Ethnicity pay gap: Firms may be forced to reveal figures

A group of people with a black man in the middle

Companies may be forced to reveal their ethnicity pay gap under plans unveiled by the prime minister to help minorities at work.

Theresa May has launched a consultation on whether mandatory reporting will help address disparities between the pay and career prospects of minorities.

She acknowledged that minorities often “feel like they are hitting a brick wall” at work.

The move follows the decision to make firms reveal their gender pay gaps.

Downing Street said the consultation would allow businesses to share views on what information should be published “to allow for decisive action to be taken” while at the same time avoiding “undue burdens on businesses”. It will run until January.

The government’s Race Disparity Audit last year showed widely varying outcomes in areas including education, employment, health and criminal justice between Britain’s white and ethnic minority populations.  More

Helle Nice: The incredible life story of the first Women’s Grand Prix winner

Helle Nice

A new motor racing series aimed exclusively at women is to launch in 2019, with the aim of finding the world’s first female Formula One champion.

Motorsport remains largely dominated by men, a detail the inaugural W Series hopes to change. But high-level women’s racing has, over the years, produced some extraordinary talent – and the almost-forgotten life story of Helle Nice, winner of the first ever Grand Prix for Women in 1929, is among the most extraordinary of any driver in motor racing history.  More

First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years

Donna Strickland

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years.

Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963.

Dr Strickland shares this year’s prize with Arthur Ashkin, from the US, and Gerard Mourou, from France.

It recognises their discoveries in the field of laser physics.   More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – October 2018

October is Black History Month and with that in mind we have chosen Lenny Henry as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Lenny is one of Britain’s best known and best loved personalities. He’s an actor, writer, comedian and television presenter who co-founded Comic Relief in 1985.

He shot to fame in 1975 aged just 17. After doing impressions to amuse his classmates as a child, Lenny won a place on the TV talent show ‘New Faces’, doing a Frank Spencer impersonation. He won, and was subsequently offered numerous contracts including The Fosters and Tiswas. From there he joined the touring ‘Black and White Minstrel Show’ alongside ‘blacked up’ whites. After 5 years he left, admitting “I’d like to do anything else rather than that” and went on to star and write alongside Tracey Ullman in ‘Three of a Kind’ (1981), through which Lenny first met TV producer Paul Jackson who introduced him to the Comic Strip team.

Lenny hosted the pilot ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1985 which starred French and Saunders as well as Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson. Later that year he performed at the Edinburgh Festival and starred in the second series of ‘The Lenny Henry Show’.

Following numerous TV appearances and shows Lenny was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2003 and went on to win Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Othello (2009). He has subsequently appeared in A Comedy of Errors, and FENCES, to critical acclaim.

Lenny is also an energetic campaigner for the greater representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the entertainment industry.

He has also been one of the driving forces behind Comic Relief’s growth right from the very beginning and was a trustees for over 27 years. In 2017, Lenny resigned as a Trustee and was appointed by trustee as an Honorary Life President of Comic Relief.