Femi Bamisaiye

Femi chairs the inaugural HomeServe Diversity and Inclusion Council and is the executive sponsor for D&I across the organisation. Through his sponsorship, four diversity networks have been established for BAME, LGBT+, disability and gender, appointing volunteer senior leads and deputies to lead these steering groups and devising an Inclusion strategy and set of goals for HomeServe. In his previous role at Royal Mail, Femi sat on the Diversity Council for over three years and was the BAME Network sponsor for the company. There, he launched mentoring circles to help BAME colleagues, improved recruitment methods to attract more diversity, and contributed to the development of initiatives to target improving BAME representation in more senior roles. Externally, Femi has participated as lead mentor in the BiTC mentoring circles initiative, where he mentored a circle of eight BAME middle managers from five FTSE and public sector organisations. He has also spoken at a number of BiTC BAME events particularly around their mentoring circles initiative and wider ethnicity activity.

Rodney Williams

In June 2016, Rodney became the Co-Lead for ‘ONE’, National Grid’s multicultural network. ONE’s ambition is to support the BAME community at work. He leads a committee of volunteers that provide activities to support BAME colleagues to help them pursue their personal and professional development goals. His mentoring scheme has created 42 new mentoring relationships, assisting with broadening employee’s exposure to different business areas. He also mentors several BAME employees including new graduates. Rodney also created the ‘Development Programme for Diverse Leaders’ in collaboration with HR. This is designed to upskill and support aspiring BAME colleagues to progress to middle management and above. Outside of work, Rodney sits on the steering committee of The Network of Networks (TNON) BAME/multicultural chapter supporting network leaders from over 50 organisations including FTSE companies. TNON aims to provide a platform for cross-company network collaboration. He is also strategy associate to the RISE Collective, a UK based charity focused on empowering disenfranchised young people through music, arts and the media.

Mo Ajaz

Mo has been involved with National Grid’s employee resource groups for over 12 years, including as Chair of the faith@work network (part of the BAME network) for the last three years. Through this he has been responsible for setting and cascading strategy, presenting diversity opportunities and issues at Executive meetings, and helping deliver numerous inclusion and diversity projects, i.e. reverse mentoring senior leaders, educational programmes, and representing employees on a variety of BAME matters. He has also been involved in developing policies, metrics, and collaboration sessions on inclusion and diversity matters with National Grid’s legal supply chain which have been recognised externally as market best practice. Externally, Mo has been involved in panel discussions on BAME topics, supported other organisations on employee resource groups’ best practice, and has been involved in cross organisational mentoring programmes. He has also helped the local community in securing funding to build a multi-million pound community centre, which helps all age groups from the BAME community. In 2017 Mo was voted a Hot100 Lawyer by the Lawyer Magazine as well being recognised as a leader in the legal operational excellence space.

Richard Mark

As the President and Chairman of Illinois’ second largest utility, Richard has been a strong advocate and supporter of diversity inclusion through training, employee enrichment, community outreach and supplier development. Richard was the first Executive Sponsor of Ameren’s Network of Minority Employees (ANME)  and this year is collaborating with the diversity department to offer Ameren Illinois employees a series of presentations and panels emphasizing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Externally, Richard has served on more than 50 not-for-profit boards including the Mathews Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club, The Black Repertory Theatre, the Saint Louis Zoo and the Major Case Squad. Additionally, Richard has received numerous awards including the 2017 Heritage Award from the Illinois Legislative Sportsman Caucus, 2015 Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award from the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, and was named in Savoy Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America for 2016 & 2014.