August 2019




Chair’s Introduction

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


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


Networking break


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


Networking lunch


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



Chair's closing remarks


Event end