Patrice is responsible for managing the relationship between Virgin Atlantic and its partners at Delta and Air France KLM. Soon after joining Virgin Atlantic, Patrice was quickly recognised as a change catalyst and nominated to head up the Talent Development Group for the Finance Department. She was asked to be the first Reverse Mentor within the Company to the CEO and then lead a cohort of Reverse Mentors across the business, which will expand across the year. Chosen due to her ability to translate between all levels, her background, and ability to be objective and honest. Patrice has been able to shed some light on some of the challenges she has faced in her career and within the organisation, which she believes could have hindered her development, personal learnings on what she could have done differently, but most importantly what she believes are the key attributes to success. Most recently, Patrice received certification to facilitate the Springboard training programme, a development course for junior women in business. Patrice also studied independently to become certified as a Personal and Business Coach, keen to help others realise their potential and become their best selves.
Anit is executive sponsor for the Cultural Fusion staff network, which aims to spread awareness of race issues in the company and to provide all employees a place to promote the opportunity bought by a diverse culture. His specific role is to give mentorship and support to the team that run the network and to use his role as a one of the few senior ethnic leaders in the business to act as a role model. He has been nominated for internal awards, recognising his inclusive leadership style and diversity activities. Externally, he has used his place on last year’s EMpower list as a platform to speak on ethnic minority diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He has been invited to speak at various events on how to overcome discrimination in the workplace, and what organisations can do to make their workplace more inclusive to ethnic minorities. Recently, he has been appointed as a NED of the East London NHS Foundation Trust. Anit took a deliberate decision to target this sector after identifying that this essential national entity does not adequately represent the populations that it serves.
Anit is executive sponsor for the ethnic minority network, and mentors the network Chair. The aim is to have a really clear vision for what they are trying to achieve and to make sure that the activities they carry out are aligned with the vision. He also uses the role to represent the company at external events, discussing how their network approaches the issues faced by ethnic minority employees. He has also been nominated for internal awards, recognising his inclusive leadership styel and diversity activities. Externally, he has used his place on last year’s EMpower list as a platform to speak on ethnic minority diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He has been invited to speak at various events on how to overcome discrimination in the workplace, and what organisations can do to make their workplace more inclusive to ethnic minorities.
Anit is an executive sponsor for his divisional BAME network, through which he is involved in mentoring BAME individuals and providing visible leadership to show that everyone can succeed in the workplace. Through speaking engagements, such as the Corporate Induction, Anit has the chance to represent the BAME network and Networkrail at various BAME functions. Anit is a trustee of the Network Rail pension scheme, and has been appointed as a non-exec of the Permanent Way Institution. Outside of work, he is always keen to take on opportunities which will raise the BAME profile in business. He also mentors external BAME individuals and is having a personal profile created for the member magazine of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Anit is the Finance Director for Network Rail. As part of his role, Anit oversees a business function of circa 4 thousand employees delivering railway infrastructure projects to the value of £5 billion per annum. The division delivers some of the most iconic and socially important projects in the UK. He is part of both the senior divisional management team and the senior finance team as well.
Anit has been in Network rail for 11 years in total, during that time he has run the finance senior talent pool which has enabled the company to effectively source internally and allowed individuals to better realise their potential earlier. He has also been the division executive sponsor for the BAME support team and co-authored the Hendy Report that Network Rail published in late 2015.
Within Network Rail, Anit volunteered for the role of Infrastructure Projects Sponsor for the BAME staff network (Cultural Fusion). In the role he helped the volunteer leaders develop a vision for what they wanted to achieve and gave them the confidence and energy to deliver on that vision. Anit has also spoken at Black History month events to raise awareness of the contribution of BAMEs to the organisation.