Diversity expert joins IoD Cheshire
The Institute of Directors has placed diversity and inclusion at the heart of its agenda with the appointment of Katie Passley as a branch ambassador.
IoD ambassadors drive greater connectivity with members, support learning and development and give a local voice to the Institute, while ensuring that IoD national policy reflects local issues.
Katie is a senior solicitor at EY, who specialises in all aspects of commercial law. She also oversees training and development for junior staff members.
She is an active member of the diversity and inclusion counsel at EY and Croda PLC. This involves delivering training sessions and sitting on panels covering discussions such as race in the regions.
Outside of work Katie is an active member of working groups including Kinship – a safe space for women from diverse backgrounds. She is also an active mentor for Migrant Leaders, a charity that aims to inspire and develop disadvantaged young migrants across the UK to broaden their horizons and embrace opportunities.
She said: “I’m excited to take on this new role with the IoD. I love working collaboratively to bring long lasting change and equity for all by using my platform to speak on behalf of those without a voice. To break barriers, we must overcome and eradicate inequalities while amplifying opportunities.”
Richard Huxley, IoD Cheshire chair, said: “I am delighted to welcome Katie to our growing Cheshire team. Not only does she bring proven legal expertise but she is a flag bearer for diversity and inclusion and will inspire directors to face these issues and challenges in a positive and constructive way.”
Richard, managing director of Nantwich-based NWF Fuels, was named IoD Cheshire chair in September 2021.