I founded ATOC because I noticed that the discourse around diversity and inclusion has mainly focused on getting talent through the door and little on what happens after. I wanted to change that.
Barbara holds an MSci in Biology from the University of Sheffield, following her degree she joined the Civil Service Fast Stream, with hopes of making a difference in people's lives. Since joining she has worked in a variety of roles, they include financial strategy advisor at the Department for Work and Pensions, innovation policy advisor at the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and more recently as a Private Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer at the Department for Health and Social Care.
Outside of work, Barbara enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures. As well as pursuing creative interests such as photography and videography, the latter which she further developed during her time as a Barbican Young Reviewer and with her travel vlog. Barbara is also passionate about diversity and inclusion; advocacy and community development.
I started ATOC because I want to provide a data driven solution that centres lived experiences on non-inclusive workplace cultures.
Leonie Mills completed an MSc in Security, Leadership and Society at King's College London within their African Leadership Centre. During her time at University, Leonie launched the African Affairs Network, which aimed to promote Africa/Africans positively. Additionally, she successfully ran a student political campaign and represented the universities Black, Minority and Ethnic Students at a national level. Between her degrees, she worked in social media marketing and advertising, for multinational brands and a business consultancy that specialises in gender diversity. Currently, she facilitates workshops and writes about race relations, gender and current affairs.
Leonie conceptualised ATOC to fulfil a need which captures the qualitative data of lived experiences. In hopes that it will provide better insights to future employees who care about inclusion and companies who want employees of colour to thrive in the workplace.
I joined ATOC because I want to help build a platform that ensures marginalised groups thrive in the workplace
Chidera is an Applied Medical Science graduate from University College London (UCL). Her passion for social change has led her to take part in major projects all around the world, including tackling educational inequality in the UK and working with the United Nations in New York. With experience in consulting, financial services, and tech start-ups, Chidera brings a fresh and insightful perspective to any project she is involved in. You can often find Chidera spending her evenings creating 3D interior design models or teaching herself how to code.
I joined ATOC because I want to help marginalised groups join companies that go beyond the performative actions around diversity and inclusion. The available data is so often disconnected from the experience of employees and I want to change that.
Safiyya is a software engineer and designer. Over the past 15 years, she has mostly worked for early-stage startups, helping to build products in various industries such as environment, education, data analytics and media. In 2016 she cofounded Maptio, a platform that helps organisations visualise their initiatives, people and roles for better alignment.
Born in Paris, she has enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle and has lived in Baltimore, Vancouver, Beirut and London. She used to play the keyboard and have occasionally toured with local jazz/fusion/afrobeat bands.
When she's not working, she enjoys cooking west african food, baking patisseries, reading dystopian novels, listening to podcasts and is a recent convert to the benefits of the outdoors, camping and hiking.