Since joining National Grid, Rodney has been a proactive champion of diversity within his role as a Lead Project Manager and further afield. Rodney sits on the steering committee of ‘The Network of Networks’ (TNON), a community of over 80 organizations including FTSE companies. From 2016 – 2019, Rodney lead ‘ONE’, National Grid’s multicultural employee resource group. As Chair, Rodney relaunched the network, boosting membership by 95% and nurturing new programs such as the successful reverse mentoring scheme. Rodney also co-founded the ‘Development Programme for Diverse Leaders,’ a company-first course designed to accelerate and support BAME employees to management positions. Rodney is an experienced speaker on inclusion in the workplace, having spoken at several INvolve events, Gastech conferences in Texas and Barcelona, and Business in the Community events. Outside of work, Rodney is a Trustee for City Year UK, a youth social action charity, and an active member of UNISON.
Since 2016, Rodney has been the co-chair for ‘ONE’, National Grid’s multicultural ERG. ONE’s purpose is to support the professional development of BAME employees, promote inclusion and educate the wider company about the culture and experiences of people of colour. Under his leadership, ONE launched a successful reverse mentoring scheme and membership has increased by 95%. Rodney also co-founded the ‘Development Programme for Diverse Leaders’, designed to accelerate and support BAME employees to positions of management. Rodney has presented to the UK Executive Board and Global Leadership team regarding BAME representation at National Grid, generating change at the highest level of the organisation. Outside of work, Rodney sits on the steering committee of The Network of Networks (TNON) BAME chapter supporting network leaders from over 65 organisations including FTSE companies. TNON aims to provide a platform for cross-company network collaboration. Rodney has undertaken numerous speaking engagements on D&I, including EMpower Emerging Leaders programme’s panel on Inspirational Leadership. He is also a trustee for City Year UK, a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.
In June 2016, Rodney became the Co-Lead for ‘ONE’, National Grid’s multicultural network. ONE’s ambition is to support the BAME community at work. He leads a committee of volunteers that provide activities to support BAME colleagues to help them pursue their personal and professional development goals. His mentoring scheme has created 42 new mentoring relationships, assisting with broadening employee’s exposure to different business areas. He also mentors several BAME employees including new graduates. Rodney also created the ‘Development Programme for Diverse Leaders’ in collaboration with HR. This is designed to upskill and support aspiring BAME colleagues to progress to middle management and above. Outside of work, Rodney sits on the steering committee of The Network of Networks (TNON) BAME/multicultural chapter supporting network leaders from over 50 organisations including FTSE companies. TNON aims to provide a platform for cross-company network collaboration. He is also strategy associate to the RISE Collective, a UK based charity focused on empowering disenfranchised young people through music, arts and the media.
Mo has been involved with National Grid’s employee resource groups for over 12 years, including as Chair of the faith@work network (part of the BAME network) for the last three years. Through this he has been responsible for setting and cascading strategy, presenting diversity opportunities and issues at Executive meetings, and helping deliver numerous inclusion and diversity projects, i.e. reverse mentoring senior leaders, educational programmes, and representing employees on a variety of BAME matters. He has also been involved in developing policies, metrics, and collaboration sessions on inclusion and diversity matters with National Grid’s legal supply chain which have been recognised externally as market best practice. Externally, Mo has been involved in panel discussions on BAME topics, supported other organisations on employee resource groups’ best practice, and has been involved in cross organisational mentoring programmes. He has also helped the local community in securing funding to build a multi-million pound community centre, which helps all age groups from the BAME community. In 2017 Mo was voted a Hot100 Lawyer by the Lawyer Magazine as well being recognised as a leader in the legal operational excellence space.