The group creation follows the company's commitment of £10million investment per year across its markets to strengthen its diversity and inclusion efforts.
Sky Studios has appointed seven leaders in diversity and inclusion to its new Diversity Advisory Council. The group will be responsible for advising and guiding the business on issues of diversity, both externally as an advocate and internally within its staff. “It’s vital that Sky pulls from a wide and varied pool of experts to advise on improving diversity and inclusion, and help us use our voice to affect change,” Debbie Klein, Sky’s Group Chief Marketing, Corporate Affairs, and People Officer said.
In June 2020, Sky announced a series of commitments to support anti-racism and improve diversity and inclusion across the company., committing to a £10million investment per year across its markets for each of the next three years to improve representation and progression of minority groups. The business also committed implementing measures to ensure the progression of under-represented groups within the company.“These experienced, industry-leading advocates will give us important new perspectives as we work towards becoming an even more inclusive organization," Klein said.
Members of the group are experts in their field and represent views from a variety of backgrounds. The group will work alongside Sky’s Diversity Action Group, a diverse cross-section of Sky’s workforce chaired by Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe. The members of Sky’s Diversity Advisory Council are Founder Caroline Casey, The Valuable 500, Kanya King as Founder & CEO of MOBO Organisation, Piers Linney Entrepreneur of Leon Mann, as Founder, The Black Collective of Media in Sport, Ndidi Okezie as CEO, UK Youth, Baroness Usha Prashar as a Crossbench Member and House of Lords, Roland White as Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Microsoft.
In addition to announcing the members of its new Diversity Advisory Council, the company has also confirmed the appointment of Sky’s Chief Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Denise Peart who joins Sky this month. Reporting to Debbie Klein, Sky’s Group, Marketing, Corporate Affairs, and People Officer, Peart will be responsible for developing and delivering Sky’s Group Talent strategy and work with the Group Executive to drive Sky’s ambition to become a more diverse and inclusive organization. “Our new Chief Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Officer also brings over 25 years of global experience to our work in 2021 and beyond,” Klein said. “I’m delighted Denise is joining us to help make our vision of a more inclusive, diverse, and skilled workforce a reality.”
It’s vital that Sky pulls from a wide and varied pool of experts to advise on improving diversity and inclusion, and help us use our voice to affect change.” Debbie Klein Chief Marketing, Corporate Affairs, and People Officer, Sky Group