Author: Kirsty Trafford-Owen

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Have attitudes to women’s sport changed since the Lionesses won the Euros?

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Wednesday 28th June

Even if you’re not an avid follower of football, you’d have been hard-pressed to have missed the big news for England’s Lionesses last summer.  All eyes may be on the Women’s World Cup right now, but let us not forget that for the first time in the competition’s history, the England women’s team won the […]

Diversity in numbers: LGBTQ+ support in the workplace

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Sunday 28th May

As we near June 1st, marking the start of Pride month around the world, it’s time to reflect on the current state of LGBTQ+ support in the workplace. Below you will find statistics of LGBTQ+ representation from recruitment to senior level, and how differing support impacts upon these individuals across the US and the UK. […]

Supporting Jewish colleagues in the workplace

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Sunday 23rd April

Antisemitism – or the discrimination and prejudice against Jewish people – has been an increasing issue in recent years. In fact, in their 2021 report, the Community Security Trust (CST), who monitor antisemitism in the UK, recorded their highest ever total of antisemitic incidents, peaking at 2,255. This was a 34% increase on the previous […]

Diversity in the age of hybrid working

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Monday 6th March

Nearly three years on from the beginning of the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, hybrid working is the norm for thousands of office-based workers. While many were keen to return to the office full-time, with reports of companies making it mandatory for some, others have embraced the flexibility that comes with balancing life on-site and at home.

What’s on the priority list of Heads of Diversity and Inclusion in 2023?

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Thursday 19th January

The first few months of the year are all about making goals, firming up plans and reigniting that spark within you. While we believe you can make plans and ‘resolutions’ all year round (it’s never too late!) we know that there’s something irresistible about setting some objectives in January and February. So, where do we […]

Creating accessible workspaces

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Thursday 3rd November

In 2021, there were 390,000 more disabled people in employment in the UK than in 2019, despite the drop in numbers between those years caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re seeing progress when it comes to disability and employment – but still, the barriers disabled people face in the world of work are plentiful. […]

Understanding the cost of living crisis

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Friday 9th September

Times are tough. You don’t need us to tell you that. We’re heading deeper and deeper into a cost of living crisis. Our disposable incomes are decreasing as bills and prices soar. High inflation and rising taxes are overtaking our wages and benefits. We are, undoubtedly, heading for a very difficult winter. It’s hard to […]

Normalising pronouns in the office: what you need to know.

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Tuesday 19th July

Using the right pronouns when addressing or introducing colleagues is a crucial part of ensuring that everyone feels included and welcome within your working environment. Just as someone’s name is a huge element of their identity, so too are their pronouns. 

Global Day of Parents – navigating a whole new world for the working parent

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Wednesday 1st June

This year marks the 10th Global Day of Parents; a celebration of parental units in all their shapes and sizes, introduced by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 and marked annually on 1st June.

Impostor syndrome: what it is, and how to overcome it

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Wednesday 27th April

We hear a lot about impostor syndrome. Have a quick scroll through your social media feeds and you’re bound to find at least one post from someone who can’t quite believe that they deserve their success. In fact, apparently, as of 2021, 77% of the UK suffers from impostor syndrome. The term impostor syndrome is […]

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