Our Mission, Vision and Values
Enna's mission is to help inclusive employers attract, recruit and integrate neurodivergent talent.
We operate as a specialised membership organisation, that connects employers, neurodivergent job-seekers and the government to achieve real, practical change.
Our vision is for organisations to embrace neurodiversity, so neurodivergent individuals can thrive in the workplace. We will do this by:
- Providing expert and tailored advice to support employers to develop innovative solutions
- Delivering specialised training to engage employees and stimulate conversation
- Encouraging the sharing of best practice amongst members
- Providing a platform to connect employers to neurodivergent job-seekers
Our work is underpinned by a core set of values:
- We are member focused
- We do everything with integrity
- We focus on delivering tangible business benefits, not CSR
- We are authentic
- We are pioneering, and prioritise creating and shaping a positive future for neurodivergent individuals
Growing up, I understood that my Father and Brother were ‘different’. Why did they feel so uncomfortable in new situations, with new people and doing different things? Later, my Mum told me that they were autistic and dyxlexic. For a long time, these words didn’t mean much to me. During my time at University, I developed an interest in understanding what they were, how it affected people like my dad and brother. I soon learnt that my brother and father weren’t alone, especially in their struggles to find employment.
After doing research during as a student, I learnt that over 15% of the worlds population are neurodiverse, to which over 60% of all autistic adults in the UK were unemployed. This represented a staggering 500,000 people, with lots of talent, skills, and a collective desire to get a job. These people had 2.8 million relatives between them, who were just like me! This, as well as my business interests meant I had a passion to help, in any way I could, which was when Enna (formerly Stack) was born.
I discovered that accessibility was a key problem facing neurodivergent people, which meant that many neurodivergent individuals were missing out on opportunities to get into sustainable employment.
Traditional recruitment methods just weren’t favourable to different ways of thinking and doing, and often meant many neurodiverse candidates felt pressured, anxious and uncomfortable. Employers were therefore missing out on neurodiverse talent.
Following this, I decided to widen my research, and got into contact with employers to understand their perspectives. Why were employers not hiring these talented individuals? Employers told me that they didn’t understand ‘invisible' disabilities and didn’t know where to find support.
Enna is here to help these problems and help make Britain’s workforce and corporate landscape more diverse, inclusive and accessible to all.
We operate as a specialist employers network, that connects employers with the common goal, to attract, recruit and integrate more neurodivergent employees.
This, in total, means more individuals are getting into sustainable employment, and employers are able to utilise talent and benefit from what diversity offers.
Enna (formerly Stack) was founded by Emily Banks in 2019 and later renamed to Enna in 2021. She realised that there was a huge need for intervention with the autism 'unemployment gap' and decided to channel her passion for social enterprise to help this.
What does the name Enna mean?
Enna is the Employers Network for Neurodiversity Action, underpinned by our Neurodiversity Action Plan that all members commit too.