In May 2009, the Institute held its first elections to the Board. Following the 2015 AGM, the current Board membership is as follows:
Elaine became a Board Member in June 2012.
Elaine is a highly experienced learning and development professional in both the public and private sectors. She provides a wide range of development for individuals and organisations, including equality and diversity for staff, managers, elected members and Board members. More details can be found at www.beckwithconsulting.co.uk and in the IEDP August 2012 newsletter where she wrote an article when she joined the Board. She is also Human Resources (HR) Chair and Lead Member for Diversity with the Kent Police Authority.
Kate was Chair of the Standards and Products working group, which developed the Institute's accreditation process. Click here for further details of IEDP accreditation.
Kate has a wide range of experience in education, mainly teaching in London schools and working as a Local Authority Adviser / Inspector, as well as an Ofsted Inspector.
She has a long standing commitment to all aspects of equality both within and beyond her working context. This led to full-time equality posts at senior levels in Strathclyde Regional Council and, most recently, in Durham County Council. In these posts she played a leading role in developing policy and promoting effective practice in schools and in Children and Young People’s Services.
Kate now works independently and continues to be a member of the Children and Young People’s Services Equality Network. Work as a consultant for the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the implications of the Equality Bill, as it then was, gives her particular strengths in the implications of the latest legislation across the education sector. Kate is also a UNICEF Partner, supporting the dissemination of the Rights Respecting School Award.
Simon’s interest and involvement in equality, diversity and inclusion stretches back some 25 years. Between 1980 and 1993 he served as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy, a period at which coming out as LGBT could have led to his dismissal or even his prosecution. for this reason Simon resigned his commission in 1993. Later that year he joined, and ultimately took a senior leadership role in, Rank Outsiders, a group which worked with Stonewall and others, to lobby both the Conservative and subsequent Labour Governments for a change in the law regarding LGBT military personnel. This campaigning ultimately led to the successful overturning of the military ban in 2000, an event which Simon proudly witnessed from the gallery of the House of Commons.
In the meantime, Simon attended university for four years before joining Transco (later to merge into National Grid) in 1997. He helped found National Grid’s LGBT employee network as well as leading on Inclusion and Diversity for Xoserve, a part-owned subsidiary of National Grid. At the beginning of 2010 Simon was appointed as National Grid’s UK Head of Inclusion and Diversity, a full-time role he held until the end of 2015. Simon has been a keynote speaker or panellist at numerous events and for organisations including Tomorrow’s Company, the Fabian Society, the Whitehall and Industry Group, Westminster Briefing, the 6th Annual Global Diversity & Inclusion Seminar in Barcelona and the inaugural Inclusive Leadership and Recruitment Masterclass as well as contributing to significant industry research such as Tomorrow’s Global Leaders. Simon also encouraged National Grid’s sponsorship of and ongoing involvement in the Lord Mayor of London’s Power of Diversity campaign under Dame Fiona Woolf. Simon was a founding Board member of the National Equality Standard. As well as working with National Grid’s leadership team, Simon has also provided advice and support to the leadership teams of a number of other organisations across a range of sectors, and has been a key contributor to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s campaign to increase diversity in both the engineering sector and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) generally.
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Drew spent many years teaching in different countries before taking a role in ethnic minority achievement in London, running a department and leading on, among other things, Black Pupils’ Achievement.
He has been an advisory teacher with Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity Service since 2009, a role that encompasses Gypsy Roma and Traveller achievement, English as an additional language and anything related to equality and diversity as applied to schools.
Drew became a Level 2 accredited Registered Member of IEDP in June 2013 and was co-opted onto the Board in September the same year. Joining the Board seemed a sensible move, given IEDP’s collective desire to promote equality and diversity and raise standards in the field.
Ruth has been a member of the IEDP since June 2009 and joined the board in December 2011. She became a Registered Member as part of the pilot group in July 2011. She currently edits the IEDP newsletter. Click IEDP newsletter to see the latest newsletter.
She has 15 years' experience as a teacher in multi-ethnic schools, much of that time teaching English as an Additional Language. She managed a team working with new arrivals, refugees and asylum seekers for Wolverhampton local authority Equality and Diversity Service. Ruth always had a strong interest in race equality, and as the department she worked for broadened its scope she gradually took on responsibility for other protected characteristics. From 2005 to 2009 she worked as Equalities Consultant for Wolverhampton services for Children and Young People, where she started the Children and Young People's LGBT equality network.
Since May 2009 she has worked as a freelance equalities consultant based in Birmingham, specialising in education, and carrying out research, training and consultancy. From 2010 to September 2012 she was a Trustee of the West Midlands based trans equality organisation Gender Matters, and since October 2014 she has been a trustee of x2y LGBT youth group. She has also carried out research for a local consultancy partnership, Merida Associates, on a diverse range of projects, including domestic abuse, maternity services, play provision, the Future Jobs Fund, provision for older adults who are mental health service users and the impact of parental mental health on children and young people. From January 2015 to June 2015 she worked as Resources Co-ordinator for the British Council's EAL Nexus Project. Since April 2016 she has been a Bell Foundation Associate.
Further information about her work and a full CV can be found on her website at www.equalitiesineducation.co.uk