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Audeliss host Diversity in Tech event in partnership with Aviva

Last week we hosted our Diversity in Tech event in partnership with Aviva. The event was hosted at Aviva’s groundbreaking Digital Garage in Hoxton Square. With over 120 guests filling the room, Caroline Prendergast, HR Director Digital and Asia at Aviva opened the event with a warm welcome.

Our moderator for the event was our Founder & CEO, Suki Sandhu. Over the years since inception of Audeliss and OUTstanding, Suki has worked with some incredibly successful leaders and we were honoured to have the following experts on our panel of speakers:

Tom Daniell, Marketing Director at Aviva

Piers Linney, Entrepreneur and Investor

Hayley Sudbury, Founder of WerkIn

Dhiraj Mukherjee, Co-Founder of Shazam

Our panellists first introduced themselves, sharing a bit of information about their own experiences regarding diversity in technology. The event was then very much an interactive setting with guests able to ask questions to the panellists at any point.

There were a few key points from the event which we found insightful and provided food for thought for those that attended.

Unconscious bias – How do we to tackle it?

CEOs and leadership teams need to recognise that biases do exist and should feel comfortable both discussing it and challenging it.

Quotas and metrics

Some businesses still have 100% male representation in certain areas. Without providing that push to create a more equal workforce, how will it ever change?

The role recruiters play

The fact is there are fantastic diverse candidates out there. Recruiters just have to find them. Suki commented, “Our industry is good at lowering the bar. Competitors are telling clients it’s harder to attract and engage diverse candidates but it’s not. They just don’t want to do the work.”

Balancing corporate commitments to diversity with freedom of speech

If organisations can be clear on that when they are recruiting, then they should only be attracting people that stand for those same values. Then freedom of speech should not be an issue because people are all working to the same agenda with the same values in mind.

Influencing the next generation

Quite a clear message that came across was all the panellists’ ambitions to work to influence younger generations. Piers commented, “It’s a 20 year issue. We can’t fix it overnight.”

The importance of role models

The panel all agreed on the importance of role models. Piers feels having role models would definitely help the issue, “When people see people like them doing what they want to do, it lets them believe they too can do it. If young people are not seeing role models that they can aspire to be, they give up.”

Our experts gave their final piece of advice to all of those championing diversity.

 “There are a lot of large organisations that are trying to raise profiles of these groups. Listen to them. Give them a budget. Make them visible.” Piers Linney

“We all have to be really conscious of the reality of the role we are in and being conscious about the decisions we are making.” Tom Daniell

“I encourage you all to be brave and try something different.” Hayley Sudbury

“Being a role model is an act of choice.” Dhiraj Mukherjee

Thank you to all those that joined us at this event. We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to the next one.

We’d also like to thank Aviva, for partnering with us and hosting the event, as well as our panellists for making the event the success that it was. Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights with us all.

We’ve puttogether a key learning document to summarise this event. If you’d like a copy, please email your request to ceo@audeliss.com

 

 

Event: Diversity in Tech 14th November

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Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO of Audeliss, is crowned as Most Inspiring Recruitment Leader

Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO of Audeliss, has been named Recruiter’s Most Inspiring Recruitment Leader at this year’s Investing In Talent Awards.

This is a great honour for Suki who has dedicated his professional and personal life to creating a more inclusive and equal world.

Suki commented on his award, “I’m thrilled to be honoured with this award. I genuinely spend every day trying to be a good role model and inspire change. My sole purpose is to change the status quo and create more diverse boardrooms. I launched both Audeliss and OUTstanding with a view to make a difference and I’m very proud to be recognised for what my teams and I have achieved. I’m constantly looking at new ways to level the playing field in business and I’ll never stop until the business world shows a truly diverse landscape with genuine inclusion.”

In 2011 Suki founded Audeliss, a niche boutique executive recruitment company founded on the core principles of diversity, integrity and quality. He’s proud that 65% of the candidates appointed into senior roles have been diverse.

Suki has created a workplace where everyone understands, and is motivated by, the company purpose: to level the playing field for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic), LGBT+ and women at work. Audeliss is itself a diverse employer, with a 100% diverse team made up of women, BAME and LGBT+ staff, and staff of all ages.

Additionally, in 2013 Suki founded OUTstanding, a membership organisation, to support the diversification of the boardroom and create more visible senior LGBT+ role models to inspire the next generation of leaders.  In partnership with The Financial Times, OUTstanding now produces the acclaimed LGBT+ Executive Top100 list, Ally Top50 list and LGBT+ Future Leaders Top50 list each year.

In 2016, Suki launched the EMpower ethnic minority leaders lists. They are now published annually, in partnership with the Financial Times, showcasing the top 100 BAME Business Leaders and top 30 BAME Future Leaders in the UK, Ireland, United States and Canada.

This year, Suki launched the FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists, to celebrate those driving gender equality in business and progressing the female talent pipeline. With a judging panel including Helena Morrissey, Founder of the 30% Club, the inaugural lists were published in the FT this September.

Suki is also an active supporter of existing industry-wide initiatives. He’s a Stonewall Ambassador and passionately supports charities through donating a percentage of profits to StandUp Foundation and Smartworks.

Well done Suki on this great achievement.

To find out more about Audeliss, click here.

To find out more about OUTstanding, click here.

To find out more about EMpower, click here.

To find out more about HERoes, click here.

Audeliss is excited to announce new Managing Director Jonathan Swain

Jonathan-Swain-1We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Managing Director, Jonathan Swain.  Jonathan brings to Audeliss an outstanding track record in executive recruitment. Having had leadership roles focussed around sales and business growth at both Odgers Berndtson and Penna, Jonathan joins us from recently having held Managing Director positions at Capita Professional Recruitment and Veredus. Additionally, Jonathan was the diversity lead for Capita’s resourcing division.

Prior to his career in executive recruitment, Jonathan was responsible for the national delivery of the Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment as well as being its national policy lead for children’s services. As well as serving as Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office, Jonathan has worked for five local authorities in senior roles. He has an MSc in politics from University of London.

Suki Sandhu, CEO & founder comments, “I’m delighted to welcome Jonathan to the Audeliss team. With a brilliant track record for personally winning and delivering Board level campaigns across local government, central government, charities, health, housing and more, Jonathan will add significantly to our track record in the public sector alongside his senior executive recruitment credentials.”

Jonathan has this to say on his new role, “’I have been an admirer of Audeliss for a long time – how through genuinely living and breathing its mission and values, it occupies such a unique and impactful position in the executive recruitment marketplace. In an often grey and traditional recruitment landscape, I am proud and delighted to be joining an innovative business that through its quality diverse and inclusive talent solutions is resetting the dial so successfully. Moreover, with Audeliss’ ambitious plans ahead, it’s truly an exciting time to be able to lead and contribute to our continued growth and success.’

Welcome to the Audeliss team Jonathan.

Our previous Managing Director, Chris Bernard, now steps into her new part-time role at Audeliss as Associate Director, focusing on client and business development. This new role frees up some time for Chris who is looking forward to spending more time with her family. Chris also recently took on a role as a Non-Executive Director of a London university.

This marks an exciting time at Audeliss.  In the last few weeks we’ve seen the Audeliss team grow: Jonathan Swain – Managing Director, Samantha Du Toit – Marketing Manager and Charli Maulson – PA to CEO & Founder Suki Sandhu. October will see Suki’s previous PA Sarah-Louise Ambler moving into her new role too so watch this space.

To find out more about Audeliss, click here.

Audeliss welcomes new Marketing Manager to the team

Audeliss is delighted to welcome on board Samantha Du Toit as Marketing Manager.

With over 10 years’ experience in the recruitment industry as a marketing professional, Samantha brings with her a wealth of knowledge. Samantha started her marketing career at a leading public sector recruiter shortly after moving to London in 2007. A born and bred South African, she also adds another level of diversity to the Audeliss team. The Audeliss team is currently 100% diverse.

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Samantha says of her new role, “At the start of my job search after maternity leave, I felt so uninspired by all the roles coming my way. The minute I read up on Audeliss’ purpose, I knew I had to interview right away. It was a joy to meet Suki and the team and it was a no brainer to join such an amazing business that really challenges the status-quo. The genuine desire that Audeliss has to promote diversity in the boardroom leaves me with a huge sense of job satisfaction. The company has big plans for the future and I’m excited to be on board to work towards our business goals.”

Suki Sandhu, CEO and Founder of Audeliss, comments, ‘We are delighted to welcome Samantha into our team. Samantha’s experience and positive attitude will be invaluable in helping our purpose of making the business world a more diverse and inclusive place.’

Samantha is currently managing the marketing, communications and events for the business.

For more information about Audeliss, click here.

Suki Sandhu, CEO and Founder of Audeliss, has been shortlisted for Recruiter’s Investing In Talent 2017 awards for the Most Inspiring Recruitment Leader

We’re delighted and proud to announce that our very own CEO and Founder, Suki Sandhu, has been shortlisted for this year’s Most Inspiring Recruitment Leader at the Recruiter’s Investing In Talent 2017 awards.
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This award is in recognition of the recruitment leader who has inspired employees, contributes to and builds an outstanding workplace, and leads the recruitment industry and profession in setting the agenda for best practice.

“To be shortlisted for this award is truly an honour. Not only does it give me a personal sense of pride, it shines more of the spotlight on what I do which is to champion diversity” says Suki. “My main purpose is to create a level playing field by promoting diversity in the boardroom. I’m surrounded by a fantastic team who all work hard towards this purpose and are also aligned with the Audeliss values; be brilliant, be human and be loyal.”

To find out more about these awards, click here.

Suki has also recently been nominated for the Gary Frisch Success in Entrepreneurship Honour, with Gay Times.
To find out more about Audeliss, click here.

 

Audeliss Founder and CEO, Suki Sandhu, has been nominated for Gay Times Honours

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We are delighted to announce that Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO, has been nominated for the Gary Frisch Success in Entrepreneurship Honour, with Gay Times.

This honour focuses on the importance of entrepreneurs and how their work helps us build a better society – just as the late Gary Frisch did. He is known for setting up the website Gaydar, a project he began to help his friend who was not able to find a partner. The site is now used by many, connecting 3.5 million users in 23 countries.

Unfortunately, Gary is no longer with us but his memory lives on through these honours, in collaboration with the Gay Times. The Honours recognise organisations and individuals who have had a tremendous impact over the past 50 years on what it means to live freely as LGBT+ people in Britain today.

This year, Suki has been nominated for the Gary Frisch Success in Entrepreneurship Honour. He has been recognised for founding OUTstanding, a membership organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) leaders and future leaders to create a more inclusive environment and for them to succeed.

In light of recent events, the need to stand up and be unafraid is greater than ever. OUTstanding was founded to prove that LGBT+ executives could be visible, safe and successful in business. It drives cultural change within its member firms, increasing visibility, inspiring, informing and connecting LGBT+ colleagues.

Other nominees for this category include:

The Gay Times Honours will be presented in November at the National Portrait Gallery – set up to promote the appreciation of men and women who have impacted British history and culture.

To find out more about OUTstanding click here.

Happy 6th Birthday…

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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….

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:

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.

Unique Opportunity: Executive Assistant to Founder & CEO

Unique Opportunity: Executive Assistant to Founder & CEO

A unique opportunity has arisen for an Executive Assistant (EA) to closely support the Founder and CEO of two innovative organisations passionate about putting purpose before profit and creating a level playing field in the business world.  Audeliss is a boutique executive search firm specialising in senior diverse candidates and the second company leads three initiatives: OUTstanding, a professional membership organisation for LGBT+ business leaders and executive allies; EMpower, which champions the achievements of ethnic minority business leaders; and the HERoes Power Lists that celebrate female leaders and those working to support gender equality in business.

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Are you:

We want to hear from you!

We are looking for an experienced and exceptional EA to provide 1:1 support primarily to the Founder and CEO of both Audeliss and OUTstanding, with additional office management and ad hoc support to the team. Teamwork and cultural fit are key to the role, and it is vital that the Executive Assistant shares and upholds our values and beliefs.

The core duties of the Executive Assistant comprise of:

The Executive Assistant must possess:

Get in touch with us to find out more – contact Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO on 020 3405 6910 or ceo@audeliss.com. You can meet our current teams here and here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Women’s History Month 2017 – The Need for Gender Equality In and Out of the Boardroom Remains Ever-Pressing

Women’s History Month 2017 gender equalityA week ago today, the world marked International Women’s Day 2017: a day for celebration of the economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally. But with gender equality a long way off, the focus on women’s rights and representations demands more than one day.

Although the past few years have seen many recent wins for women’s rights, including the Liberia election of Africa’s first female President, women receiving the right to vote in Saudi Arabia and the celebration of all that has been achieved in the 100 years marking the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement, gender equality in the workplace is still staggering far behind:

With March 2017 also commemorating Women’s History Month, the plethora of available data and the globalisation of our societies provide an ideal opportunity to examine and address the workplace inequalities experienced by women in every country. All UK organisations with over 250 employees will now be legally required to publish their gender pay data in an effort to accelerate the closure of the gender pay gap.

Last week saw the launch of the HERoes Champions of Women in Business initiative set up by our Founder and CEO in Audeliss, a power list dedicated to celebrating the leaders who have helped drive the female talent pipeline, elevating others during their rise through the ranks. The recognition of female role models across industries will help to give young women the visibility of what true success looks like, with the tools that will empower them to create their own opportunities.

We take gender diversity in business incredibly seriously and this is about creating a level playing field for minorities so they too get the chance to secure the top jobs in business.

To quote activist and youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, ‘We cannot succeed when half of us are held back’. With men and women across the world working together to stand up for human rights for all, we are already on the way to making our world a better and more inclusive place for everyone.

 

 

Diversity of Thought: Why Interim Managers are Key to Inclusion & Innovation

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Diversity appears to be under-represented in the interim world – the Institute of Interim Management (IIM) reported that women make up just 28% of the interim managers surveyed in their 2014 annual report, with no recent statistics on other minority groups – however, the disappointing lack of diverse interim managers does not mean that interims cannot bring diversity to businesses. Conversely, interims are perfectly placed to instil the increasingly popular practice of diversity of thought.

Audeliss were interviewed by business publication Executive Grapevine on the host of benefits that interim managers can bring to diversity and inclusion across industries and sectors. Our article in the new Interim Management Guide 2017 outlines how to identify whether your organisation is at risk of stagnation and could benefit from diversity of thought, and how to achieve real diversity and inclusion with the help of interim management.

Follow the link below to read the full article:

http://resources.executive-grapevine.com/BG-Interim-Management-2017/index.html?page=26

 

#OscarsNotSoWhite – But Why does Diversity in Film Matter to Inclusion in Business?

Diversity in Hollywood and BusinessThis week’s Academy Awards caused its fair share of controversy, but also celebrated some fantastic wins for diverse talent in the entertainment industry, with female, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Oscar winners including:

Zootopia, which won for Best Animated Feature Film, is also notable for its pro-diversity script – its narrative packs a powerful message about acceptance and inclusion, teaching children that difference is not a weakness, but a strength – and nominees for 2017 also included BAME actors Ruth Negga, Octavia Spencer, Naomie Harris and Dev Patel. Whilst the 2017 Oscars was the most diverse in history, the increased recognition of BAME talent in entertainment stands in stark contrast to the struggles for racial equality throughout the rest of America and indeed the world.

With ethnic minority talent representing only 4% of FTSE 100 CEOs, UK and US business is poised to learn a great deal on diversity and inclusion from the arts and entertainment sectors. The music industry is over-representative of ethnic minority talent, and as reported in a recent research study from Audeliss, 30% of ethnic minority role models work in the entertainment industry.

In a world where diverse people across the globe face prejudice and discrimination every day – where female and LGBT citizens are losing their rights under Trump and Putin, racial hate crime is soaring dramatically and unarmed black Americans are five times more likely than their white peers to be killed by the very establishment that is supposed to protect them – all positive representation is a cause for celebration, an opportunity for further progress and a chance for young diverse people to use role models to starting building their own success.

The 2017 Oscars serve as a powerful reminder that we are moving towards greater visibility and recognition, but that there still is a long way to go in achieving diversity and inclusion in business. The historic victory of Moonlight over La La Land – a story of finding love and acceptance by being your true self, triumphing over a narrative where the talented leads must sacrifice their relationship for their careers – proves that diverse or not we are stronger together, and that ultimately, love wins. By continuing to champion diverse role models from all backgrounds and career paths and by celebrating our differences, we are on the way to making our world a better and more inclusive place for everyone.

 

Audeliss Hosts House of Lords Chairman Dinner on Ethnic Diversity Board Representation

HouseOfLords-Feb2017-web-_DSC1700[1]Audeliss were delighted to host our Chairman’s Dinner at 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 spoke about her personal experience as an ethnic minority leader on a variety of Boards, and Baroness Prashar, whom Audeliss recently appointed as Non-Executive Director of Nationwide, 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.

The guest list comprised of Chairmen, CEOs and Board level executives from the UK’s leading organisations.  They provided a variety of experiences and insights, informing a passionate and inspiring conversation. Whilst discussion involved the merits of mandatory Board targets and anonymised CVs, the final consensus favoured education of the benefits of diversity and inclusion, with agreement that allies and role models are vital in helping to pave the way for increased ethnic minority representation in senior leadership.

Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO of Audeliss comments, ‘I am thrilled with the success of our Chairman’s Dinner, and would like to thank all those who attended and provided us with their stories and experiences, which delivered a highly engaging and enjoyable debate. With inspiring leadership and true commitment to diversity and inclusion, we continue to move closer to a future where Boardrooms are fully representative of our diverse communities.’

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Audeliss Team Expands

Audeliss Diverse Executive Search Team ExpandsAudeliss are delighted to announce the latest addition to our team.

Our new Senior Researcher Lesley Payne has a strong background in recruitment, with over 15 years’ experience across risk, threat, company secretaries and governance research.

Lesley’s expertise also covers public sector search and she has worked with leading global companies including Novartis, Pfizer, esure and Interserve and local authorities including the City of London.

Lesley comments, ‘I am excited to begin my new role. Audeliss are unique in the search and interim markets; the opportunity to help drive diversity and inclusion at the top of the business world felt like an ideal fit for me. I am thrilled to be part of such a progressive and pivotal initiative and look forward to making a real difference to both clients and candidates.’

Chris Bernard, Managing Director at Audeliss comments, ‘We are incredibly pleased to welcome Lesley to Audeliss. Lesley has a wealth of experience and will be a fantastic addition to the team.’

Mental Health – The Last Diversity Taboo?

mental health diversityRecently participating in an event supporting a pioneering mental health campaign, Audeliss were impressed with the Lord Mayor’s 2016 Power of Diversity programme and in particular, the openness and inclusivity with which leading senior professionals were willing to discuss the topic of mental health.

Whilst awareness and acceptance surrounding mental health have increased rapidly over the past few years, businesses are often reluctant to engage their employees in related discussions, further contributing to the existing social stigma and devastating effects of mental illness. The Power of Diversity programme reveals the shocking and saddening results of its recent survey on the business and personal impact of mental illness:

When it comes to this often-overlooked diversity strand, London and the South East of the UK are amongst the most progressive British regions, but mental health remains a taboo topic across many industries, regions and countries.

There is a wealth of information evidencing the damage done to diverse employees who are uncomfortable being themselves at work – LGBT+ employees who can be out at work are 32% more productive than employees who hide their sexuality – allowing us to only imagine the benefits to be gained by supporting employees who suffer with mental health problems.

With increased awareness of the importance of mental health support, how can businesses become more accepting and inclusive of their diverse employees?

Suki Sandhu is the Founder and CEO of Audeliss.

We Want You!

Team Recruitment I am delighted to say we’re growing in Audeliss and we need you to help us in finding the best diverse talent.  Are you a:

If so, we want to hear from you!

At Audeliss we pride ourselves on delivering excellent services to each and every client and candidate and we constantly strive to improve even further, meaning we are always open to new talent.

My team and I are interested in speaking with talented senior researchers and strong recruitment consultants with a background in any industry, whether executive search or interim management.  You may also be working in an RPO or in-house at the moment and a HR professional who wants to make a move into a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Audeliss are looking for the right skills, experience and attitude of an individual who shares our passion for making a difference – not only in terms of quality of service, but the core values of diversity and inclusion to which we are committed.

With 65% of our appointments being senior diverse candidates, Audeliss is incredibly committed to driving diversity at the very top of businesses.

I also launched OUTstanding (www.OUT-standing.org) and UPstanding (http://audeliss.com/about-upstanding/) which drive inclusion for LGBT+ and ethnic minority communities.  With a combined reach of multimillions all over the globe, our initiatives constantly strive to make the business world more diverse and inclusive for all, regardless of background.

Get in touch with us to find out more – contact Chris Bernard, Managing Director on chris@audeliss.com or send me a message directly.   You can meet our current team here who I am proud to say are very diverse themselves.

Please share this post to spread the word and if you know someone who may fit the bill, please ask them to make contact with us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Suki Sandhu is the Founder and CEO of Audeliss.

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