Our diversity buddies have all seen the positive impact diversity and inclusion has had on their businesses. All of our buddies are incredibly passionate about making the positive changes they have witnessed the norm in society, and they are eager to work with others to share key learnings and good practice.
The proof is in the pudding
All of our buddies have worked closely with us and our independent panel to receive their Diversity Mark accreditation. Their progress, and the benefits that progress delivers, has helped them all to improve their businesses.
They have now kindly agreed to help others by discussing why it matters, how they’ve implemented strategies and how they achieved their goals.
If you would like to speak to one of our buddies, please contact Emma who will be able to arrange that for you.
Senior Manager at Allstate NI
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
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.
Former Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at Police Service of NI
Areas of Expertise: Gender Diversity / Race & Ethnicity / Diversity Strategies / Profile & Visibility / Mentoring Schemes / Community Outreach / Allies
David has been a HR practitioner for over 25 years, with a professional interest in equality, diversity and inclusion. Most of his career has seen him working in complex and high-profile public service organizations, including Inland Revenue, Police Ombudsman’s office, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. David recently also joined the Boardroom Apprentice 2020.
Caroline van der Feltz
HR Director at Danske Bank
Areas of Expertise: Gender Diversity / Disabilities / Mental Health / Neurodiversity / Diversity Strategies / Culture Shift / Getting Everyone Engaged / Mentoring Schemes / Staff Networks / Allies / Diversity at Senior Level / DMNI Application
Caroline is an experienced HR Director with over 25 years’ experience within the fields of Financial Services, FMCG, Travel and Retail sectors. Currently at Danske Bank UK she leads the People Strategy as part of the Banks Executive Committee with Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging a significant element of their Strategy. Caroline sits on Diversity Mark NI Board of Directors.
Consumer Finance Product Manager at Danske Bank
Areas of Expertise: LGBTQ+ / Profile & Visibility / Staff Networks
Donna is Consumer Finance Product Manager at Danske Bank & former Chair of the Rainbow Committee. Having worked for the bank for almost 20 years and being part of the LGBT+ community, she took an active role in helping launch their Rainbow Network. Collaborating with, and speaking at Working With Pride, FuSIoN (Financial Service Inclusion Network) and Stonewall Diversity Champion events, Donna strives to share personal experiences to educate on LGBT+ issues. Donna was crowned Individual Diversity Champion in Legal Islands recent D&I awards.
Head of Transaction Banking at Danske Bank
Areas of Expertise: Gender Diversity / Measuring Success / Staff Networks / Diversity at Senior Level
Nicola is Head of Transaction Banking, Danske Bank. She is an energetic and experienced leader with extensive experience in driving change and creating value in FMCG & financial services sectors, locally and internationally. An award winning diversity champion, former Chair of the Danske Gender Diversity Network and now active member, People Board member, community volunteer, mentor. She believes strongly in the concept of inspirational leadership based on integrity, inclusivity & diversity, combined with clear strategic management.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Queen’s University
Areas of Expertise: Gender Diversity / Disabilities / Mental Health / Diversity Strategies / Culture Shift / Employee Engagement Schemes / Staff Networks / Allies / Diversity at Senior Board Level / LGBT+ & Race Equality / Linguistic Diversity (NI) / Charter Mark applications / Communication Strategies / Evidence Led approaches to Strategy Development
Conor is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Queen’s University Belfast, who are recognised as one of the leading institutions in the UK for their work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Conor is a qualified employment lawyer and HR professional with 15 years’ experience of working in both the private and public sector, in England, ROI & NI. He has experience of designing, developing and successfully implementing complex and impactful evidence-led EDI strategies and action plans for a wide range of large employers & has worked in various sectors including policing, justice, health and now education. He has also experience of designing internal and external communication strategies and overseeing complex change management projects for employers. Conor is a frequent panelist and guest speaker at a wide range of CIPD and CPD events in NI, where the focus is on a wide range of EDI topics.
Human Resources Director at Gilbert Ash
Areas of Expertise: Gender Diversity / Mental Health / LGBTQ+ / Race & Ethnicity / Age Diversity / Diversity Strategies / Education Outreach
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.
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“Working with Diversity Mark has helped our organisation to grow and thrive. They have supported us on every step on our journey.“Bridgeen Mullin, Head of employee relations, FinTrU
“Terex are embracing a new diversity and inclusion initiative with one of the main aims being to encourage more women to forge a career in the sector. Diversity Mark are helping us achieve this“Barry Taylor, Terex
“The Diversity Mark Accreditation programme has been invaluable to Translink in helping us make connections and develop plans that will continue to make a real difference to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the benefit of all employees within Translink. Cara Woods, Translink“Cara Woods, Translink