Manoj Soma , MA , HRM, Chartered FCIPD

Manoj is a co-founder of Challenge Life Ltd and CEO of Choice-International

Throughout his career he has worked with private, public and third sector organisations, helping organisations comply with legislative requirements and in the promotion of the business case of equality and diversity. His experience includes workforce equality and management, cultural integration and strategic HR planning and support.

He has a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and he has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), where he was awarded Fellow CIPD in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the field.

He is also a member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity practitioners (IEDP) and of ‘Breaking Through– Towards Strategies for Success’ Leadership training programme conducted by the NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement.

Manoj has worked with many organisations in setting up monitoring systems with clear performance measures, indicators, targets and outputs to assess implementation and effectiveness of organisations’ equality and diversity polices and initiatives.

To date he has conducted many interactive equality workshops and training sessions. He has also managed many development projects for hard to reach groups, identifying the needs of key ethnic minority communities and managed projects to improve their quality of life.

He has used many tactics to simplify anti-discrimination legislation and has utilised the Equality Impact Assessment process with staff, managers and general service users. Simplifying legislation using plain English, flow charts, practicable examples, case-laws, and workshops, has made it easier for service users to understand.

So far Manoj has conducted many research projects which include best practice in effective involvement of marginalised community members in the management of equality and diversity. He has also provided advice on many community involvement projects with target groups; BME groups; Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Working Groups; the Disability Action Group and LGBT network.

Manoj is a member of the International Disability Development Committee (UKDPC) and he has significant experience in International Disability Development. He has been involved in many international development projects, including managing projects and providing consultancy on disability equality for the third sector.

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