Diversity & inclusion at our core

TOPRA is a signatory to the Science Council's Diversity Declaration. This commits us to putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do as an organisation, and to consider the importance of D&I for the regulatory affairs profession. Maintaining this commitment is a key element of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, in which we pledge to continue to proactively promote a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Key diversity areas for TOPRA

  • Actively promoting regulatory affairs as a profession that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ensuring that our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is clearly visible and actively supported.
  • Ensuring we collect information on equality, diversity and inclusion issues that relates to our membership for the purposes of our role as a member organisation and to our staff for the purposes of our employment role.

If you would like to find out more, or become involved in the TOPRA Diversity working party, please email our Volunteering team.

Kevin Pay, TOPRA Chief Executive, on diversity and inclusion:

Kevin PayTOPRA is an open organisation and wants to be sure that all regulatory professionals, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, geographical location or physical capability, can take advantage of our member services and training or volunteering opportunities. We will identify any areas in which there are barriers and address them, and hope that our members will feel able to tell us where we could do better.”

Diversity Committee

Our Diversity Committee, whose chair is appointed by our Board, collects data, evaluates our position and decides on steps we need to take to improve. The committee updates TOPRA members on new initiatives throughout the year in our monthly InTouch newsletter. TOPRA has many initiatives aimed at improving access in the regulatory profession and ensuring equal opportunities for all. We've begun research to identify where there are issues, and members will be asked to contribute.

Read what Aman Khera, a member of TOPRA’s Diversity Committee, has to say about diversity and inclusion in regulatory affairs being a driver for advancing healthcare.

Cultural diversity – tackling workplace biases

In the June 2019 issue of our Regulatory Rapporteur journal, Aman Khera, TOPRA Diversity Committee member and Chair of the TOPRA In North America leadership team, addresses diversity and tackling biases in the workplace. You can read the article here.

Case studies

We asked some of our members what diversity means to them. Click on their names for more in depth insights from each about this topic. 

Nicole Small "As managers, we must advance equality of opportunities between people, building relationships along the way to gain an understanding and mutual respect of others."

Nicole Small, MTOPRA

Francesca Buttgieg "Having a team of professionals coming from different walks of life will help transform team dynamics."

Francesca Buttigieg, MTOPRA

Majella Ryan "Having a diverse and varied workforce made up of different sexes, nationalities, backgrounds and abilities opens the door to understanding the regulators in different countries."

Majella Ryan, FTOPRA

Alix Alderman "Diversity is more than simply equality across races, cultures, genders; it is bringing a range of different backgrounds and ideas together in order to strengthen a team or organisation."

Alix Alderman, MTOPRA

"We miss out on really good people when we decide to put them into boxes."

Anna Somuyiwa, MTOPRA

Hina Dixit "Throughout my career I have worked with people from all over the world, learning about differences in cultures and expectations and ways of doing things."

Hina Dixit, MTOPRA