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Race Equality and The Race Code



Race Equity and the Race Code -Midlands Regional Race Equality & Inclusion Good Practice Meeting.

As from July 2022 each Integrated Care Board has a responsibility to deliver the 10 people functions for its integrated care system. It is crucial that supporting inclusion and belonging for all is a  key focus and issues of inequality and inequity are addressed for people working in the system in order to create a culture of respect and sense of belonging – the Race Code is a tool to enable this work to take shape and help meet the Midlands Workforce Race Equality and Inclusion strategy vision.

We would like to invite you to attend the next Midlands Regional Race Equality & Inclusion Good practice meeting on Thursday 10th November, 2pm – 3.30pm where we will hear about the importance of achieving the race equality code kitemark along with how this support the implementation of the regional WREI strategy.

We are currently working with a number of ICBs across the Midlands and we will able to give feedback from the Black Country and West Birmingham System Partners Race Code conference, where we are looking at collective working around the joint Equality Action Plan and sharing the learning from the Individual Trusts work on the RACE Equality Code.

I’m delighted that the Black Country system has pledged its ambition to become an anti-racist system and the RACE Equality code provides a vehicle for us to achieve this. The Black Country is proud of our diverse workforce and we are committed to promoting inclusion and equality to create a better workplace for all. We know there is more to do as collective system to improve the experience of our Black, Asian and Minority ethnic staff and we continue to work towards delivering our priorities to achieve anti-racism and inclusivity for all. As an ICS we made a declaration within our People Strategy to focus on becoming an anti-racist organisation. Working together with our collective partners we are a further step forward in helping us realise our plans. We are passionate about placing equality and diversity at the heart of our work in order to better reflect the needs of our communities in the Black Country. The RACE Equality code provides framework for us to identify our gaps and priorities and enables us to develop our system plan and to help achieve the strategic objectives of the Midlands Workforce Race Equality and Inclusion Strategy.   

Ashi Williams, Chief People Officer, Black Country Healthcare NHS FT and ICS EDI Workforce Lead.

The founder of the Race Code:

Karl George MBE is a thought leader and internationally established consultant in governance. Karl is a visiting professor and has a honorary doctorate, is an established author and conference speaker. He is a Partner and head of Governance at the leading professional services firm RSM. Creator of The tgf Governance Code, The RACE Equality Code and the Effective Board Member Programmes. He works with boards and senior executives in the private, public and voluntary sectors and has over twenty five years’ combined experience in accountancy, business and strategic development. Karl a qualified accountant and Fellow of the global international body for governance practitioners ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute. He has developed a unique governance framework and quality mark that was endorsed by the late Sir Adrian Cadbury. Karl’s latest book Governance provides an international perspective on modern governance and amongst his other books, The Effective Board Member talks about whatever every board member should know.

The RACE Equality Code provides us with the opportunity to use a robust and comprehensive framework of measures and a methodology for transparent implementation of actions to which an organisation can demonstrate accountability.

Real change only happens when you are able to influence leadership – the board and executive management – and hold organisations to account.


Who should attend the session:

  • ICB CEO’s and Board members
  • ICS SRO’s
  • ICS System workforce Leads
  • ED&I Leads and ICS EDI Specialist

For any further enquiries please contact the Midlands ED&I Team at  [email protected]

Questions about this event?

Organiser : Wendy Walker

Email: midlands@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk