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What is The Swindon Inclusion and Diversity Network?

The Swindon Inclusion and Diversity Network is a free, member only, network. It is aimed at business leaders, HR Directors, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionals, and anyone with the desire and power to effect change within their organisation.

Read more in our Vision and Mission.

 

What happens?

At The Swindon Inclusion and Diversity Network, we believe that Inclusion and Diversity is about working together collaboratively. We encourage our members to share best practice and hold each other to account for meaningful action. There is plenty of knowledge to go around and who knows, for every tip you give out, you may well receive one back! The Swindon Inclusion and Diversity Network meets once a quarter to offer support, share new ideas,and inspire each other to take action, and we would like you to be a part of it!

Read more in our Code of Conduct.

 
Photographs from previous network events

Events

We are taking a break from running events until the Spring.

Please get in contact if you have a topic you'd like us to arrange an event on, if you're interested in presenting on an inclusion and diversity related topic, if you have any content or ideas you'd like to share, or if you'd like to partner with us.

Past Events

Launch Event 29th May 2019 - presentations:

Emma Feltham, National Trust: Founder Introduction

Nicole Hardiman, Nationwide Building Society: Founder Introduction

Claire Farrow, Outsource UK: Founder Introduction

Richard James, Nationwide Building Society: Hosting organisation perspective

Joanne Lockwood, SEE Change Happen: Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging

Dr Darren Ralph, National Trust: Closing Remarks

Intersectionality Event 24th October 2019 - presentation pack

Mental Health Event 30th January 2020 - presentations:

Introduction and Close

Thames Water: Supporting Mental Health

Neurodiversity and Autism Webinar 22nd April 2020 - presentations:

Introduction and Close

Rob Wheeler: Neurodiversity and Autism

Recognising and Supporting Unpaid Carers at Work​ Webinar 10th June 2020 - presentation pack

Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse: What we can do in the workplace Webinar 17th September 2020 - presentation pack

Joint webinar with Swindon & Wiltshire Pride 3rd February 2021 - presentation pack

Enabling an inclusive culture through flexible working Webinar 13th October 2021 - presentation pack and useful links and references

Guest presentation at Swindon Mindful Employers network Webinar 17th November 2021 - presentation pack

 
Photographs of the network founders

Meet the Founders

Emma Feltham, Head of IT Delivery, National Trust

Emma has worked at National Trust since September 2012 in a variety of senior leadership roles in IT. She is responsible for the end-to-end IT portfolio for public-facing and revenue-generating IT services, delivering projects and programmes and supporting the associated live services. Emma has chaired the Collaboration, Innovation, Technology Forum (CITF) Gender Balance and Diversity Committee since January 2017. She has been involved in the group since 2015. She was shortlisted for the Women in IT Advocate of the Year Award in January 2018.
Emma says, “Diverse teams enable us to be much more effective, bringing different experiences and varied perspectives to everything we do”.

Nicole Hardiman, IT Engineering Manager, Nationwide Building Society

Nicole has worked for Nationwide since May 2018. During this time she has been a Technical Lead and was seconded in to a Digital Practice Manager role. Her previous experience includes Service Management Lead at National Trust and Global 2nd Line Support Manager for Cloud Solutions within Intergraph. She has evolved a technical career spanning 20+ years to a management one focussed on people as individuals. Her background allows her to speak to the technical teams on their level with a good understanding of their issues. In 2018, Nicole was one of the co-creators of the Nationwide Ada Lovelace Day event, promoting women in IT and encouraging them to consider working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). She was awarded one of the coveted Nationwide Building Society quarterly awards for her efforts. Keen on coaching and mentoring, Nicole believes that anyone with a passion for what they want to do can succeed.
Nicole says, “Businesses need to recognise that their customer base is very diverse and to represent them effectively the workforce needs to be as well. Our differences make us stronger”.

Claire Farrow, Inclusion and Diversity Client Partner, Outsource UK

Claire is Outsource’s Diversity and Inclusion Client Partner. She works with Clients to create an inclusive culture where everyone is welcome, highlighting areas for improvement in attraction and hiring processes in order to widen the candidate pool. Claire started her career with Outsource in 2009 as a recruiter for a number of key accounts. From there, she moved over to programme manage Outsource’s two largest financial services accounts, supporting with contract, executive and permanent hiring strategies. In 2017, Claire set up the Diversity Matters team to highlight the worrying lack of diversity in technology and engineering. She regularly delivers Client hosted events in order to ‘Inspire Inclusion in the Workplace’.
Claire says, “To adopt truly inclusive recruitment practices, it is necessary to support everyone in their career search. The aim of inclusive recruitment shouldn’t be to target one single group, but to ensure that the best talent is presented for every role, by increasing the candidate pool and reaching out to EVERYONE. By this, I mean enabling the underrepresented to have the same opportunities as the next person and recognising when to adapt the hiring process to ensure equity”.

 

External Resources

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: A Year in Review 2021, whitepaper by Claire Farrow from Outsource UK.

COVID-19 – This could be your opportunity to kick-start or test your inclusion strategy: What have we learnt during lockdown and how can we ensure that our workforce planning post-COVID is as inclusive as possible?, whitepaper by Claire Farrow from Outsource UK.

Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA), a network of businesses with the mission to enable employers to take action on domestic abuse.

Health Watch Swindon, the independent champion for people who use health and social care services.

How Do You Do It, providers of flexible, face to face and virtual programmes and coaching that support the attraction, retention and progression of diverse talent.

Live Well Swindon Hub, offering information, signposting and support to help you make the most of your health and wellbeing.

Mind, the mental health charity.

National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families.

Thames Water Health and Safety Hub, an online resource-sharing initiative between Thames Water and its partners, including many mental health resources.

Women of a Certain Stage, can offer stress and resilience advice as well as specialising in normalising menopause at work to increase attraction and retention of female talent, support gender equality and improve attendance and productivity.

Swindon Carers, established to provide help and support to carers in Swindon.

Swindon Equality Coalition, is a network of groups and people who are interested in making equality reality in Swindon. It has a role in challenging the Council and our partners about how they make decisions and deliver service from an equality perspective.

Swindon & Wiltshire Pride, our local Pride group.

Timewise, a flexible working consultancy, helping employers design innovative solutions that attract talented, loyal people and create fair workplaces.

 

Contact

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