My name is Joanne and I am a 46-year-old, Liverpool born, mixed raced, black woman and single parent to a teenage boy. I have spent most of my career, over twenty-five years, tackling inequalities and promoting social inclusion locally, nationally and internationally.

I left school with no qualifications but completed a BA in Business Studies in my late twenties. I have strong business acumen developed through delivering equality and diversity outcomes for businesses as a consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach.

In the past, I set up and managed Innervision – an equality and diversity consultancy and social enterprise, managing a team of consultants to design and deliver training, facilitation, consultancy and research services to public, private and third sector agencies in the Liverpool City Region.

I have recently moved from a national community engagement policy lead role within the Civil Service to become Business Manager for The Florrie, a community centre in Liverpool. I am tasked with setting up an accredited vocational training programme for young people aged 16 – 30, not in education, employment or training that leads to employment.

I am passionate about tackling all inequalities but would particularly like to make an impact on the never changing disparity of the higher rate of black and minority ethnic unemployment.

Other work I am involved in is a recent commission by the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) to coordinate a campaign #giveupyourseat – asking Liverpool City Region leaders to nominate female deputies to their all male cabinet. The WLG is a collective of over 80 women who have come together to tackle the lack of diversity in power and decision-making structures within the Liverpool City Region.

I have been a trustee of many organisations over the years from small, community organisations to large social enterprises; South Liverpool Personnel, Merseyside Probation Board, Blackburne House and FRC Group. I joined Emmaus Merseyside in December 2016 and have recently joined Merseyside Employment Law.

Depending on how large a charity is or what resources and staffing structure they have in place, the role of trustee varies greatly. Often the focus for a board is how to take the organisation forward strategically and supporting the manager in making some of the more complex decisions.

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