our people can be themselves at work.
Prior to the joining the Environment Agency, John held a career in Retail for over 20 years, working in the technology and telecommunications industries. His experience is in Operational and Leadership roles, culminating in leading the telecoms giant Everything Everywhere (formerly Orange and T-Mobile) as UK Head of Retail Sales and Services. Before joining the Environment Agency, John started an artisan bread-making business and founded a food charity to support a number of local Food Banks.
A Psychologist by training, John is motivated by people and by helping them to become the best version of themselves.
Simon Light, UK Client Development Director, UK Board member and Executive sponsor for Arcadis Black and Minority Ethnic Working group, is driving cultural change and thought leadership at Arcadis.
Accountable for the leadership of Arcadis UK's marketing, brand development, research and client development transformation, Simon and his team actively engage in influencing the market. This can involve engaging with the Infrastructure Commission, analysing and commenting on Comprehensive Spending Reviews, or delving into the Talent shortages in the industry.
As Sponsor of Arcadis’s Race working group Simon is opening doors to change, listening to employees on what is holding them back, and creating opportunities for people to speak up and create the change they want to see.
Simon’s passion is to create sustainable liveable cities for all, and is behind Arcadis sponsoring the Great Run Company which seeks to bring sport to all in cities.
Tracey is the Group People Director for Mace, having joined the company in October 2013. She is responsible for the strategic management of human resources throughout the Group which includes resourcing, organisational development, talent and learning, reward and recognition, diversity and inclusion.
Tracey joins Mace after more than 20 years in a range of public sector organisations including HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Trade and Industry and the FCO. In 2005, Tracey spent six months working for HRH The Prince of Wales reviewing and improving his HR systems.
Since joining Mace she has introduced a number of significant changes to their people practices. These have included the Mace Career Map; a comprehensive approach to talent and succession; a reward strategy at senior levels; and a talent programme for top female talent, Mace’s Women of the Future.
Nigel is a very experienced development professional, having worked for a wide range of public and private sector organisations – “from NACRO to Nestle”. He has also had his own leadership and organisational development business and his clients included local authorities, government departments and a variety of private sector companies.
Through his family Nigel has personal experience of Asperger’s syndrome and other aspects of the autism spectrum. When in 2013 he joined Dstl, an organisation that employs over 3000 STEM professionals, he was struck by the high incidence of high functioning autism and other neurodiversity conditions. Like most other organisations at that time, the approach was fairly piece-meal and in many cases was a result of a “problem” that had arisen. Nigel therefore agreed with the CEO, as part of Dstl’s diversity and inclusion strategy, they would take a holistic approach to autism, seeking to raise awareness, provide support to people on the spectrum, and make it an everyday feature of organisational life.
Kyle began his career on the Barclays Future Leader Development Programme and has since had roles across Barclays UK, Corporate and Barclaycard businesses.
His involvement with Diversity and Inclusion began early on by becoming involved with the Spectrum LGBT Network. After successfully organising and running the Network’s communications to over 2000 colleagues, Kyle turned to another Diversity strand.
Since 2014, Kyle has been at the centre of establishing a multigenerational employee network at Barclays that has gone on to raise the awareness of Millennials in the workplace and developed the highly regarded Reverse Mentoring programme.
Kyle was recently recognised in the 2016 Financial Times and OUTstanding LGBT Future Leaders Top 50 list, coming in at 26, for his Diversity work and actions as a LGBT role model. He’ll be sharing his views on global multigenerational trends alongside practical advice from his own experiences.
Denise Milani is widely recognised as a leader, champion and shining light in her field. She is a values-driven, results oriented mum of two, who, in addition to being recognised as GG2’s Woman of The Year (2010-11) for her work on corporate leadership and diversity, is also recognised as a role model and inspirational speaker on national and international stages.
Head- hunted into the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1999 as Strategic Adviser and Senior Manager to the Positive Action Team (PAT) Denise was responsible for designing and implementing the Police Service’s diversity recruitment strategy.
In October 2003 Denise became the Deputy Director for the MPS Diversity Directorate, the first civilian to hold this strategic role.
In 2006 Denise became the first African-Caribbean female member of MPS police staff to complete the three month Strategic Command Course and currently holds ACPO responsibility for the ‘Improving Service Delivery to Women’ portfolio. On returning to the MPS, Denise became Director of the Diversity & Citizen Focus Directorate (DCFD) within the Deputy Commissioner’s Portfolio. The Metropolitan Police Service was awarded the title of Overall Public Sector winner in the ENEI Awards for improving workforce representation and the participation of diverse communities in 2012.
Under the 2014 restructure of the Met, Denise was appointed Director, Business Change and Diversity, and is leading on the development of a new strategy STR.I.D.E: Strategic Inclusion Diversity and Equality.
Hamid Motraghi is the Chair of ‘The NETWORK’, the Home Office Race Equality staff support group which celebrates its 18th Anniversary this year. He was elected as Chair in 2016 following his role as General Secretary and other leadership roles in The NETWORK. He leads a National Executive Committee of 20 until 2018 – alongside his ‘day job’.
The NETWORK is fully inclusive, with a membership of over 3700 people, based throughout the Home Office estate and at all levels in the grade structure.
Hamid was shortlisted for the ‘Championing Minority Ethnic People Award’ at Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion award 2015, for tackling PDR Diversity marking, a priority for the then, Home Office Permanent Secretary, Mark Sedwill. He designed and delivered talent development programme for BAME staff in partnership with the Home Office, Diversity and Talent teams, which won the 2016 ‘Tapping into Talent Award’ from ENEI (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion).
Hamid is committed to collaborating with other Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners and has supported other government departments, private sector and charitable organisations. He works closely with the other Home Office staff support groups and Home Office Race Board Chair, Hugh Ind, and the new Permanent Secretary, Philip Rutnam.
Sue joined British Aerospace, which became Airbus, as an Undergraduate Apprentice in 1989 and was the only female amongst 100 apprentices. After completing her engineering degree at the University of Cambridge she worked across multiple functions within Airbus including Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement and Programmes.
During her career Sue has had the opportunity to work on most of the Airbus Products from A300 to A380. Sue is a programme manager, leading multi-functional and multinational teams to implement developments onto the Airbus Products. Her current role is the Head of programme for the A330neo Wing and Landing Gear.
Sue has always been involved in diversity, actively supporting initiatives to encourage more girls to take up engineering as a career. For the last 4 years Sue has been a member of the Inclusion and Diversity Steering Group for Airbus in the UK, championing all forms of Diversity within Airbus.
Tia led the work on Race Equality at the Department for Work and Pensions. She worked closely with the Director General of the Business Transformation Group, Kevin Cunnington, who was the Race Champion for DWP.
The work they did on Race Equality in DWP was recognised at the Business in the Community Race Equality awards 2016 when Kevin won the Executive Sponsor award.
At DWP Tia designed and led a series of groundbreaking “Let’s Talk About: Race” workshop sessions. This work has been shared with BITC member organisations who are building this approach into their work to achieve race equality.
Tia is now the Inclusion Manager at the Government Digital Service, which is part of the Cabinet Office, where she continues to successfully champion diversity and inclusion across government.
Simon joined DCLG as Director General, Decentralisation and Growth in September 2015. His role as a Board and Executive Team Member is to advise and support DCLG’s Ministers on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals, with a focus on translating policy into results.
Before this, he was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate responsible for planning appeals and national infrastructure planning; Director of Local Government Finance at DCLG; and in various public spending and economic reform roles in HM Treasury before 2010.
Simon became DCLG’s Disability Champion in 2016 and has worked closely with the DisAbility Network and wider Government colleagues.
Vicky started working for the Environment Agency in April 1997, joining the International Waste Shipments Team as a graduate officer, following graduation from Salford University with an MSC in Environmental Resources.
She remained in the International Waste Shipments Team for eighteen years, undertaking a number of roles, including technical and line management.
In April 2015, she moved into the Climate Change and Regulatory Services Team as a team leader and secured the role of Senior Technical Officer in November 2016. Her responsibilities include managing our contracts, delivering the Agency’s business plan and leading on finance.
Vicky was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2008. Her cancer is currently incurable but she remains ‘stable’ on oral chemotherapy. In 2015, she helped establish a Cancer Network and took on the lead in November 2016. The aim is to provide support and a signposting service to information, so that everybody affected by cancer in the organisation feels supported. In June 2017, they launched a SharePoint site allowing all staff direct access to support materials, case studies and useful links to other organisations.
An HR professional for more than 15 years, Beth has worked in multiple industry sectors including Health, Retail, Construction and IT. Since joining Fujitsu in 2012 she has been responsible for Technical Talent Programmes across EMEIA and led the introduction of the Distinguished Engineer programme in 2013. A self-confessed ‘geek’ and tech-enthusiast, Beth is passionate about innovation, developing brilliant technologists through collaboration, knowledge sharing and getting the organization out of the way.
Tim Stillman has been the Diversity and Inclusion manager for the Government Legal Department (GLD) since August 2016. His role is to support the Civil Service vision of being recognised as the UK’s most inclusive employer. GLD is committed to recruiting and promoting from the widest possible pool of qualified candidates, developing our talented staff of all backgrounds and of all grades and creating a more inclusive culture with more visible diverse role models. Tim uses a number of GLD networks to provide a voice and support for all staff in the department covering carers, disability, flexible working, gender, LGBT and race.
Prior to this, Tim was the training coordinator for GLD, and was responsible for providing training to the entire Government Legal Service; he was also a business support officer for a number of years at the Serious Fraud Office. Tim is also a keen blogger and regularly writes columns for a popular Arsenal football site about his beloved club.
Nick Turner is a partner at global law firm Hebert Smith Freehills, where he is also the firm's global diversity partner. To his legal practice, he brings over two decades of experience on all aspects of commercial property, including development and investment work. Nick has a particular focus on joint venture transactions and high-value mixed-use development work, including pre-letting and letting work for developers and tenants. Nick is focused on delivering strong commercial outcomes and has developed close relationships with many of the firm's key clients.
Barbara is the director responsible for Mace’s Western European consultancy business and UK based international teams. These business units deliver projects both within the region and globally for public and private sector clients based within the European Economic area. Her team also help Mace enter into new markets and to respond to one-off, unique or major opportunities.
Having joined Mace as a civil engineering graduate in 1997, Barbara has worked on projects across a broad range of sectors and countries, from Macau to the Maldives and Singapore to Serbia. She has been instrumental in helping Mace move from a UK business towards a truly global business. Now based in London, she sits on Mace’s Property Board and holds a number of external posts.
Paula has worked for the Probation Service for 26 years, joining the West Midlands in 2004 to take up post as Equality and Diversity Manager. She became the Head of Diversity in 2010 and subsequently the Head of Diversity, Equality and Women’s Services in 2015, covering Staffordshire & West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company and Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire & Rutland Community Rehabilitation Company.