Agenda

Agenda

09:15

Registration & refreshments

10.00

Chair’s opening address

10:15

Challenging the stigma: encouraging an open culture in your workplace 

• The benefits of a healthy workforce

• Removing the mental health stigma and encouraging open conversations surrounding mental health

• Raising awareness of mental health in your workplace

• Encouraging senior level buy- in and promoting leadership accountability for mental health

11.15

Networking and Refreshment Break

11:45

Preparing your work force: training your staff to tackle mental health

• Examining the role of mental health champions and first aiders 

• Implementing effective mental health policies to protect employees

• Promoting effective people management and preparing leadership for difficult conversations

• Monitoring employee mental health

• Engaging with wellness at work strategies

13:15

Networking Lunch

14.15

Supporting your staff from the inside: building a support strategy and the role of staff networks

• Providing help for your staff- the role of staff networks and EAPs

• Raising awareness of the help available to your staff

• Promoting a healthy work- life balance to your employees

• Creating a healthy and supportive working environment

15.45

Chair's closing remarks

16.00

Conference close

Manchester

09:15

Registration & refreshments

10.00

Chair’s opening address

10:15

Challenging the stigma: encouraging an open culture in your workplace 

• The benefits of a healthy workforce

• Removing the mental health stigma and encouraging open conversations surrounding mental health

• Raising awareness of mental health in your workplace

• Encouraging senior level buy- in and promoting leadership accountability for mental health

11.15

Networking and Refreshment Break

11:45

Preparing your work force: training your staff to tackle mental health

• Examining the role of mental health champions and first aiders 

• Implementing effective mental health policies to protect employees

• Promoting effective people management and preparing leadership for difficult conversations

• Monitoring employee mental health

• Engaging with wellness at work strategies

13:15

Networking Lunch

14.15

Supporting your staff from the inside: building a support strategy and the role of staff networks

• Providing help for your staff- the role of staff networks and EAPs

• Raising awareness of the help available to your staff

• Promoting a healthy work- life balance to your employees

• Creating a healthy and supportive working environment

15.45

Chair's closing remarks

16.00

Conference close

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

09.00

Registration and refreshments

10.00

Chair's introduction

10.15

Supporting your staff from the top down: building a reliable support strategy

  • Encouraging senior level buy- in: viewing a healthy workforce as a competitive advantage
  • Writing a clear mental health policy and communicating it to your staff
  • Extending current workplace policy to supporting your staff during the return to work process
  • Making a move from intervention to prevention

Alison Brown, Services Manager, Mind

Hannah Field, Associate, Squire PB

11.15

Networking and refreshment break

11.45

Preparing your work force: training your staff to protect their mental health

  • The role of mental health first aiders and EAPs
  • Monitoring employee mental health and promoting leadership accountability
  • Promoting effective people management and preparing leadership for difficult conversations

Paul Stanford, Programme Director, Network Rail

13.15

Lunch

Challenging the stigma: how to encourage an open culture in your workplace

  • Raising awareness of mental health in your workplace
  • Encouraging open conversations about mental health amongst your staff
  • Promoting a healthy work- life balance to your employees
  • Raising awareness of the help available to your staff
  • The role of staff networks

Pamela Brown, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, West Midland Ambulance Service

Chris Garlick, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Oxygen

15.45

Chair's closing remarks

16.00

Conference close

London | 26 February 2019

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's introduction

Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community

10.00

Understanding the barriers for women in the workplace

  • Encouraging effective management of women in the workplace
  • Developing women’s confidence in the workplace
  • Recognising talent and tackling the under-utilisation of skills
  • Supporting women through flexible working & child care

Laura Heywood, HR Business Partner, HR & OD, Greater London Authority

Shaun McNally, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency

Samantha Rennie, Executive Director, Rosa

11.30

Networking break

12.00

Recruiting more women and ensuring that they progress

  • Rethinking recruitment strategies and targeting female talent 
  • Supporting female talent and creating a truly inclusive environment 
  • Confronting unconscious bias and the role of positive action
  • Boosting engagement and innovation in your team

Debbie Epstein, Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant, Inclusive Employers

13.15

Networking lunch 

14.00

Culture change & making workplaces more women friendly

  • Treating diversity as a business objective and taking more decisive action
  • Addressing intersectionality in the workplace
  • The role of men as agents of change
  • Enhancing the opportunities of women by challenging the gender roles of men

Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality DirectorBusiness in the Community

Anne-Marie Archard, Director of the London Leadership Academy and member of London Women's Leadership Network

Chris Naylor, Chief Executive, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality DirectorBusiness in the Community

16.00

Close

Manchester | 28 March 2019

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's introduction

Sharon Pegg, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

10.00

Understanding the barriers for women in the workplace

  • Encouraging effective management of women in the workplace
  • Developing women’s confidence in the workplace
  • Recognising talent and tackling the under-utilisation of skills
  • Supporting women through flexible working & child care

Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council

Adaobi Ifeachor, Co-chair, Women at the BBC, BBC

Tina Hallett, Former Partner and first Chair of the PwC Women’s Network, Price Waterhouse Coopers

11.30

Networking break

12.00

Recruiting more women and ensuring that they progress

  • Rethinking recruitment strategies and targeting female talent
  • Supporting female talent and creating a truly inclusive environment 
  • Confronting unconscious bias and the role of positive action
  • Boosting engagement and innovation in your team

13.15

Networking lunch 

14.15

Culture change & making workplaces more women friendly

  • Treating diversity as a business objective and taking more decisive action
  • Addressing intersectionality in the workplace
  • The role of men as agents of change
  • Enhancing the opportunities of women by challenging the gender roles of men 

Franstine Jones, Vice President, National Black Police Association 

Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Sharon Pegg, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

16.00

Close

London | April 2019

9.00

Registration 

9.45

Chair’s introduction

Wayne McColin, Vice Treasurer, Asian Fire Service Association

10.00

 

Understanding the barriers faced by BAME colleagues

  • The business case for diversity and engaging non-BAME colleagues in the process
  • Achieving leadership buy-in
  • Moving from unconscious bias to race fluency
  • Analysing race in the workplace and using targets to drive diversity and inclusion forward

Elijah Lawal, Google UK & Ireland Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Google

Rukasana Bhaijee, Senior Manager of Workforce Advisory, EY

Elliott Rae, Head of Project Race, Defra and Founder, Music.Football.Fatherhood

11.30

Networking break

12.00

 

Recruitment and development

  • Targeting BAME talent at the recruitment stage
  • The correct use of positive action and when it is appropriate
  • Boosting engagement within your workforce and tackling the under- utilisation of skills
  • Understanding the ethnicity pay gap and gap reporting

Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace 

Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Culture change & making workplaces more inclusive

  • The role played by networks, sponsorship, mentors & champions
  • Addressing intersectionality in the workplace
  • Discussing whether the BAME label helps or hinders workplace diversity
  • Meeting the requirements of each individual group under the BAME umbrella

Franstine Jones, Vice President, National Black Police Association 

Bernadette Thompson, Co Chair Race to the Top G6/7 Network, Ministry of Justice

Marcia Morgan, Reconfiguration Team, Prison Estate Transformation Programme

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Wayne McColin, Vice Treasurer, Asian Fire Service Associastion

16.00

Close

Manchester | May 2019

9.00

Registration 

9.45

Chair’s introduction

Jagtar Singh, Diversity and Inclusion Expert

10.00

 

Understanding the barriers faced by BAME colleagues

  • The business case for diversity and engaging non-BAME colleagues in the process
  • Achieving leadership buy-in
  • Moving from unconscious bias to race fluency
  • Analysing race in the workplace and using targets to drive diversity and inclusion forward

Joanne Conway, D&I Strategy Lead, EY

Dr JS Bamrah CBE, National Chairman, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO)

11.30

Networking break

12.00

 

Recruitment and development

  • Targeting BAME talent at the recruitment stage
  • The correct use of positive action and when it is appropriate
  • Boosting engagement within your workforce and tackling the under- utilisation of skills
  • Understanding the ethnicity pay gap and gap reporting

Yasmin Bukhari, Bridging Cultures Coordinator, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, and National Chair, Asian Fire Service Association

Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Culture change & making workplaces more inclusive

  • The role played by networks, sponsorship, mentors & champions
  • Addressing intersectionality in the workplace
  • Discussing whether the BAME label helps or hinders workplace diversity
  • Meeting the requirements of each individual group under the BAME umbrella

Kuljit Sagoo, HR Strategy & Programme Management Office, Home Office

Mark Nesbit, Member of Greater Manchester BME Network and Chief Officer, Voluntary and Community Action Trafford

Rosie Clark, Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant - North, Inclusive Employers

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Jagtar Singh, Diversity and Inclusion Expert

16.00

Close

London | January 2020

9.00

Registration 

9.45

Chair’s introduction

Rob Neil,  Head of Embedding Culture Change, Department for Education

10.00

 

Keynote address: Race in the workplace: the 2020 landscape

Gift Ajimokun, Early Careers Coordinator, Penguin Random House UK and Top 10 BAME Workplace Hero 2019, The Ethniciy Awards

10.30

Addressing the barriers faced by BAME colleagues

  • Achieving Leadership buy-in: The business case for diversity and engaging non-BAME colleagues in the process
  • Moving from unconscious bias to race fluency
  • Analysing race in the workplace and using targets to drive diversity and inclusion forward

Tony Vickers- Byrne, Chief Advisor for HR Practice, CIPD

11.30

Networking break

11.50

Keynote address: The ethnicity pay gap: your responsibilities and how to fulfil them 

Dianne Greyson, Director, Equilibrium Mediation Consulting

12.20

Workshop: Recruitment and development

  • Targeting BAME talent at the recruitment stage
  • The correct use of positive action and when it is appropriate
  • Responsible line management: boosting engagement within your workforce and tackling the under- utilisation of skills

Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

13.20

Networking lunch

14.20

Keynote address: Belonging as the next step for culture change

Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph

14.45

Culture change & making workplaces more inclusive

  • The role played by networks, sponsorship, mentors & champions
  • Addressing inappropriate behaviour:  tackling microaggressions in the workplace 
  • Discussing whether the BAME label helps or hinders workplace diversity
  • Addressing intersectionality in the workplace
  • Meeting the requirements of each individual group under the BAME umbrella

16.15

Chair’s closing remarks

Rob Neil,  Head of Embedding Culture Change, Department for Education

16.30

Event close

Parents London | June 2019

9.00

Registration

10.00

Chair's opening remarks

Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology, Oxford Brookes University

10.15

Policy update: an overview of current parental leave policies

  • The positive implications of a competitive parental leave policy
  • A review of the current Shared Parental Leave (SPL) programme, its opportunities and limitations
  • An update on current statutory maternity and paternity leave policies
  • How to develop a mutually beneficial parental leave programme for employers and employees

Sian Elliott, Women's Equality Policy Officer, Equality and Strategy Department, Trade Union Congress

Dr Emma Banister, Senior Lecturer in Consumer Research, Work and Equalities Institute, The University of Manchester

Kaammini Chanrai, Campaign, research and policy manager, Business in the Community

11.45

Networking break

12.15

Panel session

Managing alternative families: ensuring equal consideration for all parents

  • A panel of parents and experts explore the limitations of traditional parental leave policies and their ability to meet the needs of modern families.

Louise Miller, Senior Content Designer, Government Digital Service

Elliott Rae, Founder of MusicFootballFatherhood and Head of Defra’s Project Race

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Exploring best practise: changing workplace culture to the benefit of all

  • The benefits of a flexible working program and how to build one into your workplace
  • Managing the return to work process for mothers and fathers

Lisa Morrow, Head of Policy and Employee Relations, HR Policy Team- LSE

Kaammini Chanrai, Campaign, research and policy manager, Business in the Community

15.45

Chair's closing remarks

Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology, Oxford Brookes University

16.00

Event close

LGBT Manchester | July 2019

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's opening remarks

Steven Thomas Copsey, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant, Inclusive Employers

10.00

 

Understanding the barriers faced by LGBT Colleagues

  • Understanding legal responsibilities: what obligations do employers have to LGBT staff?
  • Promoting bi and trans visibility in the workplace
  • Constructing comprehensive and inclusive policies for each individual LGBT group
  • Achieving leadership buy-in: how to encourage open-minded and responsible attitudes to team management
  • Engaging with the majority to create a shift in attitudes and remove stigma

Yassine Senghor, Client Account Manager, Stonewall

Joe O’Grady, NHS Leader of Inclusivity, NHS England 

11.30

Networking break

12.00

Recruitment and development

  • Rethinking recruitment strategies and exploring unconscious bias
  • Promoting and recognising LGBT talent within the existing workforce
  • Boosting engagement within your organisation and tackling the under-utilisation of LGBT skills
  • Data and records: using equality monitoring exercises and staff surveys to effectively assess progress

David Pearson, Director, KPMG 

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Encouraging a positive culture change

  • Promoting an environment where people feel safe to be themselves
  • Harnessing communication: utilising clear and concise messaging from team leaders
  • Challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and behaviour
  • The role of the ‘ally’: promoting solidarity within the current workforce
  • Addressing intersectionality in the workplace
  • Building and maintaining progressive staff networks

Karen Cooke, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, Cardiff University

Jacqui Prest, Chair of GMP Pride Network, Greater Manchester Police

Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

Rob Childe, Senior Associate, Pinsent Mansions

15.45

 

Chair's closing remarks

Steven Thomas Copsey, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant, Inclusive Employers

16.00

Event close

LGBT | June 2019

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's opening remarks

Richard Mckenna, Director, Inclusive Employers

10.00

 

Understanding the barriers faced by LGBT Colleagues

  • Understanding legal responsibilities: what obligations do employers have to LGBT staff?
  • Promoting bi and trans visibility in the workplace
  • Constructing comprehensive and inclusive policies for each individual LGBT group
  • Achieving leadership buy-in: how to encourage open-minded and responsible attitudes to team management
  • Engaging with the majority to create a shift in attitudes and remove stigma

Yassine Senghor, Client Account Manager, Stonewall

Jade Fraser, Diversity & Inclusion Manager UK&E and Head of LGBT Community UK&E, Serco 

11.30

Networking break

12.00

Recruitment and development

  • Rethinking recruitment strategies and exploring unconscious bias
  • Promoting and recognising LGBT talent within the existing workforce
  • Boosting engagement within your organisation and tackling the under-utilisation of LGBT skills
  • Data and records: using equality monitoring exercises and staff surveys to effectively assess progress

Richard Mckenna, Director, Inclusive Employers

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Encouraging a positive culture change

  • Promoting an environment where people feel safe to be themselves
  • Harnessing communication: utilising clear and concise messaging from team leaders
  • Challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and behaviour
  • The role of the ‘ally’: promoting solidarity within the current workforce
  • Building and maintaining progressive staff networks

Ian Adams, Director of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement, NHS Resolution

Robin Joyce, Spectrum Chair, Home Office

Karen Cooke, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, Cardiff University

15.45

 

Chair's closing remarks

Richard Mckenna, Director, Inclusive Employers

16.00

Event close

London | June 2019

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's opening remarks

Claire Williams, Director Inclusion and Diversity, Inclusive Employers

10.00

Understanding the importance of workplace wellbeing 

  • Understanding the business case for investing in a healthy workplace culture and promoting it to leadership
  • Establishing the relationship between employee wellness and the retention of talent
  • Considering the high levels of stress and fatigue and their impact on staff performance
  • Managing the implications of ‘any time, any place’ work

Shehzana Mamujee​, Policy and Research Analyst, British Safety Council and author, 'Not just free fruit' report

Tony Vickers- Byrne, Chief Adviser for HR Practice, CIPD

11.15

Networking break

11.45

 Preparing your work force

  • Exploring knowledgeable and capable line management
  • Promoting resilience in your workforce and monitoring employee mental health
  • Considering reasonable adjustments for long term health conditions
  • Managing absence levels and presenteeism
  • Investigating the impact of technology on staff and reasonable adjustment

Superintendent Sean Russell, Director of Implementation for Mental Health,Wellbeing and Radical Prevention, West Midlands Combined Authority

Jenni Wilson, Wellbeing Personal Trainer, Nuffield Health

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Looking forward: Workplace wellbeing initiatives

  • Constructing a strategic and holistic approach to workplace wellbeing
  • Exploring cost effective wellbeing initiatives: best practice examples
  • Tailoring policies and practices to the needs of the employee and the organisation
  • Integrating wellbeing into your day to day organisational practises

Mark Hashimi, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Hammersmith & Fulham Mind

Leatham Green, Interim Executive Director, PPMA 

15.45

Chair's closing remarks

Claire Williams, Director Inclusion and Diversity, Inclusive Employers

16.00

Event end

August 2019

9.00

Registration

10.00

Chair’s Introduction

Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair, National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN)

10.15

Overcoming the barriers faced by employers

  • Reframing the term disability and unpicking what it entails
  • Improving communications to ensure staff are aware of their rights
  • Establishing what financial aid is available for disability employers
  • Understanding your legal obligations to disabled employees

Sue Bott, Head of Policy, Disability Rights UK 

Sue Coe, Senior Policy Officer: Equality and Strategy, Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Jessica Leigh, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Scope

11.30

Networking break

12.00

Recruiting people with a disability and ensuring they progress

  • Engaging with disabled candidates when advertising opportunities
  • Updating recruitment processes to enable fair representation
  • Recognising the needs of individuals in your current workforce
  • Ensuring there are adequate progression pathways and that high-level roles are accessible

Teresa Scott OBE, Founder and CEO, Kennedy Scott 

Gary Bourlet, Co-Founder,  Learning Disability England

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Modernising workplace culture

  • Promoting responsible line management and enabling workers to feel confident in making their requirements known
  • The role of networks and champions in influencing workplace culture
  • Reasonable adjustments and when they should be made
  • Exploring the benefits of flexible working and the role of technology 

Jason Green, Co-chair, Reading University Staff Disability Network  

Ricky Somal, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Daniel Wiles, Training and Consultancy Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability

 

15.45

Chair's closing remarks

16.00

Event end

Gender | September

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's introduction

Tony Vickers- Byrne, Chief Adviser for HR Practice, CIPD

10.00

Keynote: Challenging modern sexism- understanding how and why gender discrimination persists in the 21st century

Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Acas

10.25

Removing the barriers to equality from your workplace

  • Avoiding tokenism: making equality a priority for your senior leaders
  • The benefits of a written equality policy and where to begin
  • Using your data to inform targets that drive diversity and inclusion forward

Patricia Chinyoka, Diversity Advisor, Business in the Community

Tristan Dugdale- Pointon, Diversity Inclusion Cohesion Equality Advisor, West Midlands Fire Service

11.25

Networking break

11.45

Taking responsibility for diversity: addressing your gender pay gap

  • Understanding and utilising the most effective recruitment processes
  • Exploring responsible line management to ensure all talent is being properly nurtured and rewarded
  • The legalities of positive action: how and when to use it
  • Designing a flexible working policy with both genders in mind

Emma Codd, Global Special Advisor on Inclusion, Deloitte

Sian Elloitt, Womens Equality Policy Officer, TUC

13.15

Networking Lunch

14.00

Keynote: Men as allies: their role as agents of change

Dan Guiness, Director, Good Lad Initiative 

14.30

Creating a change in culture: ensuring all staff feel valued in your workplace

  • Appreciating the relationship between workplace culture and productivity
  • Enhancing the position of women by tackling the gender roles of men
  • Tackling toxic masculinity: the detrimental impact of stereotyping on men’s mental health
  • No more blurred lines: enforcing appropriate behavior in the workplace

Mark Hashimi, Director of Strategic Wellbeing and Senior Consultant, Mind

Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph

Fiona McClement, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, University College London

15.45

Chair's summary

16.00

Event end

Staff Networks | September

10.00

Registration 

10.45

Chair’s Introduction

Rob Neil,  Head of Embedding Culture Change, Department for Education

10.50

Keynote address- The Importance of Staff Networks

Cherron Inko-Tariah, Author, The Incredible Power of Staff Networks

11.20

Networking break 

11.40

Developing a staff network

  • Getting started with your network: setting objectives and driving change
  • Connecting with staff outside of the network and promoting involvement
  • Using your network to engage with leadership teams and enact real change
  • Innovative initiatives that can be replicated by staff networks in your workplace

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Global Business Development Consultant, Enei

Javid Rana, Chair, Association of Muslim Police, Metropolitan Police

Amos Simbo, Chairman, Black Professionals in Construction

13.00

Networking lunch 

14.00

Sustaining a staff network

  • Maintaining an innovative network over time
  • The relationship between ‘networks’ and ‘champions’
  • Exploring alternatives for large numbers
  • Establishing and sustaining networks over wide geographic areas
  • The role of inclusive communication in promoting your network

Diana Okoukoni, BAME Staff Network Lead, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Karen Cooke, Organisational Development Manager, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, Cardiff University

Sue Reeves, Co-Chair of Civil Service Disability Network, Office for National Statistics

Paul Willgross, Chair of Health and Safety Executive Disabled Staff Network, Health and Safety Executive

15.30

Chair’s closing remarks

15.45

Event close

Diverse Leaders in Transport

09.00

Registration & refreshments

09.45

Chair's introduction

10.00

Opening Keynote Address: Examining diversity across leadership in transport

  • Statistics on diversity at all levels, sector figures & key organisational objectives
  • Latest strategies to improve diversity in leadership across transport
  • Challenges faced so far in improving diversity & inclusivity in leadership

10.30

Morning Panel: Leadership for all: challenging traditional leadership paths & behaviours

  • Personal reflection of leadership journey
  • Tackling the cultural and practical obstacles diverse leaders face in transport

11.30

Networking & refreshment break

12.00

Midday Workshop: Tackling unconscious bias in the workplace

An interactive workshop providing practical examples and tips for tackling unconscious bias.

13.15

Lunch

14.00

Afternoon Panel: Amplifying diverse voices: leveraging our differences to drive success

A discussion on the benefits of having a diverse leadership team and the ways it can improve results & drive success across an organisation.

SPEAKER: Staynton Brown, Director of D&I and Talent, Transport for London

15.15

Closing Keynote Address: Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?

  • Building a culture of inclusion and respect across transport
  • Raising the visibility of diverse leaders in transport
  • Practical advice for increasing & championing diversity throughout your organisation
  • Managing the challenges of modern leadership: getting on and staying on

15.55

Chair's closing remarks

16.00

Conference close

Neurodiversity | October

9.15

Registration

10.15

Chair's opening remarks

Maria Tonks, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

10.20

Keynote address- What is neurodiversity and why does it matter? 

Kirsty Cook, Lead Job Coach, Auticon Ltd

10.50

Networking break

11.10

Developing a neurodiverse workforce

  • Creating an inclusive recruitment process 
  • Common neurodivergent thinking styles and how to benefit from them 
  • Avoiding the challenges regularly faced by neurodivergent individuals 
  • Making your people management approach neurodiversity smart
  • Learning your legal obligations to support your neurodiverse staff as per the Equality Act 

Daniel Aherne, Director, Adjust

Pam Loch, Managing Director, Loch Employment Law

12.15

A personal journey: an experience of employment from a neurodivergent perspective

Nick Mckeown, Risk and Compliance (GRC), HMRC

12.45

Lunch

13.30

Best practice case studies

  • The social model of disability and how to challenge the stigma in your workplace
  • Updating your company culture to promote and include all thinking styles
  • Increasing the productivity of your neurodiverse workforce

Richmal Maybank, Employer Engagement Manager, The National Autistic Society

Adrian Edwards, Autism Advocate

Zach Adams, Co- Chair, NHS E/I Disability Network and Sue Denmark, Coorporate Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, NHS Improvement

15.30

Chair's closing remarks 

Maria Tonks, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

15.45

Event end 

Menopause | November

10.15 

Registration and morning refreshments

11.00 

Chair's introduction

Marie Coombes, Director, MECCR Ltd

11.10

Leading from the front: adjusting workplace policy to the needs of a modern workforce

  • Navigating employment law: understanding the current rights and regulations concerning the menopause
  • Extending current workplace policy to protect those experiencing the menopause
  • Creating policies to best support your menopausal workforce

Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations at CIPD and Author, Menopause at work CIPD Guidance

Gill Dix, Head of Workplace Policy,  Acas

12.30 

Networking lunch

13.30

Looking forward: bringing policy into practice to create a positive culture change

  • Understanding the potential symptoms of menopause and creating an open culture where they can be discussed
  • Training and preparing line managers for the conversation: treating the needs of individuals and not collectives
  • Adjusting dress codes to include fit for purpose clothing for all genders and ages 
  • From fans to flexible working: reasonable adjustments that can make a tangible difference to the working experience
  • Understanding early onset menopause: its causes and symptoms

Emily Andrews, Senior Evidence Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

Julie Dennis, Menopause at Work Trainer

Karen Canner, Chair and Sandra Marcantonio, Co- Chair of Supporting Workplace in Menopause (SWIM) Network, Ministry of Justice

15.30 

Event end 

Sexual Harassment | December

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's opening remarks 

10.00

Establishing clear boundaries: an employers guide to their legal obligations

  • Defining sexual harassment in an employment context
  • Understanding your legal responsibilities as an employer 
  • Updating outdated harassment policies
  • Establishing clear and effective grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • The challenges surrounding the tribunal system and the suggested next steps to increase effectiveness 

Paula Rome, Partner, Julian Taylor Solicitors

11.15

Networking break

11.45

Keynote: Recent findings concerning the sexual harassment of members of the LGBT community in the workplace 

Quinn Roache, Equality and Diversity Specialist, TUC

12.15

Changing attitudes & cultures: developing an organisation wide response

  • Harnessing communication: ensuring that a zero-tolerance policy is clear to all staff and reinforced at all stages of employment
  • Providing mandatory sexual harassment training and keeping individual staff training up to date throughout their time of employment
  • Empowering victims: ensuring incident reporting can be done anonymously and with confidence
  • Fulfilling your pastoral duties: ensuring your organisation has sufficient aftercare initiatives in place for victims 

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Exploring best practice: implementing effective initiatives in your organisation  

  • Writing and communicating an incontrovertible sexual harassment policy
  • Creating support initiatives for victims and ensuring they can be accessed discreetly
  • Managing difficult conversations: taking concerns seriously and responding sensitively 
  • Ensuring that line managers are equipped with the necessary knowledge and training to stamp out sexual harassment
  • Preparing for the future: how to monitor sexual harassment online
  • Building a culture of prevention: ensuring protection is in place from the outset

Sian Elliott, Women's Policy Office, Trade Union Congress

15.45

Chair's closing remarks 

16.00

Event end

Diverse Leaders in the Built Environment

09.00

Registration & refreshments

09.45

Chair’s introduction 

Chair: Dr Wei Yang, Chairman, Wei Yang + Partners

10.00

Opening address
Examining diversity across leadership in the built environment

  • Statistics on diversity at all levels, sector figures & key organisational objectives
  • Latest strategies to improve diversity in leadership across the built environment
  • Challenges faced so far in improving diversity & inclusivity in leadership

10.30

Morning panel 
Leadership for all: challenging traditional leadership paths & behaviours

  • Personal reflections of leadership journey
  • Tackling the cultural and practical obstacles diverse leaders face 

SPEAKER: Joanne DrewDirector of Housing & Regeneration, London Borough of Enfield
SPEAKER: Raj Patel, CEO, Housing Diversity Network

11.30

Networking & refreshment break

12.00

Midday workshop
Tackling unconscious bias in the workplace

An interactive workshop providing practical examples and tips for tackling unconscious bias.

13.15

Lunch

14.00

Afternoon panel
Amplifying diverse voices: leveraging our differences to drive success

An interactive discussion on the benefits of having a diverse leadership team, improving results & driving success across an organisation. 

SPEAKER: Hakeem Osinaike FCIH, Director of Housing, Brent Council
SPEAKER: Marina Robertson, Senior Director, NPS Group
SPEAKER: Chris Edwards, CSR & Diversity Director, Travers Smith & Board Member, Freehold (Real Estate LGBT Network)

15.15

Closing address
Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?

  • Building a culture of inclusion and respect across the built environment
  • Raising the visibility of diverse leaders in the built environment
  • Practical advice for increasing & championing diversity throughout your organisation
  • Managing the challenges of modern leadership: getting on and staying on

15.55

Chair's closing remarks

Chair: Dr Wei Yang, Chairman, Wei Yang + Partners

16.00

Conference close

Diverse Leaders in Healthcare

09.00

Registration & refreshments

09.45

Chair’s introduction 

CHAIR: Jane Dacre, Professor of Medical Education, Former President of the Royal College of Physicians, University College London

10.00

Opening address
Examining diversity across leadership in healthcare

  • Statistics on diversity at all levels, sector figures & key organisational objectives
  • Latest strategies to improve diversity in leadership across healthcare
  • Challenges faced so far in improving diversity & inclusivity in leadership

SPEAKER: Shahana Ramsden, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, NHS England

10.30

Morning panel 
Leadership for all: challenging traditional leadership paths & behaviours

  • Personal reflections of leadership journey
  • Tackling the cultural and practical obstacles diverse leaders face in healthcare

SPEAKER: Karamjit Singh CBE, Chairman, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
SPEAKER: Joan Saddler, Director of Partnerships and Equality, NHS Confederation
SPEAKER: Dr Habib Naqvi MBE, Deputy Director, NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard

11.30

Networking & refreshment break

12.00

Midday workshop
Tackling unconscious bias in the workplace

An interactive workshop providing practical examples and tips for tackling unconscious bias.

FACILITATOR: Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

13.15

Lunch

14.00

Afternoon panel
Amplifying diverse voices: leveraging our differences to drive success

An interactive discussion on the benefits of having a diverse leadership team, improving results & driving success across an organisation. 

SPEAKER: Elizabeth Nyawade, Deputy Director of HR & OD, Medway NHS Foundation Trust
SPEAKER: Lorraine Sunduza, Chief Nurse, East London NHS Foundation Trust
SPEAKER: Anne- Marie Archard, Director, London Leadership Academy
SPEAKER: Ian Adams, Director of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement, NHS Resolution

15.15

Closing address
Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?

  • Building a culture of inclusion and respect across healthcare
  • Raising the visibility of diverse leaders in healthcare
  • Practical advice for increasing & championing diversity throughout your organisation
  • Managing the challenges of modern leadership: getting on and staying on

SPEAKER: Loretta Outhwaite, Interim Chief Executive, Institute of Healthcare Management

15.55

Chair's closing remarks

CHAIR: Jane Dacre, Professor of Medical Education, Former President of the Royal College of Physicians, University College London

16.00

Conference close

Women in the Workplace | February

9:00

Registration

9:40

Chair's Introduction

9:50

Mapping a path to gender equality in your workplace

  • Developing a shared vision and ensuring buy-in from across the business
  • Understanding how effective solutions involve everyone
  • Changing mindsets, and challenging bias and stereotype
  • Communicating the benefits of an inclusive workforce
  • Incorporating gender-equality into the business strategy

Monica Burch, Chair of The Mentoring Foundation; Lead Non Executive Board Member and Chair of the Board of the Crown Prosecution Service

10:50

Structural change: facilitating women at all stages of their life and career

  • Identifying and addressing the key factors contributing to the gender pay gap
  • Flexible working as opportunity rather than obstacle
  • Menopause in the workplace: seeking support and opening up the conversation
  • Using data to identify potential for positive organisational change
  • Putting structures in place that help women progress throughout their careers

Emma Codd, Global Special Advisor on Inclusion, Deloitte 

11:50

Networking Break

12:10

Lifting as you climb: fostering gender-representative networks and engaging men as allies

  • Facilitating mentoring between and amongst male and female employees
  • Providing opportunities for mutual support, cooperation and networking
  • How male colleagues’ actions and behaviours can champion change

13:10

Networking Lunch

14:10

Making it happen: creating a culture that allows women to thrive

  • Harnessing potential by supporting managers to develop their female staff
  • Coaching: key to maximising skills, retaining talent, and improving performance
  • Engaging senior management as role models and sponsors
  • ‘If I can see it, I can be it’ – spurring ambition, supporting success and communicating what is possible

15:30

Keynote Address:

We Mean Business: Countering Gender Norms to Promote Gender Equity

16:00

Chair's Summary

16:15

Event Close

Neurodiversity | Manchester

9.15

Registration

10.15

Chair's opening remarks

10.20

Keynote address- What is neurodiversity and why does it matter? 

10.50

Networking break

11.10

Developing a neurodiverse workforce

  • Creating an inclusive recruitment process 
  • Common neurodivergent thinking styles and how to benefit from them 
  • Avoiding the challenges regularly faced by neurodivergent individuals 
  • Making your people management approach neurodiversity smart
  • Learning your legal obligations to support your neurodiverse staff as per the Equality Act 

12.15

A personal journey: an experience of employment from a neurodivergent perspective

12.45

Lunch

13.30

Best practice case studies

  • The social model of disability and how to challenge the stigma in your workplace
  • Updating your company culture to promote and include all thinking styles
  • Increasing the productivity of your neurodiverse workforce

15.30

Chair's closing remarks

15.45

Event end 

Mental Health | London 2020

09.00

Registration and refreshments

9.45

Chair's Introduction

10.00

Keynote: Mental Health in the Workplace: a social responsibility and a business imperative 

10.30

A framework for success: building a holistic workplace wellbeing strategy

  • Encouraging senior level buy- in: viewing a healthy workforce as a competitive advantage
  • Appreciating the connection between financial, physical and mental health
  • Ensuring policies for prevention, action and recovery are in place
  • Building strategies that meet the unique needs of your organisation and staff demographic as well as a multigenerational workforce
  • Monitoring employee mental health and the use of data to ensure strategies are maximally effective 

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

11.30

Networking break

11.45

Preparing your work force: training your staff to protect their mental health

  • Connecting performance management and staff wellbeing
  • Preventing burn out: harnessing communication to meet the needs of individuals
  • Establishing the responsibilities of the employer, line manager and individual

12.15

Key skills workshop: the role of active listening

Learning how to effectively support your peers 

13.15

Networking lunch

14.00

Keynote: Addressing men’s mental health: identifying and neutralising the unique triggers

Mark Hashimi, Director, Strategic Wellbeing and Senior Consultant, Mind

14.30

Mainstreaming mental health: how to encourage an open culture in your workplace

  • Instilling mental health and wellbeing into the ethos of your organisation
  • Installing initiatives to promote a healthy work- life balance to your employees
  • Remaining proactive over time and in supporting employees in remote locations
  • Exploring the benefits of EAPs, champions and staff networks for your workplace

15.45

Chair’s closing remarks

16.00

Event close

Managing an Ageing Workforce | March

9:00

Registration 

9:45

Chair's introduction

10:00

Plugging the skills gap: why the ageing workforce is everyone’s business

  • Changing demographics, and the business case for effective age management

10:30

Harnessing data to improve business and age management

  • Using a staff and skills audit to future-proof your business plans
  • Identifying which aspects of your organisation help and hinder age-diversity
  • Best Practice Case Study: Examining the NHS’ Age Awareness Toolkit

11:30

Networking break

12:00

Lifelong learning: ensuring development, progression and recruitment at all ages

  • Providing staff with challenging, appropriate work, regardless of age
  • Amending recruitment processes to reach and attract older talent
  • Ensuring training and progression occur at all stages, for all age profiles
  • Providing career and role evolution over time

13:15

Networking Lunch

14:15

Adapting roles and agile management: increasing flexibility to facilitate aging staff

  • Flexible working and transitional retirement: accommodating changing needs
  • Redeployment and redefined roles as renewed opportunity
  • Normalising early, open conversations around retirement and financial planning
  • Ensuring managers are supported and trained in facilitating older employees

Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager – Fulfilling Work, Centre for Ageing Better

15:30

Valuing assets: recognising the benefits of age-diversity at work

  • Ensuring aging colleagues feel valued, recognised and included
  • Capitalising on inter-generational knowledge-sharing
  • Creating a community culture by countering bias and stereotype
  • Fostering confidence in addressing adjustments and changing needs

16:30

Chair's Summary

16:45

Event Close

Managing Disability | March 2020

9.00

Registration

9:45 

Chair's Introduction

10:00

Disability in the workplace: facts, figures and prevalent misconceptions

  • Addressing common structural and cultural issues inhibiting disabled people’s employment

Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies

10:30

Policy at work: legal responsibilities and best practice

  • Understanding Equality Act duties
  • Reasonable adjustments: what does ‘equality’ mean in the context of disability?
  • Managing sickness absence, grievances and return to work
  • Guidance on confidentiality and disclosure

11:15

Networking Break

11:45

In-depth discussion: shedding light on hidden disability

  • Hidden Disability: the specific biases and barriers it presents
  • The Neurodiverse workforce: fostering understanding and cultivating strengths
  • Hidden disability and the aging workforce: a new employment frontier
  • Encouraging confidence in disclosing conditions and asking for help

13:15

Networking lunch

14:15

Leading the way: becoming a disability confident and inclusive employer

  • The business case for becoming a Disability Confident Employer
  • Disability-friendly hiring: inclusive communications and non-biased interviewing
  • Workplace Adjustment Passports: a Civil Service case study
  • Supporting, developing and retaining disabled staff

Kani Kamara, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre, Imperial College London

15:30

Shifting Perspectives: the Social Model as key to developing an informed and disability-inclusive working culture

16:15

Chair’s Closing Remarks

16:30

Event Close