Kulvinder Bassi - DfT
Kulvinder Bassi has positively engaged with a wide range of staff, including permanent secretaries, senior management in DfT and members of staff. His superb energy, networking skills and his ways of making a tangible difference about how people feel have been developed over 20 years of leading DfT's award winning Positive Support Group and as the founder and former chair of the Civil Service Race Forum.
Kul's personal commitment to PSG and its members, and the innovative work he has done with a series of DG Race Champions and other partners, has set the bar high for other DfT networks and across the Civil Service. Kul is an inspiring leader, growing the membership of his network to nearly 80% of BAME people in DfT and working with his executive to build an annual programme of initiatives supporting members' career aspirations and raising wider cultural awareness. Some of his most innovative programmes are being delivered with other sector partners - an emerging sponsorship initiative inspired by Deloittes; a fast expanding mentoring partnership with KPMG and his annual, hugely inventive, events for DfT inclusion week - often delivered with transport sector partners.
As a vocal advocate for DfT, he has helped shape our "new Deal for Staff Networks," articulating mutual expectations between our staff networks, their Champions and the department (HR). His influence in setting the tone and direction of his network (critical friend and co-driver of innovation) has directly influenced the way we do business with all our networks and is the model for new and emerging ones.