Rosie is the Head of Inclusion and Diversity Services (North) at Inclusive Employers. Rosie has a particular interest in cognitive difference including neurodiversity, disability and mental illness.
After working in the arts and social care with vulnerable families, children and adults with learning disabilities, and complex communities, Rosie joined Inclusive Employers in 2015. She delivers consultancy projects such as I&D strategy writing, action planning, policy reviews, steering group facilitation, advice and guidance sessions as well as develops and delivers training with leaders and Executive Boards.
As a dyslexic person, Rosie has always been aware of the different way she approaches the world. School and work have thrown challenges in Rosie’s way throughout her life and after being sure she would never go to university she got a 1st Class degree in Theatre and Performance and continued her studies at post-graduate level in Organisational and Business Psychology.
Her personal experience of exclusion coupled with her professional expertise give her a rich understanding of how organisations can improve their practice and become inclusive employers.
The variety. One moment you are having a serious, in-depth conversation with a member about an important systemic inequality and the next minute you are planning a big fun celebration for National Inclusion Week. No two days are the same.
It’s a difficult one. I find the incremental changes are more important to me that the big things. It’s great when you run some training and then months later people are still taking action because of it.
If it’s important to you then it’s important to me. I apply this as an ally and as a line manager.
Not all of the issues we deal with have impacted my life but when I speak to people who have been impacted, I always keep in mind that no matter how small it could seem to me if it’s important to them, then it’s important to me.
A hard question because I am an open-book, and most people know a lot about me…. We have a tradition at home of naming our cats after our favourite celebrities. Our current cat is called Elton (John).