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Sky has appointed the co-founder of UK Black Pride and the founder of the UK Social Mobility Awards to its Diversity Advisory Council.

LGBTQI+ adviser and champion Phyll Opoku-Gyimah – widely known as Lady Phyll – is the central force behind UK Black Pride and also executive director of Kaleidoscope Trust, which works to uphold rights of LGBTQI+ people around the word.

An Albert Kennedy Trust patron and public speaker on race, gender, sexuality and class, she advises LGBTQI+ organisations on creating organising strategies and establishing partnership networks.

She is joined by societal change advocate and consultant Tunde Banjoko, who founded both the UK Social Mobility Awards and the social mobility charity Making the Leap. An executive coach and podcast host, he is currently supporting the career development of charity professionals from racialised minority backgrounds.

Sky said the appointments reflect its desire to broaden its focus across wider intersections of diversity and inclusion, including LGBTQ+ inclusion and social mobility.

The council was formed in January 2021 following Sky’s £30 million commitment to tackle structural inequality, support diversity and inclusion, and use its voice to make a difference in communities impacted by racism.

Banjoko and Opoku- Gyimah replace Roland White and Leon Mann, who recently completed their tenure on the council.

They join the five other members of Sky’s Diversity Advisory Council:

Caroline Casey – Founder, The Valuable 500

Kanya King – Founder & CEO, MOBO Organisation

Piers Linney – Entrepreneur

Ndidi Okezie – CEO, UK Youth

Baroness Usha Prashar – Crossbench member, House of Lords

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