01 Apr Representation Matters…David Thorne
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.
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.
1 ) His early career experiences
2 ) How his upbringing, education shaped his thinking on diversity
3 ) Why businesses should adopt EDI as a strategic imperative
4 ) Why being ‘pale and male’ is both significant and problematic at times
5 ) How he hopes EDI principles will begin moving at a faster pace than currently
Host: Nikki Tapper
Guest: David Thorne
The Equal Group Twitter: https://twitter.com/theequalgroup
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