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Coleen Mensa

Coleen is the Internal Programmes Coordinator and Founder of an internal EY network – Black Connection. Recognized within EY for her diversity efforts, Coleen creates video content, prepares career workshops, has delivered a webinar and managed a career series during her tenure. Named as a Rising Star in Law by the UK Diversity Legal Awards in 2018, Coleen is also the Social Events Coordinator for the UK Black Corporate Lawyers group and in 2018 started a mentoring program for aspiring BAME lawyers with over 200 participants since its inception. Coleen has held extensive speaking engagements across multiple sectors and is vocal about ethnic minority inclusion.

Bijal Majithia

Bijal is the Founder and Chair of EY’s Hindu Network, which hosts events for over a thousand members, and creates a space where BAME colleagues can share their experiences of different cultures, while tackling gender and racial stereotyping. She has spoken on several panels focused on inclusion, and features on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, to represent the Hindu voice on topical issues. She is a D&I ambassador for EY and has been recognized with a Person with Purpose Award, and an Inspiring Role Model Award. Externally, she has been recognized by WeAreTheCity as a Rising Star, and featured in the Consultancy UK Top 10 Inspiring Women in Consulting list. Bijal is director and founder of Veda London, which shares mindfulness and meditation in the workplace, and a mentor for The Girls Network, which empowers girls from disadvantaged communities. She is an educator and ambassador for Binti Period working for mensural education globally.

Serita Murray

As Chair of EY’s Black Network, Serita has planned and implemented several programmes and initiatives, aimed at developing members of the network across all levels at EY to prepare them for progression. She created the “Senior Leadership Series in 2018”, building a team of Black leaders to provide mentorships for the junior members in the network. She co-created the “Let’s Talk Race” 2018 campaign and the BAME Mental Health Series. Serita also organised the EY Black Network Black Tie Ball, increasing the awareness of influential Black leaders. She has driven the network to engage with schools, colleges and universities to increase reach in terms of targeting an increased amount of BAME individuals. Through this, the network has increased the number of recruits interested in technology, especially women and BAME individuals. Serita also organised workshops for the AMOS Bursary, including an assessment centre scenario preparing the students for the recruitment process and a panel of speakers. Serita is one of the Founding Members and ambassador of the Inaugural Baton Awards 2018, which recognises the achievements of BAME women across different industries. She speaks on panels for various events, including those targeted at students to raise awareness of career opportunities. She is also a member of TNON and YFYA, playing an active role in an event targeted at young people interested in STEM opportunities.

Bijal Majithia

Bijal launched the EY Hindu Network when she joined the firm, and it is now one of EY’s most active networks, consisting of a thousand internal members. The network hosts 6 large events a year tackling controversial topics such as the role of women, faith and gender stereotypes, to create a space where ethnic minorities can share their experiences. Bijal is also a Diversity and Inclusion ambassador for the firm and is involved in cross-network initiatives with a specific focus on supporting ethnic minority employees.  As a result of her work on establishing Diwali celebrations across EY , Bijal was invited to the annual Diwali celebration at Downing Street. Bijal’s work has been recognised by EY with a ‘Better Begins with You’ award and an ‘Inspiring Role Model’ award, and she has represented EY on several panels and awards. Externally, Bijal was selected as a founding member of the Professionals Network established at the Houses of Parliament under Lord Gadhia. She was recognised by ‘We Are The City’ as a Rising Star in Consulting in 2017 and she featured in the Consultancy UK Top 10 ‘Inspiring Women in Consulting’ list. Bijal is the Director and founder of Veda London, set up to share practical mindfulness and meditation in the workplace. She leads a team of 100 plus volunteers to serve 12 charitable and community projects across the UK and India. Additionally, Bijal is an ambassador and educator for Binti International, a charity working around the world to normalise healthy menstruation in challenging communities. Bijal features on BBC Radio 2 Pause for Thought and is a mentor for the The Girls Network, which seeks to empower girls from some of the least advantaged communities.

Sanjay Bhandari

Sanjay’s main focus is on practical interventions to accelerate progress of ethnic minorities at EY. He is the Partner Sponsor for ethnic minorities within the overall UK and Ireland D&I strategy. He also sponsors the Future Leaders Programme (a leadership programme for ethnic minority future leaders), CareerWatch and mentoring programmes aimed at accelerating development and obtaining senior leader participation in programmes. He is helping to educate the leadership team on ethnic minority issues, to mitigate any potential unconscious cultural bias in all areas of the business. He is a visible role model for ethnic minorities, and actively mentors a number of diverse individuals within EY and through cross-company mentoring schemes. Externally, Sanjay sits on the Parker Committee, aiming to increase ethnic diversity on UK Boards, and the Premier League’s Independent Panel on Equality Standards. He is a judge and supporter of the Asian Achiever Awards, Black British Business Awards, and Black PowerList. Sanjay is a regular speaker on the importance of ethnic diversity, and has highlighted additional issues affecting ethnic minority communities by creating an open dialogue around the topics of addiction and mental health in diverse groups. He is also a Trustee of the Aleto Foundation and supports the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation, both focussed on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sanjay Bhandari

Sanjay’s main focus is on practical interventions to accelerate progress of ethnic minorities at EY. He is the Partner Sponsor for ethnic minorities within the overall UK&I D&I strategy. He also sponsors the Future Leaders Programme (a leadership programme for ethnic minority future leaders), CareerWatch and mentoring programmes aimed at accelerating development and obtaining senior leader participation in programmes. He is helping to educate the leadership team on ethnic minority issues, to mitigate any potential unconscious cultural bias in all areas of the business. He is a visible role model for ethnic minorities, and actively mentors a number of diverse individuals within EY and through cross-company mentoring schemes. Externally, Sanjay sits on the Parker Committee, aiming to increase ethnic diversity on UK Boards, and the Premier League’s Independent Panel on Equality Standards. He is a judge and supporter of the Asian Acheiver Awards, Black British Business Awards, and Black PowerList. Sanjay is a regular speaker on the importance of ethnic diversity, and has highlighted additional issues affecting ethnic minority communities by creating an open dialogue around the topics of addiction and mental health in diverse groups.

Bijal Majithia

Bijal launched the EY Hindu Network when she joined the firm, and it is now one of EY’s most active networks, consisting of a thousand internal members. The network hosts 6 large events a year tackling controversial topics such as the role of women, faith and gender stereotypes to create a space where ethnic minorities can share their experiences. Bijal is also a Diversity and Inclusion ambassador for the firm and is involved in cross network initiatives with a specific focus on supporting ethnic minority employees.  Bijal’s work has been recognised by EY with an ‘Inspiring Role Model’ award and she was shortlisted for a ‘Better Begins with You’ award for her endeavours to build a better workplace. Externally, Bijal was recognised by ‘We Are The City’ as a Rising Star in Consulting in 2017 and she featured in the Consultancy UK Top 10 ‘Inspiring Women in Consulting’ list. Bijal is the Director and founder of Veda London, and for seven years she has led a team of 100 plus volunteers to serve 12 charitable and community projects across the UK and India. Additionally, Bijal is an ambassador for Binti, a charity working around the world to normalise menstruation in challenging communities.

Anjeli Patel

Anjeli has often spoken about her journey as a South Asian transgender female and has brought about awareness of the cultural aspects that have played a part in her transition. She has been involved in bringing about inclusivity in the workplace for both BAME and LGBT individuals Anjeli has been widely recognised as a role model, from speaking at EY’s student induction about her experiences as a British Asian trans* woman at EY and the importance of employee networks to being highlighted as an Asian trans* role model for Transgender Day of Visibility. She has also been spotlighted via EY social media channels as a BAME rolemodel. She was interviewed by the BBC Asian Network, and has been a keynote speaker at the Stonewall Workplace Conference three times where she focused on some of the specific challenges that trans* individuals face within the Asian community.

Amanda Gethin

Amanda looks to drive ethnic minority recruitment, retention and progression through enabling and supporting specific programmes and operational/process changes. She is focused on affecting and embedding a shift in perspective and understanding of the race agenda. She sits on the ethnic minority Future Leadership steering committee, which focuses on enabling ethnic minority individuals to progress, and has been key in ensuring that its scope is broadened to educate and ‘on board’ influential business leaders to enable wider cultural change across the business. She sponsors on both an individual and collective basis, ethnic minority future talent, supporting them in growing their careers within EY. Amanda is the co-sponsor of an EY Foundation Young Women’s network, which focuses on enabling young women aged between 14 to 18, from challenged demographics within London, to prepare for the world of work in its broadest sense. Whilst the key criteria for the programme is gender, the broader ‘entry-level attributes’ mean that the population is typically largely ethnic minority.

Riaz Shah

Riaz has mentored and coached many BAME employees and partners in EY over the years. During his tenure as EY’s Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion, he led the founding of the EY’s BAME networks. He is now actively involved in these networks, presenting and participating as needed and he has helped to open up EY’s recruitment policies which are now considered to be the most open in the industry. Outside of EY, Riaz led a team that founded the One Degree Academy, a free school in Enfield that aims to give access to a private school level education to children that are typically from underserved and BAME backgrounds. He is also the Chair of Trustees for the One Degree Mentoring program, is a Trustee of the Bright Ideas Trust, a board member of Common Purpose International, and a Fellow of the RSA. Riaz has just been invited to join the Alumni Board of Harvard Business School, and will be advocating policies that open that institution to more BAME people.