Jen Gagg, CSRA representative for Yorkshire and the Humber, has been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Diversity Awards’.

Jen Gagg, who is the CSRA representative for Yorkshire and the Humber has been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Diversity Awards’. These awards recognise and celebrates excellence in all areas of diversity including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion. With the increasing richness of diversity in Britain, the Excellence in Diversity Awards also recognises the importance of rewarding individuals and organisations that challenge discrimination and unite workforces to benefit from the growth of diverse employees, showcasing diversity runs throughout the very heart of what they do.

Specifically, Jen has been nominated in the category of ‘Employee of the Year and Diversity Champion (Public Sector).  Extracts from her nomination are below. We wish Jen good luck for the awards ceremony and well done!

Extracts from nomination

Jeanette demonstrates  a passion and commitment to equality and diversity and took up the role as Equality Officer for the staff and offenders with no hesitation.  Her own life experiences have given her core values to her work and she has embedded in our workplace, that real progress is made through positive action. Our staff and population are diverse and she makes them all feel included in the work that she does.

She has delivered a sustainable strategy and has given staff a greater awareness around the protected characteristics, which has enhanced their performance, this was reflected in an equality audit, MQPL (measuring the Quality of staff life) survey and HMCIP Inspection. She developed a new staff  equality and diversity induction programme  including an e-learning resource that was made available to staff and personally sees all newly employed staff.

Jeanette provides disability advice and guidance to colleagues and she proactively shares the latest updates on legislation and good practice from across the sector. She has delivered numerous staff development workshops on disability including an Autism conference, visual impairment, hard of hearing, stress management, learning difficulties. She also delivers LGB & T training on a regular basis and has used interactive drama to get the message across on unacceptable behaviour in the workplace and how to challenge it. She completed an assessment on equality for the establishment which assisted the prison in achieving the Investors in Excellence award.

On one occasion she mentored a young member of staff, she gave that member of staff confidence to disclose their disability which was affecting their wellbeing and with Jeanette’s guidance, reasonable adjustments were put in place, managers were made aware and that member of staff has since been promoted with more self belief and confidence.

Jeanette is working with the NHS Bradford Trans Equality Partnership, she is the Yorkshire rep for CSRA (Civil Service Rainbow alliance), a dementia champion, a member of our care team and is on the steering group of a:gender. All these roles she takes seriously and wants to make a difference. She is working on a project to go into schools to deliver equality and diversity as a role model and engages with our partners on equality issues.

The Governor, Diane Pellew has quoted that Jeanette often goes beyond the call of duty, a wonderful role model for our younger staff, she is a humble character and does not always appreciate what a difference she does make. She strives to make the world a better place, to change it and make it equal. Personally I cannot speak highly enough of her, a true ambassador of the service and well worth high level recognition for her outstanding achievements.

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