Manroop is an executive sponsor of the ethnic minority colleague network, Ethnicity@Work, and regularly mentors young internal ethnic minority talent. He is an internal speaker on diversity & inclusion, sharing advice on creating more inclusive work spaces and driving the ethnic minority inclusion agenda in Santander. Outside of Santander, Manroop is a member of the BiTC Race Leadership team and promotes visible ethnic minority role models in business through mentoring. He has a focus on diversity intersections, especially ethnicity and LGBT+.
Gurjeet chairs Santander Banks BAME network (Ethnicity@Work), and since the launch in February 2017 has been instrumental to its successful growth. She has recruited senior managers BAME and non-BAME to participate in panel discussions, coffee and conversations and speed mentoring. She created site lead roles to increase awareness of the network, increase membership and obtain feedback from members around what barriers they face, concerns they have or what events they would like to see. Gurjeet has has personally participated in the Business in The community external mentoring scheme and as a result continued to mentor external contacts. Outside of work, Gurjeet takes part in external mentoring, in which she has used her experience as a Network Chair to support people in other companies start their own BAME network and ensure they understand how to get senior stakeholder buy in.
Sigga is the BAME Executive Committee Sponsor for Santander UK, and Executive Sponsor of Santander’s BAME employee led network. Sigga has developed site champions across Santander UK’s locations to raise awareness of BAME challenges and opportunities – running mentoring programmes, events and initiatives to attract, promote and retain BAME talent. Sigga’s role on the global diversity and inclusion steering committee and Executive Committee sponsor for the bank’s UK BAME network sees her influence and challenge her peers and the wider leadership teams on raising awareness of BAME challenges. To identify challenges that Santander UK faces across BAME employees, Sigga led the bank to participate in the Race at Work survey in 2018 to identify specific opportunities for the Santander UK leadership team to improve BAME colleague experiences. Sigga has also put tracking progress of BAME talent in Santander UK at the forefront, including measuring ethnic minority statistics across all levels of the organisation and highlighting opportunities for action. During Black History Month in October 2017, Sigga hosted a speaker event with John Amaechi OBE at Santander UK’s Leicester head office to discuss the intersectionality of diversity.