Princes appoints first inclusion and diversity manager

Princes Siwan SmithInternational food and drink group Princes has appointed Siwan Smith as its first inclusion and diversity manager.

Smith will be responsible for driving Princes’ inclusion and diversity strategy forward, with support from the group’s dedicated inclusion champions and six colleague resource groups.

As an experienced diversity, equality and inclusion professional, Smith joined Princes following roles at engineering consultancy, Arup, Merseyside Police and innovation firms, Anchored In and KTN. She led Innovate UK KTN’s Women in Innovation and Young Innovators programmes and helped to shape its Inclusive Innovation competition.

Smith said: “I am thrilled to embark on this exciting journey with Princes. A long-standing and respected household name, Princes has established itself as an organisation dedicated to quality and excellence, and I have been inspired in my first week by [its] unwavering determination and commitment to now becoming a leader in inclusion and diversity within the food and drink industry.”

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Joe Dent, chief people officer at Princes Group, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Siwan to Princes, where she will be taking up our first dedicated inclusion and diversity manager role. Her expertise in this space will be invaluable to the business as we continue to evolve our ID strategy and embed it across the group.

“Princes is firmly committed to ensuring that we create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected, and I’m sure that Siwan will play a pivotal role in helping us to realise those goals.”