Welcome to the Morson diversity portal where you can find insights on attracting all generations recruitment, tips to be more successful and guides to inclusive leadership. We are committed to changing perceptions within business, championing women in engineering and empowering young talent through mentorship.
Adrian Adair, Operations Director at Morson, articluates why we're diversity and inclusion is core to Morson:
“There’s no denying that diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success. Yet it isn’t just as easy as attracting talent from underrepresented groups, as a business must also create working environments that champion equality and inclusivity from the inside out.
“We strive to ensure that our workforce represents our customers and society as a whole, which means recruiting from the widest talent pool and giving our people the tools, drivers and learning opportunities to reach their full potential, from entry to board level.
“We’re the only recruiter to commit to a target for increasing the number of female contractors that we employ and are using our own business as a sounding board to perfect our diversity initiatives and challenge stereotypes, so these can be rolled out to our clients to develop cultures that embrace change and ultimately outperform their peers.”
We are proud to be members of Stonewalls Diversity Champions programme. Stonewall are Europe's largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity. Diversity Champions is the leading employers' programme for ensuring all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.
Morson aim to create a workplace where LGBT staff can be themselves, driving performance, engagement and innovation. Through our involvement with Stonewall we aim to collaborate, learn and share cutting edge best practice and initiatives to enhance our ability to recruit diverse talent.
Here at Morson we are committed to improving the diversity of our company and building inclusive cultures every day. Not only is this good for business, it’s also the right thing to do. We aim to be a truly 21st century workforce, where everyone’s talents are welcomed, valued and nurtured.
As part of this we are committing to the Inclusive Culture Pledge, a special initiative by diversity consultancy EW Group. By signing up to EW Group’s Pledge, we will benefit from a year of dedicated support on five key aspects of diversity development: Leadership, People, Brand, Data and Future. Together this will provide a focus for building our skills, awareness, confidence and maturity around workplace diversity over the course of 2018. In doing so, we are making a commitment, internally and outwardly, to the lasting importance of diversity and inclusion to our company culture. For more information visit https://theewgroup.com
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Recent studies reveal that there is still a considerable way to go to eliminating gender bias from the recruitment process, especially in the engineering sector. According to the latest figures from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), only 11% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female. Both women and men who study Engineering and Technology express similar levels of intent to work in the industry, however, 66.2% of men and only 47.4% of women went on to work in engineering and technology in 2011. Launched earlier this month, a robot called Furhat has set out on a mission to try and combat this issue. Advanced technology enables him to communicate with humans by listening, speaking, showing emotions and participating in conversations. The market-ready robot has been designed to create an intuitive, human-like and engage experience making the way that people interact with technology much more natural. (Image sourced via furhatrobotics.com) In an interview for Recruiter Magazine, Samer Al Moubayed, CEO of furhatrobotics.com said: "We know that about 70% of interviews for jobs are biased, bias comes from the state of mind of the recruiter when they enter the interview. So potentially the appearance, the age and the background, dialect, accent of the job candidate – things that we know shouldn’t be taken into account in an interview process but with humans are naturally biased. We’re trying to explore this exact question of how a robot can contribute to this area." It is believed that the technology firm is exploring the use of Furhat to complete competency-based interviews in the initial stages of the recruitment process. He will be able to ask the questions and then collect all the data to be able to pass on to a specialist recruiter to review, therefore removing the unconscious bias at the beginning of the recruitment process. Samer added: “The goals of the project are really global, the first language this system is going to cover is Swedish but we’re going to roll out English quite early in the process. The goal is to see if this can be turned into a product for staffing companies in Sweden and globally.” Watch the video below to find out more about Furhat. (Video sourced via furhatrobotics.com) Ready to progress your career? Click here to search Morson jobsFind out more
Recent studies reveal that there is still a considerable way to go to eliminating gender bias from the recruitment process, especially in the engineering sector. According to the latest figures from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), only 11% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female. Both women and men who study Engineering and Technology express similar levels of intent to work in the industry, however, 66.2% of men and 47.4% of women went on to work in engineering and technology in 2011. With new initiatives in place to encourage more women into STEM professions, what can be done to reduce unconscious bias? Set specific diversity goals Setting some realistic gender diversity targets is a good place to start and can ensure you stay on the right track throughout the entire recruitment process. By no means should you employ an individual to simply tick a box, but having goals to work towards can help to identify any problem areas that you may need to improve. Write gender-neutral job descriptions Certain phrases that are written in job adverts can deter high-quality candidates from applying for the position. For example, it is believed that on average men apply for a job when they meet 60% of the required skills whereas women only apply when they believe that they meet 100% of the required skills. A study conducted by totaljobs found an astonishing 478,175 female and male-biased words used throughout the job ads, or on average, that is six gender-coded words per advert. Male-biased words include lead, head, competitive, chief and confident whereas female-biased words include responsible, support, dependable, understanding and committed. The strategy of de-gendering the language used in job adverts to ensure they appeal to all candidates is a good way to ensure you eliminate gender bias. De-identify CVs De-identifying CVs will help to eliminate any unconscious bias in decision-making that may be susceptible to details about gender. If you evaluate each CV in exactly the same way it ensures that you are scoring the person’s CV objectively and not subjectively. However, realistically this is not always possible and so alternative steps can be taken throughout the interview process. Read on to find out more. Be aware of unconscious bias in the interview process Adding structure to an interview by having a series of standardised questions that you ask in every interview makes it easier for the interviewer to compare each candidate applying for the job. These questions can include some ice-breakers and easier questions, however, having guidelines to record and interpret responses during an interview is imperative. It’s also a good idea to identify the preferred answer to each question you are asking before you conduct the first interview. Use a diverse interview panel Depending on the type of interview process, you may be able to elect a gender diverse interview panel which can reduce the risk of unconscious gender bias. If possible, it is a good idea to extend this strategy to have a fair mix of cultural diversity and age range when conducting a series of interviews. Ensuring your recruitment process is fair and unbiased against all genders has a positive effect on the entire business. For example, a recent study conducted by UC Davis revealed that out of the 400 companies who took part, those who have a high percentage of female executives have a 74% higher return on assets and equity. Overall, companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse. Click here to read more about Gender Diversity in Contracting. Or for an insight into our female engineers and the roles they play for leading clients around the globe, take a look at our dedicated Women in Engineering portal.Find out more
Our Operations Director, Adrian Adair has featured in the latest issue of Recruitment International Magazine discussing the importance of diversity in business and more specifically, in recruitment. Morson prides itself on being an equal opportunities employer that provides an inclusive environment to candidates and employees alike. We believe that diversity of thought promotes innovation by bringing multiple perspectives to discussions and decisions. We are committed to improving the diversity of our company and building inclusive cultures every day. Not only is this good for business, but it’s also the right thing to do. We aim to be a truly 21st-century workforce, where everyone’s talents are welcomed, valued and nurtured. In October we hosted a unique panel event which brought together world-class leaders from various professions and industries to share their own stories and insights on leadership behaviours. They discussed ideas from creating inclusive cultures and leading successfully diverse teams to developing environments where all staff can thrive and reach their full potential. Read more about the event here. In a snippet from Recruiter International, Adrian Adair articulates why diversity and inclusion is core to Morson: “There’s no denying that diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success. Yet it isn’t just as easy as attracting talent from underrepresented groups, as a business must also create working environments that champion equality and inclusivity from the inside out.” “We strive to ensure that our workforce represents our customers and society as a whole, which means recruiting from the widest talent pool and giving our people the tools, drivers and learning opportunities to reach their full potential, from entry to board level.” “We’re the only recruiter to commit to a target for increasing the number of female contractors that we employ and are using our own business as a sounding board to perfect our diversity initiatives and challenge stereotypes, so these can be rolled out to our clients to develop cultures that embrace change and ultimately outperform their peers” To find out more about our commitment to diversity, visit our diversity hub.Find out more
Morson is delighted to be named Top Employer for our work on gender inclusivity by employment website VERCIDA. The annual awards are highly competitive and include big industry names geared towards fair and people-focused employment. Entrants are judged according to factors like diversity initiatives within their own business, the amount and type of content shared on the VERCIDA website, partnerships with diverse initiatives, external awards received that year and how they rank as candidate favourites. Morson featured in the top ten list for gender inclusivity, a list which includes HS2, Atkins and Bloomberg. VERCIDA is a careers site tuned to diversity and inclusion that only works with employers committed to values, equality, respect, culture, inclusion, diversity and accessibility. Employers use this site to showcase who they are, the jobs they have and the working environment they wish to create in order to attract a rich variety of people. The panel behind the awards are keen to explore the power of using a diversity-led careers site to reach new audiences and promote diversity and inclusion at all levels. This is part of VERCIDA’s wider intentions to help build more successful and diverse teams by supporting and facilitating a wide skill mix to employers. VERCIDA Chief Executive Officer Morgan Lobb explained, “The power of what we do is to make job search about more than just a vacancy. It’s building an environment where people bring their whole self to work, talk about success and together remove the barriers to great employment. We’re proud to be standing with our award winners who have done this so much this year in changing the way we work for the better. I congratulate them all.” Adrian Adair, Chief Operations Officer for Morson International, said “As a business, we’re practising what we preach and leading by example and it’s great to see that celebrated with this award. We’re the only recruitment agency to commit to a target for the number of female contractors that we employ. That was good for us to put a stick in the ground and have something to aim for. That’s really enabled us to focus on what we’re trying to do and we look forward to continue to be a leading light.” For more information on our diversity activity check out our dedicated Diversity Hub.Find out more
Morson launch 50th anniversary celebrations by pledging to donate to 50 different worthy causes throughout the year. In 2019 Morson will celebrate half a century in business. To honour this land mark we have embarked on a programme of events, with charity and community at the heart. During the next 12 months we plan for every office worldwide across the Group to take part, nominating a charity in that region to support. Closer to home we are embarking to help the local community as part of our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme by providing donations each week to help schools, homeless shelters, elderly care homes, youth projects, animal welfare shelters and many other institutions in the Manchester area, beginning in January. In addition we will be working to raise money for our 2019 employee-chosen charities, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. As part of the Armed Forces Covenant and a recipient of the Ministry of Defence Gold Award one of our charity nominations this year reflects our continued work towards helping ex-forces veterans into civilian careers. Through this activity we aim to have our best ever year of fundraising, giving £500,000 throughout the year and surpassing the record of £160,000 raised in 2016. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as Salford University, the Seashell Trust, Destination Florida and Alzheimer's Society. Morson Group was formed by Gerry Mason, the late father of our current CEO Ged Mason, in the family home in Salford in 1969. Since formation, the head office of the company has never moved more than two miles away from its original location. We now occupy state-of-the-art premises on Centenary Way on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and this relationship with the local area is something that we are keen to celebrate throughout the year. “Manchester has always been a fantastic and vibrant place to conduct business. From our first office at our family home, to our current corporate headquarters, we have enjoyed working within the diverse and exciting business culture Manchester provides and we are proud of our roots.” - Ged Mason, CEO Growing to become the third largest technical recruiter in the world and the UK’s leading aerospace and rail recruiter, turning over more than £900million, we have a proud history, providing talent to many major engineering projects such as Channel Tunnel, Crossrail, Airbus A380, A350 and Eurofighter aircraft as well as nuclear power stations Sellafield and Sizewell. To mark our land mark anniversary we will be releasing a commemorative book which will chart both the history of the business as well as the growth and development of Manchester itself with interviews and features from several famous Mancunians – many of whom are associated with Morson. A digital time capsule will amplify the celebration of our achievements through an immersive online experience, which will take the user through the company's past, present and future. Both of these initiatives will bring together Morson’s sporting ambassadors; from horse racing, to ex-Manchester United players, to former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and the newly-crowned WBA super middleweight world champion Callum Smith, to Sale Sharks and more. To give back to the people who make Morson a success, a celebration event in July will bring our employees from all over the world together. Ged is keen to take the opportunity of our 50th year to reflect on how the business has grown and look forward to the future. “It’s great to live up to the company core value of giving and sprinkling some star dust where we can. I'm very proud of the Morson family and where we are now. As much as we are looking back when we celebrate our birthday, it's important that we look forward and keep driving on, at all times remembering that our greatest asset is our people. As my father used to say, 'there is no finish line, and that is the challenge.'” Morson have been re-thinking recruitment since 1969. Click here to find your next opportunity with us. For the latest updates on our 50th celebrations follow us @MorsonGroup #WeAre50Find out more
DIVERSITY | 5 MIN READ Morson's Head of Marketing, Rebekah Lee makes the Future's List Creative industries leading a charge with more nominees Engineers, restaurateurs, pharmacists, entrepreneurs and disruptors recognised All Northern Powerhouse regions represented The Northern Power Women today have released the names of 100 women who have contributed to making a difference in their communities and raising awareness of gender equality across the North of England. The Power List celebrates women who challenge the norm and ensure that everyone they work with recognise the benefit of having a gender-balanced workplace. The Future List recognises the influencers and change-makers of the future who are already making a difference in their environments and communities. Northern Power Women is delighted to announce the 2019 Power and Future Lists to be celebrated at the fourth Northern Power Women Awards, which this year feature nominees from more sectors and more regions in the North. Morson are particuarly proud this year to be announced as the new sponsor for the NPW Future List, alongside the headline sponsor, Manchester Airports Group, who have partnered with NPW for the past two years. As NPW’s work championing diversity in the workplace and in business has gathered pace, the organisation has expanded its activities firmly across the entire Northern Powerhouse regions, “this means we can celebrate the work of more Power Women and bring a spotlight on their amazing achievements,” said NPW founder Simone Roche MBE. Different sectors are breaking new ground with inclusion in the Power and Future lists, with musicians, chefs and other creatives joining the bankers, entrepreneurs and other organisational leaders that have made the running in previous years. “This shows that celebrating inclusivity is high on everyone’s list of priorities,” added Roche, and it provides a welcome headache for the now 60-strong judging panel. Morson Global Operations Director expressed his delight to be sponsoring the Future's List this year: “We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer that provides an inclusive environment to candidates and employees alike. We recognise that diversity of thought promotes innovation by bringing multiple perspectives to discussions and decisions and we are looking forward to seeing the positive impacts made by those on this year’s lists.” One of Morson's own, Rebekah Lee, Head of Marketing has been featured in the Top 50 Future List, commenting on her fantastic achievement she said: "I'm delighted to be a part of the Nothern Power Women's Futures list which celebrates women and men working towards creating gender balance in organisations across the entire Northern Powerhouse. As head of marketing for Morson I operate in sectors hardest hit by imbalances and work to actively attract talent from untapped pools, ensuring there are no barriers in place to hold talented people back. I'm passionate about promoting diversity that goes beyond gender, working hard to challenge stigmas, open conversations and invite collaboration." New additions to the Power List, including former barrister, food writer and restaurateur Nisha Katona MBE, from the Wirral are similarly excited to be part of the evolving story that is Northern Power Women. Nisha said: “I’m delighted to be part of the Power List – I love how Northern Power Women celebrates great role models from all sectors and backgrounds and happy to be flying the flag for the vibrant hospitality and service industry. These are industries in which women need to make much more progress and I’m proud to be a part of this magnificent sector.” Another of our Power List Caroline Theobald CBE, Founder, FIRST which connects people for mutual advantage: (Entrepreneurs to money, management and new markets; companies to stakeholders and communities; young people to employment and enterprise and internationals to new opportunities). Caroline, from Newcastle upon Tyne, said “It gives recognition to what I’ve spent my working life trying to promote! Northern Power Women are active, resourceful and inclusive – three words that I hope describe me too!” The unfolding talent in the Future List will get their chance to take part in a platform that seeks to encourage the ‘up-and-coming’ in the North. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has even provided one of these young talents: “We are delighted that our apprentice at the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Emma Green, has been added to the Northern Power Women Future list,” said director Henri Murison. “Emma is our first apprentice and this accolade reinforces how apprentices are valued in the workplace and are extremely important to the future of the Northern Powerhouse.” Jodie Williams, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager for National Express and Director for the Yorkshire Diversity Festival has also been added to the Future List. Jodie grew up in a patriarchal society, in a poor, white neighbourhood, experiencing regular racism which gave her an understanding for greater equality. Jodie said, “As a society our differences make us stronger, they should be recognised, supported and celebrated – I’m delighted to be included in the Future List because it’s important to empower women, to shine lights on role models, create positive representations to pave the way for the next generation and show them that every and anything is possible, there is no limit, representation, empowerment matters. It’s brilliant to be a part of something which is creating long term sustainable change in equality.” The judges, too, welcome the chance to play their part: “It’s inspiring to see the remarkable work these nominees are doing across our North,” said Libby Annat, sustainability director of Primark. Fellow judge Marian Sudbury, Director of the UK Regions at the Department for International Trade, declared herself in “awe” of the nominees: “I absolutely loved being part of this process. The passion and dedication came across in every single nomination which made our work as judges extremely difficult. I was in complete awe of some of the remarkable work these nominees are doing across our regions and I’m pleased that these individuals are getting the recognition they thoroughly deserve.” And BBC North GM Adrian Mills expressed, “I really enjoyed being part of the judging process because I spent the day finding out about the amazing women making a difference across the North of England.” The inaugural awards started in March 2016, welcomed 440 influencers, leaders, change agents, and inspiring male and female role models, in 2017 520 celebrated success across the North and in 2018 580 attended receiving a record 950+ nominations. 2019 is already proving that there is a need to highlight the great people working towards a gender diverse workplace, currently on track for beating attendee records. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the hard work of the women and men across the North playing a part in Northern Power Women; Manchester Airports Group, Morson Group, Santander, YBS, NatWest, Liverpool FC, HSBC, MSP Global and EY. Simone Roche MBE, founder of Northern Power Women said: “I am extremely proud of these role models. They are amazing people doing fantastic work and they deserve every bit of recognition. Without the women on our Future and Power List it would be impossible for us to do what we do across the North. Each person named has played a part in driving forward the NPW agenda and have helped push out the boundaries” The new entrants will be celebrated at the Northern Power Women Awards with over 650 guests at Manchester Central Convention Complex on Monday 18 March, tickets available here. The fourth awards will also recognise the winners across 10 categories shortlisted from 900 nominations. 2019 Power List Alison Brittain CBE, Chief Executive, Whitbread Alyson Fadil, Chief People Officer, N Brown Group Plc Angela Seeney, Transformation Director, Sellafield Ltd Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England, Children’s Commissioner’s Office Baroness Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Greater Manchester Combined Authority Caroline Theobald CBE, Chair, FIRST (trading name of First Face to Face Ltd) Christine Gaskell, MBE, DL, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership Debbie Francis, Managing Director, Direct Rail Services Ltd Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, Chair, The Scout Association Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive, The Innovation Agency Edwina Wolstencroft, Editor, BBC Radio 3, BBC Elia Montorio, Equity Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP Estelle Blanks, Executive Director, Innovation SuperNetwork Gail Jones, Managing Director, UKFast Hazel Blears, Non-Executive Director, Cooperative Group Heidi Mottram CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Northumbrian Water Group Helen Baker, Global Director of Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Sage Jackie Arnold MBE, Corporate Responsibility Lead, BAE Systems Jane Woods, Director, Operations EMEA Head of Portfolio Services, BNY Mellon Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, Author/Campaigner, Freelance Jenn Hazlehurst, Partner, EY Julie Waring, Solicitor/Owner, Morecrofts LLP Solicitors Justine Andrew, Market Director, Education and Skills, KPMG LLP Karen Campbell-Williams, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton Lesley McPherson, Director of Communications, The Co-operative Bank Liz Tapner, Chief Executive Officer, Selnet Ltd Lucy Powell MP, MP for Manchester Central, Chair All Party Parliamentary Group for Greater Manchester, Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary / Mayoral Advisor on Equalities, TUC Lynn Cordall, Commercial Director, Damartex UK Ltd Nickie Gott OBE, Managing Director, She’s Got It Nisha Katona MBE, CEO, Mowgli Street Food Ltd. Pat Ritchie , Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council Pippa Wicks, Deputy CEO, Cooperative Group Professor Uduak Archibong MBE, Professor of Diversity, University of Bradford Qudsia Karim, Head of Consulting, Impact International Rachel Clacher, Co-founder, Moneypenny Rowena Burns, Chairman x 2, Manchester Science Partnerships and Health Innovation Manchester Ruth Harrison, UK Managing Director, ThoughtWorks Sally Carr MBE, Operational Director (Joint CEO), The Proud Trust Sandra Hill, Managing Director , Page Personnel Sarah Davies, Northern Powerhouse Lead, Environment Agency Sarah Glendinning, Regional Director, CBI Sarah Stewart OBE, Chief Executive, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative Shelley Alexander, Lead for Diversity and Women’s Sport, BBC Sport, BBC Stephanie Burras CBE, CEO, Ahead Partnership Susan Black PgDip, MCIPR, MSc, Director of Communications, Liverpool Football Club Tricia Williams, Chief Operating Officer Manchester Airport, MAG Wendy Tan-White MBE, Partner & Board Trustee , BGF Ventures & Alan Turing Institute Zohrah Zancudi, Director of Public Services, Calderdale Borough Council 2019 Future List sponsored by Morson Group Abi Ridley, Client Origination Analyst, Accenture Abigail Patel, National and North West Regional Council Student Representative and ABS Ambassador, The Manchester School of Architecture/ RIBA Aine McTiernan, Scale North Lead, PwC Alix Bolton, Head of People, Visualsoft Amanda Adeola, Associate Solicitor, BHP Law Amna Abdullatif, Children and Young People’s Lead, Women’s Aid Amy Campo McEvoy, Senior Network Manager, The Girls’ Network Amy Lynch, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, ThoughtWorks Anna Holland Smith, Programme Manager (Technology and Innovation Accelerator), The Hut Group Annalisa Toccara, Founder and CEO, Our Mel Charlene Lancaster, Director – Audit and Assurance services, Mazars LLP Charlotte Percy, Senior Associate Family Law Solicitor, McAlister Family Law Claire Eadington, Business Change Manager, Environment Agency, Defra group Colette Cronshaw, Project assistant, Riverside ECHG Dannie Spencer, Head of Legal, Allied London Deb Hetherington, Business Engagement Manager, Leeds Beckett University Dharini Patel, Senior Leader, Department for Education Diane Gleeson, Vending & Hot Beverage co-ordinator, Sodexo Dr Amanda Lamb, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Health Cities Emma Green, Digital Marketing Apprentice, Northern Powerhouse Partnership Fey Ijaware, Front-End Developer, Peninsula Gemma Smith, Senior Project Manager, Liverpool FC Foundation Georgena Clarke, In-house Employment Lawyer, OCS Group UK Limited Hannah Hosanee, Director, Consume Communications Ltd Heather Gray, Business Development Manager, Bruntwood Holly Wood, Founder and CEO, WeBlogNorth and the Northern Blog Awards Joanne Johns, Corporate Tax Manager, EY Jodie Hill, Managing Director and Solicitor, Thrive Law Jodie Williams, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager, National Express Kate Rylance, UX Research Manager, Shop Direct Kusum Trikha, Senior Engineer, WSP Laura Beattie, Co-founder, Careaux Laura Earnshaw, Founder and CEO, myHappymind Laura Nadel, Director, Head of Employment Legal North, PWC Lisa Miles, NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre Operations Manager, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Michelle Partington, Consultant, Mentis Training and Consultancy Najwa Jawahar, Senior Structural Engineer, WSP Nazia Rehman, Portfolio holder for finance, transformation and resources, Wigan Council Nicola Witter, Deanery Children and Families Worker/Singer, Dioecese of Manchester Nikki Barraclough, Executive Director, Prevent Breast Cancer Rachel Beattie, Director and Co-founder, Careaux Rachel Fraser, Head of Internal Communications & Engagement, MAG Rebekah Lee, Head of Marketing, Morson Group Rhiannon Carss, Head of Communications, Curtins Safiya Saeed, Youth project Co-ordinator, Reach up youth group Samantha Wilcock, Account Manager, Ombudsman Services Sarah McGuire, Group Head of Recruitment , MAG Tara Hewitt, Inclusion & Engagement Manager, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group Thorrun Govind, Pharmacist, Community Pharmacist Victoria Alcock, Assistant Director – Student Recruitment, EY To find out more about our commitment to diversity, visit our diversity hub.Find out more
DIVERSITY AND ROLE MODELS | 5 MIN READ Senior leaders should use their position to drive the gender diversity conversation 'Seeing is believing' is extremely powerful Role models must be diverse if we’re to truly champion inclusion Adrian Adair is Morson's chief operating officer and a Northern Power Women role model. With the Northern Power Women Future and Power List released this week, he speaks about the importance of role models in senior leadership and why they are vital to encourage women to realise their potential. Operating in traditionally male-dominated sectors, the Morson Group has long been a vocal contributor to the gender diversity conversation. Women remain underrepresented in certain sectors, such as Tech and Engineering, and whilst progress is being made, there is still plenty of unlocked potential out there. Regardless of the industry, we strive to attract the best talent for our customers, and a more diverse and rich pool is fundamental to that. Dated stereotypes still depict engineering, and other technical careers, as a man’s domain; and this is exactly what we are challenging by showcasing the great female talent that we already have. The more we can do to increase the visibility of women in technical roles, the more likely a school leaver will consider STEM a viable career path. The concept of ‘seeing is believing’ is extremely powerful, with studies showing that female students are more likely to choose particular careers when they’re exposed to situations and scenarios where they can imagine themselves in their shoes. Our ‘Diversity in Engineering’ campaign uses video and written interviews to showcase inspirational females from all walks of life, who demonstrate the variety of roles available and the many different routes into engineering. By providing relatable role models to the younger generation to look up to, and take inspiration from, we hope to break down some of the barriers and encourage more women into the field; whilst also providing a positive platform to encourage career transitioning from females already working in other sectors. Morson is also a Girls’ Network partner, having helped to launch their Salford division. The Girls’ Network empowers young females from the least advantaged communities to be ambitious and reach their aspirations by matching them with a positive female mentor, and some of the Morson team are now acting as mentors as part of the initiative. Role models must also be diverse if we’re to truly champion inclusion and challenge the status quo. Within the Morson Group, we partner our mentees with like-minded senior mentors. Rather than being gender-based, these partnerships are carefully selected to deliver real collaboration, which within our own business, is helping us to improve female representation among our senior management teams, and in the future, at board level. Openly sharing and challenging your weaknesses and capitalising on your strengths, especially from a male perspective, is extremely powerful and works to break down any prejudice and barriers to success. As senior leaders, it’s important that we use our position to drive the gender diversity conversation, to run campaigns, and to show that there are plenty of opportunities out there for women, particularly in industries such as tech, science, and engineering. Morson are sponsors of the Innovation category and Future’s List of the Northern Power Women Awards, which furthers our commitment to diverse, future talent.Find out more
Once again, Morson are a Key Challenge sponsor for Women in Rail’s 2019 Big Rail Diversity Challenge. Women in Rail was created to improve gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the UK rail industry. Gary Smithson, Morson's Associate Director for Rail, discusses: As a Key Challenge sponsor for the last two years, I’ve seen at first-hand how initiatives like the Big Rail Diversity Challenge can help promote and strengthen greater awareness of diversity within the workplace, but also foster deeper collaboration within teams. As an organisation which operates in sectors hardest hit by imbalances, Morson are dedicated to improving diversity within the industries we work; in 2017 our CEO, Ged Mason OBE, pledged to double the number of female engineer contractors we have working for us by 2020, a figure which we’re well on the way to achieving. The Challenge aligns perfectly to our core values and gives us the opportunity to have fun and promote a message which goes beyond the main event. Throughout the year we do a lot to promote the initiative; for 2018 we created a Spotify soundtrack of motivational tracks for our employees and competitors, and we have more exciting things planned for later this year. Importantly, the Big Rail Diversity Challenge gets everyone involved, across all levels of the business. Diversity which goes beyond gender should be a topic on everyone’s agenda, and the Challenge positively focuses on and promotes true inclusivity. The ‘Morson Equals Opportunities’ campaign, which centres on using accessibility technology to revolutionise how we engage with candidates online, echoes this initiative. It is just another way we’re working to guarantee there are no barriers in place to hold talented people back. I have seen a shift in the recognition of diversity amongst organisations; for us, promoting role models and profiling powerful women in industry is a key factor in creating a more diverse workforce and inspiring future generations, which is where we will hopefully see a real change moving forwards. Initiatives like this help to shine a spotlight on the work being done by Women in Rail to improve diversity across the UK rail industry. 2018 saw over 500 people participate, and with a record number of teams expected to be on the starting line for 2019 following a staggering 75% growth over the first three years, it promises to be yet another stand out event in the rail calendar. You can follow all the action from the Big Rail Diversity Challenge via the website www.bigraildiversity.co.uk – or across the event’s social channels; Twitter @BRailDiversityC | Facebook @bigraildiversity | Instagram @bigraildiversitychallengeFind out more
Alison Charles has worked for engineering design consultancy Morson Projects for many years. The daughter of a French teacher and an art teacher, stress engineer Alison Charles is breaking the family mould with her career at Morson. She’s also proving that you don’t have to work in a traditionally ‘creative’ sector to have a job that involves creative thinking. “I never enjoyed subjects that involved essay writing at school. I always preferred things like maths where the answers were black or white. As a result I studied maths and physics at ‘A’ Level and went to the University of Leeds to do a Mechanical Engineering degree. My friends and family were quite surprised about my choice of degree because I think there’s still a perception that engineering involves getting your hands dirty onsite. In fact, I work in a comfortable office and one of the things I love about my job is that it combines my maths skills with design requirements and a creative approach to finding engineering solutions.” After starting her career with Morson on the aviation engineering team, Alison moved onto an Energy from Waste (EfW) project in Derby as a stress engineer. She is currently working on the decommissioning of Dounreay Nuclear Power Station, calculating the effects of different forces and loads on pipe work to assess how the pipes will respond in a real world installation, specifically considering dynamic effects due to a seismic event. “I’ve been with Morson for six years now and in that time I have worked on three different aircraft and two different pipe stress projects. With lots of nuclear projects on the horizon, there’s plenty of scope for career development as a pipe stress engineer and I’m really enjoying the problem solving, analysis and creative thinking required for the job.” Indeed, Alison enjoys her job in engineering so much that she is keen to encourage other young people to pursue similar career paths, particularly girls. “When I was at university, male students massively outnumbered female students on my course. There were just four female students out of a total of 100! There was a feeling that we had to prove ourselves and, though old-fashioned attitudes to women in engineering are changing gradually, there’s still a lot to be done to alter perceptions and break down stereotypes so that girls feel confident about aiming for a career in engineering and no-one’s surprised about the jobs female engineers do.” Alison is taking an active role in bringing about that culture change. She has been appointed as a STEM ambassador as part of a programme designed to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects, supporting teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications in industry or research. “Around 40 per cent of STEM ambassadors are women because so many women in STEM-based sectors are evangelical about the variety of careers available and the opportunities for young women. I recently attended an International Day of the Girl event at the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester in my capacity as a STEM Ambassador, explaining simple aviation engineering concepts to visitors. Young girls are really engaged and excited about opportunities in engineering and, hopefully, within the next few decades we’ll see much more gender parity in the sector.” Find our more about our work with diversity hereFind out more