It’s that time of year, between late winter and early spring when people start to notice the first crop of snowdrops or crocus and flavours how we see the coming year. It is much the same when it comes to research reports. Lord Davies of Abersoch’s much awaited report of women in the boardroom and now the Fear and Hope report on immigration all set the tone of gloom when it comes to equality and diversity. The newspapers don’t help much either, dwelling on issues on how women drivers face higher insurance premiums because of a judgement not yet made by the European Court of Justice because of “anti-discrimination rules”.

All this negativity has an effect. It means that any equality and diversity issues are always viewed from a negative standpoint, that they are bad and unfair or at worst discriminatory.

As someone who cares about equality and diversity I find this saddening, but those who profess to care also have to take responsibility. In highlighting the perceived problems it is very easy to present it as a negative….it can even guarantee a headline. Reporting the problem and how manifestly unfair it is easy, but if we want to improve the image we need to concentrate on the solution, how simple and reasonable it is.





Jock Chalmers, Pathway Manager, UKCAE

Jock Chalmers has a public sector background spanning some 30 years with over 10 years experience of setting up and managing non-departmental public bodies. Jock has also worked closely with outsourcing and property management and development sectors. Jock is passionate about inclusion and has developed the approach that bottom-up learning, together with management focus and leadership can deliver equality in the workplace.

Jock's expertise lies in understanding management processes, change management programmes and business process re-alignment.

As the Pathway Manager of UK Council for Access and Equality (“UKCAE”), Jock has led the team that has successfully formulated the UKCAE Pathway which helps any organisation embed inclusion into the workplace. The straightforward and practical approach of the UKCAE Pathway provides many benefits to the public, providers and politicians looking for useful and practical ways to support equality. It is because of these benefits that Jock is proud to be the Pathway Manager and will be delighted to hear from you about how UKCAE can help achieve demonstrable success in this important area.