At Inclusive Group, we understand the intrinsic commercial, personal and societal value of ensuring that diversity and inclusion is understood and embraced by all. For over 20 years, our Founder and CEO, Sasha Scott and her team, have been at the forefront of the promotion of diversity, equality, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), building a globally recognised consultancy. We are a full service DEIB consultancy working in 23 countries and have delivered our services to over 1,000,000 professionals. We are working with clients spanning Professional Services, Media, Tech, Pharma, Arts and Sport.
Meet the Team
Sasha Scott is the Founder and CEO of Inclusive Group and is an expert in diversity, bias, inclusivity and managing psychological health.
Sasha understands the commercial drivers behind reducing bias within the workplace and the critical need to promote and sustain inclusive workplace cultures, in order to attract and retain talent.
Sasha’s reputation has grown as an "international thought leader in diversity issues". She has appeared on the BBC, and has been published in The Times, The Guardian, City AM, The Lawyer, Law Gazette, Accountancy Age, Compliant, Personnel Today, and Recruiter magazine.
Sasha’s depth of experience at the ‘coal face’ of investment banking, combined with training in psychology and counselling, is a perfect fit for the markets emerging focus and commitment to inclusion and diversity.
In 2020, Sasha was included in the Global Diversity List, in the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultancies. “Scott was one of the first Diversity & Inclusion consultants, setting up her practice over 20 years ago. Scott and her team have worked in over 22 countries, training over 1,000,000 people.”
Sasha recently facilitated the SHE 2021 workshops for 7,000 professionals alongside speakers: Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton , Norway PM Erna Solberg, and Sadiq Kahn Mayor of London, and shared her unique perspective on EDI and actions for inclusiveness in a magazine article for SHE delegates. The Global Diversity Conference intersects the workplace, arts, media and sport.
Jen is the Managing Director of Inclusive Group and an expert in the fields of Diversity, Inclusion, Leadership and Talent Development.
Jen works with Inclusive Group clients, helping them understand the value of Diversity and Inclusion and then designing and implementing strategies and initiatives to achieve it. She also delivers development programmes, coaching, and research work.
Throughout her corporate career, Jen worked in a breadth of industries, both in the UK and globally. She has held senior roles in Diversity and Inclusion and has worked in complex global environments, making her attuned to the challenges her clients face.
Jen is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, has an MA in People Development and a BA Dual Hons in Business and Human Resources. She holds a Diploma in Executive Coaching, is a registered member of the British Psychological Society and is a qualified practitioner in a range of psychometric tools.
Jen is an advocate of intersectional inclusion and is passionate about creating a working world that is free from barriers, for all. She has a specialist interest in the lived experience of employees with disabilities and lives with three non-visible disabilities herself.
Dr Amit Patel
Amit is a disability rights campaigner, fund raiser, motivational speaker and independent accessibility consultant. He is registered severely sight impaired (blind) having lost his sight to keratoconus in 2013.
Amit studied medicine at Cambridge and qualified as a doctor, specialising in emergency medicine and major incidents. During medical school, Amit was diagnosed with keratoconus, a condition which changes the shape of your corneas, but which is usually easily treated with a corneal transplant. However, Amit was one of the rare individuals for whom the transplants rejected and despite travelling to the US for ground breaking stem cell surgery, Amit lost his sight completely just one year after getting married.
Since then, Amit has been on a journey to learn to live with his sight loss, from learning how to make a cup of tea again to walking using a white cane. Once getting to grips with the basics himself, Amit set out to help others who were new to sight loss, through volunteering with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Amit is now an active campaigner for accessibility, diversity and inclusion, speaking out against the issues that disabled people face daily. In September 2014, and after only 6 weeks on the waiting list, Amit was matched to his first Guide Dog, Kika, a white labrador. Together, Amit and Kika travel through London and its surrounds on a daily basis, charting their journeys, challenges and the people they meet on their travels via their Twitter accounts (@Kika_GuideDog and @BlindDad_UK) and Instagram (@Kika_GuideDog).
Amit has appeared in various online and print media in the UK and around the world, as well as featuring on BBC London News, ITV London News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News and Sky Sunrise. He is a regular contributor to the BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 Live and BBC London Radio.
Amit’s first book, ‘Kika & Me’ was published by Pan Macmillan in February 2020. Amit is married to Seema and they have 2 children alongside his Guide Dog Kika, who is 6 years old.
Uma is a Non-Executive Director serving on a number of boards both in the private sector and third sector whilst running her own international HR consulting business.
Uma is of Indian heritage and was born in Uganda. She grew up in Leicester and studied in London where she graduated with a degree in Business Studies, Linguistics and Journalism.
Uma has spent over 20 years in senior HR roles across Europe, the Middle East, North America, Asia and Australasia. She has a wealth of directly relevant cross-cultural practitioner experience having worked with the global heads of multiple business lines at ANZ Banking Group Limited, AXA Rosenberg, Deutsche Bank, Cable & Wireless and NatWest. Uma has operated at C-Suite level dealing with topics including inclusion and belonging, regulatory reform and corporate governance, HR transformation, talent acquisition/development, succession planning and change management. Uma is a natural connector and uses her wealth of experience, personal background, cultural heritage, and life experiences to transform people/things around her. She is passionate about developing female talent and in particular, supporting women of colour.
Uma is only the second women of colour to serve as Chair and President of City Women Network. CWN is one of the longest established independent organisations for professional and business women in the UK, committed to furthering the professional and personal development of female talent in business. Uma is CIPD accredited, an NLP Practitioner and Strengthscope coach. Her areas of coaching expertise include: Inclusive leadership, Cultural sensitivity, Strategy, Performance/Motivation, Inclusion & Belonging, and Complex Employee relation matters.
Away from the world of work, Uma has a teenage daughter and a gorgeous boy Cavapoo and is an ardent Leicester City football fan and is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.
After 13 years service in the Army, Kate now works as a Coach and Speaker, bringing her love of developing her soldiers into the civilian world.
Joining the Army after graduating in Classics from Oxford University, Kate was deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where her leadership, decision-making, technical skill and adaptability were brutally tested in the fast-paced environment of front-line operations.
Kate’s tour of Afghanistan came to an abrupt end when injuries caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) resulted in her electing to have her leg amputated below the knee, marking her out as the first British female to lose a limb in combat.
Persistent medical issues demanded further surgery and she decided she needed a new goal by which to re-focus her rehab. Therefore, at the end of 2013 Kate trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition organised by the charity Walking With The Wounded. This earned her the honour of being shortlisted in the Women of the Year awards in 2014.
Kate draws on her experience in leadership, communication, relationship management and providing solutions under pressure from her time in the military, as well as lessons in resilience and managing uncertainty that she has learned from dealing with a life-changing injury, she thrives on helping clients clarify challenges and seek collaborative solutions.
Balancing an eye for detail with the big picture, and a ready ability to switch focus between people and task, Kate supports people who are ‘stuck’ and want to move forward by opening up possibilities to create choice. She is comfortable working at multiple levels and has experience in a variety of sectors including legal, financial services, insurance, construction, healthcare, media, hospitality and education.
Kate holds a CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership, a Diploma in Life & Business Coaching accredited by the Association for Coaching, and is an NLP Practitioner.
Kate is also honoured to be an ambassador for ABF, The Soldier’s Charity www.soldierscharity.org and a trustee of the Black Stork Charity www.theblackstorkcharity.org.uk responsible for building the £300 million defence rehabilitation facility at Stanford Hall as part of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre www.thednrc.org.uk.
Jordan is a freelance writer, specialising in content related to race and its effects on the individual and wider society.
Jordan is a young freelance writer from South East London. Specialising in content to do with race and identity, Jordan strives to centre care and transparency at the core of all of his writing while at the same time making sure to showcase his ability to intricately weave social commentary with lived experience.
Outside of writing non-fiction, Jordan enjoys creative writing, with specific reference to poetry and scriptwriting.
Approaching his final year as a BA English and Creative writing student, Jordan hopes to one day write scripts for theatre and television, with the goal being to inspire more black children to be storytellers.
Arti is a passionate champion of diversity, equity and inclusion. She uses her unique skills in data analysis, social ethnography and cultural engagement to help drive transformational cultural and organisational change.
Having lived and worked in 3 continents, Arti is well versed with multicultural environments and the unique challenges and opportunities these create for organisations.
Arti’s approach is to use data to create evidence-based policy change that delivers positive outcomes, for example enhance recruitment of underrepresented groups and help with their career success. Arti has experience in setting up effective employee engagement programmes, EDI trainings, mentoring and sponsorship programmes to help organisations accomplish their vision.
Arti is an accomplished physicist and engineer having worked in STEM for 20 years. At the University of Technology Sydney, she held the positions of Associate Professor and Director of Women in Engineering and Information Technology. She holds a PhD in Physics and was a Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow.
Arti’s had a unique academic and career history (see Wikipedia and Arti’s blog), combined with her renowned thought-leadership in relation to diversity and inclusion, and track-record of success in STEM organisations. Her work has been recognised internationally by the OSA Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition, for an “unwavering dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the global optics and photonics community”, and the 2020 IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award for “exceptional contributions to equity and diversity.”
Arti is currently the Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Involvement for the Anthony Nolan Trust. She also holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship at UTS in Electrical and Data Engineering.
Corinne is passionate about social inclusion and equity from both a private and public perspective.
With an academic background in law and working experience of Human Resources, Corinne would like to see equality move beyond abstract principles and move into every day conversations and practical life. She has previously freelanced with Inclusive Group, contributing articles, client support and social media management and remains in contact as a valued associate of our organisation.
As of September 2021 Corinne will also be studying MSc Gender, Policy & Inequalities and The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Corinne is also a creative and loves oil pastel drawing and writing poetry!
Corinne currently works in local government as an Equality and Diversity Officer.
Helen is a facilitator, trainer, speaker and coach and has supported clients across the UK, EMEA, US and Asia to create more inclusive cultures and leverage the true value of diversity.
Helen challenges teams to think differently about how they recruit, retain, develop and motivate talent. A key focus is to help HR, talent and recruitment specialists mitigate the effects of bias, and support people leaders, to be more inclusive in their talent processes.
Helen has worked with Inclusion & Diversity steering groups to establish their key priorities and collectively generate plans to deliver them. She has also facilitated sessions with executive teams to identify the strategic benefits of I & D for their business areas and help them role model inclusive behaviours.
Helen takes a strategic and commercial approach to help create clarity and direction for those she works with. At the heart of what Helen does is the strong belief that our varied ideas, perspectives and ways of working bring value to our colleagues and our shared goals. We can all do more to learn to appreciate difference in others.
As a trainer on inclusive leadership, unconscious bias and women in leadership, Helen has delivered keynotes, virtual and live learning sessions for groups across the globe. Participants say Helen brings energy and challenge to her interventions and her emphasis is on delivering results through behavioural change. Helen’s learning approach blends the latest in neuroscience with NLP and accelerated learning.
Chantelle works with Inclusive Group to ensure that our clients get a highly professional and efficient service.
Chantelle has over 18 years’ experience, predominantly in executive assistant positions, working for a wide range of clients and companies. She has worked with entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, global companies and family-owned businesses. She understands the range of pressures and challenges that Inclusive Group clients face.
Chantelle has a BSC in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. She practiced Taekwon-Do for over 20 years and has been part of the ITF-England national team competing in national and international competitions.
To keep fit, Chantelle likes to swim and is an active member of Potters Bar Masters Swimming Club.
Chantelle is Inclusive Group's Executive Assistant. She provides support with extensive diary management, scheduling workshops and events, and liaising with Inclusive Group's clients.
Matt started working with Inclusive Group towards the end of 2020, providing additional creative, marketing and event experience.
Matt has over 20 years working within the design, marketing and digital industry, creating thought provoking campaigns, award-winning websites and stylish events and experiences.
He also has huge experience working in the diversity sector with clients such as Untapped and LGBT Great.
Matt is Inclusive Group's Marketing guru.
Sarah Turner is a Business Psychologist with in-depth experience of leadership development, talent development and team facilitation in addition to bespoke assessment design. She also specialises in Diversity and Inclusion, and is experienced in supporting organisations with broad diversity and inclusion projects.
As an HR professional, Sarah has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by HR teams of both small and large complex organisations. Her background includes training and working as an occupational psychologist in addition to working in HR across Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Development and Assessment. Sarah is passionate about collaborating with leaders to release their potential, overcome challenges and accelerate their performance so that they become the best that they can be.
Sarah is also an ICF PCC Executive and Maternity Coach with several years’ experience coaching predominantly Senior Managers and Directors across a range of sectors.
Executive coach and facilitator
Anusha is a commercial, pragmatic and highly focussed executive coach and facilitator. She draws on sound psychological theories, her working experience and balances this with using practical interventions that are fit for purpose for organisations and individual clients. She continues to receive positive feedback for her ability to understand a client, being relevant, her style and knowledge. Anusha focusses on Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing, Resilience and Leadership development, working with clients to understand their needs, designing appropriate workshops, and facilitating them. Anusha has coached Senior Executives, Partners, managers, teams and on various topics.
Anusha has over 15 years experience working in Senior Human Resources roles, working across different sectors and geographies (Global remit, Southern Africa and UK). She has extensive experience working strategically with organisations, leaders and managers in nurturing talent and building high performance teams in various sectors (FMCG, Professional Services, Financial Services, Legal, Education, Aviation, Public Services, Charities and Start Ups).
Anusha holds a master’s degree in Industrial Psychology, a Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching via Henley Business School and a Team Coaching Accreditation via Global Team Coaching Institute, which is EMCC accredited. She is ACC accredited with the International Coaching Federation and is a member of the Henley Centre for Coaching. She continues her professional development through supervision, networks and other professional affiliations.
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Kelly Canterford is a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist and Executive Coach; she has been helping people and businesses create positive change that sticks for over 20 years.
For many years, Kelly combined her passion for D&I and coaching with a career in industry, working across: property, asset management, hospitality management and media. This personal experience gives Kelly an understanding of the realities of life in a wide variety of workplace cultures and enables her to give clients practical strategies that work.
Kelly is a Board Member of Freehold CIC a not for profit organisation with the aim of increasing LGBT+ Inclusion in the Built Environment industries, she is also Programme Manager for Changing the Face of Property and Property Needs You, a collaboration of 12 of the largest real estate companies in the UK who are working together to accelerate diversity and inclusion across the real estate industry.
Associate, Inclusive Group
Justine Thompson is an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion expert with over 20 years’ experience in HR and people focused roles and a track record for achieving meaningful change in Inclusion & Diversity.
Justine has a particular interest in culture, psychological safety and belonging, and has worked with organisations across a range of sectors to bring these topics to life through training and facilitated discussion. As a self confessed numbers fanatic, Justine has extensive experience of working with diversity data both to identify barriers and to design data driven strategies focused on achieving tangible results.
Justine’s approach is empathetic, collaborative and solutions focused. She is used to navigating complex, global organisations and is adept at developing trusting relationships with stakeholders at all levels. Through her exposure to a range of HR specialisms, Justine is alive to the many challenges faced by HR practitioners and understands the need to develop pragmatic and commercial solutions.
Justine has received a number of awards based on her work in the Inclusion & Diversity space and in 2021, she was named an Inspirational Leader in the D&I Leaders Global Benchmarking Survey.