Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has recruited global inclusion expert, Linda Riley, to advise the Labour Party on diversity and equality within business and the corporate world.
Ms. Riley, who has a lifetime of experience promoting diversity and inclusion, has been tasked with compiling a report on how the UK’s biggest businesses and organisations can improve in the area diversity – the findings will be considered by the party and feed into its policy making process.
She will also advise Angela Eagle and will act as one of her representatives to the business community on equality issues.
Linda Riley is the founder of the European Diversity Awards, Opportunities for Women and initiatives including Out Top 50 in Business and Alternative Families Week. She also sits on the international GLAAD Board of Directors and is a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Commenting on the appointment, Angela Eagle said:
“I am pleased that Linda has agreed to work with me on this important area. Her business background and her record as a champion for equality and diversity speaks for itself.
“Linda has led the way in helping companies open up their structures to be more inclusive and diverse. The Labour Party will benefit from her expertise and I look forward to seeing her policy recommendations and working with her to reach out to the business community.”
Speaking about her appointment, Linda Riley said:
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with Angela Eagle and make a real difference in promoting diversity and inclusion in businesses throughout the UK.
“I will be conducting events across the country as I want to hear directly from business leaders and their staff about how they think diversity and inclusion can become the norm rather than the exception.
“It is important that we shape a vision and create a policy agenda of how we can collectively build a fairer and more equitable economy where businesses act responsibly and leave no one behind.”