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. 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.
Natasha Broomfield-Reid has over 20 years’ experience of working within the diversity and inclusion field, and until recently, was the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for a national charity, Victim Support. Natasha led the organisation to achieve the ‘Leaders in Diversity’ and ‘Investors in Diversity’ accreditation from the National Centre for Diversity and the charity was the first national charity to achieve ‘Leaders in Diversity’ status. She achieved further recognition through being shortlisted in both the 2015 ‘Excellence in Diversity Awards’ and ‘National Diversity Awards’ in the ‘Diverse Company’ category and in 2016 has been shortlisted for the ‘Most Inspiring Individual of the Year’ at the National Centre for Diversity Awards.
Natasha is a qualified further education teacher and holds a HND in Public Administration, BA Hons Community Management and Diploma in Management.
Over the years she has gained a wealth of experience in working within the Black and Minority Ethnic communities, disabled communities including around mental health and with young people. She also set up and managed a ‘highly commended’ regional mentoring programme and is experienced in leadership development.
Due to this experience and knowledge Natasha has developed training on a wide range of diversity and inclusion topics, and delivered to companies nationally and internationally including on unconscious bias, inclusive recruitment, embedding diversity and inclusion and mental health.
Natasha’s skills and abilities enable her to successfully and positively deliver diversity and inclusion programmes to the highest standard to a wide range of audiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.