Terri Mottershead

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?

I bring people together in a way I hope helps them to see things differently, understand each other better and enhance their own networks and lives. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to do this in any small way, it’s a huge privilege  and a source of great joy to me every day.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

To help people understand the law, have access to it, be a conduit for justice, fairness and give back, so good would be paid forward.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Exciting, just and overdue.

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?Commitment to having different people from different backgrounds with different approaches and points of view invited to, contribute to and be heard at every point and every place discussions take place and decisions are made in the legal industry (law firms, legal departments, legal organisations and associations – everywhere). These discussions need to be respectful, understanding of the background to them but not defined by it. For as much as we cannot change the past, it is also not our future. It is about changing mindsets, winning hearts and minds but also being brave and having the courage to move forward and champion diversity because it is right, even if it is not popular and because the legal industry will not survive without it!

Terri is Executive Director at the Centre of Legal Innovation