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Happy 6th Birthday…

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13th April 2017

Audeliss 6th birthday
This month, Audeliss began its 7th year of trading. I can’t believe we’ve been operating for SIX years and how quickly that time has flown by.

From our beginnings in 2011, we have seen waves of rapid growth and success in spearheading diverse representation at the very top of businesses.

Here are some highlights from our sixth year in business:

A selection of our diverse appointments….

  • Non-Executive Director – BAME Female for a Building Society
  • Finance Director – BAME Male for a financial services institution
  • Chief Operating Officer – Female for an energy institution
  • HR Director – Trans* Female for an insurance business
  • VP Supply Chain – BAME Female for an engineering business

House of Lords Chairman’s dinner….

In February 2017, Audeliss were delighted to host a Chairman’s Dinner in the House of Lords held in partnership with The Rt Hon. the Baroness Prashar CBE. Following the recent Parker Review revelation that 53% of the FTSE lack a single non-white Board member, the event provided a rare opportunity for thought-provoking discussion on driving ethnic minority diversity at Board level.

Manjit Wolstenholme, Chairman at Provident Financial Group Plc spoke about her personal experience as an ethnic minority leader on a variety of Boards, and Baroness Prashar drew on invaluable insights from her 45-year career across the not-for-profit and public sectors to lead the conversation on driving diversity and inclusion.

Spreading the word….

I’ve been fortunate to speak on a range of panels, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion, at events around the world including:

  • Tel Aviv – LGBTech
  • New York – celebration of OUTstanding and EMpower role models
  • Barcelona – Indeed.com
  • London – IICF, IFoA, Mercer

Unprecedented diversity initiatives….

This year, we launched the HERoes Champions of Women in Business Lists in partnership with the Financial Times, to celebrate female leaders and those driving gender equality in business. With a judging panel including Helena Morrissey, Founder of the 30% Club, Mellody Hobson, CEO of Ariel Investments and Chair of DreamWorks, Sir Philip Hampton, Chairman of GSK and Mark Wilson, Group CEO at Aviva, the inaugural lists will be published this September.

Expanding our team….

We have welcomed additions to our team in the form of Senior Researchers Louise Gore, Sarah Haynes and Lesley Payne and Client Development Manager Annette Kiely. Adding decades of expertise to our existing skills and experience enables Audeliss to expand its reach and spread our work across a variety of industries and functions.

One thing I know I’m guilty of as a CEO is not taking the time to reflect on our achievements, and maybe that’s my fear of failure and complacency, but I have to say I’m incredibly proud of Audeliss and the difference we’re making.  We’re determined to level the playing field for the top jobs in business for female, ethnic minority and LGBT+ candidates.

We would like to thank all of our fantastic clients and candidates in helping us continue to make the world more inclusive for everyone, one step at a time.

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