2015 was a landmark year for CDN with the creation of our first permanent staff team alongside a new Board of senior industry figures in April. Highlights of the year include our June Industry Careers Day, seven excellent executives taking up roles in our Commissioner Development Programme, hosting a networking event at the Edinburgh TV festival with Creative Skillset, Open Newsrooms Day in October and November and partnering with Bafta to host Lenny Henry “18 months on….” in November. We also invested a lot of energy in developing a new strategy to take CDN forward over the next three years.
The 2016-2018 strategy will focus on three goals
1. Using Diamond monitoring data to help build real change in TV
2. Retaining diverse talent, so people from under-represented groups who come into the industry don’t get stuck, grow disenchanted and leave
3. Increasing the representation of disabled people in the industry
And of course because part of CDN’s role is to inspire and encourage change so we’ll also be focusing on stakeholder engagement and communications. There’ll be more detail in the February newsletter about the CDN activities we’re planning to help reach those goals.
It’s already been a busy start to the year, with chairing a panel at Channel 4’s D.I.V.E.R.S.E festival on the 19th of January and participating in the sixth Diversity Roundtable in Birmingham hosted by Ed Vaizey on the 22nd. The Diamond face to face training programme kicked off on January 25 after a successful two week pilot. The training, which is free, is aimed at production staff who will need to use Diamond as part of programme as completed paperwork. Sessions are taking place across the UK until the end of June: to book yours go to www.diamonddiversity.uk. This site also hosts the Diamond Guidance Notes, which give you the full low down on how Diamond will work, and our brand new e-learning modules will follow soon so watch this space.
Please feel free to comment or get in touch with any member of the team and share your thoughts or ideas.
Amanda Ariss, OBE
Executive Director, CDN.