In May 2009, the Institute held its first elections to the Board. Following the 2015 AGM, the current Board membership is as follows:
Barry Boffy is the Head of Inclusion & Diversity for British Transport Police (BTP); joining the service in January 2007. As Head of Inclusion & Diversity, his role is to identify, develop, deliver and maintain the diversity and inclusion agenda for BTP throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Barry has campaigned tirelessly for better diversity and inclusion practices in Policing; representing BTP on Tell MAMA’s pan- London Advisory Board, acting as Ethics Associate on the London Police Challenge Forum and was a Judge for the No2H8 Crime Awards in 2017 and 2018. He is particularly proud to have built an ongoing professional relationship with Sparkle – the National Transgender Charity – building trust and confidence with the transgender community and works locally and nationally to promote LGBT inclusion across the country, receiving a Highly Commended Julie Barnes Frank Award for Excellence in LGBT Policing in 2018.
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.
Marsha Ramroop is a global award-winning Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategist, and Founder Director of Unheard Voice Consultancy Ltd. She has formulated a culture change methodology which has been recognised as successful with an international prize from the UN-backed conglomerate of best practice for personal and organisational development, the IFTDO, and with Brandon Hall HRD Gold Medals.
As well as running her consultancy, Marsha works part-time as the Executive Director of EDI for Building People CIC, a hub that’s pulling together EDI resources and insight, as well as career pathways for underrepresented groups in the built environment.
She was the inaugural Director of Inclusion and Diversity at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) so has a clear understanding of how a traditional profession has been running and the challenges it faces. Her culture change programme for staff at RIBA received 100% recommendation feedback from managers and significant behavioural shift within months.
Routledge will be publishing Marsha’s Practical Guide to EDI for Architecture and the Built Environment, due in Autumn 2024.
She works with the Cultural Intelligence Center, the global headquarters of cultural intelligence (CQ) as one of their published and highlighted thoughtleaders on impactful organisational change, as well as a worldwide trainer and facilitator.
In addition to inclusion expertise, Marsha has a post-graduate degree in Business Management, which included the study of organisational behaviour, as well as a degree and post-graduate in media and journalism - originally having a 30-year career in broadcasting; skills she now uses to ensure clear communication.
Whilst working at the BBC, she led inclusion efforts across the Midlands and developed a pioneering inclusive recruitment pilot for presenting staff, and an inclusive reporter scheme.
In addition to being Vice Chair and a Fellow of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals (FIEDP), an institute which strives to verify and set standards for the growing vocation of EDI practitioners, she has recently been appointed to the International Advisory Council of the Institute of Business Ethics. She is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).
Natasha Broomfield-Reid joined the IEDP board in 2017. She 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.
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.
Denise has been Chair of the IEDP since May 2015. Everything that she does is focused on making Diversity and Inclusion the norm, not the exception, which is why she spends a lot of her time advocating for diversity and inclusion in all spheres of life- especially business, leadership, and in the beauty and wellbeing arenas. Representation of women and ethnicity matters. A lot.
She has over 30 years’ experience in business and her experience includes social care (mental health), recruitment, wellbeing and beauty sectors. As well as being joint CEO of a mental health care home business, her experience in the beauty and wellbeing sector led her to found ‘Wow Beauty’ a Holistic Beauty and Wellbeing E Zine in 2016, and she is currently getting ready to launch ‘Women Who Wow Inc’. both online businesses with Diversity & inclusion at their core.
There are 3 key threads that have consistently run through her career. They are:
• Limitless potential - a passionate belief that we all have limitless potential
• Diversity and inclusion - because representation matters in business & leadership, in all sectors and has to be prioritised
• The power of stories and voice – she is endlessly motivated and inspired by people’s stories
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.