Shanika Amarasekara

Shanika was part of The British Business Bank at its inception and was responsible for setting up the bank’s governance framework and corporate structure. She is a key member of the senior management team and has been actively involved in developing its culture as one of inclusion and collaboration. To date she has acted as an unofficial mentor to most BAME employees who joined the organisation during the first 3 months of their employment and ensured their successful integration into a fast growing organisation. She also acts as a role model for the civil service recruitment process and has attended and spoken at events within the public sector on the subject of how to recruit and retain BAME talent within the public sector. Externally, Shanika has been actively involved with a number of different organisations to provide mentoring to aspiring BAME people, including the Women of the Year network and MOSAIC. She has also built strong networks within a number of University councils to encourage them to treat BAME students in a more inclusive manner and to allow the universities to leverage the diverse community groups better for innovation within the university environment.