Public Policy Adviser on Diversity

Dianah has worked in the field of diversity and inclusion for many years. She is the Public Policy Adviser on diversity for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development which is the leading professional body in the UK on people management and development. She directs the Institute’s diversity research programme and leads the development of good practice guidance on diversity to help employers make progress in this challenging and complex field. She also leads the Institute’s public policy work on diversity to help shape Government policy and legal provisions such as the Equality Act 2010.

She has driven a range of research on diversity and inclusion issues including managing diversity and the business case, tackling discrimination on the basis of age and disability, issues related to equal pay, harassment and bullying, as well as race, work–life balance and employing people with criminal records. Recent work has focused on managing the challenges of an ageing workforce, the integration of talent management and diversity, practical guidance on gaining traction on progressing diversity and inclusion in business and framing the future of work through flexible responses to employment practices. A frequent speaker at events she has addressed audiences in many European countries and has undertaken work for the Singapore Government on managing an ageing workforce. She was invited as a global thought leader on diversity and inclusion by the Society of Human Resource Management in the United States to take part in an initiative to inform the progress of diversity and inclusion in business. In addition she frequently sits on advisory boards related to the conduct of academic research. She was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity, in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2006.  

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