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31 Brand-Side Speakers In 1 Day Explore Fresh & Innovative Diversity & Inclusion Strategies

Practical, Impactful & Results-Driven Diversity & Inclusion Strategies!
Embed Inclusive Cultures & Drive Diversity Through Unbiased Recruitment, Impassioned Leaders, Transparent Pay Reporting, Intersectionality & Long-Term Progression Plans Which Support Future Workforces To Create Environments Of True Belonging & Evidence Bottom-Line Impact

A One-Day, Senior, Cross-Sector, Practitioner-Led Conference & Networking Event, 24th September 2019, Copthorne Tara Hotel, London

08.30 Registration, Morning Coffee & Objective Setting

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting Introduction & Chair’s Opening Remarks

David Yeandle
MS Ambassador & Patient Advocate

Jane Gibbon, Group HR Director Reward Talent Inclusion, JUST EAT


09.15 Combat Barriers To Diverse Recruitment With Unbiased, Inclusive Talent Attraction & Pipelining From First Contact To Contract

  • Recognising and removing bias and barriers from the recruitment processes
  • Right from the start: considering applicant perceptions of your organisation and create adverts which appeal to wider demographics in the first place
  • Employer branding strategies to appeal to applicants searching for a career based on values
  • Using technology and AI to recruit the best talent, without human intervention and bias

Becky Coleman
HR Business Partner - Corporate & Commercial
pladis Global


09.35 Embedding Inclusive Cultures & Supportive Environments Into Your Organisational DNA For Environments Which Champion Diversity & Where Every Employee Can Belong & Achieve

  • What are the simplest steps to ensure employees feel like they belong in an organisation?
  • How can you pre-empt potential employee needs and make their journey easier?
  • We’re all on the same path! How can you create allies and visible role models to support inclusion throughout the organisation?
  • Increase retention of staff with diverse backgrounds by fostering a supportive, inclusive environment with an educated staff base and leaders

Coral Taylor
Head of Inclusion


09.55 Real-Life Examples Of Winning Over Leaders To Build Trust-Based Relationships & Co-Create The Future

  • Leaders: What were the business cases and arguments which won you over to inclusive leadership? How can D&I professionals demystify the topic and give people the toolkit to be inclusive leaders?
  • D&I Professionals: How did you compile a business case which spoke to your C-suite?
  • Leaders: How have you gone on to champion diversity and bring about change?
  • D&I Professionals: How did you successfully encourage your leaders to act as role models? How did you change their behaviours? Do you hold your leaders accountable?
  • All: What does inclusive leadership look like in a digital age and how will it continue to evolve?

Candice Cross
Director, Global Leadership Development
InterContinental Hotels Group

Jo Foster
Diversity & Inclusion Manager
The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Claire Parker
Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Jane Ayaduray
Head of Diversity & Inclusion (UK Territory)
BNP Paribas

Mitra Janes
Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Ian Adams
Director of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement
NHS Resolution

10.35 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


11.05 Evidencing Action: Measuring Diversity & Monitoring Inclusion To Make Significant Change & Gain A Commercial, Competitive Advantage

  • Determining the right metrics and measurements to benchmark progress both in terms of seeing a more diverse workforce and an inclusive culture
  • Examining different data sources to better understand D&I in your organisation and make meaningful ongoing strategic decisions
  • Developing a business case to turn D&I into a value-added project that fits into the heart of the business
  • Go beyond being compliant or doing the right thing, provide
    evidence that there is a real commercial, competitive advantage and reap the benefits that come from a truly diverse organisation

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11.25 What Can You Learn From Your Employees?

Feedback from employees with protected characteristics on their journeys, what they have experienced, what they would love to see and where they see the future of diversity and inclusion.

Mark Lomas
Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Rubi Sarang
Graduate Project Manager & Reverse Mentor

Karen Hughes
Global OD Manager
National Grid

Loraine Martins
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Network Rail

12.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner. For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email


12.30 Exploring Your Workforce Mosaic To Support All Employees & Create A Sense Of Belonging

Pamela Brown
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
West Midlands Ambulance Service

12.50 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners


A) Allies
Katy Ingle
SVP Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

B) Global D&I
Jamie Carrahar
Chair, Army LGBT Forum
British Army

C) Unconscious Bias
Gagan Gulati
Head of Regulatory Finance & Financial Strategy
Anglian Water Services

D) Using The Right Language
Theresa Palmer
Head of Responsible Business, Governance & Diversity
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

E) Parenthood
Amy Whidburn
Head of Responsible Business, Governance & Diversity

F) Brexit
David Yeandle
MS Ambassador & Patient Advocate

13.50 Afternoon Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
Nathan Jordan
Learning Experience Professional
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Helen Townend
Technical Director


14.00 Lessons Learnt From The Gender Pay Gap Report: Actioning Change From Results & Preparing For Ethnicity, Disability & Further Pay Gap Reporting

  • Following the publication of the gender pay gap report, what
    impact have you seen this have on your organisation’s culture and reputation and the wider industry?
  • How can you prepare your organisation for ethnicity pay reporting if your company hasn’t historically captured data on race and other protected characteristics?
  • How can you gain the trust of your workforce to disclose their protected characteristics to you?
  • What measures has your organisation taken to better report pay and promote progression of women following the initial report?

Jan Gale
Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Francine Hudson

Head of Evidence Development and Family Friendly Policies

Government Equalities Office


14.20 Exploring The Complexities Of Protected Characteristics Through Real-Life, Detailed Case Studies

14.20 A) Race
Sabrina Richards
Equality & Inclusion Business Partner
Midlands & Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit

14.40 B) Trans
James Haq-Myles
Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing

15.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner. For more information on how to get involved, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email

15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


C) 16.00 LGBT
Jamie Carrahar
Chair, Army LGBT Forum
British Army

D) 16.20 Gender
Sophie Cowell
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor
Everton Football Club


16.40 Fit-For-Future Diversity & Inclusion Strategies Which Prepare The Organisation For Long-Term Success

Leigh Smyth
Responsible Transformation Lead
Lloyds Banking Group

Ira Read
Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity
Diageo plc

Ryan Lainchbury
Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager

Hana Searso
Managing Director, EMEA Head of Talent Learning & Diversity
Citi Group

Fiona Ibáñez-Leach, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, International Markets, Walgreens Boots Alliance

17.15 Afternoon Chair’s Closing Remarks & Official Close Of Conference