Tamanda Walker

Independent Consultant and Researcher: Identity, Diversity, Inclusion

ABOUT ME

Profile headshot-cropTamanda Walker

Independent Consultant

I’m Tamanda. An Independent Consultant, Researcher, Facilitator and HR Practitioner working internationally to help individuals and organisations to sensitively and effectively work through issues of identity and inclusion within education, employment, policy and community settings. My professional background is varied and includes 12 years experience within the arts, youth and community work, the justice system, human resources management, equalities & diversity, and interfaith/intercultural programming. This has spanned the public, private and charitable sectors involving work with a wide range of organisations (e.g. Network Rail, Britvic, DCLG, FCO, Unison, British Council, PLAN, Amnesty International) across the UK, US, Sweden, Slovakia, Botswana, Jordan and Sudan.

At the heart of my commitment to social justice, equalities and human rights is my belief in equivalence and humanity of all – something undoubtedly shaped by my early experiences growing up as a mixed race, faith, class and culture individual in apartheid Southern Africa and Northern Ireland during ‘the Troubles’. These early experiences of straddling vastly different and frequently segregated worlds, developed in me a deep sensitivity and nuanced understanding of the complexity of identity, the realities of injustice and the possibilities of building relationships and working together across perceived lines of difference – ideas which have been central in shaping my approach to life and work.

Alongside my consultancy work, I am a White Rose Consortium/AHRC funded PhD researcher and Cumberland Lodge Scholar. My research at the University of Leeds explores how UK-based employers, led primarily by Human Resources Management professionals, are engaging with issues of religion and belief within ‘secular’ public and private sector workplaces, and the extent to which these engagements support equality, trust and cohesion.

I am driven by an unrelenting curiosity. And aim always to tackle the most challenging conversations and problems as a means to proactively bring about positive change.

My current areas of work include:

  • Equality, Diversity & Human Rights-based training, consultancy and workshop facilitation within education, employment, community and policy settings, especially around religion and belief, equalities, diversity and inclusion, social cohesion, human rights and political expression.
  • Human Resources Management consultancy – I do this independently as well via Eversheds Sutherland Agile where I am an HR Consultant.
  • Conflict Mediation & Coaching – I do this independently as well via St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace.
  • Religion in international affairs including work connected with Freedom of Religion and Belief and Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism – find out more via the Forum of Religion in International Affairs website.

 

I’d love to hear from you if you are interested in speaking or working together on any of the above. I’m especially keen to connect with HR professionals and Diversity and Inclusion specialists who are interested in being involved or keeping up to date with the findings of my PhD research.

Connect with me via:

tam@tamandawalker.com

LinkedIn.

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

Maya Angelou

Resume

work experience

2017 - now

HR Consultant

from 2017 to present

Eversheds Sutherland Agile

ES Agile is an established division of Eversheds Sutherland, created to meet client demand for high quality, interim legal, compliance and HR professionals. I am an HR Consultant for ES Agile and have worked with the Eversheds Sutherland Training team to deliver sessions around identity, conflict, religion and belief and expression and offence at work.

2016 - now

Independent Consultant

from 2016 to present

Cass & Walker Associates

I provide training and consultancy to clients and partners across the public, private and charitable alongside my PhD research at the University of Leeds. Examples of my recent consultancy projects include:
* ‘Unconscious Bias at Work’ - Design and facilitation of bespoke unconscious bias training for staff and senior leaders at soft drinks company, Britvic.
* ‘Expression & Offence at Work’ - Design and facilitation of training series explored contentious issues around religion/belief and political expression at work and were targeted at human resources practitioners and employment lawyers. Client: Eversheds Sutherland (global law firm) & St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace (interfaith charity)
* ‘Cumberland Lodge’ - Workshop design and facilitation on Emerging International Leaders Freedom of Religion and Belief programme, ‘A Generation Without Hate’ conference and 'Social Cohesion in times of Uncertainty' event.
* ‘Karamah’ - Leading on study visit, research and evaluation for project around interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance within the media and education sectors in Khartoum, Sudan on behalf of Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
* ‘The Gender Assembly’ - Leading a consortium of charitable and corporate partners - Plan International, Fearless Futures and The Great Initiative - to develop and deliver a headteacher's conference exploring the root causes of gender inequality in education.
* ‘Forum on Religion in International Affairs (FRIA)’ - Founding member of FRIA, leading on business development and the design and delivery of workshops for academics, policy makers and practitioners working around issues of religion in international affairs, under the British Council's Bridging Voices programme.
* ‘Workplace Mediation & Conflict Resolution’ - Mediation support around a sensitive employee relations matter involving 15 employees in one of the UK’s largest public sector unions.

2014 - 2015

Training & Partnerships Manager

from 2014 to 2015

3FF (Three Faiths Forum)

3FF is the UK’s leading interfaith charity and works to build good relations between people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures. In my role as Training & Partnerships Manager I had overall responsibility for the development and marketing of the charity’s UN award-winning faith and cultural awareness training and consultancy programme, as well as leading on the expansion of the organisation’s educational models with international partners in the US, Slovakia and Sweden.
* Management, development and marketing of charity’s faith and cultural awareness training and consultancy programme to include new clients within central & local government (Camden & Tower Hamlets Council; Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Department for Communities & Local Government), corporate organisations (Network Rail) and numerous schools, universities, and voluntary sector organisations across the country.
* Management of organisation’s international portfolio of education programmes in Slovakia, Sweden, and the United States.
* Leading on development of sustainable, social enterprising and income generating models to support the expansion of 3FF’s work in schools, universities and community settings into the workplace settings. Key achievement: Doubled organisation’s training income within one year.
* 121 Support & Coaching of Human Resources Manager to lead and develop the charity’s HR function and people development strategy

2011 - 2014

Training Manager

from 2011 to 2014

Wasabi Sushi & Bento

Wasabi & Kimchee restaurants are the UK’s top grab and go Japanese and Korean food establishments and with an incredibly diverse workforce. As Training Manager, I was responsible for establishing the Training & Development function across these two rapidly expanding food retail businesses within the UK and USA. I was also involved in the establishment of the entire Human Resources function, playing a key role in the company’s growth from store count of 18 and 800 employees in 2011, to 44 stores and 1800 employees in 2014.
* Sole responsibility for development, implementation and delivery of all staff Training & Development Strategy and programmes for a diverse group of approximately 1800 employees.
* Deputising for Human Resources Director on all aspects of HR function and people strategy
* Leading implementation of numerous policies and procedures, most notably Equal Opportunities and Diversity & Inclusion and ensuring their successful integration into all training programmes.
* Monitoring and analysis of demographic data, turnover, hiring/development cost and training hours to influence HR strategy and decision making. Reduced turnover by 20% in first two years.
* Line management and supervision of Training Coordinators and L&D team; Commissioning external delivery organisations, providers and consultants for delivery of specialist subject areas
* Recruitment, selection and coaching of candidates for Wasabi WILD!, the organisation’s 6-month graduate training schemes, which I designed to help progress employees from entry level to management positions with a focus on increasing the diversity of the management team.

2010 - 2011

Programme Development Manager

from 2010 to 2011

Unitas

Unitas is a national charity that helps young people in the care and criminal justice systems engage more effectively in mainstream education. As Programmes Development Manager I had oversight of development work connected with the organisation’s core projects – Summer Arts Colleges, a £1.5 million project funded by Youth Justice Board & Arts Council England to engage young people in the justice system in education; and TextNow, a £500,000 reading programme supporting reluctant readers of all ages to improve literacy in schools, care and justice settings.

2008 - 2010

Project Manager

from 2008 to 2010

RollingSound

RollingSound was London and the South-East’s leading provider of Digital Multimedia Education, and specialised in developing and delivering accredited multimedia, Personal Social Development and Numeracy and Literacy courses. As a Project Manager I was responsible for coordinating & evaluating accredited programmes to ‘at risk’ and NEET young people across London and UK wide. This included delivering projects within a social housing context and across estates and youth clubs within the London borough of Lewisham via our mobile multimedia studio, The Lab.

Education experience

2017 - 2020

PhD

from 2017 to 2020

University of Leeds

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Religion and Belief in the Workplace
My PhD is fully funded by the White Rose Consortium (Arts & Humanities Research Council) and based within University of Leeds' Centre for Religion in Public Life. My research explores how employers, primarily led by Human Resources Management professionals, are engaging with issues of religion and belief in British workplaces, and the extent to which these engagements promote equality, trust and inclusion amongst employees religious and 'non-religious' backgrounds.

2012 – 2015

MSc Masters

from 2012 – 2015

Birkbeck, University of London

MSc (Distinction), Education, Power & Social Change, Distinction

Dissertation Title - "Cutting Through The Noise: An Educational Practitioner's Perspective on the 'Religious Literacy' Agenda"

2000 – 2004

A – Levels

from 2000 – 2004

Malvern Girls College, Malvern, England

A Levels Biology (A), Drama (A), English Literature (A), Philosophy (A)
10 GCSEs (All grade A or A*)

1998 – 2000

College

from 1998 to 2000

Hunterhouse College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1997 - 1998

Secondary School

from 1997 to 1998

Maru-a-Pula School, Gaborone, Botswana

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring.”

— Catherine Pulsifer

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  • Interchange Triangle, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AB

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.