Evenbreak, the UK’s leading disability employment job-board, welcomes two new Non-Executive Directors to its thriving management team, starting 1 April. Tracey Proudlock and Raj Mehta bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to help drive Evenbreak forward and continue to help disabled people find the same opportunities in successful employment as non-disabled people.
Tracey Proudlock, founder of Proudlock Associates, is a graduate from the University of Leeds, a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (MCIPD).
Having set up her company in 2004, Tracey has a track record in working with large and diverse organisations supporting them with their disability/diversity agenda. From 2010-14 she was a member of Equality 2025, a high-level advisory group of disabled people offering Ministers and senior government officials’ strategic advice.
Tracey started her career in HR at the London Borough of Camden in the Corporate Human Resources Team before working at Shaw Trust 1998-2004 where she managed large, complex voluntary sector back-to-work projects for disabled people. She regularly contributes to national and local media debates about disability and inclusion.
On joining Evenbreak Tracey said: “From my experience there are many supportive and obliging UK employers who would welcome more job applications from disabled people. However using the usual advertising outlets is unlikely to reach disabled job seekers. Disabled people are more likely to see and respond to a vacancy placed on the Evenbreak website. So, I am very excited about joining the Evenbreak board and working strategically with Jane and her colleagues because there is nothing more important than landing that perfect job.”
Raj Mehta is a commercially-focused experienced procurement and IT business leader, trusted advisor and a mentor, with an excellent track record of delivering business results, with deep oil industry and corporate sector knowledge. He has over 35 years at BP, where he has held a variety of leadership roles – within IT and Procurement. Raj has delivered many transformation programs, managed a variety of service organisations, dealt with numerous suppliers and promoted disability awareness throughout his career.
Raj is married with two sons and holds BA and MA degrees and has been a Member of both the British Computer Society and of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. He brings a unique and diverse perspective as a blind individual with extensive experience and knowledge of the corporate sector. He serves as a trustee on several charities, including the Middlesex Association for the Blind and the Greater London Fund for the Blind, which deliver services to sight-impaired individuals. He also sits on the Research Advisory Panel for the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care.
On joining the Evenbreak board, Raj said:
“I believe in promoting the capabilities of disabled people by raising awareness. In realizing the advantages of employing disabled people this will result in a wider and more diverse talent pool for employers. Additionally, this will create better opportunities for disabled jobseekers, allowing them to achieve their potential. I am delighted to work with Jane and the extraordinary team at Evenbreak, to achieve even greater success in placing more disabled jobseekers in the right roles.”
Tracey and Raj start their roles as Non-executive directors on April 1st. Jane Hatton, Founder/Director of Evenbreak said: “I feel that this spring brings with it a new period of growth for Evenbreak. I’m excited to start work with a new board that has a wealth of complementary skills to build on our success and move us further forward in our mission to help disabled people enjoy the same opportunities in the workplace as non-disabled people”.