Baroness Verma appointed a Minister at DFID

Baroness Sandip Verma at the launch of the Diversity UK 'Beyond the Glass Ceiling' report in 2013.

Baroness Verma is appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DFID.

Baroness Sandip Verma was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department at the Department for International Development on 13 May 2015.  In her role, she is responsible for steering and monitoring the performance and delivery of DFID’s work in the following areas: Caribbean, Civil society, Corporate performance, Europe, United Nations and Commonwealth and all Departmental business in the House of Lords. Prior to her apppointmat at DIFD, she was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC having previously been a Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business Innovation and Skills. read more

Historic number of BME MPs elected to Parliament

Nusrat Ghani, one of the new BME MPs

Nusrat Ghani, one of the new BME MPs

The UK made history thrice on May 7th, 2015. First it elected a record number of Black and minority ethnic Members of Parliament , 40 up from 27 last time. Secondly, it recorded the largest intake of new BME MPs -15 - including the first British Chinese MP. And lastly, the House of Commons witnessed the largest intake of new BME female MPs ever, with 10 of the 15 being female.  The other two points worth noting were the fact that BME voter turnout was higher in large BME areas such as, Birmingham, Nottingham, Enfield Croydon, Harrow, Ealing and West Ham. And that the BME vote has become more diverse delivering Conservative and Labour MP’s. read more

Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion


Diversity UK Founder & CEO Lopa Patel MBE

Diversity UK Founder & CEO Lopa Patel MBE, has today (21st April 2015) become the first Asian woman to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. The award was formed in 2004 and looks to recognise individual people who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs. Each year, up to 10 people become recipients of the award; individuals who have been recognised by their peers as those who have voluntarily passed on their skills and experience to future generations. “It is a huge honour to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion,” says Lopa Patel. “I am particularly proud to have become the first Asian woman to receive this award. read more

‘The Diversity Delusion’ Panel Debate 2015

The Diversity Delusion Panel DebateLopa Patel MBE moderated an expert panel debate on 26th March 2015 during Advertising Week Europe. ‘The Diversity Delusion’ panel debate comprising Robin Wight, President of Engine and WCRS; Tracy De Groose, UK CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network; Shelina Janmohamed, a recognised expert in Muslim marketing and diversity assessment and development specialist Professor Binna Kandola OBE, discussed why diversity initiatives aren’t working in the advertising industry. read more

Britain on track to meet women on boards target

Susan Vinnicombe

Susan Vinnicombe OBE

The 2015 Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report confirms that Britain’s top boardrooms are set to meet the 25% women on boards target this year. The report reveals 23.5% of FTSE 100 boards are now female (up from 20.7%), with 263 female held directorships across the FTSE 100. The percentage of non-executive directors has increased to 28.5% and women in executive directorships is at an all time high of 8.6%. Only 17 more female appointments are needed across the FTSE 100 boards to reach the target set by the Lord Davies review. read more

New study reveals public sector less diverse than private sector

Raj Tulsiani

Raj Tulsiani

A groundbreaking new survey, by executive recruiters the Green Park Group, into the diversity of staff working in the top 5,000 leadership roles within the public and voluntary sectors reveals that ethnic minorities and women remain significantly under-represented. Strikingly, the statistics also reveal that despite the legal obligation on public bodies to promote equality and diversity in their staff, their performance is actually worse in many areas than FTSE 100 companies. Ethnic diversity in local authority leadership is so low that it 'defies analysis'. read more

Busting the ‘meritocracy’ myth about Public Appointments

Diversity UK 'Beyond the Glass Ceiling' Report CoverThe 'Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Representation in Public Appointments' report by Diversity UK busts the myth that Public Appointments are made solely on the basis of merit. The survey, which for the first time collected the views of ethnic minority individuals, particularly women, found that the majority had not applied for a public appointment despite being aware of these appointments and despite 60% expressing a wish to apply in the future. Overly detailed application forms, requirements for  previous board experience and a lack of cultural knowledge from executive recruiters were cited as reasons for detracting respondents from applying. read more

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‘Diversity Deficit’ is effecting the UK’s global competitiveness
Commissioner for Public Appointments hosts diversity roundtable
Adjournment Debate at the House of Commons
Celebrating International Women's Day 2014
Nurturing the Nation: The Asian contribution to the NHS since 1948
Dipesh Shah OBE advises companies to embrace “diversity of thought”

Cracking Europe’s Glass Ceiling: EU backs Women on Boards proposal
Seema Malhotra MP hosts diversity and inclusion roundtable
Census 2011: Britain more diverse than ever before
Business leaders must  create a “level playing field” on diversity

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