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Race in the Workplace

Race in the Workplace - Oct 21 from 11.15-12.15

In association with Green Park and Race equality matters

Green Park and Race Equality Matters

Mad World Summit | Thursday 21st October 2021, 7.45am – 5.30pm

Race in the Workplace | Green Park & Race Equality Matters Workshop | 11.15am – 12.15pm

Race in the Workplace

A practical look at the current state of race in the workplace, the DEI initiatives that are working and the steps we can all take today to drive positive change and competitive advantage through a truly diverse and inclusive company culture.

Chair Overview

Since January 2020 the world has changed. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the world works, and the Black Lives Matter protests have changed the way the world thinks. Against this backdrop, Green Park’s latest research reveals that despite some progress at board level, the ethnic diversity of the top C-suite positions and leadership pipeline is moving backwards in the UK’s major private sector businesses with ethnic minority and female leaders consigned to the corporate sidelines - functions that hold less influence.

In our experience, most organisations leaders understand the reputational and brand risks of not having a DEI strategy and do want to change, however, while many hunger to reach their diversity destination, too many lack both a rudder and compass. Joined by Dr Tony Sewell CBE, Chair of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, leaders from Green Park and Race Equality Matters will provide practical insights into DEI best practice, along with their own key recommendations based on 15 years lived experience nurturing diverse talent pools and improving executive and boardroom diversity in major companies across the private, public and third sectors.


Dr Tony Sewell CBE

Dr Tony Sewell CBE

Chair of Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Dr Tony Sewell CBE is Chair of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities and an international education consultant who is head of ‘Generating Genius’, a ground-breaking charity which works to ensure that talented students from BAME backgrounds are positioned to excel in STEM careers.

He has extensive experience in the Education sector and helped with the transformation of education in Hackney as part of the team that set up the Learning Trust and the Mossbourne School. This work had national significance given that it was the flagship of the Academy movement. Dr Sewell then went on to set up the charity ‘Generating Genius’. The charity has successfully given young people from disadvantaged backgrounds a route to top universities.

In 2013 Dr Sewell led the former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s Education Inquiry into London Schools. This resulted in the London Schools Excellence Fund, a programme that helped London schools to achieve the top grades for their students.

Amongst his accomplishments Dr Sewell has been an international consultant in education for the World Bank and Commonwealth Secretariat, he’s served as a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales and he was formerly a columnist for the Voice newspaper- publishing widely on race, masculinities, Black history and Education.

Dr Sewell was awarded a CBE in 2016 for his work in Education.

Raj Tulsiani

Raj Tulsiani

CEO | Green Park

Co-Founder | Race Equality Matters

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 OBE

Trevor Phillips OBE

Chair | Green Park

Founding Chair | Equality and Human Rights Commission

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

Baroness Helena Morrissey DBE

Non-Executive Director | Green Park

Founder | 30% Club

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 Heath

Jo Heath

Partner, Diversity, Inclusion, Culture & Ethics | Green Park

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.

Javed Thomas

Javed Thomas

Co-Founder | Race Equality Matters

Founder | The Collaboratory

Javed Thomas has over 20 years’ experience enacting social change. He is the co-founder of Race Equality Matters a not-for-profit community interest company that works to turn declarations of commitment and support from organisations and individuals into meaningful change in racial equality both in the workforce & in society. He is also the founder of The Collaboratory, which creates collaborations to tackle societal issues that matter the most, including creating the Green Ribbon campaign to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and Race Equality Week.