What We Do
The Diversity Project Charity is a grant giving organisation. Our initial aim is to raise £2 million to help the charities who have been affected by the President’s Club disbandment, as well as some regional charities focussing on inclusivity. From 2020, we will support charities with social mobility, diversity and inclusivity aims.
VALUES AND Principles
The Charity’s grant-giving is guided by a set of values and principles that underpin the work that we do. We have a range of policies we aim to adhere to, such as grant giving, safeguarding and volunteer recruitment policies, which are available on request. Do contact us if you would like more information.
Diversity and Inclusion
We believe in empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, thought and national origin.
We ensure we work in an open and honest manner; providing full information required for collaboration and cooperation.
We seek to act with integrity. Value privacy and confidentiality.
We believe in the value of working together and sharing ideas to produce the best results
We want to support and advance charitable causes within the UK and make a positive sustainable impact
We aim to include a diverse range of partners within the Financial and Professional sector to champion causes relating to the fulfilment of our mission. This may be through a variety of ways, including financial sponsorship or through creating a forum in which both institutions and individuals who wish to provide support may do so for the charities supported by TDPC.
Our Trustees come from diverse backgrounds, with a wide range of experience and expertise in the Corporate and Charity sectors.
I arrived in asset management when it was quite eccentric, in the very early 1980s, and in some ways more diverse than it is now. I was one of the founders of the Diversity Project and I was delighted to be asked to be the Chair of the Diversity Project Charity.
I have chaired organisations from a small youth charity in south Islington to a FTSE 100 company, and my responsibility is to support my fellow Trustees and volunteers to identify how we can make a real difference and then go ahead and make it.
He is currently an Independent Consultant helping governments, Trusts/Foundation and companies to advance their grant-giving, philanthropic and CSR strategies.
Defrim has been engaged in improving diversity and inclusion for many years through a number of programmes and initiatives that he has designed and implement both internationally and in the UK.
Defrim is passionate about all of us enjoying the same rights, opportunities and fair treatment, whoever we are and wherever we are in the world and he strongly believe that inclusive, diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth.
He is excited to be part of Diversity Project Charity and to contribute towards shaping the organisation’s strategy, ensuring that any future grant-giving and other initiative that the charity takes is evidence-based, follows a human-centered approach and focuses on achieving positive and sustainable impact.
DIDI OGEDE EL-MAWAS
I am half Ghanaian and half Nigerian. I was born in London and spent my early years in Accra, Ghana. I went to Oxford University to study Theology and completed a Masters in Human Rights at UCL a few years later. For my Masters dissertation I conducted an extensive empirical study of disability rights implementation and monitoring in Ghana.
I have experience of delivering research, project and stakeholder management to a range of Charities and corporations, both in the UK and internationally. Generating insights and providing strategic advice for organizational/business development. During my career I have promoted diversity and inclusion especially in terms of ethnic, gender, disability and social-economic diversity; as well as providing advice for thought leadership development.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Diversity project charity, contributing and applying my varied experience of charity work, strategic planning and interest in social justice. I am passionate about breaking down barriers – promoting equal opportunities for all, celebrating difference and making a positive impact on society.
HELENA MORRISSEY DBE
I was born in Altrincham, Cheshire and attended local co-ed state schools before studying Philosophy at Cambridge. Having really fallen into fund management, I had an exciting start to my career as a bond fund manager in New York, at the time of the original ‘Wall Street’ movie. When I returned to London I began to appreciate just how difficult it was for women in the profession – especially women with children (I have nine!).
I was fortunate to work for many years at a firm that really recognised the benefits of diversity of thought on results – but that approach was very unusual. After the financial crisis exposed the dangers of groupthink, I launched the 30% Club to try to shake up the boardroom. Though we’ve seen real progress (the percentage of female FTSE100 directors is now over 30%, up from 12.5% in 2010), there’s a huge amount still to do to create real equality of opportunity, beyond the boardroom and beyond gender, especially in the asset management industry.
I’ve written a book, ‘A Good Time to be a Girl’ exploring the barriers and opportunities for women and girls today. I now chair the Diversity Project which aims to really shake up the way the industry is viewed so that we can attract great talent from all backgrounds.
I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and attended state schools before going to Oxford to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. I completed an MBA at London Business School soon after and, more recently, completed an MSc in People and Organisational Development at University of Sussex. As part of my MSc, I explored ways in which the benefits of diversity within teams can be encouraged. My career has focused on investment advice for institutional investors including not-for-profit organisations and in 2016, I helped to found the Diversity Project, an industrywide initiative to help create a more inclusive culture in the investment industry.
Having worked in the mainly white and male investment industry all my career, I am particularly focused on understanding and addressing the barriers to greater diversity whether that is socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.
I am half Dutch, half Austrian and obtained my international baccalaureate at a co-ed international school in Hilversum in the Netherlands before studying Economics and Law at Durham University. I am the first person in my immediate family to attend university and work in The City.
After having worked in the Investment and Savings Industry to over 10 years, I founded a marketing company specialising in marketing services for the Industry.
This is my first Trusteeship and as such I look forward to learning a lot, but more importantly will be working on developing fundraising strategies to raise funds that will make a real difference in people’s lives.
I very much hope that, over time, TDPC becomes the go to charity for the financial services industry to raise funds and support key diversity projects across the U.K.
She grew up in Italy and started her career in accounting, relocating to London in the early noughties to continue her career in Financial Services.
She has since served in a number of senior assurance roles in the City and when not at work she can be found walking her dogs, volunteering at St. Barts Hospital or tending to her tomato plants.