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Creating legacy change across the building services engineering sector
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Creating legacy change across the building services engineering sector

Otis Boykin, Lincoln Hawkins, Garrett Morgan, Shirley Jackson, Lewis Latimer, Marie Van Britten…just to name a few people who have had an impact on our world – but does everyone know who these people are? These are all people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who have..

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Simon Tse  – We need to talk about race. And do better.
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Simon Tse – We need to talk about race. And do better.

When I was asked if I would become Cabinet Office Race Champion by the previous Permanent Secretary Sir John Manzoni in October 2019, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I was honoured to be asked, and being the first person from an ethnic minority to fill the role was even..

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Raj Tulsiani – Making an Unconscious Decision
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Raj Tulsiani – Making an Unconscious Decision

Unconscious bias is everywhere. It’s an integral part of being a human being. It’s the reason why we feel comfortable with people we assume are similar to us and why organisations often hire or promote the same sort of people, leading to a mini-me culture. Even the most freethinking, open-minded..

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Time to speak up: some necessary words about racism
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Time to speak up: some necessary words about racism

In September 2016 nine people from Black Lives Matter UK chained themselves together on the runway at London City airport to protest against racial injustice. Seven of them were arrested after passengers complained about inconvenience, and the nation failed to see what the fuss was all about. It’s hard to..

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It’s time we start to talk about Culture Add, not Culture fit
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It’s time we start to talk about Culture Add, not Culture fit

It was about 15 years ago that I made the transition from middle management recruitment in local government into executive level positions. I remember meeting a Corporate Director, who happened to be female and from a BAME background and almost being starstruck about her list of achievements back then. The..

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Dr Victor Olisa – Time to prevent our UK police service morphing into a US-style police force
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Dr Victor Olisa – Time to prevent our UK police service morphing into a US-style police force

In the United Kingdom, the institution of policing is praised around the world for its service style of policing. Yet evolving changes in the language and style of policing in the UK are shifting that style towards more ‘enforcement’ than ‘service’ for Black people. Under the current conditions, it is..

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Organisations need to take real action against racism
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Organisations need to take real action against racism

I waited a little anxiously on the stage as the chair of the conference stood at the podium welcoming everyone. I was next up and going through my talk in my head I was only partially concentrating on her remarks. And then she got my attention: “We need to move..

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Is Introvert Bias on Your Radar?
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Is Introvert Bias on Your Radar?

 There are many misconceptions about introversion that have shaped the way many people view introverts and how they treat them in the workplace. This conversation highlighted this. Because I was being social, it was assumed I couldn’t be introverted. The misconceptions include, all introverts are shy; introverts are aloof; socially..

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HR needs to take the lead in calling out racism at work
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HR needs to take the lead in calling out racism at work

The events of last week, when George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck while restraining him, were very disturbing. As we all know, this was not isolated but a continuation of micro and macro aggressions against people of colour, not..

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50 years is too long to wait for equal pay
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50 years is too long to wait for equal pay

What is equal pay and why does it matter? For 50 years women have had the legal right to be paid the same as a man for doing similar work. And yet we still don’t have equal pay in this country. This hard-won legal right hasn’t translated into a moral..

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Rhammel O’Dwyer-Afflick – Black Lives Matter, Always.
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Rhammel O’Dwyer-Afflick – Black Lives Matter, Always.

Devastated by the crippling pain of racist injustice. It was difficult to coin these words because it feels personal. It hurts knowing that despite decades of protesting and speaking out we still have to face issues of systematic racism and white supremacy. It's hard to look at what is happening..

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Who is included? A black woman’s account of prison employment
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Who is included? A black woman’s account of prison employment

Whenever I tell people about my employment, I receive the same response, shock and dismay. Followed by questions about safety and racism. Then I arrive to my place of work, in my case it was four prisons in different regions over a 13-year period. I approach the staff entrance with..

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STEM – Plugging the gender gap
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STEM – Plugging the gender gap

For centuries a stereotype has existed around the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries. This is perhaps the main reason why the number of women in the industry is still at such a low level. Tragically, despite the stereotype now being incredibly out dated, its presence still lingers. Manual..

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How to Achieve and Retain a Diverse Board – Joanna Moriarty at the Clore Leadership Programme
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How to Achieve and Retain a Diverse Board – Joanna Moriarty at the Clore Leadership Programme

Arts organisations have impressively reflective, strategic leadership with significant intellectual fire-power and are often heavily involved in community cohesion. Simultaneously, they grapple with the ‘pay-to-play’ model of governance, and often have only limited control over their board appointments. How can they deliver effective and diverse leadership in this environment of..

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David Ainsworth: Why is the charity sector so white?
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David Ainsworth: Why is the charity sector so white?

The recent UK Civil Society Almanac contains work by Marc Lawson, a data scientist at NCVO, which shows that only 9 per cent of the sector is non-white, compared to 12 per cent of the private sector and 11 per cent of the public sector. Those statistics aren’t good enough...

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