Francis is the Co-Lead of Diageo’s Ethnic Diversity Business Resource Group REACH, a senior member of Diageo’s Rainbow Network and a Committee Member for Diageo’s annual Inclusion Week. Through these networks he has designed and delivered Carnival and Diwali events, presented at the RADIUS program initiative and championed a culture of inclusion and diversity at Diageo. Additionally, Francis is a Member of the BlackOUT Collective, leading the push for enhanced inclusion of black queer men in London and leading the Wealth Creation and Investment Committee. He has also organized a fundraiser for GiveOUT, helping to raise funds for LGBTIQ activists in the most hostile environments around the globe.
As MD for Africa Emerging Markets, Hina leads one of Diageo’s most dynamic and culturally diverse regions, allowing her to role model D&I practice through prioritizing diverse local teams. She runs a cross-country task force for business-critical issues, leveraging the best skills from several countries to resolve problems and build inclusion, and to accelerate African talent development. Hina mentors colleagues, and contributes to REACH, a support group for ethnic minorities. This includes discussions, ideas and experience sharing, events planning and festival celebrations. She also contributes to WeQual Women’s Group UK, Women for Women Beijing, and mentors through the Menttium Cross Corporate Mentoring Platform.
Recognising the importance of diversity to Diageo’s business ambitions, Mairéad led efforts across the business to put a real focus on ensuring they are recruiting, developing and retaining people of all backgrounds, which includes people from all ethnic backgrounds. In South Africa, Mairéad worked to transform Diageo JV’s approach on the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment agenda, significantly improving its BBBEE contribution from a ‘Level 8’ contributor to ‘Level 6’ over 3 years, with Diageo SA now 100% compliant at ‘Level 4’. Following Diageo’s recent pledge to improve the career outcomes for BAME employees in the UK, they have signed the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter, and Mairéad has become Diageo’s ‘Executive Sponsor for Race’. She is also executive sponsor for the newly formed ‘REACH’ Employee Resource Group, which aims to foster an inclusive working environment where everyone can be at their best, by providing a community structure and support system that promotes the recruitment, retention and development of ethnically diverse employees.