Ernst and Young partner to chair Employers' Forum on Age and Belief

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London 11 October 2011: EY’s head of diversity has today been announced as the new chair of the Employers’ Forum on Age and Belief (EFAB).

Harry Gaskell, who will also continue to lead EY’s 1000 strong advisory practice in the UK and Ireland, takes up his role with the EFAB with immediate effect. He succeeds Hamish Elvidge, who is retiring after six years as chair.

The EFAB was formed in 2005 to provide employers with an independent network to help share best practice and support a diverse workforce. The forum has a membership that covers leading public and private sector organisations. Later this month, the Forum’s remit is being extended to cover all aspects of diversity, under the new name of the Employers’ Network on Equality and Inclusion (ENEI).

Speaking about his appointment, Harry Gaskell said: "I am delighted to be joining the EFAB as Chair at a time of significant change and look forward to helping us become the leading workplace diversity organisation in the UK.

“Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce should be a business imperative for any company and, through the collective muscle of the ENEI, we hope to bring about real change and ensure that diversity remains firmly on the business agenda.”

Hamish Elvidge, the former chair of the EFAB commented: "The Trustees are very excited to welcome Harry as Chair of the Employers’ Forum on Age and Belief just three weeks before we become the Employers’ Network on Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) and launch our new integrated offer for members.”