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SIS joins UK’s leading board diversity network as an Affiliate Member

Changing the Chemistry (CtC), one of the UK’s leading organisations to promote diversity of thought in the boardroom, is delighted to announce the names of the inaugural Affiliate Members.  This announcement coincides with the launch of the CtC Affiliate Membership Programme, as part of a strategy for future growth, which provides support to organisations which wish to improve board diversity.

Building on the legacy of successful partnerships with organisations that support the CtC objectives, the CtC Board is delighted to announce and officially welcome our inaugural Affiliate Members:

  • Social Investment Scotland (SIS)
  • College Development Network (CDN)

Neil Stevenson, Chair of the CtC Board of Trustees said: “CtC’s new Affiliate Membership is open to incorporated and unincorporated bodies which have a clear commitment to support the objectives of Changing the Chemistry (SCIO) and improve diversity of thought in the boardroom.  It is with great pleasure that we welcome SIS and CDN as our first Affiliate Members.

“Our Affiliate Membership Programme allows us to partner with likeminded organisations, such as SIS and CDN, and together we can advance our objectives and extend our influence and reach, allowing us to amplify our message and reach more organisations across Scotland, and the UK.”

Lindsay Wake, Head of Impact at Social Investment Scotland (SIS), said: “Diversity and inclusion at leadership level is crucial in bringing different ideas and perspectives to the table that are representative of our society, as well as promoting equality among the businesses and communities we work within. In recent years, SIS has been working hard to shape a more inclusive environment, with our own practices influencing our customers, investees, and suppliers.

“Joining CtC as an Affiliate Member builds on the positive steps we have already taken to make improvements and as one of the first partners, we have had the unique opportunity to collaborate with CtC to share our values and contribute to the development of the membership offering. We are looking forward to engaging with other members and the CtC team to continue our focus on equality and diversity on boards – not only for our own organisation, but for the customers and stakeholders we work with too.”

Victoria Underwood, Head of Leadership, Governance and Research at College Development Network (CDN), said: “CDN is delighted to become an Affiliate Member of Changing the Chemistry. Our two organisations share a common commitment to increase diversity on boards, and diversity in governance and the advantages it can bring not only for our colleges and their students, but also for the economy and society as a whole. This new relationship builds on our successful collaboration on CDN’s Get Into Governance programme designed to educate and empower those thinking of taking on their first board role and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the college sector and its stakeholders.”

Dr Helen Wright, President of Changing the Chemistry (2021/2022), said: “Listening to and collaborating with our key stakeholders is an important part of our strategy and by doing so, we can amplify the value that diversity brings to the success of organisations. We are excited to welcome SIS and CDN as our inaugural Affiliate Members.

“I warmly invite other organisations that support the CtC objectives and have a track record of improving their board’s diversity or have a plan to improve their board’s diversity, to get in touch – we would love to speak with you.  Diversity of thought on Boards has never been more important.”

View details of the CtC Affiliate Membership Programme and find out more about Changing the Chemistry here


Supporting the CtC objectives:

CtC is established for charitable purposes only, and in particular, the promotion of equality and diversity by:

1.1   promoting diversity on governing bodies of all organisations in the public, private and third sectors

1.2   supporting people from under-represented populations in obtaining positions on governing bodies

1.3   supporting governing bodies in recruiting members from under-represented groups.