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PDC was founded in 2016 by Diane Chilangwa Farmer, Carolyn Williams and Paul Boyce after working together on a study for the International NGO Global Witness. With PhDs in Gender from the London School of Economics, - equality, diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of our work. We specialise in the fields of international development and voluntary sector management and consultancy, human resources, applied research, writing, teaching and training.
Diane Chilangwa Farmer
BA, MSc, MSc, PhD, CIPD Assoc
Drawing on feminist and organisational theory, Diane’s work and research interests focus on addressing the challenges and benefits of living and working in a diverse society. Diane’s current work centres on helping organisations examine, rethink and explore meaningful perspectives on how best to achieve Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and belonging in their workplace culture. She also has a strong interest in leadership inclusion, gendered careers and work-life balance.
Her PhD research focused on the work and family lives of professional and managerial Black African women, and explored how such women with relatively similar colonial histories, culture, career and professional backgrounds handle their complex positioning created mainly through the way in which identity characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity and class intersect. Diane also holds an MSc in NGO Management from Business School (Cass), City University of London, and an MSc in Gender, Culture and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London.
Diane is currently a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management’s Gender, Leadership and Inclusion (GLIC). In 2020 she assisted on a project commissioned by the CBI: Beyond the Business Case: Ethnicity on UK boards.
Diane is a Trustee for Concern Worldwide (UK) and is Fundraising Committee London Board member for the cancer charity Maggie’s Centres. Diane previously worked in the media industry as a journalist in Amman, Jordan. writing feature articles primarily on gender issues. Between 1989 and 2000, Diane worked as a Public Relations practitioner for Young & Rubicam (Zambia), and as Financial Times Newspaper and FT Conferences Business Representative for Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
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Dip, MA, PhD
In 1977 Carolyn started her journey in international development, social justice and sustainable prosperity. She held senior programme management positions in international development NGOs in Sierra Leone (VSO 1981 – 1985), Peru (CIIR 1987 – 1993) and across the Latin America/Caribbean region (Christian Aid 1995 – 2003). She was a Senior Researcher for the Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL from 2015 – 2017 and has many years experience working as a freelance consultant for international organisations including the Bernard van Leer Association, Oxfam International, UN Women, UNV, The HIV/AIDS Alliance, IPPF, The London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.
Carolyn has a Diploma in Rural Policy and Planning and an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Her subsequent PhD research examined Peruvian feminist and global institutional approaches to sexuality, gender and rights, through the lens of diversity (particularly race, ethnicity, social class, and nationality). In 2010 Carolyn completed the Introductory and Foundation Courses at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in London.
Her approach to EDI includes exploring the underlying assumptions, normative thinking and unconscious bias that influence personal, institutional and cultural attitudes towards difference that produce discrimination and exclusion.
Carolyn also works as a Spanish/English translator for UNRISD’s gender justice programme, and is an advisor to the Groundwork Gallery in Kings Lynn on diversity, art and sustainable environment. She was a trustee/deputy chair for the UK NGO Catholic Institute for International Relations for 8 years until their closure in 2018.
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