To make real change in equality, diversity and inclusion within an organisation firstly everyone needs to have an understanding of the self in order to embed a new culture within themselves before that can then be fed into their surroundings. If we understand ourselves and become aware of our biases and privilege, we are able to own them without shame. We can then begin to recognise when they come into play – because they will – and see how they affect the environment we create.
Specialising in working with Arts organisations and festivals I run various trainings in understanding differences, unconscious bias, multicultural marketing and how to create diverse workforces as well as power structures within organisations. I consult on a freelance basis and run trainings as part of a collective named Insight Into Action.
As a team of four facilitators and researchers, we bring diverse perspectives and approaches to this work. Collectively we represent communities who experience racism, come from working-class backgrounds, who identify as disabled and LGBTQ+
Inclusion & Diversity Consultancy
Through collaborative conversation and planning, I am available to:
- Help you to realise your aims and goals
- Create bespoke learning and action plans
- Create personal and organisational targets
- Offer ongoing organisational support
- Be your critical friend
Training can cover:
- Unconscious bias and self-awareness
- Understanding intersectionality
- Identifying key blocks to inclusion
- Seeing difference as crucial to creativity
- Implications for working practices of a diverse workforce
- Organisational power dynamics and how they block change
“In 2017 Artspace Lifespace and sister company Invisible Circus received funding from Bristol City Council to develop a strategy to make our spaces more inclusive and manage our diversity reporting processes. We wanted a larger demographic to not only use our spaces but feel empowered within them through collaboration and discussion. We interviewed some really inspiring candidates but selected Ngaio as we felt she showed the best understanding of both of our organisations and suggested new ways to reach new audiences. She worked with us until April 2020 setting up The Inclusion Project and led and trained The Inclusion Team a volunteer learning programme.– Kathryn Chiswell Jones, Company Manager at Artspace Lifespace
Ngaio helped us go beyond the surface, think beyond tick boxes and concentrate on opening up production, allowing diverse voices to be a part of our creative practices at all levels. Her work on the Halt Harassment Campaign was hugely important – she helped develop and connect networks from all across the city to work together in unison, gathering a collective positive force for change in the city.
Ngaio is a brilliant, confident communicator, skilled in active listening and empathy. She has a talent for drawing people together and motivating individuals to dig deeper and root out systemic problems in a non-confrontational way. “