So, a little about me…and I feel I should start with the reason why I chose to name the Company as I have. Despite being a coincidental acronym for the services I offer (Advisers in Data Protection, Information Security, Risk Management and Underlying Corporate Governance), Adiru is actually my middle name. In the language of my birthplace, Lugbara, its meaning is “born during war” – referencing the Ugandan Civil War of the early 1980s that resulted in my family moving to the UK and establishing a new life for myself and my siblings.
The spring/summer of 2020 instigated a period of deep personal reflection for me…the world fighting a war against the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst social unrest was suddenly amplified by the barbaric killing of George Floyd and the ever-growing Black Lives Matter movement…but this time was different…this time the entire globe was engaged…and I heard a united roar that “things must change”. On numerous occasions I read and heard the statement “this is not a moment; this is a movement” and I felt a call to join those that are actively pursuing change. I wanted to be a part of that universal voice whose mission was to create a better future for the next generation, including my own children.
So, what could I do to help? My professional background has been quite varied. Studying Accounting and Law at university directed my early career towards UK Taxation. My interest in the value of employees and the power of great communication led to seeking a qualification with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which progressed to employed roles within Corporate Governance and Data Protection.
I realised that my knowledge and experience had already been of great value to organisations throughout my career, but my inner drive for social and corporate equality could particularly positively impact those individuals seeking independence from covert racism by branching out and embracing their entrepreneurial spirit.
Black businesses in the UK are growing exponentially (particularly with women founders!) and the inception of the monthly Black Pound Day starting on June 27th 2020, provides an avenue for consumers to discover and support new and existing Black-owned businesses to spend their money with, thereby sustaining and evolving the market. Increased growth through sales will inevitably lead to a greater number of employees and a greater emphasis on the strategic approach to operational activity. This is where guidance and advice from Adiru Consulting Ltd can make the difference between sustained growth and expansion versus limitations due to an inability to manage increased customer demand.
My mission is to level the playing field by implementing strong governance systems within these businesses, that will enhance our status, our access to wider markets and ultimately our ability to attract investment.
I have been inspired by recent turmoil and driven to engage with Black owned businesses, empowering them to reach their strategic goals by partnering with my business: