Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Diversity in Governance: The What, Why and How Published: May 17, 2018 Documents Diversity in Governance: The What, Why and How This document explores why diverse boards are important and how to increase board diversity. Of particular note is a case study of a charity called Body and Soul that recruits to their board people with lived-experience. The charity uses a trauma-informed approach to address life-threatening effects of childhood adversity in people of all ages. Approximately, one-third of Body and Soul’s board has been directly impacted by childhood adversity. In the case study, the charity founders note that having people with lived experience on their board has helped to push the charity forward.