Staff Networks | May




Chair's introduction


Staff networks: supporting diversity, realising inclusion, and driving business goals

  • Networks and ERGs as strategic business drivers
  • Transforming staff engagement and wellbeing through networks
  • How networks unlock corporate growth whilst fostering a culture of inclusion

Cherron Inko-Tariah, Author, ‘The Incredible Power of Staff Networks'; Consultant and Coach, The Power of Staff Networks


Starting up and setting out: determining the vision and structure of your staff network

  • Deciding on the network’s aims, vision and objectives
  • Creating a structure to accommodate aims and allot responsibilities
  • Aligning the aims of the network with the business’s goals
  • Writing a business plan and developing a service offering 

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


Networking Break


Executive Engagement: acquiring executive support and embedding your network in the business

  • Making the business case for your network
  • Key considerations when making a funding bid
  • Engaging senior management as sponsors and champions
  • Defining guidelines and operating agreements with senior management

Dr Anna Einarsdottir, Senior Lecturer, The York Management School




Broadening your network: making connections and building momentum

  • Data-driven: measuring outcomes to make better-informed decisions
  • Designing events to engage with new members and the broader community
  • Maximising publicity and capitalising on existing communication channels
  • Networks as a vehicle for educating those of different backgrounds or affinity

Emma Dunn, Chair, a:gender Civil Service Support Network

Kate Hughs, Chair, Civil Service LGBT+ Network

Kate Nash, Founder & Chief Networkologist, PurpleSpace



Expanding vision and ambition: maintaining growth and cultivating innovation over time

  • Setting standards for measuring success
  • Driving business goals and contributing to organisational improvement
  • Ensuring that your network engages and recognises long-term volunteers
  • Transforming your network into a talent and leadership development pipeline
  • Sharing best practice and advice with other ERGs within and beyond the business 

Bernadette Thompson, Co-Chair, Race to the Top Grade 6/7 network; Deputy Director, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

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

Mirjam Harzenmoser, Co- Chair, WOW Network, Oliver Wyman


Chair's Closing Remarks


Event Closes