From its foundation in 2014 by adventurers, entrepreneurs and speakers Debra Searle and Hayley Barnard, Mix Diversity has grown to be one of the most respected and sought-after Diversity & Inclusion consultancies in the world.

Built from expert communicators and facilitators with lived experience, the Mix team is uniquely placed to help people shift their perceptions and foster real change. There are no box-tickers here: we put real thought into what we do – creating usable, bespoke DEI solutions that actually make a difference.

What our clients say about us.

MIX are one of the few companies who really get it in terms of importance and what we can do about Diversity & Inclusion.

MIX Diversity Developers - HSBC logo Sue Jex Head of Employee Relations

We cannot thank you enough for a terrific session. I've been stopped by numerous people who mentioned how worthwhile they found it.

MIX Diversity Developers - Roche logo John Carroll Site Head, Roche NY

We've had incredible feedback from our session with MIX and been inundated with offers of Respect Ambassadors to drive the change.

MIX Diversity Developers - Babcock logo Tina Brinkworth Transformation Manager

The Mix Approach.

We approach everything we do with enthusiasm and passion because we believe giving everyone a seat at the table is our responsibility. All our work, from training shop-floor staff to presenting to your board of directors, is designed on four key principles:

Spark change.

We spark change in the right places, making sure it sticks. We make it in two places – within leadership and on a personal level. We work with these two variables to ensure we make the biggest impact possible.

This means that our message hits home and provides people the motivation to change at work and in their daily lives. We also help smooth transitions for leaders, ensuring they’re able to focus on what’s important.

Candid but kind.

The work we do is sensitive, because bringing people face-to-face with their bias and privilege can be challenging. Showing people a side of themselves they didn’t realise was there, and giving them the space to come to terms with it, requires clear communication and understanding.

We hold kindness and fun in high regard because they help us instil comfort and bring down walls. We call it ‘candid but kind’: we’ll show you your blind spots and what to do about it in no uncertain terms, but we’ll walk the journey with you, and help you overcome it. You’re here to do the right thing, and we’re here to help.

Everything DEI.

It feels like the world is changing faster than ever before. People see themselves and their workplaces differently, raising new questions around who we should be and what is and isn’t acceptable.

We help companies navigate this ever-changing world to meet their diversity and culture goals. We never drop the ball, no matter what clients throw our way. Whether it’s a talk or training, or something bespoke that’s never been done before – we’re ready to build it with you.

If it falls under DEI, we have a solution for you.

This is personal.

Making workplaces better for everyone is a responsibility that Mix takes very seriously.

Each project is guided, not only by expert knowledge and experience, but by our passion to help people feel that they belong, that they can give their best and be noticed.

Diversity and Inclusion is a daily endeavour, not a once-a-year update, so we’ll continue to offer advice, updates, and perspective to help you make the changes you need to build a better workplace. From the simple stuff, like wording an email, to bigger things, like your recruitment process.

Meet our team.

MIX Diversity Developers - Hayley Barnard

Hayley Barnard

Co-Founder and CEO.

MIX Diversity Developers - Debra Searle MVO MBE

Debra Searle MVO MBE


MIX Diversity Developers - Stef Clifton-Sprigg

Stef Clifton-Sprigg

Client Director and Head of Consulting.

MIX Diversity Developers - Claire Stancliffe

Claire Stancliffe

Head of Digital Learning.

MIX Diversity Developers - Whitney Adshead

Whitney Adshead

DEI Manager.

MIX Diversity Developers - Phil Dean

Phil Dean


Mix Diversity- Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson

Learning Systems Administrator.

MIX Diversity Developers - Tom Crawford

Tom Crawford

Consultant, Speaker, Trainer and Coach.

MIX Diversity Developers - Matt Keen

Matt Keen

Consultant, Speaker, Trainer and Coach.

MIX Diversity Developers - Leela Bassi

Leela Bassi

Consultant, Speaker and Trainer.

MIX Diversity Developers - Paul Helsby

Paul Helsby

HR and DEI Policy Expert.

MIX Diversity Developers - Gary Ford

Gary Ford

Consultant, Speaker and Trainer.

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Client Stories: Lidl.

We’ve loved training everyone in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Lidl from the Executive Board through to employees on the shop floor. By providing everyone with tailored training that is based on the same practical tools and inclusive language, the company is able to move forward together.

That's 22,000 people across 900 stores and 13 regional distribution centres! Take a look at this video to hear what we did for them, how the culture changed at Lidl and what they they thought of working with Mix.

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