Grant Thornton UK LLP today announces the appointment of a new Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB).
Consisting of 12 people from across the business, the IAB has been appointed to support high-quality, inclusive decision making at board level and to offer development opportunities to a wide range of talent.
The IAB will provide robust, structured support and challenge to the firm’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) to help ensure that the decisions they make are informed by a diverse range of views. Members will serve for a period of two years.
Dave Dunckley, CEO at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: “The IAB is a forum to make inclusive decisions about every aspect of our firm. As the world begins the process of rethinking our futures, we will be making fundamental decisions which impact all of us in different ways for many years. Having the diversity of thought, background and experience which the Inclusion Advisory Board brings will improve the quality of these decisions and the impact that they have on for our people and clients.”
The individuals appointed to the Inclusion Advisory Board were selected by the Grant Thornton Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) from an open call for applications to all employees and partners of the firm.
The 12 successful candidates range from associate to director level and represent a diverse range of backgrounds, career stages and experience. They have been selected for their passion and commitment to inclusion.
Chaired by a member of the Grant Thornton SLT, the Inclusion Advisory Board presents an excellent opportunity for individuals who aspire to senior leadership roles in the firm. Members will be asked to share their views on strategic matters with the SLT, to gain exposure to strategic decision-making and influence decisions before they are made.
Anne Langton, Global Mobility Manager, People & Culture, is an IAB member. She says: “I am passionate about inclusion because, while every one of us has the untapped potential and ability to contribute greatly, we all aren’t given the opportunity, voice and support we need to do so. Leading with an inclusive perspective is not the opposite of being commercial; when we amplify and advocate for diverse voices and perspectives, we achieve better decision making and results.”
Avtar Sohal, Public Assurance Director, also sits on the IAB. He adds: “I am excited to be a part of the Inclusion Advisory Board and will look to promote positive and lasting change in the firm. As a second generation British Asian from a working-class background, I have had to overcome many obstacles in relation to acceptance and inclusion and have dealt with discrimination from an early age. The challenges I have faced are like those faced by many others from diverse backgrounds. I want to use my experiences to help build a workplace culture which celebrates inclusiveness and diversity.”
The other board members are: Preeth Channa, Audit Assistant Manager; Jo Crowhurst, Audit Manager; Neil Davis, Audit Senior Manager; Vincent Egunlae, Audit Associate; Bethan Gill, People Advisory Associate Director; Rosamond Murphy, Special Projects Senior Manager; Anam Shahzad, Public Sector Assurance Associate; Matt Stringer, Tax Director; Samantha Street, Insolvency Associate Director; and Marina Simmons, Advisory Director.