Longstanding friends and civil servants Rob Neil and Paul Downer give their views on why Black History Month exists, who it’s for, and what we should be doing for equality, diversity and inclusion.
Rob joined the Ministry of Justice [then known as the Lord Chancellor's Department) in October 1983. He progressed to be Deputy Court Manger before joining the South Eastern Circuit IT team. In 1998 he became a development trainer with corporate HR and helped form the MoJ’s Employee Engagement Team.
Team. Rob currently leads the recruitment and development of Employee Engagement Champions, a network of over 850 people across the department including courts, tribunals, prisons and the Legal Aid Agency.
In the summer of 2015, Rob was invited to act as interim lead of the MoJ’s Diversity & Inclusion Team.
Rob Neil, MoJ's interim head of Diversity & Inclusion, urges everyone to take part in the largest-ever Race at Work survey. The results will help inform the Talent Action Plan to remove barriers to success for under-represented groups.