12 October 2023
RSM Birmingham hosted an office event on Wednesday 11 October to celebrate and raise awareness of Black History Month.
Over 120 employees attended the event, with sessions from Karl George (head of governance at RSM UK) and Nsima Udoh (associate director in RSM’s innovation reliefs team) on their career journey and personal experiences as black individuals in the professional services industry.
Beverly Lindsay OBE, founder of Diamond Travel – an esteemed international travel agency which has been running since 1987, attended as an external speaker. Beverly is a notable mentor and advocate for the African Caribbean community in Birmingham, the UK and globally. She spoke at the event as the theme for Black History Month is ‘Saluting our Sisters’ which places an emphasis on the vital role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change and building communities.
Black History Month first took place in 1987 in the UK and is an annual event to celebrate and boost the awareness of black heritage and culture, recognise the contributions made by the black community and bring communities together throughout October.
Karl George, partner and head of governance at RSM UK, said: ‘Black History Month has been going for nearly four decades in the UK and is as relevant now as it was when it started. It celebrates the huge contributions that black men and women have made to British society and creates a focal point, as well as an opportunity to educate and remind us all about these historical achievements and a legacy to share with our colleagues.’
Helen Brocklebank, office managing partner in Birmingham at RSM UK, added: ‘It’s been brilliant to get together as an office to celebrate Black History Month. It presents the opportunity to showcase all of the work that has been done and continues to be done by the black community, as their contributions shape history and the future of the UK.’