Farhanah is a Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant at Inclusive Employers. She brings over 12 years of experience from the mental health sector, specialising in crisis management; as well as specialist I&D roles across the voluntary care sector, criminal justice sector and in higher education.

She is skilled in identifying and combatting systemic inequity, and using data driven models of analysis combined with a person-centred approach in order to target meaningful and sustainable strategic change. Farhanah’s focus is on compassionate communication and championing diversity of thought to embed cultural transformation. Her particular interests are in mental health, racial justice and intercultural education.

What do you enjoy about your role at Inclusive Employers?

Making authentic connections with a wide variety of people across different sectors and walks of life who are trying to impact positive change.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

Spearheading organisation-wide strategic change to facilitate inclusive mental health interventions. This enabled dedicated support for marginalised groups at risk from structural healthcare inequity.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The process I have cultivated is on the basis of: protect your energy.

Reflect on who and what has access to and influence over you, as well as vice versa. Is the extent of the access a safe space, is it reflective of your values, and is it conducive to your goals? This allows you to take both responsibility and accountability. It allows you to safeguard your wellbeing and preserve your peace.

Tell us something about you that we might not know.

I’m a writer by hobby and find joy in the alchemy of storytelling.

Farhanah Iqbal

Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant