The Benefits of Diversity
The Contribution of Christian associations in the workplace
On the 20th November 2006, the former Christian Workplace Forum held a conference called 'The Benefits of Diversity - The Contribution of Christian associations in the workplace'.
Speakers of varying backgrounds contributed to the Conference, which was aimed at demonstrating the validity of Christians within the diversity agenda.
Clive Ansell is the Group Strategy Director for BT Group plc, with additional responsibilities as BT’s Regional Director for London (including a role in the core London 2012 Bid team) and as the company champion for Diversity (where BT continues to win a wide range of awards). As Group Strategy Director, Clive also leads BT’s Regulatory activities at the Group level and was the architect and chief negotiator with Ofcom in putting together the New Regulatory Settlement in the UK in the Telecoms Strategic Review in 2005/06. Clive is a graduate of Oxford University (Master's in Psychology), and a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. He is currently Chairman of London Crimestoppers, an independent charity focused on the anonymous reporting of crime.
Loraine Martins is currently the Head of Diversity at the Audit Commission and leads on the implementation of equal opportunities and diversity within the Commission and through its regulatory and inspectorate functions. Prior to joining the Audit Commission, Loraine was a
management consultant with the Office of Public Management (OPM) and her work included strategic, organisational and board development in health and local government; and regeneration, stakeholder engagement, public participation and community development. Loraine has worked at a local, regional and national level as a paid member of staff and as a board member. Loraine has managed a national development agency and a mental health organisation and been a senior manager in local government developing services for vulnerable adults.
Dr Clifford Hill has had many years experience of inner-city areas of London. He is a former Senior Lecturer in Sociology in London University (LSE) when he was also an adviser to the Home Office on Community Relations, lecturing to Senior Police Officers, Prison Governors and Senior Social Workers. He is the Founder/President of the Newham Community Renewal Programme and is the Research Director of the Family Matters Institute, currently researching the role of grandparents in family life today. He is the author of The Wilberforce Connection (2004) and is leading a team preparing for 'The Spirit of Wilberforce: slavery past and present', a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade 2007.
Chan Abraham has been Luminus Group's Chief Executive since leading the creation of a new company and the successful acquisition of 7,000 homes in 1999-2000, building on a successful public service career that began in 1974, spanning seven major UK organisations in London, Hampshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire. He is a passionate advocate of inspirational leadership and widely sought as a public speaker, having successfully pioneered numerous multi-agency initiatives, in health, crime reduction, community development, regeneration, diversity and economic development, while also managing extensive organisational and cultural change. Chan’s other experience is wide, including the international context as Founder and President of Leadership Iternational (www.e-leadershipinternational.com), being a NHS non-executive director of the Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health Trust, trustee of various charities, member on Essex Shadow Probation Board, governor of secondary and primary schools, and various voluntary leadership roles, Winner of various awards for inspiring employee commitment, he focuses on decisive leadership, brilliant customer communications and encouraging partnerships as the keys to business success.