Meet our Board

Dawn Milman-Hurst, CEO

Dawn is Equal Approach’s inspirational CEO, who founded the business and owns the organisation. She leads the board and management team to continued growth and success.

Dawn left a distinguished career within HR, talent management and commercial operations to purse her passion for behavioural science and inclusion, resulting in her establishing Equal Approach in 2005.

Her global multi award winning work within inclusion is highly regarded - supporting organisations to adapt their organisational design, and increase business performance through behavioural and cultural change programmes with an inclusion focus, which has resulted in her being a sought after public speaker, writer and contributor in this arena.

A champion of creating a level playing field for diverse talent, Dawn has led projects spanning over 10 years, which have shown sizeable increases in underrepresented talent being recruited, retained and promoted within a range of public and private sector organisations.

Qualified within business, finance, law, marketing, and behavioural sciences, Dawn has also been involved in a significant human rights research project, and is currently learning to speak French.

Follow Dawn on Twitter @DMilmanHurst

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Julie Patrick, Managing Director

Julie was appointed as Managing Director of Equal Approach in October 2016, and she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business.

Julie joined Equal Approach in 2007 as an Administration Manager, and has also held several progressively senior roles within the organisation, including Relationship/ National Account Manager and Business Development Manager, and was appointed as Operations Director in 2014.

Julie holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies & Accountancy, and has also gained a Certificate in Equality and Diversity. Prior to joining Equal Approach, Julie worked as an Office/ Administration Manager for over 15 years.

Follow Julie on Twitter @EAJuliePatrick

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John Nixon, Chair

John was appointed as Chair of Equal Approach in April 2017, and is responsible for chairing the Equal Approach board and providing strategic direction and advice to the organisation. John was previously a Non-Executive Director at Equal Approach from 2012 to 2015, with responsibility for strategy development and implementation, business planning and coaching and mentoring the leadership team.

John is an experienced finance professional and has been a Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) for over 40 years.

Outside of Equal Approach, John also works as a Financial Consultant to a specialist engineering recruitment organisation. John’s previous roles have included: Interim Finance Director at an employability and skills organisation, Corporate Development Director at Remploy for 6 years, and Group Finance Director at a large recruitment organisation for over 12 years.