Luminate Education Group

Group Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) (LUM214/1042)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£46,134 - £48,939 pa (dependent on experience)
15 Feb 2024
03 Mar 2024
Contract Type
Full Time

About the Role

The role will bring people together around a coherent strategic vision and dialogue for equality, diversity and inclusion, rooted in the core values of the Luminate Education Group and leading change for an inclusive and fair society. This will provide an innovative approach to advancing equality, consulting, developing, driving and implementing equality objectives which embed change sustainably and create inclusive, restorative and relational learning and working environments.

The role will have direct links with member organisations’ senior leader for equalities, and assure the governing bodies of progress and compliance with and beyond statutory duties.

What You Will Do

  • Identify, lead, develop and implement the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy and priorities for the Luminate Education Group, strategically advising governors and leadership teams and expanding our external presence through strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Promote and strengthen the Luminate Education Group culture to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our organisations and professional services
  • Lead on building a culture of inclusivity, working with, advising and supporting settings and departments to build environments of psychological safety and trust
  • Plan and lead the consultation and development of Luminate Education Group Equality Objectives and ensure the rollout of the Race Equality Roadmap, translating strategic thinking to develop actions which engage our staff, students, families, stakeholders and communities.
  • Provide a lead role in developing and leading the group’s capacity to understand and meet the needs of its diverse communities and workforce.
  • Facilitate collaboration on development and teaching of an inclusive anti-racism Curriculum.
  • Ensure equality, diversity and inclusion management and governance frameworks and communications are fit for purpose and effectively support the group to meet its equality objectives, legal obligations and annual reporting requirements.
  • Champion student, staff and stakeholder experiences and organisational practices ensuring all aspects of our provision and services have a continued focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.

About You

  • Degree and / or relevant professional qualification and / or extensive experience in leadership.
  • Relevant postgraduate qualification in equalities, leadership, education, people or related field.
  • A good general education and English and Maths at Level 2 or above.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of diversity & inclusion theory, legislation and policy and extensive experience of their application in large and complex settings. Knowledge of the current issues in equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Evidence developing and implementing strategies, plans , policies, interventions and processes in line with legislation, national policy and organisational strategy across the range of equality issues and protected characteristics.
  • An outstanding leader with experience of leading change and managing diverse work streams working in complex organisations and influencing others to achieve objectives.
  • Using management information reporting and analysis of data to inform planning and improvement.
  • Experience of planning and delivering organisational development and training to achieve specific outcomes relating to knowledge, skills and cultural priorities.


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Luminate Education Group is a collective of education providers based in Yorkshire with one clear purpose: to make a positive difference to people’s lives through genuinely transformative education and training.

We offer a wide range of job vacancies across our business support functions - Finance, Human Resources, ITSS, Marketing, Communications, Executive Support, Estates and Food Services. Our large size and diverse range of member organisations means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

As an education provider, we are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our workforce, and you’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC), University Centre Leeds, Leeds Sixth Form College and Yorkshire Centre for Training & Development.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential. Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.