Meet the Team

Solat Chaudhry

Founder and Chief Executive

Solat founded the National Centre for Diversity, in July 2005 and is the current Chief Executive. He was the key driving force behind the creation of ‘Investors in Diversity’, ‘Leaders in Diversity’ and ‘Masters in Diversity’.

Solat is seen by many as the UK’s leading authority on FREDIE – Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement’.

He is the author of ‘Neuro-equality’, he was the prime mover behind the creation of the ‘Inclusion IQ’ and the ‘Masters in Diversity’ Executive leadership programme. He is also a Judge for ‘Construction News’. He is also a member of Leeds University Union HR and Remuneration Committee”.

Solat is also the Executive Chairman of the ‘Irish Centre for Diversity’ and has also recently joined the Board of AoC Create (Association of Colleges) as a Non-Executive Director.

Office Team

Aneesah Khan

National HR Programmes Manager

As our National HR Programmes Manager, Aneesah works with organisations to identify and create impactful and personalised support that will bring about the most significant EDI improvements within organisations across all sectors.

Aneesah works closely with our CEO and Business Development and Social Media Executive on business development. She also attends conferences, exhibitions and events to promote the work that we do.

Robert Taylor

Finance Officer

As our Finance Officer Robert deals with invoicing, payments and finance related enquiries. He also manages the administration team at our office base, handling customer service queries and assisting in the smooth delivery of our services.

Gemma Feltham

Business Development and Social Media Executive

As our Business Development and Social Media Executive, Gemma creates supporting marketing material for the services we provide, maintains our active social media platforms as well as updating and maintaining our website.

Gemma also works closely with our National Programmes Manager to support business development and events activities.

Dawn Johnson

Customer Relationship Manager

Dawn is our Customer Relationship Manager and leads on all customer facing aspects of the business, liaising with both Clients and Advisors to ensure smooth running of our services.

Dawn also assists our Finance Officer in his role and supports the wider team when required.

Aneela Baig

E-learning Co-ordinator

As our E-learning Co-ordinator Aneela liaises and supports organisations to ensure a smooth experience when accessing the various e-learning programmes we offer.

Aneela also supports the administrative element in the delivery of our accreditations, maintaining our online survey platform and reporting on training need outcomes.

Matt Port

E-learning Administrator

Matt provides administrative support to our E-learning Co-ordinator and works on development of the courses themselves.

In addition to this, he supports organisations with accessing and getting the most out of their E-learning experience.

Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer is a former business journalist working for the Yorkshire Post and speechwriter. In addition to his work with NCFD ,he is also the group business editor of the Yorkshire Times and its sister online newspaper the Lancashire Times.

Advisors

Julie Hutton

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Julie works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors, to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations.

Julie is a quality consultant and assessor with a successful track record in implementing quality and performance monitoring initiatives within the public and service sectors.

Her areas of expertise include quality assurance frameworks, benchmarking strategies and methodologies, research and evaluation with internal and external customers, assessment and verification, document control and record management.

Julie has achieved numerous qualifications and certificates and particularly excels in IT-based data analysis and statistical breakdown.

Jo Barton

NCFD Advisor

As a National Centre for Diversity and Irish Centre for Diversity Advisor, Jo works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations. She has a particular focus on both strategic and organisational development and has worked with 100’s organisations to advise and assist with the embedding of EDI and with culture change.

Her key specialisms have developed from over 25 years of work involved in EDI, including 10 years with the NCD and in leadership positions with the Disability Rights Commission and Racial Equality Councils. Jo specialises in advising clients on equality related legislation and has acted as the Equality Advisor for the Scottish Ombudsman.

Jo excels in a training environment where she can educate organisations in EDI best practice whilst supporting them to develop and embed their own policies and procedures to advance fairness across their workforce.

Natasha Broomfield-Reid

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Natasha works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations.

She is an experienced Diversity and Inclusion consultant and who has been responsible for the design and delivery of a range of diversity & inclusion consultancy and training projects for clients across the private, public and voluntary sector.

Natasha has over 20 years’ experience working in diversity and inclusion and is knowledgeable in all areas of Diversity and Inclusion but with additional specialist knowledge in disability, mental health, LGBT+ and Race.

Dr Siraz Natha

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Siraz works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations.

He has over 20 years’ experience of working in the public and voluntary sectors and is knowledgeable in all areas of Diversity and Inclusion.

Siraz has a PHD in ‘mainstreaming diversity and inclusion’, MBA, and a degree in sports and leisure management.

Asari St Hill

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Asari works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations.

He has over 25 years of experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and has been involved in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, including assessing and advising organisations, training in equality and diversity, report writing, service inspections, setting up staff networks, recruitment initiatives, mentoring for BME staff and conference speaking.

Asari has delivered high-profile presentations on equality and diversity to Boards, Senior Management Teams, large corporate audiences, conferences, whole staff teams and departments.

Amongst his many qualifications, Asari is both an Accredited Mentor and an Accredited Coach.

Caroline Wells

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Caroline works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations.

She is an award-winning Customer Insight professional with over 25 years of transformational leadership in financial services.

Having held a senior position at the Financial Ombudsman Service, Caroline has a deep-rooted knowledge of customer experience, diversity legislation, outreach and complaints handling.

Along with a recent appointment as a commissioner to Energy UK’s consumer vulnerability commission, her current roles include being a member of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute’s Advisory Board, independent advisor to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, and accessibility and customer service expert at the Money Advice Trust.

Fiona McPhail

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Fiona works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations.

She works with a range of established public sector organisations including universities and colleges, the NHS, the emergency services, local authorities and housing organisations. Within the private sector, Fiona has worked with limited companies, banks and large independent businesses on a range of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues.

As well as an Honours degree and Master’s degree, Fiona is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has significant experience of developing training strategies and designing and delivering learning solutions, including using blended learning.

Heena Mistry

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Heena works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations. 

Heena has over 13 years of experience in stakeholder management and employee engagement within a wide variety of public and private sector industries including sport, retail, marketing, travel, hospitality, education and housing.

Her key specialisms include employee engagement, internal/external communications and the design and delivery of diversity & inclusion initiatives.

Fiona Triller

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Fiona has worked on the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for over 20 years in the private, public and third sectors. Current and recent clients include Aer Lingus; Abellio Scotrail; Riverside Housing Association; the Road Haulage Association; Student Loans Company; Liverpool Football Club and Leeds Trinity University.

Fiona is an experienced Organisational Development professional and has held a number of roles where she has been responsible for all aspects of employee development and engagement. Combining OD with D&I has meant that Fiona has successfully ensured that D&I is embedded into every aspect of the employee life cycle from pre-recruitment, through performance appraisal and development, to supporting employees exiting an organisation. Fiona has also delivered a wide range of leadership and management development programmes and facilitated cross organisational mentoring programmes in Leeds.

Fiona has been an advisor on a number of D&I forums, a social inclusion and diversity champion for Business in the Community, and an adjudicator for diversity awards.

Fiona is an accredited coach and member of the British Psychological Association as well as a member of the CIPD. She is also a Restorative Practice facilitator and accredited to deliver Outcomes Based Accountability training.

Gurbinder Bahra

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Advisor, Gurbinder works to advance Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all in the workplace, working with organisations across all sectors to deliver personal training as well the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditations.

Gurbinder has over 20 years’ experience, both in the private and public sectors, ranging from general management, sales, marketing and HR, learning and development to help facilitate transformational change, His expertise includes vertical leadership development, mentoring & coaching, inclusive leadership, cultural intelligence, and inclusion & diversity.

He has worked with organisations across Europe, USA, and Asia, and clients have included financial institutions, regulatory bodies, vehicle manufacturers, telecommunications, toy manufacturers, educational institutions, manufacturing, technology and software engineering, media companies, and pharma.

Vanessa Rhodes

NCFD Advisor

As an NCFD Adviser, Vanessa works to advance equality, diversity and inclusion for all in the workplace. Vanessa works with organisations across all sectors to deliver the Investors in Diversity and Leaders in Diversity accreditation.

Prior to joining the NCFD, Vanessa had a career in HR spanning 30 years. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has extensive HR knowledge of employee relations, employee engagement, workforce planning, performance and risk management and planning and delivering training and development.

Vanessa held senior leadership roles within Further Education for 14 years and supported two institutions through merger, particularly focused on the transformational changes that the colleges went through to achieve successful mergers. She led on equality diversity and inclusion at a strategic level and both colleges were awarded Investors in Diversity.

Irish Centre for Diversity

The Irish Centre for Diversity’s aim is to work in partnership with organisations of all types and sizes from across Ireland; to help them to embed good practices around Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (FREDI) into workplaces throughout Ireland.

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