Joanne Lockwood, Inclusion and Belonging Specialist
Joanne is a leading authority on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging who engages with organisations to develop policy and best practise to be more inclusive for all people. By challenging biases, she helps them to develop a vision and strategy for conscious inclusion, with the aim of bringing about positive culture change and employee experience.
Additionally, she promotes transgender awareness and support to businesses and organisations throughout the UK, Europe and elsewhere developing allies’ programmes as assisting in policy and LGBTQ+ inclusion strategies.
As a sought-after Keynote Conference speaker, podcaster, blogger and panellist, Joanne delivers workshops, seminars, a training programmes through the UK, Europe and elsewhere on the topics of Culture Change, Employee Engagement and Experience. Often working with Talent Acquisition and HR teams she advises on building an inclusive employee lifecycle from pre-hire to retire.
She is an Advisory Friend of The Institute of Equality & Diversity Professionals, a member of The Rotary Club and The Professional Speaking Association. Joanne sits as a subject matter expert for School of Health Sciences at Southampton University. As a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, she believespassionately that “people are people” and, no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Joanne was a contributor and featured in a Channel 4 (UK) documentary called “The Making of Me”, broadcast in February 2019. This documentary was filmed over a 3-year period and detailed her own personal gender transition and its impact on those around her.
Joanne lives by the mantra of “Smile, Engage and Educate” in order to promote awareness and understanding to overcome people’s fear of getting it wrong, because the world isn’t only black and white!