About us


Diversity Mark are the awarding body of the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Founded by Women in Business NI, our mission is to help businesses across the UK and Ireland build more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Helping businesses take the first step

Since 2017, Diversity Mark have been helping businesses remove the fear associated with diversity and inclusion. We understand the anxiety it can cause not feeling confident when using pronouns, or how difficult it can feel to address people from different genders, or talk to people with a disability. We’re here to help you overcome those fears and create a workplace where no one feels anxious and everyone feels respected.

Confidently approach diversity in the workplace

Most businesses don’t have the time, resource or budget to hire a dedicated D&I manager – that’s where we come in. By working as an extension to your HR department, Diversity Mark will help your business approach D&I by providing resource, council, information and insights. We will also work with you to set SMART goals using our D&I framework. These goals are not designed to overwhelm you, but to get you making real progress quickly, with small steps that make a big difference.

Diversity Mark’s origins

The Diversity Mark was the first accreditation of its kind, and was developed with the support of businesses who were committed to building more diverse and inclusive workplaces for all.

The accreditation was officially launched in September 2017. Within 3 years, over 80 progressive companies from all business sectors had signed the Charter and are committed to transforming workplace culture and attitudes for good.

Talk to us about how accreditation can help your business tackle diversity in the workplace

Our team

Roseann Kelly, MBE

CEO

CEO of Diversity Mark and Women in Business NI. Roseann was recognised on Her Majesty the Queen’s Honours list in 2019 for her contribution to the NI Economy. She sits on the Department of the Economies Ministerial Strategic Advisory Forum and on the Expert Panel for the Review of Apprenticeships. Roseann also sits on the Youth Training Review Panel, is Vice Chair of Women’s Tec NI and past Committee member of both WINET and the Women’s Fund for NI. In 2016 she won the CEO of the 3rd Sector Award for Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year. In 2014 she was invited onto the Advisory Board of the SME Development Institute at the Ulster University Business School.

Nuala Murphy

Director, Diversity Mark

Nuala founded Lean in Belfast in 2013, the volunteer-run chapter of the non-profit group created by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Nuala brings her skills and global experience in diversity and inclusion and will be focused on expanding Diversity Mark’s reach to include the rest of Ireland and the UK, helping the organisation achieve its objectives. She will channel her passion and commitment to building a more equal society, working with companies from all sectors as they commit to advancing D&I to benefit all employees.

Emma Lyttle

Engagement Manager

Emma was appointed in January 2020 in a new role as Engagement Manager. She is responsible for engaging with the Diversity Mark signatories and enabling the sharing of best practice online events, round tables, communications, ezines, and sharing of research reports to grow a learning community focused on creating diverse and inclusive workplace cultures. Emma is passionate about building diversity and inclusion momentum for every organization regardless of size or stature.

Our independent assessment panel

Judith Gillespie CBE

Former Deputy Chief Constable, PSNI

Judith served as a police officer in Northern Ireland for 32 years, making history by becoming the first woman in RUC/PSNI to become an Assistant Chief Constable in 2004. As a Chief Officer for 11 years, she helped steer the organisation through significant change, including leading on the PSNI’s Gender Action Plan. On leaving PSNI in 2014 she became an independent leadership advisor. She served for four years on the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, for five years on the Garda Policing Authority, and for six years on Probation Board for Northern Ireland.

Deborah Lange

Board Member Invest NI & Belfast Harbour Commission

Deborah is a Certified Public Accountant with a lengthy career in international business and tax.  She was Senior Vice President of Tax at Oracle Corporation in California for 20 years and before that worked in public accounting in London, Hong Kong and the U.S.  Deborah is passionate about maximising every person’s potential through promoting diversity, equality and inclusion.

Kieran Harding

Managing Director at Business in the Community

Kieran has been with Business in the Community since 1990 taking on the role of Managing Director in January 2011 and has since played a leading role in the organisation’s growth, and been instrumental in championing the responsible business agenda in Northern Ireland.

Deborah Donnelly

Equality Commission

Deborah has a long history in working on equality and human rights issues, and she is currently a Commissioner with the Equality Commission for NI. Recently she has been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland and as an adviser to the EU on women, peace and security strategic plans and evaluation.

Fergal McFerron

Stonewall UK

Fergal works for Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT rights organisation. Based in Belfast, he is responsible for supporting employers in Northern Ireland to shape LGBT inclusive workplaces through the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme delivered in partnership with The Rainbow Project.

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE

CEO Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance

A former chairman of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland, Joanne had a successful career in Technology and Innovation before taking up her current role with NITA, the voice for tourism in NI. Joanne was the NI STEM Champion for six years where one of her focus areas was encouraging more females to take up STEM subjects and careers. Joanne sits on a number of boards including the Irish Times Trust and Ulster University Council and is a member of the board of Governors of Wallace High School.

Our board

Nichola Robinson

Director of Strategic Sourcing , Spirit AeroSystems

With over 22 years experience in Aerospace Supply Chain Nichola is currently a member of the leadership team at AeroSystems. She leads a team of sourcing professionals with responsibility for the planning and execution of sourcing strategies, managing the introduction of new programmes, and low-cost country development. Her leadership responsibilities include Value Engineering, where she leads a team of sourcing professionals who develop and implement innovative concepts. A graduate in Management Operations from UU, she also has a professional coaching qualification, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Anne Clydesdale

Leadership Consultant

Anne has been a leading figure in the world of learning and development in Ireland for the past 31 years. She was Director of Training and Corporate Development for B.I.C. Systems for eighteen years. Following the sale of the company to BT in 2004, she went on to work in PwC before joining Queen’s University to establish the William J Clinton Leadership Institute. By 2018, when she retired from Queen’s, Anne had successfully developed the Institute to be NI’s premier provider of high-end executive education. Anne has run a number of businesses during her career and has sat on a number of boards. She continues to work in the field of executive coaching and training consultancy.

Angela Moore

Managing Director, Ravensdale Capital Investments LLC

Angela is the chairwoman of the board of the Virginia Distillery Company. She is active in marketing and championing the brand in markets across the U.S. and beyond. Also the Managing Partner of Ravensdale Capital, an investment platform created to provide venture capital investments in start-up and early stage technology businesses. MD of Macha Capital Partners, a private investment fund focused on investing in small, growth-orientated business in Ireland, with a special focus on women-led initiatives, in a broad range of sectors including, manufacturing, technology and trade. Angela serves on the boards of several organizations, and is a member of the Irish Global Economic Forum.

Andrea McIlroy Rose

Head of the Belfast Office, Pinsent Masons

Andrea specialises in investment and development work and  has over 25 years experience of acting for clients in both NI and England. Andrea is an active advocate of D&I with a particular emphasis on the advancement of women in business and aside from being on the board of Women in Business she also sits on the Board of NI Chamber of Commerce. She was previously the international chair of the Pinsent Masons internal female networking group, Female Futures whose membership spans all of their 26 offices for over 7 years and has recently been appointed as the gender representative on the Pinsent Masons Global Inclusion Board

Paula Leathem

Senior HR Business Partner, NIE Networks

With over 30 years experience in the Utility Sector Paula is a member of the senior leadership team in NIE Networks. She leads a team of HR professionals. In addition to a number of responsibilities her main focus is on organisational training & development, change management and employee engagement. A graduate in Business Studies from Ulster University Paula and then a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. In addition to this she has a number of Management Qualifications and also has a professional coaching qualification. She is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Joris Minne

PR Consultant, JPR

Joris is an award-winning PR consultant who trained at the National Geographic Society as a journalist in Washington DC. After a successful 10-year career in business journalism in London and Madrid, he returned to NI to join the PR industry in 1992. As PR consultant, trustee of Belfast’s top arts centre, and strategic adviser, Joris has helped facilitate the creation of major new capital investment projects including the MAC, HMS Caroline and Kilkeel Regeneration. He is skilled in all aspects of public relations including crisis communications management, profile building, corporate communications, reputation protection and consumer PR. Joris speaks French and Spanish, writes a weekly food column for the Belfast Telegraph.

Mairead Mackle

CEO of HCIL

The driving force behind the HCIL ethos and vision, Mairead is an award winning, female entrepreneur. HCIL is a leader in care, support and housing solutions with a 1,200 strong team across Ireland.  In an era of emerging technologies, Mairead recently founded ‘iCare Digital’, a progressive solution focused on improving the delivery of social care. She is the founder of EVOLVE, a women’s network that inspires and supports strong female leadership across the community. Also a founding partner of LIFT Ireland, which focuses on character and value-based leadership for future generations. A finalist in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award, Mairead has been recognised for her innovation in Business and recently received a National Special Recognition Award.

Keith Lippert

Officer, Vice President, Deputy Information Security Officer at Allstate

With 30 years of experience in financial services, Keith is currently VP, Officer, and Deputy Information Security Officer for the Allstate corporation. As Allstate’s first Security Officer outside the US, Keith is building global thought leadership for cyber security in NI. Prior to Allstate, Keith has been a board member or Chairman of Banks in India, Russia, Mexico, Canada and in the US. As the first non-USA based Security Officer in our near 100-year history, Keith is responsible for establishing and driving individualized information security strategy and programs for each of the major Allstate business lines. For the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America.

Stephen McCully

Managing Director of Power NI

Stephen has been MD of Power NI for the past 15 years. Power NI is Northern Ireland’s largest electricity supplier serving 475,000 homes and 35,000 businesses. He is on the executive board of the Viridian Group. A past President and Board Member of the NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Stephen has worked within the energy industry since 1986, and joined initially as a chartered engineer and then transitioned into a variety of senior management roles. He holds an engineering degree, a masters in corporate leadership and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. Stephen originally hails from Co Tyrone and is married to Amanda, and they have two children, Rachel and Jonathan.

Sir David Robert Sterling

KCB, Former Head of NI Civil Service

David is the former Head of NI Civil Service, whose civil service career spanned over four decades. David retired in August 2020 after leading the Northern Ireland Civil Service in the absence of Stormont ministers, following the collapse of the executive in 2017. Providing strategic counsel to the Women in Business Board, David says “I am delighted to be welcomed on to the Board and to join a group of impactful and influential business minds in making an important difference in the workplace in Northern Ireland…Diversity, Entrepreneurialism and Leadership are crucial to Northern Ireland’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Case Studies

“The Diversity Mark Accreditation programme has been invaluable to Translink in helping us make connections and develop plans that will continue to make a real difference to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the benefit of all employees within Translink. Cara Woods, Translink

Cara Woods, Translink

We will continue to educate & support businesses whilst pushing for progress every single day

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