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About our
diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy

We are at the forefront of solving DEIB challenges 
 

At Inclusive Group, we understand the intrinsic commercial, personal and societal value of ensuring that diversity, equality, inclusion (DEI) and the emerging capability of belonging (DEIB) 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 solving DEIB challenges, building a globally recognised consultancy.

We are a full service DEIB consultancy firm working in 24 countries and have delivered our services to over 4,000,000 professionals.  

Our DEIB consultancy corporate clients include:
 

professional services, law firms, financial services, media, technical, pharmaceuticals, arts and sports.

Meet the Team

Meet our experienced and passionate
diversity, equality and inclusion consultants

Sasha Scott

Sasha Scott
Founder and CEO

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Jen Morris

Jen Morris
Managing Director

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Uma Cresswell
Ambassador

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Dr Amit Patel
Associate 

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Kate Philp

Kate Philp

Associate

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Arti Agrawai

Arti Agrawai
Associate

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Claire Farmer
Associate

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Em Lawton
Senior Associate

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Sarah Turner
Senior Associate

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Anusha Parshotam
Associate

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Kelly Canterford
Associate

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Justine Thompson
Head of Market Intelligence

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Gemma Aggett
Associate

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Mahmoud Assy
Associate

Liam Paschall

Liam Pascal
Associate

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Claudia Carvell
Senior Associate

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Claire Harvey
Senior Associate

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Lau Albjerg
Associate

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Yassine Senghor
Associate & EEDI Specialist

Our DEIB's team biographies
Team biog
Sasha Scott
Sasha Scott

Sasha Scott
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 Morris
Jen Morris

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.

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Jen is the Managing Director of Inclusive Group and an expert in the fields of Diversity, Inclusion, Leadership and Talent Development.  

Dr Amit Patel
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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 Cresswell
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Uma Cresswell
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.

Kate Philp
Kate Philp

Kate Philp
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.

Arti Agrawai
Dr Arti Agrawai

Arti Agrawai
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.

Claire Farmer
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Claire Farmer is an experienced leader across a number of fields, including education, local government and the corporate sector. She is an ICF professional coach and has lived experience as an autistic woman and uses this and her breadth of experience to support organisations in becoming neuro-inclusive. 
 

Whilst Claire’s focus is on how systems and processes can be used to support neurodivergent employees, she approaches this from an intersectional angle with the view that we must work together, as inclusion for one should mean inclusion for all.


Claire is an author with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, with her book ‘Neurodiversity in the Workplace – How Neurodivergent Individuals Can Find Their Place and Thrive’. It is a book about individuals who identify as neurodivergent offering stories and tips about managing the world of work and compliments the work she does on greater scale to help organisations attract, recruit and keep neurodivergent colleagues.


Essentially Claire believes in the power of people and relationships, and our collective ability to learn and improve no matter our starting points. 

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Experienced leader across a number of fields, including education, local government and the corporate sector.

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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.

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Business Psychologist
Inclusive Group

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Anusha Parshotam
Executive coach and facilitator
Inclusive Group

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. 

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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 the Co-Chair of Freehold CIC a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of increasing LGBT+ Inclusion in the Built Environment industries, Chair of ULI’s UK’s REDI committee and a member of the ULI’s Executive Committee.

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Associate

Inclusive Group

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Justine Thompson
Head of Market Intelligence,
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.

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Claire Harvey
Senior Associate
Inclusive Group

Claire Harvey is an experienced senior leader, inclusion and culture expert and Paralympian. Claire’s strong interpersonal skills combines with her style as a pro-active and personable leader to empower individuals to take ownership and implement meaningful change. She is an excellent speaker and facilitator and always leaves participants inspired, confident and reflective.

A psychologist in both degree and postgraduate studies, Claire began her career in the Criminal Justice System. She was a prison Governor, most also a hostage negotiator and one of few female riot commanders. When moving to the corporate world, Claire was Head of Culture and Inclusion at the FCA, embedding inclusion into the supervisory framework after the financial crisis. She them moved to Head of Inclusive Leadership at KPMG, taking them to the top rankings in the major benchmarks within 18 months. Claire was fundamental in developing the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles assessment tool, whilst also supporting large and small companies from all sectors.

Claire is now recognised as a world leader in diversity, inclusion and culture, incorporating change management and leadership behaviours into impactful programmes all over the world. In her sporting life, Claire was an International Rugby Union player prior to acquiring a disability in 2008. She moved to disability sport and captained the GB Sitting Volleyball team in London2012. She is now a GB Sitting Volleyball player and also represents GB in Para IceHockey.

In 2017 Claire was awarded an MBE for her services to both inclusion and sport.

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Lau Albjerg
Associate
Inclusive Group

Lau comes from an international career in marketing and brand management, having delivered growth to some of the most well-known brands. As of 2018 he turned his focus towards building people and organisations, and helping clients unlock their true potential through and understanding the potential of diversity and inclusion (D&I).


Lau is certified as a professional coach from Centre for Coaching in London '19, and has a MA Digital Media Management at Birkbeck University, where he is now a recurrent guest lecturer.


Besides Lau’s lived experience as openly out at work, he has studied Diversity and Inclusion passionately and is actively working to help young diverse talent connect with their true potential. 


Through his international career, Lau has built in-depth experience of stakeholder management and navigating within global organisations. He has been actively involved in several large-scale organisational re-structures and has functioned as change agent, making him an excellent partner for clients navigating through change.
 

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Yassine Senghor
Associate & EEDI Specialist,
Inclusive Group

Yassine Senghor is an Equality, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist with expertise in LGBTQ+ inclusion, creating anti-racist spaces and intersectional approaches to embedding EEDI in a meaningful and sustainable way. 

Yassine supports companies to develop, implement and embed equitable and inclusive practice internally but also in their outward facing products, services or social engagement. Integral to this work is the need to  empower employees to take personal responsibility towards creating inclusive workspaces. Taking an intersectional approach, Yassine encourages individuals to unpack how identity impacts the way we move through the world. Her workshop approach focuses on giving participants the tools to embed the principles of inclusion into all their spheres of influence; through self-reflection, accountability and action.

People have always been at the centre of what motivates Yassine’s work, whatever field that may be in. She believes that creating real change requires collaborative working in solidarity with one another. "Regardless of background - in our differences, we find our strength.”
 

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Gemma Aggett
Senior Associate
Inclusive Group

Gemma Aggett is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist with extensive experience as a trusted leader and strategist across both the private and public sector in complex organisations.


Gemma specialises in working with clients on the strategic planning and delivery of inclusive talent management and developing practical steps for culture change across organisations at all levels. She encourages leaders to leverage their influence and gain a deep understanding of the positive impact an inclusive environment has.


Gemma's supportive and collaborative style allows her to develop solutions that can be embedded across a business in a pragmatic way that deliver tangible results.


As a queer leader she promotes psychological safety within the workplace and aims to create change by empowering employees to consistently educate themselves and be accountable for delivering an inclusive space for all colleagues.


Gemma holds a Master’s Degree in Management of Business Technology and an LLB Law Degree, she continues her professional development in Employment Law and Diversity and Inclusion modules.

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Mahmoud Assy is a DEI trainer and consultant who has worked with various organisations, corporations, universities, and government subdivisions on becoming more inclusive of different diverse groups.
 

As a multilingual speaker of 6 languages and as a person coming from various minority groups, he provides the missing link when it comes to the inclusion of underrepresented groups.
 

Having been excluded for years for being a refugee, part of the LGBTQ+ community and an Arab Muslim has allowed him to understand and analyse the systemic patterns that leave so many demographic groups out of the decision-making tables.

His personal mission is to empower change agents within large, medium and small organisations and entities to transform the systemic structures that block change.

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Associate
Inclusive Group

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Em Lawton
Senior Associate
Inclusive Group

Em Lawton is an EDI expert, barrister and keynote speaker. She began her career in the education sector before going on to become an equality and discrimination lawyer.  With her knack for storytelling and engaging audiences, Em is renowned for her ability to connect with others. 
 

Em has delivered anti-racism training sessions for a wide range of stakeholders and has spoken at conferences all over the world. She is a recurrent guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge, has appeared on several podcasts and has contributed to programmes on BBC Radio 4.
 

Em has four degrees (BA, PGCE, LLM, PGDip) and has not yet ruled out gaining another! In 2019, she won the prestigious Lord Diplock Award, granted to her by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in recognition of her academic, personal, and professional achievements. 
 

Em is a very keen pianist and advocates for diversity and representation within Classical music.

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Liam Paschall
Associate
Inclusive Group

Liam Paschall is a transgender man who promotes understanding, inclusion, and allyship. Liam shares a wealth of experience and knowledge to educate, inspire and encourage learning. He is a LinkedIn Top Voice and a sought-after speaker who has delivered engaging talks and presentations globally at conferences, corporations, and community events.

Liam brings a unique perspective to every presentation and event, combining his personal stories with research to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues faced by transgender people.

Through his engaging and dynamic style, he encourages individuals and organizations to become allies and advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Liam has been privileged to present for various companies and organizations, including myGWork, DataStax, DataCubed Health, Drug Information Association (DIA), CISCRP, The Diversity Movement, Cisco, Red Hat, Honest Culture, National Medical Fellowships, Inc., and Credit Suisse. He has been featured in several publications: Contemporary Clinical Trials, Business Travel News, CenterWatch, and Clinical Trials Arena. He has also been a featured guest on numerous podcasts.

Liam is passionate about creating a more inclusive world, a place of belonging for everyone. If you want to learn more about Liam, please connect with him on LinkedIn.

Industries worked with - information technology, clinical research, clinical technology, computer software, nonprofit organizations, healthcare, financial services.

Areas of Expertise: • Active Allyship • Trans Awareness & Acceptance • Sex, gender, and sexuality • Creating trans-inclusive workplaces • Authentic Visibility: Embracing Transgender Visibility on LinkedIn • Trans Inclusion & Understanding for Healthcare Workers • What’s it like to be transgender? A 30-minute Q&A session Licenses & Certifications: • Diversity & Inclusion Certificate: Cornell University • Crisis Counsellor Certificate: Crisis Text Line.

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Claudia Carvell
Associate
Inclusive Group

Claudia is an experienced equity, diversity and inclusion specialist with a social justice focus. Claudia has delivered projects, interventions and consultancy for local, national and global organisations across private, public and non-profit sectors including local NHS primary care services and CCGs across England, Bank of England, Oxford Policy Management, Co-op, Fujitsu, Unison, DMCG Global, Kuehne+Nagel, Age UK, Manchester City Council, St. John’s Ambulance, Relias E-Learning, West Yorkshire Learning Partners and LGBT Foundation.

As well as key strategic interventions such as creating EDI strategy, writing policy, managing diversity data, delivering Inclusive Leadership and Inclusive Hiring programmes, Equality Impact Assessments, using EDI maturity matrixes and evolving inclusion ecosystems and colleague networks, Claudia has designed and delivered content on a range of EDI subjects including LGBTQ+ inclusion (specialising in trans and non-binary rights), race and ethnicity, disability and neurodivergence, social class and mobility, sex and gender, religion and age.

Claudia is also an ICF accredited Coach, CMI Level 6 Inclusion Leader and has key leadership experience including 3 years as a Trustee Director, Chair of a People and Policies Subgroup and a term as the Chair of a Colleague Network.

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