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 & Executive Director

Doing 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 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

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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 Executive Director

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Jennifer Izekor is an Advanced Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Trainer and Facilitator and also a Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team. She is the Founder and Leader of Above Difference Limited a fast-rising new organisation in the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion landscape supporting leaders and managers across the public sector to embrace Culturally Intelligent (CQ) and Inclusive Leadership as a key to delivering Inclusive workspaces where all are valued and diversity is leveraged to produce innovative and inclusive services.

Above Difference Limited counts a number of leading NHS Health Trusts, Local Authorities, Government Bodies and other public sector bodies among its growing client lists. Jennifer brings a wealth of public sector leadership experience as a Senior Civil Servant, Public Appointee, CEO, Trustee, and Public Sector NED to her facilitation and training. This and her lived-in experiences as a BAME Woman Leader provides her with depth, knowledge, and understanding of the challenges for Inclusion and Diversity facing senior leaders of all backgrounds in the public sector.

Jennifer is an exciting, innovative and engaging speaker and facilitator and has been described by Professor David Livermore, President of the Cultural Intelligence Institute USA as ‘one of the best CQ trainers and facilitators on the planet’ and a public sector Leader recently described the Above Difference ‘Leading Inclusively With Cultural Intelligence Leadership Masterclass’ as “the single best training, development, reflection time I have had in over a decade”.

Jennifer has recently been highlighted as one of the leading 125 people to follow on LinkedIn for Diversity and Inclusion.

Jennifer lives in Essex with her daughter and is a mentor and coach as well as a lay minister.

Eugene Gilkes

Business Development and Relationship Management

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Experienced Director Of Development with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Coaching, Event Management, Social Media, Management, and Marketing. Strong community and social services professional graduated from Sir Roger Manwood's.

Eugene is a male former athlete who competed for England. Gilkes represented England in the decathlon event, at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. Four years later he represented England and won a bronze medal, at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

Mika Holborow

Operations Manager and Programmes Development

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Vicki Saville

Client Relationship Manager

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Vicki is our Client Relationship Manager. She is excellent at building strong client relationships and providing our clients with the support to achieve their CQ and inclusion goals.

Vicki also provides extensive support to all areas across our business and is PRINCE2® qualified.

A mother with active young children she is extremely organised, and in her spare time she enjoys baking and spending time with her friends and family (pre-Covid).

Alisha Rees

Office and HR Manager

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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.