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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion are essential elements of any corporate culture and, in order to ensure this is always at the top of our agenda, we have appointed Diversity Champions who are all passionate about creating an environment accessible to everyone. Our Diversity Champions, supported by our Board of Directors and Senior Management Team, are responsible for implementing an equality and diversity strategy and instilling a diverse and accepting workplace culture across our business, ensuring our people, our clients and our candidates feel welcome, safe and valued.
We asked each of our Diversity Champions to provide us with a quote about what Diversity means to them and why they decided to join the committee. The responses that we received are outlined below.
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Having grown up in Bermuda and living abroad where I have experienced different cultures, I understood the importance of diversity from a young age. Recruiting to public sector clients in the legal field, it has been recognised as an inclusive and diverse sector. As the EDI lead on the committee, my aim is to ensure we are setting an example to our clients and candidates about inclusivity and diversity in the workplace and as an organisation internally to lead within the recruitment industry.
Chelsey Newsom, Senior Manager
I personally joined the committee as a part-time working mum with a view to ensuring that we tap into this wealth of talent and work as flexibly as we can. Working on tenders within the public sector, it has become clear that there is a real shift towards more inclusive culture within the sector. It's a top priority for our clients and ourselves, and we are continually reviewing our processes and approach to ensure we remain an inclusive recruitment partner.
As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I was keen to join the Diversity Champions at Sellick Partnership to ensure the organisation drives diversity and inclusion, not only in this particular group, but also all underrepresented groups. I have a real passion for diversity having faced discrimination in the past in both employment and personal life. There is no place for discrimination or bias of any kind in today's world, but unfortunately, this is still a real issue whether done conscious or unconsciously. As a consultant at Sellick Partnership, I strive to support and educate our internal colleagues, candidates and clients to ensure equality across all diverse groups.
Growing up in a small town that lacked diversity and culture could sometimes leave me feeling isolated or misunderstood. It's important for me to be part of the EDI Committee to ensure that others don't share the same experience either in or out of the workplace. Being a Manager within the business, I want to use my position to lead by example, support my colleagues and ensure that everyone at Sellick Partnership feels included and understood.
I wanted to be part of the EDI Committee as it is something I have always been passionate about. I understand the importance of having a diverse workplace and eliminating discrimination having gone to one of the most diverse schools in my area. I wanted to be part of something that I can add value and make changes to. Having worked within recruitment for the past 4 years, I have heard the stories of many candidates who have been treated unfairly and have been discriminated against for many reasons. It gives me great pride in assisting these candidates in finding their dream roles where they are treated how they should be. I believe that education is key and this is something I want to continue being a part of.
Having grown up playing sport, specifically cricket, I spent a lot of time with people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds from a young age and really embraced the importance of diversity and what that can bring to teams, not only on the field but also in the workplace. It is important for me to work for a business that embraces diversity and inclusivity and sets an example with our clients. I personally joined the team to get a broader understanding of the EDI landscape and off the back of this, encourage colleagues and clients to embrace conversations, educate themselves and others on all matters EDI as opposed to shying away from it through fear of making an honest mistake. This is also an area that has strong intrinsic motivation, which meant I was keen to join the Diversity Champions at Sellick Partnership. I have strong family ties and relationships with individuals with disabilities from a BAME background and who are going through transgender transition, so it's important I see everyone is treated equally, has the same opportunities and can live life without the fear that who they are might hold them back or cause prejudice as I have seen this far too often.
To find out more about our EDI Diversity Champions or our commitment, you can contact each individual direct by clicking on their name above or alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as they can.