Staffline achieve Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation

Staffline has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation by Diversity Mark, marking its firm commitment to promoting greater gender equality and parity in the workplace. 

(L-R) Paula McDermott, Group HR Manager, Tina Nzeye, HR Systems Administrator, Sinead Sharpe, HR Director, John Kelso-Mason, Learning and Development Co-Ordinator.

As one of the leading recruitment firms across Ireland, Staffline has a 56% female senior leadership team and an impressive 68% of females in management roles.  Given its significant influence in the recruitment sector, this is a welcome trend which has received recognition from Diversity Mark. 

Speaking on the recent award to Staffline, Nuala Murphy Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark said: 

“Diversity Mark is the leading authority on Diversity and Inclusion. The Bronze Diversity Mark accreditation is awarded to companies following an independent assessment process which ensures they have reached the required standard of commitment to advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Not only will it help attraction and retention of staff, but it will contribute to building a more equal, representative, and inclusive society that at the end of the day is good for our economy.”

Director of HR at Staffline, Sinead Sharpe said:

“Staffline Ireland is proud to be a diverse company, we believe our diversity is our strength, and only enhances the service we provide to our clients and workers. It’s our ongoing aim to maintain a truly inclusive workplace that diversity, equity and belonging is reflected in supportive employee training, benefits and policies. Staffline are especially pleased to endorse policies which ensure traditional barriers to gender equity are removed, including hybrid working, enhanced maternity pay policies, role salary bands which reflect the real UK living wage and performance-based promotions among others.”

Huge congratulations to all the team at Staffline on this achievement.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Exploristics awarded Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation

Huge congratulations to Exploristics who have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark in recognition of the milestones they have met and their ongoing commitment to increasing equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Aiden Flynn, Exploristics CEO

Aiden Flynn, Exploristics CEO said “I am thrilled that Exploristics has received this award. It is a testament to the dedication of our team who strive to ensure that we offer the most open, fair and inclusive work culture we can. We are grateful to Diversity Mark for providing us with the framework and guidance to help us achieve this, and by doing so supporting our efforts in attracting and retaining the best talent.”

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark said “We are delighted that Exploristics have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark in recognition of their progress and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion and we congratulate all the team on this very significant achievement. The independent assessment panel were impressed with their application, and the progress that has been made since embarking on their Diversity Mark journey. The energetic and committed approach adopted across the organisation from Board level through the committee to feedback from ground level is inspiring. We look forward to them continuing their progressive and innovative initiatives moving forward.”

Huge congratulations to all the team at Exploristics on this achievement.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

New Chartermark collaboration to deliver Diversity & Inclusion excellence across NI and beyond

Diversity Mark and Legal Island, two leading all-Ireland certification bodies, have joined forces to deliver a sole accreditation recognising diversity and inclusion (D&I) excellence in the workplace.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark and
Barry Phillips, Chairman at Legal Island.

A response to the growing demand for independent D&I accreditation in the pandemic era, the newly-formed Chartermark will enable organisations to establish targets and milestones on their path to greater inclusion.

Speaking on the collaboration, Nuala Murphy, Head of Diversity Mark, said:


“This is an exciting development for organisations as the newly-formed Chartermark offers the employer the very best of both worlds. It includes ambitious targets and milestones that will mark the D&I journey towards excellence in diversity and inclusion practices, with evidence of up-to-date D&I policies and all-staff D&I training required from February 2023.”

Since launching in 2016, Diversity Mark’s accreditation process has required organisations to set out clear goals and milestones relevant to D&I activity, all of which are thoroughly reviewed by independent assessors. The feedback provided then enables organisations to develop their D&I initiatives as they seek to build a more inclusive workforce. 

“We want companies to be courageous about change,” Nuala added. “Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion is a top organisational priority, particularly in the pandemic era, and as an awarding body we welcome organisations to reach out and begin their journey towards greater inclusion. Our community of signatories is growing rapidly across the rest of Ireland and the UK with public declarations to build workplaces where everyone feels seen, heard, and appreciated for who they are.”

With its focus on compliance and proactive training for all business sectors, coupled with its annual D&I Awards at Titanic Belfast, Legal Island has given unprecedented profile to the importance of robust D&I practices in organisations across Northern Ireland and beyond.

Barry Phillips, Chairman at Legal Island, added:

“We believe this combination of compliance and stretch targets is unique in the marketplace and it’s a really exciting development. At times, Northern Ireland has perhaps been considered something of a backwater for D&I activity. This development really positions us front and centre.

“No other region of the UK or indeed Ireland offers employers such a unique and thorough accreditation process, together with the opportunity for recognition at an annual D&I Awards evening.  Couple this with relevant and readily accessible online D&I training, and employers large and small across all sectors can expect to excel.”

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Diversity Mark and Boardroom Apprentice Industry Peer Event

Diversity Mark recently hosted an Industry Peer Event in collaboration with Boardroom Apprentice. Within the one-hour session we heard from founder Eileen Mullan and thrilled to have been joined by the following Boardroom Apprentice participants Jo McGinley, David Johnston and Adriana Morvaiova who shared their own journeys.

The event was finished up with our Interim Head of Business Nuala Murphy hosting an insightful Q&A Session including questions from attendees on the call.

Boardroom Apprentice is all about delivering diversity, creating change and achieving aspirations, allowing those without board experience, to gain experience and enhancing their knowledge and understanding through in depth learning and support. You can find out more information on this years cohort by clicking through to their website.

Eileen Mullan is Founder of Boardroom Apprentice, enabling and empowering the next generation of decision makers. She is a powerhouse in advocating for diversity and a champion for change. Eileen is a trusted expert in governance and has transformed organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors. She is a highly accomplished trainer and award-winning Chair and as a trusted Board advisor, Eileen enables Boards alongside their Executive Teams to have the conversations they need to have. Eileen is a frequent contributor to conferences and events along with delivering a TEDx talk “make time for what matters to you”. She holds an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance, an IOD Diploma in Company Direction and is a trained Mediator.

Jo McGinley has extensive experience in change management, coaching, PR, communications and stakeholder engagement. She has led large scale transformational change programmes in the private and public sector and, more recently, has experience working with senior leadership teams to help them design, deliver and implement their strategic business plans.

Adriana Morvaiova was born in Slovakia, raised in a multilingual family with Hungarian roots. Adriana relocated to Northern Ireland in 2006 where she joined Sensata Technologies. Her role in team development supports high performing teams in form of coaching, organizing training and events, building a hybrid working model post pandemic and encouraging innovation through strengthening DE&I. She delivered a TED talk addressing accent bias and misconceptions around linguistic diversity.

David Johnston was born to a Jamaican father and Northern Irish mother, David is married with three teenage children. Prior to retiring in 2021, he had been a Human Resources practitioner for over 25 years, having worked in several high-profile, complex, and dynamic public service organisations. Is hosted by the Community Relations Council, whose functions focus on enhancing diversity and including across the communities in Northern Ireland. In 2021 he received the CIPD NI HR award for outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Northern Ireland.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Diversity Mark Third in Series of Industry Events

Diversity Mark hosted third in the series of Industry Events ‘In conversation with TLT’

TLT shared ideas and their journey towards gender inclusion to-date, as well as some of the firm’s practices and initiatives designed to promote gender equity.

Emma Lyttle, Engagement Manager welcomed all attendees to the event and we heard from TLT leaders who are making change happen. Location Lead for Belfast, Partner and active member of the gender inclusion network, Katharine Kimber, plus Partner and Women’s Equality Network Co-Lead, Siobhan Fitzgerald. TLT’s Chief People Officer, Helen Hodgkinson who spoke alongside Katharine and Siobhan sharing the firm’s work in promoting inclusivity.

TLT openly shared the below key areas:

  • Diversity Mark journey so far
  • Spotlighted their work in reproductive health
  • Flexible and part time working
  • The employee lifecycle
  • The journey to 30% and beyond
  • TLT World
  • Their vision for the future of gender inclusion in TLT.

It finished with our Interim Head of Business Nuala Murphy hosting a quick-fire Q&A session.

Thank you to everyone that attended the session. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming announcement of our next event.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

ALG Celebrates Silver Diversity Accreditation

ALG Belfast office was recently awarded the Silver Diversity Mark by Diversity Mark in recognition of its continued commitment to gender diversity and progress made against ambitious targets in the areas of social mobility and disability.

Jill Michael, Talent Manager at ALG, Gregory Martin, Diversity Partner at ALG and Nuala Murphy interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark

ALG was commended for delivering and committing to a wide-ranging inclusion agenda – described as being “both meaningful and responsive” to the needs of its 120-strong team of lawyers and business support professionals in its Belfast office.

Gregory Martin, diversity partner at ALG Belfast office, said: “This accolade is testament to ALG’s drive and commitment to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce for current and prospective employees and clients.

“We continue to invest significant time and effort in progressing our overall diversity agenda, ensuring that both our policies and practices match our commitment to equality and inclusion. Alongside gender diversity, we have focused on other areas of diversity, such as LGBTQ+, disability, ethnicity and social mobility.

“We recognise that respecting, valuing and leveraging the differences that exist in our employees, clients and communities is good for our business – both in terms of the service we deliver and in building and sustaining a positive working environment for our people.”

Diversity Mark is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on enabling and supporting companies of all sizes across the UK and Ireland in achieving an Accreditation to recognise commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Accreditation follows a methodology of self-assessment and prioritises continuous progression, with goals set by and appropriate to each individual organisation.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark, commented: “We are delighted for A&L Goodbody on achieving the Silver Diversity Mark. Huge congratulations to all the team for their innovative and progressive approach. We look forward to working with them on their Diversity journey over the next number of years.”

To maintain the Silver Diversity Mark, ALG will now commit to reporting annually on the initiatives it is delivering to progress against these internal targets and to support the transparency and accountability needed to drive change.

Huge congratulations to all the team at A&L Goodbody on this achievement.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Diversity Mark Second in Series of Industry Events

Diversity Mark hosted second in the series of Industry Events ‘In conversation with FinTrU’.

Nuala Murphy Interim Head of Business and Emma Lyttle Engagement Manager at Diversity Mark was joined by Sinead Carville, Chief Human Resource Officer at FinTrU, Bridgeen Mullen, HR Business Partner at FinTrU and Chloe McAlary, Chair of FinTrU’s Women in Finance Network.

Sinead kicked off the session by showcasing FinTrU‘s Diversity and Inclusion journey to date. FinTrU joined Diversity Mark in October 2018, were awarded Bronze in March 2019 and achieved the Silver Diversity Mark in June 2021. Some of their achievements to date include:

  • Greater gender parity at entry level
  • TrU Women Mentoring Programme
  • Introducing new corporate level of Senior Vice President
  • Increased scrutiny and a deep and robust review of performance and progression
  • Established BAME community
  • Introduced TrU Voice

Nuala Murphy then hosted a detailed Q&A diving into the above wide range of areas that FinTrU are excelling in as industry leaders.

Below are some key takeaways from the session that other signatories will find beneficial on their journeys.

  • Pay it forward, FinTrU attended a Diversity Mark /Allstate Event previously and gained valuable lessons from what they were doing.
  • Importance of starting at the start even for high achieving organisations and leaders.
  • Everyone is on their own journey, step back and do what you can with what you have. Small steps will build the momentum.
  • Understanding when is the right time, placing D&I on the boardroom table conversations and understanding what is important for key stakeholders.
  • Have all employees voices represented, some great things can come from it.
  • Huge benefits came from Diversity Mark Buddy System
  • Entrepreneurial in their Data capture system and design.

Sinead Carville, Chief Human Resource Officer at FinTrU

Thank you to everyone that attended the session. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming announcement of our next event.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Invest Northern Ireland awarded Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation

Pictured (L-R): Denise Black, Executive Director, Human Resources, Invest NI; Donal Durkan, Executive Director, Strategy, Invest NI; Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business, Diversity Mark

We are delighted to announce that Invest Northern Ireland have received the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation in recognition of their ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

The Bronze Accreditation is achieved following an independent assessment to demonstrate the required standard of commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion and starts with the setting of three gender specific, diversity targets. To do this Invest Northern Ireland identified three gender diversity target areas and developed a vision to help achieve them. The targets reflect the organisation’s aspirations and commitment to focusing on gender diversity, acknowledging that this will help drive growth and a culture of continuous improvement.

Denise Black, Executive Director, Human Resources, Invest NI 

“At Invest NI, we’re really committed to having tangible evidence of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and want to encourage a diverse and inclusive mindset in all our decision making. As an organisation we are committed to building a culture of inclusion and ownership. We want an environment where everyone feels they matter, where everyone feels they contribute and where they can thrive. As part of this commitment, we signed up to Diversity Mark and we’re delighted to have received the Bronze Diversity Mark Accreditation. We’re looking forward to continuing this journey with all our staff.”

Huge congratulations to all the team at Invest Northern Ireland on this achievement.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

Baker McKenzie awarded Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that Baker McKenzie have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation for their ongoing commitment to advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark, James Richards, Executive Director at Baker McKenzie and Lauren Diamondis, Senior HR Business Partner at Baker McKenzie awarded Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation.

James Richards, Executive Director at Baker McKenzie commented “As a global firm, diversity is part of our DNA and we take considerable pride in what we do to advance equality around the world. We believe that no one should be put at a disadvantage, professionally, financially or socially, on the basis of who they are. Here in Belfast, our Inclusion and Diversity Networks have been doing a lot of work both within the office and in the community to champion equality. We are incredibly proud to have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark and I’m thrilled that this work is being recognized.”

Baker McKenzie hosted an internal event to celebrate their success as a team. Nuala Murphy, Diversity Mark Interim Head of Business was invited as a guest to attend the event and take part in a Q&A along side Dianne Foster, IT Director at Baker McKenzie. Nuala detailed her personal experience with Diversity and Inclusion throughout her career as well as highlighting all the strategic and progressive initiatives Baker McKenzie have implemented and embedded into their organisation.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark said “We are thrilled that Baker McKenzie have been awarded the Silver Diversity Mark in recognition of their progress and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion and we congratulate all the team on this very significant achievement. The independent assessment panel praised Baker McKenzie’s substantial efforts in shaping a truly inclusive workplace as well as showing leadership as a role model to other organizations. We look forward to them continuing their progressive and innovative initiatives moving forward on their Diversity and Inclusion journey.”

Huge congratulations to all the team at Baker McKenzie on achieving this accolade.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.

‘The Business case for Diversity and Inclusion’ panel at Digital DNA

This week Diversity Mark hosted a panel “The business case for Diversity & Inclusion” at Northern Irelands largest tech event Digital DNA. Thanks to the fantastic panelists Gareth Quinn, Ritu Bhatt and Fergal McFerran for joining and imparting their advice, experience and practical tips to our audience. Our Interim Head of Business Nuala Murphy led the conversation. See her wrap up below.  

Nuala Murphy, Fergal McFerran, Ritu Bhatt and Gareth Quinn speaking at Digital DNA Event, Belfast.

Gareth Quinn shared the need for a diverse team to represent his diverse customers for KairosTech Solutions, a scheduling platform for elite athletes. He shared his challenges of being in tech, sports tech and how recruitment has been tough. I mentioned networks like Women of Wearables (WoW)® and connecting up with individuals such as Marija Butkovic.

We all know Gareth Quinn as founder of Digital DNA. Indeed it’s how we first met when he asked me to be on panel for marketing while I was Head of Marketing at Totalmobile Ltd. Back then Gareth understood the need to have more representation at conferences and ensured focus was placed on that each year. As someone who walks the walk when it comes to the business of Diversity and Inclusion, he shared just how tough it is and how he continually tries to do better.

Ritu Bhatt MD of iEngageIT a tech company that is diverse by nature with teams in Belfast, London, India and soon to be Belgium, shared her motivation to start brownscafe to celebrate the successes of brown and non white people in Northern Ireland and the need to inspire the younger generation. She also shared the reality that smaller businesses see D&I as an overhead but if you are thinking of building a global company you need to have D&I embedded in your culture right across the board.

Businesses need to create safe spaces for all staff to feel a sense of belonging. The business benefits are clear; better performance, higher returns, more product teams, more innovation, staff retention….the list goes on. So why is it so tough?

Fergal McFerran from Stonewall a non profit that stands for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere, shared how organisations are afraid to get things wrong. He suggests they listen to their staff and understand them and what they need. He also shared the importance of commitment right across the board and true collaboration with organisations and groups. What does that look like? Accepting getting things wrong is part of the process but listening and basing action on insights will see change.

As an independent assessor with Diversity Mark he talked about the importance to start on a structured journey, to focus on one or two things and do them well. Spreading yourself too thinly doesn’t bring success. Personally, as interim head at Diversity Mark I have seen a shift from “good thing to do” to “business need” when it comes to company’s trying to build more diverse teams, boards and organisations. It’s a no brainer for sure and I’m encouraged to see commitment in this area.

If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to emma@diversity-mark-ni.co.uk to discuss the benefits and process.

You can CLICK HERE to join Diversity Mark and work towards achieving the Diversity Mark accreditation.