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Trust joins National Centre for Diversity’s new Patrons Network

Trust Housing Association has been appointed a member of the National Centre for Diversity’s new National Patron’s Network, joining 15 other UK organisations in the influential new group which is committed to creating culture change in the UK workplace.

The National Patrons Network held its inaugural meeting on October 21 at the House of Commons, chaired by the Rt Honourable Kirsten Oswald and the Rt Honourable Fabian Hamilton, both of whom are committed to supporting the aims of the network.

The new network brings together Equality, Diversity and Inclusion leaders across a variety of industries and sectors including large businesses, housing providers, schools, the National Union of Students, the National Association of Head Teachers, charities and further education providers as well as the transport, construction and engineering sectors.

Many of the organisations that have joined the National Patrons Network are already accredited with the Investors or Leaders in Diversity Awards, including Trust which was the first Scottish housing association to achieve Leaders in Diversity accreditation.

Trust Housing Association Chief Executive, Rhona McLeod and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Rohini Sharma Joshi attended the launch event.

Rhona McLeod said: “We are delighted to become a member of the National Patrons Network. It provides us with the opportunity to work with passionate people from so many different organisations that have a shared commitment to equality and making a difference in developing an inclusive society.”

The group is committed not only to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion throughout their own organisation but also to driving forward leadership excellence in equality, diversity and inclusion and to spreading best practices in workplaces across the UK. The next meeting of the National Patrons Network will be held on Tuesday 12th April 2016.

Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity, Solat Chaudhry said: “By advocating Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, speaking at our events and networking on behalf of the National Centre for Diversity, our Patrons will help to open up a dialogue around the issues that organisations face, in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment. Together we can ensure that this subject is embedded in the hearts and minds of organisations throughout the UK.”

To find out more about the National Patrons Network and its members visit