Heeral Shah

Heeral founded and Co-Chairs the Asian Professional Forum to sit alongside the Black Professional Forum, and mobilised the Hindu and Sikh forums to sit alongside other faith forums, creating greater cohesion and BAME representation at Barclays under the umbrella of Embrace (the Multicultural network). She leveraged her network to recruit a diverse APF leadership team from across all UK Barclays divisions and engaged with the Executive Committee sponsor for Embrace to gain support. Heeral led APF’s launch event, with a panel on BAME diversity and has built membership to over 650+. She has initiated BAME mentoring programmes and encouraged the company to recognise and celebrate numerous cultural events, including World Cultural Day. She also masterminded the inaugural Embrace Charity Gala in 2018, celebrating BAME diversity. Externally, Heeral has sponsored and spoken at a “Women Empowered” event, providing a network for BAME women juggling motherhood, work and social responsibilities. She is a member of the Multicultural Professional Networks Forum and an advocate to the Government on various topics including the ethnicity pay gap. She is on the leadership team of the charity SEWA UK, promoting Blood and Organ donation in the Asian Community. Heeral is also a member of EMpower’s Working Party and the leadership team of Hindu Sevika Samiti. She teaches Gujarati at the Oshwal Gujarati School and mentors internally at Barclays and externally with EMpower.

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