Julie Dennis

SpecialityHead of Diversity and Inclusion, Acas 

Julie is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist with 20 years’ experience, gained within the public and voluntary sector. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at ACAS, Julie is responsible for leading and providing expert advice on all diversity & inclusion related matters, with the aim of building an inclusive culture that drives engagement and ultimately performance.  

She has successfully developed and delivered strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives relating to employment and service delivery and is one of the country’s most experienced professionals in this field.

Graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 with a BA (Hon’s) in Women’s Studies, her first diversity role was with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service where she successfully established the strategic direction in relation to the diversity & inclusion agenda across employment and service delivery. Enabling managers to see the relevance of diversity in their day-to-day work was an enjoyable challenge. 

Over the years, Julie has developed and sustained robust corporate diversity and inclusion infrastructures including internal diversity staff networks and diversity champions, a wide range of positive action initiatives, internal diversity monitoring across all diversity strands, award winning diversity campaigns in order to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion and its relationship with cultural change, along with a suite of diversity and inclusion training packages, including unconscious bias and inclusive leadership.

During her career, her work on D&I was recognised repeatedly winning awards including two Public Sector Employer of the year awards from ENEI and enabling the organisations she has worked for gain s Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index positions.

More recently Julie has been focusing on the impact of Covid 19 on workers from diverse backgrounds and ongoing employer obligations along with helping employers implement flexible and inclusive practices. Plus, refocused Acas’ own approach to race equality, creating a refreshed Race Equality Action Plan. 

She is proud to be a diversity ally and a champion for mental health awareness, often sharing her own personal story about living with anxiety caused by PTSD.

Julie is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and strives to create an environment where people can be themselves at work.