About Us

Above Difference Limited was founded with a single mission: to bring a fresh, new and effective approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the UK’s Public Sector.

Our Mission

Our mission is to work with leaders and teams to develop Culturally Intelligent led organisations across the UK Public Sector that deliver compassionate and inclusive leadership for its workforce and communities.

We believe a Culturally Intelligent organisation is one that sees the diversity of its workforce and stakeholders as an exciting opportunity for creativity, innovation, and productivity.

It is one where leaders and teams have learned how to leverage their diversity to work effectively across cross-cultural boundaries an in doing so, develop solutions and services that make the world a better place.

In these organisations, staff from all backgrounds and stakeholders feel valued, respected and able to achieve their full potential within the context of the services delivered.

We approach each of our clients with fresh and empathetic eyes to develop customized, unique strategies to enhance their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies.

We Deliver

  • Cultural Intelligence Workshops and Assessments
  • Diversity and Inclusion Strategies and Solutions
  • Executive CQ Focused Coaching and Mentoring for Leaders
  • Innovative Leadership (Inclusion and Diversity) Development Programmes
  • Facilitation, Collaboration and Programme Design.
Jennifer Izekor
Executive Director (CQ Advanced Facilitator and Coach)

Jennifer Izekor is the Executive Director of Above Difference. She is an Advanced Accredited Cultural Intelligence Trainer and Facilitator licenced by the Cultural Intelligence Center in Grand Michigan USA. Recently described by Professor David Livermore as ‘one of the best CQ Trainers on the planet’, Jennifer is absolutely passionate about Cultural Intelligence and it’s relevance to the ongoing dialogue around inclusion and diversity particularly in the public sector.

Jennifer brings an extensive background in Senior Leadership to every programme developed and delivered by Above Difference. She is a John Maxwell Certified leadership Coach, trainer and speaker and understand the challenges leaders from all backgrounds face in making Inclusion a reality for all in their organisations. As a black woman she brings her own ‘lived experience’ but is also committed to delivering programmes where the experience and perspectives of all participants are valued and engaged.

Over the last 30 years Jennifer has held a number of senior roles across the public sector including as a Senior Civil Servant leading on regional government initiatives, A Chief Executive of a £30M public private sector partnership, An Non Executive Director on a public board a College Governor and a public Appointee.

Tracie Jolliff
Director of Inclusion
NHS Leadership Academy

Comments from Tracie Jolliff

Director of Inclusion in the NHS Leadership Academy

There’s not an abundance of developers who have experienced leadership at the most senior levels; who have in-depth knowledge about systemic discrimination and how this works; who have the capabilities to effectively lead progress on race equality and who models this for BAME people. Jennifer Izekor has these qualities and more

I would have no hesitation in recommending Jennifer’s high quality work. She has delivered to my senior team of highly skilled practitioners and all have commended her knowledge and her excellent skills. Her efficacy is demonstrated by the capabilities she leaves within organisations.