25 May Natasha Clarke, Chair of Women in Recruitment, talks diversity within the industry
Diversity is a problem which affects all industries. Following our recent report on how Apple’s Board has chosen to vote down a pro-diversity senior recruitment policy, we spoke to one experienced recruiter who is determined to bring this issue to the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Natasha Clarke is currently the Chair of Women in Recruitment, as well as being Managing Partner, Strategic Capability and Organisational at SThree. Women in Recruitment (WIR) aims to empower women in the recruitment sector to achieve their full potential and assist recruitment firms in making the most of the female talent in their businesses.
It was founded by David Head, Director of Recruitment International and, in 2014, partnered with the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) who, with sponsorship from Barclays and legal services firm Squire Patton Boggs, relaunched the initiative in April 2015.
On the issue of women in recruitment, Clarke believes her programme has the ability to cause a real change. In an interview with Recruitment Grapevine, she commented: “The talent pipeline in many recruitment organisations continues to leak women – often at a time when they can add most value to the business. This programme is designed to provide mentoring, personal development and networking opportunities for women in recruitment as well as toolkits for business leaders to encourage best practice.”