Joy Hutcheon

Joy Hutcheon

Department for International Development |

Joy Hutcheon has made a massive contribution to diversity and inclusion, in DFID and beyond, particularly under specific criteria (c) and (d). Joy’s always championed D&I, exploiting her positional power to push for maximum progress. In 2011 she sought out the role of DFID Gender Champion. Her inspirational leadership transformed what had been at worst an issue ignored by the aid sector, and at best a last-minute add-on to project design, into an enduring, central consideration in all HMG’s development work.
In 2016 she sought out the role of DFID Diversity and Inclusion Champion and has really shaken things up. DFID’s made efforts on D&I before, but Joy’s stark language - ‘I want to light a fire under DFID on this’ – convinced even the most war-weary, that she was serious. It’s her quiet-but-constant, inspirational approach (described below) that’s made the difference. The impact has been both broad (her leadership has created a viral movement that’s spread around DFID’s global network, galvanising leaders everywhere) and deep (changing mindsets and making behaviours ever more inclusive). And the impact’s been felt beyond DFID, shared with the private sector and used, by Joy, to advocate to future leaders across the civil service!