Thursday 17th October 2019 (may be subject to change)


Registration & Networking


Challenges, Solutions & Resolutions


Chairperson’s Introduction
Dr Jana Javornik
Associate Professor, Work and Employment Relations, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)
Leeds University Business School
Acting Director General
Directorate of Higher Education of Republic of Slovenia


Inclusion challenges
Dan Robertson
Vercida Consulting


Inclusive business
Dr Scarlett Brown
Director of Research and Policy
Tomorrow’s Company


Panel Discussion (above speakers plus the following)
Hayley Bennett
Wellbeing and Diversity Advisor
Business in the Community (BITC)
Sam Smethers
Chief Executive
The Fawcett Society
Nicola James
Chief Executive Officer,Chartered Occupational Psychologist


Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking


Resolution, Inclusion & Restoration


Strategies for inclusion
Rebecca Thomas
Policy Lead on Employment Issues


Inclusion case studies
Jacqui Gavin
Head of Diversity & Inclusion Centre of Excellence
Formerly Culture & Inclusion Manager
Cabinet Office


Panel Discussion (above speakers plus the following)
Patrick Woodman
Consultant and Editor
Dialogue Magazine (Duke University)
Formerly Head of Communications
Rebecca Ormond
Inclusive Workplace Leader


Lunch & Networking


GED Awards 2019

Global Equality & Diversity Awards 2019
Sponsored by HFW
Holman Fenwick Willan

The Noon Award Shortlist

  • SAP – Diversity in the Streets Programme
  • WhiteHat
  • MyPlus
  • Lexxic & Neurotalent Unlocked
  • Karen Daly-Gherabi, The Springboard Consultancy
  • Dr Gregory Burke, AccessAble
  • Nadine Vogel, The Springboard Consultancy
  • Marshall E-Learning

Inclusive Workplace Award Shortlist

  • Hachette UK Ethnicity Pay Gap 2019
  • How to be an Inclusive Leader – Liliane Rocha, Gestão Kairós
  • I Believe, I Belong, I Matter; Inclusive IBM
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)
  • Acas
  • ISS

Research Award Shortlist

  • Diversity within diversity management – Andri Georgiadou, Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan
  • Diversity in Policing campaign – Essex Police
  • Cultural factors contributing to the Gender Pay Gap and inequality in the NHS – Conflux

Impact Award Shortlist

  • BBC – The 50:50 Project
  • Celebrating Difference by Shaun Dellenty


Breakouts and Case Studies (Session A)

A1. Case Study: Public Service

A One City Plan for improving Race Equality in Bristol
Cllr Asher Craig
Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Lead for Communities, Equalities & Public Health
Bristol City Council
Andrew Mallin
Race Equality Strategic Leaders Group Delivery Manager
Bristol City Council

The road to inclusion: Doncaster’s journey
Caroline Barkley
HR Business Manager Organisational Transformation, Organisational Transformation
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Mae Wilson
Senior HR and OD Officer
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

A2. Case Study: Discrimination in Employment

Is there a role for government programmes in workplace inclusion?
Dr Jo Ingold
Associate Professor of HRM & Public Policy, Faculty Impact Champion, Work & Employment Relations Division
Leeds University Business School

Nurturing an inclusive organisational culture and the intersectionality of ethnicity and gender: examples from two case studies
Kathryn Watson
Principal Investigator on the ESRC-funded Project
‘Raising the Ceiling on Diversity and Inclusion: A Corporate Retail Case Study’
Research Impact Manager
Leeds University Business School

A3. Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Neurodiversity – the hidden journey and future directions
Nicola James
Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Occupational Psychologist
Yvette Gibson
Psychologist and Neurodiverse Individual

A4. Restorative and Reconciliation

Exploring the barriers and enablers to building restorative practices and culture in Higher Education
Nina Harding
Belbin Team Roles Accredited Practitioner and Experienced Mediator
Clare Matysova
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager
University of East London
Elaine Yerby
Senior Lecturer in HRM
University of East London
Mariam Irshad
Student Conduct Officer
University of East London


Refreshments & Exhibition Viewing


Breakouts and Case Studies (Session B)

B1. Sport

New approaches to diversity and inclusion
Asif Sadiq MBE
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
The Telegraph

EDI and Professional Football – CACT EDI: The Only Dedicated EDI Department in UK Professional Football
Dr Michael Seeraj
Head of EDI
Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT)

B2. Professional Education

BPP University Inclusion Team’s BAME Reverse Mentoring Programme
Nicholas Glossop
National Head: Inclusion and Learning Support/Safeguarding
BPP University and Professional Apprenticeships

Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in organisational structures and approaches
Dr Saher Ahmed
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge

B3. Resolution Approaches

New models of communications, leadership and trust
Becky Holloway
Wise Crowd Builder and Convenor
Jericho Chambers

J.P. Morgan’s autism at work journey
James Mahoney
Head of Global Technology Diversity and Inclusion
J.P. Morgan

B4. Focus on Ability

The Disability Employment Gap…can it be closed?
Atif Choudhury
Chief Executive
Diversity and Ability Ltd
Joel Attar
Award Manager

Neurodiversity and intersectionality
Dr Nancy Doyle
CEO and Founder
Genius Within


Conference Closes