Equality & Diversity
At Greater Anglia we employ individuals from diverse backgrounds. We firmly believe in creating a working environment that embraces diversity and equality.
Therefore, we are committed and we strive to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and is valued irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy. This is not an exhaustive list!
We have a clear Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy that aims to eliminate unfair discrimination and to promote equality and diversity for all, and we are achieving this by:
- Undertaking recruitment, promotion, training and career development practices that do not discriminate
- Seeking to meet individual requirements for flexible working practices
- Seeking to reflect diversity in the context of the local community
- Maintaining records and undertaking regular analysis of the workforce and job applicants in order that appropriate remedial actions are taken
- Enabling colleagues to develop and use their talents to the full
- Providing training to our colleagues to ensure that they are aware of our commitment to equal opportunities and diversity
In case you are unable to complete the online application process due to a learning difficulty or disability please email the Resourcing team at [email protected] who will ensure that alternative arrangements are available for you.
We’re committed to removing barriers from recruitment policies, processes and practices which could exclude disabled people and are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer.
We value your feedback on improving the recruitment process specifically for you. Please let us know of any adjustments that would be helpful, so we can accommodate them where possible. Email the Resourcing team at [email protected] for suitable arrangements.
To gain insight into Greater Anglia's efforts in enhancing accessibility and inclusion, read about our ongoing progress here.
- Greater Anglia rolls out accessibility awareness training to all front line staff, read the article here.
- Greater Anglia installs new accessibility features on website, read the article here.
- Greater Anglia supports Sun flower scheme to help people with-non-visible disabilities, read the article here.
Greater Anglia has been approved as an Endorsed Employer for Women by WORK180. WORK180 focuses on attracting female job seekers by approving employers who demonstrate a genuine commitment to supporting women at work, making it simple for job seekers to find the best workplaces in the UK.
Greater Anglia is committed to fostering a work environment that welcomes and empowers women in order to attract and retain top talent.
Employee Network Groups
Embracing Diversity and Fostering Inclusion at Greater Anglia, we are dedicated to cultivating a workplace that values, respects, and includes every individual. We recognize that diversity goes far beyond box-ticking; it entails creating a culture that welcomes and celebrates the unique perspectives and talents each person brings. Hence, we established Affinity, our Sex and Sexuality Group, with a clear mission: to enhance our reputation, attract a diverse pool of talented individuals, and uphold inclusivity throughout our organisation. We firmly believe that by actively learning and educating ourselves about the experiences, challenges, and needs of the sex and sexuality diverse community, we can establish a genuinely inclusive environment.
Affinity is not merely a group that celebrates diversity on specific awareness days - it is a year-round commitment to nurturing a culture of acceptance and celebration. We understand that true inclusivity necessitates acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of all individuals, regardless of their sex or sexuality. Within Affinity, we provide a safe space for open conversations, where we can learn from one another and address behaviours that may be hurtful or offensive.
By actively educating ourselves and others, we create an atmosphere where ignorance is supplanted by understanding and acceptance. We take immense pride in supporting and uplifting our diverse employees and customers. Affinity ensures that everyone feels valued, seen, and heard. By fostering a culture of inclusivity and acceptance, we not only establish a workplace where everyone can thrive, but also convey a powerful message: Greater Anglia is a company that welcomes and embraces diversity. We cordially invite you to join us on this journey of growth and transformation as we pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future. Together, let us celebrate diversity, challenge prejudices, and build a better, more accepting world.
George Carey - Chair of Affinity
"I am proud to support an honest and genuine workplace where we all feel comfortable being our true selves. Here at Greater Anglia, we have a strong commitment to diversity and equality, and being able to contribute to that is truly fulfilling. It demonstrates support not only for myself but also for others within the LGBTQIA+ community."
Jason (Artie) Winstanley - Co-Chair of Affinity
"My name is Artemis, or Arty for short, and serving as the Co-Chair of Affinity fills me with immense pride, given our focus on fostering an inclusive and supportive community within Greater Anglia. Being a part of this group has allowed me to meet new individuals who share a common interest in workplace diversity and inclusion, and I am thrilled to work alongside them!
Embracing Diversity: Celebrating Ethnicity & Culture at Greater Anglia
Our aim is simple: to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. We understand the importance of representation, both within our company and in the eyes of the public. By fostering a culture of acceptance and understanding, we showcase Greater Anglia as a truly inclusive company, welcoming people from all backgrounds.
As a networking group, we are here to support our colleagues, ensuring that they are treated equally and with respect. If any issues arise in the workplace, we are here to assist, offering guidance and pointing individuals in the right direction for reporting such matters. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone can thrive, regardless of their differences.
But our work doesn't stop there. We are committed to bringing our colleagues together, fostering connections, and promoting education about our diverse backgrounds. We want to celebrate the different holidays we observe, the delicious foods we eat, the languages we speak, and the day-to-day nuances that make us who we are. Through this group, we hope to bridge understanding, break down barriers, and encourage conversations that may be challenging but are necessary for growth.
By coming together and learning from one another, we can expand our awareness of each other as individuals, despite our differences. Our network group is a space where we can ask difficult questions, share stories, and build empathy. Through this process, we aim to foster a truly inclusive and welcoming environment within Greater Anglia.
So, let's embrace diversity and celebrate the richness of our ethnicity and culture. Together, we can make a real difference, not only within our company but also in the wider world. Join us in breaking barriers and creating a community where every voice is heard, and every person is celebrated.
Sophie Thrower (she/her) - Chair of Ethnicity & Culture
“Being part of the networking groups here at Greater Anglia has been a push in the right direction of how we as people should be behaving in an ideal world in the year 2023.
Having different people from different walks of life, heritage, cultures, religion, sexuality, and sex all coming together in a big melting pot. Understanding that we all are unique in our own ways and that is ok. The networking groups are here to celebrate us all and who we are and what we believe and allowing us all to be ourselves in the workplace as well as out in the big wide world. The network groups are here to educate, support and guide our colleagues into a more inclusive and respectful environment and workplace.”
Christopher Lewis - Vice Chair of Ethnicity & Culture
“I am Christopher Lewis, an experienced Revenue Protection Officer based in Colchester, with over 20 years of service. Recently approached to become vice chair of the Ethnicity and Culture group, this opportunity holds personal significance.
In secondary school, as one of few black students, I faced bullying and racially derogatory behaviour that affected my academic performance and self-confidence. However, my first full-time job at 23 changed everything, allowing me to express myself and develop confidence. I am passionate about inspiring others to learn from challenges and pursue their dreams.”