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IoD Panel Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion Deficit in the Boardroom

16 Jun 2021
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Diversity and Inclusion Deficit in the Boardroom  

A 2020 report by the Parker Review Committee ‘Ethnic Diversity: Enriching Business Leadership’, which explored the ethnic diversity of UK boards, revealed that, as of 31 December 2019, 37 percent of companies surveyed in the FTSE 100 and 69 percent of the FTSE 250 did not meet the target of at least one ethnic minority director on their board. In addition, only 6.8 percent of all FTSE 350 companies had directors of colour on their boards, with eight companies accounting for nearly 25 percent of those that do. John Parker, head of the Parker Review Committee states “Compared to two years ago, more company boards are at least talking about their deficit in leadership”. He further says. “A small number have actually gone beyond just talking about it, with 11 FTSE 100 companies making appointments that take them out of the all-white era. Women of colour have slightly outpaced the men – though neither group is yet anywhere near being represented in the numbers their talents deserve.”

This is the status of diversity and inclusion on the dimensions of ethnicity and gender, the very basic dimensions! How do boards create a culture of diversity and inclusion to develop a pipeline of leaders for their boardroom? How have organisations institutionalised diversity and inclusion agenda across their rank and file? How have leaders of ethnically diverse background fought their way up the ladder against all odds to reach leadership positions? It is the time to get inspired by their real life stories!

The Institute of Directors invites you to join this inspiring panel discussion in the afternoon of 16th June. This will be a thought-provoking, emotional and passionate panel discussion with international business leaders of diverse background and successful non-executive chair and board member(s) championing the cause in the boardroom. The panel discussion with be facilitated by Raj Singh, Chairman -Institute of Directors Berkshire.

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Date & time: 16 Jun 2021 14:30 - 15:45
Location: Online, Online
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Diversity and Inclusion Deficit in the Boardroom - Panel

Harriet Green is the former Chairman & CEO, Asia Pacific at IBM. She is a global executive with extensive, multi-channel business leadership experience, having lived and worked on four continents. She was CEO of both Thomas Cook Group plc and the leading high service technology distributor Premier Farnell plc. Harriet is on the advisory council for King’s College London, Board Member at Red Badger and Executive Chair of Mission Beyond. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to industry, and most recently named one Fortune's most powerful women internationally in 2019. 

Charu Gorasia is Director General, Capabilities and Resources at the Home Office She is responsible for the Home Office’s people, finance, estates, commercial, projects and programmes portfolio management, security, digital and technology functions. Prior to this, she was the interim Finance Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions. Charu works closely across the UK government to support, nurture, and develop talent, and was a former member of the DWP Talent Alliance. Originally from India, Charu came to the UK as a science and research analyst, subsequently training as an accountant with the Daily Mirror Group of newspapers. Charu is a keen mentor, and a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Anuradha Razdan is an Executive Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited and Vice President HR, Unilever South Asia. She is also a member of the Unilever Global HR Leadership Team. She led the Global Talent Attraction and Employer Brand agenda for Unilever. Her purpose is to spark magic between people, passion, and opportunity – for the benefit of the business, of society and for us all. Anu is the Co-Chair of the FICCI HR Committee and the Chairperson of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Bombay Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is a Board member of NHRDN India, and the CII National Committee for Leadership. She was recognised amongst India’s Most Powerful Women in Business by Business Today in 2020.

Charlotte Valeur has over 35 years of experience in finance, primarily as an investment banker in Denmark and UK. She is an experienced FTSE Chair, Non-Executive Director, and corporate governance expert. She has been a director of eight public companies, including three appointments as the Chair. Charlotte also has board experience with a range of unlisted companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke, BT Pension Fund, Chair of Institute of Directors U.K., Founder and Chair of Board Apprentice and Founder of Impact of Neurodiversity. Charlotte is a passionate champion of diversity and inclusion in the boardroom.


Pramila Srivastava was Vice President of Strategic Transformations at The Coca Cola Company till December 2020. Pramila joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2014 as R&D General Manager for the global juice center, where she drove global juice platforms as well as led North America juice R&D.   Pramila has over twenty five years of end-to-end innovation experience in the natural foods category having worked at Mars, PepsiCo, Cadbury Beverages and Nestle. Pramila holds a Bachelors in Biology from Mount Holyoke College, a Masters in Food Science from The University of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Business Administration from Kellogg Business School.  She is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Raj Singh
is the Chairman of IoD Berkshire. He is a member of Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership Forum, which provides governance oversight on its board. He is an advisor to the National Police Chief’s Council and a $5 billion private equity organisation, while running his boutique strategy and digital transformation consulting organisation Innotatio. Raj is an accomplished leader in strategy and digital transformation space with over 35 years of international industry experience. He has held executive management positions for multinational organisations like Oracle, Infor Group, HCL Technologies, Hexaware Technologies and Godrej. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

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