Cluster community of Ireland South East Financial Services benefiting from EDI masterclasses

The first of a new masterclass series aiding firms to unlock the powerful advantages of a diverse and modern workforce through Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives took place today.

This masterclass series is designed to support the Insurance, Technology, Finance and Asset Management sectors in their mission to move the dial on diversity & inclusion by providing a global platform to showcase advocates, role models, and allies.

Operators in the financial services and insurance sectors have come together to develop a new framework and certification for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in response to extensive industry engagement for support of regulatory requirements and mandatory reporting.

The initiative has been coordinated through a strategic partnership involving the Ireland South East Financial Services Cluster, the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at IT Carlow, inclusio, CIRDAS, and INC in 2022. Founding industry partners include RSA,, FBD Insurance, New Ireland Assurance, Bank of Ireland Insurance Services, and further partners are sought.

The overarching aim of the initiative is to provide a blueprint for achieving and implementing EDI in the workplace, and for it to become a key organisational and business concern. The initiative has been included under the Government’s five-year ‘Ireland for Finance’ strategy and in their action plan for 2022.

Catriona Murphy, Cluster Manager at Ireland South East Financial Services Cluster (ISEFSC) said:

“We are very pleased that it was the collaboration within the cluster community who initiated this project. The cluster community of Ireland South East Financial Services will benefit immensely through this strategic EDI framework where together firms will unlock the powerful advantages of a diverse and modern workforce. Working with inclusio and the Faculty of Life Long Learning at IT Carlow we have listened to the industry needs and are very proud to deliver accredited courses with leading experts.”

Taking place bi-weekly from April to June 2022, the series is specifically aimed at individuals who are responsible for the delivery and implementation of Central Bank of Ireland mandatory reporting as well as EDI strategy and action planning within their organisation.

The five sessions in the masterclass series are:

  • Building Workplaces where people want to work and inclusive leadership’
  • Workplace Culture and Decision Making’
  • ‘Practical application of EDI in the workplace’
  • ‘Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) requirements and EU regulation’
  • ‘Building a Workable Action plan (Org self-assessment/ Framework)’

The classes will be presented by Sandra Healy and Simon Haigh, who between them bring over 50 years of industry experience in management, organisation, and entrepreneurial undertakings as well as substantial contributions to academia.

Participants can gain access to the remaining four free masterclasses by completing the form here: