Network Groups

At Leonardo, our network groups are the place for like-minded people and their allies to come together, help shape engagement and lead associated educational initiatives with all our people to deliver an inclusive and consistent experience for everyone in the UK.

An inclusive organisation is one that enables the mix of diverse perspectives to work – by teaming and leading inclusively – to achieve better results and create an environment where everyone can be the best they can be.

As part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity, Leonardo is a member of Inclusive Employers, which helps us consolidate and continue to evolve our work in this area, sharing ideas and best practices with a range of fellow members across many different sectors.

We have our network groups because we know everyone is different and this difference matters. Our challenge is to help our people understand this and develop the ability to look within, creating a better working world. Our networks are an integral part of our inclusion programme and are invaluable in helping us bring this to life through supporting our education and awareness work through blogs, articles and face-to-face activity across our UK sites.

Carers is a Leonardo network group run by a small number of employees with caring responsibilities, across all our UK sites. Caring responsibilities can come in various forms, from looking after elderly parents, unwell partners or friends, to caring for children with specific needs. Carers exists to provide support to employees, raise awareness of the issues that carers face, and to help the company deliver its inclusion objectives.

During 2022, Leonardo’s Carers Network will be marking the following events:

  • World Cancer Day (4 February)
  • Time to Talk Day (3 February)
  • Stress Awareness Month (April)
  • International Day of Families (15 May)
  • Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May)
  • Men's Health Awareness Month (June)
  • Global Day of Parents (1 June)
  • Carers Week (7-13 June)
  • International Friendship Day (30 July)
  • World Mental Health Day (10 October)
  • Carers Rights Day (25 November)

Our ‘Enable’ network group is run by a team working to further support our UK colleagues living with visible and non-visible disabilities, as well as those who are neurodiverse, as part of Leonardo's commitment to enabling everyone to succeed and making the most of their talents. The group is focused on spreading awareness and understanding of all disabilities including those that are not immediately apparent such as mental illness, chronic pain, neurological disorders and learning differences. Leonardo is also signed up to the Disability Confident scheme.

During 2022, Leonardo’s Enable network group will be marking the following events:

  • National Cerebral Palsy Month (March)
  • Purple Day – Epilepsy (26 March)
  • World Autism Awareness Day (2 April)
  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day (19 May)
  • National Inclusion Week (26 September - 2 October)
  • World Dyslexia Awareness Day (7 October)
  • Chron's and Colitis Awareness Week (1-7 December)
  • International Day of People With Disabilities (3 December)

Equalise is Leonardo’s network group run by those who strive for gender equality within the workforce, in terms of both career development and opportunities. Equalise aims to provide support to employees, inform others about the issues that affect every gender, and dispel stereotypical assumptions in order to help truly reflect our modern workforce.

During 2022, Leonardo’s Equalise Network will be marking the following events:

  • International Women and Girls in Science Day (11 February)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • International Women’s Day (8 March)
  • Men's Health Awareness Month (June)
  • International Women in Engineering Day (23 June)
  • Ada Lovelace Day (13 October)
  • Movember (November)
  • International Men’s Day (19 November)
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November)

The aim of the Ethnicity Inclusion network group is to support us in attracting, recruiting and retaining talent from ethnic minority communities that will create a better and fair ethnicity balance within Leonardo at all levels.

We have already made a great start through our partnership with AFBE-UK, hosting STEM and career transition events to inspire the next generation of engineers and we intend to continue to work together to make further progress. 

For our existing employees it is very important that through this new group we create a safe space for people to air their voice, share their experience and make suggestions on how we can be even better. 

During 2022, Leonardo’s Enable network group will be marking the following events:

  • Black History Month (October)

Pride is Leonardo’s LGBTQ+ employee network, run by a group of LGBTQ+ employees (and allies) who have come together to support each other and their fellow employees. The network holds regular meetings to provide advice and promote education and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace, and works on broader inclusion objectives with the other Leonardo employee networks. Pride’s ultimate aim is to ensure that no one in Leonardo feels the need to hide who they are in order to fit in, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.

During 2022, Leonardo’s Pride network group will be marking the following events:

  • LGBT History Month (February)
  • Zero Discrimination Day (1 March)
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility (31 March)
  • Lesbian Day of Visibility (26 April)
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May)
  • Pansexual Visibility Day (24 May)
  • Pride Month (June)
  • International Non-Binary People's Day (14 July)
  • Bi Visibility Day (23 September)
  • National Coming Out Day (11 October)
  • Asexual Awareness Week (23-29 October)
  • Intersex Awareness Day (26 October)
  • Transgender Awareness Week (13-19 November) - leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November)
  • World AIDS Day (1 December)

Leonardo's Wellbeing employee is run by employees, promoting and supporting our Company charter that puts our people and their wellbeing at the heart of what we do. Our activities are centred around four pillars of wellbeing: physical, psychological, social and financial, all of which are reinforced by our trained wellbeing champions.

During 2022, Leonardo’s Wellbeing network group will be marking the following events:

  • Time to Talk Day (3 February)
  • Stress Awareness Month (April)
  • Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May)
  • Men's Health Awareness Month (June)

Leonardo's 2022 Inclusion & Diversity Calendar

Throughout 2022, Leonardo is marking a celebrating a range of events as part of our ongoing Inclusion & Diversity programme of activities.

Leonardo's 2022 Inclusion & Diversity Calendar

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Jainna Bhalla, Leonardo Project Management Degree Apprentice at our Basildon site, and Comms Lead & Secretary of our Ethnicity Inclusion network group, explains the importance of getting people’s names right, and the consequences of name discrimination.

The Power of Now – Rising to the Challenge

To mark the start of National Inclusion Week 2022, we sat down with Rachel Ruxton – Leonardo’s new Head of Inclusion and Diversity – to learn more about her ambitions for Leonardo and what building a welcoming and inclusive workplace means for her personally as well as for our company.

The Power of Now – Rising to the Challenge

We are not all shiny sports cars!

We are not all shiny sports cars!

During Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, Beth Colburn, Vice Chair of our Enable Network Group, explains about the daily challenges of living with Cerebral Palsy.

Let’s talk about men’s health – small changes can make a big difference!

With the pandemic bringing people’s mental and physical health into sharp focus, Men’s Health Week 2022 focused on encouraging men to take stock of their wellbeing and complete the Men’s Health Forum quick and easy DIY Man MOT.

Let’s talk about men’s health – small changes can make a big difference!

Building greater understanding and support for those who have caring responsibilities outside work

Building greater understanding and support for those who have caring responsibilities outside work

This year’s Carers Week theme was ‘making caring visible, valued and supported’. With this in mind, Julian Russell, Finance Director for the Leonardo UK Helicopter business and executive sponsor of the company’s Carers Network, explained what he’s learned as a carer during the past 17 years and why raising awareness of carers’ needs is vital.