Nick Owen

Deloitte is focused on having an inclusive culture, which is representative of society. Nick’s role as Chair has been to encourage Deloitte’s Executive leadership to further embed the principles of Respect & Inclusion throughout the company’s culture. In the last 4 years, Deloitte has rolled out mandatory training, to encourage Respect and Inclusion among all employees, including inclusive leadership workshops with over 6,000 senior leaders, providing absolute clarity on the respectful behaviours expected from everyone, regardless of seniority. Following Deloitte’s initial progress in gender diversity, Nick has challenged the organisation to include more emphasis on ethnicity, and to start to explore further inclusion opportunities, with reference to neurodiversity, disability and social mobility, through blind and contextualised recruitment. As Chair of a client-centric organisation, Nick is able to drive Deloitte’s inclusion message externally. As such, he sponsors the BAME on Boards programme, which supports senior BAME individuals on their journey to Boardroom positions, through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and networking events, in parallel with a similar programme he sponsors to develop Women on Boards. Nick encourages FTSE Chairs to nominate participants, in collaboration with the BBBA. The programme has raised awareness of BAME progression at the most senior levels and given FTSE Boards a practical opportunity to take action to improve ethnic representation in their organisations.

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