Hayley Barnard is an expert in unconscious bias as well as diversity and inclusion. She is the Managing Director and Diversity Strategist at MIX Diversity Developers Ltd, a consultancy firm specialising in diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias training, and effective communication. MIX works with large organizations like ASDA, Travis Perkins, and HSBC.
Hayley is a compelling communicator with work published in The Times and Hello! Magazine. She tackles issues surrounding unconscious bias and inclusiveness with humour, ensuring that her ideas have real value and applicability for her audiences’ working lives.
Having studied marketing at postgraduate level and then worked in internal and external business communications for over 17 years, Hayley is an expert of effective communication, and she specialises in strategy development, communication planning and execution. Her focus is to improve inclusiveness, reduce inequality, and bring competitive advantage to organizations through development and communication of innovative Diversity and Inclusion strategy.
She is a world-reknowned thought leader on unconscious bias and effective communication, teaching organizations around the world how to recognize and change biased behavior.
Hayley recently returned from the Arctic Circle where she went as a part of the ‘LeasePlan Women’s Arctic Challenge.’ MIX worked with LeasePlan to develop this unique platform to communicate the issue of gender balance and challenge unconscious bias within their company.
In her keynotes, Hayley explains the science behind unconscious bias both negative and positive, why balance in the workplace is worth striving for, and how to become an inclusive company. Her talks are engaging and humorous and never fail to inspire audiences.
“Hayley was our keynote speaker at a seminar for CEOs and HR Directors on Unconscious Bias and how it might be affecting their leadership. Using ‘best practice’ stories and anecdotes backed up by research, she inspired our senior level audience to think differently and want to take action. Our delegates were particularly impressed by Hayley’s open and encouraging style which created a great buzz in the room.”
“Hayley provided a comprehensive briefing to our Executive Board, immediately setting the room at ease with her engaging and personable manner. The directors found the session and exercises insightful, and discussion flowed freely and openly. The impact has been immediate, with our first female Board appointment, a revised approach to recruitment (leading to us hiring a female developer), and a revised flexible working policy. Hayley's contribution was vital - she demonstrated that Diversity and Inclusion isn't an HR issue but a company-wide opportunity.”