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The enei team

Meet the enei team.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

Denise Keating

Chief Executive
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Denise launched enei in 2011 in response to Members asking for a coordinated offer that helps employers to create inclusive workplaces. She is responsible for leading enei’s strategic development, driving the operational plan, setting the budget and managing risk. Denise leads on membership engagement, determining key campaigns and maintains a close relationship with government stakeholders and the media.

Denise was instrumental in creating the (now former) Employers Forum on Age in 1996 and served as a Board Director and Trustee between 2002 -2009. Denise was appointed Chief Executive in May 2009 and brought with her a wealth of experience in diversity and significant commercial experience across many sectors.

Previously, Director at BGL Group, Denise realigned HR and Communications to focus on delivering efficient services that improved business performance. As a Board Director for Craegmoor Healthcare, she was their HR, Communications IT & Clinical Governance Director. Previous roles included Head of People Proposition at Marks & Spencer and Head of Corporate HR at Nationwide Building Society, where she worked on change programmes that positioned both organisations as employers of choice.

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Alan Beazley

Advice, Policy & Research Specialist
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Alan offers expert advice to enei Members on interpreting the law and delivering best practice policies. Alan is also responsible for developing policy responses and works closely with stakeholders on technical issues.

He has extensive experience as a human resources professional in financial services, manufacturing and consultancy. Between 1994 and 2001 he held senior roles in HR within the Credit Suisse Group and previously in the Merrill Lynch European HR team.

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Becky Brooks

Member Engagement Manager
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Becky is responsible for recruiting and engaging our Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and network events. She also helps to develop, deliver and promote our training and consultancy to members and non-members. She is also co-chair of the WharfAbility and deputy chair of the MidlandsAbility disability networks as well as representing enei on the Disability Confident Professional Advisors Group.

Becky has over 30 years’ experience in senior HR roles in blue chip companies in the UK, including BAA Heathrow, Royal Bank of Scotland, Experian, AIG Insurance and TK Maxx.   Her most recent HR role was at Spirit Pub Company. She has also run her own business, specialising in team building and training using baking to engage participants.

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Kerry Kirk

Member Engagement Manager

 

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Kerry is responsible for recruiting and engaging enei Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and networking events. She also helps to develop, deliver and promote enei’s training and consultancy to Members and non-members.

Kerry has over 25 years’ Human Resources experience - as an HR generalist and in specialist roles.  She has worked in both the private and public sectors.  After working in hospitality she moved to local enterprise where she was responsible for increasing engagement in learning and development in the tourism sector.  Kerry held HR roles in retail and telecoms, before a period of self-employment when she worked with NHS 24, supporting the implementation of Agenda for Change and as a tutor on the International Correspondence School’s CIPD programmes. In further education, Kerry improved management capability through the delivery of a development programme that included a competency framework and delivery of a pragmatic approach to equality impact assessments focused on utilising limited resources.  She has also worked for the Student Loans Company.  

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Kieron O'Reilly

Member Engagement Manager
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Kieron is responsible for recruiting and engaging enei Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and networking events. He also helps to develop, deliver and promote enei’s training and consultancy to Members and non-members. Kieron leads on gender equality and apprenticeships. Kieron began his career in talent acquisition and management in 1999 working within the financial and professional sectors as well as public health.

He designs and implements practical work based programmes that address the issues causing under-representation of talent groups in the workforce, drawing together cost effective solutions that drive productivity. Experienced in carrying out diversity audits, he also has project management experience of delivering inclusion strategies that deal with cultural, systemic and process change.

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Kris Phelps

Member Engagement Manager
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Kris is responsible for recruiting and engaging enei Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and networking events. he also helps to develop, deliver and promote enei’s training and consultancy to Members and non-members. He leads on engagement with construction and engineering clients.

Kris started his career in industrial recruitment and quickly progressed within talent and apprentice development. Kris joins enei off the back of a successful time at Stonewall where he oversaw engagement with private sector clients to promote inclusive workplaces. Kris has vast amounts of experience in training and development and is skilled in creating and delivering meaningful solutions to ensure people at work are accepted and included.

 

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Maxine Hurley

Member Engagement Manager
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Maxine is responsible for recruiting and engaging enei Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and networking events. She also helps to develop, deliver and promote enei’s training and consultancy to Members and non-members.

Prior to joining enei, Maxine successfully delivered equalities solutions for the Royal College of Nursing, where she worked on initiatives such as a Dignity at Work programme that helped position the organisation as an employer of choice. With over 10 years’ experience as an equalities specialist, a skilled facilitator and international trainer, Maxine was honoured by the Health Service Journal in their inaugural top 100 BME Pioneers in healthcare list.

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Mike O'Hanlon

Member Engagement Manager
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 Mike is responsible for recruiting and engaging enei Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and networking events. He also helps to develop, deliver and promote enei’s training and consultancy to Members and non-members.
After a long career with the Metropolitan Police Service, where he strategically led on age disability, race and engagement with new communities in their Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate, he spent 9 years with the London Borough of Redbridge as a diversity and inclusion (D & I) manager.  He has extensive experience of working strategically, as well as operationally, with community groups and statutory agencies, including all Council services, on their diversity and inclusion (D & I) journeys . Whilst there he was responsible for the project management of several whole authority D & I accreditations and, as a peer assessor with the Local Government Association, assessed a number of local authorities in achieving the highest levels of their Equality Framework.  
Mike has a Master’s degree in Race and Ethnic Relations and is an experienced trainer and facilitator.  He has  been a school governor for over 15 years, where his passion for  equality and inclusion as well as education, has contributed to challenging and supporting practice in the development of young people towards adulthood and employment. He enjoys combining his passions with interests and after a long association with ‘Show Racism the Red Card', which spanned his police and local authority career, he was invited to join their Hall of Fame, joining many other notable names from football, for his exceptional commitment to the campaign.  

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Daniel Keating

Diversity & Inclusion Officer

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Daniel supports the Member Engagement Managers through managing diary appointments and providing Diversity & Inclusion advice. He conducts detailed research in order to inform and develop resources and support member enquiries.

Before joining enei Daniel achieved the CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Practice, holds A-Level equivalent qualifications and previously studied Psychology and Counselling at the University of Northampton. He has experience of working in the retail and construction sectors, where he has delivered customer service and administrative support.

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Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett

Global Diversity & Inclusion Adviser
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Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett has over seven years of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion experience, in the public, private, and political arenas. He has worked in the LGBT+ sector, championing same sex marriage and campaigning for fully inclusive sex and relationship education in schools, as a way to prevent bullying, mental health issues, and suicide rates amongst young people. Adrian is currently working in the House of Lords as the Equalities Research Advisor to the Liberal Democrat Equalities spokesperson, which has broadened his knowledge and understanding around BAME, Gender, and Disability issues, in addition to his continued activism on behalf of the LGBT+ community.

Adrian has chaired LGBT+ Liberal Democrats on two occasions and now chairs the Diversity Sub-Committee for the Liberal Democrat Party, under the auspices of the Federal Development and People Committee. He also Chairs the Pride in London Community Advisory Board, which scrutinises the work and organisation of Pride, and works closely with the Metropolitan Police in a specialist advisory capacity. He speak Italian and French, and has global experience from working with legal and financial services in the City, as well as the Alliance of Liberal Democrats in Europe (ALDE). His international contacts and network, were further developed as a former member of the Liberal International Human Rights Committee, and as a current co-opted member of the Federal International Relations Committee.

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Alaba Okuyiga

Head of Training & Consultancy
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Alaba is responsible for delivering enei’s equality and inclusion training and consultancy products and services to both Members and non-Members.

Prior to working for enei, Alaba gained 15 years of public and commercial experience as a Diversity and Inclusion training consultant. He brings a varied work background as a college lecturer, NHS Foundation Trust non-Exec Director, Home Secretary’s representative on a Police Authority and older adult psychology care specialist.

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Anne-Marie Senior

Executive Development Consultant
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Anne-Marie is responsible for delivering enei’s equality and inclusion training and consultancy products and services to both Members and non-Members.

Anne-Marie has 20 years of D&I experience in the public and private sector. She has designed and delivered innovative training and consultancy around diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias and equality analysis.

Other areas of expertise include leadership and team development and change management focused on the delivery of excellent customer service. She is also a Trustee Board member of two Hertfordshire-based charities.

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Pinki Bains

Proposal & Bid Executive
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Pinki supports the Head of Training and Consultancy to help promote enei’s equality and inclusion training and consultancy products and services to both Members and non-Members. She manages the end-to-end Bid and Proposal cycle.

Pinki graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2016, where she studied Business Management. She has had previous experience working in the Public and Private sector.

 

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Sarah Carey

Client Relationship Manager
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Sarah supports the Training & Consultancy Team by co-ordinating diaries and projects. She also manages the Implicitly Unconscious Bias tests offering for our clients. Before taking a career break to have a family, Sarah worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch for ten years.  After completing the Management Internship programme she became a Strategic Partner Relationship Manager working with Virgin Money, Abbey (Santander) and Alliance and Leicester. She delivered marketing plans for both acquisition and customer marketing, whilst building partnerships and managing contractual commitments.

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Vicky Keating

Office Manager
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Vicky manages the enei office and is responsible for Membership, Accounts, Office and HR Administration. She is experienced in organising high profile events such as enei’s Annual annual conferences, the parliamentary networking reception, and our prestigious annual awards, where best practice is recognised and celebrated.  

She has a CIPD Certificate in HR Practice as well as four A Levels, and she is trained in Adobe Creative Suite 6. Vicky’s previous roles were in retail and goods distribution where she provided customer service and administrative support.

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Daisy Pamela

Personal Assistant to Chief Executive
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Daisy supports enei’s Chief Executive, Denise Keating, as her Personal Assistant. She has experience in a plethora of different industries including Education, Property and Travel. In these she has worked predominantly for people in Senior Management, as well as managing others.

Daisy also has a strong musical background. It is this that she believes has instilled into her that self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.

Daisy prides herself on her attention to detail, ability to work on initiative and aptitude to learn new skills.

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Adeyele Idowu

Events & Marketing Associate
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Adeyele is in charge of the events and part of the marketing at enei working directly under the head of marketing and communications to ensure that all training and events are managed efficiently and to help promote equality and diversity in the workplace. Additionally, Adeyele is fully responsible for the full management of annual conference, enei awards and House of Lords reception.

Before joining enei Adeyele spent two years at Glion institute of higher education completing an Executive Master of Business Administration in Hospitably management and service industry management. Prior to that Adeyele worked as the manager of internal communication at Microsoft and as the Coordinator of festive events at the Langham, Hotel London. Previous responsibilities at Microsoft included developing communications plan for the fiscal year, assisting project management for the expansion of MSN portal and writing the bi-monthly newsletter and handling the operation for various conferences and events.  

Adeyele holds Bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Kent and a master certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in the USA.

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Rob Payne

Marketing & PR Executive
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Rob supports the Head of Marketing and Communications to help grow enei profile, promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace.

Rob graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016, where he studied Social Policy and Sociology. He has had previous experience working in Marketing and Communications in both the Public and Private sector.

 

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Alison Broomfield

Associate Consultant
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Alison Broomfield has been an associate consultant since January 2011. She has delivered solutions on gender, young people in employment and Equal Pay and is responsible for the publication of case studies. Alison works with the Government’s Equality Office, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and has supported most employer-led diversity networks. She was invited to become a member of the CIPD’s Senior Diversity Network and the CBI’s Equal Opportunities Forum. Alison is a HR professional with experience in Shell’s oil, shipping, chemicals and facilities management businesses, DAC Beachcroft, NHS Trusts and the finance and fast food sectors. 

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Anna Golawski

Senior Consultant

Anna is a senior member of enei’s Training & Consultancy team and has been involved in senior leadership level coaching and training for ten years.  Anna’s focus is around Inclusive Leadership which also covers aspects of mental health and wellbeing at work, resilience and managing pressure and stress.

Her recent portfolio of activities includes:

  • In the finance sector, delivering Diversity & Inclusion training for Santander
  • In the public sector, delivering train the trainer workshops for the NHS (clinical and non-clinical staff) on mental health and wellbeing at work; management coaching for senior leadership teams at Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police
  • Designing and implementing a coaching programme for leaders at Hull Trains (part of First Group)
  • In the third sector, leadership coaching and development for Oxfam, CLIC Sargent and Crown Agents
  • Published author (Karnac books, 2013) on the topic of Coaching for Parents.

Anna has over 20 years’ experience working for large corporates  (including Harrods, IBM and Rolls Royce) and brings with her strong HR and commercial experience.

She believes in supporting organisations to adopt a culture of being inclusive and diverse at all levels, and ensure that the mental health and wellbeing of employees is foremost.

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Baljit Kaur

enei Associate

Baljit has spent over 10 years specialising in issues to do with diversity, inclusion and equality both in public and private sector organisations.  She has experience of delivering training, equality audits and consultancy from both an employment and customer service aspect. Over the last three years, Baljit’s portfolio includes:

  • delivering training to a number of organisations including The Office of Crime Commissioner, construction firm Skanska, Siemens, Fircroft College, University of Derby, Ombudsman organisations, law firm Ince and Co, St James Wealth, Womens Aid and others. She covers a range of topics such as unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, inclusive recruitment, reasonable adjustments, cultural competence, equality data monitoring.
  • designing and helping implement E&D strategies and policies that support organisational change. Drawing on a wealth of diversity experience, she has supported managers to focus on the practical aspects of diversity, inclusion and organisational change. This is assisted by her wider experience at Director level leading teams and managing change.
  • delivering equality audits reviewing employment and customer facing policies from a ‘D&I’ perspective. Baljit has delivered these for a number of recruitment agencies such as Morgan Hunt, Randstad, PEER, Sugarmans and various other organisations.
  • Being a Board member of Women in Banking and Finance. She is passionate about supporting greater gender diversity and is keen to see organisations anchor gender diversity in their corporate culture and embed diversity and inclusion perspectives in talent management approaches. In addition, she is a member of a number of practitioner and professional groups including ACAS and provides best practice insights.

Having been a diversity leader within various organisations, Baljit knows the challenges of being an in-house diversity change agent. She is adept at stimulating conversations that unpack some of the multi-layered complexities and challenges that the diversity and inclusion climate present, helping people think creatively and pragmatically.

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Ben Budd

Associate Consultant

Ben left enei in July 2018 to found Shortlancer, an all-round service agency helping SMEs unlock new customers through digital and offline best practice.

Taking over from an award-winning PR agency in 2014 as enei’s first internal marketeer Ben helped double enei’s membership and positioned both the organisation and Denise among the ranks of the UK’s leading authorities on workplace D&I.

The challenges enei faced during its expansion convinced Ben that smaller organisations were failing to adapt their established approaches to new buying behaviours. Shortlancer now provides SMEs with the skills, tools and knowledge needed to deliver customer experiences that compare to the world’s biggest organisations.

Although no longer an enei employee Ben still supports the team with long-form content, public relations and the occasional technical query!

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Catherine Grinyer

Communications Consultant

Catherine delivers training and consultancy on inclusive communications and has written best practice guidance for employers on how to deliver inclusive communications campaigns. She is the Director of Big Voice Communications, a specialist inclusive communications consultancy. An accredited PR practitioner, she is also Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diversity and Inclusion Forum.

Catherine has worked across the private and public sectors and was part of the communications advisory panel for the government’s Disability Confident campaign. Previously, Catherine was Director of Communications at Business Disability Forum, where she lead an award-winning rebrand in 2012. She has also been chief executive of Networking for Industry and commercial attaché at the German Embassy in London.

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Dawn Lewinson

Training & Consultancy Manager
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Dawn is responsible for delivering enei’s equality and inclusion training and consultancy products and services to both Members and non-members. She has worked with the Top 200 managers of a National Health Care Agency, management teams in a number of Local Authorities and Housing Associations as well as with several large private sector clients in the banking, legal and property sectors. She has ten years of coaching experience and over fifteen years lecturing experience in further and higher education, working mainly as a lecturer in law, business studies and, more recently, in teacher training.

Dawn has delivered equality and diversity training in both the public and private sector, providing consultation services for organisations and leadership teams, reviewing policies and procedures and designing e-learning materials. She helps managers think creatively and pragmatically about leveraging diversity to deliver performance and focuses on the day-to-day aspects of managing performance and delivering service. She designs, delivers and facilitates training, workshops and webinars across the UK and Europe.

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Debbie Rotchell

Strategic Consultant
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Debbie has been involved with enei (formerly the Employers Forum on Age) since 2010. During this time she has led strategic projects, including the change of scope from Employers Forum on Age to enei, project managed member-led research and developed best practice diversity and inclusion approaches and documents.

Debbie has extensive HR experience in fast paced commercial environments demonstrating the value of good people management to business success.

Previously as Group HR Director at Craegmoor, Debbie realigned HR practices to drive down staff attrition, resulting in more efficient working and improvements to service. Prior to this, she worked in various HR roles at Marks & Spencer Plc.

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Gail Taylor

Associate Consultant

Gail is a solution and commercially focused HR & Diversity and Inclusion Professional.  Commercially focused whilst applying excellent people skills, Gail looks for a straightforward approach to business strategy, particularly in D & I.  With over 30 years’ experience in Professional Services, she has worked with senior executives, internal teams and D & I affinity groups. Her background in HR helps her to guide businesses to weave inclusion into all elements of best practice.

Gail has worked with many external best practice organisations delivering events on LGBT, Disability, Flexible and Agile Working and Gender as examples.  She has also had extensive experience of best practice benchmarking in all areas of Diversity and Inclusion.  As well as this she has had experience of excellence in inclusive recruitment and was instrumental in her last post of obtaining Disability Confident Leadership status for the organisation. 

Gail is well conversed in all areas of D & I and believes that an inclusive approach to its people are at the heart of business success.

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Gill Crowther

Associate Consultant

Gill is a strategic HR, leadership and management development consultant.  She has worked with a variety of organisations, coaching leaders and facilitating team building and strategy development sessions.  These organisations include Barclays, Bromford Housing Group and Yell.  Gill is a chartered member of the CIPD and an Engineering and Business Studies graduate of Warwick University, where she returns to support an Engineering Masters programme by running Change Management training.  

Gill was the HR Director for Nominet for 9 years. Prior to Nominet, Gill was Head of Great Managers and Great HR Practice at Microsoft. Gill has previously worked at GlaxoWelcome and Ford Motor Company.

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Helen Chipchase

Associate Consultant

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Jemima Jefferson

Associate Consultant

Jemima has worked as a Diversity Manager across many sectors including investment banking, government and insurance since 2004 designing, developing and delivering Diversity initiatives from strategy through to implementation.  She set up one of the first Disability Networks in Investment Banking, is passionate about mental health and has supported Mind groups as a volunteer and trustee as well as providing counselling to the LGBT community. She is now an independent Mental Health First Aid Trainer, accredited by Mental Health First Aid England to deliver the Adult and Higher Education programmes.  She has now started a Meditation Training business – helping people to understand what meditation is, explore different ways to meditate and experience the many benefits that meditation brings to everyday life.

Trained to deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programmes in early 2015 Jemima went on to deliver the Half Day Introduction, One Day Champion, and Two-Day Mental Health First Aider products to Business, Government and other clients as part of the Client Experience team for MHFA England as well as directly to private clients.   

In October 2016 she joined The Royal London Group on a one-year contract to set up their Inclusion and Diversity initiatives and also delivered in-house MHFA training as part of the role.

She then returned to deliver Mental Health training privately and for MHFA England, she now delivers the three updated Adult programmes - and has also upskilled to deliver the Higher Education one day programme which is designed for students and staff at universities.

In 2018 Jemima trained with the British School of Meditation in order to deliver meditation training privately and is developing her range of offerings to individuals, groups and companies.

Clients have included: Law firms, voluntary sector organisations, charities, government, inter-organisational networks and investment banks.

A graduate in Psychology, and trained in Counselling and Psychotherapy, she uses her knowledge and experience to support her work.  She is a solution focussed creative thinker, used to stretching the boundaries of what others believe to be possible.  Her training style is facilitative; and she loves meeting participants, hearing their stories and understanding their perspectives.

She is the founder of the Gay Women’s Network and is passionate about raising awareness on all areas of diversity with a focus on gender, sexual orientation and mental health. 

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Jennifer Rawsthorn

Associate Consultant

Jennifer Rawsthorn is a global HR professional and leader with extensive generalist HR knowledge gained from working for hi-tech companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Motorola.

She has managed HR teams in multi-country transformation projects and supported senior leaders throughout a number of change programmes. These global programmes included unconscious bias training, diversity and inclusion workshops and reviewing the project plans and achievements against the agreed corporate strategy.

In 2015 she took a unique outplacement offering from Nokia through the Peer Awards and won the category for Employee Engagement.

Jennifer has a degree in Psychology, has been a Fellow of the CIDP since 2008 and held a Pension Trustee Director role for 17 years.

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Leise Lord

Associate Consultant

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Maria Tonks

Associate Consultant

Maria has extensive Diversity, Inclusion and HR experience working in the public and private sector nationally, internationally and globally. She is a Fellow of the CIPD and holds a BA(Hons) in Training and Development in Diversity. Maria is a Police trained investigative interviewer dealing with harassment and bullying cases following the #MeToo campaign and an accredited Diversity Assessors for Diversity Audits. Maria has worked with Acas, Channel 4, BMW, Fire Services, Kirklees Housing, Derbyshire Constabulary, British Gas and the NHS.

Previously Corporate Diversity Manager with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) Maria’s key achievements are:

  • Enei’s Equality and Inclusion Champion of the Year
  • Developed a bespoke Equality Framework for the Fire and Rescue Service working in partnership with the Local Government Association and the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA). WYFRS were the first FRS to achieve the Excellent Level through external verification
  • Progressed from 47th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in 2007 to 25th in 2010
  • Lead practitioner advising CFOA on equality and diversity issues resulting in the production of key strategic national guidance on Equality Analysis, Equality Data Collection, Case Studies, Public Sector Equality Duties
  • Increased the number of women and Black and Minority Ethnic firefighters and improved retention figures
  • Diversity strategic adviser on two European Projects for the Emergency Services resulting in the production of two training packages rolled out across the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Hungary and Great Britain.
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Roland Chesters

Associate Consultant

Roland was born in the north of England to an English father and French mother and has lived most of his life in London after a somewhat rocky start in Paris. He graduated from the Royal Holloway College with a degree in Modern Languages way back in the last century, and after a variety of jobs in senior management in the private sector he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a language-testing specialist. Following a life-changing diagnosis of HIV and AIDS in 2006, he became a campaigner for disability rights. He subsequently enjoyed a number of different roles within the FCO as Diversity & Equality Officer and later Learning & Development Adviser.  There he was also elected Chair of the Disabled Staff Network and worked with the Civil Service Disability Network. He is now a self-employed Disability Development Consultant and has his own company, Luminate.

He is the author of the recently published ‘Ripples from the Edge of Life’, which he says will be his one and only publication. GScene said of the book None of us know how many heartbeats we have left; facing mortality is a culturally difficult thing. Ripples gives us clear clarion voice after voice which shows us, gently but insistently, there are many ways of successfully navigating horrific times, and surviving.”

As a Consultant he says he “works with the person in the wheelchair to enable them to climb their highest mountain”. He collaborates with individuals who have become disabled later in life, organisations that employ them or want to employ them and agencies that support them. As a speaker he focuses on his own personal experiences to enable his audiences to reflect on how to overcome the challenges that we all face in our lives to make the most of the short time that we have. His motto is ‘inspire, educate, challenge’.

Roland lives with his partner, Richard, in London and enjoys opera, classical music, theatre and fashion (his favourite item of clothing being a bright red corduroy suit). He fights boredom and normality with gusto, and says he is at his best when he’s made a positive impact on someone else’s life.

 

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Sarah Simcoe

Associate Consultant

Sarah worked within the private sector for almost 20 years and more recently has focused on leading business transformation and improving performance across EMEIA. As a talented leader, coach and mentor, Sarah is passionate about an organisation’s greatest asset, its people.  Enabling them to be part of transforming a business is essential to growth, and creating an environment of trust, respect and inclusion stimulates innovation, increases retention and attracts talent to an organisation.

As a PurpleSpace Founding Ambassador and former Chair of Fujitsu’s SEED disabled employee network, Sarah has become known for her ability to bring about disability inclusion within the workplace. Ensuring a clear and effective strategy that aligns with core business values and goals has been an approach responsible for delivering real business value. In addition, leveraging the power of personal stories as a way to create a disability confidence message that resonates, that reaches in to the organisation and creates a ripple, has been a fundamental part of Sarah’s strategy toolkit for bringing about positive change.

Sarah is also a Trustee for The Joshua Tree in Cheshire and lives on the Wirral.

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Seema Flower

Associate Consultant

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Wendy Kenyon

Associate Consultant

Wendy has over 25 years’ experience of working in strategic HR and OD, specialising in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Her career has spanned public and private sector including Higher Education Institutes, Fire and Rescue Services, Adult Social Care and The Automotive Industry.  She is fully qualified in Chartered Institute in Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds the highest membership of CIPD – Fellowship.

Wendy is an Executive Coach (ILM qualified), a Neuro linguistic Practitioner (NLP), accredited Investors in People advisor and has a solid background in Organisational Development, Employee Engagement and Culture Change.

Wendy believes in empowering organisations to embrace Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I), making it a core value within their strategic plans, practices and setting ambitious objectives to make progress on Inclusion.

As a is strategic lead for E,D&I at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Wendy is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion within the organisation. She is also responsible for ensuring fire and rescue services delivered to diverse communities of Merseyside have been Equality Impact Assessed.  She has also been instrumental in progressing its diversity agenda through:

  • Increasing number of female Firefighters from each intake from 3% to 30% via the introduction of its Positive Action and attraction programme
  • Introduced inclusion networks to increase the progression for Women and BAME members of staff.
  • Carrying out Equality and Diversity Audits on all areas of the organisation
  • Developed strategic ED&I objectives, action plans and projects owned and governed by Chief Fire Officer and fully supported by four trade unions.
  • Embedded inclusive leadership practices to enable leaders to maximising our diverse talent.
  • Reviewed fire safety services provided to communities of Merseyside, ensuring they are e fully inclusive for all diverse community groups.
  • Experienced facilitator of groups, teams and individuals (mediation).
  • Recent training includes unconscious bias , Inclusive leadership training
  • Introduced “Think People “staff engagement strategy which has seen engagement increase from 52% to 75% over 4 years.
  • Carried out large scale inclusive community consultation on Fire station closures and mergers

Wendy’s previous roles include Organisational Development Manager for Manchester Metropolitan University, where she gained extensive experience in delivering strategic HR, OD change and ED&I projects.

In her spare time Wendy enjoys delivering wellbeing retreats, spending time with her family and walking her dog, Monty.

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