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This podcast brings you the latest conversations around equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We host interesting guests that provide a unique insight into their unique experiences and the work that they do to further equality, diversity and inclusion. Episodes will cover career journeys, case studies and interviews, as well as diversity and inclusion best practice.

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This podcast brings you the latest conversations around equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We host interesting guests that provide a unique insight into their unique experiences and the work that they do to further equality, diversity and inclusion. Episodes will cover career journeys, case studies and interviews, as well as diversity and inclusion best practice.

    009: Representation Matters - Nick Ellins: Diversity in the Energy and Utilities Sector

    009: Representation Matters - Nick Ellins: Diversity in the Energy and Utilities Sector

    Nick Ellins took over leadership of the Energy & Utility Skills Group in October 2015. He has over 30 years’ experience in the utilities and rail industries, working in a variety of management roles across commercial, operational, and UK and European policy areas.

    His previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water, Head of Consumer Strategy at Water UK, senior management roles in contracting and manufacturing, Director of Policy for the Rail Delivery Group strategy body and Director of Policy for the Association of Train Operating Companies.

    Nick is one of the industry leaders working through the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership to ensure a safe, resilient and sustainable workforce across the sector.

    Nick is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Fellow and twice Past National President of the Institute of Water; Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Primary Engineers; Member of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers; Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Ambassador for Design and Technology; Member of Aston University Industrial Advisory Board - School of Engineering & Applied Science; A Supporting Partner of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards; Member of the Energy Industries Club; and former Trustee and Board Member of the Federation of Industry Sector Skills & Standards.

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    • 30 min
    008: Representation Matters - Joel Blake OBE: Diversity in FinTech

    008: Representation Matters - Joel Blake OBE: Diversity in FinTech

    Joel is a multi-award-winning businessman and public speaker, with a passion for driving business growth, through financial technology and entrepreneurial leadership. Joel is the Founder & CEO of www.gfaexchange.com an award-winning B2B FinTech company, that uses machine learning to benchmark, rate and monitor the portfolio of financial lenders.

    He is the former Executive for Access to Finance and Growing Business for the GBSLEP, and advises professional and public sector bodies, on business support models and strategies. Joel is also the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, National Ambassador for the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurs.

    He was awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise in 2016.

    • 25 min
    007: Representation Matters - David Thorne: Diversity in Energy and Utilities

    007: Representation Matters - David Thorne: Diversity in Energy and Utilities

    David is an experienced business leader and executive board member. David has spent the last 30 years working within the energy and utilities sector, with the last 10 years as a board level executive. In 2010 he became Chief Executive at Gemserv - an energy and environmental consultancy focusing on governance, assurance and information security.

    Today, David is the Chair of The Equal Group, an organisation dedicated to optimising equality, diversity and inclusion efforts within the workplace. The Equal Group specialises in creating EDI focused technological platforms as well as providing innovative consulting solutions to help organisations get to grips with their EDI activities.

    David firmly believes that addressing equality, diversity and inclusion where we work will bring wider societal benefits, as equality must be at the heart of any successful, productive and inclusive society. He continues to say that ‘companies that cannot rapidly evolve or do not draw on knowledge and experience from many perspectives will fall behind or fail’. As a previous Chief Executive of an energy and data consultancy, David knows the importance of encouraging differing views to challenge the status quo, and how being more inclusive can stimulate growth.

    Our Podcast Host Nikki Tapper interviews him to discover more about what led him to being involved with The Equal Group and how he believes diversity can resolve the issues for the much wider community, especially within typically ‘pale and male’ industries such as water and utilities.



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    • 29 min
    006: Representation Matters - Genelle Aldred: Diversity in Broadcast Journalism

    006: Representation Matters - Genelle Aldred: Diversity in Broadcast Journalism

    Genelle has over a decade worth of experience in broadcast journalism, creative content creation and digital marketing. She is a woman of great communication skills who has worked at many of the UK’s largest broadcasting organisations including BBC, ITV and TBN. 

    She has taken on various roles such as Weather Presenter, Newsreader, Documentary Researcher and Producer. She since worked within the charity sector for Tearfund, and is now consulting other brands about their communication and creative strategies. She is passionate about diversity in comms and believes in taking brands on the journey of broader appeal by using a creative strategy.She joined our host Nikki Tapper on The Equal Group’s podcast show ‘Representation Matters’ to share her stories and expertise.

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    • 25 min
    005: Representation Matters - Gary Rayneau: Diversity in the Media Industry

    005: Representation Matters - Gary Rayneau: Diversity in the Media Industry

    Gary Rayneau is the co-founder of Project 23. After 15 years of experience in the media and advertising industry at Dennis Publishing, Gary grouped together with work colleague Elaine Dela Cruz to form Project 23. This was as a result of the progression towards a more diverse and inclusive workplace in the media industry.

    Gary is passionate about the power culture has to affect business performance and increase staff happiness.  He believes culture by definition only works if it's genuinely inclusive, however in today’s workplace that is not always as easy as it sounds. Pace of change, unconscious biases and ‘the way we used to do things’ are issues that we all face that can hinder as well as help.

    He also believes that with right the intent and a data-led strategy guiding the way, a high performing inclusive culture will soon be the expected norm for all. Our host Max caught up with Gary to get his thoughts on how Project 23 is impacting business culture for good.

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    • 29 min
    004: Representation Matters - Chris Clyde-Green: Diversity in educational leadership

    004: Representation Matters - Chris Clyde-Green: Diversity in educational leadership

    Chris is a Teacher, Workshop Leader, School Team Visitor, Curriculum Writer and Journalist.He has worked in three different continents and taught four different educational programmes. He is a self-confessed life-long learner, UK-born/Swiss-living, citizen of the world. Chris shares some great insights on why we are all citizen’s of the world; why knowledge and education is key to understanding each other and becoming more inclusive.

    Episode Highlights


    His career journey in education
    How he was influenced to become a teacher
    Why education and business need to see diversity as a positive
    How communication is key for those in leadership to have a better understanding of their workforce/teams
    His successes both in his work and life experiences

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    • 29 min

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