Julian John has recently won the Director of the Year Award for Inclusivity from the Institute of Directors (IoD) Wales.
Julian has been heavily involved with RIDI over the last few years, firstly by winning a RIDI Award, then by hosting RIDI’s first ever event in Wales last year, then joining the judging panel for the RIDI 2018 Awards. He has also become a member of the RIDI executive team.
Julian’s career within Human Resources and Learning and Development spans over 25 years at a senior level. He’s been fortunate to be involved with achieving world class results in some of the largest and most successful retail organisations in the UK and Europe.
Three years ago Julian started people and development company Delsion to provide organisations in Wales with support around their people, their development and also diversity and inclusion.
The social goal of Delsion is to make Wales a leading nation for Diversity and Inclusion and Julian passionately believes in the commercial opportunities that this will bring to Wales.
His Director of the Year Award for Inclusivity, which was sponsored by Legal and General, recognises Delsion’s Positive about Potential initiative, which highlights the art of the possible. Julian has always sought to work with businesses in Wales to ensure that they lead the way in realising peoples potential in the workplace.
Whether that is through making Swansea the first Disability Confident city in the UK, or being recognised by Number 10 for Delsion’s work to light up Cardiff in purple to engage businesses around diversity,
Julian’s success is even more remarkable given the circumstances that led him to start Delsion. In 2005 he suffered life changing neurological (or brain) damage that left him disabled. Housebound for over two years, it took him five years to learn to stand, walk and talk again.
During this his wife had cancer, which she successfully recovered from. It is these experiences that make Julian so passionate about diversity and inclusion and the potential in people that can be overlooked.
Julian said: “”I’m overjoyed to be recognised by the Institute of Directors at this year’s awards. Making Wales a leading nation for inclusion is my social goal for Delsion and this award is a fantastic platform to take that goal forward.
“Being a people and development consultancy puts us in the ideal space to support this and I urge all organisations to take the opportunity to recognise the benefits that inclusion can bring to every area of their business.
“Winning the award in Wales makes it very special to me.”