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Harpreet Cheema

At Sodexo, Harpreet has created a manager toolkit to support our frontline managers break down barriers and understand why we must focus on BAME employees. This was in response to recent research from an Origins network member survey and by engaging with BAME employees and their line managers on its development. The intention of the toolkit is to help address the imbalance Sodexo has from its frontline to banded management, which has to change – a more diverse workforce is a more productive workforce! Harpreet created communications, including the first Origins newsletter, which was sent out to network members and to all Sodexo’s retail outlets that supported promoting faith based events such as Diwali. This helped educate and promote key dates. He also supported in growing the network membership base which grew by 50% in the first year. He also helped pull together and execute Sodexo’s first ever Inclusion Conference.

James Taylor

James Taylor is CEO of Healthcare for Sodexo UK & Ireland leading 7,000 employees at 100 NHS and private healthcare sites. He is ultimately responsible for NHS and private clients in the healthcare sector, in addition to running the Tillery Valley Foods manufacturing site in Wales and Home Service, a meals-on-wheels service in London and the South East.
James is a founding member of Sodexo’s Diversity Leadership Council, which heavily contributed to Sodexo being ranked #1 or #2 with DiversityInc for the past four consecutive years, and receiving the top diversity award from Catalyst. He is a trusted advisor on Diversity and Inclusion at the highest levels within Sodexo. In March 2005, working with the Office of the President, he directed the response to a class action lawsuit. Charged with fulfilling obligations on behalf of class members, he assisted in creating a Diversity Scorecard to measure how the company hires, promotes and retains diversity.
James was the Chair of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) ERG that focuses on providing growth and development opportunities for African American managers across the organization.