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Sheffield Rotarian joins Rotary taskforce to promote diversity, equity and inclusion

Sheffield Rotarian joins Rotary taskforce to promote diversity, equity and inclusion

A Sheffield Rotarian has been invited to join a Rotary taskforce which aims to improved diversity, equity and inclusion.

Nadine Pemberton who is a coach, lawyer, as well as a diversity and inclusion educator, has been invited to join the international taskforce.

This will be chaired by Canadian, Valerie Wafer, who is also a Rotary International Director.

The taskforce was formed in September, charged with shaping a comprehensive action plan with achievable, measurable, and meaningful outcomes for Rotary.

Nadine has extensive experience in front line, senior and executive leadership roles spanning regulatory, criminal law and civil law fields across the UK government.

Throughout her career, Nadine has specialized in strategic organisational development, team change and transformation; and has a well-established and proven commitment to equity and inclusion in all areas of her work.

She recently founded Pemberton+ Coaching and Consulting, where she works internationally as a change consultant, helping people, teams and organizations on the cusp of change gain the freedom they need to flourish.

Nadine has been a Rotarian for eight years and is currently an Assistant Governor in District 1220 (East Midlands & South Yorkshire).

She is formerly an Assistant Governor for Rotary in London and Past President of Westminster International Rotary Club.

Nadine also founded Rotarians against Racism, a global community of Rotary family, friends and supporters, all committed to being a voice for peace and to taking action in the fight against racism.

As one of Rotary’s core values, diversity should be one of our great strengths.”

A statement from Rotary International said: “As one of Rotary’s core values, diversity should be one of our great strengths.

“We should be proud that Rotary reflects so many cultures, generations, and lived experiences, and offers the potential for countless leaders to tap into those experiences to make a difference.

“As a sign of our commitment to creating an organisation that sets the standard for valuing and living the principals of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Rotary International Board adopted Rotary’s Diversity, Equity (DEI), and Inclusion statement in January 2019.

We tapped into the expertise of Rotary participants around the globe for this taskforce.

“While progress has been made, we need a concrete plan to make sure that DEI are ingrained into everything that we do as an organisation and reflected in the actions Rotary takes as we engage with the communities we serve.

“We tapped into the expertise of Rotary participants around the globe for this taskforce.

“They will devise a plan that assesses the current state of DEI at Rotary and articulates a vision that incorporates regional differences, needs and priorities. And as key decisions are made and our plan takes shape, we will continue to share information with you.”

Joining Nadine on the taskforce will be chair Valerie Wafer, vice chair Jan Lucas Ket (Netherlands), Geeta Manek (Kenya), Katey Halliday (Australia), Rukmini Iyer (India), Todd Jenkins (USA), Brian Rusch (USA) and Ugo Nichetti (Italy).