About Us

At Charlotte Sweeney Associates we provide a number of services that support and enable organisations to adapt for an ever-changing world and to be ahead of the curve. Our specialisms are inclusion, diversity, wellbeing, engagement and change leadership.

We provide consulting advice with pragmatic solutions, action orientated research and thought leadership, mediation and coaching and thought provoking and practical keynote speeches.

Our uniqueness comes from the fact that all our interventions are outputs and delivery focused with a clear eye on measuring impact, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and supporting our clients to create their own business case for activity.

Importantly, we partner with organisations and the people in them and act as a critical friend to change the way they think and behave, supporting them all the way.

Charlotte is a leading expert in equality, diversity and inclusion and has advised a number of Government bodies on their strategies and focus.

Bio: Charlotte Sweeney

Charlotte has specialised in large-scale change programmes with a focus on diversity, inclusion, engagement and wellbeing for nearly 20 years. She is seen as a thought leader in her field and works with companies and executives from the private and public sectors to drive leadership and cultural change. Charlotte worked for Blue Chip companies in the Financial Services sector for 25 years (Barclays, Barclays Capital, HBOS and Nomura International) before creating her own consultancy.

Charlotte is also the founder of the ‘Creating Inclusive Cultures’ Programme which is a business forum of companies to drive sustainable change on Inclusion in cities across the UK. It is heralded as ‘the first serious programme that gets companies to work together on D&I issues in the UK regions’ and is a formal partner of the UK Government’s Prime Minister Northern Powerhouse Programme.

She conducted an independent review on the Voluntary Code for Executive Search firms in relation to getting more women onto boards for the UK Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable, which is now referred to as ‘The Sweeney Report’. She is Vice-Chair of the Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy external Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel. She created and led the City of London’s Diversity Programme ‘The Power of Diversity’ on behalf of the then Lord Mayor of London Dame Fiona Woolf CBE, collaborating with over 70 companies.

Charlotte is a former Non Executive Director and Deputy Chair at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust in the UK. She currently holds a number of NED roles in companies and charities including the City HR Association and Carers UK and, in 2014, became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants as well as gaining the Freedom of the City of London.

 

Over the years Charlotte has won many awards, including from Harvard, for her work in the Diversity and Inclusion field and was recognised by TIAW for advancing the economic empowerment of women. In October 2015, she was recognised by The Economist as in the Top 50 Diversity Professionals in the world. In 2016 she was awarded the Commended Award as a Transformational Leader in the Northern Power Women Awards and listed in the Top 50 Power Women.

Charlotte is co-author of the book ‘Inclusive Leadership’ on D&I strategies, published by The Financial Times. She writes for a number of professional publications as well as delivering keynote speeches and chairing conferences internationally. She is also a regular expert contributor in the Press, Radio and TV including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Sky News, BBC Radio Five Live and ITV News.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Royal Society of the Arts, Professional Speaking Association and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

In the 2017 New Years Honours she was awarded ‘Officer of the British Empire’ for services to Women and Equalities.

Partners & Associates

At Charlotte Sweeney Associates we have a pool of associates who have practical hands on experience of working within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors at both a local and global level.

Each of them successfully runs their own consultancy practices and have worked with organisations of all sizes and maturity. Together, we have the ability to build expert teams that are tailored to our clients requirements.

Areas of expertise includes:

Creating sustainable change strategies
Change conferences and events, including keynotes
Influencing and developing senior managers to authentically lead on diversity and inclusion issues
Managing your energy to enhance productivity
Research and thought leadership
Embedding diversity, inclusion and wellbeing into day-to-day working practices
Gap analysis identification between policy and practice and creating plans to close the gap
Creating effective diversity, wellbeing and HR policies and procedures
Moving from diversity to holistic inclusion and engagement strategies