Caroline Waters OBE FRSA CIPD (Hons)
Deputy Chair of the EHRC, Vice President of Carers UK, RSPCA Trustee, Founder of CW Consulting Box and adviser to the LACA Board
Deputy Chair of the EHRC, Vice President of Carers UK, Trustee of the RSPCA and Founder
of CW Consulting Box, Caroline was also Director of People & Policy at BT and has a
distinguished record on equality, inclusion, and human resources where she routinely set the
agenda; demonstrating real thought leadership.
One of the most influential leaders and practitioners in the original movement to create new
ways of working and a leader of the nascent flexible working agenda in the 1990s Caroline
continues to work to build more inclusive approaches to work. She is a Director of Wilson
James and a member of the Leaders as Change Agents Board. Caroline was listed in the top
100 Disability Power List 2019, awarded HR Director of the Year 2009, voted one of the most
influential HR practitioners of the last decade by HR Magazine Excellence Awards 2015 and
HR Mover and shapers 2019.
Caroline routinely works with and advises policy makers and contributed to the Department of
Work and Pensions publication of ‘The Disability and Health Employment Strategy: the
Discussion so Far’ Chairing the Task and Finish Group on Young Disabled people and
Employment. Caroline also Co-Chaired the Department of Health’s Task and Finish Group
which launched the ground breaking report ‘Supporting Working Carers: The Benefits to
Families, Business and the Economy’ in autumn 2013. As a key opinion former in the business
community she also chaired Employers for Carers from 2001 to 2013, was founder and
inaugural Chair of the Employers' Forum on Belief, Employers for Fathers and Chair of the
Lone Parents working group.
She has also judged a number of prestigious diversity awards including the CRE Race in the
Media Awards and Help the Aged's Living Legends. She was awarded the OBE for services to
progressive HR practice, diversity and equal opportunities in the New Year's list in 2010.
Caroline’s work at BT was recognized by several diversity awards including best ethnic
minority recruitment programme awarded by Race for Opportunity. BT is the only company
ever to top seven leading diversity benchmarks at the same time. An accomplishment achieved
for three consecutive years.
As Founder of CW Consulting Box Ltd. Caroline provides high-level support and guidance across the
private, public and charitable sector. Recent activity has included Board Effectiveness reviews, board
coaching, Business and strategic HR guidance, OD design, flexible working strategy, behavioural action
planning, capacity building and strategic communications.