Diversity & Inclusion at Arbor Education

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be.

Arbor Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Why did you join Arbor's Diversity & Inclusion Guild?

  • Having built teams across multiple companies I’ve seen first hand the importance, and massive benefit, of diversity in the workplace. We are in an industry that is known for its lack of diversity and I want to be a part of changing this. We can lead that change. The best ideas always come from working with people with different viewpoints and experiences to our own. It’s how we learn and grow. We’re on a mission to improve education and it’s vital that we are able to represent the needs of all of our users. By creating an environment where everyone is included and diversity is not just accepted, but welcomed with open arms is how we can achieve this. It is also what motivates me and why I love what I do. We’ve got plenty to do and I’m proud to be a part of the diversity and inclusion committee making this change happen.

    Santino Boffa

    Head of People

  • I joined the Diversity and Inclusion committee because I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of the work we’ve got to do. It’s critical that we’re proactive and intentional in building a diverse workforce across our teams and offices. We know that the majority of people working in tech are white, and identify as male - and, as a fast-growing edtech company, I think we have a responsibility to improve access to everyone. It’s not just the right thing to do, it means we’ll have better decision making, better internal challenge, and become stronger for it. Plus, it’s crucial that our team reflects the diversity of the audience we serve across our school community. I’m passionate about helping us get there, and about making sure we build inclusive working into everything we do along the way.

    Harriet Cheng

    Head of Marketing

  • For me, I have always been passionate about a fair, consistent and unbiased recruitment process, no matter the role, seniority or department. Recruitment is not just an interview, it is a chance for employers to show their true values and what we stand for and for a candidate, it is a chance to see what you are doing as a company to create a fair, diverse and inclusive environment. Being able to advertise to, network with and promote our brand to a diverse workforce is truly important for a business. As we work in SaaS, we need innovation and as a growing business we need people to help us on our journey with all backgrounds and life experiences!

    Sophie Elms

    Office, Culture & Recruitment Manager

  • I’m committed to building a diverses team at Arbor and I joined the D&I committee to share and workshop ideas so that I can do my role to the best of my ability. As a Talent Acquisition Manager I’m typically the first face candidates see and I’m passionate about creating a recruitment process that is fair and equal to all candidates who express an interest in working for Arbor. We only get one shot at making a lasting impression! We moved to impact job descriptions that use inclusive language and we recently partnered with Diversyfing.io to support us with our ongoing efforts to connect with harder to reach groups. Whilst these talent attraction changes have helped us see a marked increase in diverse applicants, we’re also working on improvements to the recruitment process such as using more structured frameworks, and updating the current interview & unconscious bias awareness, so that we see the same results across the entire process.

    Stuart Wolstenholme

    Talent Acquisition Partner

  • Having worked for 10 years in inner city London schools, I have experienced the wealth of varied perspectives, opinions and experiences that come with working as part of a diverse team. I have experienced first hand how much richer this makes your working life. I also feel as someone who benefits from various privileges, I want to take on some responsibility for making sure Arbor attracts, retains and includes people from all types of background. I am also really passionate about employee wellbeing, and a big part of that is ensuring that Arbor is the most inclusive workplace it can possibly be.

    Danielle Arkwright

    HR & Office Manager

  • Creating products that are useful and accessible to everyone is in the heart and soul of every product manager. Part of my role is to understand Arbor’s customers and users - who they are, what they care about, and what are the ways I can help them to deal with their everyday work life. And it’s crucial to remember that everyone is different and has different needs. Being able to create a product that will be usable for everyone - no matter their background or experience - it’s one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

    Nataliia Semenenko

    Senior Product Manager

  • I’m passionate about making sure that physical and digital spaces are as inclusive as possible, and in previous roles I have worked on accessibility in software. Our product has such a huge user-base, and it’s our duty to make sure that not only is Arbor accessible for a wide variety of people, but that our workforce reflects this diversity.

    Brigitte Phillips

    Project Coordinator

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