I am delighted to welcome and introduce our second Diverse Minds’ associate Marcia Ore.
Marcia’s diversity, inclusion and equity journey started in 1981, when she responded to the Scarman Report following the riots that took place in the UK. One of Lord Scarman’s recommendations was to have a more representative police force, and this prompted Marcia to become a Police Officer in 1982. During her 30 year career Marcia held several roles where she challenged the structural barriers to equality, diversity, and inclusion which existed in the police service. For example, Marcia has been:
- Vice-Chair of West Midlands Police Black and Asian Police Association.
- An executive member of the National Black Police Association and chair of the Gender and Sexual Orientation sub-committee.
- An executive member of the British Association of Women in Policing.
- A Women Sergeants Police Federation representative.
- One of the Members of the Association of Chief Police Officers working party. This focussed on exploring the career progression for women and Black and Ethnic minority police officers and police staff.
- A contributor, writing monthly articles for a national police publication Jane’s Police Review for 6 years.
Following the Police Force what Marcia did
Since retiring from the Police Service Marcia is active in the diversity, inclusion and equity world. She centres her work on race and ethnicity, young people, disabilities and women. Marcia delivers training, facilitates workshops, and contributes as a keynote speaker at conferences and webinars.
She has been an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner at UK Atomic Energy Authority since July 2019. She is a member of WiN UK Central Committee, an e-Workshop Facilitator and Consultant for Blue Level Training, who are a global DEI training provider. Marcia writes bi-monthly articles for SkillsVIEWPOINT and is a School Governor for a secondary school in Hampshire with the portfolio of linked Governor for Offsite school visits and Mental Health.
In addition, she holds numerous qualifications including Master of Science (MSc) in Education Management and Leadership and Master of Arts (MA) in Coaching and Mentoring for Personal, Business and Organisational Development.
Areas of Marcia’s expertise
Diversity, equity, equality and inclusion with a focus on race and ethnicity, young people, disabilities and women.
What’s one fact about yourself you would like to share?
My mum was a Psychiatric Nurse and I spent my childhood and teenage years at the hospital shadowing her and her colleagues, when not at school.
What inspired you to join Diverse Minds as an Associate in 2021?
The work of Diverse Minds and Leyla’s experience, expertise and knowledge on issues around mental health and diversity, equity and inclusion. Notwithstanding, an individual within my network recommended me to Leyla 😉 .
What is the one book that has greatly impacted what you do and why?
Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson. The reason: it made me define what success looked, felt and sounded like for me. As well as how not to let others idea or success influence mine, too much anyway.
How has not getting what you want immediately helped you to reach your career goals?
It has made me critically reflect on whether I really wanted to attain the goal and developed different strategies to achieve.
What are your top three tips for looking after your mental health and wellbeing?
- Recognising what your personal trigger points are. Ignore the warning signs at your own peril!
- Your mental health and physical health are inextricably linked. Work on both in tandem.
- Find strategies/activities which work for you and are appropriate for you.
We are delighted to have Marcia as part of the Diverse Minds Team and we look forward to you meeting her and the rest of the wider team. You can find more information about Diverse Minds Associates here.