Marcia Ore is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, Coach, Mentor and Keynote speaker who has developed her skills, knowledge, and experience from working and supporting individuals and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and internationally.
About Marcia Ore
Marcia Ore began her professional life as a serving Police Officer from 1982 to 2012, with West Midlands Police from 1982 to 2003 and West Mercia Police until 2012. She has been the first quite a few times during her police career. The first Black woman to be a Police Trainer, the first Black female police offer to work at Birmingham Airport Police Unit, and the first Black woman Sergeant Police Federation representative in West Midlands Police. An expert voice on all aspects of DEI, Marcia is an insightful, inspirational and provocative speaker.
Marcia Ore was the first Black Female Sergeant whilst at West Mercia Police, first Black Female Custody Officer, and first Black female Detective Sergeant working with the Professional Standards Department. Furthermore, she was the first Black woman on the executive of the British Association of Women in Policing.
During those 30 years, Marcia became involved in championing equality, diversity, and inclusion in roles such as Ethnic Minority Recruitment Officer where she promoted and managed the first Access to Policing Course in the UK; as Vice-chair of West Midlands Black and Asian Police Association; Executive member of the National Black Police Association and chair of the gender and sexual orientation subcommittee, organising with another NBPA colleague, Marg Harris, the first conference for Black and ethnic minority women serving in UK police services. The conference was aptly titled Women in the Shade.
Marcia was a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers working party exploring the career progression of women and ethnic minority police officers and police staff. Whilst in West Mercia, she was a member of their employee resource group MERGE and single-handedly organised a career development day event for Black and ethnic minority staff and their operational leadership to discuss and explore career progression for staff with these identities. Speakers included Lord Herman Ouseley, Patricia Gallan, the first Black female member of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Peter Fahy, and ACC Brian Langston.
For several years Marcia wrote in a national police publication, Jane’s Police Review, on issues around EDI, career development, and organisational culture.
Marcia has held numerous voluntary positions, including as a School Governor and Business and Progression Mentor. Since retiring from the police, she has worked public, private and voluntary sectors, usually focused on learning and development, supporting young people and equality, diversity, and inclusion. Roles include:
- Programme Executive with The Prince’s Trust
- Employment Adviser with Catch22
- Learning & Development Adviser and Coach with the Royal Navy,
- Senor Training Officer with Utilita
- Energy Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Partner at UK Atomic Energy Authority, Head of Equality Diversity, and Inclusion at EMCOR UK.
In 2021 she started her company Marcia Ore Consultancy balancing her full-time role with her DEI business consultancy activities. Then in 2022, she made the decision to work full-time freelance as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, which she feels provides her with the opportunity to support individuals, teams, and organisations who are genuine about creating a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace across countries, sectors, and industries.
Marcia is on the Advisory Board of Inclusion and Diversity in Nuclear and an Associate Consultant with Housing Diversity Network, this role includes providing equality, diversity and inclusion assessments as part of HDN’s accreditation scheme across the housing sector, and Lead Consultant, Coach and Facilitator with Blue Level Training a Black woman-owned company based in North America which provides DEI training.
Holding numerous qualifications, including a Master of Science degree in Education, Management, and Leadership, Master of Arts in Coaching and Mentoring for Personal, Business, and Organisational Development, and is keen on continuing with her professional development whenever and wherever she can.
Marcia has vast experience delivering keynote speeches, presentations, and webinars both in the UK and internationally.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Race Equality
- LGBTQ+ issues
- Women’s Issues
"I approached Marcia to take part in a series of complex conversations on gender-based violence and intersectional violence as a response to cultural events in London run by Accenture Interactive DE&I. I could not recommend her more; she has a deep understanding of intersectional lived experience, empathy and bias and isn't afraid to speak truth to societal issues. I'm keen to continue our collaboration and engage with Marcia as an executive coach on DE&I. Marcia is the specialist you need in your executive meeting. Put her on speed dial."
Grace Francis - Global Chief Creative and Design Officer, WONGDOODY
"Marcia is an inspiring leader, who is passionate about changing the face of the nuclear industry. She delivered an engaging keynote speech at our WiN Global 2021 conference. The combination of her passion, knowledge and bias for action make her the perfect keynote speaker! I cannot wait to invite her back again."
Lisa McBride - GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
"Ms. Ore's presentation addressed the need for organizational and personal change to achieve diversity goals. Critically, her presentation addressed practical approaches for businesses to reach these goals, and to thereby enable inclusion...She inspired many comments and questions from the audience, which enabled us to discuss the issues and share ideas."
Susan Pepper - Brookhaven National Laboratory