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In 2015, Josh set a goal of achieving 50/50 gender balance across the LinkedIn EMEA advertising business. This goal has been achieved, with 50% of roles across all functions being held by women. Josh has introduced a gender aware recruitment process across the whole UK business, which has seen significant movement towards achieving gender balance. Last year, Josh drove the roll out of unconscious bias training for all 300+ LinkedIn employees in the UK office, and he mentors numerous female leaders inside and outside of LinkedIn. He supported the creation of robust leadership programmes focused on developing the next generation of leadership talent amongst women and under-represented groups, including Women’s Initiative (WiN), where he acts as a mentor and sponsor. He has also ensured that LinkedIn has been a positive influence on other businesses in its role as a tool to source and hire diverse talent. Outside of the company, using LinkedIn’s gender trends data, Josh regularly talks about the benefits of D&I in the press, as well as sharing specific actions that companies can take to create a more inclusive environment at industry conferences, including ISBA, the IoD and CBI. He has also spearheaded important gender research leveraging LinkedIn’s data and in-conjunction with WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London) initiated workshops on D&I for senior male leaders in the Media, Marketing & Communications sector.

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