In association with the Business Services Association (BSA) and Trowers & Hamlins LLP, New Street hosted a round table event on diversity and inclusion. Whilst the audience was made up of primarily senior HR leaders from within the business services sector, the issues, concerns and challenges faced reach well beyond this single sector.
The fascinating debate covered considerable ground across the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) community, representing diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures.
Driving the debate were a number of speakers who were immersed in the challenges on a daily basis – Lt. Co. Guy Benson, Engagement Projects and Army Reserves Lead, HM Forces, Ministry of Defence, Donna Halkyard, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, RPC and Vice President of the City Women Network, Megan Horsburgh, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Sodexo, Omar Khan, Director, The Runnymede Trust and Member of the Government’s Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group, and Dee Sekar, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, OUTstanding.
The briefing note from the Roundtable (found below), encompasses a number of areas that were explored during the event including why diversity and inclusion matters and fundamentally, why it is about more than just ticking a box. A diverse team makes good business sense but it does not happen overnight and there is a need to build a talent pipeline, either through attraction of new talent or developing the existing team.
For a full view of the single page summary, please click below.
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