Paragon Bank

Paragon Bank joins Race at Work Charter



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Paragon Bank has joined Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter.

By signing up to the charter, Paragon is tackling barriers that ethnic minority people face in recruitment and progression, and is taking steps to ensure that the group is representative of communities, customers and British society today.

Richard Rowntree, managing director of mortgages at Paragon Bank (pictured above), has been appointed as executive sponsor of equality, diversity and inclusion at Paragon and has overall responsibility for all areas of diversity, including race.

“I am delighted that Paragon has joined the Race at Work Charter, demonstrating the group’s ongoing commitment to improving its inclusivity,” said Richard.

“Alongside Business in the Community, we can continue to support our talented individuals, while breaking down barriers that ethnic minority groups still face in the workplace.”

He has also been appointed to represent Paragon on the City of London’s socio-economic taskforce, which aims to boost socio-economic diversity at senior levels across UK financial and professional services. 

The taskforce involves taking action to ensure that talented people from all backgrounds and parts of the UK can reach their full potential, by breaking down socio-economic barriers to progression.

“This will give Paragon the opportunity to be at the forefront to make changes for the better,” he added.

“My role will be to act as a sounding board, adviser and critical friend for new ideas across the work carried out by the taskforce. 

“The equality, diversity and inclusion network has been up and running at Paragon for six months now, and the involvement in this work will give us the opportunity to stress test taskforce outputs, champion the case for boosting socio-economic diversity at senior levels in Paragon, and share examples of best practice and lessons learnt with other organisations.”

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