Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace

Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace: Forging the Path to a Socially Mobile and Inclusive Workplace

21st April 2020 | Central London


Societal barriers preventing talented people from contributing their best come at a huge cost to individuals and businesses alike. UK employers are increasingly aware of the significance of social mobility – the influence of socio-economic background or upbringing on an individual’s life circumstances – for the prosperity of their organisations. Ability and aptitude, rather than social background, ought to determine the value of a person’s work. Failure to recognise this cuts off a huge pool of talent.  

Simple changes to how workplaces and businesses operate can allow employees from socio-economically diverse backgrounds to thrive. Adjusting recruitment processes, creating partnerships, using data, and making subtle shifts in mindset can all make a crucial difference in allowing current and prospective employees, and therefore your business, to prosper. 

Our upcoming event, ‘Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace’, tackles the issue of social mobility directly.  Attendees will be provided with the knowledge and tools necessary to better facilitate staff from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Receive expert insight from experienced speakers, become better informed, and ultimately come away equipped with the understanding required to transform your business and to make social mobility in your workplace a reality.


Key Speakers Include: 

  • Jenn Barnett, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing, Grant Thornton UK
  • Steven Cooper, Social Mobility Commissioner; CEO, C. Hoare & Co
  • Emily Hodgson, Employer Relations Manager, The Social Mobility Foundation
  • John Craven, CEO, upReach
  • Claire England, Director of Diversity and Inclusion UK, JLL
  • David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC UK
  • Addison Barnett, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Inclusive Employers
  • Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Why attend? 

  • Learn how to foster social mobility in your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas about supporting staff from lower socio-economic backgrounds back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear about best practice in creating a socially diverse workplace from leading figures
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with top speakers and fellow colleagues


Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in advancing social mobility in their workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.


Dates and Locations

Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace | Central London | 21st April 2020

10% Early Bird Discount is available until 17th January 2019


 Register now 


For registration queries please contact:

Ivana Picone 

0207 593 5739






Chair's introduction

Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Championing social mobility and advancing your business

  • Why does social mobility matter?
  • How recent research findings can benefit your business and workforce

David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC UK

Emily Hodgson, Employer Relations Manager, The Social Mobility Foundation


Inclusive hiring: addressing barriers to entry and accommodating social diversity

  • Countering bias and identifying potential: amending criteria to emphasise skills and increase transparency
  • Playing to strengths: examining the strengths-based model
  • Providing Access: attracting talent through targeted schemes and partnerships

Jenn Barnett, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing, Grant Thornton UK

John Craven, CEO, upReach


Networking Break


Developing a socially-mobile workplace: adapting business strategy and practice

  • Data: key to assessing your business, driving change and charting progress
  • Senior management: securing buy-in and increasing accountability 
  • Incorporating social mobility into your business strategy and vision

Claire England, Director of Diversity and Inclusion UK, JLL


Networking Lunch


Advancing progress: ensuring opportunity for employees of all social backgrounds

  • Ensuring meaningful career development for staff of lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • Opening pathways for the open exchange of social capital and knowledge
  • Facilitating mentoring, sponsorship and networking for staff of all backgrounds

Addison Barnett, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant, Inclusive Employers


Keynote Address:

Making headway: forging the path to a socially mobile and inclusive workplace

Steven Cooper, Social Mobility Commissioner; CEO, C. Hoare & Co. 


Chair's Closing Remarks


Event Close