Diversity Hut has been very fortunate to be mentored by a diverse panel of extremely influential and inspiritation leaders.

Mark Lomas

Role: Head of Diversity at HS2

Mark Lomas is currently the Head of Diversity at HS2. He has delivered numerous diversity and inclusion projects for organisations, including The Financial Reporting Council, Groupama Insurance, The BBC, The Law Society, Sheffield University, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Boards, ITV, and The Bermuda Human Rights Commission.

Mark has designed and developed numerous training courses, workshops, toolkits and D&I resources.
Mark has extensive experience of data/equality analysis, supplier diversity and procurement, corporate D&I strategy and policy development, D&I related employee relations issues and managing sector wide D&I initiatives.
Mark has experience in a number of sectors, including public, corporate, financial, legal, media, voluntary sector and international work. In January 2016 took up the role as Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion for HS2.
Mark is an active supporter and mentor of Usman Shah and mentors him once a month ensuring Diversity Hut continues to grow and make a larger impact.

Jeremy Galpin Fellow

Role: Legacy Lead at Tideway East, Chair of the LDE UTC.

Jeremy has over 25 years of experience across Engineering, HR and training in both corporate and project roles and in his current role he leads Legacy delivery for the CVB joint venture of the £4.2B Tideway Tunnel.
Jeremy is a Chartered Fellow with the Institute of Personnel and Development a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Association of Coaching.

I have been delighted in my capacity as Legacy lead for the Costain VINCI Construction Grands Projects and Bach Soletanche working together to deliver Tideway East to support Usman Shah in setting up his social enterprise Diversity Hut. Usman’s concept is simple but powerful in changing the recruitment paradigm for those who are disadvantaged in the market place. Usman offers employers the opportunity to access hard to reach groups through a local community network facilitated by Diversity Hut. In turn candidates registering with Diversity Hut know that the employers they will meet will not only treat them fairly but more than that will celebrate their diversity and actively seek to support them on their journey to employment. Diversity Hut has been appointed as one of CVB’s partners in recruiting local people for the project and was responsible for the hire of one of our very talented local apprentices.

Diversity Hut recognises that delivering diverse candidates is of limited benefit if the organisations they are joining are not inclusive in their approach. As a result Usman has made it his mission to deliver unique and authentic training across the supply chain at board level down to challenge unconscious bias and shift the inclusivity culture in his client organisations.

Tariq Cheema

Role: the founder of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

Dr. Cheema ranks amongst the 500 Most Influential Muslims impacting the world today.

He is an active supporter of Diversity Hut and continues to advise the enterprise with the core focus to ensure the organisation continues to rapidly grow.

Diversity Hut was the recipient of the ‘Contribution to the Community Award’ at the 2018 Global Donors Forum

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