Quilter has appointed Tosin James-Odukoya as its head of inclusion and wellbeing.
Based in London, James-Odukoya will be responsible for building on Quilter’s inclusion and diversity and employee wellbeing programme, which has been running since the listing of the business in 2018.
She will succeed Kate Richardson, who set the strategy, and is leaving to pursue studies at the London School of Economics.
James-Odukoya said: “The commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace attracted me to Quilter and I’m looking forward to introducing new ideas to help the business meet its inclusion and diversity aims.
“It is clear the business recognises the commercial sense of driving a diversity agenda, not just in terms of talent retention and recruitment, but also in delivering services that are more reflective of a changing society.”
Prior to joining Quilter, James-Odukoya was global lead of inclusion and diversity at the mobile operator trade body, GSMA.
In her role there, she led the drive for greater equality and inclusion by designing recruitment practices to improve diversity across gender, race and other demographics.
Her experience also includes human resources roles at Alexander Mann Solutions, the New York Stock Exchange and HSBC.
This appointment comes as last month Quilter launched a financial wellbeing and advice service for all its UK employees.
Commenting on the appointment, Paul Feeney, chief executive officer, said: “Creating an inclusive and diverse culture where all colleagues feel they can be themselves has always been a core tenet of our cultural agenda. It’s one of the key personal objectives I set myself when we listed.
“We have made a good start with our thrive employee wellbeing initiative; the launch of employee-run networks providing forums for discussion; an enhanced suite of family-friendly policies; significantly improving our diversity data and implementing a diverse shortlist policy.”
He added: “However, I know we have more to do, particularly to ensure the diversity of our organisation reflects our commitment to inclusion.
“Tosin brings great experience to help us build on the foundations we have set, and I look forward to working with her on this important agenda.”
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