Network Groups

At Leonardo, our network groups are the place for like-minded people and their allies to come together, help shape engagement and lead associated educational initiatives with all our people to deliver an inclusive and consistent experience for everyone in the UK.

An inclusive organisation is one that enables the mix of diverse perspectives to work – by teaming and leading inclusively – to achieve better results and create an environment where everyone can be the best they can be.

As part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity, Leonardo is a member of Inclusive Employers, which helps us consolidate and continue to evolve our work in this area, sharing ideas and best practices with a range of fellow members across many different sectors.

We have our network groups because we know everyone is different and this difference matters. Our challenge is to help our people understand this and develop the ability to look within, creating a better working world. Our networks are an integral part of our inclusion programme and are invaluable in helping us bring this to life through supporting our education and awareness work through blogs, articles and face-to-face activity across our UK sites.

Carers is a Leonardo network group run by a small number of employees with caring responsibilities, across all our UK sites. Caring responsibilities can come in various forms, from looking after elderly parents, unwell partners or friends, to caring for children with specific needs. Carers exists to provide support to employees, raise awareness of the issues that carers face, and to help the company deliver its inclusion objectives.

During 2021, Leonardo’s Carers Network will be marking the following events:

  • World Cancer Day (4 February)
  • Time to Talk Day (4 February)
  • Stress Awareness Month (April)
  • International Day of Families (15 May)
  • Mental Health Awareness Week (18-23 May)
  • Men's Health Awareness Month (June)
  • Global Day of Parents (1 June)
  • Carers Week (7-13 June)
  • International Friendship Day (30 July)
  • World Mental Health Day (10 October)
  • Carers Rights Day (25 November)

Our ‘Enable’ network group is run by a team working to further support our UK colleagues living with visible and non-visible disabilities, as well as those who are neurodiverse, as part of Leonardo's commitment to enabling everyone to succeed and making the most of their talents. The group is focused on spreading awareness and understanding of all disabilities including those that are not immediately apparent such as mental illness, chronic pain, neurological disorders and learning differences. Leonardo is also signed up to the the Disability Confident scheme.

During 2021, Leonardo’s Enable network group will be marking the following events:

  • World Autism Awareness Week (29 March - 4 April)
  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day (20 May) 
  • International Day of People With Disabilities (3 December)

Equalise is Leonardo’s network group run by those who strive for gender equality within the workforce, in terms of both career development and opportunities. Equalise aims to provide support to employees, inform others about the issues that affect every gender, and dispel stereotypical assumptions in order to help truly reflect our modern workforce.

During 2021, Leonardo’s Equalise Network will be marking the following events:

  • International Women and Girls in Science Day (11 February)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • International Women’s Day (8 March)
  • International Women in Engineering Day (23 June)
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)
  • Ada Lovelace Day (12 October)
  • Movember (November)
  • International Men’s Day (19 November)
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November)

The aim of the Ethnicity Inclusion Network Group is to support us in attracting, recruiting and retaining talent from ethnic minority communities that will create a better and fair ethnicity balance within Leonardo at all levels.

We have already made a great start through our partnership with AFBE-UK, hosting STEM and career transition events to inspire the next generation of engineers and we intend to continue to work together to make further progress. 

For our existing employees it is very important that through this new group we create a safe space for people to air their voice, share their experience and make suggestions on how we can be even better. 

During 2021, Leonardo’s Enable network group has marked the following events:

  • Black History Month (October)
  • Careers Transition Event hosted by AFBE-UK and Leonardo (23 September)

  • NextGen! STEM Event with AFBE-UK and Leonardo (16 and 30 October)

  • Launch of the Ethnicity Inclusion Network Group and Black History Month Guest Speaker Panel event (20 October)

Pride is Leonardo’s LGBTQ+ employee network, run by a group of LGBTQ+ employees (and allies) who have come together to support each other and their fellow employees. The network holds regular meetings to provide advice and promote education and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace, and works on broader inclusion objectives with the other Leonardo employee networks. Pride’s ultimate aim is to ensure that no one in Leonardo feels the need to hide who they are in order to fit in, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.

During 2021, Leonardo’s Pride Network will be marking the following events:

  • LGBT History Month (February)
  • Zero discrimination day (1 March) 
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility (31 March)
  • Lesbian Day of Visibility (26 April)
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May)
  • Pansexual Visibility Day (24 May)
  • Pride Month (June)
  • International Non-Binary People's Day (14 July)
  • Bi Visibility Day (23 September)
  • National Coming Out Day (11 October)
  • Asexual Awareness Week (20-26 October)
  • Intersex Awareness Day (26 October)
  • Transgender Awareness Week (13-19 November) - leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November)
  • World AIDS Day (1 December)

Leonardo's 2021 Inclusion & Diversity Calendar

Throughout 2021, Leonardo is marking a celebrating a range of events as part of our ongoing Inclusion & Diversity programme of activities.

Leonardo's 2021 Inclusion & Diversity Calendar

Challenging Perceptions

Challenging Perceptions

Throughout Black History Month 2021, Leonardo is working alongside AFBE-UK to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the black and minority ethnic community. Today we introduce Folayo Osekita, Leonardo's Head of Airborne Communications and Chair of Leonardo’s Ethnicity Inclusion Network Group.

Given the right conditions, we can all thrive

Marking World Autism Awareness Week, we look at how Leonardo’s new Enable network group is working with the company’s senior leadership to overcome adversity and improve the experiences of all ability groups within the workplace.

Given the right conditions, we can all thrive

The Invisible Challenge – Addressing Our Mental Health

The Invisible Challenge – Addressing Our Mental Health

On Time to Talk Day, Norman Bone, Chair and Managing Director of Leonardo UK, highlights the importance of talking and listening about mental health and the actions Leonardo is taking to support employees during testing times.

Pride and Prejudice

In this article marking LGBT History Month, Paula Clarke, Director of Engineering and Projects at Leonardo UK, explains how she’s drawing on many life experiences to shape her thinking and help positively influence strategy and attitudes in her role as the executive level sponsor of Leonardo’s Pride Network Group.

Pride and Prejudice