Inclusion Advisory Group
Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG)
Every county FA has an Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) in place to help the FA to support more inclusive environments for people to participate across our footballing communities. The IAG helps to support CFA on the ways to reach people who may feel excluded or find it difficult to access football. This could be on the basis of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity. Every IAG is different depending on specific demographics and priorities. Here in Cornwall we recognise that the rural nature of Cornwall sometimes makes it hard for individuals to access football, with very different diversity profiling to that of highly populated inner city areas. The IAG works to raise awareness of inclusion matters, support solutions to break down barriers to participation and help CFA build on some of the important work already taking place across the County around the inclusion agenda.
What is inclusion?
Really simply, it means treating people openly, honestly, with respect and according to their needs, so people feel they are engaged and a welcomed part of our footballing community.
Rachel Williams - Director for Inclusion and Diversity
Rachel is an experienced Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) professional, currently leading the I&D agenda for the House of Lords. Driving forward significant culture change within the House of Lords for both its employees, the public and the House's Members. Beginning with a blank page, in 2016 she began by making the economic case for inclusion to senior stakeholders with the same informed zeal as the compelling social case. Key parts of her current role involve providing strong corporate leadership, championing inclusion and diversity internally and sharing best practice externally, whilst influencing and changing the culture of the organisation.
As the leading source of expertise about I&D within the House of Lords Administration and owner of the comprehensive ‘Focus on Inclusion Strategy’, her role is to identify potential issues, risks and develop effective interventions and creative initiatives. Since 2016 Rachel has lead the House of Lords to achieve the following accolades: Disability Confident Leadership Status, Ranked 15th in the UK’s Top 50 Inclusive Employers, Achieved Gold status in the Inclusive Employers Index, recognised as the Highest new entry to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (64th) and Placed 47th in the UK Social Mobility Foundation’s employers Index. Rachel was also shortlisted for Inclusive Companies, Head of Inclusion and Diversity of the year award in 2019.
Previously, Rachel worked in the financial services arm of EY (Ernst and Young), delivering projects such as the firm's first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic development and retention programme and social mobility outreach schemes. Rachel started her career in inclusion in a consultancy role at Inclusive Employers advising private, public and third sector organisations such as the Royal Navy, Macmillan Cancer and the Co-op designing various initiatives and culture change projects.
Rachel is an avid football fan experiencing the highs and more frequently the lows that come with following Preston North End, whilst occasionally dusting off her own boots at St Agnes Women’s FC .
Richard is the Governance Manager at CFA and has supported the development of the IAG. He plays an important role advising the IAG around governance issues and keeping the group aligned to FA requirements and initiatives. Richard is responsible for ensuring the rules and regulations of The FA and County FA are upheld and enforced as well as leading on disciplinary matters. Richard is a valued member of the IAG with valuable input also from a workforce perspective.
Steve Flack – IAG Member
Steve was a former player with Wimbledon F.C, with a wealth of playing and coaching experience in Belgium, Finland, U.S.A and at Woking Football Club. Steve has worked across a variety of roles within football from senior to junior clubs in the South East and Cornwall. He currently works as a P.E teacher at Probus Primary School. Steve is an active member of the footballing community at grassroots level in Cornwall and brings a strong diversity and inclusion background to the IAG.
Nikki Perryman – IAG Member
Nikki has a real passion for inclusion through grassroots delivery of football managing the Cornwall dis-Ability Football League and acting as a leading force in hosting the inclusive FA People’s Cup event. Nikki is also involved with Troon dis-Ability FC. She has a real passion for making a difference and has a wealth of experience to offer the IAG around accessible information, communication and participation.