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The Public Bubble: Diversity in the Public Sector

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Islington Town Hall

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One consequence of the snap General Election is that we now have the most representative Parliament in our country’s history, yet diversity remains one of the most urgent issues facing the public sector today. Beyond the impact of direct and indirect discrimination, diversity is proven to improve the performance of organisations in all sectors, and this is especially true for public bodies seeking to represent and serve the population.

Join the Public Bubble on Wednesday 26 July to discuss how we can build a public sector that is more representative of the people it serves. Within the spectrum of diversity we will be discussing gender, race, disability, class and sexuality. We will have personal reflections from four fantastic speakers and the opportunity to engage with them through a Q & A session.

1) Councillor Eugene Ayisi, Cabinet Member for Communities, London Borough of Haringey

Eugene Ayisi is a Labour Councillor in Tottenham and Cabinet Member for Communities at Haringey Council. Growing up in one of the poorest estates in the UK, Eugene overcame significant obstacles to succeed against the odds. Eugene offers a unique perspective on social mobility and race and is passionate about increasing diversity. You can hear more on Eugene’s blog, Grew Up Poor

2) Kate Dodsworth, Executive Director of People and Strategy, Optivo Housing Association

Kate started her career in homelessness and mental health and is committed to promoting better equality and diversity in the housing sector. As an Executive Director, she has used her position to speak openly about her sexuality and create space for others to do so. Kate is also one of the programme leads for Leadership 2025, a new, 9-month, intensive leadership development programme available exclusively to senior leaders from BME backgrounds working in the housing sector.

3) Ramona Williams, Director of Eyes for Success

In 2014, Ramona founded the charity Eyes for Success which supports people at risk of or going through sight loss, and she remains the director. Ramona has lived in Hammersmith for the last eight years. She has volunteered with many different organizations to help people who are blind or partially sighted to become confident and independent in their own home or out and about. She helps people to have a much better understanding of a how people live with blindness or partial sight. You can read more about Ramona on the Eyes for Success website

4) Youcef Hassaine, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Business in the Community

Youcef is an experienced Diversity & Human Resources professional with several years’ experience of working with employees, ranging from senior leaders to junior grades. An experienced facilitator, consultant and diversity policyadvisor, Youcef is also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development with expertise in employee relations, employment law and performance improvement. He has delivered training to a range of organisations across the public and private sectors, incorporating practical approaches to addressing diversity, as well as research into the impact of diversity on organisational productivity.

Location: Islington Town Hall. Guests can arrive from 18:00 for a prompt 18:30 start

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