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David Johnston
David Johnston
Former Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Retired
David‘s professional bio / interests
Prior to retiring in 2021, David had been a Human Resources practitioner for over 25 years, having worked in several high-profile, complex, and dynamic public service organisations, including: Inland Revenue Northern Ireland, Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Police Service of Northern Ireland. His most recent position was Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. He was also a part-time lecturer – developing and delivering level 5 and level 7 CIPD and CMI courses. He is also a qualified leadership coach & mentor and holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. In 2021 he received the CIPD NI HR award for outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Northern Ireland. David is a ‘class of 2021’ participant on the Boardroom Apprentice programme, and is hosted by the Community Relations Council, whose functions focus on enhancing diversity and including across the communities in Northern Ireland. Despite now being retired, David remains passionate about initiatives that enhance diversity & inclusion and social mobility and maintains his membership as a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
I’d like help with…
I'm keen to ensure that all voices (particularly those from quieter members) get heard and listened to in the Diversity & Inclusion space. Diversity of perspective is really important
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
In addition to my interests in Diversity & Inclusion, I also enjoy a little bit of landscape photography and spending time in my camper van
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A career highlight
Holding the position of Head of Diversity & Inclusion within the Police Service of Norhern Ireland was a very proud time for me. The organisation is complex and operates in challenging environments, but there was so much opportunity to help contribute to enhanced diversity and inclusion (across a range of characteristics), both internally and externally.
Joined Guild
10 May, 2022