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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Lead

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Dr Olga Frańczak joined the REC in March 2022 as our first EDI Programme Lead. 

Olga works across all departments, from campaigns to product development, including internal EDI support and advice with the HR team. This work ensures that EDI is at the core of everything we do for our members, as well as staff.

Olga has been working on equality issues since 2011. She has worked in international organisations, charities, universities, and private firms in the UK and abroad. Her experience includes working with survivors of hate crimes and gender-based violence. 

Olga has a master’s degree in law. In 2021, she received a PhD on gender stereotypes from a human rights perspective. 

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How to improve Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our EDI Committee is a staff group which works closely with the EDI Programme Lead, Head of Delivery and HR to ensure that the REC is a safe, empowering, and inclusive place to work. The group provides feedback and makes recommendations for change to ensure that the REC strives for best practice around EDI.

Mental Health First Aiders 

At the REC we understand that equality, diversity, and inclusion are closely tied to mental health and wellbeing. Our Mental Health First Aiders are staff members trained in providing initial mental health support where needed. Visit our Mental Health Hub for more.


What's new 


Talking Recruitment Podcasts on EDI

Listen to all Talking Recruitment Podcasts.

Hear Kate Headley, Director of The Clear Company, as she takes us through the role of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) and her mission as the UK Government's Disability & Access Ambassador for the Recruitment Industry in the latest episode of our podcast. You'll hear about:

• Why Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – specifically relating to disability - means so much to Kate
• Her ambitions for her government-appointed role as Disability and Access Ambassador for recruitment
• The role of recruiters when it comes to fair and ethical recruitment of people with disabilities
• How recruiters can work with clients and support candidates from a range of backgrounds
• What companies like Page Group and FCA are doing to promote disability employment
• What changes need to be made to internal hiring and people development strategies.

Ep 17 (2021) - A guide to making equality, diversity, and inclusion an integral part of your business

Listen to our latest episode of the Talking Recruitment podcast, as our Chief Executive Neil Carberry is joined by Nicki Pritchard. They discuss the overall direction of ED&I and the commitment that Senior Leaders need to have towards this integral part of the business and how to attract the best talent.

Ep 7 (2021) How can we improve D&I in the recruitment industry

Joanne Lockwood joins Neil Carberry to discuss our industry's role in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. You'll hear about practical steps that your business can take to enable D&I, and to drive the UK’s productivity.

Ep 4 (2021) - It’s time to step up your social mobility strategy – here’s how

Where are you with your social mobility strategy? We spoke to Steven Cooper, Co-Chair of the Social Mobility Commission to share his guidance and insights on how businesses can utilise data to advance their diversity strategies and how employers can step up their efforts to promote more diversity and inclusion within their workforce.

Ep 24 (2021) - Paving the way for organisations to be more inclusive, diverse and influential in our sector

In this episode, our CEO Neil Carberry interviews Amanda Fone, Founder & CEO at f1 Recruitment. They discuss managing social change for clients, championing hybrid working for flexibility and equal work life balance and diversifying the talent pool used to recruit candidates.