King’s College London is a civic university in the heart of London. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the best international players, connected to local, national and global networks. We have a proud heritage and a clear vision for the future: We aspire to the very highest standards of education, research and service.
Our intention is to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in to everything we do. We want our policies, practices and processes to empower individuals to be able to contribute fully. We want King’s to reflect the diversity of London, and for our doors to be open to anyone with the capabilities to succeed.
Why Equality, Diversity & Inclusion matter
As an employer and educator, King’s recognises its legal duties as well as the moral imperative to promote diversity and inclusion within the campus community and to provide a safe and healthy environment for work and study where staff, students and other members of the King’s community are treated with dignity, courtesy and respect.
The work of EDI not only ensures that King’s meets and upholds its legal obligations in regard to equality and anti-discrimination law, but also makes positive interventions to embed the ethos diversity and inclusion into policy, processes and everyday practice, working to eliminate barriers to participation and success.
If you are a King's student or member of staff, you can check out the diversity of King's using our EDI Dashboards which present you with visuals of the data that we use to inform our projects and interventions.
The EDI Operating Model
In the spirit of Functional Alignment and improved professional service in terms of coordination, end to end service delivery and resource efficiency, we are creating a sustainable university wide EDI operating model aligned with the HR transformation that sets direction and provides appropriate resources to each faculty.
As a result, we have developed a model with two teams: We take the approach that EDI needs to be embedded, and we support the university to do this through our expertise and skills.
The primary function of the Consultancy Team is to design, develop and deliver university wide projects and to raise standards across King’s. Consultants have twin responsibilities around leading a major university portfolio and providing consultancy on key university priorities. The Consultancy Team work across King’s to add value through technical knowledge and specialist skills – providing expert perspectives, methods and approaches.
Projects & Partnerships Team
The primary function of the Projects & Partnerships team delivers services and projects on behalf of the D&I subfunction and our partners in faculties. The Projects & Partnerships team works across the university to add value through our expertise and specialist skills – providing expert perspectives, methods and approaches.
Members of the Partnerships & Projects team work a proportion of their time embedded in seven of nine faculties, the remainder of their time is spent delivering university-wide projects and services.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is a key enabler of King's Vision 2029 and our EDI governance structure has been designed to embed EDI throughout all structural levels of the College. Accountability for EDI within King's sits with the College's Council, who delegate to the President and Principal who works with the Senior Management Team (SMT) and Academic Board to deliver actions.
The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee (EDIC), is currently chaired by the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and has been created as a sub-committee of the SMT to oversee and monitor the implementation of King's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategic goals. The EDIC meets termly during the academic year and membership comprises of senior representatives from across the College.
Working alongside the EDIC is the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Forum (EDIF). The EDIF is a body for staff and student voices and it comprises of diverse members who represent the breadth of perspectives of the King's community. It provides the EDIC with insight into staff and student community experiences. Members are representative of their respective areas and are expected to communicate key issues and updates, acting as a key link between local community and King's governance and decision-making structure.
The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Cap (Combined Action Plans) is accountable for the delivery of the university wide EDI programme action plans, and for the integration of actions and initiatives into business planning. The group seeks to realise the opportunities of bringing multiple action plans, action owners, staff and student voices together for a holistic and intersectional approach to tackling shared challenges.
Got a question for EDI? Get in touch via our new form
The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team can now be contacted via the Helix system with an easy to use enquiry form that will help us keep track of your requests and respond to you in a timely manner.
Please ensure you use this enquiry form if you want to get in touch with the team going forward. Don’t forget, you can also discover more about the work of the EDI team and the answers to many of your questions on our intranet pages here.
If you have a query that relates to your Faculty or School, please refer below for information on your relevant EDI practitioner:
Lorraine Kelly (she/her) – Director for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Lorraine’s leadership spans a range of staff strategies including positive workplace culture activities, mental health and wellbeing initiatives, leadership and management programmes. Her expertise and commitment is central to King’s focus on driving a culture where our staff and students can thrive, feel they belong and have every opportunity to contribute effectively.
Harjeet Moore (she/her) – Interim Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Hi, I am Harjeet, the Interim Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) for King's College London.
My background has been working in Human Resources for just over 25 years within various sectors, and over the last 15 years I have had a focus on EDI, Wellbeing and Mental Health. I also volunteer at my son's local grass roots football club as their Welfare and Inclusion Officer.
These are areas I am incredibly passionate about and believe that it is important to have a truly intersectional inclusive culture where we create environments so everyone feels safe, has a sense of belonging, is empowered to achieve their full potential, and that we have an impact on wider society.
Helena Mattingley (she/her) – Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
I am the Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion for King’s College London. I manage several large pieces of work as well as the operational side of the team. I lead on the institutional gender equality work through the Athena SWAN framework, as well as managing legal compliance, EDI data and incoming EDI FOIs.
Helena is currently on secondment and is expected to return to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team in May 2024. Harjeet Moore (information above) is currently the Interim Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
Jennifer Hastings – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager
I am an EDI Manager at KCL, leading on our race equality work. I also manage two EDI Project Officers.
I come from a Students’ Union background, having begun my career as an adviser. In my most recent role as Head of Student Voice at LSESU, I developed the organisation’s first EDI strategy. I love to work collaboratively and believe it’s important to allow different perspectives to influence our work.
I have a particular interest in mental health, intersectional feminism, and how socio-economic factors shape our experiences. I’m also a big fan of bakeries and dogs.
Hello! I'm Heidi and I am an EDI Manager, leading on Wellbeing. My background is in Psychology and Nutrition. I am a new member of the team and my focus is on how we can improve mental and physical health at King's through fostering an intersectional approach to wellbeing. I'm passionate about reducing inequalities and creating a more just society where everyone can thrive.
In my personal time I am a massive foodie and love exploring different cuisines! I've also recently discovered a passion for gardening.
Becca Browett (she/her) – Strategic Programme Manager for Preventing and Addressing Bullying and Harassment
Hello! I am the Strategic Programme Manager for Preventing and Addressing Bullying and Harassment. I am leading the development of a strategy to tackle bullying and harassment in all its forms for both staff and students. Prior to this role, I worked in the Education & Students Directorate leading the implementation of King’s Education Strategy 2017 - 22, management of the Teaching Excellence Framework and the education response to Covid-19.
I come from an academic background, having completed a PhD and been a lecturer in Medieval History. I have a particular interest in staff and student wellbeing, and creating inclusive and respectful work and learning environments where every individual can thrive.
Adam Perry (he/they) – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
Hello. I am Adam, one of the consultants within the EDI team. I lead on Equality Analysis; LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Stonewall Project Management and policy development and revision. I also support work on the Mutual Mentoring and More than Mentoring programmes and Dignity at King’s/Safeguarding.
My academic background is in criminology and my voluntary background spans the NHS, public health and the student movement. Prior to joining KCL, I worked within a Students’ Union focusing on Liberation and Policy. My passion and commitment for EDI work is fostered through navigating society as a BAME, disabled, LGBTQ+ person. In my spare time I can often be found in a coffee shop or bakery.
I'm Jemma, EDI Manager for Disability Inclusion. I lead on our disability inclusion and accessibility work which aims to improve the experience of disabled staff and students at King’s. I have worked in the EDI team since 2020 and prior to joining King's I worked in the education sector, working with schools and school leaders on a range of EDI and other projects.
My interest in matters of equality, diversity and inclusion started through engagement with feminist and liberation theology and theologies of sexuality and gender. This background and my personal journey to identifying as a queer pagan influences both my EDI work and how I navigate life more generally. Outside of work my volunteering is focused on inclusion and diversity in cycling, campaigning in particular for trans inclusion in sport.
Sophie Rust (she/her) – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
I am Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion Coordinator for the Success for Black Engineers Programme. Before this I was an EDI Project Officer, working part time in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and I have also worked in the Careers & Employability Team. I am a member of UNISON.
Hello! I’m Jake and I am an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Project Officer. I spend part of my week embedded in the Faculty of Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences. I also support Race Equality Charter work across the university.
I first came to King’s as an undergrad student in 2014. I have previously worked for Pride in London and King’s Widening Participation team. In my spare time I volunteer with a youth charity, providing support and guidance on inclusion projects.
Hello! My name is Safyan and I am one of the EDI Project Officers in the Projects & Partnerships Team. I work with The Dickson Poon of School of Law and King’s Business School on their EDI objectives, while supporting the central team on wider university-wide projects.
Before working at King’s, I oversaw the policy process at Leeds University Union and supported other democratic and widening participation initiatives within the Union. I also have a background in campaigning and volunteering which kickstarted my passion for EDI and liberation for marginalised groups more broadly.
Hello! My name is Hannah and I work as an EDI Project Officers in the Projects & Partnerships Team. I work with the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences, and provide support on Disability Inclusion work and with running our flagship training, Diversity Matters.
Before working at King’s, I worked in state Secondary Education for 11 years, both as an English & Film teacher and as an Equalities Coordinator. I passionately believe that education has the power to create a more just future for everyone. It is both an experience that should be diverse, equitable and inclusive and a tool to create empathy, collaboration and deeper understanding.
When I’m not at work, I love knitting, learning languages and eating cake!
Roberta Canovari (she/her) – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Project Officer
Hello, I’m Roberta and I am an EDI Project officer in the Projects & Partnerships Team. I support the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with their EDI objectives and I provide support on disability inclusion projects at King's.
My career and voluntary background spans the language industry, the civil service, mental health and refugee charities. My interest in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion started with feminism and I am passionate about looking at EDI through an intersectional lens. I also love live music, hiking and exploring food cultures.