Dr. Martens , Global head of diversity, equity and inclusion
Geoffrey Williams works for a fashion brand that has a long-standing history of being a part of youth culture and progressive movements. Last summer Williams joined the business at the height of the Black Lives Matter conversation while they were also preparing to IPO the business. Williams contribution to the transformation was forming a direction for the conversation between the idea of community and how it could exclude and include people. Structuring how DE&I is integral to business performance and the need for transparency around our actions. And the ways in which they could use their people data to enhance governance models and chart a direction for change. Williams built the right learning and development tools to enable better conversations around talent development and conducted an audit of the current policies, practices and approaches to HR and people development. Williams has been a part of shaping their voice over the BLM moment and how they showed up for the Black community but also how they address their gaps in the space of DE&I.
Willaims is the eldest of six siblings raised in a vegan Rastafarian family in West London/ Middlesex in the 80’s. Williams said he was always the odd one out in most of the spaces I entered even within my wider family, school etc. Williams also grew up in a space that was dedicated to understanding how we work together as a community to effect change for not only ourselves but those around us. Williams has always approached the conversation of diversity in the workplace as a way to make sure people feel included. Listening to others has been a fundamental way in which Williams has approached DE&I.