Loraine Martins joins Nichols to lead diversity and inclusion

Network Rail’s former director of diversity and inclusion, Loraine Martins, pictured here, has joined Nichols.

Loraine Martins OBE has joined Nichols team of strategic change specialists to lead on diversity and inclusion. Highly decorated in her own right, Martins has held a series of high profile roles during an already distinguished career. 

Most recently, as Network Rail’s director of diversity and inclusion, she led the implementation of diversity and inclusion strategy throughout the business and has influenced the rail and related sectors. From changing behaviours and transforming cultures to creating a more open, inclusive and diverse environment. 

Previously, Martins led a multi-award winning team in the construction of the Olympic Park, its infrastructure, venues and facilities for London 2012. She was also awarded an OBE in 2021 for her work to improve diversity during her time at Network Rail and for her voluntary work with the National Mentoring Scheme.

Martins therefore brings a wealth of knowledge to Nichols, supporting clients to integrate diversity and inclusion into daily business activities, creating transformational change for business and for the benefit of society.

Commenting on the appointment, Kathryn and Frances Nichols, owners of Nichols, said: “We are beyond thrilled that Loraine is joining us. Her experience is second to none, and she will bring immense expertise, knowledge and insight. A commitment to championing equality, diversity and inclusion to build a more balanced, fair and high performing society, lies at the heart of everything Nichols does and with Loraine joining us, we hope to take these ambitions to the next level.”

Looking forward to her new role, Martins said: “I’ve long been an admirer of Nichols Group, their values and reputation. It’s an honour to be joining Nichols Group and to have the opportunity to develop fresh and exciting ways to build diversity and inclusion into our strategic and transformational work”.

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