Cindy is Executive Co-Sponsor at PRIME, Pearson’s BAME ERG, and the Executive Lead for WILL in the company’s Manchester office, an ERG group supporting diversity and inclusion for women. Since inception of PRIME in 2018, Pearson has signed the BITC Race at Work Charter, and the ERG has partnered with HR in a campaign to encourage employees to voluntarily disclose race and ethnicity information. Cindy has been proactive in raising BAME visibility through her mentoring and sponsorship of talent both within and outside Pearson. The BTEC & Apprenticeships business has recently partnered with Thinkfest to sponsor the Annual BAME Apprenticeship Awards. Cindy is an Honorary Lifetime member of The Children’s Society, working with children and young people, largely from ethnic minority communities, and a Board Member for The Speakers Trust, which works to build confidence and communication skills in children from across London, Essex and in other UK metropolitan areas.
Cindy is one of two executive sponsors that initiated the establishment of a new employee group at Pearson called PRIME for BAME colleagues, and mentors a number of people across all levels including BAME staff both within Pearson and externally. Cindy is passionate about the role of education in helping individuals make progress and she made a conscious decision to move into education in 2011 after mentoring a BAME teacher as part of a Teach First programme when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College. In 2016 she was appointed a Deputy Further Education Commissioner by the Department for Education. Currently she is responsible for the development of Pearson’s UK technical and vocational qualifications, supporting over one million learners annually from a diverse cross section of society including both young people and adults from a BAME background. She has focused on repositioning the BTEC brand to align it clearly to the future of skills and careers. The current marketing campaign, ‘BTEC Works’, focuses on careers in industries covering robotics, creatives and health with individuals from diverse backgrounds including BAME in marketing videos, social media campaign and telling aspirational, positive stories of personal journeys. Cindy is active in ensuring Pearson engage with high profile BAME BTEC alumni as role models and she also works with HR to identify talent and partners with expertise in reaching BAME talent. Cindy was a member of the Commission on Sustainable Learning and she sits on the board of the Speakers Trust, a charity that helps unlock potential through communication, The Royal College for Psychiatrists and is an honorary lifetime member of The Children’s Society.