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Bernard Adjei

Bernard is the Founder of RISE (Reach Inspire Support Empower) at Lloyds’ Banking Group, providing work experience and apprenticeships to young people at ten colleges across the country. Recognized as a Lloyds’ Banking Group Role Model, he is also an ally of the Rainbow Network and has supported more than 350 students in the UK through coaching and workshops. He is committed to driving inclusion in the workplace and beyond, most notably as a Board member of the UK Chartered Banking Institute’s Forum where he raised over £1m in funds for the 2025 Foundation scheme aimed at increasing opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Tanvi Gokhale

Since joining Lloyds Banking Group in 2008, Tanvi has passionately driven the inclusion agenda. She is a key Diversity Sponsor for the Retail Bank, a member of LBG’s Inclusion and Diversity Forum and Inclusion Strategy working group, and a member and speaker for the BAME network, REACH. Tanvi is founder of the Chief Customer Office’s BAME committee, which has driven increases in colleague disclosure rates and advocate involvement. She pioneered “Ask Me Anything” sessions to encourage BAME colleagues to share experiences and be more confident. Other initiatives she has led include a hiring and retention program for BAME talent and a reverse mentoring program. Tanvi was invited to join the Deloitte Academy BAME on Boards Programme. She is a regular keynote and panel speaker at industry diversity events. Tanvi heads up the development and roll-out of LBG’s consumer propositions. Her career at LBG has spanned both strategy and commercial executive roles across multiple divisions.

Irvinder Goodhew

Irvinder plays a critical role as a core member of Lloyds Banking Group I&D OpCO, and leads Inclusion & Diversity within the Group Transformation Division. She is a passionate advocate and role model for ethnic minority colleagues. She has a track record for driving change and making a tangible difference to increase ethnic minority representation at senior levels and she leads interventions which support the Group’s public goals. Among other initiatives, Irvinder spearheaded a tech returner programme, boosting diversity in the talent pipeline through encouraging those on career breaks to return to employment. Recognising BAME is a broad categorisation, she led interventions to support the progression and confidence of colleagues from black heritage communities. Irvinder launched the group’s B.O.L.D. community (Black Organisation for Leadership Development), and empowered colleagues to take ownership of Black History Month celebrations.

Anthony Francis

Over the past year, Anthony undertook a number of initiatives to make Lloyds more inclusive, including writing several blogs on the experiences of ethnic minority individuals, pushing for greater intersectionality with the firm’s LGBT+ network and being appointed role model and intersectionality lead. He has undertaken numerous speaking engagements and mentors younger ethnic minority colleagues. Beyond Lloyds, Anthony mentors individuals at other organisations and has mentored younger people of colour via Stonewall, building awareness in schools and communities about intersectionality within ethnic minority, faith inclusion and LGBT+ inclusion. He speaks at schools, pushes inclusive messages via his social media platform and sits on numerous external panels to further deliver this message of intersectionality. He has been identified for the past two years by Lloyds as an Ethnicity Role Model and an LGBT+ Role Model.

Bernard Adjei

In 2016, Bernard created the RISE Scheme (Reach Inspire Support & Empower) with the vision to educate young ethnic minorities and provide a pathway into the banking industry. Through the scheme Bernard has supported and provided over 400 students from ethnic minority backgrounds with employability skills relating to confidence building, CV workshops etc. In 2018, the RISE Scheme was voted the Employer of the Year 2018 by the London South East Colleges for the impact the scheme has had on young people in East London. Bernard was also selected to represent Lloyds Banking Group at the Race at Work Charter launched by the Prime Minister to ensure an inclusive workplace for all ethnic minorities in the UK. Bernard has been selected as one of 20 to represent Young Bankers on the Chartered Banking Institute Board Committee. He plays an active role in encouraging, supporting and empowering young ethnic minorities to consider a career in banking. He was instrumental in raising over £1.5m as part of the 2025 Foundation Programme to support the education of young disadvantaged people in the UK. Through the foundation he has mentored and supported numerous applications from ethnic minorities and provided a pathway to these young people.

Dr. Bijna K. Dasani

Bijna has been serving as a member of Lloyds’ REACH (Inclusion and Diversity SteerCo) for three years, since she has been with Lloyds. Bijna has brought in external relationships to establish new ways of working and to ‘break barriers’ internally, promoting a culture whereby colleagues can bring their ‘authentic selves to work’. This includes serving on various LBG panels internally and as a mentor and speaker for various events. She is also recognised by Lloyds as one of their Top 100 BAME Role Models (for the second consecutive year). Externally, she is an advisory board member for the Inclusive Companies Network (for the second consecutive year) and judge for the Inclusive Companies Awards (for the third consecutive year), promoting benchmarks for inclusivity across sectors and regions for people of BAME backgrounds. Bijna also judges and speaks for various D&I initiatives globally to promote the agenda.

Irvinder Goodhew

Since recently joining Lloyd’s Banking Group, Irvinder has already driven positive change and made an impact on inclusion, with a particular focus and passion for supporting B.A.M.E. colleagues reach their potential. Irvinder is a positive, influential role model and has played key roles in driving higher levels of inclusion for many of the organisations she has served. Irvinder is a member of the Group’s Inclusion and Diversity Forum and after spending only 6 weeks in the Group, delivered a brave and bold keynote speech for over 300 guests from FTSE100 companies, where she shared her personal story and brought a senior leader’s perspective on inclusion and diversity, focussing on the importance of role modelling to drive change. At Sainsbury’s Irvinder co-chaired the Race Reference Group and was instrumental in the launch of a range of inclusion strategies including the national BAME colleague development initiative which is still going strong. She believes that everyone has the potential to be a role model and throughout her career has leveraged opportunities to ensure that minority colleagues feel they can be themselves at work and have the confidence to explore their potential. Irvinder has a track record of driving positive change in large organisations including extensive internal/external and reverse mentoring programs. She now sponsors the Inclusion agenda for Group Transformation and is passionate about creating truly diverse teams that reflect our society and the customers Lloyds Banking Group serves.

Nimisha PradeepKumar

Nimisha is Chair of the Lloyds Banking Group REACH (Race Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage) network, and led communications for the network when the Group launched a public goal to increase the number of ethnic minority people in senior roles in 2018. She also led a Group-wide Cultural Awareness campaign during Black History Month, which included events and communications to broaden colleague awareness and understanding of different cultures. Nimisha also championed a Group-wide cultural survey, and an internal campaign to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Nimisha is a positive role model for ethnic minority colleagues across the Group and mentors numerous ethnic minority men and women, and appeared in the Group’s top 40 BAME Role Models list two years in a row. Externally, Nimisha recently represented Group at the Powerlist launch, and the House of Commons International Women’s day event. She has been selected as part of a Group ethnic minority leadership programme as having the potential for a C-Suite and/or NED role. Additionally, she is currently part of the Ethnicity and the City working group to promote the Group and its ethnic minority agenda, and sits on a Hindu professionals group chaired by Lord Gadhia.

Anthony Francis

Anthony is passionate about ensuring that ethnic minority people at lower levels realise their potential, specifically those who identify as LGBT+. He has hosted a number of WebEx sessions on the subject of intersectionality, getting external speakers to come into LBG to speak about this topic and informally mentors others around the topic. He has also used his position on the top 40 BAME role models within LBG to bring this subject to the forefront of conversations and to give other BAME and LGBT+ colleagues a visible role model, including joining a number of events hosted by our Ethnic Minority network to help encourage inclusion within the network itself. He has also led a number of key activities within LBG’s LGBT+ network to bring BAME topics to the top of their priority list, including LBG’s first ever participation in UK Black Pride, ensuring that we all support each other in our quest for inclusion. Anthony is also a mentor to a younger ethnic minority person from the charity Action for Children as part of their ethnic minority future leader initiative.

Arbinderpal Rai

Arbinderpal has been responsible for leading the redesign of the recruitment process for the Emerging Talent Programmes at Lloyds which has resulted in recruiting a greater number of BAMEs individuals. He has implemented a recruitment process that focused on creating an equal level-playing field for all candidates regardless of background to secure employment.  Arbinderpal is also actively role modelling being an open LGBT-BAME individual to educate and influence business decisions, challenge perceived norms and break down barriers to create an inclusive environment. One of Arbinderpal’s other key achievements was being responsible for the design and roll out of unconscious bias training that had reach to c500 business assessors ensuring greater fairness when assessing BAME individuals for roles.  Outside of work, Arbinderpal volunteers and runs regular employability events with unemployed people with an aim for them to get back in to work, and is an active speaker and influencer at industry forums and conferences to set recruitment best practice to challenge mind-sets and current practice. He is also a mentor to other BAME employees, and has been nominated and shortlisted for the last two years for the Lloyds Banking Group Ethnicity role models list.