Ariel is highly skilled and passionate Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant with Inclusive Employers, a writer and a podcaster. He works with organisations to provide training solutions, consultancy and research to support their inclusion journeys.

He is experienced in project managing a range of sensitive and complex ventures, including coordinating national and international research projects, the implementation of scholarship schemes for refugees and asylum seekers, developing and tracking institutional equality schemes and cross-organisational action plans and the design and facilitation of cross-organisational development on privilege and bias, LGBT+ phobia, anti-Jewish racism awareness and mental health awareness training.

In addition to his full-time role at Inclusive Employers, Ariel hosts an LGBTQ+ podcast, ‘When Did You Know?’, writes a monthly LGBTQ+ column for the South West’s First Class Magazine and is co-editor of ‘Alonim’ the members-only magazine for the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish congregation.

What do you enjoy about your role at Inclusive Employers?

I love meeting such a diverse range of organisations and individuals all focused on one thing: becoming more inclusive!

It’s great to be able to learn from and work with such a huge range of organisations as we all work together for more inclusive cultures in the workplace. Every organisation is on an evolving journey toward greater inclusion, and it is such a privilege to be part of that journey.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

In a previous role I introduced university scholarships for asylum seekers in the UK. It was a huge piece of work trying to unpick the various legal difficulties that asylum seekers face in accessing education, as well as navigating complex organisational barriers.

The scholarships gave a future to young people fleeing war and persecution. Education opens doors and can literally save lives.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My Rabbi taught me to ‘be curious, not judgemental’.

If someone upsets you, challenges your thinking or makes you anxious then set yourself an intention before having that difficult conversation. Focus your mind on being curious and open to a connection with that person rather than jumping straight to judgement.

It also works if I am confronted by something that makes me feel defensive or confused; I won’t judge myself for having those emotions, but I’ll be curious as to where they came from and how I can understand them.

Tell us something about you that we might not know

I’m a huge Eurovision fan. I have been lucky enough to attend the final of the contest in Lisbon and Tel Aviv and watch it every single year.

It’s not just about the music and the partying, but I get to make friends with people from all over the world and celebrate being united in troubling times. And who couldn’t resist some Swedish pop music and strobe lights?

Ariel Chapman

Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant