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Lemona Chanda

As a key member of the Balance Network Steering Group at the Financial Conduct Authority, Lemona proactively advises on addressing BAME and gender inclusion across all levels of business. By challenging behaviors that can prohibit progress, Lemona is a champion of inclusion and committed to driving positive change. She is leading mentoring scheme for prospective Technical Specialists and leads work to identify development pathways for Professional Business Support (PBS) colleagues. In addition, Lemona is the Founder of OurCause, Advisor to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network, a Women’s Officer for UNA and has led over 1000 activists and NGOs globally on Sustainable Development Goals to collectively address issues such as gender discrimination.

Brian Corr

Brian is part of the Spectrum (BAME network) leadership team and is co-sponsor of a Directorate’s Diversity and Inclusion working group. In Spectrum, Brian is a role model for non-BAME support for the network. He has delivered several career progression events for Spectrum members and established a strong working relationship with Black British Business Awards (BBBA), where he sits on a steering committee, attends events, secured slots on the first BBBA BAME talent accelerator programme and will support the second programme this year. Brian mentors BAME colleagues and is part of the FCA BAME sponsorship programme.  He co-sponsors a diverse and committed group to progress the diversity and inclusion agenda, seeking stretch opportunities and exposure to senior management for both BAME and non BAME staff in the group. Brian and his working group have introduced a BAME mentoring programme in his Directorate, bringing together senior leaders and BAME colleagues and have introduced regular support and challenge sessions where Directors are held to account for their progress on Diversity and Inclusion. Furthermore, he co-led the design and delivery of an inclusive leadership event for 140 leaders in his Directorate and a dedicated programme of action that led to a positive shift in BAME colleagues’ staff survey scores on their experience of working in the Directorate.  Externally, he delivered a coaching session for Business in the Community’s BAME mentoring circle, and has been  involved with a team running career aspiration and leadership sessions with 14-16 year olds from local schools that are mainly from BAME backgrounds.

Shuhena Bhanu

Shuhena is on the Committee of the FCA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, which advises the business and proactively seeks to address a number of BAME challenges, including the lack of diversity at management level. Last year, she successfully helped organise a pilot mentoring programme for BAME individuals to have a senior leader provide career progression sessions. She is currently co-lead for the BAME mentoring scheme, expanding the reach of BAME individuals seeking to progress at the FCA. Shuhena acts as Reverse Mentor to a non-BAME Executive Board Director, advising her on diversity issues within the FCA. She is working on initiatives that are based on the findings of The Middle Report, to inform Board Directors on how BAME individuals can accelerate to management positions, such as creating a fast-track managers’ programme. As an active Muslim Leadership Committee Member, she organises events to foster interfaith dialogue.  Shuhena is invited to speak on panels regarding the BAME experience, including a women’s panel, led by the Business Editor of The Independent. She also actively mentors aspiring lawyers and leads extra-curricular activities such as cycling in the BAME community. Shuhena was ranked in the “BB Power and Inspiration 100 List – 2018”. She received the RISING STAR accolade on this Power List which recognises outstanding talent and leadership in the British Bangladeshi community.

Pritheeva Rasaratnam

Pritheeva has been Co-Chair of Spectrum, the FCA’s ethnic minority network, for nearly two years and a member of Spectrum’s steering committee for some time before that. Their most recent focus has been on promoting the continued development of ethnic minority staff and supporting managers to provide inclusive leadership. To achieve this, they have undertaken a number of focus groups, including workshops on cultural difference, launched the FCA’s first ethnic minority ‘Reverse Mentoring’ programme, an initiative which has proved very successful, and provided career progression workshops aimed at ethnic minority employees. She has hosted numerous speaker and networking events for ethnic minority employees, and regularly presents to the FCA’s Executive Diversity Committee on diversity and inclusion issues within the organisation. Spectrum’s activities were instrumental in the FCA receiving a silver award in the Business in the Community ‘top employer for BAME’ programme last year.

Alison Walters

As the first female, black, Head of Department at the FCA, Alison is co-chair of the ethnic minority network group called Spectrum, whose strategic focus is on ‘connecting voices, unlocking potential and driving change’. For 2017 Spectrum had a sharper focus on diversity and inclusion, which included promoting continued development of ethnic minority staff through career progression workshops, a mentoring programme and networking and leadership events. They encouraged all FCA managers to be inclusive leaders through a reverse mentoring scheme, workshops on cultural difference, and gained greater alignment with other FCA network groups by partnering to host events and activities. She is also a regular speaker at FCA Springboard and Elevation events for future ethnic minority talent aimed at graduates, school leavers and apprentices. Externally they have developed relationship with Diversity & Inclusion Practitioners at the Black British Business Awards, PwC, The Network of Networks (TNON) and other Financial Services Regulators to share best practice, leverage ideas to influence and improve outcomes for ethnic minority individuals.

Shuhena Bhanu

Shuhena is on the Committee of the FCA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, which advises the business and proactively seeks to address a number of BAME challenges, including the lack of diversity at management level. She is currently helping to organise a pilot programme for BAME individuals to have a senior leader provide career mentoring, mirrored on an existing Treasury scheme. Shuhena acts as Reverse Mentor to a non-BAME Executive Board Director, advising her on diversity issues within the FCA. She is designing initiatives that are based on the findings of the Middle Report, to inform Board Directors on how BAME individuals can accelerate to management positions, such as creating a fast-track managers’ programme. As an active Muslim Leadership Committee Member, she organises events to foster interfaith dialogue.  Shuhena is invited to speak on panels regarding the BAME experience, including a women’s panel, led by the Business Editor of The Independent. She also actively mentors and leads extra-curricular activities such as cycling in the BAME community. Shuhena was ranked in the “BB Power and Inspiration 100 List – 2018”. She received the RISING STAR accolade on this Power List which recognises outstanding talent and leadership in the British Bangladeshi community.

Therese Chambers

Therese is the FCA’s Race Champion, sponsors the FCA’s Race Network, ‘Spectrum’, and she sits on the FCA’s Executive Diversity Committee. In these roles she has facilitated the FCA’s adoption of a BAME Action Plan, which is targeted at improving the career progression of the FCA’s talented BAME staff. She has also facilitated the implementation of diversity targets – the FCA has set targets for BAME representation: that 8% of the FCA Senior Leadership Team will identify as BAME by 2020 and 13% by 2025. ‘Spectrum’ is an active voice within the FCA and regularly organises staff events with the goal of “connecting voices, unlocking potential and driving change”. Events to note include speaker events with Trevor Philips and Herman Ouseley. Additionally, Therese participates in the Cross-Organisational Mentoring Circles scheme operated by Race for Opportunity as a Lead Mentor, as well as mentoring a number of BAME staff at the FCA.