Diversity and Workforce Development Specialist
Yvonne Howard brings extensive experience in the transportation, construction, engineering and built environment sectors, as well as in local government. Yvonne designed and led the delivery of our Building an Inclusive Culture programme at British Land, where we trained all 250 members of staff in 2017. She also heads up our programme at RSA Insurance Group, which has been running since 2016. Her other clients include Westfield, Ocado Technology, HS2 and Highways England, and she is closely involved with a number of programmes focused on getting more women into technology and engineering. Elsewhere, she has delivered workshops as part of our diversity mentoring programme for the BBC. She contributed to our practical guide to Culture Change for Arts Council England. She has also provided unconscious bias in recruitment and selection training at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and Harrow Council. Yvonne is the former Head of Diversity and Equality at Essex County Council. She led the Council to achieving the highest level of 'Excellent' in the Equality framework for Local Government. And as Interim Director of Group Equality and Inclusion, she helped Transport for London attain the Opportunity Now Gold standard for improvements in gender equality. (She received the Women's Transportation Award for her efforts.) Yvonne also increased TfL's position from 59th to 6th in the Stonewall LGB Workforce Equality Index. She has previously served as a diversity specialist for Crossrail. Yvonne specialises in planning and accessibility. As lead Access Consultant to the RNIB, she worked on major projects like the Bluewater Shopping Centre and the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. She also led a two-year research project to produce design guidance for the construction industry.