Above Difference

“I was fascinated by that space – above difference – above the focus on the things that divide us. The space where there are lots things we share and where we are the same. How do we find a place to have conversations that aren’t about all the things that are wrong about the way we relate to each other, but begin to come together on the things that are right. I wanted to create an organisation that approached difference in a new way, showing how we can work effectively with difference as individuals, as leaders and as organisations.”

Jennifer Izekor, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Leading Difference Differently

We are driven by creating a better, fairer and more inclusive public and community sector by changing the way people:

See Difference

Lead Difference

Experience Difference

Engage with Difference

Value Difference

Helping organisations develop dynamic approaches to diversity and inclusion – for their leaders, workforce, their customers and the communities they serve.

Inclusive Leadership

Leaders influence and define culture. Culture defines equity and inclusion. We show Public Sector and Community Leaders how to implement more inclusive, kinder and compassionate workplace cultures where diverse communities thrive.

Executive Coaching

Our Executive Coaching sessions are confidential, individually tailored and focussed on how to improve your intentionally inclusive leadership style with CQ®. Tailored coaching sessions providing Leaders with an action plan and a broader and deeper approach to leading and sustaining intentional inclusion.

Facilitator Development

We train, mentor and support colleagues within their organisation to become Senior Cultural Intelligence and Inclusive Leadership Facilitators. This enables scale-up and also sustains the work we begin, ensuring each organisation is able to retain total ownership of its own development agenda.

Meet the Team

At Above Difference, we’re driven by making things better. We believe diverse, equitable and inclusive teams deliver the best results for everyone and are the key to meeting the demands of today and tomorrow.

Jennifer Izekor

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Catharina Abiola-James

Director for Business Development and Operations

Yemisi Ibitoye

Head of Programme Development

Flora Dele-Ojo

Interim Head of Projects and Contracts

Vicki Saville

Head of Projects and Contracts (Currently on maternity leave)

Kehinde Alisha Rees

Head of People and Resources

Beth Wheeler

Interim Head of Communications 

Lindsey Bennett

Head of Communications (Currently on maternity leave)

Ade Shonibare

Head of Finance

Neyma Ali

Executive Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

Nicola Wojcik 

Business Support Officer

Our Expert Facilitators

Lucy Butters

Inclusive Leadership with Cultural Intelligence Expert Facilitator

Ashiedu Joel 

Inclusive Leadership with Cultural Intelligence Expert Facilitator

Andy Bennett QPM 

Inclusive Leadership with Cultural Intelligence Expert Facilitator

Our Strategic Partner

Cultural Intelligence Center

Above Difference is the UK’s only strategic partner to the Cultural Intelligence Center

Above Difference:

  • In partnership with the Cultural Intelligence Centre, has the ability to develop sector specific programmes and resources for the UK Public Sector
  • Is the UK’s only platinum accredited Cultural Intelligence Trainer and Facilitator
  • Boasts a team of collaborative partnerships with decades of Public Sector experience
  • Has a unique UK voice that engages the wider public on how CQ adds value to the discourse and dialogue around equity, equality and inclusion.