Over the last forty years, Arvinda Gohil has made it her mission to ensure race equity is at the forefront of her life, professionally and personally. In many ways, a considerable amount has been achieved since she started her professional life. However, we know there is a very long road ahead, and much needs to change for us to really achieve true justice and equity.
At the Conduit, we are committed to engaging in and addressing some of the critical issues facing us as a society. As change-makers, we want to bring together our community and allies to discuss how we make real and sustainable progress.
One issue of particular interest is recruitment and how we attract, retain and build inclusive, equitable, and just work environments. We need our civic organisations to reflect society in all of its diversity and richness. In partnership with Cadence Partners, we would like to introduce a new series of events that looks to inform, challenge, reflect and address the theme of “Equity in the Workplace”. This series will bring together carefully selected panels of leaders from different sectors, who will share their experiences and insights before opening to the floor for conversation and challenge.
Shani Newbold is the Founder and Managing Partner at Cadence Partners. She is a leading diversity and inclusion campaigner who has spent her career looking at re-addressing the balance of diversity leadership and Board appointments. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cadence Partners, a talent acquisition and EDI consultancy focused on building workplaces that are diverse, inclusive, and genuinely committed to driving positive social change. She has over 20 years’ experience in executive recruitment, talent management and coaching, both in the UK and the US, and sits on a number of advisory boards. Her energy and drive to address inequality grows stronger every day, especially when it comes to creating fairer more transparent recruitment processes, developing diverse talent and building inclusive organisations.
Dr Wanda Wyporska is the newly appointed CEO of the Black Equity Organisation. She has worked on race issues all her life and brings a wealth of experience leading charitable and social justice organisations. Her expertise lies in shaping and leading strategic campaigns, managing teams and spearheading programmes to raise awareness of economic and social inequalities and diversity issues. Dr Wyporska was recognised as one of 21 to watch in 2021 by Charity Times and as Best Charity CEO on Social Media in 2020. She is a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the National Football Museum and a school governor.
Phil Walker has 30 years’ business experience with leadership roles in IBM and PA Consulting. He led global projects in both the public and private sector and was Chief Operating Officer of Capgemini for six years until 2009. From 2010 to 2017 he was CEO of a firm that advised companies in the Europe, US and Asia. He is also a non-executive Director of NHS Dorset with a focus on digital strategy. Phil started his career teaching mathematics in a London school and ran a support unit for excluded children. He was a founding member of the ‘Powerlist’ and led an initiative to support London pupils into the world of work. Phil is also a mentor to several students as part of the student-led BAME mentoring programme.
Roselyn Cason-Marcus has over two decades of experience in executive level talent attraction, leadership assessment and coaching in professional services. Roselyn joined McKinsey and Company six years ago to build and lead McKinsey’s partner recruiting function globally. Post the unfortunate murder of George Floyd and the creation of McKinsey’s 10 Actions toward racial equity programme, the Firm asked Roselyn to lead Black senior hiring and retention, focusing on doubling Black leadership at the Firm by 2026. Additionally, Roselyn is on the board of Arms Around the Child, a non-profit, charitable organisation focused on supporting HIV positive children living in extreme circumstances in Africa and India and is in the Leadership Circle of Women for Women International, a charity which supports over 500,000 in conflict-affected countries. She is also an active supporter of Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders, an educational charity which upskills and empowers young women of African and African Caribbean heritage.
Arvinda Gohil is an experienced Executive and Non-Executive leader. She has significant experience of working in the housing, homelessness, and charity sectors. Her long history and considerable experience include the Chief Executive of Central YMCA, the founder YMCA; Community Links a place-based charity in Newham London; Emmaus UK; Director for Membership, Governance, and Regions for the National Housing Federation; Assistant Director for London at the Housing Corporation, Social Housing Foundation – a capacity-building agency in South Africa for emerging housing organisations, Chief Executive of two housing associations.