Alex Storer is a Diversity and Inclusion practitioner specialising in advising organisations to unlock the full potential of their workforce by creating healthy and supportive environments.
After obtaining his MA in European and Human Rights Law summa cum laude from the School of International Studies (University of Trento) in 2009, Alex started his career in Brussels where he worked on projects supporting civil society and promoting human rights in North Africa and the Middle East. In 2011, Alex was given the task of opening the first ever human rights mission in Tunisia, where he spent one year delivering high profile conferences across the Country. Gender equality and youth engagement featured heavily at these events.
Moving to the UK and joining the Law Society
He moved to the UK in 2012 where he first worked at Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, managing their equality improvement projects to make services were truly accessible and inclusive. In 2017 Alex moved to the Law Society to join their Diversity & Inclusion team where he leads on the Society’s Gender Equality programme, the first male adviser to do so. At the Society, he is also responsible for a number of flagship initiatives including the development of the first Women in Law Charter in Europe, which will be launched in June in partnership with the UK Ministry of Justice.
Alex is also co-founder and executive director of Diversity Pride. Diversity Pride is building inclusive workplaces and societies across the globe by creating a true sense of community and belonging.
Alex is the subject matter expert representing the UK Law Societies at the CSR committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).
Being an ally
Looking back at the last 10 years of work, the biggest challenge Alex faced was to be accepted as an ally by groups he does not identify with. For example, in his current role, Alex has received a fair amount of backlash from feminist movements arguing that only women can understand what it really takes to achieve equality and therefore a man should not lead on gender focused initiatives.
Alex is a firm believer that solidarity and respect are the key ingredients that will help us become truly inclusive. Being an ally, a champion, for a group one does not identify with is probably the most powerful thing one can do to advance equality.
Alex is very much looking forward to speaking at Women in Law as he wants to send a message that gender equality is not just about advancing women’s rights, it is a collective endeavour that must include men as part of the solution, because only together, women and men, we will be able to achieve meaningful and lasting change.