As the only broadcaster that has to name the earnings of its top-paid celebrities, the BBC has revealed salary details highlighting an internal issue that we know is true of far too many organisations across the country - a gender imbalance and worrying lack of representation, particularly from the BAME community.
Suki established Audeliss in 2011, a diversity-focused boutique executive search firm. Since its inception, 65% of senior appointments have been filled by women, LGBT+ or ethnic minority candidates. In 2013, Suki founded OUTstanding, an LGBT+ membership organisation. Working with over 75 firms globally, OUTstanding drives the diversification of the boardroom, champions the visibility of LGBT+ role models and works to develop emerging LGBT+ talent. In partnership with The Financial Times, OUTstanding publishes role model lists each year recognising leading LGBT+ and ally executives and LGBT+ future leaders. The powerful work and rapid success of OUTstanding earned Suki the title of ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards. Suki was also named 64th in The Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’ of 101 LGBTQI people who are making Britain better for the community. In 2016, Suki was appointed a trustee of the Guild of HR Professionals, which brings together individuals from the profession to support and promote activities within Human Capital Management. In 2017 Suki launched EMpower, a membership organisation that equips corporate firms with the knowledge and leadership skills to maintain and develop their ethnic minority talent pipeline. Each year, in partnership with the Financial Times, EMpower publishes role model lists celebrating ethnic minority leaders, future leaders and advocates across the globe. 2017 saw the launch of HERoes, Suki’s unique initiative focused on celebrating female and male leaders working to support gender equality in business. In September 2017, the inaugural FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business role model lists were published in the Financial Times. 2017 also saw Suki named as Most Inspiring Recruitment Leader at The Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards. In 2018, Suki launched INvolve – an overarching motherbrand sitting above the OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes membership and list initiatives. It encapsulates the mission, values and vision across all three brands, helping to create diverse and inclusive businesses where everyone can, and does, succeed. A world that involves 100% of everyone. Suki is also a Stonewall Ambassador and passionately supports many charities including StandUp Foundation, The Albert Kennedy Trust and Smartworks.
The BAME community is full of intelligent, creative and highly skilled individuals, but we need to show younger generations that they can succeed in business. Celebrating the achievements of diverse business leaders is a powerful tool in increasing the visibility of role models for younger people from minority ethnic backgrounds, and therefore helping to support the diverse leaders of tomorrow.
03/10/2016 09:37 BST
01/08/2016 11:30 BST
It is with a very heavy heart that I write this today. On 12th June 2016, the world was subjected to the most violent singular attack on the LGBT+ community in recent history. My heart goes out to the victims of this tragedy, but also to their friends, families, the LGBT+ community, and every person in this world who believes in freedom and liberty - because this was also an attack on them.
15/06/2016 12:05 BST
Do you believe that the people running the world's biggest companies should be broadly representative of the societies they serve? Most people would probably say yes.
26/05/2016 10:52 BST
We are on the cusp of major change. Strong leadership has the power to join up conversations around LGBT+ diversity and inclusion, talent management, marketing and brands as well as trust and reputation. And by integrating the diversity agenda into a business' core, it becomes a powerful force in business and society for good.
07/04/2016 08:44 BST
It may only be March but the issue of diversity, specifically ethnic diversity, has been one of the most widely covered topics of 2016. From University admissions to the Oscars, there is an unsettling sense of regression in the number of visibly successful BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic-including Hispanic and Middle Eastern) people in both the UK and America.
11/03/2016 16:11 GMT
18/11/2015 12:54 GMT
To ensure all of this work doesn't go to waste, we need ongoing pressure to sustain and improve on today's position. We need companies to focus on nurturing the next generation of female talent with executive leadership programmes and by allowing more flexible working arrangements and other family-friendly policies.
12/11/2015 12:22 GMT
One of the aims of OUTstanding is to not be around in five years. We want things to have progressed so much that an LGBT professional network is a luxury not a necessity. I'm truly proud of the progress we're making and I feel confident we can make this a non issue by the end of this decade, smashing the glass closet in business for good.
20/10/2015 10:59 BST
As we kick off 2015, it seems that for many, the perception is still that it's safer to stay in the closet if they want to get on at work. In fact 62% of students who were out at Uni go back into the closet when they start work.
14/01/2015 14:49 GMT
Welcoming the first ever 'out' CEO of a FTSE 100 company isn't the only major change since last year; our 'Top 100' is twice as long and includes three times as many transgender business leaders.
15/10/2014 15:15 BST
I believe that through initiatives such as this, we can encourage more people to be authentic leaders and make LGBT diversity in the workplace a non issue within a decade in the UK. Then we can turn our full attention to the 76 countries where it is still illegal to be gay.
02/06/2014 09:40 BST
Whilst we have taken huge strides in terms of diversity and gay equality in the UK, there is clear evidence that homophobia still persists in the workplace. A recent study by Gaydar revealed that 43% of gay men have experienced homophobia at work.
06/11/2013 19:56 GMT
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