I’m Sheila Wild, an award winning equality professional. I have over thirty years’ experience of gender pay gap issues at national and organisational level. I acquired my expertise during my time at the Equal Opportunities Commission, where I was Director of Employment Policy, and, later on, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In 2011 I left the Commission and set up EqualPayPortal.
My experience includes commissioning research, preparing the evidence in major equal pay claims, drafting codes of practice, and developing the tools and guidance to help employers to take action to close the gender pay gap and deliver equal pay.
I have also shaped legal and public policy initiatives aimed at closing the gender pay gap, including the current proposals on gender pay gap reporting. Throughout all this I have worked with everyone involved in equality issues: MPs and ministers, government officials, business groups, trade unions, academics, lawyers, and women bringing equal pay claims, and it’s this all-round perspective that gives me a unique insight into what works and what doesn’t.
I share my expertise through EqualPayPortal, through my involvement in research projects, and through seminars, briefing sessions and expert panels. I also advise the advisers on equal pay claims. I broadcast on gender pay issues and am regularly called upon to give evidence to parliamentary committees, most recently the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into the Gender Pay gap as it affects Older Women.
I’m also a professional writer with experience in report writing, grey literature, magazine and business writing, and am currently working on a guide to gender pay transparency.
I’m a member of the ALCS and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Alongside my achievements in the gender pay arena, I’m an award winning poet, whose debut collection Equinox was published in 2016.