Our Diversity Buddies have been with DMNI on their company’s Diversity journey since our launch. All incredibly passionate about the benefits that Diversity and Inclusion brings to organisations and they are eager to work with others to share key learnings and good practice.
If you are a DMNI signatory organisation and would like to connect with a Diversity Buddy please contact Emma Lyttle, Engagement Manager for an introduction emma.lyttle@diversity-mark.-ni.co.uk
Senior Manager at Allstate NI
Lesley is a Senior Manager with 18+ years’ experience with Allstate Northern Ireland and 30+ years’ experience in Technology. Lesley’s role in Business Engagement encompasses responsibility for Engagement Strategy across ANI, with a focus on reinforcing the business purpose and leveraging our people and skills to have positive impacts in Allstate NI and in the wider community in Northern Ireland.
Areas of Expertise: Gender Diversity / Age Diversity / Identifying Barriers / Diversity Strategies / Profile & Visibility / Measuring Success / Culture Shift / Getting Everyone Engaged / Mentoring / Staff Networks / Diversity at Senior Level / DMNI Application
Human Resources Director at Gilbert Ash
Maria is the Human Resources Director at Gilbert-Ash, dedicating her thirty-year career to the company. Maria has used her wealth of knowledge and experience to help the construction firm grow in a positive direction, with projects in over 43 countries across the globe. Passionate about gender diversity, Maria believes it is essential for businesses to foster innovation, creativity, and empathy in the workplace – Maria has overseen the increase of females in the Gilbert-Ash workforce to 21%, rising above the industry average of 11%. Maria has been the driver behind Gilbert-Ash’ support for LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall and sponsorship of Womenstec, which provides training for women in non-traditional skills. Her work on this, and many other initiatives, led to the firm winning the ‘Best Gender Initiative’ at the 2020 Northern Ireland Equality & Diversity Awards as well as attaining recognition for ongoing commitment to gender and race diversity. Maria is also a CITB NI board member and has been at the core of several wider industry initiatives and improvements throughout the years.
Areas of Expertise: Gender Diversity / Mental Health / LGBTQ+ / Race & Ethnicity / Age Diversity / Diversity Strategies / Education Outreach
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