Eight principles to address the diversity deficit in charity leadership

As a leader I will:

  1. Acknowledge that there is a problem with racial diversity in the charity sector and commit to working to change that.
  2. Recognise the important role leaders have in creating change by modelling positive behaviour and taking action.
  3. Learn about racial bias and how it impacts leadership decisions.
  4. Commit to setting permanent and minimum targets for diversity that reflects the participants, donors, beneficiaries and the population of the area that my charity operates in.
  5. Commit to action and invest resources, where necessary, in order to improve racial diversity in my charity.
  6. View staff as the sum of many parts rather than a single entity and recruit to build a diverse group of talented people collectively working towards a shared vision.
  7. Recruit for potential, not perfection.
  8. Value lived experience, the ability to draw from one’s lived experience and to bring insights to an organisation that can develop its work.

Who has made the commitments?

Please click on the names to read more about the work each leader is doing regarding the principles. 

  1. Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO
  2. Peter Lewis, CEO, Institute of Fundraising
  3. Thomas Lawson, CEO, Turn2Us
  4. Baillie Aaron, CEO, Spark Inside
  5. Tesse Akpeki, governance consultant, facilitator and trainer
  6. Karl Wilding, CEO, NCVO
  7. Andy Tilden, Interim CEO, Skills for Care
  8. Javed Khan, CEO, Barnados
  9. Sarah Hughes, CEO, Centre for Mental Health
  10. Carol Akiwumi, chair and founder, Money4Youth
  11. Jane Dodson, chair, seAp Advocacy
  12. Robin Osterley, CEO, Charity Retail Association
  13. Mark Simms, CEO, P3 the social inclusion charity
  14. Amelia Foster, CEO, Sapere
  15. Jonathan Freeman, CEO, CareTech Foundation
  16. Jane Ide, CEO, NAVCA
  17. David Fielding, Managing Partner, Attenti
  18. Richard Boland, CEO, retailTRUST
  19. Shaun Horan, Joint CEO, Halpin Partnership
  20. Beth Upton, CEO, Money Tree Fundraising
  21. Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO, Kidscape
  22. Michael Adamson, chief executive, British Red Cross
  23. Heather Osborne, chief executive, Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin
  24. Jane Collins, chief executive, Marie Curie
  25. Girish Menon, CEO, ActionAid UK
  26. Liam Fassam, executive director, Ignite
  27. John Sauven, executive director, Greenpeace UK
  28. Howard Sinclair, chief executive, St. Mungo’s
  29. Ghazala Baig, chief executive, MedEquip4Kids
  30. Dom Wood, CEO, 1625 Independent People
  31. Darren York, chief executive, TCV
  32. Sally Young, chief executive, Newcastle CVS
  33. Carol Botten, CEO, VONNE
  34. Sherrylyn Peck, chief executive, Safer London
  35. Simon Parkinson, chief executive, WEA
  36. Rick Henderson, chief executive, Homeless Link
  37. Helena Holt, chief executive, Devon Air Ambulance
  38. Graeme Hodge, chief executive, All We Can
  39. Alison Lowe, chief executive, Touchstone
  40. Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth
  41. Paul Reddish, chief executive, Volunteering Matters
  42. Sara Llewellin, chief executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust
  43. Nik Peasgood, chief executive, Leeds Women’s Aid
  44. Judith Mudd, chief executive, The British Sociological Association
  45. Kate Lee, CEO, Clic Sargent
  46. Menai Owen-Jones, CEO, The Pituitary Foundation
  47. Anne Fox, CEO, and Jess Mullen, head of policy and communications, Clinks
  48. Jo Hobbs, chief executive, British Youth Council
  49. Anna Smee, CEO, UK Youth
  50. Derri Burdon, CEO, Curious Minds
  51. Matt Lent, CEO, Future First
  52. Lynne Morris, CEO, Toybox
  53. Teri Stephenson, CEO, Age UK Lancashire
  54. Jane van Zyl, CEO, Working Families
  55. Paul Parker, recording clerk, Quakers
  56. Ruth Potter, charity manager, OCAY
  57. Matt Stringer, CEO, RNIB
  58. Tom Clarke-Forrest, founder & chief executive, Sport 4 Life UK
  59. Olivia Southey, head of policy, Doula UK
  60. Debbie Geraghty, chief executive, Plymouth Music Zone
  61. Penny Wilson, chief executive, Gettting on Board
  62. Annie Warburton, chief executive, Cockpit Arts
  63. Julie Bentley, chief executive, Action for Children
  64. Russell Hobby, chief executive, Teach First
  65. Jaine Stannard, chief executive, School-Home Support
  66. Catherine Mahony, director, Westminster Befriend a Family
  67. Anita Grover, chief executive, Auditory Verbal UK
  68. Lisa Ward, chief executive, Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre
  69.  Louise Macdonald OBE, chief executive, Young Scot
  70. Sarah Cook, chief executive, Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside (HOST)
  71. Patricia Armstrong OBE, chief executive, ACOSVO
  72. Maureen Watson, chief executive, Scottish Mentoring Network
  73. Ian Bruce, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector
  74. John Schless, chief executive, Greenwich Students’ Union
  75. Kim Shutler, chief executive, The Cellar Trust
  76. Jo Gough, chief executive, RISE UK
  77. Ben Kernighan, CEO, Leap Confronting Conflict
  78. Gillian Guy, CEO, Citizens Advice

To commit to these principles

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