Head of Equality (Maternity Cover, 12 month FTC)

Salary: £53,300 – £66,300 per annum

Location: Hybrid / London, UK (1-2 days in the office/week) – BSB Offices, 289-293 High Holborn, WC1V 7HZ

Contract: Maternity cover FTC, 12 months

Reports to: Director of Strategy and Policy


About The Bar Standards Board (BSB)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers and their professional practice and  specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for setting education and training requirements, setting standards, authorising  organisations, monitoring the service provided, and handling complaints.

Barristers work at the heart of our justice system so BSB’s mission is fundamentally important to the maintenance of the rule of law. It is an exciting time at the organisation as we embark on a new strategy to continue to regulate in the public interest, support those we regulate to face the future, and ensure there is a strong and sustainable regulator for the Bar.

Our Vision is:

We will ensure that the BSB regulates the Bar in the public interest by promoting high  standards, diversity and access to justice. 

Our Values:

Fairness and Respect

Independence and Integrity

Excellence and Efficiency

About the role

Lead on the management of the BSB’s programme of equality, promoting equality and diversity at the Bar and access to justice, whilst providing leadership to the organisation on equality and diversity matters.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead programmes of work to review or amend the BSB’s regulatory arrangements relating to equality.
  • Provide thought leadership on equality and diversity and management across the BSB, contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation by:

– Contributing to the strategic and business planning processes;

– Contributing own expertise to enable continuous improvement across the organisation.

  • Lead responsibility for stakeholder engagement on equality. This will include undertaking speaking or other external engagements on behalf of the BSB focusing particularly on outreach to under-represented groups, promoting access to legal services and ensuring that vulnerable consumers’ interests are at the heart of all policy development.
  • Develop and implement policies and strategies that promote equality and diversity at the Bar.
  • Develop and deliver learning events for external stakeholders on areas related to equality.
  • Leadership and management of the equality policy team.
  • Promoting equality and diversity good practice across the BSB by providing expertise and input to programmes, projects, policies, learning initiatives and events.
  • Deputising for the Director of Strategy and Policy where appropriate.
  • Other such tasks which the Director of Strategy and Policy may assign from time to time.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of the Legal Services Board’s Internal Governance Rules and an awareness of how they apply to the organisation to ensure regulatory independence.
  • Fulfil the role of Data and Information Owner for the data managed in the Team, covering regular data disposal and carrying out data protection impact assessments, as necessary.

Person Specification:


  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity law and policy and related training methodologies 
  • Detailed understanding of the structure of the legal profession


  • Collaboration: Ability to develop and maintain working relationships internally and externally with senior stakeholders
  • Leadership: Ability to provide motivation and support and to persuade and inspire others
  • Management: Ability to provide, fair and motivating line management, mentoring and helping others to develop their own careers at BSB and beyond
  • Communication: Ability to communicate complex information clearly (written and verbal).
  • Judgement: Ability to exercise sound judgment and offer strategic insight. Taking an evaluative approach to work, diagnosing what works, what does not, and what needs to change
  • Experience in managing difficult situations/conversations with the ability to influence others
  • Ability to build contacts and influence internal and external stakeholders
  • Commitment to continuous learning and development, including making a difference across the organisation
  • Planning skills and proven ability to develop innovative services

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in an EDI/regulatory field.
  • Experience of implementing and managing policy development in a regulatory or similar field
  • Experience of developing complex policy in a regulatory or other challenging environment
  • Experience of providing training on equality and diversity and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Experience in Public speaking and presentations
  • Providing advice on equality and diversity matters


Closing date for applications: 3pm on Sunday 21st August, 2022

Interviews: w/c 6th September, 2022

Please apply via the button below. To discuss further, you can reach out directly to Priscilla Ross in the Inclusive Recruiting team. Call 0203 397 8333 or email priscilla@inclusiverecruiting.co.uk.


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