Birmingham | September 2019




Chair’s introduction



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

Nahida Ahmed, Talent and Capability Business Partner, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency ​and Chair of  DVSA EmbRACE group

Mohamed Jogi, National Programme Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, NHS Employers


Networking break



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
  • Understanding the ethnicity pay gap and gap reporting

Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

Jug Sahota, Senior Advisor, Acas


Networking lunch


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

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

Bernadette Thompson, SCS HR Business Partner, Ministry of Justice & Co-Chair of Race to the Top G6/7 Network

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


Chair’s closing remarks