A big thanks to Managing IP for the opportunity to share my story and views on this very important subject.
Being a firm believer in meritocracy, for years I have railed passionately against the need for such targets, advocating the mantra 'everyone with skill and imagination may aspire to reach the highest level' and that positive discrimination was an insult to those who were able to achieve this on their own. However, not least because of a dawning realisation that very few...achieve it without assistance, I...now view the purpose of diversity targets differently. Meaningful diversity targets should never result in someone of lesser ability being chosen over someone with greater ability merely to tick a box. What they should, and in my experience do, achieve is compelling people,...to ...look holistically at how they operate and determine what systemic changes are needed to ensure that people from every aspect of society are being given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.