2015 EiDA Nominee – Sharon Thomas

Sharon Thomas Riverside

With nearly 30 years experience within the housing sector, Sharon goes above and beyond her role as Community Engagement Team Leader at Riverside Housing. Her passion for diversity and inclusion shines through not only in her day job, but also her outstanding dedication to community and voluntary work. Sharon focuses all of her energy on ensuring Riverside is committed to inclusion and as chair of their BME staff group, has been fundamental in promoting the group extensively to all staff, resulting in membership increasing from 30 to 100 within two years. Sharon has lead many initiatives involving the community and promoting diversity throughout the northwest including training, information sessions and away days such as Operation black vote; a partnership project with the Ministry of Justice to establish a Magistrate shadowing scheme. Sharon has developed and delivered a number of exceptional initiatives to strengthen the relationships between communities by working with schools, community centres  and housing providers.

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