Joining the Scottish Network for Leadership, Inclusion & Diversity could be for you. Established in 2014 by Standard Life, the network connects businesses who recognise the importance of embedding I&D within their organisations. It offers a relaxed and informal forum in which to share insights on what is working and what isn’t, all with the overriding objective of driving change and progress.  The network now has members representing over 75 Scottish based companies from a variety of sectors, including some of the biggest employers in Scotland such as Diageo, SSE, Balfour Beatty, Standard Life, Galliford Try and, Scottish Power.

Inclusion & Diversity are increasingly becoming a priority for organisations, who are recognising the very real business benefits.   Many companies across Scotland recognise the power of different perspectives, opinions and backgrounds in helping them succeed in their marketplace.  Most I&D networks tend to be in London so it is a great benefit to Scottish businesses to have access to a network which is on their doorstep and is free of charge.

It is currently run by a few of the network members who operate as a small committee to help shape quarterly events.

Previous topics have included:

  • The Future of Work
  • Disability in the Workplace (Richard Shakespeare D&I Consultancy)
  • Gender Pay Gap (Shared learning discussion)
  • Targeted interventions (including reverse/reciprocal mentoring) and gender related leadership activities. (Dan Robertson, ENEI)


The next event is on 27th March, at Standard Life Aberdeen, Lothian Road, Edinburgh from 10.00am – 12.30. If you would like to join the network and attend this next event, please contact: – as places are limited to the first 50.

Influencing Change and Embedding Inclusion – A Masterclass in Dealing with Code Red I&D Situations

How many times have you been in a situation where you have witnessed non-inclusive behaviour and not quite known how to react or what to say at the time – but left feeling that you really should  have said or done something? We all have a role to play in helping to educate and influence others in how to be fully inclusive, but there can be a fine line between sharing best practice and coming across as “politically correct” or even the Diversity Police.

Organisers are delighted to be joined by Dawn Hurst, Chief Executive of inclusion specialists Equal Approach, who will share her practical tips and techniques on how to challenge and influence others to become more inclusive, in the moment  and with respect. Dawn will be focusing on common “Code Red” situations which can occur in the workplace, like a colleague coming out as gay, or witnessing sexist “banter” – join this masterclass to learn how you can influence change and embed inclusion in others.

About the speaker: Dawn Hurst, Chief Executive of Equal Approach

Dawn is Equal Approach’s inspirational Chief Executive, who founded the business. Dawn left a well-respected and distinguished career within recruitment and HR, where she worked for a number of international organisations, to pursue her passion for diversity & inclusion and her drive to create a level playing field for talent with difference. As a result, Dawn established Equal Approach in order to embed inclusion within organisations, remove barriers for diverse talent and specifically championing individuals with difference to maximise their potential. Over the last 2 years Dawn has been working across three continents, with a number academics to develop a unique Return on Inclusion Tool in order to evidence the financial impact of inclusion of an organisation’s performance.