Coaching Ordinary Citizens To Be Extraordinary
DiPA-Diversity in Public Appointments
There are some 12,000 Public Appointments in the UK, covering a huge range of interests, from the arts and sport to health services and education. Ensuring diversity in public appointments is a government priority and all government departments have targets to reach to make sure Public Appointments sufficiently reflect the full spectrum of British life. So whatever your gender, ethnic background, socio-economic status, disability or age, there is a public body which is responsible for nearly every issue that affects you, your family and your neighbourhood. For Shaama Saggar-Malik, founder DiPA, that means there’s an opportunity for everyone to “make your shout count.”
Saggar-Malik is a tireless advocate for the importance of public service as a tool for civic engagement: “A Public Appointment can enable you to influence policy on issues that you are passionate about. It can also allow you to participate more fully in your community and help you develop skills to advance your career. Whatever your background the chances are you will have something to offer in a public role. But most people don’t know where to start, or even where to find Public Appointment vacancies.”
DiPA provides advice and coaching to prospective appointees and offers consultancy for businesses implementing work/life balance initiatives or implementing ‘investors in people’ HR policies. DiPA also helps organizations source a wider pool of diverse talents for non-executive and board appointments. With its emphasis on diversity, DiPA’s expertise is helping public agencies, boards and commissions –and the organizations they do business with– become more representative and accountable to the communities they serve.