Claudia Iton

Claudia Iton

Director

Replete Consulting Ltd

PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we respond to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement?

Session Overview

This panel discussion, chaired by Matthew Taylor, aims to provide practical ideas and insights to HR and business leaders about what they and their organisations need to be doing to make change happen. The tragic death of George Floyd on the 25th May 2020 was an awakening for everyone and provided hope to the Black community that change was coming. But the narrative must continue. The term ‘D&I’ is more palatable than racism: we need substantive and honest conversations about racism if we are going to see true and meaningful change. This is an opportunity to learn from one another about what can be done, as well as what can be learnt from putting equity into practice.

 

Speaker's biography

Claudia is a director of Replete Consulting, who are Specialists in talent and equality, diversity and inclusion consulting. Claudia is also an external Governor at Portsmouth University, where she heads both the HR and Remuneration Committees.

After graduating in Industrial Management at the University of the West Indies, she joined an audit firm as a systems analyst, providing management consulting and systems solutions to business processing problems. This began her deep grounding in the fundamentals of organisation change.

She joined Unilever plc as Head of Business Systems in the Caribbean, but later moved to an HR role before she was expatriated to the UK in 2001 to work with Unilever’s Latin American HR Team. Later, she worked with global brand teams such as Lifebuoy, Persil, Comfort and Dove. While the teams were inherently diverse with people literally from all over the world, she observed the difference that inclusion could make to performance. It was during this period, as a senior HR director, that she researched and developed tools for building inclusive teams working in global markets, tools later adopted by the global learning team.

At Replete, Claudia combines a passion for social justice with empathy, creativity and a pragmatic approach. Mindful of how many ED&I initiatives only scratch the surface and often fail outright, she brings focus on actions that deliver real change enhancing both employee experience and overall business outcomes.

PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we respond to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement?

This panel discussion, chaired by Matthew Taylor, aims to provide practical ideas and insights to HR and business leaders about what they and their organisations need to be doing to make change happen. The tragic death of George Floyd on the 25th May 2020 was an awakening for everyone and provided hope to the Black community that change was coming. But the narrative must continue. The term ‘D&I’ is more palatable than racism: we need substantive and honest conversations about racism if we are going to see true and meaningful change. This is an opportunity to learn from one another about what can be done, as well as what can be learnt from putting equity into practice.