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

“One of the many reasons why I became involved in the Diversity Mark Assessment was to help recognise that despite continuing challenges, many organisations are making real progress in innovative ways to remove cultural and other barriers to full gender integration and equality in NI.”

Deborah Lange

Board Member Invest NI & Belfast Harbour Commission

Deborah is a Certified Public Accountant with a lengthy career in international business and tax, working with Arthur Andersen in London, Hong Kong and the United States.

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

Chief Executive at Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance

Previously Joanne had a successful career spanning 30 years in Technology and Innovation holding senior roles in Oracle Corporation and more recently, as Director of Development at Catalyst. 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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