What are the aims of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation (MBDL Foundation) ?
This is an award winning non-profit organisation launched by Miranda Brawn, one of the UK’s leading diversity champions, to help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) future leaders become a success while increasing all forms of diversity & equality (including race) in Britain and beyond.
The UK Prime Minister has personally praised and presented an award for making UK history by launching the first diversity lecture aimed at schoolchildren and the next generation via The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation. The Foundation has also been personally praised by The Prince of Wales.
Why is The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation’s work important?
Our workplaces are lacking in diversity with an absence of BAME, gender, age, disability, LGBT and social mobility representation which has an impact at all levels of the organisation. With a particular focus on race diversity, it is necessary to develop a pipeline of BAME talent in the 21st century.
– 1 in 8 of the working population is from a BAME background. Yet only 1 in 10 are in the workplace.
– Only 1 in 16 top management positions are held by an ethnic minority person.
– Ethnic diversity in British boardrooms lags almost two decades behind female representation at the top level with less than 2% of British directors from a BAME background.
Our Patrons (in alphabetical order):
Our Patrons have pioneers within the diversity space for several decades.
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE is a British corporate lawyer. Woolf qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and worked as an assistant at Clifford Chance until 1978. She then moved to CMS Cameron McKenna where she became the firm’s first female partner in 1981.
She served as the Lord Mayor of London (2013-14), acting as global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services. Woolf served as president of the Law Society of England and Wales for 2006–07. She has held and still holds many other significant positions in the City of London. She is the Chancellor of the University of Law.
Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE
Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE is the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. She was the first black woman to be a governor of the BBC and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council.
Barrow was a founding member and General Secretary of Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD) which is the organisation responsible for the Race Relations Act of 1968. She was instrumental in the establishment of the North Atlantic Slavery Gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool. She was a Trustee of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and a Governor of the British Film Institute.