Heather regularly engages senior executives across the wider business and the financial industry in order to improve the ethnic minority talent pipeline. This has included organising an ethnic minority leaders networking event with in partnership with the ELC. She sponsored the event, and arranged for 250 ethnic minority executives to attend. Heather was awarded an OBE in 2017, for services to gender equality in business. She currently holds two NED board roles, which she uses to drive change for ethnic minorities and women. As the only black woman on the board for Enterprise Enfield, Heather is working with them to facilitate workshops and forums specifically for ethnic minority start -up businesses. She is a board member for the Chartered Management Institute, as well as a COMPANION and the chair for CMI Women. Heather leads the Blueprint for Change, an initiative working across all industries to deliver a diverse pipeline of female and diverse talent. Additionally, Heather is a judge for 4 major diversity awards ensuring all scoring has a diverse lens. She regularly speaks to local schools and business forums, and is often interviewed by the media on the importance of diverse representation, pay gaps, entrepreneurship and workplace inclusion.
Jennie is the Global Chair of the RBS internal Multicultural Network & Regional Co-Chair for the Women’s Network. She uses this platform to drive and mobilise raising awareness of cultural differences and the positive contributions having a diverse workforce can have to a business. In March 2016, she took on the role of Functional Diversity & Inclusion Lead. Seeing the limited cultural diversity in our the board and leadership, she was driven to take the development from those who wanted to progress their own careers, to developing those making the decisions. Outside of work, Jennie volunteers as a Prince’s Trust Business Mentor, to support and guide young people and gain better insights into the challenges they face.
Heather is currently working with the Director of HR, Corporate & Private Bank, Coutts Private Banking & Corporate & Commercial Banking introducing them to the Executive Leadership Committee to improve where the organisation looks to find strong BAME talent. She sits on a number of external client forums which are looking at how RBS can embed a structured mentoring programme specifically for BAME employees across industry and supported by CMI, through the lens of managers and leaders. She is also a regular business contributor to Sky News and BBC World, re female entrepreneurship. Externally, a huge amount of Heathers spare time is spent mentoring young people from all backgrounds and industries. Additionally, she currently holds 2 NED board roles, which provide her with the opportunity to drive change for both women and BAME individuals. As the only black woman on the board for Enterprise Enfield and CMI, Chartered Management Institute, she is working to engage support for BAME start -up businesses. In 2016 Heather was invited to participate in a round table that contributed to the McGregor -Smith report that was produced for the government.