Charlotte Sweeney

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Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Author and Speaker

Charlotte has specialised in large-scale change programmes with a focus on diversity, inclusion, engagement and wellbeing for over 15 years. She is seen as a thought leader in her field and works with companies and executives from the private and public sectors to drive leadership and cultural change.  Charlotte worked for Blue Chip companies in the Financial Services sector for 25 years (Barclays, Barclays Capital, HBOS and Nomura International) before creating her own consultancy.  

Charlotte is also the founder of the ‘Creating Inclusive Cultures’ Programme which is a collaboration of companies to drive sustainable change on Inclusion in cities across the UK. It is heralded as ‘the first serious programme that gets companies to work together on D&I issues in the UK regions’.

She conducted an independent review on the Voluntary Code for Executive Search firms in relation to getting more women onto boards for the UK Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable, which is now referred to as "The Sweeney Report".  She is Vice-Chair of the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills external Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel. She created and led the City of London's Diversity Programme "The Power of Diversity" on behalf of the then Lord Mayor of London Dame Fiona Woolf CBE, collaborating with over 70 companies.

Charlotte is a Non Executive Director and Deputy Chair at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust in the UK.  She also holds a number of NED roles in companies and charities including the City HR Association and Carers UK and, in 2014, became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants as well as gaining the Freedom of the City of London.  She currently chairs the Education Committee for the Worshipful Company.

Over the years Charlotte has won many awards, including from Harvard, for her work in the Diversity and Inclusion field and was recognised by TIAW for advancing the economic empowerment of women. In October 2015, she was recognised by The Economist as in the Top 50 Diversity Professionals in the world. In 2016 she was awarded the Commended Award as a Transformational Leader in the Northern Power Women Awards and listed in the Top 50 Power Women.

Charlotte is co-author of the forthcoming book ‘Inclusive Leadership’ on D&I strategies, published by The Financial Times. She has her own regular section in a Lexis Nexis publication and writes for other professional publications as well as delivering keynote speeches and chairing conferences internationally. She is also a regular expert contributor in the Press, Radio and TV including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Sky News, BBC Radio Five Live and ITV News.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Royal Society of the Arts, Professional Speaking Association and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.