Ellen joined the team as an employee in November 2021 but has worked with us as an associate delivering training for 3-4 years. Before joining the team, Ellen has had a variety of roles in the charity, public and private sector including unions, local authorities, higher education and financial services.
Ellen’s passion for all things inclusion started with their degree in Sport & Social Sciences. This gives them a unique insight into the sporting landscape and world in terms of identity, politics, and culture. During university Ellen become a national award-winning LGBTQ+ activist and this truly ignited their passion for an I&D career.
Ellen has a wealth of internal I&D experience covering policies, engagement, L&D, data collection, strategies, procurement, networks, communications and more. As well as focusing on internal work, Ellen has also been involved in many accreditations including Disability Confident and Working Families.
Ellen understands the importance of people being their whole selves at work and particularly enjoys delivering training covering a variety of identities and experiences as well as our allyship programme. If one person can be their whole selves at work, or someone supports them to do this, Ellen believes it’s a job well done!
We have a real unique opportunity as consultants to connect with members and non-members around the country and globe in such varied sectors and roles.
Every meeting, every day we speak to people from different worlds, but they all have the same ambition to make their workplace and world a more inclusive space. I especially love delivering training because I always walk away learning something new too!
This may not be the best achievement but it’s possibly the most important thing I’ve done. On the same day the news broke of shootings at the Pulse LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlanda, USA, I managed to create a vigil in Bath city centre (where I went to uni) for the community to gather and grieve together, even thought I was 200 miles away in Yorkshire. It was a space I desperately needed but unfortunately couldn’t have, but I’m proud that I could provide it for others.
I’m not allowed two achievements, but I recently received some feedback from a member that their colleague, after attending my LGBTQ+ training, spoke about what they learnt at home and a few days later their child came out to them. I feel incredibly happy that one child can say they had a positive coming out experience and they can be authentically themselves at home.
At my first day at university, I was told by a lecturer that I would waste my time if I only left with a degree after 4 years.
He was right, all my volunteers and interest in I&D started at university and was the start of my I&D career and has led me here.
Watching the movie ‘Milk’ changed my life and it’s the reason why I have always worked in I&D.
I was honoured to meet and work with Harvey Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk. Stuart very kindly gave me a limited-edition pin from the White House, which was only available at an event where he collected the presidential medal of freedom from Barrack Obama for his uncle.