Our aim is to have a workforce that is representative and understanding of our communities and the customers we serve in the North West.

Our employee networks play a pivotal role in helping us to achieve our aim... helping to challenge the status quo.

We are committed to driving equality and providing diverse working environments for all our employees. We want our people to feel valued for individual differences, such as social background, disability, gender and sexual orientation.

Our employee networks play a pivotal role in helping us to achieve our aim, providing insight and feedback on our people policies, helping to challenge the status quo, raising awareness, and giving support to colleagues right across the organisation.

With so many colleagues working remotely over the year, our networks worked tirelessly, and creatively. To mark National Inclusion Week, with its theme for 2020 of ‘Each One, Reach One’, the groups organised training sessions, webinars, interviews and support, and emphasised that it has never been more important to think about the opportunities we all have to connect and inspire each other to make inclusion an everyday reality.

We have four active employee network groups with a growing membership of 730 people. Each network has a lead and an executive sponsor who supports each network to drive change across the business.

Our Gender Equality Network is open to men and women across the company, and works to support, mentor, develop, inspire and promote all employees.

The Identity LGBT+ Network provides a social and support network for LGBT+ employees and those who are LGBT+ friendly, helping to create a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages respect and equality for all.

Our Ability Network works to bring people with disabilities and long-term conditions together. Its aim is to raise the profile of different disabilities so we can recognise and better support our employees and customers living with those conditions.

The Multicultural Network is about celebrating distinct cultural differences stemming from personal traits such as race, ethnic origin and religion. The group aims to provide a voice to all employees with a multicultural background, and to help ensure everyone feels valued and their talents fully utilised.