Second meeting of The Queen’s Gallery Group at Buckingham Palace

The Foundation launched a new community – The Queen’s Gallery Group – at Buckingham Palace in April 2016, in association with Ms Elisabeth Hunka CVO, Director of HR, The Royal Household. We convened 30 of the UK’s leading professionals in the field of improving gender balance and bringing about broader change in their organisations, to share their experience and to stimulate fresh insights.

We assembled a wonderful turnout of formidably talented HR and diversity leaders.

At the first meeting, the new network had the benefit of wonderful surroundings at the Palace when we met – the day before The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

After some very thought-provoking group and theme discussions, the outputs of which were shared with chairmen at the Colloquium, we were honoured by a tour of the current exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery by Jonathan Marsden, CVO, FSA, Director of the Royal Collection and Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art, together with two of the curators.

The group came together in the South Drawing Room for its second meeting in November 2016. The group held a highly innovative discussion on strategic change in the HR agenda in relation to gender diversity. We were delighted to be joined by members of the HR team from The Royal Household, and by Vice-Admiral Johnstone-Burt, and by Jonathan Marsden, both for the discussion and for the reception that followed. A second research paper will be published in early 2017, summarising the work done by the group.