The following reflections emerged from a webinar discussion held in October 2020 between Althea Efunshile CBE, Chair of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and Non-Executive Director of Channel 4, and Pamela Leonce, Diversity Advisor at Saxton Bampfylde. Althea and Pamela spoke with honesty and openness about the challenges they had faced in organisations and in society.
While the conversation was focused on the experiences of black people in Britain, we recognise that these will be different in some ways from those of people from other racially diverse backgrounds. We hope that the observations and insights that arose from that may be of broader interest and applicability also.
We are privileged to share these perspectives with you as a summary from the webinar discussion. Whilst we may all be more aware of the themes, we also acknowledge that there is work for us to do, personally and collectively to create a more equitable environment for colleagues from racially diverse backgrounds, present and future.
We hope that you find these perspectives helpful and will look forward to working together to achieve more equitable, representative organisations.