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“Progress starts and ends with talent” – Introducing our Talent Services Director

In October 2023, Spktral announced its new and improved website aimed at exemplifying our broad range of expertise in the region of pay gap analysis and DEI consulting. The website symbolised a key step in our expansion, from exclusively providing compliant gender pay gap services amidst complex and challenging legislation, to a service that supports organisations to understand their data, and review what true inclusion and fair representation looks like for them. 

Several months later, we are delighted to announce that Lorraine Rew has joined the team as Talent Services Director, contributing to our growth strategy by providing a new core service to Spktral’s clients. 

Lorraine was previously Head of Talent Acquisition at xDesign and brings with her extensive experience in recruitment and talent acquisition for high-growth organisations and valuable insights into the talent and people space. 

Spktral is delighted to introduce this role as we grow in building a fully horizontally integrated service business, covering verified and certified people data, statutory reporting, data interpretation and learning, and identifying and implementing action plans to attract and retain the best talent. 

Lorraine joins us with a wealth of experience in the talent acquisition and emerging talent space. Supporting Skyscanner’s early growth, managing CodeClan’s graduate careers service and more recently leading the internal TA team delivering xDesign’s accelerated growth success, she advocates for optimising candidate experience, people-centric and collaborative company culture and continuous review and improvement of recruitment and retention best practices.

To welcome her to the team, our Marketing Assistant, Lauren, had a quick discussion with Lorraine about her past work and new role at Spktral:

What has led you to Spktral and how does your previous work align with our mission to build equitable and inclusive workforces?

I was introduced to the Spktral team through a mutual connection while exploring opportunities both inside and outside of the talent acquisition space. In learning about their overall purpose and the intricate work that’s involved in pay gap analysis, it quickly emerged there was a shared mission to put people at the centre of the conversation and to be people-focused when it comes to making genuine progress.

Spktral really do understand the complex legislation surrounding pay gap analysis inside out – but it’s ultimately about people representation rather than percentages, and an organisation’s unique vision of fair rather than closing a gap – and so there’s much work to do in educating business leaders and those in the talent & people space when it comes to misinformation that is rife regarding pay gap reporting.
Bringing a talent lifecycle lens to Spktral expands our client offering and keeps the focus on people. It means organisations can be confident that they’re not only compliant with any legislated pay gap reporting, but crucially that they have the fundamental insights to help them make better, evidence-based people decisions, adjust their people strategy, policies and processes and make progress towards their unique measure of what fair looks like for them and the communities they serve.

Progress starts and ends with talent – attraction, retention and advancement. How people find entry to a business, their opportunities for growth and the culture they’re supported by in order to thrive. It isn’t about box ticking, but genuine efforts to influence the industry in which they operate, support the growth and inclusion of talent, and to implement inclusive people processes and policies while recognising the factors within vs beyond their control.

What will this new role, Talent Services Director, bring to Spktral and what are your hopes and vision for it?

Having grown to a service that supports organisations to understand their data, and review what true inclusion and fair representation looks like for them, this role brings a new core service to Spktral’s clients in establishing their positioning and strategy around gender, ethnicity and wider talent and people objectives and in implementing DE&I best practices for their workforce and the talent they want to attract and retain.

My hope is that this role brings a critical lens to the existing core services being provided by Spktral in supporting clients to deliver effective change where needed and understand that long term success starts and ends with people. While it’s important to understand what your people data is telling you about your organisation, progress is only achieved by using those insights to make evidence-based decisions about your talent and people strategy.

In supporting our clients to make long term commitments that focus on realistic and achievable change for their business, the goal is to go beyond the data and reporting to help educate, and for tailored people strategies to focus on meaningful progress.

Find Lorraine on LinkedIn here.

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