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.

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.

Diversity Mark kick off Autumn Series of Events

Last week saw the launch of key events for Diversity Mark as we kicked off our autumn series of events for signatories existing and new.

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business and Emma Lyttle Engagement Manager at Diversity Mark at Glandore offices Fitzwilliam Hall, Dublin.

First event was the Meet the Team hosted by Nuala Murphy Interim Head of Business and Emma Lyttle, Engagement Manager.

Thank you to everyone that attended. The purpose of the session was to give our signatories the opportunity to meet with the team and for us to understand how we can support you each on your diversity and inclusion journeys. Noting each organisation is starting from a different place but understanding the power of learning and sharing together.

Through the breakout rooms we learned the top challenges for businesses right now and discussed active ways to navigate challenges in recruitment, flexible working and aspirations for building more diverse teams, organisations and businesses.

The event covered the Diversity Mark accreditation process and laid out the numerous steps to achieving the different stages. It also provided the opportunity for signatories to break out into small groups to discuss their industry and organisational challenges as well as a safe space to ask for help of other organisations further down their journey. Key suggestions were around language used in recruitment adds to ensure inclusion and attraction of more females in tech, and the use of the Gender bias decoder and Finding subtle bias in job ads

Discussion around the gender pay gap as well as bias and awareness training for all managers in an organisation wanted to build a more equal workplace. Do check out the Women In the Workplace 2021 report launched with Lean In and McKinsey on Monday past for more on this.

We ended the week with the first Diversity Mark round table at our Dublin office Glandore 25-27, Fitzwilliam Hall, Dublin, D2.

A Coffee Power Hour it sure was as we welcomed industry peers for an introduction to Diversity Mark as well as an opportunity to hear what is pressing for their organisations, community groups and business practices. Connecting people and educating on all areas of diversity created a wonderful safe environment to understand the key concerns and opportunities that we as the awarding body of the Diversity Mark Accreditation can instigate change. We look forward to hosting monthly meetings and would love to see you there and have some exciting partnerships to announce very soon. Sign up to our newsletter and be the first to know. Click here to sign up

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.

AMS named winner of 2021 ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Awards Northern Ireland

AMS who hold the Silver Diversity Mark Accreditation has been awarded the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Award at the 2021 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland. The Award is one of 11 Awards categories that form part of Business in the Community’s annual recognition event that recognises and rewards firms in Northern Ireland that are embracing the journey to build better workforces, create a sustainable economy and healthy communities.

Winners in all eleven responsible business categories were announced at a hybrid Awards event, hosted in-studio by TV and weather presenter Barra Best and broadcast live across Business in the Community’s digital platforms.

The Awards take place every year and in 2021 the event was run in partnership with JP Corry, SPAR and Department for Communities, and in association with Ulster Business and U105.

Kieran Harding, Managing Director of Business in the Community Northern Ireland pictured with Marcella McKeever, Head of Centre Belfast, AMS, winners of the Diversity & Inclusion Award at the 2021 Responsible Business Awards in Northern Ireland.

Marcella McKeever, Head of Centre, AMS Belfast commented on the news of this award, “We are delighted to have won this award and be recognised as an organisation that is committed to the diversity, inclusivity and wellbeing of our people.  We strive to enable our people to succeed in a truly diverse and inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups work tirelessly to initiate change internally and are visibly engaged in supporting our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) ambitions across all areas including social mobility, ethnicity, disability, cognitive diversity, LGBT+ and wellbeing. Our DE&I framework embeds our company culture promoting the value of difference and conscious inclusion, empowering our people who are passionate about equality and mutual respect for others.”

Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community remarked: “Congratulations to each of the winning organisations for leading the way in responsible business. This year has been really challenging for a lot of businesses and people in Northern Ireland, so I want to thank our winning, and highly commended and shortlisted organisations for continuing to make responsible business action a priority. The judging process of the Awards is robust, and the standard of entries was phenomenally high this year. All winners demonstrated true leadership in the area of responsible business and their entries are sure to inspire others in their own responsible business journey.”

Huge congratulations to all the team at AMS on this fantastic 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.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin awarded Bronze Diversity Mark in recognition of its commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

In recognition of Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s commitment to diversity and Inclusion, the firm has been awarded the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark by Diversity Mark.


Diversity Mark is the awarding body in the UK and Ireland for the Diversity Mark Accreditation. The Bronze Award is awarded to organisations following an independent assessment to demonstrate the required standard of commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion. The bronze journey begins with setting three gender diversity targets which reflect the organisation’s aspirations, demonstrates commitment to focusing on gender diversity, drives growth and continuous improvement, and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment.  

Upon receiving the award, a process of annual review takes place with a full assessment each year, where an independent panel reviews progress made and provides feedback on an organisation’s diversity and inclusion journey. Organisations can progress through their journey by demonstrating evidence of significant measurable progress against all targets.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is currently working towards three key targets, with a Diversity and Inclusion Committee in place to drive forward the firm’s targets, to identify further growth opportunities, innovate and impact positively on business performance.

Kerri Bradley, HR Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin commented, “Achieving the Bronze Charter Mark has been an important milestone in our diversity and inclusion journey. At Cleaver Fulton Rankin, we are committed to encouraging a positive working environment and in identifying opportunities for continuous progression. This award will help guide us on our journey towards maximising a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We have set three important targets and look forward to progressing with these and achieving our goals as a team, to become the most welcoming and inclusive company we can be.”

Nuala Murphy, Interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark added: “We are delighted to recognise Cleaver Fulton Rankin for their commitment to Diversity by awarding them the Bronze Diversity Mark accreditation. Our independent assessment panel commended Cleaver Fulton Rankin on a very impressive application which evidenced a maturity of thinking and a comprehensive list of actions to take forward with each target. The submission contained an engaging vision statement and clear ambition to progress diversity and inclusion in the organisation, linking this to service provision, internal morale and feelings of dignity in the workplace. 

We congratulate everyone at Cleaver Fulton Rankin on this achievement and look forward to working with them on their Diversity journey over the next number of years.”

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.

Belfast entrepreneur Nuala Murphy named interim Head of Business at Diversity Mark

Nuala Murphy, who joins Diversity Mark as interim Head of Business

Diversity Mark NI are delighted to announce that Belfast entrepreneur Nuala Murphy has been confirmed as interim Head of Business.

Nuala founded Lean in Belfast in 2013, the volunteer-run chapter of the non-profit group created by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The group, which began as a small network of peers from all walks of professional life, now boasts 3,000 members across Ireland.

During lockdown last year, Nuala also set up the Women’s Investor Ready Project, a community interest group dedicated to changing the stat of investment in women entrepreneurs regionally.

She will join Diversity Mark on a 14-month basis while the firm’s current head of business Christine White, is on maternity leave.

With a commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace, Diversity Mark enables organisations to identify and take action on any institutional barriers facing underrepresented groups. Founded in 2016 by Women in Business, Diversity Mark now represents 80,000 employees in Northern Ireland.

In her new role, Nuala will bring 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 in 2021 and beyond. She will channel her passion and commitment to building a more equal society, working with companies from all sectors as they commit to advancing diversity and inclusion to benefit all employees.

Nuala said: “It is a real honour to carry on Christine’s mantle as Head of Business at Diversity Mark, an organisation that has become such a vital proponent of workplace inclusivity across Northern Ireland.

“For years I’ve been an impassioned advocate for women’s equality and have a deep commitment to creating workplaces where every person has a seat at the table and a chance to be heard. Never has there been a better time to have organisations sign up to commit to diverse and inclusive strategies and practice and I am very much looking forward to building on the momentum and success that the Diversity Mark team has achieved to date.

“I am calling on companies and those I have worked with in the past to get in touch with Diversity Mark NI to begin their diversity journey.”

In her first month in post, Nuala will be involved in a fireside chat “Emerging Stronger” with Danske Bank’s Gender Diversity Network. The event will be an honest conversation of how challenges of lockdown were overcome and how to thrive in the new normal, with Nuala talking about her experience during the past year and how it led to her taking up her new role with Diversity Mark.

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 Signatory Roundtable Event ‘Gender Balance in STEM’

Thank you to everyone that attended our recent roundtable event ‘Gender Balance in STEM’. This event gave attendees the opportunity to connect with peers from other organisations and sectors, and share ideas, challenges and good practice around achieving gender balance in the STEM sector.

Diversity Mark signatories attending ‘Gender Balance in STEM’

During the session, signatories completed a poll advising the main challenges for them to achieving gender balance within their organisation. The top three barriers were listed as:

  • Talent Pipeline -so few women interested in applying

  • Girls not studying the relevant subjects/degree not suitable

  • Male dominated environment

The great news is that we are moving the dial within STEM. Looking collectively at four IT companies that joined us in the early days, Liberty IT, Allstate NI, Learning Pool and Outsource Solutions they have jointly increased their female workforce by 27% overall and by 30% specifically in senior management positions. All four companies have grown collectively by 401 employees since they joined Diversity Mark with 47% of all new hires being female, tipping the overall gender balance collectively in favour of women by 3%.

Thank you to Frank Fleming from the Equality Commission NI for his offer to help with policies, culture audits and training. Please CLICK HERE to find out more.

Attendees came away from the session with a list of over twenty practical tips, strategies and initiatives to review and implement where possible within their organisations.

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.

80,000 Employees To Gain Greater Inclusivity

We are delighted to announce that we recently reached a significant milestone with organisations signed up, working towards achieving and maintaining the Diversity Mark representing over 80,000 employees, with almost 40% of those companies based within the STEM sector.

Four of NI’s leading IT firms – Allstate, Learning Pool, Liberty IT and Outsource – have been accredited through Diversity Mark for over 2 years, and in that time have jointly increased their female workforce by 27% overall and by 30% specifically in senior management positions. All four companies have grown collectively by 401 employees since they joined Diversity Mark with 47% of all new hires being female, tipping the overall gender balance collectively in favour of women by 3%.

Launched in 2017 by Women in Business, Diversity Mark are now the leading authority in Diversity in the UK & Ireland and the accreditation recognises an organisation’s commitment to embracing diversity and creating an inclusive culture for all staff.

A McKinsey report published last year found that companies in the top quartile of gender diversity on executive teams were 25 percent more likely to experience above-average profitability than peer companies.

Terry Moore – CEO of Outsource, Nichola Robinson – Director of Strategic Sourcing at Spirit AeroSystems and Diversity Mark Chair, Paul McElvaney – Group CEO of Learning Pool, John Healy OBE- Vice President and Managing Director of Allstate NI, Christine White – Head of Business at Diversity Mark and Willie Hamilton – Managing Director of Liberty IT.

Christine White, Head of Business at Diversity Mark, said: “We are delighted to have reached this landmark milestone representing 80,000 employees. At Diversity Mark it is our mission to platform issues around inclusivity in the workplace and create equal opportunities for all. It is well known that having a diverse workforce can unlock greater innovation within a company, driving its performance and success. We look forward to further progressing in 2022 and are delighted to work with organisations new and old throughout the UK & Ireland as they continue their exciting journeys towards greater diversity.”

John Healy OBE, Vice President and Managing Director at Allstate NI, said: “Diversity is central to everything we do, and it’s needed now more than ever in the IT sector. As the first company in Northern Ireland to receive the Silver Diversity Mark, Allstate are committed to be the catalyst for change.

“In a sector where females are underrepresented, I am delighted to see the progress Allstate and the other companies have made to address this. The frameworks and resources provided by the Diversity Mark team have been invaluable in helping us to set goals, track performance and benchmark against other organisations. Allstate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will help drive change and attract more females to join the IT sector.”

Paul McElvaney, Group CEO of Learning Pool, said: “Our strong commitment to diversity benefits our entire company. We recently ranked as the top indigenous company in Northern Ireland to work for, and part of this success can be attributed to our dedication to inclusion.

“Diversity Mark’s accreditation programme has helped build on this ongoing commitment to maintain an inclusive culture. We’ve made significant investments in building a flexible workplace and nurturing a culture where everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their potential in terms of career growth, pay fairness, and skill building. In the current climate, it’s more important than ever to foster this kind of experience, where people feel valued and have a voice in what they do.”

Willie Hamilton, Managing Director at Liberty IT, said: “Partnering with Diversity Mark NI to achieve our accreditation has played a key role in pushing us even further in our DEI journey. We’re growing our teams and continuing to bring diversity of talent into our organisation is critical to this.

“We’re seeing improvements in gender balance across all job families including the Executive Team, and our Women in Tech Employee Resource Group have launched mentoring circles and a buddy programme, and our Talent team have introduced coaching and toolkits to support parents and those returning from a period of leave. Our DEI Council has just been established and I am excited to partner with this group to evolve DEI even further across Liberty IT.

Terry Moore, Founder and CEO of Outsource, said: “At Outsource we have always prided ourselves on our commitment to diversity, inclusion and the general wellbeing of our staff, our participation in the Diversity Mark accreditation journey has undoubtedly accelerated and placed more structure on the senior management team’s implementation efforts.

“With the support of the Diversity Mark team, Outsource are proud to be the only Managed Service and Security Provider in NI to have been awarded the Bronze Diversity Mark but as importantly we genuinely believe that this commitment to diversity and inclusion is and will continue to be a major advantage to us as we progress with our plans for Outsource and our ground-breaking OSG Cloud solution to grow nationally and internationally. For any company that genuinely wants to grow or attract the best candidates the Diversity Mark is a fantastic way to show you are a genuinely inclusive and welcoming place to work, where skills and talents from all sections of the workforce are actively encouraged and welcome.”

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