Ratidzo Starkey is an experienced senior economist, with a proven track record in economic and financial policy, strategy and communications. Her career has spanned central banking and Tier 1 financial institutions. She co-chairs the Bank of England’s Ethnic Minority Network and sits on the Bank’s BAME Taskforce, responsible for shaping the Bank’s strategy to improve the progression and representation of BAME colleagues. She has championed a number of Taskforce initiatives, including the redesign of the Bank’s African Caribbean Scholarship Scheme, to increase the number of African and Afro Caribbean students in the bank. Externally, Ratidzo is a judge for the Black British Business Awards, a School Governor and participates in a number of career-focused panels where she talks about the importance of diversity in the workplace.
Ratidzo co-chairs the Bank of England’s Ethnic Minority Network, steering the network to focus on ethnic minority representation at the Bank. She has provided the Network with clear direction, utilising her visibility with senior management to ensure that BAME issues are prominent on the executive agenda. She has collaborated with HR to understand the issues faced by ethnic minorities at the Bank, in order to effect positive change. Ratidzo has represented BAME colleagues at executive committees, driving the Bank’s strategy to improve the progression of BAME colleagues, and successfully encouraging the Bank to sign up to the Race at Work Charter, sponsored by Business in the Community. Ratidzo curated the Bank’s Black History Month celebrations, fostering a culture of inclusivity for her colleagues in the Bank. Ratidzo fed into a number of policies to ensure the Bank considers diversity in the external activities it undertakes and, in her capacity as Head of Outreach and Education, Ratidzo ensures that the Bank is honouring its commitment to be a role model for other institutions in the City. She is also on the steering group for the Bank’s African Caribbean Scholarship scheme. Externally, Ratidzo is a judge for the Black British Business Awards and participates in a number of career-focused panels where she talks about the importance of diversity in the workplace. She has mentored young people of colour from disadvantaged backgrounds through a number of schemes, and has co-organised a number of diversity-related events as part of her local school’s Parent-Teachers’ Association.
Alieda co-chairs the Bank of England’s Ethnic Minority Network. She led on the launch of a strategy that has ensured that BAME issues are prominent on the Bank’s executive agenda, successfully encouraging BoE to sign up to the Race at Work Charter and set up a taskforce to address retention and progression issues for ethnic minority staff. The Governor recently wrote a letter to the Chair of the Treasury Committee outlining the Network’s achievements, including a reverse mentoring scheme and the BoE African-Caribbean scholarship programme, for which Alieda acts as a mentor. Alieda led a project on intersectionality and barriers faced by female BAME colleagues in terms of career progression, for which she was nominated for the 2018 BoE Governor’s Recognition Scheme Award. She arranged and chaired a ‘Colour Brave’ series that allowed BAME staff to voice their experiences to non-BAME staff and encouraged everyone to ‘get comfortable talking about race’. Externally, Alieda acts as an Ambassador in predominantly BAME schools where raises awareness around the possibilities of a career in the City. Alieda participates in numerous mentoring schemes, including the ACDiversity Charity, providing practical help with job applications, CVs and interview practice. As a Project Leader for the non-profit, Thrive Africa, Alieda recruited volunteers to build libraries in orphanages and schools in Ghana. Alieda has also been shortlisted for the 2019 WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards.
Jennifer has been Co-Chair of the Bank of England Ethnic Minority Network (BEEM), a member of the Bank’s Women in the Bank Network Steering Group, and a member of the Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum. Currently a consultant to BEEM, she has been instrumental in creating the strategy underpinning the African-Caribbean Scholarship at the Bank, its reverse mentoring scheme, and has personally mentored and coached numerous ethnic minority staff both inside and outside of the workplace. Jennifer and her husband started a community aimed at “squeezed middle class” families who, as second generation children of immigrants from African/African Caribbean backgrounds, tend to occupy the workplace in middle management positions or own micro businesses. Their central goal is for members of the community to progress and support each other in business, education of their children and social activity.
Minouche Shafik became Deputy Governor of the Bank of England on 1 August 2014 and is responsible for almost 500 people in Markets and Banking. She is jointly responsible for the Bank’s international surveillance, analysis and engagement.
An internal BAME review, sponsored by Minouche, was launched in December 2014 by the Bank of Englands Chief Economist and the then Chief Information Officer. Some of the outcomes of the BAME review in the 12 months include the introduction of Unconscious bias training for all line managers within the Bank that manage three or more people, and the introduction of a reciprocal mentoring scheme called Building Bridges which launched in October 2015 to offer all BAME staff with a Head of Department sponsor with the intention of raising BAME awareness and increasing BAME opportunity across the Bank.
Previously, Minouche has sat on the Board for the Minority Ethnic Talent Association and acted as a mentor to the organisation which supports under-represented groups to advance to senior positions in the civil service. She continues to be highly visible externally to The Bank and is a regular speaker and panellist at industry events.