Robin Schneider obituary


My husband, Robin Schneider, who has died aged 64 after affected by bowel most cancers, was a world skilled on variety and inclusion.

Introduced up in a close-knit and multicultural household of Swiss origin, Robin possessed an innate understanding of the transformative energy of variety. By the consultancy we ran collectively for greater than 30 years, Schneider-Ross, Robin influenced company mindsets worldwide, displaying that numerous groups foster higher innovation and higher problem-solving, resulting in elevated profitability and sustainable development.

He labored internationally with many main firms, corresponding to Aviva, Barclays, BP and Shell, in addition to Vodafone, the place he ran variety management workshops throughout the globe, and within the UK he contributed to greater than 20 authorities commissions.

A few of his landscape-changing work for the UK authorities included working with the Patten fee in 1998 to assist redesign the Police Service of Northern Eire as a part of the Good Friday settlement. He additionally labored on the event of the general public sector equality duties that helped pave the way in which for the Equality Act 2010.

Born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, to Monique (nee Luthert) and John Schneider, managing director within the UK for Lurgi Engineering, Robin was educated at Service provider Taylors’ college, Northwood, Hertfordshire, and studied trendy historical past at St John’s School, Oxford.

His first job got here in recruitment with Esso UK at Fawley Refinery in 1981. He then labored in industrial relations with the corporate, and by 1988 rose to go of workers relations in London.

We met in 1985 at Fawley, the place I additionally labored in industrial relations, and married two years later. In 1989 Robin and I left Esso to discovered Schneider-Ross. Collectively we wrote From Equality to Range: A Enterprise Case for Equal Alternatives (1992).

Robin retired from the consultancy in 2022. His dedication to profiting from society’s wealthy variety has undoubtably contributed in the direction of a extra equitable and inclusive world.

Outdoors work, Robin had an amazing zest for all times and was recognized for his resounding snigger. He was a fearless skier, whether or not on black runs within the mountains or much less conventionally trying to ski within the Wiltshire downs. He was by no means happier than sharing good instances – typically over foods and drinks – with household and associates. He beloved the neighborhood and the panorama round our dwelling within the Pewsey Vale, Wiltshire.

I survive him, as do our kids, Tom and Sophie, his brother Peter and mom, Monique.


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