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Equality & Diversity

During the 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons, the club have continued working through the EFL’s Code of Practice project. The Code of Practice consists of five sections on equality, diversity and inclusion, covering the workforce and supporter base, from policies and procedures, community initiatives, training and reporting. This work started in 2016 and each year we review our policies, procedures and practices in order to improve and ensure we are delivering an inclusive environment for all.

We have an internal ED&I working group set up in order to complete all areas of the project effectively, with vital input from employees across the club and Community Trust. The working group meet on a monthly basis and meetings are chaired by Zoë Hall, Director, People and Culture, who is the club’s Equality Champion and will be overseeing the club’s EDI work going forward.

The working group members are:

Ben Rhodes – Club Secretary and Head of Fan Engagement
Carole Player – Head of Safeguarding (ED&I Lead Officer)
Guy Nellany – Deputy Ground Safety Officer
Hannah Woodburn – Ticket Office Manager (ED&I Lead Officer)
James Beet – Head of Academy Recruitment, Loans & Player Pathways
Lucy Stephenson – Ticket Office Team Leader & Disability Liaison Officer
Luke Gallagher – Head of Media
Mark Farnworth – Ground Safety Officer
Mo Patel – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion & Community Engagement Officer (ED&I Lead Officer)
Nick Harrison – Academy Manager
Tom Drake – Chief Executive Officer, Preston North End Community and Education Trust
Zoë Hall – Director, People and Culture (Board Equality Champion)

Bi-annual equality monitoring and a three-year equality action plan form part of the process. The results from the Equality Monitoring Survey have been analysed and helped to formulate the club’s equality action plan, in which we have identified areas of focus for the next three years.

Equality Monitoring Survey

Equality Action Plan

The club is committed to all aspects of ED&I and will work hard to eradicate all forms of discrimination. This is not something we can do alone, and we expect all staff, players, volunteers, supporters and anybody associated with Preston North End to demonstrate this in their actions.

Equal Opportunities Policy

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

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Under government regulations of The Equality Act 2010, companies with over 250 employees must annually disclose their respective gender pay gap details.

Preston North End Football Club have recently conducted an extensive overview on this matter and supporters can now view the results.

Click here to review the results.

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