BIE ED&I Leads

A culture of inclusion and belonging

"At BIE, we feel the executive search industry has a key role to play in supporting diversity in our clients’ organisations.  We are committed to educating ourselves, looking internally at the diversity of our own team and creating an inclusive culture.  Our focus is on taking action rather than words; we work in close partnership with our clients to ensure our approach is fully inclusive and to present diverse shortlists of candidates through our search processes."

Gordon Whyte, CEO 

We are committed to supporting organisations to build diverse leadership and to foster the inclusive cultures that will enable their people to succeed. Our role is to support organisations to think differently about talent as we attract extraordinary leaders.

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Data and Training


We conduct yearly internal diversity data monitoring; external quarterly data monitoring for our interim candidates; and data gathering for our permanent searches per role – either requested at longlist or upon completion.


We partner with external D&I Culture Consultancy to provide ongoing internal Diversity & Inclusion training for all employees (not just billing consultants) to help counter any bias at selection stage.


We are proud to be part of the #10000BlackInterns steering committee, an initiative that offers paid work experience across various sectors, as well as training and development opportunities and mentorship for the Black community.

Diversity in our search process

We are mindful that there are many potential routes for bias to infiltrate and adversely impact client and candidate outcomes. We ensure a holistic, transparent and supportive process is in place across our search activity to enable us to adopt an evidence-based approach, one that keeps the process fair and open.

We encourage our clients to consider the broadest possible search universe and investigate what development areas they can accept in order to keep the potential talent pool as diverse as possible. At each stage we take care to ensure we address these in partnership with our clients, while also supporting their diversity goals. From initial engagement through to client interviews, we look to provide our candidates with a high touch, honest and open process then enables them to be fully informed and supported.


Diversity monitoring

Throughout the search process, we share all trends, insights and overall progress via reporting and calls to monitor data on the overall levels of representation within talent pool.

As part of our commitment to deliver unbiased and diverse shortlists, we ask all shortlisted and placed candidates to complete an anonymous ED&I survey. This, coupled with internal training around the appropriate inclusive language and tackling unconscious bias, is helping us to build an accurate picture of our track record on searches.  

Networks and intelligence

BIE has an extensive network of cross-sector ED&I leaders who collectively form the BIE “Authenticity” group. Members of the group meet regularly to share industry knowledge and insights with each other and our wider client base, enabling all involved to improve business processes and better integrate inclusion initiatives.

As part of our commitment to ED&I, we faciliate discussion and debate through a number of regular panel discussion events, roundtables, articles, interviews and papers, which benefit our clients, candidates and wider networks.

ED&I webinars

We run several webinars each year on different ED&I topics, featuring a panel of experts and individuals with relevant profesional and/or lived experience. These webinars are open to everyone, including our clients, candidates and wider networks. Follow us on social media to hear about our upcoming events.

Watch the recording of our most recent event, Advancing social mobility in the workplace, in collaboration with the Social Mobility Foundation and Grant Thornton LLP. You can also read the write up of the event.

Our other ED&I events include:

The case for diverse shortlists: an interview with Amanda Chilcott

According to recent data from ONS and Croner, compiled by CIPD, the...

Older workers and the workplace: menopause

In this instalment of our series on older workers, Lisa Vigurs,...

Older workers and the workplace: age discrimination

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion we’re launching...

How to increase social mobility in your organisation

Businesses across the UK are making D&I a priority and progress is...

Meet the team: Eoin Canty, Research Director, Finance Search Practice | Diversity & Inclusion Lead

Eoin Canty is a Research Director within BIE’s finance team and...

Impactful team leadership in a virtual world

Hybrid and remote working aren’t new concepts, but the ubiquity of...

How to create a trans-inclusive workplace

Workplaces should allow all employees to thrive and feel that they...

Age and Gender Discrimination in Tech – an interview with Perrine Farque

Perrine Farque is an award-winning diversity and inclusion author and...

Meet the team: Tobi Abolarin, Intern

Tobi Abolarin was an intern at BIE and joined the business as part of...

Improving social mobility in your business, an interview with Bharatti Crack

Social mobility is when a person’s social background impacts the...

Black Inclusion Week – be the change you want to see

BIE is delighted to be supporting Black Inclusion Week, an annual...

Ethnicity pay reporting: why we shouldn’t wait for legislation

Only one in five of the world’s biggest listed companies disclosed...

Award win demonstrates BIE's commitment to mental health support

BIE Executive is delighted to announce that Simon Moore, Managing...

Celebrating Women in Leadership 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

By celebrating women’s achievement, uncovering inequality and moving...

LGBT+ The Power of Inclusive Workplaces

We assembled an expert panel of senior leaders to discuss how we can...

Leading through Covid: managing engagement and burnout

We are now all thrust into lockdown three and there is a familiar and...

Allyship: how to unlock the power of diversity

We might all be talking about D&I more, but the issue of...

Why BIE is part of the #10000BlackInterns programme

BIE is delighted to be part of the new initiative...

How do we attract future black talent?

Godwin Sosi is a management liability underwriter at Sompo...

Tali Shlomo on Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting: A Catalyst to Innovate?

Tali Shlomo is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, an internationally...

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