Sky appoints two new experts to its Diversity Advisory Council to amplify diversity and inclusion expertise

Wednesday 26 July 2023

-Phyll Opoku-Gyimah and Tunde Banjoko join Sky’s Diversity Advisory Council

-The Council provides independent, expert advice to help Sky maintain progress on diversity and inclusion

Sky today announces the appointment of two new leaders to its independent diversity and inclusion (D&I) advisory council, who will support the business as it continues to broaden its focus across wider intersections of D&I including LGBTQ+ inclusion and social mobility.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Co-founder of UK Black Pride, and Tunde Banjoko founder of Making The Leap and the UK Social Mobility Awards, have joined Sky’s Diversity Advisory Council and will be using their expertise to guide and advise the business throughout the next stage of its diversity and inclusion journey.

Announced in January 2021, Sky’s Diversity Advisory Council consists of nationally recognised diversity and inclusion leaders who advise Sky’s leadership on the development and implementation of inclusion initiatives impacting corporate governance, workforce, and supplier diversity.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK & Ireland and Chief Commercial Officer, Sky Group, said: “Phyll and Tunde are true leaders in their fields, and their expertise and guidance will be invaluable to helping Sky build on the progress we’ve already made. We know that there’s always more we can do to ensure all our colleagues can thrive and succeed at Sky. Together, alongside our wider network of internal experts and external partners, we can continue to drive real and lasting change both within Sky and across our wider community.”

Tunde Banjoko, Sky Diversity Advisory Council member and Founder of Making the Leap and the UK Social Mobility Awards, said: Sky is such an important business, that it is an honour to be able to support its efforts. It’s also a privilege to work alongside the other members of the Diversity Advisory Council.”

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Sky Diversity Advisory Council member and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, said: “I am beyond excited to join the Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) for Sky, I hope that I can share knowledge, experience and expertise on subject matters relating to equity, equality, diversity, inclusion, positive representation, intersectionality and much more that amplifies oppressed, marginalised and under-represented voices and people. I'm honoured to be working with a committee and staff who are all so passionate and intentional about the work they do.”

In 2020, Sky made a £30 million commitment to tackle structural inequality, support diversity and inclusion, and use its voice to make a difference in communities impacted by racism.


The other members of Sky’s Diversity Advisory Council are:

  • Caroline Casey – Founder, The Valuable 500
  • Kanya King – Founder & CEO, MOBO Organisation
  • Piers Linney – Entrepreneur
  • Ndidi Okezie – CEO, UK Youth
  • Baroness Usha Prashar – Crossbench Member, House of Lords

Tunde Banjoko and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah replace Roland White and Leon Mann, who recently completed their tenure on the Diversity Advisory Council.