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Inclusion Labs is a purpose driven, independent, non-profit, community interest company* (C.I.C) creating impactful programmes that work towards achieving our mission and vision:

To embed diversity, equity and inclusion into every young person’s educational, cultural and personal development.  

The impact of which will cultivate awareness and activate investment in eliminating social inequality and injustice wherever they encounter it.

In a nutshell, “Educate to Activate”.

We have a bold vision, yet our programmes work towards four clear outcomes and the precise action needed within them to deliver lasting impact.

 

* A C.I.C is a legal form of enterprise which aims to provide benefit to the community or to trade with a “social purpose,” rather than to make a profit.

Our Founder

“Navigating issues of diversity and inclusion can be overwhelming – I know this first-hand, and not just for students and their families, but also for schools.  Through Inclusion Labs I am committed to helping schools ask the right questions and focus on the important things.  I believe if we help schools to connect the dots of this work and understand the “why?” at the heart of it, we can empower them to build a more inclusive school community for all.

I founded Inclusion Labs to offer a custom programme for schools, one that is not only grounded in research and best practice, but also on the lived experience of students and families, particularly those from underrepresented groups.”

Inclusion Labs was set up by Temi Akindele Barker, a mum of two daughters.  She began her career as a consultant in Legal Executive Search, both in the UK and internationally, eventually becoming Co-Head of the Senior Team covering US and UK law firms, and US financial institutions. A key part of her role involved supporting local and multinational clients to achieve their strategic goals.  Prior to Inclusion Labs, Temi worked in Strategy and Research with a focus on start-ups.

Our values drive us and are central to
everything we do:

We are youth-centred

We want to inspire every young person to embrace differences and take these lessons out into the world, whilst also understanding that at any given moment, there might be someone who needs this work to be done – whether it’s for support, for correction, or for education.

We are authentic

Being real through lived experience, building awareness and education around issues that have a negative impact on society.  We are dedicated to making any majority invested in the minority.

We are collaborative

We need lots of different champions working together, challenging the status quo, hell-bent on doing their part.

We are impactful

We cannot solve societal issues just by talking about them and having the best intentions. To make change happen we have to roll up our sleeves, get stuck in and demonstrate results. We are not afraid to look at the world with fresh eyes, challenge how it works and find new ways of doing things.

We are clear

We will work hard to deliver real solutions to tough problems – especially when it involves uncomfortable truths.  We will communicate clearly in a way that transcends age, background and DEI awareness.

Advisory Board

Our advisory board are specialists across a range of industries who want to drive change.  They have – and will continue to – donate their time and expertise to help develop our survey, data evaluation, framework and programme, as well as to drive forward our strategic vision.

Daniel Danso

"I’m thrilled to support Inclusion Labs because young people learn more than the mechanics of education in schools. They are exposed to educators and other students who will shape their confidence, aspirations, their ability to manage conflict, and the critical life skills that mean they can engage with difference in healthy and productive ways. Every child deserves a safe and inclusive environment in which to thrive, and as institutions, schools need to use every resource at their disposal to make that happen."

Bio

Daniel is Linklaters’ Global Diversity Manager. Since joining the firm, he has led the global expansion of their D&I Strategy and Action Plan. Daniel designs and delivers D&I training around the globe. He advised the firm and its clients on key business issues including: culture change, D&I and ESG, global recruitment, data collection and monitoring, procurement, global mobility, reward and marketing. Daniel’s background is in strategy development, leadership development, public speaking, equality consultancy, training and social theory.

During Daniel’s time at Linklaters, he has increased the firm’s overall global D&I activity from 7% to 90% in three years and cofounded the Linklaters Diversity Faculty, a specialist consultative advisory group for businesses that brings experts in the fields of D&I and Employment Law together.

Hannah Wilson

"I am excited to be joining the Advisory Board of Inclusion Labs to support the work that Temi and the team are doing in the sector to amplify the conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion."

Bio

Hannah Wilson is an independent educational consultant who specialises in leadership development and training. She is a DfE coach for the Women Leading in Education initiative and an advocate for flexible working (the focus for her MA in Education).

She specialises in Diversity, Inclusion and Equality, Professional Learning, Early Career Teachers, Mentoring and Coaching and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Her former roles have included Head of Secondary Teacher Training, University of Buckingham, Founding Executive Headteacher of Aureus School & Aureus Primary School, GLF Schools, Strategic Lead for the GLF Teaching School Alliance, Sub-Regional Strategic Lead for the SE Women Leading in Education Network for Oxon, Berks and Bucks (NCTL) and Professional Learning Lead for the Harris Federation.

As a collaborator and a networker, Hannah is involved in a number of networks which she has founded, co-leads and delivers bespoke training through including Founder #DiverseEd, Founder #LeanInGirlsUK, Founder Oxon MH and WB network, Co-Founder #OxWomenLeaders and Co-Founder #WomenEd.

Hannah Edgeworth

“Inclusion Labs is responding to a real need in education, to support schools in creating diverse and inclusive communities where all members can thrive. Being part of this much needed intentional movement in education is a privilege and I am delighted to be part of the team.”

Bio

Hannah has worked as a primary years educator for over 13 years, in the UK and internationally, and in the state and independent sectors. During this time she has been a member of senior leadership teams, contributing to the professional leadership of teaching and learning in different settings and developing school vision and strategic direction. She is passionate about promoting diversity and committed to creating school cultures which empower all children to develop their true authentic self.

Kemi Akindele

"Equality starts with each of us individually and there is no better place to set the tone, demonstrate and foster inclusive behaviours than at school. I look forward to the important work that inclusion Labs will do and the schools that will be taking action to ensure they embrace the diversity of their pupils."

Bio

Kemi is an Associate Director at Freuds. She is an experienced, strategically-astute, senior communications professional passionate about category-defying creative, and step-changing purpose-driven campaigns. With a background in integrated agencies and in-house, she is skilled in developing and implementing PR, marketing, digital, social and content-led external programs to help challenger brands become household names and give established blue-chips renewed relevance in an ever-changing communication landscape. She is also well-versed in corporate communications providing strategic direction and reputation management to senior level clients across traditional and digital PR / marketing.

Seun Akindele

"I feel passionately about the Inclusion Labs mission and the important work they are instigating within our education system. Having been involved in mentoring young people to navigate the hurdles of school and their early careers, and most recently helping underrepresented communities get into the tech industry, I believe strongly that the schools that are empowered and take action to create a more inclusive environment, will help to shape better futures for their pupils."

Bio

Seun is the Head of Data & Innovation at Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an organisation leading a movement against suicide through vital, life-saving support and collective action. She is a data-driven, product professional with over 10 years of expertise driving and delivering marketing, product, digital and data transformation projects. Seun is passionate about working with purpose-driven organisations and has a diverse mix of sector experience including Publishing, eCommerce, EdTech, VC, Public Sector and Non-Profit Organisations from within industry and agency-side.