Who we are

Razia Aziz (Rev) MPhil, LTP, RIMA, Adv Dip (Couns), Adv Dip (Exec Coaching) – Founder Director

RaziaIn a life-long journey of conscious leadership, personally and professionally, Razia’s career and qualifications defy the usual boundaries and definitions. As a Consultant, Razia has an advanced diagnostic ability to see through the lens of complexity to the heart of the matter, and is able to articulate essential and often hidden aspects of any situation or problem. She is then able to bring a bespoke combination of skills and expertise to the task of supporting authentic and healthy leaders, relationships, teams and systems. It is her commitment to learn and live what she seeks to teach.

Along with a 30-year track record in equality, diversity & inclusion, her work draws upon a repertoire which includes facilitation, training, coaching, investigation, resolution, spiritual counselling, voice and bodywork, performance & presentation and ministry – all of which she is qualified to offer professionally.  Razia’s style is distinctive, balancing the quest for truth & authenticity with the power of compassion and a sense of humour.

 

Jess Taylor, MSc (OD & Psych), Adv Cert. (Couns) Cert. Systemic Coaching & Constellations – Director

Jess Sept 17 - 3Jess brings to the Equality Academy distinctive expertise in Organisational Development; a keen interest in the psychology, leadership and practice of systemic change; and 15 years’ experience of developing, delivering and managing a range of consultancy interventions at an operational and strategic level. These interventions include: multi-agency domestic violence and counselling services, volunteering systems, staff supervision and coaching, leadership programmes, and cross sector partnership projects. Jess has a particular interest in health, housing, higher education, the criminal justice system and multi-agency community based services.

She has helped a wide variety of organisations implement transformational change programmes, developing strong governance and change frameworks in support of these processes. With a passion for partnership, diversity and social justice, Jess utilises a range of systemic tools to ensure quality, value and sustainability of service provision in contexts involving highly complex processes and conversations.

Specialist Consultants

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Tracey Proudlock

TraceyIs a graduate from Leeds University, a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (MCIPD), a former trustee of the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and a school governor.
In April 2010 Tracey was appointed to Equality 2025, a high-level advisory group of disabled people offering Ministers and senior government officials strategic advice. She has a track record in working with large and diverse organisations supporting them with their disability/diversity agenda..She regularly contributes to national and local media debates about diversity and the inclusion agenda; and is an experienced public and media commentator.
Tracey has almost 20 years experience of delivering disability equality training to a wide range of companies, including Sellafield Ltd., Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, National Probation Service and DWP.

Liam Proudlock

LiamLiam is highly qualified in inclusive design, with a BSc (Hons) & MSc in Construction Management (Inclusive Environments). He is a consultant member of the National Association of Access Consultants and also a member of the Centre for Accessible Environments and The Access Association.
Liam has experience of working on large mixed-use developments providing plan appraisals, access statements and access audits. Many of his projects are prestige new build developments such as Barking Riverside, East London, White City, Salford Quays (Manchester) and Pacific Quays (Glasgow). He is also skilled and experienced in how to provide access bearing Heritage protection in mind. He has worked for a wide range of private and public corporate organizations, including: Hilton Hotels, D&D restaurants, NHS Trusts, the Welsh Assembly and many local authorities (schools, libraries and town hall audits).

Sue Sanders

Sue is a dynamic facilitator at the forefront of equalities issues in the UK for over two decades as a trainer, writer, broadcaster and conference presenter. Sue is Co-Chair of Schools OUT! and instigator and anchor person of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month. Sue regularly appears in TV and radio programmes dealing with equality and LGBT issues.

She is an expert trainer, key note speaker and workshop leader with experience of innumerable conferences dealing with diversity and LGBT issues. Her up-beat, passionate, style enables her to address controversial issues head-on, and to facilitate open dialogue and debate with both warmth and clarity.

Claire Debenham

Claire Debenham has led on equality and inclusion in the public and voluntary sector since 1991 as a manager and an independent consultant. She is known for building organisational and personal confidence through a supportive, engaging style and determination.

Her overall goal is to ensure excellent and inclusive, ethical results through participation.

She believes that real transformation takes place when people design solutions together- addressing inclusion in the round.

Kristina Veasey

Kristina

 Kristina Veasey, a social policy graduate, has 15 years’ experience in consultancy and training.  An avid campaigner for equal rights, she was Amnesty International’s Paralympic Ambassador in 2008. Kristina represented Great Britain at two Paralympic Games and is a champion of both Paralympic values and the disability rights movement.

Her background is working with disabled and young people in advocacy, consultation and participation. Kristina has provided both training and consultancy in equality, diversity & inclusion for organisations such as: Tourism South East, Towner Gallery, Accentuate, Sussex Police, Government departments and in children’s and adult social care sectors.

Her written publications have covered issues such as improving access, involving disabled people, and equal opportunities in the arts. Kristina is also a practising artist, and this influences her approach to training: looking for creative solutions to barriers and thinking outside the box. With a combination of creativity, passion and professionalism Kristina enjoys working with clients to explore and celebrate difference; self-reflect, problem-solve, and develop new ways forward.