In association with Green Park and Race equality matters
Mad World Summit | Thursday 21st October 2021, 7.45am – 5.30pm
Race and workplace wellbeing | Green Park & Race Equality Matters Workshop | 11.15am – 12.15pm
How does the current state of racial inequalities in the workplace affect an individual’s sense of belonging and impact on their mental wellbeing and what practical actions can you take to drive change now? This panel discussion will focus on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives that are positively impacting ethnic minority employee’s mental health and well-being across the UK and the steps you can take to implement them within your own organisation.
Since January 2020 the world has changed. The disproportionate impact of the pandemic and the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests have highlighted race disparity in the UK and acted as a catalyst for change within the corporate world – or so they say.
As Green Park Business Leaders Index finds, the reality is that despite some progress in ethnic minority representation at Non-Executive Board level, diversity in the upper echolons of Britain’s major companies is in decline. This lack of visibly diverse leaders and the resulting absence of diverse role models impacts employee’s aspirations which, coupled with the internal battles faced by navigating bias systems, ultimately has had a profound effect on the mental health and wellbeing of the ethnic minority employee population.
This impact has been further compounded over the last 18 months, from disproportionate outcomes in restructuring, recruitment and progression processes, to a lack of consideration given to risk management throughout the covid crisis: the effects on mental health becoming ever more evident as employer expectations to go ‘back to normal’ are realised.
In our experience, most business leaders recognise the moral and business case for a diverse and inclusive work environment that supports and promotes employee well-being. In fact, most have already made it a business priority. However, too often the lived experience of our diverse talent networks and the ethnic minority employee populations of organisations we consult is that the narrative is moving quicker than the reality. While many organisations claim DEI is a journey – and it is – too many lack rudder and compass.
Our panel of DEI and mental health experts aim to help set business leaders back on the right track by unpicking the best practice to simultaneously tackle both boardroom agendas. With practical insights and key recommendations to create an inclusive culture that enhances employee well-being, satisfaction and productivity, join us for a lively discussion and become part of the change.
Raj Tulsiani has become one of the UK’s leading figures in executive search, interim management, workforce planning and diversification. He has over 20 years of experience moving the dial on leadership, talent and diversity and is the author of 'Diversity and Inclusion for Leaders: Making a Difference with the Diversity Headhunter.'
Raj’s leadership has driven Green Park Interim & Executive Search to the forefront of industry standards for customer service and innovation. One of the fastest growing companies in Europe, Green Park has regularly achieved recognition in the National Business Awards, Recruiter Awards for Excellence, and Recruitment International Awards. In 2020, he was named Recruitment Agency Leader of the year at Talint’s TIARA Awards and in 2017, Raj was the recipient of the Global Equality and Diversity Award’s Lord Noon Award for his commitment to increasing boardroom diversity.
Trevor Phillips is Chairman of the Board at Green Park, having served as Non-Executive Director advising the Board since April 2017. The Founding Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, he acts as an advisor to several companies and Not-For-Profit bodies and has served as President of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership. Additionally, Trevor is a Times columnist and currently Chair of Index on Censorship, the international campaigning and publishing group promoting freedom of expression, and a Senior Fellow at the influential think-tank Policy Exchange.
A former ITV executive, he remains active in the creative industries, writing regularly for several national newspapers and serving as a board member of London’s Barbican Centre and of Headlong Theatre. Trevor has been the recipient of several honorary doctorates, an OBE and was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government.
Baroness Helena Morrissey DBE is the founder of the 30% Club, a campaign for more gender-balanced boards, and Chair of the investment industry’s Diversity Project, aimed at improving diversity across all dimensions in the investment industry, which includes the Talk About Black initiative.
Helena joined the Green Park Board in 2020 as a Non-Executive Director, advising on the firm’s business and diversity & inclusion strategy. The Lead Non-Executive Director for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Helena Morrissey’s City career spans over thirty years, including 15 years as the Chief Executive of Newton Investment Management and three years as the Chair of the Investment Association from 2014 to 2017. She was made a Dame in 2017 and joined the House of Lords in September 2020.
Jo is an Equality Law Improvement Professional and a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) auditor, working in this field for over 20 years. She has worked with global organisations in the private, public, and third sectors carrying out complex inclusion audits and cultural impact assessments.
She advises on all equality legislation related issues and designs and delivers a range of cultural initiatives, leadership programmes and diversity and inclusion solutions for businesses.
Before joining Green Park, Jo was an integral part of EY’s commercial (D&I) consultancy team, leading on the commercial practice and was the architect of the methodology of the National Equality Standard (NES) and audit process. She managed the EY cultural audit team and has trained all NES auditors, thereby ensuring quality and consistency of the NES brand.
Jo leads a number of “inspiring women” panels, empowering women to advance their careers and is the European representative for the Global Women Fast Forward initiative. She also supports domestic violence, hate crime and anti-social behaviour teams in London to engage and develop successful intervention programmes and was instrumental in the design of Mayoral Gold Standard for Equality and Diversity and the Mayor’s Diversity in Procurement Standard.