Inclusivity and equity are at the heart of everything we do.
Co-directors Razia Aziz and Jess Taylor have over 50 years’ combined professional experience, working in the UK and internationally.
Read on to find our more about them and the ea network of associate consultants.
MPhil, Adv Dip Exec Coaching, Adv Dip Integ. Counselling, Cert. in Facilitation for Leaders, Cert. Voice Breath & Bodywork, Licensed Trager Practitioner, Interfaith Minister
Founder & co-Director of the Equality Academy (the ea), Razia has worked as an independent consultant in the diversity, equity, inclusion and leadership space since 1996, serving individuals, groups and teams at all levels of organisations, from the smallest of community groups to multi-national corporations
In that time her ea work has involved coaching, mentoring, supervision, coach and mentor training, breath voice and body work, learning programmes, training, facilitation, diversity audits and reviews, investigations, chairing and speaking engagements and team building. Taking a holistic, relational approach that engages mind, body, emotion and spirit or greater purpose, Razia encourages people to develop clarity, confidence and effectiveness in their leadership at all levels in organisations & teams and in community settings.
Razia’s roots in a three-parent, multi-faith, multi-racial family that has experienced transcontinental migration, and her own intersectional lived experience, have been her continual classroom in diversity, equity and inclusion. Her commitment is to learn to live congruently in thought, speech and action, whilst recognising the necessary fallibility and imperfection of being alive!
Razia’s focus going forward is on 1-2-1 and group coaching, inspirational / provocational speaking and supporting longer term learning and growth amongst those committed to conscious leadership – whatever their role or context. She believes that the challenge is the same for all of us – to stretch beyond the comfort zone of habitual patterns so we can grow in wisdom and compassion for the benefit of all beings, including ourselves.
In supporting people to meet this challenge, Razia’s draws upon her long experience as a creative practitioner in voice, written word, song and performance. Her embodied and intellectually acute approach helps people to recognise and sense into who they truly are; their location in the terrain of diversity; how they have been formed by what came before; the impact they can have upon others; and what legacy they will leave behind.
Most importantly, Razia supports learners of all kinds to focus on the great gift of their potential for creative leadership now and their power to act for the good of all by making friends with life the present moment.
Razia is deeply influenced by wisdom traditions from around the world and by the ancient practice of meditation in particular. A mother, partner, and community builder, she is privileged to live, work and wander in the beauty of the Sussex Downs.