The importance of role models in the workplace from a D&I perspective is crucial.

Having staff that visibly reflect diverse backgrounds, provide mentorship and pave the way for the next generation is key to structural and organisational change.

Something I learned from a focus group we conducted recently was that there is sometimes a lack of confidence and inability for diverse candidates to put themselves up for a role as there are no others like them already in the levels above.

This type of self-exclusion is something that all organisations should be concerned about – how are you developing and enabling the best talent and will it be lost to the organisation if there are no adequate role models?