Meet the team

Richard McKenna - Director

Richard McKenna

Role within the business

I’m responsible for the strategic direction of Inclusive Employers and I look after about 12 of our members.

Background/area of expertise

  • Strategy development
  • Innovation and commercial opportunities
  • Engagement
  • Staff Networks
  • Communications

Fun fact

I have a qualification in fencing and fist fighting

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/richardmckennastrudel

Rupert Moyne - Director

Rupert Moyne

Role within the business

I lead on business development, company administration & finance, and strategic planning for Inclusive Employers

Background/area of expertise

  • Former Director at L&Q, one of the largest and most successful Housing Associations in the UK
  • Experience of managing and developing large teams

Fun fact

I can recite the alphabet backwards in less than 10 seconds!

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/rupertmoyne

Claire Williams – Inclusion & Diversity Director

Claire Williams

Role within the business

I’m responsible for the operational delivery of consultancy, training and member support

Background/area of expertise

  • Culture change
  • Employment law and discrimination
  • Learning and development
  • Embedding and sustaining inclusion
  • Human Resources

Fun fact

I am about to resume my cello lessons (not much fun for my family unfortunately – but great fun for me!)

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/claire-williams-fcipd-bb98813

Rosie Clarke - Senior Inclusion & Diversity Consultant

Role within the business

I lead on Inclusive Employers' work in the North of England, delivering training and consultancy for our members across Yorkshire, the North East and North West.

Background/area of expertise

  • Arts graduate with a background in drama-based learning
  • Public sector project management expertise
  • Passions include: disability, neurodiversity. rehabilitation of ex-offenders and socio-economic mobility
  • Previous Chair of Governors at a primary school
  • Mentor for young unemployed women

Fun fact

I am obsessed with Strictly Come Dancing and often catch myself humming the theme tune

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/pollockrosie

Debbie Epstein - Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant

Role within the business

I provide inclusion and diversity advice, deliver tailored consultancy solutions and learning and development programmes to our members and clients.

Background/area of expertise

  • 12 years at King’s College London, Diversity & Inclusion Manager - devising strategy, leading a team and designing and delivering diversity projects and interventions.

  • Focus groups and research

  • Mentoring schemes and development intervention

  • Training delivery/facilitation

Fun fact

At school, my brother and I were chosen to star in a BBC drama, but when we couldn’t pick up the thick Scottish accent after a day of coaching, they decided to go with some actors from Scotland javascript:void('div')(still a source of disappointment!)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbie-epstein/ 

Steven Copsey - Inclusion & Diversity Consultant - North

Role within the business

I assist Rosie to deliver training and consultancy for our members across Yorkshire, the North East and North West, as well as working with Claire to run our Chartered Management Institute Accredited courses.

Background/area of expertise

12 Years of experience in the financial services industry, providing insurance and risk management solutions for small commercial businesses, corporate clients and multinational conglomerates.

National co-chair of Link, the LGBT Insurance Network and co-founder of Link Up North.

Diversity Champion for the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Passions include: LGBT+, Mental Health, Global Diversity Issues, Relationship between Risk Management and I&D

Fun fact

You’d never think it to look at me now, but I was a nationally ranked hurdler and long jumper in my teens!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/

steventhomascopsey/

Sophie McDonald - Senior Learning & Development Manager

Role within the business

I’m Senior Learning and Development Manager, designing and delivering learning solutions; everything from qualifications, eLearning to classroom based training sessions.

Background/area of expertise

  • Heading L&D within one of the UK’s largest Housing Associations – Optivo
  • Supporting culture development through learning
  • Staff diversity networks
  • eLearning
  • Communications and engagement
  • Designing and delivering learning content / programmes
  • Performance management
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Volunteered as a mentor for unemployed young people through Prince’s Trust

Fun fact

I once wrote a poem about humans living on the moon for a Blue Peter badge competition… and won! My poem is now in a time capsule buried under what was originally known as the Millennium Dome (now o2 arena). I also got free entry to lots of London attractions for years, by flashing my badge… until I lost it!!!

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sophie-mcdonald-30300144 

Zeinab Ali - Office & Special Projects Administrator

Role within the business

Office and Special Projects Administrator

Background/area of expertise

  • Administration
  • Masters Degree in English Literature
  • Work in relation to Learning Disabilities
  • Writing
  • Creativity

Fun fact

I starred in the first Learning Disability Work Experience film by Inclusive Employers

https://www.linkedin.com/in/zeinabnatashaali

Lindsay Lerigo - Programme Manager - National Inclusion Standard

Role within the business

Based in the North I lead on our National Inclusion Standard as well as helping out with our broad range of events and consultancy.

Background/area of expertise

12 years of experience in the private sector working across the insurance and legal industry. Previously working in Responsible Business for number 1 ranked Stonewall employer, and D&I and Wellbeing Advisor for a large Insurer.

Co-founder of Link Up North, the LGBT Insurance Network.

Previous Co-chair of LGBT Network for employer with 4500 employees in the UK.

Mental Health First Aid trained.

Fun Fact

I have an unhealthy obsession with Lego, so much so I have 3 Lego bricks tattooed on my arm.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-lerigo-188700124/

Robyn Lewis - Associate, Actor & Coordinator

Role within the business

Professional corporate role play actor

Background/area of expertise

I graduated from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and have been working as professional actor since 1992 in TV, Film, Theatre, and a corporate role play.

I write, design, develop and deliver drama-based interventions for inclusion training, unconscious bias, recruitment and assessment centres and customer service training.

Fun fact

I am one of 10 children

Clare Ramos - Associate

Role within the business

Associate specialising in mediation and conflict resolution in the workplace

Background/area of expertise

  • Workplace mediator and trainer
  • Experience of working with public, private and not-for-profit organisations
  • Mediating in 2-party and team conflicts
  • Consultancy in L&D and setting up internal mediation schemes
  • Training accredited workplace mediators and HR, leaders and managers in conflict resolution skills

With 17 years’ mediation experience, I see at first hand the damaging effects – personal, professional and organisational - of unresolved or badly managed conflict, and how easily things can escalate. Mediation provides a fair and inclusive process where everyone has the opportunity to be heard and collaborate in the resolution. Conflict resolution skills training equips managers to know how to intervene confidently and ‘nip issues in the bud’.

Fun fact

I love hip-hop dancing!

Elizabeth Rushton - Associate

Role within the business

Associate delivering training in unblocking talent pipelines, multi-generational workplaces, Trust and Insights Discovery

Background/area of expertise

15 years experience in the private sector in HR and Talent based roles. I specialize in aligning talent planning with overall business strategy, talent management, Brain-based coaching and team building

Shelagh Prosser - Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Role within the business

Associate

Background/area of expertise

  • Experience of working with public, private and not-for-profit organisations
  • Former Head of Equality and Inclusion at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Areas of expertise include: Strategy and policy development; Diversity performance assessments; Best practice research and analysis; Stakeholder engagement and partnership working; Event design and management; Facilitation and training
  • Chartered Member of the CIPD
  • Trustee of a theatre company, and a director of Healthwatch Islington

Fun fact

I once held a license to drive a double-decker bus

Nicole Gabriel MCIPD MBPsS - Work Psychologist

Role within the business

Associate

Background/area of expertise

  • Work Psychologist with 20 years corporate HR experience.
  • Stress Management, Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing Consultant and Coach.
  • Supporting teams in improving relationships and team effectiveness through building emotional intelligence, mindfulness, compassion, authenticity.
  • Specialist knowledge of supporting the needs of Introverts and Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)

Fun fact

I have recently returned to my love of Ballet, and after a gap of 30 years I am attending a regular class (and, yes, I do look exactly like Darcy Bussell when I’m there… honest!)

Jane Moffett - Associate

Role within the business

Maternity Coach

Background/area of expertise

  • Qualified coach and postnatal specialist with 20 years’ experience of working with women during their transition to motherhood
  • Expertise in facilitating, coaching and counselling
  • Currently studying for an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School

Fun fact

I love staying at the Youth Hostel in Teyarnon Bay, Cornwall –it’s directly above a great surfing beach and has amazing views.

Michelle Gyimah

Role within the business

Associate specialising in gender pay gap reporting.

Background/area of expertise

Over 12 years’ experience working in specific roles advising on pay inequality and pay gaps, including the last 5 years running my own consultancy providing expert gender equality advice and support to employers, writing policies, guidance and delivering training workshops.

Extensive background in gender equality, including pregnancy and maternity discrimination, shared parental leave, flexible working, equal pay, talent progression, Human Rights, benefits and compensation, HR records management, HR policies development and legal compliance.

Work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission as Relationship lead for Working Forward programme, a membership portal designed to help firms address gender in the workplace such as managing pregnant staff, new mothers and close the gender pay gap.

Thomasina Afful MBACP (Accred.) PG Dip

Role within the Business

Associate

Background/area of expertise

Equalities professional and practising psychotherapist with extensive experience of working within the Voluntary, Community & Faith (VCF), private and statutory sectors (health, social care & education).

Expertise in managing the development and delivery of equality programmes designed address inequalities and social exclusion experienced by marginalised groups, particularly disabled people and those from migrant/BME Communities.

Considerable experience of developing and delivering a range of training packages to develop the competency, skills and knowledge of professionals and practitioners using a range of inclusive & participatory techniques.

Extensive background in working with diverse groups, including supporting, facilitating and/or coordinating voluntary/community and statutory participation in the development of gap services, particularly services to Black and Ethnic Minority communities and facilitating equality networks.

Leanne Hoffman

Role within the business

Associate, specialising in leadership, employee and organisational development

Background/area of expertise

I have nineteen years experience working as a Management Consultant and in Organisational Development. Over the years I have learnt much about how to motivate, engage and develop people so they can perform to the best of their abilities and contribute significantly to the organisations they work for. In addition, I am a registered and accredited psychotherapist with 10 years experience

Fun fact

I am an avid theatre, dance and gallery fan

Daniel Hibbert

Role within the business

Associate, conducting equal pay reviews and advise members and clients on gender pay reporting and reward strategy

Background/area of expertise

I have more than 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of complex reward and HR programmes. My areas of expertise include reward strategy, performance management and equal pay reviews

Fun fact

My book “Thunder Cloud – Managing Reward in a Digital Age” has just been published

Cherron Inko-Tariah

Role within the business

Associate Consultant

Background/area of expertise

  • Staff networks
  • Experience of working in the public sector (especially the Civil Service)
  • Qualified career coach

Fun fact

I was president of The A-Team fan club at my school

Julie Ryder

Role within the business

Associate

Background/area of expertise

  • Lived experience of acquiring profound deafness as an adult
  • Founder and Director of multi award winning HearFirst Training and Consultancy (specialists in equality, disability and deaf related topics)
  • Experience of working with public, private and not-for-profit organisations
  • Vast experience in course development, delivery and consultation aiming to change attitudes and behaviours towards customers, colleagues, and employees who are deaf or disabled
  • Trustee of a local charity that offers a variety of accommodation services to homeless young people and families aged 16-25

Fun fact

I won a local Young Musician of the Year Award (before becoming deaf)

Cordelia Osewa- Ediae

Role within the business

Associate

Background/area of expertise

  • Experience of working with public, private and not-for-profit organisations to nurture talent, manage collaborations and develop business strategy.
  • Skilled at developing bespoke leadership programmes aimed at giving specific target groups the skills and confidence needed to develop personally and professionally.
  • Experience of evaluating programmes to evidence impact using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Trained action learning facilitator skilled at supporting teams so they build on existing good practise and explore opportunities to learn together.
  • Proven social researcher with peer reviewed reports published by academic journals. Recent research into workplace inclusion highlights existing best practise among five leaders.
  • Experienced strategy consultant with ability to build relationships and engage wide ranging teams so stakeholders collectively address pertinent social issues. First generation immigrant with experience of adapting to a new society.

Fun fact

I used to write short stories in secondary school – and charge my friends a small amount to read them!