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The Case for a Neurodiverse Culture – Mel Francis, Neuroinclusive HR
Episode 363rd February 2023 • Beyond The Water Cooler • Lisa LLoyd
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Mel Francis is an accomplished HR Director and she joins me to talk about Neurodiversity in the workplace.

Mel supports HR, and Diversity and Inclusion professionals, on their journey through her company, NeuroinclusiveHR.

We explore:

  • What neurodiversity really is
  • Different types of neurodiverse conditions and their common traits that may be evident at work
  • Bias, stigma, stereotypes and the use of language
  • The power of ingroups and outgroups, 
  • The impact of culture and psychological safety
  • The value of people uniqueness and the cost of fuelling ignorance
  • The correlation between neurodiversity and mental health challenges
  • The responsibility of employers

Mel provides practical steps to achieving a neurodiverse company. Whether you're starting out or looking to apply a neurodiverse lens to all stages of the employee lifecycle, she has clear advice about what to do.

More about Mel

Mel is an accomplished HR Director with over 25 years’ experience gained within complex matrix organisations in the public, private, and not for profit sectors.

Links to contact Mel:

LinkedIn: Melanie Francis


Resources & References

Understanding the spectrum

Neurodiversity at Work – Professor Amanda Kirby and Theo Smith

Rebel Ideas – The power of thinking differently - Matthew Syed

Do-IT Profiler – Neurodiversity screening and tools

ONS Report - Outcomes for disabled people in the UK: 2020

ILM – Workplace neurodiversity – The Power of Difference

Employment Law Journal article (PDF Download)

Everymind at work - Neurodiversity resources

Board Diversity and Effectiveness in FT350 Companies

6 Neurodiversity Recruitment Programs at

Leading Companies (

Everlief Child Psychology - West Wycombe, serving families in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire | Brighter Futures

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