08:30 – 9.15 Registration Opens, Networking and Exhibition

Welcome and Introduction


Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Baroness Oona King

Global Director of Diversity, YouTube



Professor Nora Ann Colton

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of East London

Opening Plenary Session

Keynote Presentations

Keynote Presentations:

The Competitive Edge

Simon Feeke

Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Practice, Ernst & Young LLP

The Business Challenge of Inclusiveness

Jo Swinson

Chair, CIPD Policy Forum and Director of Equal Power Consulting

Productivity and Equality

Sarah Messenger

Head of Workforce, Local Government Association

Ministerial Address: Transparency Driving Change

Panel Discussion



The Noon Award

Transparency Award

Research Award

Impact Award

UEL Chancellor’s Award

Chair: Simon Fanshawe OBE

Partner, Diversity by Design

Introduction: Lord Patel of Bradford OBE

The Noon Foundation

GED Awards 2016
11:45 Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition

Breakout Seminars A

(Presentations to be selected from the call for papers)

Seminar A1
Transparency: 1hr TV Programme
Tearing Down The Glass Pyramid: Why Leaders Finally Need to Embrace Transparency and Diversity
Ann Francke

Chief Executive, CMI Women in management face twin problems: a gender pay gap and a systematic under-representation at senior levels of British organisations. The government’s decision requiring large companies to report on how they pay men and women from 2017 has seen the gender pay gap rocket up the business agenda. But how many have truly embraced transparency to drive diversity?

This seminar will outline why business leaders should get on the front foot by embracing transparency to drive change, look at how far employers are succeeding in tackling the twin challenges around pay and under-representation, and make the case that diversity delivers results.

Seminar A2
Case Study
Best practice case study of a staff diversity network – Religion & Ethnic Minority (REM) Network, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Ryan Tinggal

Head of Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); Member, Executive Committee, REM Network, BEIS

Advancing EDI
Sophie Lea

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Mott MacDonald

Nadine Brody

Principal Transport Planner, Advance Champion, Mott MacDonald

Seminar A3
Diversity & Inclusion: Marginal or Mandatory?
Wendy Lasebikan

Director of HR/Corporate Office, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

Natasha M Levanti

Group Communications Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

Seminar A4
From Theory to Practice: Implementing Inclusive Leadership in Your Organisation
Anne-Marie Senior

Consultancy Manager, ENEI In 2015 ENEI commissioned a major piece of research that examined what inclusive leadership means in practice and what the impact of inclusive leadership is on organisational performance.

Hear key findings, together with a number of case studies from public and private sector organisations, demonstrating how you can help to embed the principles and practices of inclusive leadership in your organisation.

13:15 Lunch, Networking, Exhibition and Studio Interviews

Breakout Seminars B

(Presentations to be selected from the call for papers)

Seminar B1
Remodelling Academic Appraisal
Dr Caroline J Cripps

Contract Researcher, Sheffield Hallam University

Is Our House In Order? Exploring the Experiences of Inequality in the HR Profession
Elaine Yerby

Senior Lecturer, University of East London

Seminar B2
Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Personal Story
Funke Abimbola FRSA (Solicitor)

General Counsel & Company Secretary (UK & Ireland), UK Corporate Compliance Officer; UK Data Protection Officer, Roche Products Limited

Demonstrating impact in the NHS: workplace experience of staff with disabilities
Mohamed Jogi

Programme Manager, NHS Employers

Kate Milton

Senior Manager, Equality and Health Inequalities, (Workforce, Training and Delivery), NHS England

Seminar B3
Demonstrating Due Regard: Rethinking Equality Impact Assessment
Professor Hazel Conley and Lucy Rees

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Employment Studies Research, University of the West of England

Embracing Transparency and Demonstrating Impact at Network Rail
Frances McAndrew

Programme Manager (Diversity and Inclusion), Network Rail

Using equality and diversity data to inform ‘success for all’ students
Michael Kerrigan

Strategic Data & Intelligence Manager (Widening Participation & Student Success), Nottingham Trent University

Seminar B4
Case Study
Diversifying the Supply Chain in a Global Organization
Varaidzo Mumbire

UK TSC Public Sector & Ireland Business Services Buyer, UKI Supplier Diversity Lead, Global Procurement, Transformation and Operations IBM UK Ltd

Kerri-Anne Norris

Software Sourcing Buyer, IBM UK Ltd

Seminar B5
Managing maternity leave and pregnancy in your workplace
Quinn Roache

Equality and Human Rights Commission

This workshop will discuss practical steps employers can take to retain new and expectant mothers. We will highlight the steps household name employers are taking to tackle this persistent issue and provide attendees with an opportunity to develop practical and pragmatic solutions they can implement within their workplaces.


Breakout Seminars C

(Presentations to be selected from the call for papers)

Seminar C1
Beyond EQ: The Need for Cultural Intelligence
Julia Middleton

Chief Executive Officer, Common Purpose UK

“Breaking bad”: One manager’s journey from oblivious to active D&I sponsor. Learn how technology creates new neural networks for your organisation
Hayley Sudbury

Founder and CEO, WERKIN

Seminar C2
Research (45mins)
If you want to change the numbers you have to change what you are doing
Simon Fanshawe OBE

Partner, Diversity by Design Exploring an original approach to achieving greater diversity – both tackling the diversity deficit and reaping the diversity dividend.

Seminar C3
Case Study
Exploring the Impact on Policy and Practice Resulting from Engagement with the Athena Swan Charter Self-assessment Process in a ‘post-92 university’
Jill Collins

Project Manager, Women in SET, Sheffield Hallam University

Helen Best

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University

A Two-way Process: Playing the Numbers Game with Diversity
Alice Streatfeild

Research Director, ORC International

Seminar C4
How Transparency Can Drive Productivity: Closing the Gender Pay Gap
Sam Smethers

Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society

Men in Management
Michael Lassman

Director, Equality Edge

Seminar C5
Shared parental leave is a nice idea – but will it work?
Dr Jana Javornik

Acting Director, The Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business, University of East London

Mark Smith

Managing Director, Accenture UKI’s Health & Public Sector

Clare Matysova

Athena Swan Project Officer, University of East London

Shared parental leave represents a policy milestone to enable working fathers to take a more active role in caring for their children. But a number of niggling issues have arisen, and the extension of women’s parenting rights to fathers is so far proving limited. Why?

This seminar explores why this should be the case and the challenges and opportunities that shared parental leave represents.

15:30 Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition

Closing Plenary Session

Chair: Simon Fanshawe OBE

Partner, Diversity by Design

Keynote Presentations

15:45 Keynote Presentations:

Effecting Change in Business

Sharron Gunn

Executive Director, Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales (ICAEW)

Diversifying Leadership in Public Service

Katherine Kerswell

Former President, Society of Local Government Chief Executives; Former Council Chief Executive; Former Director General for Civil Service Reform, Cabinet Office

Diversity Through Education

Gordon McKenzie

Chief Executive, GuildHE

Inclusive Leadership

Dan Robertson

Diversity & Inclusion Director, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

Panel Discussion

16:45 Conference Closes

(subject to change)