Inclusion is at the core of everything we do at TechTalent Academy. We are driven by purpose and work hard to remove barriers to make tech a more diverse and inclusive industry. As our business continues to grow, we want to continue our commitment to driving excellence and inclusion. That’s why we are thrilled to share that James Fellows has joined the TechTalent Academy family as our Head of Inclusion. He will be responsible for supporting our clients towards their diversity and inclusion objectives and creating environments where our graduates can thrive.

We caught up with him to find out more about his remarkable career in D&I and his role at TTA.

Over to you James…

What did you do before you joined TTA?

Prior to joining TechTalent Academy, I was working as an independent D&I consultant. I have 10 years’ D&I experience across multiple sectors, working with businesses and providing consultancy services in D&I strategy and frameworks; cultural diagnostics; inclusion through the employee life cycle; benchmarking and measuring impact; and leadership coaching.

The most meaningful and impactful outcomes are where I’ve collaborated with a client over a protracted period, from initial baseline assessment through to D&I maturity where the client is pioneering, and D&I best practices are part of the company, team, and individual behaviours.

What will your role at TTA involve?

Head of Inclusion is a new role for the business so I’m excited to get started. My main objective is to support our clients with their D&I strategy and ensure they are ready to receive and benefit from diverse talent. I’ll also be working with our People Director on our internal D&I strategy.

Why did you join TTA?

Diversity, equality, and inclusion is more than just a job for me. It’s my passion and is more about my personal values and purpose. I could see that TTA’s values and purpose were very much aligned to my own and I’m incredibly excited to have been given this platform to help businesses be the best they can be for their employees, clients, and consumers.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I love to travel and often visit Europe for city breaks (pre-Covid, of course). Last year I took a 6-month sabbatical and visited 13 countries.

What advice would you give students joining our academies?

Our academies are funded to support diverse talent with the skills needed to succeed in business. Whilst you’re learning your technical skills, take some time to understand your own diversity (which won’t just be one dimensional) and how your uniqueness can add value to teams and businesses. This, plus your newly acquired tech skills, will make you a formidable hire for the right opportunity.

Are you a tech business in need of support with your D&I strategy? Get in touch with James to find out more about how we can help.