Catherine Garrod

The Founder of Compelling Culture, Former Head of Inclusion & People Involvement Manager for Sky, Former Organisation Development Consultant for PepsiCo, Author of "Conscious Inclusion" & Guest Lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School

Conscious Inclusion: How to 'Do' EDI, One Decision at a Time

Conscious Inclusion: How to 'Do' EDI, One Decision at a Time

Catherine Garrod received a 5 star review across 15 events in 2023

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

"Catherine Garrod stands out as a transformative diversity and inclusion speaker, with a rich background spanning multiple industries. As the Founder of Compelling Culture, she excels in guiding companies to foster inclusive environments and develop anti-burnout strategies. Renowned for her dynamic keynote speeches on building inclusive organisations and supporting vital issues like domestic abuse awareness, Catherine's approach is deeply rooted in the philosophy that inclusion is essential for a thriving workplace. Engage with Catherine for a truly insightful and impactful speaking experience" 

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Catherine Garrod's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • The Fear of Getting It Wrong
  • Microaggressions & Speaking Up
  • How to be an Inclusive Leader
  • How to Communicate Inclusively
  • How to Address Overrepresentation
  • How to Operate Inclusively

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Catherine brings a positive attitude and creative approach to everything she does. Not only is her enthusiasm infectious but she inevitably brings others along with her." - Anthony, Sales Director, PepsiCo

"Catherine immersed herself in data and met with colleagues to review the root causes of wellbeing challenges across our business. Her robust insight and analysis enabled her to provide recommendations that were fully endorsed by our Executive Team. She combined expertise, passion and empathy, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a partner in DEI, wellbeing or culture work." - Les, Head of Talent & Leadership, Dentsu

"Catherine is a force to be reckoned with, bringing people together to achieve shared ambitions. She understands when to empower the voices that need to be heard to drive meaningful, long-term change. And she was always brilliant at emboldening me to deliver my best work." - Tsednia, Network Chair, Sky 

"Our EDI programme was fuelled with passion and we wanted to create a long-term plan and shared vision. Using Compelling Culture's Inclusion Diagnostic, Catherine guided each governance group, so we knew where to focus our efforts. And the Board were compelled by a discussion on their role to influence a culture of conscious inclusion." - Darren, Head of Business Change, Futures Housing Group

"Highly recommend" - Virgin

"Catherine is a marvel. She distils strategy into practical action, keeps things simple and connects, mobilises and inspires others to make great things happen. She delivered extraordinary results across inclusion, engagement and communications." - Louise, HR Director, Sky

"Catherine joined as a keynote speaker on one of our webinars. She is a truly engaging presenter and positioned her advice and knowledge perfectly to the audience. Catherine has been a brilliant support to Bupa UK Insurance and we look forward to continuing to work together." - Mark, General Manager Business and Specialist Products, UK Insurance, Bupa

"Catherine made a great impression on our leadership team. She was a true professional and kept the audience engaged in a thought-provoking and easy-to-follow session. It’s clear that she is an expert and took the time to listen to our needs to make the session a huge success." - Carla, Managing Director, Stagecoach

"What an amazing session on how to make the workplace and teams more inclusive. Just brilliant. There was nothing left unsaid. Great session Catherine. Thank you." - Brenda, Head of Corporate Interventions D&I, Public Health England 

"Catherine delivered a remote keynote speaker session for International Women's Day. She was really engaging, planning the session with relevant data and information for our business. Catherine created such an inclusive forum, that people were keen to ask questions and for 2 weeks on people were still talking about what a great session it was!" - Olivia, Head of People, Zava

"Catherine is an outstanding speaker. I still feel inspired when I recall her talk to the whole of Sky Sports. She knew her subject inside out, made it extremely relevant and left us feeling empowered. She has unique qualities which have an immediate and lasting impact on her audience." - Georgina, VP Head of Tennis, IMG Media

  • 2024 - Guest Lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School
  • 2023 - Author of "Conscious Inclusion: How to 'Do' EDI, One Decision at a Time"
  • 2020 - Founder of Compelling Culture 
  • 2018 - Head of Inclusion for Sky 
  • 2018 - Inclusion Manager for Sky 
  • 2016 - People Involvement Manager for Sky
  • 2015 - Head of HR Corporate & Commercial for The Cambian Group 
  • 2011 - Engagement Manager for UK Power Networks 
  • 2009 - Organisation Development Consultant for PepsiCo
  • 2007 - Executive & MBA Resourcing for PepsiCo