Simon Fanshawe OBE

Simon Fanshawe OBE

Writer, broadcaster, and co-founder

Diversity by Design

PANEL DISCUSSION: Changing organisational culture – can it ever be truly inclusive?

Session Overview

PANEL DISCUSSION: Changing organisational culture – can it ever be truly inclusive?
(Future Talent in partnership with Business In The Community)

Culture shapes every aspect of our lives. It informs what we think, say and do, the feelings and attitudes we express, and the way in which we interact with others. In the workplace, it is the underlying beliefs, assumptions and values that shape our everyday experience and determine our actions and behaviour.

The culture of our workplace impacts our engagement, motivation, performance and health and wellbeing. An inclusive organisational culture increases team innovation, creativity and knowledge sharing, boosts business performance and reduces staff turnover beyond specific diversity policies.

However, as regular news stories show, for many people the working world is far from inclusive – and may actually be a source of harassment, intimidation and exclusion. This affects not just employees’ wellbeing, it also impacts on business bottom lines.

This panel will bring perspectives from a range of industries to consider how organisations can best address, influence and change workplace culture to foster a sense of true inclusion and belonging among employees.

Speaker's biography

Recent clients include: Sheffield, Cardiff, Exeter, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Universities, East Lancs NHS Trust, the Civil Service, Costa, Amey, Co-op Food, GCHQ, NSPCC, College of Policing, The Army, Thomson Reuters, Chubb.

Diversity by Design is currently running a significant trial of Recruiting for Difference (RfD) with 20 NHS Trusts to present to NHSE in the autumn. He is the author of the report “Diversity – the new prescription for the NHS”. And we are partnering with Nottingham University Faculty of Engineering on an EPSRC funded project on diversity in engineering (HE and private sector) which will trial and produce software to support RfD

He was Chairman of Sussex University 2007-13, a non-exec director of Housing & Care 21, and a Governor of the Museum of London and on the Board of Brighton Dome & Festival.  He was a co-founder of Stonewall and of the Kaleidoscope Trust, supporting lgb&t activists abroad. He is currently on the Boards of Powerful Women. He is Chairman of Hexagon Housing Association.

He is also a broadcaster and writer. He was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity and human rights.