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Employer Equalities Group

The Employer Equalities Group (EEQ) aims to address under-representation in apprenticeships and to support better access and participation.  

The group gathers evidence on inequalities, diversity and inclusion in relation to apprenticeships and provides expertise to address challenges and offer solutions within the wider labour market. The group will further strengthen employer contribution to apprenticeships in Scotland ensuring they are aligned with industry, economic growth, job opportunities and Fair Work.

The EEQ’s main responsibilities are: 

  • provide advice to the other SAAB groups on the strategies, content and policies which are most likely to impact on employer behaviour and to improve representation in participation and outcomes

  • act as ambassadors for diversity in apprenticeships   

  • develop tools and resources for employers   

  • share and promote best practice amongst employers in addressing under-representation, through appropriate networks and channels

  • commission research on subject areas in relation to equality and diversity, affecting apprenticeships, to create evidence-based approaches which help to identify and remove barriers to access and participation.

See the full Terms of Reference for the SAAB Employer Equalities Group.

Stevie Grier

Employer Equalities Group Membership

The EEQ is chaired by Stevie Grier, Director of Devolved Nations at Microsoft. Steven Grier leads Microsoft’s Public Sector business in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Stevie leads Microsoft’s Public Sector business in Scotland and the North of England. From humble IT beginnings on Margaret Thatcher’s YTS Scheme with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1989 so began a journey through oil (BP), booze (United Distillers), funerals (Co-Op) and software, ultimately finding himself at Microsoft in the year Windows XP launched (Bing it!). 

Passionate about the societal impact of technology, inspired by innovation and with a soft spot for healthcare and digital skills - he likes technology when it makes people smile. Married with a young son and has set himself the life challenge of finding the perfect balance between competitive cycling, Burns poetry and Scandinavian power metal music. It may take some time.

More information

Name Role Organisation
Stevie Grier (Chair) Country and Regional Manager Scotland and LRG North Microsoft
Aileen Smyth Organisational Development Officer Dundee City Council
Amanda McKay Chair     Building Equality Scotland
Leanne McGuire Business Management Consultant This is Milk
Kaye McGeachy Vice President – People and Organisation Wood Plc
Linda Sommerville Deputy General Secretary Scottish Union Learning – STUC
Mark Haslett Senior HR Consultant: Policy & Diversity Scottish Power Energy Networks
Gail Kelly HR Manager Forster Group
Natalie Buxton Managing Director Weber Shandwick
Saj Sharif CEO    Zen Consultants (Sco) Ltd
Shona Finlayson Software Engineering Team Lead Sky
Tony Scally Business Development Manager Action for Children
Suzanne Sherry Director Sherry Solutions
Gillian Dalziel CSR Programme Manager Diageo
Stuart McKenna Chief Executive Scottish Training Federation
Dr Matthew Barr Senior Lecturer Glasgow University
David Scott Group Culture and Engagement Manager Aviva Group


Agency leads

  • Fergus McMillan, Head of Equality and Diversity Skills Development Scotland

  • Philip McGuinness, Senior Policy/Analysis Officer, Scottish Funding Council

  • 5 May 2023

  • 25 August 2023

  • 3 November 2023

  • 2 February 2024

View full Terms of Reference.

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