Bernadette Thompson

Deputy Director Inclusion, Wellbeing, and Employee Engagement

UK Civil Service in the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

Ensure that the organisation is inclusive to all people. Help employees in the organisation to thrive and be their best selves at work.

I love creating a culture where people can come to work and be themselves and thrive and progress and grow. My job is so fulfilling, especially when I receive lovely emails from people who I have impacted. Also, when we undertake our annual survey, and people say that the organisation is a great place to work.

It could be a range of things, between meeting staff employee network groups, speaking at a national diversity event, delivering a presentation to a board of senior leaders about the benefits of inclusive leadership, or inspiring people to just be their best on a talent/development programme.

I have two degrees in Zoology and Environmental Biology, but I don't work in the field of science now. The transferable skills from my degrees have been really useful in enabling me to set the foundation for working as an HUman Resources (HR) professional.

I will continue being a visible advocate for diversity and inclusion on a global level. I was recently recognised by the Queen and awarded Office of the Order of the British Empire, which is a really great national award.

I love watching films. I am an ex athlete, so I love the track! I also love travelling.

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” - Shirley Chisholm