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Hertfordshire County Council appoints Temi Fawehinmi as its first head of diversity and inclusion

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Hertfordshire County Council has appointed its first head of diversity and inclusion.

Temi Fawehinmi, a lawyer by profession, will be making the move over the border from Essex after 12 years as contract and performance manager with Thurrock Council's children's services department, where her most recent focus was on special educational needs and disabilities transport.

Temi has chaired two staff diversity and network groups at Thurrock. She is also a school governor and trustee of Thurrock Foodbank.

Temi Fawehinmi (53877872)
Temi Fawehinmi (53877872)

She attended high school in Maryland, USA, and international school in Ibadan in Nigeria, where she did A-levels in government, economics and English literature. She attended two universities in Nigeria, switching from sociology and anthropology to law at the first and graduating with a 2.1 in the subject from the second. She completed her education at Nigerian Law School in 1991.

Temi worked for a London solicitors for a year before taking up a post as a Connexions centre manager in Grays, Essex, where she worked for almost six years before joining Thurrock Council.

Sally Hopper, director of human resources at County Hall in Hertford, said: "We are delighted that Temi will be our head of diversity and inclusion. Delivering to this agenda, both for colleagues and residents, is among our highest priorities and we've made huge strides in this area over the past few years.

"Temi's previous experience will be key in ensuring that diversity and inclusion runs through all our work and becomes part of our DNA."

Temi is expected to join the council in spring 2022.

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