DIRECTOR OF SERVICES
Qualifications: DTLLS, Trinity Cert (TESOL)
Experience: Garry Connor has over 20 years’ experience in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Recently, he worked on developing guidance for supporting learners with learning difficulties and disabilities to access education and vocational training in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies. He has also supported a number of user groups on important issues, such as the campaign for the implementation of the ‘Fairer Charging’ Guidance working at all levels; including with local authorities and MP’s.
Garry was instrumental in the unprecedented success of a national disability inclusion project where he devised and delivered training to partners as diverse as the Tate Galleries, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Scouting Association. He has also managed supported living programmes for disabled people and developed a number of community involvement initiatives with disabled people.
Steve Iddon is a highly experienced and motivated adult education specialist, with significant operations & project management experience. He has a proven track record of managing teams successfully in occupations as diverse as magazine publishing, construction, and workplace education. From this, he has an extensive range of experience including: project management; quality compliance; health, safety and risk assessment; data management and reporting to stakeholders; learning & development; marketing; people management; performance management; and contract management.
Steve completed his BA (Hons) degree as a mature student, so understands that challenges of juggling adult education with work and life pressures. As a qualified Careers Advisor, Tutor, vocational assessor and IQA, he is committed and passionate about personal, team and organisational development and performance through learning, coaching, and mentoring.
Qualifications: BA Hons in Fine Art (University of Bristol), Masters degree in Digital Media (University of Westminster)
Experience: Held positions as senior designer in leading London creative agencies.
Creative director for Northampton design and marketing agencies. Founded and managed a successful design agency for over 12 years.
Qualifications: CertED CMgr MCMI; Degree of Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education; Level 5 Executive Diploma in Business Management; APM Project Management Qualification; L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills; L2 Certificate in Understanding Young Peoples Mental Health; L3 Diploma in Counselling (currently completing)
Experience: Rebecca has recently been working with employers, developing their delivery teams, building training programmes and curriculums which meet the needs of the business and heading up Apprenticeship Centres, with responsibility for successful audits from Ofsted and ESFA. She is a self-driven and professional education specialist who confidently manages projects, and embraces opportunities presented by working with varied and diverse businesses.
She is also a strong, and supportive manager, who leads by example in driving high standards. Rebecca enjoys meeting people and developing excellent professional relationships. With excellent communication skills, she enjoys supporting the companies and individuals she works with to challenge the norm and explore new opportunities. Rebecca has a passion for staff development and training, and with strong management experience, this is an area in which she successfully thrives.
MARKETING AND DIGITAL MANAGER
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Electronic Business, Marketing (University of Northampton)
Experience: Over 10 years experience in running marketing campaigns on both traditional and digital platforms. Responsible for widening company reach, managing marketing campaigns, digital content and communications.
• BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth
• Level 3 Award in Education and Training
• Level 3 Children and Young People Workforce Diploma
• Level 2 Safeguarding and Prevent
Simmone has 15 years of experience working with children, young people and their families in her local community and in educational settings. Her focus has been on enhancing their lived experiences and developing strategies to assist their continued development and wellness.
As a trainer, she uses her previous experience, qualifications and transferable skills to deliver high quality training on equality, disability and safeguarding across the UK she also delivers and leads an ESF funded project specifically designed to build the confidence and competence of unemployed adults who have additional health needs.
Simmone has used her experience to influence current policy and culture and worked most notably with Universities UK as they launched their ‘Go International: Stand Out’ speaking internationally on their behalf.
Hayley is our new Project Administrator. She spends her time looking after the centre and the team, ensuring our customers feel welcome and our partners are supported efficiently. She is highly driven and organised and uses these qualities to ensure the centre runs smoothly.
Hayley has experience working within banking in a supervisory role and has gained a wealth of knowledge in administration roles from working in a variety of office settings, including construction, exhibitions and now education.
BEng Software Engineering from Sheffield University
Mark has over 9 years experience in the computing industry, providing IT support for front-line staff, and writing bespoke software for the public sector and oil industry. Mark has a broad knowledge of the use of IT in the workplace. Part of Mark’s role is to support people who attend our courses to develop and improve their computing and office skills.
Mark suffered from anxiety and depression; which affects his ability to work, and after completing the ‘Breaking Down The Barriers’ course, Mark now is a passionate peer supporter; helping people with difficulties similar to his own to prepare for a return to work, and in developing their skills for the modern workplace.
IT Support. Business Administration. Computing Skills.
MUSIC THERAPIST AND EMPLOYMENT COACH
Lynn completed her BA in Music at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in 1999 and then her Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy in 2004. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Association for Music Therapy. As an Allied Health Professional, she has worked extensively in child and adult learning disability and mental health for over 15 years, offering group and individual music therapy sessions. She has a special interest in helping people who due to illness or disability, have difficulties with speaking.
She also assists various projects as an Employment Coach, supporting customers with focused job searching, interview skills, CV writing and other support needs.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Qualifications: HND in Housing Studies, HND in Business and Management, Train the Trainer OCN, PTLLS
Experience: Melissa’s areas of specialism are: Community Engagement, Equality & Diversity, and Cultural Awareness
Melissa has worked with a range of clients across sectors, equipping them with the skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, related to social regeneration. Prior to becoming a specialised trainer and consultant in 2010, Melissa was a Director of a Youth Engagement company, which provided specialist youth engagement service delivery to a range of clients, across sectors. Melissa is an active Board Member of Herefordshire Housing and Nehemiah UCHA.
Melissa designs, delivers and facilitates bespoke training courses for organizations in line with their operational and strategic outcomes to meet both local needs and national priorities. Melissa also has a range of pre designed training courses, with topics including Equality & Diversity, Cultural Awareness, Community Engagement.
Melissa is a seasoned and passionate trainer with a strong interest in Social Regeneration. Melissa has over 12 years professional experience within the Social Housing Sector, where she has developed a specific skill set in Community Engagement. She is a dynamic Trainer and Consultant and able to deliver strategically and operationally within her field.
SHEILA McGREGOR BOWES
Qualifications: MSc HRM and Business Administration and BSc Psychology
Experience: Sheila has over 20 years’ experience in HR and part of this role has involved promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion. As the youngest of a family of 4 with her mother becoming widowed when she was only 7, she has developed strong resilience and determination to be an independent and strong female role model to others in the same way as her mother was an educationalist and coped through much adversity.
She has a real passion and enthusiasm for learning and enabling people to perform at their best. She has undertaken a diverse range of assignments and projects from Equality and Diversity Workshops with the Northern Lighthouse Board to a serious HR external investigation consultant for a Council Department. She has also been running unconscious bias and disability inclusive management programmes for the Civil Service.
She introduced equality measures into a private port group as well as the implemented a competency-based Recruitment and Performance Management system for a third sector charity organisation.
As a coach, mentor, trainer, facilitator, tutor, and assessor, she is committed to the development of others and helping people as individuals perform at their best. She loves to design and deliver training programmes especially when tailored to the Company’s needs. She has recently been rolling out mental health awareness and strengthening your resilience courses with the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service and Fife Council and is a committed wellbeing practitioner. She has also been delivering virtual workshops on understanding complex needs and handling challenge.
Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma – Professional Development – University of Exeter, Post Graduate certificate Leadership – MARJON, PTTLS level 4, CIEH Food Safety for Supervisors and Tutors – level 3 – Chartered Institute of Environmental Health , NVQ Business Administration level 4, Coaching and Mentoring, NVQ Advice and Guidance level 3, B Arts 1st Honors Degree – Languages Teaching
Experience: I have over 11 years’ experience of teaching, managing projects and services, training and developing staff, and leading teams, reviewing and improving services and business development within the learning sector, Local Authority and corporate world.
Suitability for this Commission : Experience of delivering training in Inclusion, Disability Awareness, Positive Behaviour Management, Equality and Diversity, Food Hygiene level 1 and 2. All training can be delivered either in English or Portuguese to suit employer’s need.
Worked for Local Educational Authority (LEA), National Strategies (Dcsf) and The Learning Curve. Previous training has been delivered to customers Nokia, Vivo, amber Translations and Capita.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, LCGI
Qualifications: Diploma in Spanish (Santiago University, Spain), NVQ Level 3 Group and Foster Care, NVQ Level 4 Group and Foster Care, NVQ Level 4 Training and Development (HRD Pathway), NVQ Assessor/Verifier, City & Guild’s Award Holder in Caring Services, City & Guild’s National Medal for Excellence for NVQ Assessment 2001
Experience: Sandra is an extremely experienced teacher, trainer and NVQ assessor with a multitude of transferable skills. She has taught English and Spanish both in the UK and Spain. In her long career she has had senior positions in children’s services. Her many roles have included, senior worker with ‘looked after’ children and Training and Development Manager for Ingleside Childrens’ Homes Ltd. Sandra has been an NVQ assessor and tutor in childcare for several years in a wide variety of settings. She is expert in developing Quality Assurance policies and procedures as well as monitoring their effectiveness.Most notably she has been responsible for co-ordinating the development and awarding of the Investor’s in People Award. Sandra was twice shortlisted for the National Training Awards. She was also a contributor to the book ‘Achieving Positives Outcomes for Looked after Children’.
Qualifications: Level 3 Award in Education and Training, BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care, NVQ level 3 in Adults health and social care, Mental Health First Aid and Training 4 Influence Accredited.
Experience: Chad has over 25 years’ experience working in health and social care, working with a variety of individuals including the elderly, adults with mental health issues, adults with learning disabilities, young homeless individuals and children in various settings.
Chad is a passionate facilitator who values quality training, ensuring that delegates get the best they can from the sessions he delivers.
Chad’s training is informative and allows plenty of time for group conversations and activities to keep delegates engaged.
Current Role: Chad provides training to various sectors and specialises in LGBTQ+ ensuring that diversity, inclusion and acceptance is at the heart of what he delivers. He liaises with organisations to ensure that their equality and diversity policies and procedures are suitable and coincide with the company’s ethos.
Chad is also a speaker talking at events promoting the importance of equality and diversity for everyone.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) – Social Policy, Level 5 Diploma – Investigating
and Level 3 Diploma – Social Work
Experience: Brit is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and has a particular focus on Disability and the LGBT+ community. Brit has experience as an Equalities officer and as Chair of an LGBT+ Staff network within the public sector. Brit has designed and delivered general and industry specific training, written organisational policies and been responsible for stakeholder engagement within diverse community groups. Brit provided her expertise and advice to Pride In London as a member of the Community Advisory Board. As a person with Dyslexia and ADHD, Brit knows first-hand about the challenges that neuro-diverse people can face in the workplace and has helped drive through change in making the workplace more accessible, through both training and workplace policies.
Brit is an experienced and accredited Investigator and has extensive experience working on high profile criminal and misconduct investigations in the public sector. As an investigator Brit has acquired extensive safeguarding and risk assessment knowledge and experience. A trained Family Liaison Manager, she has assisted families through the bereavement process following the sudden death of a loved one and provided support through the subsequent investigation. Brit is a skilled communicator who is able to adapt her communication style to suit any audience. Brit has developed learning recommendations for national and local public sector organisations as a result of a high-profile Investigations. In particular, investigations relating to learning disabilities, mental health and the LGBT+ community.
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What Our Clients Say!
We have a fantastic partnership with Diversiti UK, who have continually been supportive of our training needs. I was truly impressed with how fast they reacted and transitioned to the online environment earlier this year, converting our content from classroom sessions to online delivery. Garry is a true representative of Diversity and Inclusion, with our feedback proving this session after session. Diversiti UK have been a pleasure to work with – I would highly recommend them to anyone for supporting their training needs.
When we were seeking EDI training for our staff one organisation really stood out above the rest. The in-depth discussions held between myself and Garry beforehand resulted in training sessions that perfectly catered to the culture and needs of our organisation. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received is testament to this. For any organisation looking for a thought provoking and engaging EDI workshop, look no further. Diversiti UK were a pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend them.
We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our staff who have attended ‘Equality & Diversity in Mental Health’, provided by Diversiti UK. Attendees have consistently rated the course highly when evaluating its usefulness in relation to their job role. Feedback indicates that content is delivered in an engaging and relatable manner and the course remains one of our most requested amongst staff.
Steve and Rebecca were excellent trainers and gave us a lot to consider when it comes to how we communicate the importance of collecting diversity data. I’d recommend the training to other companies looking to achieve similar goals.
Diversiti UK provided a great training course in which I learnt a lot. It was fun, interactive and I was able to put what I had learnt into practical use when we looked at the case studies. The trainers were knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions the group had.
The course met its objectives and my personal objectives much better than I expected. The Trainers were very approachable and were very encouraging. Excellent presenters, very engaging and informative An excellent course in such a short time, very informative, the presenters made everyone feel welcome. A very good use of 2.5 hours out of your day
Garry’s relaxed conversational approach enables participation and engagement on a non-glamour subject to a level which is beneficial to attendees and helps preference real world situations.
The pre course materials provided by diversity provided a great document to supported and encourage participation in the session. The tutors were able to facilitate the learning in a way which promoted questioning and helped the learners to feel they could share in a positive space.
The trainers were brilliant, well versed on the subject and provided clear and understandable information. They encouraged full participation of everyone.
Well worth the investment and certain to pay dividends in improved perception of the course.
Before the training I was able to contact Garry about what I needed in terms of my disability and I am very happy that I was able to join in and participate.
A really helpful overview of key issues and the session was adapted to suit our needs, giving us time to examine our challenges and brainstorm ideas and solutions.
The training was an opportunity to refresh any prior knowledge and expand upon this update. The training was delivered in an engaging manner, using a diverse range of methods and activities. The day was both interesting and enjoyable.
Both trainers for were engaging and made the day enjoyable. The information they gave was interesting and very informative. I go away today feeling like I have learned a little bit more about myself. Thanks a lot.
Really made us think about what things we could implement straight away and what we felt we needed more of a discussion about and we have already carried the conversation forward in our team meeting since the training.
This training was informative and fun. It incorporated a range of different activities to keep the group entertained. The trainer was helpful and always answered everyone’s questions.
The course is a good way to extend your knowledge of Equality & Diversity to think out of the box. To widen your horizons.
As a new starter I found the training course concise and informative. I found the discussions to be very useful and insightful as they gave me the opportunity to think about and discuss things, that I may not have considered beforehand.
Very unique to think this is the world we live in. However, it took today’s course to bring it to the front of our minds!
Excellent delivery, very up to date, keep the great work up. Could come back for more anytime.
I would like to thank Garry and Cheryl for their very thorough presentation and interactive practice on equalities.
A good training course to inspire conversation and have a better understanding of how we can support a wider target group. It made me more aware of why data is important.
It is an interesting and informative course. I have learnt a lot to help people in my work place.
A great course and very important for taxi drivers, especially very helpful for new drivers.
I loved that the understanding and perspective of EDI was able to be widened by the delivery of the course and has prompted for further work to be done within working teams and how EDI can be further addressed and implemented within our working teams.
“The training was open, engaging, honest, useful and fully prepared us as an organisation for the next steps in the creation of our EDI plan. I would 100% recommend this organisation to anyone looking for training around EDI.”
“An extremely worthwhile course and one that challenges us all to acknowledge our own inherent bias’s.”
“I found the training very engaging and well structured. The discussions were very informative because they were relevant to the services delivered by our organisation. I believe I learnt new things such as the necessity and the importance of having sensitive conversations with the service users. Overall the training is very useful and I believe it will help me to reflect on my day to day interactions with service users when it comes to inclusion.”
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