As CEO of Bupa UK, David is proud that 20% of the organisation and around 10% of senior leaders are BAME – as are 15% of his own direct reports. He is an active sponsor of Bupa’s employee network, DiverCity, which has a dedicated group focused for BAME employees. Bupa UK joined EMpower in 2018, strengthening their commitment to creating an even more inclusive business, and David led the launch of Be you at Bupa; a public commitment to inclusion which has now been adopted at all offices across the Bupa footprint. David sponsored the update of their D&I policies to align with the ethos of Be you at Bupa. He also led the launch of Bupa UK’s Code of Conduct, which helps Bupa to be an inclusive organisation where nobody is treated differently. As part of the opening of Bupa’s new office in Salford, David led the launch of the Everyone’s Welcome pledge, engaging the support of other organisations. David has been a Trustee of the UK Foundation, an independent grant-giving body, which has actively supported a number of important, charitable projects to support people’s emotional and physical wellbeing. This includes the charity, Key Changes, who have a programme of health and social activities for BAME men experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems. The UK Foundation has also funded the Asian Lone Women Parents Association’s mental health project, and the Southall Community Alliance to provide more than 60 weekly sessions to help physically inactive older Asian and African carers to manage their health and get fitter. Beyond his corporate role, David is the chairman of HomeServeUK, where he also champions D&I.
At Glyconics, Kam’s team have always embraced a diverse hiring and inclusivity policy, to ensure that the business was culturally diverse from the outset. The company culture is focussed on working together to successfully create a product that benefits the patient. Team member equality is the mantra at Glyconics and they have embedded diversity and fairness into their everyday company life from hiring, meeting etiquette and even reward and recognition schemes. As a result, Glyconics have reaped the rewards in terms of speed of product development, fundraising, achieving external recognition and becoming a top company described within the industry as ‘one to watch’ within a short timeframe. Externally, Kam mentors young BAME entrepreneurs at Qincubator, an inclusive community for future founders at Queen Mary’s University. He also mentors at Accelerate Cambridge, a University of Cambridge start-up ‘accelerator’ established by Cambridge Judge Business School for entrepreneurial talent development and commercialisation of new ideas. In addition, Kam provides advice and coaching through his personal consultancy, Yellow Planet Consulting to fellow CEOs and those requiring support with starting up their business. Kam is a firm believer in sharing the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years to ‘give back’ to others.
Quentin has been essential in ensuring inclusive environments and cultures, based on values established in collaboration with his executive leadership team. He is the executive co-sponsor for the development and delivery of a diversity leadership programme and leads the economic inclusion programme and processes that have led the company to prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable Membership. He sponsors the Supplier Diversity Summit to share best practices in growing diverse businesses and speaks at various internal diversity and employee resource group sessions. He sponsors various other diversity networks and commissioned a reverse mentor programme. Externally, Quentin currently maintains board positions with various organisations, with specific focuses on diversity & inclusion, and regularly speaks on D&I at conferences and universities. He is a passionate youth advocate and works with numerous mentorship schemes.
McKesson, currently ranked 5th on the Fortune 500, is the one of the oldest and largest healthcare companies in the world with revenues of more than $190 billion in fiscal 2016. As one of its most senior executives, Bansi is a core member of McKesson’s Chairman’s Diversity Council, which is responsible for the enterprise’s diversity strategy. Bansi makes himself available as a mentor to all employees, particularly BAME men and women, to help them understand the myriad, often opaque, ways in which their careers can be more challenging to navigate than those of others. That regularly translates to him helping those seeking advice by networking them into McKesson to elevate their profile and expand their access to broader opportunities. Additionally, Bansi often speaks to groups outside McKesson, whether focused on minorities or not, about his own experience as a successful minority.