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March 24, 2023


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On-demand Webinar

WATCH: Is there a lack of ethnic and cultural diversity in leadership in security & safety?

Watch back a webinar that was recorded live on 8 March 2023, featuring a discussion between leading security and safety professionals on ethnic and cultural diversity in leadership positions.

Studies conducted on diversity in the private sector show that businesses with a greater representation of ethnic and cultural minorities in leadership positions perform better.

Hear from leaders in the safety and security community as we discuss whether barriers remain in working towards more ethnically and culturally diverse leadership in the sectors. If the answer to our question of whether there is a lack of diversity in leadership is ‘yes’, then why does this pose an issue for the future of the sectors? And, what can organisations and leaders do to ensure long-term, systemic change is put in place to remove any barriers to open up the sectors to the next generation?

In this webinar, we covered key questions, including:

  • Why is a lack of ethnic and cultural diversity an issue in leadership and decision-making roles?
  • What are the challenges and barriers that remain?
  • Are there solutions and initiatives that might help to improve the situation? How do we remove these and show the next generation that security and safety leadership roles are open to all?
  • What are the benefits to organisations and outcomes of a more ethnically diverse workforce? How do we measure success?
  • How do we build in an authentic, systemic change to the industries and organisations we work in, as opposed to ‘box ticking’ or looking for quick fixes?



             Webinar speakers:

Ella Muers, Head of Health, Safety and Environment, Everton Football Club

Ella recently joined Everton Football Club as the Head of HSE after working for some of the UK’s tier one construction companies and holding the position of Head of Health and Safety at Manchester Airport pre-covid. Collaboration, communication and embracing change have been her successful approach to improving safety, regardless of the industry she has worked in. Ella is now focused on supporting EFC with their evolving safety culture as they head towards the new state of the art stadium whilst aiming to gain her Chartered status at IOSH; the next couple of years look very exciting.

James Chong, Chairman of the Board, Advancis USA

James Chong has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in enterprise software, digital innovation, converged security and artificial intelligence, with a unique combination of strategy, innovation, and operations. He pioneered and introduced Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security & Information Management (CSIM) to the enterprise security industry. Chong has helped build and grow tech-enabled companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 global organisations. He was selected into International Data Group’s “InfoWorld Top CTO 25” for his business management leadership and innovation. He currently also serves as a director at a Fortune 500 infrastructure firm and frequently speaks and contributes to professional publications and industry organizations globally.


Jay Vekaria, Director of HSE & Risk Management, Visa

Jay Vekaria is a multi-award winning professional, having worked within the retail, property, finance and FM sectors across the UK and the EMEA region. Jay is a HSQE and Risk Management professional who has adapted and built an additional skillset working within Central and Field Operations delivering fantastic customer services in challenging environments, while providing assurance in compliance and HSQE culture across all levels of the business. Having a degree in Business Studies with an MSc in Risk Management and Senior Executive leadership training, he has worked across all parts of the business leading large Central Operation functions to managing the delivery of FM Hard/Soft services. He is currently Director of HSE & Risk Management at Visa.


James Moore, Editor, IFSEC Global (Host)

James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, a leading online publication for security and fire safety news and the content platform that runs alongside the IFSEC and FIREX events. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Global, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports, as well as hosting webinars and panel discussions. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.

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