VSDB Equality Associates

We offer programmes that look at equalities across gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion, mental health and income.

 

VSDB can work with employers to construct bespoke programmes of development for staff and employers.  Please contact us with your needs, we are happy to advise.  VSDB offers the following under the Equality Associates Programme:

  • Scoping Meetings
  • Standard and Bespoke Seminars
  • Lunch and Learns
  • Policy Reviews
  • Strategic Planning for Equalities
  • Specialist Reputation Management
  • Specialist Mediation
  • Executive Coaching for developing a diverse workforce
  • A Leadership Programme for maximizing the value of diversity in your business

 

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Equality Associates

VSDB Equality Associates are a group of people who are committed to ensuring and promoting the value of Equality and Diversity across society and in the workplace. We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential and that to encourage this to happen we need to:

  • Raise awareness of the value of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ensure employers understand their duties under the Law
  • Encourage employers and employees to understand the issues and challenges around equalities in society and in the workplace
  • Assist employers to put in place strategies to build capacity around equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Assist employers to remove barriers to equality and inclusion in the workplace, whether these are conscious or unconscious
  • Assist employers to demonstrate and celebrate achievements in equalities, diversity and inclusion

 

Associates are trained and experienced in delivering capacity building interventions and work in pairs with our clients. Their work is regularly evaluated.

 

The Offer

We offer programmes that address equalities across gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion, mental health and income.

 

VSDB can work with employers to construct bespoke programmes of development for staff and employers.  Please contact us with your needs, we are happy to advise.  VSDB offers the following under the Equality Associates Programme:

  • Scoping Meetings
  • Standard and Bespoke Seminars
  • Lunch and Learns
  • Policy Reviews
  • Strategic Planning for Equalities
  • Specialist Reputation Management
  • Specialist Mediation
  • Executive Coaching for a diverse workforce
  • A Leadership Programme to maximise the value of diversity in your business

Interactive Seminars for up to 25 people are:

  1. The Business Case for Diversity
  2. Understanding and Usage of Terminology
  3. Equalities and Society
  4. Tackling Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
  5. Developing an Equalities Network in the Workplace
  6. Best Practice in Recruitment and Selection
  7. Line managing a Diverse Workforce
  8. Continuing Professional Development for a Diverse Workforce
  9. Equality Impact Assessments
  10. Strategic Planning and Equalities
  11. Exploring Diversity with Culturally Diverse Employees
  12. Equalities in Procurement
  13. Equalities in the International Context
  14. Sector Trends in Equalities (e.g. Engineering, Construction, Creative Industries, Health)
  15. Understanding Anti-radicalistion in a Diverse Environment
  16. Within the staff co-hort understanding Perceptions

A Not-for-Profit Model

VSDB Consultancy does not make profit from the work of Equality Associates. These are dedicated professionals and any profit from the work they do gets gifted to chosen organisations that promote equalities. This year organisations that will benefit are: Stonewall (the UKs Leading Charity for LGBT inclusion) and Student Minds (a Mental Health Charity for young people.

The Team

Andy Harvey

Dr Andy Harvey is an acknowledged expert in sexuality and gender inclusion having written extensively in peer-reviewed publications on the subject. He is an experienced education manager, having designed and delivered courses on equalities for clients in the …

Hassan Mahamdallie

Hassan is a published writer on the history of Muslims in Britain, researcher and co-developer of the Arts Council England Arts and Islam website. Specialism – theatre devising, script development, acting and …

Jeremy Newton

Jeremy studied at St John’s College, Cambridge where he completed an M.A. Modern & Medieval Languages, French & German. He is currently the Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. Former roles include…

Leyla Okhai

Leyla is an experienced programme manager with over thirteen years’ experience in extending organisational capabilities. Strong communication skills enhanced through leading meetings with senior stakeholders, presenting complex data and writing in-depth…

Mark McBride-Wright

Mark is a chartered chemical engineer specialising in health and safety with experience in oil and gas, government services and defence. He holds a PhD and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. He is a recognised leader in diversity and …

Nicola Turner

Nicola is the Director of NT Creative Arts. She works as a cultural and creative consultant and offers event and project productions and management services and teaching, facilitation and coaching in the cultural and creative sector. She is based in…

Nike Jonah

In the past 12 years Nike Jonah has gained extensive International experience working across a broad spectrum of the arts and creative industries both in London and New York. This includes Design, Advertising, and Fashion. Nike was, employed as the…

Riju Booth

RIJU is a lead Associate with VSDB Consultancy as well as working independently. She has lived and worked in Kent and Medway for 30 years. She has a background in Education and consultancy and is experienced in Mediation, Facilitation, Counselling and…

Roger Rutkowski

Roger was awarded a Fellowship from the Information and Records Management Society in 2016. This was in recognition of his immense experience as a Records Management Practitioner…

Sarah Macnee

Sarah is part-time Executive Director for Crying Out Loud, a company that produces, commissions and champions visual theatre including contemporary circus for audiences of all ages. Alongside this, she continues to do project work on a freelance basis…

Sioned Hughes

Sioned has a wealth of experience across different sectors having worked in both the pharmaceutical industry and within the cultural sector.  She has designed, delivered and evaluated international professionaldevelopment programmes for eleven…

Associates are available for Speaking Engagements, Seminars, Workshops and longer term development work.