"I have been really fortunate to have worked in the field of equality, diversity and social justice for more than 30 years. One of my first roles was with the Commission for Racial Equality (now part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission) where I led a number of formal investigations into race discrimination in the Armed Forces and the Police Service. After working at the CRE, I spent some time as a Principal Race Equality Officer with a local authority, before joining the Met Police as Head of Diversity Training and Development. After 14 years with the Met I joined CGL (then CRI) as the National EDI Lead. I feel that the role has been the perfect opportunity for me, especially as I have been able to bring to the role my passion for equality and social justice and my experience of working in other organisations. I think what CGL does is incredible and there’s a real appetite to constantly do things better. I am also very fortunate to be able to work in such a dynamic and diverse team – the Quality Team - and I feel that some of the programmes of work I have responsibility for are starting to make a real difference. These include the delivery of the EDI training programme which I have greatly enjoyed facilitating, the work with HR to improve our recruitment and selection processes and the work to help improve engagement with those who do not typically access our services. 2017 is also promising to be very exciting with some great new EDI initiatives due to be delivered."