Dr Kamel Hothi OBE has been breaking glass ceilings in the banking world for over 4 decades from cashier to director, having been strategist and designer of numerous initiatives that have changed the banking industry. She championed the cause for Asian businesses who complained that access to finance was difficult by developing the banks Asian strategy which included designing & delivering her own cultural diversity training, influencing the first high street bank Sharia Business Account as well as creating an interactive communication campaign sponsoring over 35 national events such as Asian Jewel Awards and The Asian Women of Achievement Awards; which resulted in numerous corporates also pursuing the community. Her passion for diversity and a level playing field included the founding of the Women’s and Ethnic Minority networks, resulting in increasing recruitment, retention and mentoring initiatives thus helping the bank winning numerous awards. The decades of dedication were awarded by an OBE for diversity in banking by the Queen in 2017. Since retiring Kamel has been invited to sit on several boards as advisor and Non Exec to such organisations as the Queens Commonwealth Trust support 53 countries, Teenage Cancer Trust, Alzheimer’s Soc to name a few. Her knowledge and expertise as a Corporate banker and diversity champion has helped support TLC Lions in her capacity as a NED to assist over 65 companies on their inclusion & Wellbeing challenges. In the past she chaired the Government task force to improve their procurement process for supplier diversity resulting in supporting the 2012 Olympic bid and has spoken internationally on inclusion & leadership challenges and been interviewed on screen and in print.

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