Diversity Mark Independent Assessors

Our Independent Assessors bring a highly robust standard to the accreditation process.  The panel of business experts are all incredibly passionate about being involved in making a positive impact on Northern Ireland’s economy and society through Diversity.

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.

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