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Catherine Garrod

Catherine Garrod is the founder of Compelling Culture, author of Conscious Inclusion: How to ‘do’ EDI one decision at a time, and guest lecturer for Executive MBA programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School. She works with organisations to help them stay relevant, by identifying any gaps in experience for people from underrepresented and overrepresented groups. She then guides them to take action to boost the experience for colleagues, customers and communities.


About Catherine Garrod

Previously, Catherine led Sky to become the Most Inclusive Employer in the UK, with 80% of teams increasing their diversity.

Now as a consultant, her clients are achieving a 15% improvement within 18 months. Catherine brings inclusion to life by connecting the all-important how, with everyday work and decisions.

She shares pragmatic advice and guidance to help organisations stay relevant in an ever changing world. Rather than top-down change initiatives involving huge teams, Catherine advocates for embedding conscious inclusion into decision making that impacts other people.

To book Keynote Speaker Catherine Garrod, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Catherine’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The fear of getting it wrong
  • Microaggressions and speaking up
  • How to be an inclusive leader
  • How to communicate inclusively
  • How to address overrepresentation
  • How to operate inclusively
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"Awesome session with the Exec. A judgement free space to expand on our uncertainties and really practical tips. Catherine is one of life's radiators that brings energy to the room!"

Principality Building Society

"Catherine immediately created a safe and open environment, building a strong rapport with everyone in a matter of minutes. Her constructive approach, theory, practical action and sense of humour helped our leaders thinking different about DEI."


"Catherine got to grips with our journey and values, and used stories to bring inclusion to life in a way that generated conversation, confidence and action. Catherine's authentic and practical approach worked brilliantly - and it was a lot of fun too!"

Spriax-Sarco Engineering

"The magic in what you present and how you answer questions makes something leaders find complex and daunting, clearer and more doable. You are an extraordinarily clear and centred communicator who never patronises and brings deep credibility due to your experience of doing."

Wavelength Connect

"We hosted a company-wide session with Catherine Garrod. Her book Conscious Inclusion: How to 'do' EDI one decision at a time' is highly recommended and, after listening to Catherine speak, I can understand why. As she put it herself: "Unless you're consciously including people, you're almost certainly unconsciously excluding people", which is a powerful reminder."


"Catherine is a truly engaging presenter and positioned her advice and knowledge perfectly to the audience. Catherine has been a brilliant support to Bupa UK Insurance and we look forward to continuing to work together."


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