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TIMES TOP 50 EMPLOYERS FOR WOMEN

Read the Times publication of the 2015 list   The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is unranked, and organisations are listed in alphabetical order below: Arup Asda Atkins Ltd BAE Systems Barclays BT Group plc Capgemini UK Carillion Plc Citi Credit Suisse Enterprise Rent-A-Car Eversheds EY Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Genesis Housing Association Goldman Sachs International Herbert Smith Freehills HM Revenue and Customs Hogan Lovells Home Office HSBC KPMG LLP Linklaters Lloyds Banking Group Marks & Spencer McKinsey & Company Mitie National Grid Nationwide Building Society Norton Rose Fulbright Obelisk Ofcom Olswang LLP PepsiCo Post Office PwC Royal Air Force...

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BRINGING ETHNIC DIVERSITY TO BRITAIN’S BOARDROOMS

Trevor Phillips interview: ‘Lenny Henry’s celebrity has allowed us to be heard’ – bringing ethnic diversity to Britain’s boardrooms.. A call in spring 2014 from Lenny Henry for cash to boost the presence of ethnic minorities in the broadcasting industry – on and off-screen – set a hare running. “When he made the speech I sent him an email which said: ‘I don’t care what you think mate, you’ve just been elected leader,’” says Phillips, the broadcaster and former head of the Commission for Racial Equality. The answer he got back was: “Get out of here.” Thanks to interest from...

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IFB2014 DI CONFERENCE HAILED A SUCCESS

Liverpool’s pride at hosting tremendously successful Diversity and Inclusion conference as part of the International Festival of Business Max Steinberg, CEO of Liverpool Vision and Chair of the International Festival for Business (IFB) has expressed his pleasure in the city of Liverpool’s hosting of the historic and successful Diversity and Inclusion conference, July 9th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. An impressive gathering of entrepreneurs, diversity practitioners, government agencies, college/university, and practice-based participants converged on the city to share knowledge and experience in the business and social benefits of diversity and inclusion, as a positive aspect of a global world and...

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IS RACE BEING ERODED FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA

The row over two equality and human rights commissioners is symptomatic of coalition failure to engage, argues Ratna Lachman from Bradford. The news that the two of the current Equality and Human Rights commissioners – Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece have not been called for an interview despite putting their names forward to be reappointed, raises serious questions about whether the government is seeking to erode the Race agenda. Since the coalition came to power, we have seen what amounts to an assault by the government against its minority ethnic citizens, unprecedented in scale and pointing to institutional racism...

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CHURCH OF ENGLAND BANS BNP MEMBERSHIP

This week the Church of England voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning clergy from belonging to the British National Party. On the second day of the General Synod, the legislative body that meets twice a year, more than 300 of the 418 members gathered in Westminster endorsed a motion asking the House of Bishops to keep BNP members out of the church. The members wanted a policy similar to that adopted by the Association of Chief Police Officers, which bars police from belonging to an organisation that “contradicts the general duty to promote race equality”. The House of Bishops is...

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GARTH DALLAS: A SENSE OF JUSTICE FROM AN EARLY AGE

An insight into the driving force behind the work of Diverse Magzine’s editor, Garth Dallas, as featured in the Liverpool Echo, 29 May 2014.   I was born in Jamaica, the last of eight children in a family filled with great diversity of characters, instilling in me, from a very young age the values of ‘collective before self.’ I have very fond memories of my childhood, particularly my high school years. I attended what I’d describe as ‘the greatest high school in the world’, Kingston College (KC), an all-boys school with unrivalled history of academic and sporting excellence, balanced with...

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NHS BOSS CRITICISES LACK OF DIVERSITY IN MANAGEMENT

New chief executive says there is a lack of managers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds involved in running hospitals. The NHS‘s new boss has criticised the lamentable lack of managers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds involved in running hospitals which, he warned, meant they are not reflecting the communities they serve. Simon Stevens, who began last month as chief executive of NHS England, said he is so concerned that he is developing a plan to tackle the service’s inaction over the lack of diversity in its leadership, which he claimed was holding the NHS back. This comes only a...

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NIGEL FARAGE AND UKIP’S BIGOTED POPULISM

Nigel Farage continues to insist that we should be worried if Romanians move in next door (Farage remarks branded racist by three senior Labour figures, 20 May), while YouGov finds that 51% of Ukip voters think immigrants and their families (including those born here) should be encouraged to leave Britain. This merely confirms what was already obvious, yet apparently needs to be spelled out: Ukip is a party that spreads and feeds off racism and xenophobia. For many years the rightwing tabloids have waged a campaign of hysteria about asylum and immigration, while both main political parties have either contributed or...

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WOMEN BISHOPS WILL HAPPEN, BELIEVES ONE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S FIRST FEMALE PRIESTS

The Reverend Prebendary Philippa Boardman is sitting in a quiet room of her East End church when she flashes a mischievous smile and lifts up her jacket to reveal a purple cardigan underneath. In the annals of protest it is hardly the most drastic of actions, but it is, nonetheless, a form of quiet, stubborn rebellion. Boardman has been wearing something purple ever since 20 November, when the Church of England’s General Synod saw to it that neither she nor any of her female colleagues would be wearing the shirt of a bishop any time soon. “I came home on...

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DIVERSITY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE: IT’S A SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS

The workers of Whitehall are still mostly white and male. Reports that there are more ethnic minority civil servants now is undercut by the realisation that their chance of promotion is on the slide. Who didn’t love the Machiavellian trio who ran the country in Yes Minister? They were very sharp-witted, very articulate, very learned, very male and very white. When dramatic threat was needed, an assertive woman was thrown into the mix, and as far as Sir Humphrey was concerned, she may as well have been a Visigoth. Things aren’t that bad in today’s civil service. But they are a...