Training and Development
I offer coaching for leaders either on a 1-2-1 or a group setting to help them on their journey to lead more inclusively. Many leaders fear of saying or doing the wrong thing which often become the reason why they fail to start on their organisations DE&I journey or aren’t really seeing any change with the current initiatives being carried out. I help leaders to overcome their fears and challenges in engaging in DE&I work and help them take ownership and hold themselves accountable to get started on their journey and make meaningful change.
I also offer 1-2-1 coaching for women wanting to take their career to the next level but are challenged with systemic barriers that have resulted in a loss of self-confidence. I help you take ownership of your goals, visions and dreams and work towards overcoming any barriers that may be stopping you from achieving them. If you want to know more then book a free consultation session with me.
I recognise every organisation is different and the one size fits all approach does not work. I partner with organisations to help them understand where they currently are in their DE&I journey, where they would like to get to and provide strategic guidance and support on what to attain their goals. My aim is to ensure that DE&I is not seen as just a tick box or a ‘one and done’ but a journey where organisations are continuously evolving and improving to create a culture of belonging for all. Please get in touch to book a consultation to see how I can help you on your DE&I journey.
Audit and Recommendations
DE&I topics can be sensitive and triggering and Ash has been known for creating safe spaces where people feel comfortable sharing their experiences without judgement. After 10 years of working within the automotive industry, Ash decided to set up her consultancy business Changing Mindsets and has worked with some leading brands including CIPD, NHS, Estee Lauder, Omnicom Media Group and Astra Zeneca and most recently has been the leading subject matter expert for the professional HR body CIPD’s first Accredited Chartered Member’s Level DE&I programme.
Ash has also been featured in Metro.co.uk, The telegraph, Islam Channel and various other media channels as a DE&I expert and was recognised as an Emerging visionary leader as part of the global Vital Voices partnership with Estee Lauder Visionary Leaders programme, which is a signature program supporting women visionaries who are shaping the future they wish to see: the perception of what defines a leader, and what it takes to become a leader- in their own way.
She inspires others through her lived experiences as a female, South Asian Pakistani, Muslim, working Mum and often a minority within spaces. This has allowed her to truly connect with people, particularly those from marginalised groups. Ash also coaches leaders in leading more inclusively and individuals particularly Muslim women to level up in their careers and lives.
Ash currently serves as a governor for the COE Pyrford Primary School governing body and volunteers as a mentor through various programmes. Ash is often invited as a speaker to discuss topics surrounding DE&I within the workplace as well as sharing her own personal experiences.
Leigh Lafever-Ayer (she/her/hers)
HR Director, UK and Ireland
Vice President, European Brand Marketing at Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Shajeda Ahmed MA FCIPD
Executive Director of People, Organisational Development & Inclusion at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Anonymous attendee in webinar
“Very thought provoking Ash – your passion really shines through. Extremely complex – interconnected subject matter. Thank you for sharing your experiences.”
Anonymous attendee in webinar
Her training was always incredibly engaging and reflective of the passion and work that she put into each class.
Ash was equally excellent in the work that she did for mental health in the workplace and she was always willing to share ideas and engage to fight for those living with mental illness at work. She shared her own personal experiences to help others and as an MHFA was always available to anyone who needed her assistance.
It was a delight to work with Ash – I would recommend her to all!!!”
Co-founder and Mental Health and Well-being Director at Walking the Walk
Researcher at UK Youth
“Ash was my mentor through Muslim Women Connect and she has been a great asset to both my professional and personal development.
Ash provided me with the advice, guidance, and support I needed to work on the confidence I thought I never had. Throughout our mentoring sessions she actively listened, her emotional intelligence allowed us to build a trusting relationship, she helped me prep for interviews but most importantly she believed in me.
It’s been a pleasure to be mentored by Ash these last few months but she has definitely become a mentor for life and I can’t recommend her enough.”
Aisha (Associate CIPD)
Employee Relations Advisor
This is the first major project I have worked on with Ash and it spans over several months. From the work Ash has done so far, I can say I’m only expecting to hear and see more of her in several public forums championing the EDI cause.
As well as her professional work with CIPD, Ash is very active on LinkedIn promoting balanced, interesting and well explained issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion. Ash is eloquent in explaining inequalities faced by different groups, often those less understood and represented and she’s not afraid to do so publicly, which inevitably brings about negative and, sometimes, unpleasant comments and a level of backlash.
I am privileged to be part of in-depth conversations with Ash on the subject of EDI and she is always ready to share example from her personal and professional life where she has role modelled behaviours that drive inclusion.”
Learning content manager – CIPD