Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace

Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace

17th September 2019, Birmingham

Despite the current climate, BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) representation in the leading positions of UK workplaces remain stubbornly low. One in eight of the working age population are BAME background, and yet just one in sixteen top management positions in the UK is held by somebody from an ethnic minority background. Improving the employment rate and workplace progression for people from ethnic minorities could contribute £24 billion per year to the UK’s gross domestic product, making the business case for diversity in the workplace unavoidable. With organisations being pushed to publish their ethnicity pay gap data, it is time to start addressing the disparities that exist in our workplaces.   

The conference offers practical advice on removing the barriers that are preventing BAME representation in the workplace. We will explore how best to recruit and promote a more representative workforce, and how to encourage a positive culture change at all levels of your place of work. 


Key Speakers: 

  • Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph
  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace
  • Bernadette Thompson, SCS HR Business Partner, Ministry of Justice & Co-Chair of Race to the Top G6/7 Network
  • Natasha Broomfield- Reid, Director/ Principle Consultant, Diverse Matters


Why attend? 

  • Learn how to remove the barriers to progression in the workplace
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around workplace diversity back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures in BAME inclusion
  • 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 creating an inclusive 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

Supporting BAME Colleagues in the Workplace | Birmingham | 17th September 2019

10% early bird discount until 30th June 2019

 Register for Birmingham here


Please see further venue information on the venue page here

For queries regarding registration please contact: 

Annaliza Battiston

0207 593 5739






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


Networking break



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


Networking lunch


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

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


Chair’s closing remarks