Monday, November 29, 2021

Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce Networking Breakfast


This morning I had an early start to make my way to a "Networking Breakfast" at Mansion House in the City of London. This was the first such physical breakfast event I have attended since the start of the pandemic. Dispite the recent concerning news about the new Covid variant, Omicron, it was well supported.  I think at least 100 members of working groups or the advisory board attended. 

The Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce is commissioned by the HM Treasury and led by the City of London. Check out more about the taskforce: #WhoGetsAhead "The City of London is leading a taskforce to boost socio-economic diversity at senior levels in UK financial and professional services"

I am a member of the advisory board on behalf of the Local Authority Pension Board Forum (LAPF) which represents nearly all UK Council Pension funds and Pools (some £300 billion of investments). 

It was good to hear from taskforce Chair Catherine McGuinness, and Co-Chairs @AndyHaldane, @Sandra Wallace, @VincentKeaveny and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury @JohnGlen

The Taskforce is carrying out a baseline survey and it is vital that enough employers fill out it out in order to get a robust survey. LAPFF will be encouraging all its funds managers and advisors to do so

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The Taskforce have recently published its November newsletter, which features a podcast with the Lord Mayor. Please sign up to receive the next instalment and encourage your peers to sign up as well. The next edition will come out in January 2022. 

Final point is that the picture collage above does not really show how simply stunning Mansion House is, I have walked past the rather drab façade many times and did not realise what a treasure lies inside. 

I hope in the future that the Taskforce will bring about change and result in more young people from places such as Newham, visiting Mansion House in their own right as City of London professionals. 

Hat tip to the Corporation for photos. 

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