DEI Data - Session 2 of Series of 4

A detailed look at the importance of collecting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion data for foundations in their grant-making practices.

This is a practical session focussing on the type of data to be collected, the challenges of collection and understanding how to use DEI data.

Speakers will provide real case studies of the way in which DEI data is being utilised to ensure equitable and targeted funding distribution, whilst remaining within legal frameworks. 

We will also gain an overview of the sector's position within this embryonic work from the DEI Data group, including the implications of publication of data. 

This event will be held online.  A Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before.

Time: 9.00am -11.00am


Fozia Irfan, Director of Children and Young People at Children in Need

Fozia specialises in equitable funding distribution and investment for young people.  She was previously awarded the national 'Rising Star CEO' award by the National Charity Times  and voted one of the 25 Most Influential Charity Leaders in the sector. Fozia set up the ground-breaking Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coalition of foundations, leading fifteen major national foundations in the implementation of more effective and equitable grant-making strategies.  
Fozia completed a Masters in Grant-making, Philanthropy and Social Investment at Cass Business School with Distinction. and is a keynote speaker at national conferences and specialist foundation events, covering topics such as leadership, equity and philanthropy. She is also a NED of Fair4All Finance and a former Trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations. She was appointed a Leadership Fellow in 2019 and Churchill Fellow in 2020. Fozia is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School on the Charity Management Masters Programme.

Josh Cockcroft, Data Lead at the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

At Esmee, Josh manages the Foundation’s data funding portfolio and strategy, and works with other organisations to improve the data and digital infrastructure in the social sector. He is the chair of the DEI Data Standard, a member of the audit sub-group for the Funders For Racial Equity Alliance, and is currently working on environmental impact measurement frameworks.
Previous to his work at Esmee Josh worked as the data and strategy lead for tech and media start ups. Josh has been a trustee of the Arvon Foundation since 2020, and of Achates Foundation since 2021.  

John Collins, Programme Director at The Fore 

John Collins, Programme Director,  joined The Fore in December 2020. He brings over two decades of multi-sector experience to his work at The Fore. Previously, he served as a strategy and management consultant focused on clients in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Prior to this, John held various positions, including senior analyst at a private equity firm, project manager at REDF, a venture philanthropy firm founded by George Roberts of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and financial consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP.

John, who hails from New York, holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration and a BA in International Business. He is an active volunteer for AIDS Walk (New York), St. Joseph’s Hospice (London), and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE).


Harriet Stranks, Director of Grants at Lloyds Bank Foundation

Harriet Stranks is Director of Grants for Lloyds Bank Foundation. The Foundation used the DEI audit tool in 2019 and discovered where data was missing, and disparities in success rates. With the support of external consultants, Harriet led changes to the grant programme and the broader EDI strategy for the Foundation, which included introducing a 25% target to be directed towards charities led by and for Black, Asian and  minority ethnic communities and internal training and development to drive a cultural change towards a more inclusive Foundation.

Debbie Pippard, Barrow Cadbury Trust & Funders Race Equality Alliance

Debbie is Director of Programmes at the Barrow Cadbury Trust.  The Trust is an independent charitable foundation that works in partnership with others to bring about socially just change.  It has four main policy interests: migration, economic justice, criminal justice and social investment. Prior to joining the Trust she held senior posts at the (then) Community Fund and Big Lottery Fund, in the NHS and charities.

Debbie is Chair of Global Dialogue, an international human rights organisation that supports funder collaboration for greater impact and is on the board of West Midlands Funders’ Network.   She is strongly committed to race and gender equality, both of which cut across all the Trust’s work.  She was one of the founders of the Funders for Race Equality Alliance and led the development of the Racial Justice Audit tool for funders.

Non-members are welcome to attend this event if they meet the criteria for ACF membership. 

If you would like to discuss access requirements, please contact [email protected] 

Please note that this event might contain discussions of sensitive topics or information.