Meet the enei team.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack works as the Relationship Manager for Members in the Charity Sector and as the first point of contact for those in the Arts and Heritage Sector.
His 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 prides himself on providing outstanding service levels, matching clients with training development programmes and relishes the challenge of adding meaningful value to our members.
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.
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.
Emma is experienced in supporting a number of organisations on their inclusive practices. In her time at Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT+ rights charity, Emma delivered specialist support on LGBT+ inclusion. In doing so, she helped a number of organisations reach the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list.
Experienced in communications and engagement, Emma has led change management and culture change projects, alongside creating inclusive communications for varied audiences. She has delivered key training on equality, diversity and inclusion, alongside facilitating a number of workshops on staff networks and intersectionality.
As a trainee counsellor, she is an advocate for listening to the real needs and motivations behind making positive change.
Masruba is an authentic and empathetic Diversity & Inclusion leader.
Her experience spans the third, voluntary and private sectors. With a desire to continuously learn professionally and personally, she has extensive experience in D&I, Learning & Development, HR Operations and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Masruba is dedicated to ensuring the belonging of underrepresented groups and believes in amplifying lived experiences. She is also experienced in managing graduate and social mobility programmes to increase representation within careers in the City of London.
As an avid volunteer and career mentor, Masruba has over 6 years of mentoring experience with mentees from diverse backgrounds to upskill them, build career confidence and provide pre-application support.
She enjoys supporting clients to create impactful change and regularly gives back to the local community by volunteering and inspiring young adults by networking and speaking on panel events.
Masruba is Associate CIPD qualified and a Mental Health First Aider.
Annie began her equality, diversity and inclusion career in the sexual violence sector and brings a trauma-informed, human rights-based approach to her work.
After working on research, campaigns and culture-change programmes, she spent three years supporting policy, advocacy and engagement with the UK government and United Nations at the End Violence Against Women Coalition, followed by three years at the Equality Challenge Unit/Advance HE where she supported universities to use evidence-based equality frameworks (Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter) to progress their gender and race equality work.
Annie has a master’s in Gender from the London School of Economics and is passionate about intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA inclusion, and supporting staff diversity forums.
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.
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.
Stella is the enei Office Assistant who assists the running of daily operations within the company. Stella applies her multiple skills attained from her dynamic work history to ensure effective support is always delivered. Stella holds strong connections within the music industry which has aided her ability to build successful rapports, whilst meeting all demands as a point of contact.
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.
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:
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.
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.
List of skills/capabilities that would be useful for enei:
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.
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.
Benerice is the Freelance Digital Marketing Executive at enei and works directly under the Marketing Manager Hazel Ellis. Her main focus area at enei is Email Marketing and Website Management.
Before working at enei, Benerice gained a qualification in Digital Marketing as well as a Media and Marketing Communications Degree and has worked for businesses such as BT and Shyfish Designs, one of the largest web design companies in the UK. She now works at enei to continue her passion for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as working as a Freelance Web Designer and Marketer.
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