Donna, a four-time Olympian, formed the ED&I Advocate Group at UK Athletics, to empower employees who are passionate about inclusion. Driving this is the main objective, and the group develops annual activities for colleagues to get involved in to raise awareness of ED&I throughout the organization. Most recently, they have launched the first collaborative mentoring project with the England and Wales Cricket Board, and held their first Let’s Talk LGBT+ network event, engaging staff, athletes, coaches and officials, to help address issues within the LGBT+ athletics community. Donna has led several training programs and sessions, including at the Officials Conference – the first ED&I session of its kind – and the UK Coaching Conference, addressing the need for diversity and inclusion in coaching. She is also the Vice Chair and ED&I Champion for the British Athletes Commission, supporting them in achieving the Equality Standard for Sport Immediate Level.
Donna chaired the EDF Energy BAME Network for 2 years, increasing membership by 126%, leading the EDF Energy Indoor Athletics Challenge, part of the London 2012 legacy and delivering an event where Lord Ouesley was invited to share his career pathway to success with the aim of inspiring network members. Donna joined UKA in 2017 and was made aware of the disconnect between the organisation and Black coaches, so she delivered a project for Black History Month in that same year focusing on BAME athletics coaches; and created the ‘COACH’ Photographic Exhibition, which recognised the contribution Black coaches give to the sport and aimed to inspire the next generation of Black coaches, while supporting Black coaches into leadership roles. Last year, the exhibition was hosted by ParliReach at the Houses of Parliament, supported by ministers. The project has raised the awareness of the vast skills that athletics coaches have and the relationship between Black coaches and UKA has improved. Donna also set up the ED&I Advocate Group, developing ED&I activities and an upcoming mentoring programme. As a breast cancer survivor and a Breast Cancer Now (BCN) Ambassador, Donna feels it is her duty to spread awareness and be a visible woman of colour to help make a difference. She is a Sport Honours Committee member, aiming to encourage more nominations from BAME backgrounds. Donna is a member of numerous other organisations, including the Cabinet Office Diversity & Inclusion Group, where she promotes ethnic minority inclusion.