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Who made the Global Diversity List?

Category: Achievements, Research, global diversity, professional, achievement, individuals, diversity and inclusion specialists

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Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry - 2017

The list recognises the achievements of individuals who have made the practice of  equality, diversity and inclusion their career and who currently work as a professional in the field of diversity. 
Equality, diversity and inclusion are concepts which are fast becoming part of mainstream thinking – despite this, there is still a long way to go on the equailty journey. This list promotes these core values whilst acknowledging those individuals who keep pushing for a more fair and inclusive work place. This list highlights the journey we are taking as a society, it reminds us that we need to keep striving for better, more inclusive communities where all ethnicities, genders, religions, ages, disabilities and sexualities can feel equally important. This list is is the result of researchers working hard to ensure that it represents the gold standard of equality, diversity and inclusion, and as such can be considered a well-earned accreditation.

These are just some of the individuals and companies VERCIDA works with:

Julie Thomas – Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Global)
An award-winning diversity and inclusion specialist, Julie is Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing at Zurich Insurance Group. Driving the global D&I strategy, Julie works on cultural transformation initiatives that include employee engagement, designing toolkits, governing policies and guides, and implementing communications and activity planning. 

Lucile Kamar – European Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Lendlease (Europe). Lucile is an award-winning diversity and inclusion expert specialising in implementing change, empowering individuals and influencing stakeholders at national and international levels. As the European Diversity and inclusion Manager for Lendlease, she drives cultural change to attract and retain the best talent from all backgrounds. Her strong stance towards making the UK land, property, and building environment sector more diverse stems from statistics about the diversity in the workplace which affect Britain’s build rate substantially.

Daniel Winterfeldt – Partner, Reed Smith (Global)
Daniel is a partner in the firm’s Financial Industry Group. Currently based in Reed Smith’s London office, Daniel’s practice focuses on representing U.S., UK, European and Asian investment banks and corporate issuers in a wide range of securities transactions. Daniel is founder and co-chair of the The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, an inter-organisational forum with more than 1,500 members and supporters from more than 70 law firms and 40 corporate and financial institutions. He successfully established diversity programs at his previous position at CMS, and has been involved in the Law Society's International Women's Day report and launch, the 30% Club's professional services project, and the ground-breaking InterLaw Diversity Career Progression Report, which strongly featured gender along with all strands of diversity.

Mark Gossington – Partner, Financial Services, PwC (UK)
Mark is a Partner in PwC’s Financial Services practice. He plays a key role as one of the leading sponsor Partners for [email protected], PwC UK’s LGBT+ inclusive business network. He featured in the 2015 Financial Times OUTstanding Leading LGBT Executives Top 100, 2016 Telegraph Out at Work Executives Top 50 and 2016 Guardian Pride Power List. He has been nominated for the European and National Diversity Awards and WearetheCity Rising Stars Champion in 2016. Gossington also advises Financial Services clients on diversity and inclusion issues. He is a founding Partner of PwC’s internal Diversity Mentoring Programme, sponsoring a gay graduate and a female high potential future leader on their career progression. He is a Member of PwC’s Global LGBT+ Board, and was instrumental in pushing for gender transition to be successfully covered by PwC’s private medical cover in 2016. He is also a Stonewall Ambassador, Purple Circle Sponsor of The Albert Kennedy Trust and an Equality Champion for All Out. He is also on the Membership Committee for OUTstanding and supported the UPstanding initiative and in in 2017, he was a British LGBT Awards judge.

Pamela Hutchinson – Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg (EMEA)
With more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity within the engineering and financial services sectors, Pamela has worked at firms including Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Goldman Sachs. She is currently the Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA at Bloomberg LP. In 2014, Hutchinson was awarded a spot on Timewise’s Power Part Time List. That same year she was recognised by the Black British Business Awards as a Financial Services Leader Finalist.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Richard Chapman-Harris – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Mott MacDonald (UK)
Richard is bringing 10 years of diversity experience to the world of global engineering and construction. He has changed outmoded business culture, sweeping away entrenched biases with a programme of inclusivity. His previous clients include the British Transport Police, the Army, the Royal Navy, investment banks, and financial services.

To see the full list please click here.

VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email [email protected] for more information.

We are also officially recommended by Disability Confident as a step on achieving Employer status, please click here for more information.


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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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