Marsha Ramroop midshot leaning against a brick wall
Marsha Ramroop (Image by Malcolm The Photographer)

My name is Marsha Ramroop, an award-winning inclusive culture strategist. I’m the former Director of Inclusion at the RIBA, and a former BBC Journalist and Inclusion & Communities Editor. I have a clear understanding of bias and how it can be mitigated within organisations, as well as being an excellent communicator.

My parents are Trinidadian, and came, individually, to the UK to try to make better lives for themselves and to contribute to British society.

Our early years were hard as they struggled financially, but they worked, all hours, to home, feed and clothe my brother and me, and to provide us with the privilege they never had.

Eventually, through determination, raw talent and continuous bone-tiring hard work, my parents earned just about enough to send me and my brother through private education, so that we would get access to the opportunities they felt, learned and experienced were, otherwise, more difficult to reach for racialised people. They believed by doing that they were giving us a voice. And, now I’m here, using my voice to effect change, hoping I’ll be heard and can pass on that voice to others.

I’m sure this background is why I am utterly committed to trying to address the inequalities in our society.

In organisations, of all description, leadership is not aware of the biases that exist in them, so they are unaware of how uninviting their service can be for the mix of people that make up our society. The breadth and depth of our communities do not always feel welcomed or included to participate in the offer they have.

And, if they are aware and have done some Unconscious Bias workshops, they do not know what to do next, to effectively change, do things differently and challenge that bias. Sadly, tokenistic change is often the outcome.

I was one of the first, of a growing global community, of independently certified practitioners and facilitators of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in the world. I have been working in Community Engagement for 15 years within the media. I have actively sought out our marginalised communities to work with them and been successful at opening wider the doors of my organisations. I have developed Inclusive training programmes and mentored people to help enter institutions they felt were closed off to them.

I have been driven to work in consultancy as the need for social change is so great, I feel I should share my understanding with a wider group, so we can all be more inclusive.

I am married to a wonderful Irishman and we have two lovely daughters.

(Throughout this website there are various terms to describe Black and minority ethnic people, or those non-white – all are problematic.  Essentially we’re talking about under-represented racialised people, which is a mouthful, but it is important to highlight the underrepresenattion, the racialisation, and the grouping. In the past I’ve also used POC, People of Colour).

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