Consultants & Trainers

Theresa Stearn

Head of Consultancy | Trainer

Theresa has over twenty years in the field of equality and diversity. She is a highly motivated facilitator, coach, and leader with proven delivery within complex environments. She has a wealth of experience gained from roles in organisational development and training; staff and organisational effectiveness; talent development; global education, equality and diversity; public sector regulation; performance analysis, evaluation, assessment, and improvement; and service development.

Theresa has consultancy expertise within and outside the UK which has enabled her to build an extensive portfolio of work in voluntary, public and private sector organisations, and to develop the skills necessary to work effectively across different cultures.

Her specialties are executive coaching; organisational review, development, change and remodeling; leadership development; facilitation and training; managing diversity; performance analysis, evaluation, assessment and improvement; talent management and flexible working solutions.

Dr. Pete Jones

Principal Consultant | Trainer

Dr Pete Jones is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Psychometrician. He is widely regarded as the UK’s leading practitioner in models and concepts of unconscious bias and stereotype threats at work. He has presented in numerous conference papers and workshops, both nationally and internationally on measuring and reducing unconscious bias in the workplace. Pete is the author of Implicitly®, believed to be the first commercial online test of unconscious bias available to reliably measure an individual’s risk of exhibiting biased behaviours at work.

Pete has particular expertise in staff selection and assessment, both from a technical and design perspective and also around diversity and inclusion.

He has delivered Unconscious Bias workshops nationally and internationally to a diverse portfolio of clients.

He has also presented numerous equality, unconscious bias and Implicit Association Test (IAT) papers nationally and internationally, including presenting at the world Equality and Inclusion Conference, The international Congress on Workplace Bullying and Harassment and the European work and Organisational Psychology conference. He has designed and run over 100 different IAT tests in the English, Chinese, Russian and Austrian languages across a diverse spectrum of individuals’ differences.

Alan Richter

Principal Consultant | Trainer

Alan Richter has over 25 years of consultancy experience. He has consulted to corporations and organizations for many years in multiple capacities, primarily in the areas of leadership, values, culture and change. He has provided strategic consulting and facilitation and program delivery for varied organizations globally, and has been involved in innovative instructional product development. He is a recognized pioneer in the diversity field.

Debra Lee

Principal Consultant

A commercially focused HR Business Consultant with over 20 years Operational / HR expertise, gained working within the dynamic, fast paced environment of corporate retailing.

Debra is a highly self-motivated individual with excellent relationship management, analytical and judgmental abilities who inspires others to deliver results and to enable effective delivery of the business strategy.

Specialist skills include: developing diversity and inclusion awareness and initiatives, coaching and developing leaders in handling all people related activities and employee engagement, strategic thinking and developing pragmatic solutions.

Her most recent corporate experience includes Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Asda Stores Ltd, developing the strategy, agenda and activity for 5 specific areas; Gender, Ethnicity, Age, Disability and Sexual Orientation with Executive sponsors.

Tinu Cornish

Principal Consultant

Tinu Cornish CPsychol, MSc, PG Dip, BSc (Hons) is a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist with extensive experience consulting on diversity & inclusion and leadership. She is the founder and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion at Work Group, sponsored by the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society. Tinu consults, and trains on unconscious bias and has recently carried out a Rapid Evidence Assessment on methods for reducing and mitigating the impact of unconscious bias. Recent research for the Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion was a project that investigated the impact of unconscious bias on the manager/staff relationship.

Her experience encompasses developing minority leaders, including being the first Training Manager for a national Minority Ethnic Positive Action Leadership Development Organisation. Tinu designs and facilitates career and leadership development seminars for minority ethnic and women’s professional networks based on cutting edge research. She coaches transitioning minority ethnic and women leaders and is qualified to use a range of psychometric tools.

Ray Bower

Principal Consultant

Ray has over 25 years experience of working with equality, diversity and inclusion, encompassing a background in Higher Education as a Sociologist, lecturer and researcher. After leaving Higher Education Ray worked with a disability organization helping disabled adults move to independent living and providing training and development interventions. In 2000 Ray became a self-employed Learning and Development Consultant, with a strong focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and specialism in Disability issues. Ray holds a BA (Hons) in Social Science, Masters Degree in Education and the NEBOSH National Certificate in the Management of Health and Well-being at Work.

Ray’s work as a consultant has been varied and wide-ranging, encompassing research design and implementation, training needs and gap analyses, strategic support, equality assessment, and best practice development. He has a particular interest in and specific experience of the ‘drivers’ for equality and diversity, helping individuals and organizations to see the benefits of becoming more diverse and inclusive through recognizing the moral / ethical, legal, social and business ‘cases’.

Ray has also developed a keen interest and knowledge of Psycho-social Risk Factors in the Workplace, how to identify and manage these issues and work towards reducing such risk. In this regard he has been developing strategies for combining elements of Equality and Diversity with staff and management development and health and safety, to provide a holistic approach to improving health and well-being in working environments.

Ray has the ability to engage with people from all backgrounds and to develop a sense of value in the training he delivers. He has experience of working with the public, private and third sectors, small medium and large, complex organizations throughout the UK, the EU and in Africa.

Museji Ahmed Takolia

Principal Consultant

Museji has considerable Diversity and Inclusion expertise having held the post of Chief Equality and Diversity Advisor within the cabinet office. Following a career spanning mainly local and central government and management consulting, Museji has a varied portfolio of executive and non-executive roles. Museji’s experience includes senior executive with a UK and Bangalore based IT company for the mobile communications industries. He also manages a portfolio of land/property investments in the UK, and holds one public appointment (Chair) of a consumer panel in financial (pension) services.

Farah Hussain

Consultant | Trainer

Farah is an expert facilitator and inspirational trainer. Some of her recent work includes design and delivery of training and project management of large contracts on behalf of GDP. She has particular interest in building capacity and train the trainers.

Her key achievements have included designing training strategies. She introduced and established the first Diversity component in the National Accelerated Promotional Course for Police. Farah provides Personal Development Programmes such as Positive Action training for women and ethnic minority staff. Farah has worked in Asia and Africa on behalf of GDP and she graduated with a BA Hons degree in Social Policy and holds a diploma in Training & Development. She is also a qualified NLP Practitioner.

Anis Ghanti

Consultant | Trainer

Anis Ghanti has expertise in developing and advising upon best practice within diversity, widening access and participation, reducing inequalities, community development and capacity building, social inclusion and neighborhood renewal. He has considerable experience within both the private and public sectors nationally and internationally. Anis has delivered training on behalf of GDP to our global clients with huge success. He has planned and developed specialist consultancy and training to a variety of employers across the public and private sector industries for over 15 years. His style of delivery consistently reflects the sensitivity and understanding of the subject matter and its impact on the operating culture of an organization. Anis holds a BSc in Maritime Studies. He is also a Myers Briggs Practitioner.

Makbool Javaid

Consultant

Employment lawyer with over 25 years experience acting for Employers and Employees. Formerly Head of Litigation at the Commission for Racial Equality and Partner at DLA Piper. Makbool has been involved in several landmark cases and advises on a broad range of employment law issues with expertise in discrimination law.

Makbool acts on behalf of a number of significant public and private sector bodies, conduct training, and regularly contributes to legal and personnel journals.

Described by The Legal 500 as a “highly respected discrimination law practitioner” and previously as “business minded”, “down-to-earth” and a “good man to have on your side”. Chambers Guide has stated “runs a tight ship” and employs a “particularly intuitive understanding of discrimination cases”.

Camilla Thrush

Consultant

Camilla has considerable D & I experience, including delivery of gender and race equality programmes for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) London 2012. She is proactive and innovative, with an extensive track record of ensuring detailed and complex projects succeed in challenging environments. She has experience of managing significant stakeholder relationships in both public and private sector.

Peter Bailey

Consultant

Peter Bailey is a consultant, project manager and visiting lecturer working in diversity management, personal and leadership development. He has both personal and wide ranging experience of disability and equality. Peter is recognised for his strong leadership, intellectual rigour and applying effective practice to assignments. He has strong experience in working with organisations of disabled people and keen to articulate the case for social innovation as levers for inclusion.

Ben Capell

Consultant

Ben Capell is an organizational consultant and an academic researcher, based in Barcelona, Spain. He partners closely with executives, senior HR managers and professionals to enable them to grow their organization and careers in today’s fast paced and complex business environment. Ben’s areas of expertise include cross-cultural management, organizational and personal trust, people development and diversity and inclusion. His experience comprises a wide portfolio of successful projects with a diverse range of organizations, including Danone, Air Products, Nike, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The UPF University, Barcelona Fire Department, Electrolux and Lafarge.

Reena Dayal

Consultant | Trainer

Reena is a Global Transformation and Organisation Development (OD) expert with a successful track record of 19 years across multiple sectors. Deep expertise in partnering with business leaders, providing thought leadership, ensuring operational excellence in strategy execution and leading teams to deliver solutions with high ROI. She has a proven record to ‘hit the ground running’, build credibility, work through ambiguity, and provide definition that supports business priorities and has high business ownership. Reena has often played the role of a catalyst facilitating change in large and medium sized companies at key inflection points.

Linda Linehan

Consultant

Linda is a highly experienced HR/OD professional, Executive Coach and training to be a Professional Supervisor of Coaches and Organisational Consultants. She has worked for many years with boards, senior executives and managers to support personal growth, development and working to shared values. She has particular experience consulting to public and not for profit organisations (including health and community focused bodies).

In recent years the focus of her work has been around organisational reviews of social enterprises, leadership and executive coaching, particularly authentic and strengths based leadership which sees its function as identifying and releasing the skills and talents of others, and supporting inclusive practices.

Bob Purkiss

Consultant

Bob has considerable expertise in combining his community development background with a deep understanding of corporate culture. He specializes in mediation and advising clients on promoting respect at work. Bob is a chairman of the Race and Diversity Advisory Panel as well as lecturing at National College of Police Leadership.

Dr. Kemal Ahson

Consultant

Dr Kemal Ahson is an economic development consultant with commercial, project and research management experience. Kemal provides consultancy, evaluation, research and project management services in economic and sustainable development and innovation to clients at regional, national and international levels. Central to all Kemal’s work are innovative solutions and practical strategies.

Geoff Kent

Consultant

Geoff is the Vice President of Sales Regions for Coca-Cola Enterprises. His responsibilities include Leadership of the Field Sales Teams, Vending and overseeing the Engineering & Equipment Refurbishment Facility.  He has worked in various roles for CCE since 2002, including being a member of the European & GB Diversity Council and a Pension Fund Trustee.

Geoff is widely recognized for his skills in Leadership and Change Management, and is experienced in the Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry.

Carl Case

Trainer

Carl has over 20 years’ experience in the arenas of, diversity, equality and social inclusion and his work is built around the philosophy that organisations benefit tangibly and directly by recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.

He has delivered a wide range of training and development interventions at middle and senior management levels. His clients include organisations involved in the public, commercial, legal and financial sectors. One of his areas of specialisation is the embedding of diversity into everyday work practices. Carl has a B.A. (Hons) Social Administration and an M.Ed Continuing Education.

Savitri Pema

Trainer

A qualified psychologist and trainer with wide-ranging experience in public and private organisations. Savitri has spoken in a number of conferences and is an experienced workshop leader on disability, race, bilingualism and psychology of learning. Her expertise includes assessment of learning and behavioural difficulties including psychometric testing. Savitri also has significant experience in coaching and mentoring. She has proven experience of consultation model of service delivery to diverse educational, social services, health and voluntary organisations. Savitri is Bi–lingual and has used these skills to support clients.

Pellegrino Ricardo

Trainer

Pellegrino Ricardo is a Cross-Cultural Expert. He delivers cross-cultural training, keynote speeches and lectures. He is also a motivational speaker. Pellegrino has over 27 years of experience of travelling around the world. He has significant experience and expertise of working in a variety of professions and countless different cultures and individuals.

Liz Clarke

Trainer

Liz has over 20 years of experience as an employee, consultant, trainer and coach in both the public and private sectors, working 1:1 and with groups, at all levels.

Liz’s expertise encompasses Career Development; Coaching; Counselling and Consultancy Skills; Service Management and Team working. She specialises in valuing Diversity and the attitudinal and interpersonal skills entailed. She has worked on Diversity programmes in the UK and abroad. Liz is a dynamic facilitator with a practical, motivating style in helping people to realise their potential particularly during the stress of change and of providing good service under duress.

Jonathan Forest

Trainer

An experienced D&I trainer, consultant, coach and business leader, Jonathan has worked with many of the world’s leading organisations. His experience has not been limited to the UK. Jonathan’s career has seen him working across Europe, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Korea and Japan, working as a leadership consultant to his clients. For four years, Jonathan was a Vice President and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs – Human Capital Management (HCM) division. During his tenure he created and delivered numerous global change and learning initiatives. As a gay man, Jonathan is deeply committed to working on issues of diversity and it was a core part of his role on the Goldman Sachs Leadership course.

Imraan Lilani

Trainer

Imraan is a hospitality professional with a masters degree and over 10 years of experience with industry leading brands such as Disney, Marriott and Starwood. He is committed and passionate about diversity and has experience in creating inclusive environments to drive employee satisfaction and productivity. He recently created a diversity/engagement role at his present company leveraging the inherent diversity strengths within the company to drive employee engagement and customer service. He has created and facilitated training on disability awareness and unconscious bias for managers and employees at UBS and is a member of the disability awareness steering committee. Imran is extremely passionate about creating integrated system wide diversity and inclusion plans which demonstrate significant return on investment.

Alan Clark

Trainer

Alan Clark has extensive experience of delivering diversity training to the public, private and voluntary sector. Alan was a member of the Lesbian and Gay Police Association, actively counselled and supported colleagues around issues of sexuality and hate crime. He has particular interest and expertise in cultural awareness and sensitivity and covers delivery across the diversity spectrum. Alan has participated in execution of many of GDP’s training contracts particularly within the public sector nationally and internationally. His expertise and experience were in evidence when he led delivery of successful and highly rated GDP diversity training to the Ministry of Defence over two years at the Triservice Academy. His knowledge of operational sectors combined with his credible delivery style ensured successful outcomes and a high level of engagement. He is accredited at Level 5 Diversity Specialists Training for Trainers Programme.

Patrick Wade

Trainer

A qualified Learning and Development Consultant with over 15 years of experience in successfully designing and delivering training with public and private sector organisations. His experience includes Recruiting volunteers and training team leaders involved with the delivery of the London Olympic Games. He has delivered diversity and communication training to staff within public and private sectors.

Patrick has facilitated train the trainer courses for staff in a leading public sector body. Patrick consistently receives exceptional feedback on the quality of his training style and delivery.

Velma Bennett

Trainer

Velma is a skilled Equality and Diversity facilitator. She has delivered training for the Department for International Development (DFID) on Management Development and Diversity Programme throughout the UK and Africa. She has delivered to all levels including the Director General and Gateshead Council. She has also reviewed Community Cohesion Strategies for the Association of Chief Police. Velma has conducted Quality Assurance Assessment and personal development to trainers and consultants for the Metropolitan Police and has had extensive experience of working with a variety of organisations. Velma has a PhD in Race and Ethnic relations.

Kaushar Tai

Trainer

Kaushar has held senior management positions in Health and Social Care fields and Regeneration programmes. A qualified Health and Social Care professional with experience in managing large and complex projects such as SureStart, Kaushar has gained expertise in delivering race equality and diversity training. He has successfully delivered Islamic Cultural Awareness Training to Public Sector professionals working across various Local and National Government Departments.

Juliette Brown

Trainer

A highly experienced Executive level diversity and equality pioneer. Juliette has delivered significant improvements to business processes, revenue streams and staff relations. Specialist knowledge areas cover job evaluation and design; recruitment; training; the regulation of training and equality practices; and executive and career coaching.