Pavita Cooper

Advisor, Coach, Speaker, NED

Pavita is the founder of More Difference. She works with Boards and Executive teams to build culture and inclusion across their organisations.

Pavita is recognised as a leading culture and diversity expert; she has over 30 years experience as an executive talent leader across a range of multi-sector global blue-chip organisations, including Shell, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Pavita has acted as an advisor to CEOs, executive teams and business leaders across sectors that include financial services, energy, consumer, professional services, luxury goods & privately-owned businesses.

Having led in-house Board level appointments and promotion processes, she understands that organisations need commitment at all levels to create inclusive workplaces. Pavita combines her deep technical expertise with an ability to frame insights in a direct but compelling style.

Pavita is a passionate advocate of greater diversity across the C-Suite and committed to accelerating the progression of “hidden” talent: women, ethnic minorities and leaders from less traditional backgrounds. She is a regular speaker on women in business, increasing BAME representation and the acceleration of diverse talent in the pipeline to the C-Suite & Boardroom. Pavita believes in the power of giving back; she mentors young people from ethnically diverse and socially disadvantaged backgrounds and regularly speaks at inner city schools across the country through Speakers for Schools.

Pavita is the Deputy Chair of the 30 Percent Club. She is a Commissioner to the Board of the Equality & Human Rights Commission, the lead NED to an agency of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, a Trustee of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) where she chairs CMI Race and a Trustee of the Old Vic. Pavita was awarded Woman of the Year at the Asian Business Awards in 2017.