Annette started her career in the civil service and graduated with BA Hons in Media, Culture, and Society from Birmingham University. She was offered an internship with ITV at their iconic London Studios. She then pursued a decade-long career in TV production, working behind the camera on high profile entertainment shows for ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, and Channel 5.
Annette made her marketing debut as a Projects, Communications and Marketing Manager in a high achieving secondary school in one of London’s most disadvantaged boroughs, Newham, where she experienced some of the most rewarding achievements of her working life collaborating with the local community. She then set up her marketing and communications consultancy, working with some incredible start-ups, organisations across both public and private sectors, and charities on their digital marketing, PR and communications strategies.
Annette is immensely proud of her British/Barbudan dual heritage; she is co-founder of a Barbudan based charity, The Be Foundation, which advocates for locally-driven social and economic empowerment post-hurricane Irma. She also co-founded a professional collective called Be That Change in her local London borough, promoting an equality and anti-racism agenda. She is a passionate advocate for equality and loves music that brings people together.
Prior to enei, Dan worked across several domains, including management, sales, customer service and coaching. In his spare time, he's worked on community-based projects helping the homeless in the UK and disadvantaged families in New Zealand.
Dan holds a degree in Psychology, which gave him a thorough understanding of people and their behaviours. He enjoyed undertaking research and found an affinity toward organisational, Human performance and health psychology.
Dan has a real passion for building strong relationships with clients and helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations. He thrives on surpassing expectations and delivering the most impactful service possible. Dan values breaking down the barriers between people and exploring the deeper side of who we are as humans and how we connect with the world and one another. He aspires to find practical and innovative solutions to key issues within society that can aid in producing a better quality of life.
Dan is also studying for his Personal Trainer certification which aids in strengthening his understanding of the impacts of our environments, lifestyles and cultures upon physical and mental wellbeing.
Dana comes to enei with a strong background in learning and development, training design and delivery, communications and engagement. She is a CIPD Associate member and is currently studying towards an ILM Level 7 in Coaching and Mentoring. Dana has worked both in the private and third sectors, across multiple industries including hospitality, education and social care.
Prior to enei, Dana worked as a Senior Learning and Development Adviser at Jewish Care where she supported the development of over 1,200 employees, launched a new employee recognition programme, and led the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda through multiple initiatives including training, live events, online campaigns, feature stories and staff networks. One of the feature stories written by Dana in celebration of Black Leaders Awareness Day led to a colleagues’ nomination and win of an industry award in 2021.
Originally from Romania, Dana moved to Spain as a teenager and later came to the UK to undertake her MSc in Tourism and Marketing. She has a strong sense of social justice and loves the diversity of culture that London offers.
Darren is a passionate & driven Commercial Leader with experience gained at various levels across a number of sectors. With a rapid rise throughout his career and with senior executive experience within the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare & Technology sectors he has joined enei to align his commercial experience with his passion & advocacy for Equality & Inclusion.
The majority of his career has been spent within the healthcare sector, across a range of roles from Pharmacy development manager for Walgreens Boots Alliance through to Commercial Director of Circular Wave - Transforming Workforce Development within the NHS.
Darren has a deep belief in the power of businesses & organisations to improve the lives of their staff, customers & wider society. The way organisations think, act & operate has a tremendous impact beyond the easily measured. Enterprises that create an empowered workforce of diverse people, thoughts & opinions are not only successful, they change the very fabric of our society.
Being the diligent person he is, Darren would be the first to point out this isn’t just naive idealism, it has been proven time after time. The organisations that understand their responsibility & seize the opportunity are the most successful enterprises found in any industry and they outlast any rival in their market.
Away from the day to day, Darren is an avid traveller, always seeking to experience new places, people & cultures. He tries as much as possible to combine this passion with another which is playing Rugby. An effort which at many points has found him playing in some remarkable locations against some formidable opponents and in some quite hilariously devastating weather conditions.
Dipika is the Events Executive within the Marketing Team. She handles planning and administrative tasks in the lead up to enei events.
Dipika holds a BSc(Hons) in Pharmacology and worked for a publishing company for 5 years, before pursuing a career in events.
Dipika prides herself on her organisation skills, attention to detail & ability to learn quickly.
Emily is a confident and enthusiastic marketer who is passionate about making positive change. She comes to enei with experience in marketing, PR and communications, and a deep interest in people's histories, cultures, and society.
Having previously worked as a Marketing Executive for an environmental consultancy, Emily has honed her analytical and creative skills. She thrives on the fast-paced, varied nature of the industry and enjoys thinking outside the box to solve problems and deliver the best results for the team.
Emily holds a BA in History and French from the University of Exeter, where she focused her studies on prejudice, stigma, and identity across various periods and locations. Her year spent living in France only inspired her to want to learn more about people's identities, their cultures and the factors that influence the state of our society today.
Emily firmly believes that everyone deserves a seat at the table, and she strives to live and work in an environment where this is the case.
Outside of work, Emily likes to stay active by playing various sports. She enjoys being spontaneous and, as a complete foodie, relishes the opportunity to travel and experience new cultures and cuisines.
Emma is a Diversity and Inclusion Lead for The Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei). She provides guidance and consultancy on equality, diversity and inclusion and supports organisations on their inclusive policies, practices and EDI strategies. Emma has led inclusive culture change projects, delivered key equality and diversity training and understands the importance of an intersectional approach.
Emma has experience delivering specialist support on LGBT+ inclusion, including facilitating workshops on inclusive staff networks and allyship. She speaks from lived experience and has supported a number of organisations in their objectives to becoming more LGBT+ inclusive.
Francesca is a versatile contributor with experience in all core human resources and project development functions, exceptional communication and leadership skills, and a continued commitment to implementing industry best practices.
She has lots of practical experience in research and project design, process improvement, sales and business development, marketing and social media, employee relations, problem-solving, administrative assistance, customer service, and relationship building.
Francesca has a master's degree in politics and international relations and likes reading up on sociology and current affairs in her spare time. Francesca believes that the main factor that impacts the quality of working life is improving employee policies in the workplace. She can speak Italian and Spanish, and she loves to immerse herself in different cultures. Francesca is a black belt in karate and loves to play sports.
Heidi is an enthusiastic content editor with experience that spans more than 30 years and reaches across various industry sectors. She has been involved in print and online start-up projects, where she has provided strategic support, created content, and managed staff as well as contributors. Heidi is a keen collaborator who strives to work with others to provide information that is accessible and useful.
Most recently, she covered architecture, engineering, and construction and wrote extensively about the sector’s lack of diversity and inclusion. Prior to this role, she worked in the charity sector as a content editor for a website that provided information on living with disabilities and health issues.
Before joining the charity sector, Heidi worked for Group C Media, a B2B publishing company covering commercial real estate. She was hired by the New Jersey-based company in 1989, first as managing editor and then as editor/co-publisher of Facility Executive magazine. Heidi was promoted to the position of Internet Director for Group C in 2012, where she was responsible for all the company’s publications and events.
Heidi’s background includes a degree in English from Rutgers University and a certificate in Information Technology from Monmouth University. She has also completed courses in website design, digital photography, search engine optimisation and other web-oriented programming. Heidi has been volunteering as a visitors' assistant at Highgate Cemetery since February 2020.
Jack works as the Business Development manager at enei.
Since joining enei in 2019 Jack has been instrumental in growing the enei membership network and managing our training and consultancy arm.
Jack prides himself on providing outstanding service levels, matching clients with training development programmes and relishes the challenge of adding meaningful value to our members.
Prior to joining enei previous roles include handling memberships for one of Britain’s most prestigious private members cubs and formerly supporting service users at Surrey County Council.
Jack holds a degree in History and American Studies and a CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing. Alongside his role at enei, he volunteers on the MidlandsAbility steering committee, a network of employers across the Midlands, whose aim is to educate employers and share best practice to make working environments more accessible and inclusive for anybody with a different ability.
Kali comes from a strong experience in educational leadership from a large academy federation, having spent 15 years in the education sector. With a bachelor’s degree in history with race and culture, Kali has spent her time working across various organisations in supporting diversity and inclusion strategies. Working alongside community leaders in North London to deliver programmes to support young people marginalised from education and spending time teaching in the classroom—having mentored early career teachers with over four years of experience. She has helped provide them with the skills, knowledge, and guidance to prepare them for their careers.
Kali has led change community projects, alongside creating inclusive spaces for employees by leading diversity hubs and driving positive social change. She has delivered key training on equality, diversity and inclusion, alongside facilitating steering groups on diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Kali is passionate about ensuring that underrepresented groups are provided with a platform and voice to be included in wider conversations that concern them and is looking forward to sharing her expertise with our members.
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.
Meghan comes to enei with a strong background in communications and events and a passion for ED&I. Meghan has worked in the private, public, and third sector, and brings an international perspective to this role.
Prior to enei, Meghan worked for an education and sports-based youth development non-profit in East Harlem, New York, where her work on their advancement team allowed the organization to not only meet but exceed community needs. Prior to that, Meghan interned at a number of non-profits serving in various education and gender equity roles.
Meghan holds a BA in Sociology and Communications from the University of Connecticut with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also has her MSc in Sociology from Oxford University, where she focused her studies on gender equality and human rights. She is an experienced researcher who is thrilled to be able to use those skills to support enei’s goals.
Michelle is a creative strategic leader with extensive experience working within complex regulated environments in the health, charity, and commercial sectors. She has a strong track record of designing and developing services from conception to successful delivery to market. Michelle is an innovative customer focused business professional with a passion for quality assurance, compliance, and continuous improvement.
Michelle has spent most of her career in the housing and social care sector, working in a range of roles with the specialist mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, Clarion Housing and most recently as Head of Housing & Regulated Services with Jewish Care, delivering their ambitious new build Retirement Housing portfolio. In 2015 she achieved a career highlight working in partnership with the Amy Winehouse Foundation to open Amy’s Place, a ground-breaking and innovative recovery housing project for women.
Michelle has lived her life advocating for human rights and always with a strong sense of social justice. She is committed to building happy, diverse, and motivated teams able to achieve high levels of success based on a shared cause, vision and values.
Rebecca is an enthusiastic and dedicated team player. She is skilled in negotiation, customer service, and excels in tasks that require her to use her initiative.
Prior to joining enei, Rebecca worked as a Sales and Business Development Manager, supporting both the Hospitality and Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing industries. She also spent several years as a Product Manager and has a demonstrated history of working in the design industry.
Rebecca is business-focused, and always strives to be innovative and think outside the box. She is hugely passionate about building strong relationships with customers and is known for her excellent communication style. She’s been fortunate enough to travel to many places on business and has relished the opportunity to interact with different cultures.
Outside of work, Rebecca spends her time listening to music, going to the theatre, and attends a boxing gym to keep fit.
Sandi joined enei as CEO in November, 2020. She is a visionary leader, strategist and change agent, with senior executive experience within both the charity and commercial sectors.
The bulk of her career has been spent in the media sector, in a range of roles—from COO of the SyFy UK TV Channel to MD of digital agency, Copious. She moved into the charity sector in 2014, joining social care charity, Jewish Care, initially to develop its digital services portfolio and latterly as Head of Transformation and Service Design.
Sandi was a trustee of the RNIB from 2014 to 2019 and chaired its marketing, fundraising and social change steering group. In October 2020, she joined the board of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England as a Non Executive Director.
A lifelong human rights advocate, Sandi is driven to play her part in creating an inclusive society; after registering blind in 2008, she began advocating around equality and inclusion, working at the intersection of Government, Industry and the Third Sector, as well as writing and public speaking.
Tara is responsible for the financial administration processes such as raising and distributing invoices, debt management, liaising with the finance department and ensuring all information is stored and communicated effectively.
Tara has a degree in Human Resource Management and has over 7 years’ experience within the accounts administration field working for various business sectors.
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.
Carey Haslam has been a conflict consultant for the past 28 years; and she works as a mediator, coach, supervisor, facilitator and trainer.
She has a broad range of experience working with organisations across the private, statutory (including Local Authorities, Education, and Prison sector) and third (both national and local charities) sectors.
She has experience as a Non-Executive Director (most recently of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education), as Advisory Board member (Aberdeen Standard Ethical Advisory Board) and as a Senior Manager with Leap Confronting Conflict ( the national conflict resolution charity for young people at risk).
She currently mediates in workplace, SEN and community disputes and is an Approved Member and Professional Practice Consultant with the College of Mediators.
She has designed and delivered training in conflict resolution, leadership, mediation and skills development. She co-authored Leap Confronting Conflict’s influential training manual, Playing with Fire. She has a specific interest in diversity and inclusion; she has created courses in Equality & Diversity in Practice, and in Race & Diversity: Identity, Prejudice & Belonging and facilitated discussions on Safe Spaces, Difficult Conversations. Carey is currently delivering programmes in Unconscious Bias and developing a new programme on Being White, which explores Whiteness & White Privilege. Her training focuses on translating complex frameworks into easy-to-understand models & developing practical skills and tools for change.
Her approach has been described as principled, engaging, enabling, and creative. She is committed to making a difference for the clients she works with.
Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant, David Hull-Watters, is a Neurodiversity in the Workplace and LGBTQ+ Mental Health and Wellbeing specialist.
Most recently, he has worked with the British Transport Police, Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, and the British Library, on projects to enhance working supportively with neurodivergent colleagues and clients, and with SuperDry, Clear Score and the University of Glasgow to develop their inclusion agenda with regards to LGBTQ+ employees.
Significantly, he is a winner of a Vodaphone World of Difference Award, a National Diversity Award 2014, shortlisted for a European Diversity Award 2015, an Excellence in Diversity Award 2015 and the Diversity Champion Award: Education Sector at The Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017.
David is the founder and coordinator of the international Give ‘em Hope Campaign; a Marriage Equality Pioneer who successfully campaigned for a change in marriage legislation by taking a legal case to the European Court of Human Rights with Equal Love UK ; and he is the Sexuality Lead for National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
He is the writer of Never Blend In – LGBTQ+ Stories of Resilience and Empowerment, and has written the foreword for Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons by David Elias Weekley
Dawn Lewinson is currently a Senior Associate at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion. In this role she undertakes training and consultancy work with Member organisations on specialist work areas such as, Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership.
Dawn brings a wealth of experience in helping senior leadership teams, managers and staff think creatively and pragmatically about leveraging diversity. Her engaging and consultative style, and also as her wealth of good practice examples, mean that delegates always leave with real strategies for supporting performance and deliverable action plans for improving their services.
She has provided tailored learning on bias reduction and inclusive leadership to a wide range of organisations that include The Charity Commission, Allianz SE, Doughty Street Chambers, CA Technologies (EMEA), Land Securities, Hogan Lovells (Brussels, Luxembourg, Madrid and other offices), RBS Group, E.On, Saga Group and Sport England to name a few.
Dawn has delivered face-to-face workshops, webinars, and facilitated training sessions to a range of managers from executive boards to critical frontline personnel. She has designed the content for E-learning packages on Diversity and Inclusion for a number of organisations and as a qualified professional development coach Dawn has delivered coaching sessions to individuals to enable them to achieve their potential both professionally and personally.
Dawn brings with her, 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.
Building on her legal background, Dawn has a thorough working knowledge of the legislative framework for equalities, including the requirements of the public duties. She is also interested in the challenges and opportunities of our current Equality legislation.
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.
Martin is an experienced and recognised champion of workplace inclusion and responsible business and is experienced in delivering significant and complex organisational changes in the workplace. He has provided leadership and consultation on legislative and regulatory requirements and introduced approaches to enhance employee engagement. He draws upon his experience in Business Analysis and Transformation to design and deliver positive organisational and cultural changes, including creating disability confident environments. He has exemplary communication skills and is an experienced facilitator and is comfortable delivering up to Board/C-suite level and across organisational boundaries.
Martin provides leadership on development and growth of employee inclusion networks, planning and delivering large-scale events and employee engagement. Martin is a trained Access Auditor, delivering audits of organisations, operational approaches and physical locations for disabled people.
He builds strong relationships with customers, partners and suppliers, and supports development of relationships to capitalise on shared knowledge and experiences. Martin has a naturally consultative and coaching style to influence and engage, and to help develop inclusive leadership styles. He has experience of defining and delivering outcomes linked to corporate strategies, managing budgets, and developing & delivering communication strategies.
Martin’s key achievements include:
Martin is a keen amateur cook, enjoys experiencing foreign cultures and is a volunteer for Diversity Role Models to encourage acceptance of difference in schools. He lives in Manchester with his husband.
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.
Sarah is a globally experienced business leader passionate about responsible business, offering thought-leadership in the transformation of organisational and cultural change. With a talent for coaching and mentoring, Sarah is known for engaging and enabling an organisations greatest asset, its people. in being part of the journey of change, creating an environment of trust, respect and inclusion and in turn stimulating innovation, increasing retention and attracting talent to an organisation.
Before permanently moving into the delivery of transformation, diversity and inclusion, Sarah enjoyed a long career within the finance and IT industries, including KPMG and Fujitsu. And with a reputation for delivering both small and large scale change, has excelled at building collaborative, accessible and inclusive environments working across industries, sectors and countries - Sarah was integral to the strides made in building disability confidence and diversity and inclusion at Fujitsu.
Sarah's experience spans the diversity and inclusion lifecycle from diagnostic and strategy to creating and embedding a sustainable change framework, to developing leadership and their people, providing coaching and mentoring, designing and delivering people development programmes and also supporting how an organisation can measure success and effectiveness. As part of the enei team Sarah has worked with multitude of our clients spanning all sectors, delivering inclusive leadership coaching and development, enabling greater awareness of the importance of inclusive environments, creating understanding and behavioural change as a result of bringing unconscious bias, and helping organsiations to explore the importance of wellbeing in the workplace.
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Shelagh has been an associate consultant of enei since 2015, supporting member organisations to develop a holistic, sustainable approach to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
She has held a range of senior in-house and interim ED&I roles, most recently as Head of Inclusion and Wellbeing at the Bank of England and immediately prior to this, as Associate Director of Equality and Inclusion at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.
Her extensive experience includes:
Her approach is always strategic, collaborative, and focused on delivering meaningful change. It is informed by a good working knowledge of the Equality Act 2010 and an awareness of best practice.