The National Patrons Network is a prestigious network of highly committed Chief Executives, Managing Directors and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion leads from some of the UK’s biggest organisations. It also contains inspiring leaders from smaller organisations, such as College Principals and Chief Executives of Housing Associations.

The National Patrons Network meets in the House of Commons and its goal is to help the National Centre for Diversity create culture change in UK workplaces.

Many of our Patron organisations are accredited with one of our equality standards such as the Investors or Leaders in Diversity Award, which emphasises their commitment to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion throughout their organisation

We are very proud to have established such an influential and dedicated group of people to further advance the work that we are doing at the National Centre for Diversity.


James Haluch
Head of Strategic Highways


Coral Taylor
HR Business Partner – Inclusion


Kirsti Lord
Deputy Chief Executive

Cognition Education

Julia Richards
Commercial Director EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Canal & River Trust

Mike Gooddie
HR Director

Financial Ombudsman Service

Caroline Wayman
Chief Ombudsman and Chief Executive

Huddersfield Town AFC

Zoe Shackleton
HR Manager

Karbon Homes

Paul Fiddaman
Deputy Group Chief Executive

Leeds Building Society

Becky Hewitt
Director of People

Leeds City College


Pat Edwards
Chief Executive


Jennifer Marshall
Head of Young People and Higher Education

New Perspectives

Tony Eaude
Educational Advisor to the National Centre for Diversity

NG Bailey

David Hurcomb
Chief Executive

NG Bailey

Frank Clayton
Head of Learning and Development

NOCN Group

NOCN Group

Jan Richardson-Wilde
Deputy Managing Director



Antony Pearce
Director of Quality and Business Improvement Team


Nick Bell
Chief Executive

SCE Solicitors

Samira Cakali
Solicitor Advocate

South Lanarkshire College

ScotRail Alliance

Alex Hynes
Managing Director

The Co-operative Academies Trust

Frank Norris

The Sheffield College

Angela Foulkes
Chief Executive & Principal

The University of Huddersfield

Dr Frances McGregor
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Trust Housing Association

Rhona McLeod
Chief Executive

Trust Housing Association

Rohini Sharma Joshi
Equalities Manager

VINCI Construction

Russell Matthews
Managing Director of Vinci Technology Centre

VINCI Construction

Joanne Mercer
Head of Organisational Development

Impact Funding Partners

Khalida Hussain
Senior Development Officer

Impact Funding Partners

Keith Wimbles
Chief Executive

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