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At Hachette UK, David started the ‘Changing the Story’ D&I initiative, running it for two years, then empowering others to lead, and he continues to champion the initiative and amplify its messages in all communications and actions. He created the ‘Diverse Future Leaders’ scheme to mentor talented people of color in the organization, and voluntarily published Hachette UK’s first ethnicity pay gap last year, alongside committing to do the same each year from now on. He holds regular meetings with the HR Director, other senior leaders and THRIVE, the organization’s ethnicity advocacy network, to discuss goals and priorities for the company. David supports Dialogue, Hachette’s imprint for diverse voices run by Sharmaine Lovegrove, and The Future Bookshelf, and initiative which opens submissions of work by people of color. He mentors through EMpower, and works with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to talk to schoolchildren about publishing.

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