02 Mar Meet Our Advisory Board
The Equal Group is pleased to introduce to you our new advisory board. The team consists of four super talented and experienced individuals, who will be led by our Chair David Thorne.
The advisory board met for the first time at the end of February 2020 and are all keen to help drive the Equal Group forward during 2020 and beyond. Upon their appointment, David Thorne commented: “It’s a great privilege to welcome such experience to our Advisory Board with an impressive breadth and depth of skills to help support The Equal Group’s growth plans. Our first meeting clearly demonstrated that the diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences of our Board will be a key driver in our mission to reach more companies to support and deliver their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategies. I’m really excited for the future, especially over the next 12 months, accelerated by the contribution that the Board will no doubt bring to spread the EDI message and the benefits that it brings to all”.
Please see below for summary profiles of each of our advisory board members:
Zahid is an expert in advising and leading on equality and diversity initiatives, with nearly 20 years’ experience collectively in the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equality & Human Rights Commission. He is currently leading on a Ministerial Equality Project at the Department of Education, advising internal & external stakeholders on EDI issues. He specialises in stakeholder management and building strategic relationships in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
He has also served as Magistrate, non executive director for a hospital trust board, board member for the former West Midlands Police Authority and a senior visiting fellow to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.
Denise is passionate about driving social progress, improving the quality of people’s lives and securing a safe, affordable and sustainable future for generations to come. Since its foundation in 2008 she has built the Energy Innovation Centre into a respected organisation that is at the forefront of innovation in the energy sector.
Through her talent for fostering collaboration and partnership, Denise works with governments regulators, energy companies and innovators, both nationally and internationally, to help meet the social, political, environmental and economic energy challenges we face.
Neelam is a recognised and respected figure in the community in the Midlands for her work within the third sector with a particular focus on developing local, regional and international partnerships for the benefit of the local community and economy. She was named as Birmingham 30 under 30 and is a Points of Light Recipient from the Prime Minister. Her background is in the legal sector with a Masters in Law. Neelam is a Board Member for Equality and Diversity for the Law Society.
As the Founder of Cysters, a charity that educates and supports individuals with reproductive and mental health issues, she works to reduce the cultural barriers, tackle exclusion issues and ensure equality for all irrespective of their access to information around reproductive health. Neelam is also a Trustee for Stop Hate UK and Headway, the Brain Injury charity.
Simon joins us with over 25 years’ experience with divisional leadership & operating board appointments at three PLCs (LSE & AIM) in the leadership services, consulting and recruitment sector, with experience in; strategy, start-up, growth, turnaround, acquisitions, integration and merger. He was previously Chairman of the Interim Management Association, with an early career as a project management consultant, technologist & engineer and now leads investments and acquisitions for a specialist VC investing in the recruitment sector.
Simon has extensive experience leading teams in defining, developing and delivering executive, leadership and talent solutions, working with the leadership teams of FTSE100 companies through to government bodies, charities and SMEs, championing high quality leadership with an Inclusive approach.