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New DEIB lead appointed at Institute of Hospitality

The Institute of Hospitality (IoH) has appointed Devarshi Shah AIH as its new Diversity Equity, Inclusivity and Belonging Lead (DEIB).

The role, which fits within the Institute’s Professional Development team, is funded by the Savoy Educational Trust (SET) and is pivotal in informing, influencing and supporting the Institute’s members, leading the global hospitality sector in DEIB, and championing key DEIB collaborations.

With over five years of experience in talent management and organisational development, Shah, who holds a master’s degree in human resources and organisations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), was previously a Consultant and Lead of People and Culture at Great Place to Work® Institute, India where she worked closely with key stakeholders to drive culture, engagement, and inclusion initiatives.

The new role will focus heavily on creating educational resources, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), articles, publishing white papers, and case studies and supporting businesses and individuals with EDI strategies and best practices.

Speaking about her new appointment, Shah said: “I am passionate about creating and sustaining positive work cultures that foster engagement, inclusion, and performance. I am extremely excited to join the Institute and have the opportunity to create a DEIB business model that supports the IoH’s Five Pillars of Leaning and underpins the organisation.”

IoH CEO Robert Richardson FIH MI commented that DEIB is no longer a concept for businesses to consider, it is an absolute. He said: “With Devarshi’s experience and track record of deliverables, I am confident our DEIB strategy will be both robust and make a difference with its outputs. I am delighted to have her join our incredible team and look forward to her making a real impact in the coming months and years.”

Navigating FM efforts to sustainability 

As environmental protection demands unified action, transparency, and heightened awareness, Biological Preparations has launched an initiative to catalyse sustainability efforts within the FM sector.

FM businesses face unique challenges and heightened expectations of eco-initiatives from their clients. Yet, behind the scenes in FM businesses, many environmental initiatives, rollouts and even planning, are not broadcasted and transparent.

Have your say: Sustainability Trends in FM 

The UK biotech company’s five-minute, anonymous FM-focused survey, offers FM professionals of all hierarchies with a platform to voice their perspectives and share their experiences. The results from this survey will then be analysed and presented as an industry-specific report, which aims to guide FM businesses helping them benchmark trends, gain clarity on industry challenges, and map out goals and metrics towards sustainability.

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