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Meet the enei team.
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Denise launched enei in 2011 in response to Members asking for a coordinated offer that helps employers to create inclusive workplaces. She is responsible for leading enei’s strategic development, driving the operational plan, setting the budget and managing risk. Denise leads on membership engagement, determining key campaigns and maintains a close relationship with government stakeholders and the media.
Denise was instrumental in creating the (now former) Employers Forum on Age in 1996 and served as a Board Director and Trustee between 2002 -2009. Denise was appointed Chief Executive in May 2009 and brought with her a wealth of experience in diversity and significant commercial experience across many sectors.
Previously, Director at BGL Group, Denise realigned HR and Communications to focus on delivering efficient services that improved business performance. As a Board Director for Craegmoor Healthcare, she was their HR, Communications IT & Clinical Governance Director. Previous roles included Head of People Proposition at Marks & Spencer and Head of Corporate HR at Nationwide Building Society, where she worked on change programmes that positioned both organisations as employers of choice.
Alan offers expert advice to enei Members on interpreting the law and delivering best practice policies. Alan is also responsible for developing policy responses and works closely with stakeholders on technical issues.
He has extensive experience as a human resources professional in financial services, manufacturing and consultancy. Between 1994 and 2001 he held senior roles in HR within the Credit Suisse Group and previously in the Merrill Lynch European HR team.
Becky is responsible for recruiting and engaging our Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and network events. She also helps to develop, deliver and promote our training and consultancy to members and non-members. She is also co-chair of the WharfAbility and deputy chair of the MidlandsAbility disability networks as well as representing enei on the Disability Confident Professional Advisors Group.
Becky has over 30 years’ experience in senior HR roles in blue chip companies in the UK, including BAA Heathrow, Royal Bank of Scotland, Experian, AIG Insurance and TK Maxx. Her most recent HR role was at Spirit Pub Company. She has also run her own business, specialising in team building and training using baking to engage participants.
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.
Liese 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 develop, deliver and promote enei’s training and consultancy to Members and non-members. Liese is also an Associate supporting our Agile Working projects and training team.
Liese has over 30 years Human Resources experience, gained within generalist & specialist roles and including considerable strategic & business partnering experience. She has worked in many industries across private and public sectors including government department, education, construction, engineering, NHS, facilities management, food manufacturing, PFI, communications and digital engineering. Liese’s roles have largely been change, culture & transformation focused and she has led D&I in almost all of her roles. Her most recent corporate role was with Pitney Bowes Limited as HR Director – People Solutions with global responsibility for agile/flexible working, D&I across UK, Europe & Asia, Wellbeing in Europe, OD and employee engagement initiatives. Liese has had her own business since 2016 focusing on guiding leadership and organisations through cultural change, implementation of flexible & agile working and workplace strategy together with leadership and team development and individual coaching. She uses her interest in D&I and wellbeing to underpin her work. Her external interests include being a Chair of Governors at a local Hertfordshire school.
Liese presented at our 2015 Agile Working conference as a Member & has been an enei Associate since 2016. She is a trained and experienced facilitator, trainer and coach and is currently studying her ICF PG Cert in Business & Personal Coaching with Barefoot and the University of Chester.
Mike is responsible for recruiting and engaging enei Members to ensure their continued support for enei’s strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and networking events. He also helps to develop, deliver and promote enei’s training and consultancy to Members and non-members.
After a long career with the Metropolitan Police Service, where he strategically led on age disability, race and engagement with new communities in their Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate, he spent 9 years with the London Borough of Redbridge as a diversity and inclusion (D & I) manager. He has extensive experience of working strategically, as well as operationally, with community groups and statutory agencies, including all Council services, on their diversity and inclusion (D & I) journeys . Whilst there he was responsible for the project management of several whole authority D & I accreditations and, as a peer assessor with the Local Government Association, assessed a number of local authorities in achieving the highest levels of their Equality Framework.
Mike has a Master’s degree in Race and Ethnic Relations and is an experienced trainer and facilitator. He has been a school governor for over 15 years, where his passion for equality and inclusion as well as education, has contributed to challenging and supporting practice in the development of young people towards adulthood and employment. He enjoys combining his passions with interests and after a long association with ‘Show Racism the Red Card', which spanned his police and local authority career, he was invited to join their Hall of Fame, joining many other notable names from football, for his exceptional commitment to the campaign.
Daniel supports the Member Engagement Managers through managing diary appointments and providing Diversity & Inclusion advice. He conducts detailed research in order to inform and develop resources and support member enquiries.
Before joining enei Daniel achieved the CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Practice, holds A-Level equivalent qualifications and previously studied Psychology and Counselling at the University of Northampton. He has experience of working in the retail and construction sectors, where he has delivered customer service and administrative support.
Mandy is responsible for recruiting and engaging enei Global Members to ensure their continued support for enei's strategy, benchmarking, campaigns and networking events. She also helps develop, deliver and promote enei's training and consultancy to Global Members and non-members.
Mandy has over 30 years' Human Resources experience in HR generalist roles. She has worked in both the private and public sectors. Mandy has worked primarily within Financial Services however recently working in the Third Sector and also spending time within Social Housing.
Mandy has provided Global HR support whilst driving through culture change, transformation and management capability in the form of Management Development Programme and Wellbeing initiatives. She has worked with HR, local teams and counsel globally and has been instrumental in a range of initiatives, also having key responsibility for D&I strategy. Mandy has led on development strategies which have included bitesize training and virtual rollouts.
Adrian has over nine years of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion experience, in the public, private, and political arenas. He has worked in the LGBT+ sector, championing same sex marriage and campaigning for fully inclusive sex and relationship education in schools, as a way to prevent bullying, mental health issues, and lowering suicide rates amongst young people. Since August 2016, Adrian has also worked voluntarily in the House of Lord as the Equalities Research Advisor to the Liberal Democrat Equalities spokesperson Baroness Hussein-Ece, which has broadened his knowledge and understanding around BAME, Gender, and Disability issues, in addition to his continued activism on behalf of the LGBT+ community.
Adrian has chaired LGBT+ Liberal Democrats on two occasions from 2010-2013 and in 2016 and is now an Honorary Vice President of the organisation since March 2015. He Chaired the Pride in London Community Advisory Board in 2016-2017 and Sports representative from 2014 before becoming Chair. Alongside his LGBT+ work, in 2019, he is now the Chair of Liberal International British Group, and Humanist & Secularist Liberal Democrats and works closely with the Metropolitan Police in a specialist advisory capacity for their LGBT Advisory group. He speaks Italian and French, and has global experience from working with legal and financial services in the City, as well as the Alliance of Liberal Democrats in Europe (ALDE). His international contacts and network, were further developed as a former member of the Liberal International Human Rights Committee, and now as Chair of Liberal International British Group on the Federal International Relations Committee of the Liberal Democrats.
Anne-Marie is responsible for delivering enei’s equality and inclusion training and consultancy products and services to both Members and non-Members.
Anne-Marie has 20 years of D&I experience in the public and private sector. She has designed and delivered innovative training and consultancy around diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias and equality analysis.
Other areas of expertise include leadership and team development and change management focused on the delivery of excellent customer service. She is also a Trustee Board member of two Hertfordshire-based charities.
Sarah supports the Training & Consultancy Team by co-ordinating diaries and projects. She also manages the Implicitly Unconscious Bias tests offering for our clients. Before taking a career break to have a family, Sarah worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch for ten years. After completing the Management Internship programme she became a Strategic Partner Relationship Manager working with Virgin Money, Abbey (Santander) and Alliance and Leicester. She delivered marketing plans for both acquisition and customer marketing, whilst building partnerships and managing contractual commitments.
Momin is currently a Bid and Proposal Executive within the Training and Consultancy team at enei. He leads on managing and coordinating enei’s tender propose as well as drawing up proposals for potential clients.
Prior to joining enei, Momin worked as a Procurement Advisor for a project funded by Tower Hamlets Council. His role was to support local businesses increase their proficiency in evaluating procurement opportunities, also knowing when and how to pitch their services. He supported business owners in addressing sector specific tenders, drafting up tender responses and developing strategies to address multiple bids.
Daisy supports enei’s Chief Executive, Denise Keating, as her Executive Assistant. She has experience in a plethora of different industries including Education, Property and Travel. In these she has worked predominantly for people in Senior Management, as well as managing others.
Daisy also has a strong musical background. It is this that she believes has instilled into her that self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.
Daisy prides herself on her attention to detail, ability to work on initiative and aptitude to learn new skills.
Surbs Badhan is the Head of Marketing driving forward the digital marketing strategy for both UK and Global D&I. He is helping enei raise their brand awareness through marketing, events, PR and bringing AI technology to the organisation.
Surbs is an adventure athlete in disciplines that include triathlons, parkour, surfing, running, kayaking, rock climbing and husky sledding. He travels the globe raising money for his brand – the ‘Relentless Challenge’ and is sponsored to take part in both physical and mental challenges raising money for a number of charities.
He is a serial entrepreneur creating and selling 3 businesses including a successful global marketing firm, male grooming company and Project & IT solutions company. He is also a pioneer in AI and Robotics with Quantum Computing – using the tech to setup robots for financial trading and marketing algorithms.
Adeyele is in charge of the events and part of the marketing at enei working directly under the head of marketing and communications to ensure that all training and events are managed efficiently and to help promote equality and diversity in the workplace. Additionally, Adeyele is fully responsible for the full management of annual conference, enei awards and House of Lords reception.
Before joining enei Adeyele spent two years at Glion institute of higher education completing an Executive Master of Business Administration in Hospitably management and service industry management. Prior to that Adeyele worked as the manager of internal communication at Microsoft and as the Coordinator of festive events at the Langham, Hotel London. Previous responsibilities at Microsoft included developing communications plan for the fiscal year, assisting project management for the expansion of MSN portal and writing the bi-monthly newsletter and handling the operation for various conferences and events.
Adeyele holds Bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Kent and a master certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in the USA.
Rob supports the Head of Marketing and Communications to help grow enei's profile, promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace.
Rob graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016, where he studied Social Policy and Sociology. He has had previous experience working in Marketing and Communications in both the Public and Private sector.
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.
Alison Broomfield has been an associate consultant since January 2011. She has delivered solutions on gender, young people in employment and Equal Pay and is responsible for the publication of case studies. Alison works with the Government’s Equality Office, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and has supported most employer-led diversity networks. She was invited to become a member of the CIPD’s Senior Diversity Network and the CBI’s Equal Opportunities Forum. Alison is a HR professional with experience in Shell’s oil, shipping, chemicals and facilities management businesses, DAC Beachcroft, NHS Trusts and the finance and fast food sectors.
A proven, sought after and highly effective coach, using powerful business and personal coaching skills.
Anna Golawski is a highly effective, post-graduate qualified coach and facilitator who works predominantly with leaders and managers in both the private and public sectors.
She has over 20 years’ experience working for large corporates (including Harrods, IBM and Rolls Royce) and brings with her strong HR and commercial experience. Anna is particularly interested in helping corporate organisations and their employees to better manage stress and performance in the workplace. Recent corporate clients include CitiBank, Barclays Visa, Oracle, IBM, Capita Symonds, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London.
Anna specialises in training and coaching in ‘mental toughness’ and ‘resilience’ and, with the help of a “Mental Toughness” psychometric tool, she is able to identify stress-points and challenges affecting organisations and individuals. In turn, she uses this information to inform and assist those organisations and their employees to better target and manage workplace issues and stress, improve confidence, and perform under pressure.
Anna is a published author on the topic of Mental Toughness and has written several coaching articles for magazines. She is regularly consulted for comment by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
Anna is able to offer various services to corporate organisations and their employees including one-to-one leadership coaching, workshops/group lunch and learn sessions in respect of resilience and mental toughness, recruitment and assessment support (often using psychometric testing), and strategic advice around wellbeing, mental health and performance.
Example of recent workshop feedback:
Qualifications and Professional Affiliations
I worked with Anna Golawski as part of a leadership development project within the Metropolitan Police. From the very start, Anna was engaging and sought to fully understand my role, listening carefully and recording accurately my situation and provided very useful suggestions to help me further my career.
Anna was very personable and supportive throughout; she is very well suited to a development role.
The quality of the one to one engagements with the Leading for London coaches was unique in that it was far better than anything experienced within the MPS in 29 years. I put this down to the skills of my coach who was able to quickly assess individual and broader group performance challenges and help me to develop successful plans to address and monitor. Her communication, leadership knowledge and skills are excellent and perfectly suited to the MPS and its current and forthcoming challenges.
‘Between December 2016 and January 2017, Anna came to our Head Office in Hull to deliver Coaching Skills training for our leadership and management team; we were very pleased with her professionalism and how she took the time to tailor this development to each individual’s learning style.
In preparing for, and delivering this training, Anna also knew that we were working towards the Investors in People Accreditation and she was very enthusiastic and supportive of this goal. Earlier this month we received confirmation that we are now meeting the IIP Gold Standard and I would like to thank Anna for her contribution towards this achievement’.
MHFA course feedback:
Baljit has spent over 10 years specialising in issues to do with diversity, inclusion and equality both in public and private sector organisations. She has experience of delivering training, equality audits and consultancy from both an employment and customer service aspect. Over the last three years, Baljit’s portfolio includes:
Having been a diversity leader within various organisations, Baljit knows the challenges of being an in-house diversity change agent. She is adept at stimulating conversations that unpack some of the multi-layered complexities and challenges that the diversity and inclusion climate present, helping people think creatively and pragmatically.
Ben left enei in July 2018 to found Shortlancer, an all-round service agency helping SMEs unlock new customers through digital and offline best practice.
Taking over from an award-winning PR agency in 2014 as enei’s first internal marketeer Ben helped double enei’s membership and positioned both the organisation and Denise among the ranks of the UK’s leading authorities on workplace D&I.
The challenges enei faced during its expansion convinced Ben that smaller organisations were failing to adapt their established approaches to new buying behaviours. Shortlancer now provides SMEs with the skills, tools and knowledge needed to deliver customer experiences that compare to the world’s biggest organisations.
Although no longer an enei employee Ben still supports the team with long-form content, public relations and the occasional technical query!
Ben is currently an Executive Development Consultant at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (www.enei.org.uk). He is highly respected global HR generalist and is a subject matter expert on change management, training design and delivery, target operating models, organisational design and the development of people plans. His career in this area spans over twenty years, including senior HR roles in the Tech, Financial Services and Commodities sectors in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Ben is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and holds BA in Industrial Relations.
Ben has an interest and expertise in:
Rolled out and personally delivered the newly developed company values training at ED& F Man, including train the trainer in the UK, Kenya, Uganda, Ukraine, Russia and UAE.
Created and delivered the group development programme, a global talent acquisition project aimed at future leaders with 3-6 years’ experience for the trading, finance and operations functions.
Reduced the open headcount list by 90% and ensured an ongoing talent pipeline while saving over £100,000 in recruitment costs over a six-month period.
Managed multiple integrations and divestments across the UK and Asia.
Led and developed teams in UK, Ukraine, Israel, India, China and Hong Kong.
Catherine delivers training and consultancy on inclusive communications and has written best practice guidance for employers on how to deliver inclusive communications campaigns. She is the Director of Big Voice Communications, a specialist inclusive communications consultancy. An accredited PR practitioner, she is also Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diversity and Inclusion Forum.
Catherine has worked across the private and public sectors and was part of the communications advisory panel for the government’s Disability Confident campaign. Previously, Catherine was Director of Communications at Business Disability Forum, where she lead an award-winning rebrand in 2012. She has also been chief executive of Networking for Industry and commercial attaché at the German Embassy in London.
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.
Gail is a solution and commercially focused HR & Diversity and Inclusion Professional. Commercially focused whilst applying excellent people skills, Gail looks for a straightforward approach to business strategy, particularly in D & I. With over 30 years’ experience in Professional Services, she has worked with senior executives, internal teams and D & I affinity groups. Her background in HR helps her to guide businesses to weave inclusion into all elements of best practice.
Gail has worked with many external best practice organisations delivering events on LGBT, Disability, Flexible and Agile Working and Gender as examples. She has also had extensive experience of best practice benchmarking in all areas of Diversity and Inclusion. As well as this she has had experience of excellence in inclusive recruitment and was instrumental in her last post of obtaining Disability Confident Leadership status for the organisation.
Gail is well conversed in all areas of D & I and believes that an inclusive approach to its people are at the heart of business success.
Gill is a strategic HR, leadership and management development consultant. She has worked with a variety of organisations, coaching leaders and facilitating team building and strategy development sessions. These organisations include Barclays, Bromford Housing Group and Yell. Gill is a chartered member of the CIPD and an Engineering and Business Studies graduate of Warwick University, where she returns to support an Engineering Masters programme by running Change Management training.
Gill was the HR Director for Nominet for 9 years. Prior to Nominet, Gill was Head of Great Managers and Great HR Practice at Microsoft. Gill has previously worked at GlaxoWelcome and Ford Motor Company.
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Jemima has worked as a Diversity Manager across many sectors including investment banking, government and insurance since 2004 designing, developing and delivering Diversity initiatives from strategy through to implementation. She set up one of the first Disability Networks in Investment Banking, is passionate about mental health and has supported Mind groups as a volunteer and trustee as well as providing counselling to the LGBT community. She is now an independent Mental Health First Aid Trainer, accredited by Mental Health First Aid England to deliver the Adult and Higher Education programmes. She has now started a Meditation Training business – helping people to understand what meditation is, explore different ways to meditate and experience the many benefits that meditation brings to everyday life.
Trained to deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programmes in early 2015 Jemima went on to deliver the Half Day Introduction, One Day Champion, and Two-Day Mental Health First Aider products to Business, Government and other clients as part of the Client Experience team for MHFA England as well as directly to private clients.
In October 2016 she joined The Royal London Group on a one-year contract to set up their Inclusion and Diversity initiatives and also delivered in-house MHFA training as part of the role.
She then returned to deliver Mental Health training privately and for MHFA England, she now delivers the three updated Adult programmes - and has also upskilled to deliver the Higher Education one day programme which is designed for students and staff at universities.
In 2018 Jemima trained with the British School of Meditation in order to deliver meditation training privately and is developing her range of offerings to individuals, groups and companies.
Clients have included: Law firms, voluntary sector organisations, charities, government, inter-organisational networks and investment banks.
A graduate in Psychology, and trained in Counselling and Psychotherapy, she uses her knowledge and experience to support her work. She is a solution focussed creative thinker, used to stretching the boundaries of what others believe to be possible. Her training style is facilitative; and she loves meeting participants, hearing their stories and understanding their perspectives.
She is the founder of the Gay Women’s Network and is passionate about raising awareness on all areas of diversity with a focus on gender, sexual orientation and mental health.
Jennifer Rawsthorn is a global HR professional and leader with extensive generalist HR knowledge gained from working for hi-tech companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Motorola.
She has managed HR teams in multi-country transformation projects and supported senior leaders throughout a number of change programmes. These global programmes included unconscious bias training, diversity and inclusion workshops and reviewing the project plans and achievements against the agreed corporate strategy.
In 2015 she took a unique outplacement offering from Nokia through the Peer Awards and won the category for Employee Engagement.
Jennifer has a degree in Psychology, has been a Fellow of the CIDP since 2008 and held a Pension Trustee Director role for 17 years.
Maria has extensive Diversity, Inclusion and HR experience working in the public and private sector nationally, internationally and globally. She is a Fellow of the CIPD and holds a BA(Hons) in Training and Development in Diversity. Maria is a Police trained investigative interviewer dealing with harassment and bullying cases following the #MeToo campaign and an accredited Diversity Assessors for Diversity Audits. Maria has worked with Acas, Channel 4, BMW, Fire Services, Kirklees Housing, Derbyshire Constabulary, British Gas and the NHS.
Previously Corporate Diversity Manager with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) Maria’s key achievements are:
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 worked within the private sector for almost 20 years and more recently has focused on leading business transformation and improving performance across EMEIA. As a talented leader, coach and mentor, Sarah is passionate about an organisation’s greatest asset, its people. Enabling them to be part of transforming a business is essential to growth, and creating an environment of trust, respect and inclusion stimulates innovation, increases retention and attracts talent to an organisation.
As a PurpleSpace Founding Ambassador and former Chair of Fujitsu’s SEED disabled employee network, Sarah has become known for her ability to bring about disability inclusion within the workplace. Ensuring a clear and effective strategy that aligns with core business values and goals has been an approach responsible for delivering real business value. In addition, leveraging the power of personal stories as a way to create a disability confidence message that resonates, that reaches in to the organisation and creates a ripple, has been a fundamental part of Sarah’s strategy toolkit for bringing about positive change.
Sarah is also a Trustee for The Joshua Tree in Cheshire and lives on the Wirral.
Seema Flower is an energetic, engaging and passionate Disabilities & Visual Awareness expert with the ability to think strategically and act tactically across sectors. Seema is Founder and Managing Director of Blind Ambition - a consultancy with a difference – to create inclusivity. For over 25 years, Seema has delivered successful training and projects for leading institutions which have yielded desired outcomes. These accomplishments have helped her gain relevant experience in training which has been transferred into various settings. For example, she has raised awareness by delivering disability training and visual awareness to medical students, retail and business personnel making businesses disability confident and inclusive, training staff within schools and colleges, other service providers as well as empowered vulnerable youth in prisons to reach their full potential in spite of the constraints of being incarcerated.
Seema has been registered blind since she was 9 years old, however this has not stopped her building a successful chain of businesses and property portfolio. Seema is an inspirational and experienced professional, advocate and disability rights champion who has enthused many people to achieve their full ambition and potential through telling her own story. She has developed resilience and a unique gift for inspiring others through the many challenges she has overcome daily and over the past four decades of living with blindness.
Seema is also a qualified coach and career counsellor. She brings a wealth of experience and a truly unique insight into the Disability and Visual Awareness field as well as strategies for improving the experiences of those vulnerable and excluded groups in society. In recognition of her achievements, she has recently won London 2018, Venus Awards for Inspirational Woman of the Year (dubbed by Channel 4 as the Working Women’s Oscars). Seema has worked as part of the M&S Access Committee (DDA) which visited stores across the country and recommended changes and improvements to stores.
Seema is a recognised entrepreneurial visionary who has contributed business insight with previous UK Disabilities Minister Justin Tomlinson, Easy Group’s Richard Shackleton, New Covent Garden Soup’s Founder and many more. She also has 12 years experience of running her own service based businesses in Central London, 10 years experience of working as an Education Office for the RNIB, 5 years working as a Careers Advisor in West London and 20 years as a Private Landlord. Seema is confident and astute with excellent communication skills which have enabled her to become a media personality and influencer. She is in regular demand from the BBC and other media organisations for TV, Radio, online and print interviews to discuss disability issues and associated entrepreneurial challenges and effective strategies for overcoming these challenges. She has a unique and fresh perspective and a message which resonates with audiences across the country. ‘I aspire to reach as many groups and individuals as possible with an impactful message that has become our mark with the aim of reducing the inequalities and social isolation that many face within our society.’
Wendy has over 25 years’ experience of working in strategic HR and OD, specialising in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Her career has spanned public and private sector including Higher Education Institutes, Fire and Rescue Services, Adult Social Care and The Automotive Industry. She is fully qualified in Chartered Institute in Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds the highest membership of CIPD – Fellowship.
Wendy is an Executive Coach (ILM qualified), a Neuro linguistic Practitioner (NLP), accredited Investors in People advisor and has a solid background in Organisational Development, Employee Engagement and Culture Change.
Wendy believes in empowering organisations to embrace Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I), making it a core value within their strategic plans, practices and setting ambitious objectives to make progress on Inclusion.
As a is strategic lead for E,D&I at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Wendy is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion within the organisation. She is also responsible for ensuring fire and rescue services delivered to diverse communities of Merseyside have been Equality Impact Assessed. She has also been instrumental in progressing its diversity agenda through:
Wendy’s previous roles include Organisational Development Manager for Manchester Metropolitan University, where she gained extensive experience in delivering strategic HR, OD change and ED&I projects.
In her spare time Wendy enjoys delivering wellbeing retreats, spending time with her family and walking her dog, Monty.