Diversity, equity & inclusion

Our Commitment

We recognise that we are only as good as the people we employ. And while we are proud to be expanding the diversity of our staff, including by gender, ethnic background, and other characteristics, we fully understand that there is still a great deal to do in the City.

Becoming a truly diverse and inclusive company is not only the right thing to do, it is crucial to helping us grow our business. Our culture is strong and staff turnover low, so it will take time to change the diversity of the organisation, as we move towards better balance.

Attitudes and Culture

Firm-wide ownership – Peel Hunt is committed to further improving attitudes to diversity, wellbeing and the broader ESG agenda by responding to issues raised by our people in meetings, our employee suggestion box, 'culture jam' focus groups and in our regular, anonymous employee surveys.

Employee Development

Retaining and growing talent – We support the development and aspirations of all our people through a variety of programmes. These include 1-1 coaching, mentoring, external courses, expert training, and wellbeing sessions. We also provide mandatory annual training on Diversity & Inclusion for the whole business.

Recruitment - attracting the best talent

Our mission is to foster an inclusive environment, that attracts all candidates and demonstrates our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity. We are committed to cultivating a diverse, balanced and inclusive recruitment process. One that embraces different abilities, genders, ethnicities, skills and people of all identities.

Increasing equality & diversity of thought

Starting at the top – We have increased the number of women on our Board, and created a new management committee to support robust succession planning and ensure opportunities for the next generation of leaders.

Diversity, equity & inclusion forum

Recommendations to the Board by members of the DE&I forum to ensure we continue to monitor and enhance existing policies and procedures whilst promoting new initiatives.

Employee-led network

Our first employee-led network – Connect Women – aims to unite colleagues and clients from different backgrounds, experiences and business areas across the firm to foster greater interaction and ultimately create a more inclusive workplace for everyone. The network will host events, topical discussions, learning & development opportunities and networking forums intended to inspire, connect and develop all professionals with a focus on gender parity related topics.

External commitment

Telling the world – We are also working with a number of external organisations to further our Diversity & Inclusion capabilities:

Socio-economic diversity taskforce in financial and professional services, commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and HM Treasury aims to boost socio-economic diversity at senior levels within the UK financial and professional service industry. Peel Hunt are proud to be part of the taskforce. 

Women On Boards is a 30,000-strong network that promotes women’s Board careers and delivers a range of other Diversity & Inclusion-related services. We have corporate membership and host events with Women On Boards to educate employees and clients on spotting Board potential and building a portfolio career.

The Brokerage improves social mobility through access to professional career opportunities, offering a number of mentoring and masterclass sessions. We have been working with The Brokerage for the past two years to help disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential in financial services careers.