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Industry leaders educate on workplace inclusivity during Scottish Financial Enterprise panel 

Senior leaders from Encompass Corporation, Capgemini and abrdn considered how businesses can improve diversity and inclusion within the workplace at a Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) panel event.

The group of industry experts called for an increase in initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion, with greater access to training, progression opportunities and support imperative, as well as sharing their own experiences and advice on fostering a more inclusive working environment. One key discussion point that emerged was how this can ultimately power business strategy and growth. 

Participants included Ashton Montgomery-Norris, Senior Customer Success Manager at Encompass Corporation, Laura Dodds, Senior Consultant at Capgemini Invent, and Heather Inglis, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at abrdn. The event was hosted by Jayne Currie, SFE’s Director of Membership Services.

Stuart Aird, Director of Talent & HR for Encompass Corporation, commented: 

“It was excellent for Encompass’ values and experiences to be voiced on the panel, and we were pleased to take our place alongside industry leaders to discuss ways to drive further positive change across key UK industries when it comes to inclusivity. 

“Diversity and inclusion are issues that businesses must prioritise in order to achieve an environment that is built upon equal opportunities and open conversation, while encouraging innovation, creativity and long-term progress. The FinTech industry, particularly, should take tangible action to attract diverse talent that will allow fresh ideas to develop while, importantly, plugging the prevailing skills gap.

“It is time for businesses and the Government to come together to make change happen, providing opportunities to those who may otherwise not have the chance to realise their ambitions. The UK prides itself on being a global financial hub and, to retain its standing as emerging technologies develop further and FinTech becomes even more prominent, initiatives should be implemented to boost workplace diversity, ultimately driving business growth” Aird added.

Jayne Currie, Director of Membership Services for Scottish Financial Enterprise, added:

“It was great to welcome SFE members to the event with abrdn, Capgemini and Encompass to explore the different ways Scotland’s financial services industry is building a more inclusive workforce. 

“While we have seen huge progress on this front in recent years, there is still much work to do, and events like this are vital to informing best practice and driving further positive change.”

The panel session was followed by a Q&A session, allowing attendees to hear more of the panellists’ views. 

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