Born on the outskirts of London in the mid ‘70s, to Trinidadian parents, Marsha spent her childhood mixing with people of all different backgrounds in the multi-cultural area where she lived. She was always interested in radio and started working in voluntary, charity and community stations from 14 years old. She chose to leave London, only applying to universities outside the city, and studied Communication in Birmingham. In the mid-90s she started work at the BBC in TV programming before moving to BBC World TV News Japanese Translation Unit. She travelled across the globe after taking a time out from her career, before returning to take a post-graduate qualification in Broadcast Journalism. She worked in commercial radio and returned to the BBC to work in community journalism, radio and TV, 15 years ago. Whilst there she did another post-graduate degree in Management and moved into leadership roles at the BBC.
She has been working to advise and influence Diversity & Inclusion policy within the organisation. She is one of the very few independently certified practitioners and facilitators of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in the UK; and one of the first 300 in the world. She has actively sought out marginalised communities to work with them and been successful at opening wider the doors of organisations. She has developed Inclusive training programmes and mentored people to help enter institutions they felt were closed off to them. Marsha has been driven to work in consultancy and training as she feels the need for social change is so great, she should share her understanding with a wider group, so we can all be more inclusive.
Her business, Unheard Voice Consultancy, can provide consultancy; training via workshops and group sessions; Cultural Values (CVA) and Cultural Intelligence (CQS) assessments, both self-assessment and 360 (multi-rater); and, keynote speaking on Diversity and Inclusion. Workshops and team sessions are tailored to be specific to organisation’s needs. These needs are ascertained after a discussion with individuals and companies about where they think they are in their journey to be more inclusive and what they’d like the outcomes to be.
Marsha is always clear that becoming more inclusive cannot be achieved through one workshop. It is an ongoing process of individuals and organisations taking responsibility and embedding inclusive principles into every action and policy; it’s not a standalone approach. Some clients Marsha has started work with include, the Royal Opera House, Clore Leadership Programme, Cardboard Citizens, Chamber of Commerce and individuals from a range of corporate organisations. Marsha considers it a personal mission to address inequalities in society and to 'give the unheard voice a place to speak'.
Ian Dodds has over 25 years of experience of working in the fields of equalities diversity and inclusion, change management and coaching and leadership development in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. He runs his own consultancy business, Ian Dodds Consulting (IDC), which has over 50 experienced affiliate consultants worldwide, ensuring that they can provide worldwide support and best practice expertise.
IDC's global alliance partners are state of the art equalities, diversity and inclusion, change management, theatre, visual thinking, distance learning, diagnostics and software practitioners and help to keep their consulting at the cutting edge. Their clients come from the commercial, professional and public sectors and range from small organisations with under 50 employees to multi-national corporations, requiring global support, and major government departments, e.g. Coca Cola, Dixons Group, Economist Group, Goldman Sachs, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Linklaters, McDonalds, Philips, Pitney Bowes, Sainsbury’s, Sodexho, Cabinet Office, Defra, Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
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Ian Dodds has considerable experience of equalities, diversity and inclusion strategy formulation and accompanying training. Furthermore, as Group Head of Organisation and People Development in ICI (then the largest chemicals company in the world), Ian Dodds was previously responsible for, and involved in, raising the cross-cultural capability of its top 1500 executives world-wide. IDC has been the principal advisor to the London Development Agency on equalities and diversity best practices to support the Mayor’s flagship programme 'Diversity Works for London' (DWfL) which is twinned with the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s equivalent programme, the Rainbow Push Coalition, in the USA.
Caroline spent 21 years as a Police Officer qualifying to Inspector level. She has always had a desire to challenge the status quo and seek alternative ways of identifying talent in under-represented groups. Whilst the youngest female Sergeant in North Yorkshire Police she founded and Chaired the NYP Women's Network supporting and championing women in the Police service. Her focus changed in 2012 when her son was diagnosed with autism. She then founded All Things Autism and subsequently Neurodiversity which received the support of Chief Officers. After retiring in 2017 she continued as the Lead for Neurodiversity for the Police and sits on North Yorkshire Council's Autism Steering Group, City of York's Employment Sub group for Autism and Pro Autism in University York St John. She is passionate about workspace inclusivity for all.
She was recently described as a social and cultural translator for people with autism and works with businesses across the country on their Neurodiveristy portfolios.
Caroline now speaks nationally on Neurodiversity and, along with her team, supports businesses who wish to create inclusive polices and procedures for recruitment, retention and progression of those who think differently.
Transgender Awareness and Inclusion Specialist
In 2017, Joanne Lockwood founded SEE Change Happen, an Equality Diversity & Inclusion Practice focusing on LGBT+ and more specifically providing transgender awareness and support to organisations and businesses all over the UK. Joanne is the first openly transgender past National President of the 90-year-old ‘Men’s Club’, The Round Table.
In 2016 she embarked on her personal rebrand, selling her IT services business and transitioning at the beginning of 2017. Through these experiences, she delivers keynote speeches, seminars and workshops to promote and support transgender individuals breaking down misunderstandings and the fear of “getting it wrong”.
Her mantra is Smile, Engage and Educate and she passionately believes that “people are people” and, no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Roland is a recognised Disability Development Consultant, with a passion for people; helping them to achieve success and overcome the challenges they face.
A consultant, trainer, coach, mediator and speaker, combining his corporate expertise with his own personal experience, supporting organisations to create a more productive workforce, by developing happy and fulfilled employees. He is an empathetic advocate, supporting a number of not-for-profit organisations in a voluntary capacity and holds a fundamental conviction in the importance of genuinely making a difference.
He was Diversity & Equality Policy Adviser at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where he was also Chair of the Disability Staff Network, before setting up his own business, Luminate.
As well as being a Trustee of Disability Rights UK and Vice Chair of the National Long Term Survivors Group he is also
• Special Advisor on HIV and AIDs to the Business Disability Forum
• Sexual Health and Outreach Trainer for the Terrence Higgins Trust
• Community Champion for Scope
• Expert Patient
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the Chartered Institute of Management and Associate Member of the CIPD and the Association for Coaching.
Recent clients have included Surrey County Council, The Quaker Society, Cruse, Scope, Headway, Business Disability Forum, Omniserve.
Kate Hollinshead has a BA Honours degree in Politics and German from the University of Bristol in 2005 and a Masters degree in Managing Equality and Diversity (Distinction) from London Metropolitan University. Starting her career with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme in Berlin, she then spent four years delivering equality training with the anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, before joining EqualiTeach as Head of Education in 2013.
Kate has experience of delivering training to a wide variety of audiences, including schools, universities, Young Offenders Institutions, prisions, mental health institutions and Trade Unions. Kate has recently completed research into the experiences of transgender employees in UK workplaces and has written numerous guides for teachers on topics such as tackling disability-related bullying in primary schools and how to respond holistically to the requirement in promote Fundamental British Values in schools. In 2015, she became the Chair of Bedford Borough Council’s Equality and Diversity Network.
Mark Jennett is a trainer, consultant and writer specializing in work around equality and diversity (in particular gender and sexualities equalities), bullying, behaviour, emotional health and PSHE. He has provided training and other support for numerous schools, universities, local authorities and commercial organizations as well as the NUT and NASUWT, Stonewall and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
In recent years he has worked with the NUT, supporting primary schools to challenge traditional gender stereotypes through the curriculum. He also developed guidance for the Union on encouraging all children to read for pleasure by ensuring that they have access to books and stories that reflect and endorse their own identities and cultures and the variety of families that they come from.
He is currently working with the National Children’s Bureau on a DoE and GEO funded project supporting schools to challenge transphobic, homophobic and biphobic bullying.Other projects have included the provision of diversity training and other support to 15 primary schools engaged in the ESRC funded No Outsiders Project, which aimed to develop innovative approaches to addressing gender and sexualities equalities in primary education.
Mark has written and contributed to a range of publications including Undoing Homophobia In Primary Schools (Trentham Books, 2010) and contributed to the development of DfE guidance on homophobic bullying. He has also worked as a National Adviser with the National Healthy Schools Programme. He is on the board of the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education.
Pamela works as the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for the National Health Service (NHS) and is also a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). She has worked in the field of EDI for over 20 years with experience in leadership roles (Non-Executive Director level), Chair of an Asian Women’s charity and Director of a Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Mental Health supported housing subsidiary. Pamela was awarded the ‘Leader of Inclusivity 2016’ by NHS Leadership Academy, a national award which recognises how outstanding leadership has influenced the way in which equality and diversity good practice has been used to design services that meet the needs of the local communities. It also reflects the active promotion of equality within the workplace and the involvement and engagement of NHS staff.
Pamela was described at the award ceremony as an, ‘inspirational, exceptional example of inclusive leadership in action, and a widely respected, highly regarded role model. She hasn’t been afraid to take on difficult and challenging work in the field of inclusion, the results of which have been improved quality of care and greater engagement that’s both meaningful and sustained. When things have felt difficult, she has led the way and taken others with her.'
Pamela is a trained ILM Coach & Mentor and is active in her role within the Wessex Region.
Dr Leander Neckles is a high level, passionately committed, knowledgeable equalities professional and management consultant with a thirty year track record of delivering to advance equality, human rights and social justice at local, regional and national levels.
She has co-ordinated, supported and developed regional and national initiatives to support the implementation of the public sector equality duties (PSED) (1999-2015). She has extensive experience of analysing legislation and government policy proposals, briefing national organisations, co-ordinating and drafting response (e.g. on previous equality duties, the PSED, immigration, the Equality Act 2010) (1999 – 2015).
An experienced researcher, she was awarded a PhD in October 2015. Her thesis examines the effectiveness of the PSED, Judicial Review (JR) and accountability. At national level, as an equalities management consultant, trainer and activist, she engages with equalities, human rights and migrants' rights with NGOs and national networks (e.g. CORE, the Coalition for Race Equality Organisations and EDF, the Equality and Diversity Forum). Leander facilitates joint working, designs and delivers training, writes guidance and toolkits and is an experienced public speaker on discrimination, advancing equalities, human rights and social justice. She also advises on how to engage with VCOs, networks, peers and MPs on equalities-related legislative issues.
Michèle Taylor is committed to equality and diversity work as a pathway to developing organisations as learning cultures. To this end, she works with organisations and individuals as a trainer, consultant, evaluator and facilitator.
Michèle has over 25 years experience working in the arts and disability sector and is herself a disabled person. This informs her approach to learning, to evaluation and to inclusion.
She set up her own business in 1992 to work at that edge where disability and ‘the mainstream’ meet, training and advising organisations on making their practices, policies and premises inclusive of disabled people. Since then, her practice has broadened out to take good account of changes in the legislative approach and in recognition of equality and diversity principles as a whole.
Michèle is a qualified psychotherapist and accredited coach as well as an experienced trainer and facilitator.
She is a Registered Member of IEDP, having been one of the very first cohort to achieve this accrediation, and has recently re-registered to keep her membership up to date.
Clients have included Arts Council and local authorities as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, Universities including Nottingham and Gothenberg and the University of the Arts in London, St John’s College in Nottingham, the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and Cultural Heritage Without Borders where she is involved in supporting Museums in the Western Balkans to develop policy and practice around disability.
Since 1996 Robin Richardson has been a director of the Insted consultancy (www.insted.co.uk), specialising in equality and diversity in education.
Previously he was director of the Runnymede Trust (http://www.runnymedetrust.org/) and before that had been chief inspector for education in a London borough, adviser for multicultural education in a shire authority, and director of a curriculum development project in world studies and development education.
His publications over the years include Learning for Change in World Society (1976), Daring to be a Teacher (1990), In Praise of Teachers (2002), Holding Together: equalities, difference and cohesion (2009) and Changing Life Chances: projects and endeavours in schools (2012).
Also he has been the editor or co-editor of several publications on Islamophobia and British Muslims, including Islamophobia: a challenge for us all (1997), Young, Muslim and Citizen: identity, empowerment and change (2010), and Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British media (2011).
In the period 2005–10 he worked frequently as a consultant for the Department for Education on aspects of equalities legislation.
In 2013—15 he acted as drafting editor and consultant for the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss.
Linda Bellos is one of the UK’s leading equality law specialists. She has made it her life’s work to understand equality law and bring it alive for people who need to know how to use it.
Linda was involved from almost the very outset of the IEDP in 2008, first as a member of the Steering Committee, and was appointed as Chair at the first AGM in June 2009, a post she held until she had to step down for personal reasons in 2014. For many years she had been very politically active as a socialist, feminist, black lesbian. She became particularly well known as the leader of Lambeth Council between 1986 and 1988. She went on to establish herself as a diversity trainer and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to diversity.
She is passionate about the need for high quality practitioners in the field and insistent that practice should be rooted in a good understanding of the law.
She runs her own consultancy, Linda Bellos Associates and is a regular campaigner, attempting to hold those in power to account.