Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

Chief Executive

RSA

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

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006.

During his tenure, the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, provided new routes to support the charitable initiatives of its 30,000 fellows, and developed a global profile as a platform for ideas.

In July 2017 Matthew published the report ‘Good Work’; an independent review into modern employment, commissioned by the UK Prime Minister.

In September 2019, Matthew started a new part-time role as the Government’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement and is also a member of its Industrial Strategy Council.

Taylor is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He has written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze. He has posted more than a thousand times on his RSA blog site and tweets as @RSAMatthew.

He is also Senior Editor of the Thames & Hudson Big Ideas series.

Prior to this appointment, Matthew was Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, and he then became Chief Adviser on political strategy to the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Previous roles included, Labour Party Director of Policy, and Assistant General Secretary of The Labour Party.

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.