Positive About Inclusion was established in 2020 when Lucy and Karen took the opportunity to pursue their passion for equality, diversity and inclusion

With a combined experience of over 40 years in the public, private and charitable sectors, Lucy and Karen will effectively engage and collaborate with you to deliver bespoke solutions to build and sustain an inclusive culture.

“Lucy and Karen were great, really informative, friendly and made everyone feel comfortable. They were great at keeping us engaged and motivated throughout the day. I thought they both worked really well as a double act and complemented each other.”


Workshop participant, national charity



Lucy Malarkey MCIH

Lucy is a multi-award winning equality, diversity and inclusion consultant and training provider. She specialises in the value of allyship and has been recognised for her contribution in this area. She is passionate about collaborating with clients to create innovative solutions to improve inclusivity.

With expertise in the co-creation of inclusive spaces for trans, older and younger communities Lucy was responsible for leading an organisation to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index number one position.

Lucy’s drive for the agenda was first sparked whilst completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Policy and Management. She has been a key member of a number of national equality, diversity and inclusion steering groups and in January 2022, Lucy was appointed to the role of Managing Director of WISH (Women in Social Housing), the network for women working across all disciplines of social housing.

In 2023, Lucy was recognised by Euclid Network in their list of Top 100 Women Leaders in Social Enterprise.

Her passion and commitment to the agenda mean her contribution is both invaluable and infectious in influencing attitudes and behaviours and empowering staff to be themselves.


Karen Faulkner MCMI

Karen is a qualified coach and mentor with a specialism in gender equality. She is dedicated to enhancing service delivery and creating more inclusive workplaces through helping individuals to bring their whole self to work and fulfil their potential.

As a Safe Space facilitator, she enables organisations to have challenging conversations about race equality in a structured and outcome focused way.

Her passion for the agenda is borne from her first hand experience of the benefits, opportunities and innovation created by a diverse workplace culture. She has a proven track record of delivering outstanding results in a customer and community context; collaborating with community groups from a range of backgrounds to put people at the heart of decision-making.

In 2022, Karen was appointed as a non-executive Board Member for Tyne Housing and continue to volunteers as a mentor for The Girls Network, supporting girls to achieve their full potential, not limited by their background or gender.

An engaging and enthusiastic public speaker, Karen is committed to making a positive difference through enhancing inclusivity in the workplace and beyond.

“The whole process has been seamless. We are thrilled with the overall findings from our diversity diagnostic and have been given some great, tangible recommendations. Lucy and Karen were a pleasure to work with!”


Director, social housing provider



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