Cyril Husbands

Cyril Husbands

Career Highlights Summary
Important Elements of my Professional Experience
• Provided consultancy services to Deutsche Bank on making their diversity strategy more effective
• Led an international culture change training programme for senior managers in Kimberly Clark
• Advised JP Morgan improving their diversity and inclusion strategy, performance and metrics
• In my role as Senior Diversity Manager with the BBC, assumed a leading role in the Corporation’s reputation management strategy
• Founded Martin-Husbands Solutions Ltd (MHS), as a specialist, bespoke diversity, equality and inclusion training provider. MHS won a contract to supply a successful series of workshops to BT plc, valued at £250K. At the time this was the largest corporate diversity investment in Britain.
• Provided training on procurement and stakeholder management to specialist uniformed personnel for the Ministry of Defence in Germany
• Served as Interim Chief Executive of the African-Caribbean Mental Health Association, a third sector organisation with 25 staff and £400,000 budget
• Led a team building programme for Big Up, the leading BME gay men’s health advocacy organisation, thus earning the distinction of being the first straight man to provide such services to this agency
• At the Guardian Media Group worked with a group of managers and stakeholders on raising the profile and impact of their diversity strategy
• Led a training session at the European Broadcasting Union on diversity in portrayal for 600 delegates, at which I was the sole trainer
• Wrote the first lesbian and gay equalities policy adopted by a major British employer
I have served as a specialist in the professional learning and development, diversity and equality human resource management and organisation development disciplines since 1979. It has been my privilege and good fortune that much of my work has reflected my values and interests. My values include an implacable belief in social justice and equality and advancing human rights as a means to achieve this.
I have had the privilege of working in many places around the world. My work has taken me to three continents, providing many and varied professional services to clients.
As an independent coach, consultant, facilitator, mediator and trainer, I have worked in Africa, the Caribbean and the USA. I served as a BBC representative with the European Broadcasting Union in Belgium, France, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland. Germany and Italy also feature among my international work locations.
My international experience has given me a genuinely practical understanding of and commitment to working with global diversity. Working outside of one’s own cultural norms is an invaluable, salutary and enduring education in the importance of and sensitivity in working with people’s differences. It is also a heartening lesson in the possibilities that working positively with diversity can produce – and I strive to apply these lessons in all of my work.
My business client roster includes: BT, Deutsche Bank, the Guardian Newspaper Group, Kimberly Clark and JP Morgan. My public and NGO client roster includes: the London Borough of Brent’s Inter-Agency Child Protection Working Group, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Ministry of Defence.
I have devised and facilitated a large and varied range of adult learning programmes and activities. As well as bespoke interventions commissioned by clients, my experience includes a variety of open workshops. In my coaching role, I have worked with many and varied clients, mainly in leadership roles.
Primary among my subject matter specialisms are: leadership; management; strategic thinking; DEI (diversity, equalities and inclusion); communication skills; procurement; CSR (corporate social responsibility); stakeholder management; reputation management; and personal effectiveness.
Other Professional Experience
Leadership of a community mental health organisation is primary among my non coaching, consulting and professional learning and development experience. This is because of my abiding professional and personal interest in mental health issues. The agency I led provided a holistic range of services, including two residential facilities (one medium security, the other low security), counselling and other talking therapies and various complementary treatments.
As director of the organisation, I was responsible for setting its strategic direction, ensuring legal and regulatory compliance and managing the relationship with its trustees and other stakeholders. I also devised policies and procedures and managed the staff across all three of its sites.
My interest in arts, literature and culture has led me to organise many cultural and literary events, both in Britain and abroad. This includes performance, educational and community engagement events.
I have also acquired substantial social services specialist training and professional development experience. My specialisms in this discipline include child protection, mental health and client access to records.

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