D&I | Sky unveils new Diversity Advisory council

Sky unveils new Diversity Advisory council

British broadcaster and telecommunications firm Sky has shared details of its latest initiative to boost D&I within the business, following the appointment of seven leaders to a new advisory body.

This move will see Sky’s new Diversity Advisory Council advise and guide the business on issues regarding diversity, including using its voice externally, while also helping to maintain progress towards becoming a more inclusive organisation.

The new members of the Board include:

  • Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500

  • Kanya King, Founder & CEO, MOBO Awards

  • Piers Linney, Entrepreneur

  • Leon Mann, Founder, The Black Collective of Media in Sport

  • Ndidi Okezie, CEO, UK Youth

  • Baroness Usha Prashar, Crossbench Member, House of Lords

  • Roland White, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Microsoft

It is hoped that the unique perspectives of each advisory council member will add value to the way in which Sky boosts its efforts towards D&I. In addition, the group will work alongside Sky’s Diversity Action Group, a diverse array of the organisation’s workforce, which is chaired by Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe.

Speaking on the move, Debbie Klein, Sky’s Group Chief Marketing, Corporate Affairs and People Officer, said that the new experts will help the business to “use our voice to affect change”.

“It’s vital that Sky pulls from a wide and varied pool of experts to advise on improving diversity and inclusion, and help us use our voice to affect change,” Klein added.

“These experienced, industry-leading advocates will give us important new perspectives as we work towards becoming an even more inclusive organisation.”

Sky has further showcased its commitment to D&I with the recent appointment of a new Chief Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Denise Peart, who will be taking on the role, is set to join the firm this month.

Commenting on the appointment, Klein said: “Our new Chief Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Officer also brings over 25 years of global experience to our work in 2021 and beyond. I’m delighted Denise is joining us to help make our vision of [a] more inclusive, diverse and skilled workforce a reality.”  

Sky maps out its D&I initiative

During the summer of 2020, Sky shared details of its upcoming commitments to support anti-racism and improve diversity and inclusion across the business.

The British broadcaster first outlined details to invest £10million per year across its markets for each of the next three years to improve representation and progression of minority groups.

Sky also committed to put in place targets to measure the progression of under-represented groups throughout the firm.

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