Having originally joined REEB in January 2021, Emmanuel leads the ethnic men in PR and social mobility work stream. He works to create long-term change for diverse talent in public relations and comms and has mentored professionals from diverse backgrounds throughout his career to help them in their own journeys in the comms industry.
Alongside his role at Mercer as Acting UK PR Lead, Emmanuel serves as a Board Member for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Black Business Association, is part of the UK Black Comms Network, and is a Board Member of South Quay College. Adding to his credentials, Emmanuel also recently gained a qualification from the University of South Florida Muma Business College focusing on Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace.
‘This week is Race Equality Week and Emmanuel exemplifies why we need an annual reminder that racial equality along with gender and social mobility can’t be taken for granted,’ said REEB Chair Barbara Phillips.
‘We should never forget that most of us intersect across at least three protected characteristics where race is the foundation. Appointing Emmauel as Vice Chair of REEB sends a message to Black, Asian, Mixed Race and ethnically diverse men that your voice is as important as anyone else’s especially in the ongoing battle to achieve greater racial equality in our industry.’
Emmanuel himself is encouraged by the work the PRCA is doing when it comes to equality within the industry:
‘We want to see visible, equitable representation among senior decision makers. I am personally committed to ensuring that more black men like myself can occupy senior roles and thrive. I look forward to working with Barbara and the REEB members to create meaningful change.’