Grant Thornton has announced the launch of a new inclusion advisory board (IAB), which will comprise 12 people from across the business.
According to the firm, the IAB has been appointed to “support high-quality, inclusive decision making” at its board level and offer development opportunities to a wide range of talent.
It added that the board will provide “robust, structured support”, as well as challenge to the firm’s strategic leadership team to help “ensure that the decisions they make are informed by a diverse range of views”.
IAB board members will serve for a period of two years once appointed.
The individuals appointed to the Inclusion Advisory Board were selected by the Grant Thornton strategic leadership team (SLT) from an open call for applications to all employees and partners of the firm.
The 12 chosen candidates range from associate to director level and reportedly represent a diverse range of backgrounds, career stages and experience.
Members of the board will be asked to share their views on strategic matters with the SLT, to gain exposure to strategic decision-making and influence decisions before they are made.
CEO Dave Dunckley said: “The IAB is a forum to make inclusive decisions about every aspect of our firm. As the world begins the process of rethinking our futures, we will be making fundamental decisions which impact all of us in different ways for many years.
“Having the diversity of thought, background and experience which the IAB brings will improve the quality of these decisions and the impact that they have on our people and clients.”
Anne Langton, global mobility manager, People and Culture, has been appointed as one of the new IAB members.
She said: “I am passionate about inclusion because, while every one of us has the untapped potential and ability to contribute greatly, we all aren’t given the opportunity, voice and support we need to do so.
“Leading with an inclusive perspective is not the opposite of being commercial; when we amplify and advocate for diverse voices and perspectives, we achieve better decision making and results.”
Avtar Sohal, public assurance director and IAB member, said: “I am excited to be a part of the Inclusion Advisory Board and will look to promote positive and lasting change in the firm. As a second generation British Asian from a working-class background, I have had to overcome many obstacles in relation to acceptance and inclusion and have dealt with discrimination from an early age.
“The challenges I have faced are like those faced by many others from diverse backgrounds. I want to use my experiences to help build a workplace culture which celebrates inclusiveness and diversity.”