Encouraging diversity and inclusion in the food industry

There has always been a compelling moral case for diversity and inclusion, but equally there is a compelling business case for it too, from broadening market reach to bringing fresh perspectives to strategic planning.

In this week’s podcast we will explore how forward thinking businesses are championing inclusion and diversity in their workforce to create positive change and stronger engagement with customers. Joining our panel are Amanda Scott, Director of Talent, Learning and D&I Compass Group, Catherine Gillespie, HR Director, Coca-Cola European Partners, and Dan Robertson, Director, Vercida Consulting.

Are you responsible for your organisation’s inclusion strategy or are you championing inclusion and diversity within your organisation? Do you want to get people more engaged in your workplace? In a highly interactive new masterclass from Food Matters Careers, you will receive practical advice and top tips to help you progress your inclusion strategy across the workforce and make a difference. Click here to find out more

About our panel

Amanda Scott, Director of Talent, Learning and D&I, Compass Group

Amanda is an experienced HR professional with extensive generalist, talent and D&I experience across a range of industry sectors including energy, financial services and hospitality. She has a proven track record in designing and leading delivery of the HR agenda for top FTSE companies.

Amanda started her career in the NHS before moving into financial services and then oil and gas. She spent over 15 years with BP in a number of HR roles including leading the Global Graduate Programme. She then joined Compass in 2018 to lead the Talent, Learning and D&I agenda for the UK & Ireland. Amanda is passionate about inclusion and creating an environment where people from all backgrounds can join and progress their career.

Catherine Gillespie, HR Director, Coca-Cola European Partners

Catherine is people and culture director at Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP). She has 20 years’ experience in human resources management, holding senior business partnering roles as well as experience across learning and development, organisation development and talent acquisition.

Catherine is passionate about inclusion and diversity and specifically working for gender equality and facilitated the Women’s Network at CCEP before being a catalyst for the Inclusion culture change programme. In her current role, Catherine leads a team of senior business partners who together with the business have a strong focus on people, culture and capability. Catherine is proud of the philosophy at CCEP, where every employee is encouraged to ‘Be Yourself, Be Valued, Belong’.

Dan Robertson, Director, Vercida Consulting

Dan Robertson is the Director of VERCIDA Consulting. Dan has a particular expertise in the science and application of unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. Dan is Chair of the Lord Mayor of London’s Power of Inclusion programme. In 2019 he was named by Hive Learning as one of the top 50 Most Influential D&I leaders globally. He is a contributor to the 3rd edition of the Inclusion Nudges Guidebook.

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