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Raven Network

The Raven Network is an independent support group for ethnically diverse people working across the environment sector

There is a widely acknowledged lack of ethnic diversity among those employed in the environment sector. Sector colleagues joining peer support groups in their individual organisations have reflected on how helpful it has been to connect with others and share thoughts – particularly at this time of heightened awareness of systemic racism in the UK. 

With a cross-organisational approach, the Raven Network aims to create this opportunity for those who do not have access to such a network within their own organisation – or who may like to connect more widely.

The network is new, and is still shaping its form and function. The network aims to make the meetings as welcoming and supportive and often informal; it is a space where we invite everyone to bring their whole, authentic selves. There is no expectation to ‘fix’ everything or to fix ourselves, we’re just here to ‘be’ together first and foremost. There may be space to spark change in the sector and to ensure our voices are heard.

We ask for confidentiality and respect for each other, as we’re all on a learning journey and we assume positive intent.

We meet virtually, with future meeting dates being confirmed here soon.

The Raven Network is a safe and independent space chaired by Nadia Shaikh. If you identify as coming from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic background and would like to join the group, or to get in touch to ask questions about how to get involved, please email You may also wish to email to set up a 1:2:1 conversation about your experience within the sector and to understand a bit more about how the group works.

Last updated: 20 February 2024.