17th February 2021 | Central London

Celebrate National Inclusion Week with 15% off your place!

2020 has brought major societal changes and movements that have impacted the way we live, work and think.

Conversations around diversity are becoming more open, and organisations are recognising where they may need to improve.

In the workplace, everyone is entitled to a safe and respectful environment, and everyone should have equal access to employment and opportunities. But we know there are still barriers to overcome – big and small.

Join us for the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference 2021, where we will learn from in D&I about how to make real changes in your organisation to support your D&I agenda, improve employee engagement, and drive innovation.

Make real progress in your organisation


Helping you support and enhance diversity and inclusion

Why is diversity and inclusion important?

The numbers...

• There are no sectors in the UK that pay women more than men.

72% of women feel conflicted between balancing family with career.

All BAME groups are more likely to be overqualified than white ethnic groups, but white employees are more likely to be promoted than all other groups.

• Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment.

35% of LGBT staff have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination.

In 2020 this is unacceptable...

The good news is there are practical steps you can take to make a significant difference in your organisation - starting with attending this vital conference!

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The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion - why you need Diversity & Inclusion in your organisation to drive change and how to align corporate and diversity strategies

Inclusive Leadership – how does representation in your leaders affect team performance? Plus the latest best practice on communicating the importance of D&I to the heads of your organisation and your board of directors.

Employee Networks – how targeted representation, consultation and inclusion can improve company culture

Diversity Champions – fair representation for your current and future employees.


09:00 - 09:25

Networking & coffee break

09:25 - 09:30

Chairperson's introduction

Chairperson: Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS

09:30 - 10:30

Where are we now? How has 2020 changed the inclusion conversation?

•Covid-19: understanding the impact and ongoing employer obligations

•Lessons learnt from the pandemic: enabling flexible and inclusive practices

•What does anti-racism mean in the workplace?

•Gender pay gap reporting: latest progress

•Ethnicity pay gap reporting: can this support greater equality?

10:30 - 11:00

Morning coffee & networking break

11.00 - 11.45

Leading on diversity: aligning business and inclusion strategies

•Diversity as a business strategy: realising the value of diversity & inclusion

•What are common challenges to inclusion in the workplace?

•Inspirational and innovative diversity strategies

•Communication and awareness: talking about and embedding equality

Asif Sadiq MBE, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Adidas

11:45 - 12:30

Inclusion and employee engagement - productivity, motivation and flexibility

•The effects of inclusivity on team performance and engagement

•Attracting and retaining diverse talent

•Making voices heard, and listening to them

•Lessons learnt from the pandemic: enabling flexible and inclusive practices

12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Case Study: Being a “Disability Confident” leader

•What is the Disability Confident Employer Scheme?

•Beyond vanity screening

•Overcoming access and awareness challenges

By Nat Maher, Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

14:00 - 14.30

Case Study: How inclusive networks can support employees

Aisha Suleiman, Education Program Manager and Chair for Black Employee Network, Amazon Web Services

•How targeted representation supports and inspire staff

•Leadership and personal development opportunities for all employees

•How the education and inclusion of non-diverse members has impacted diversity awareness

14:30 - 14:45

Afternoon coffee & networking break

14:45 - 15:30

Exploring the impact of societal change on the workplace

•How can businesses adjust and make changes with social movements?

•Reassessing values within new contexts and societal change

•Terminology and language: what to say and how to say it

By Shakil Butt, Founder, HR Hero for Hire

15:30 - 16:00

Diversity in the 21st Century Panel and Q+A

Your speakers

Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS

Julie is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist with over 18 years’ experience, gained within the public and voluntary sector. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at ACAS, Julie is responsible for leading and providing expert advice on all diversity & inclusion related matters, with the aim of building an inclusive culture that drives engagement and ultimately performance. She also leads on employee Health & Wellbeing at Acas.She has successfully developed and delivered strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives relating to employment and service delivery, and is one of the country’s most experienced professionals in this field.

Graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 with a BA (Hon’s) in Women’s Studies, her first diversity role was with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service where she successfully established the strategic direction in relation to the diversity & inclusion agenda across employment and service delivery.

Enabling managers to see the relevance of diversity in their day-to-day work was an enjoyable challenge. Over the years, Julie has developed and sustained robust corporate diversity and inclusion infrastructures including internal diversity staff networks and diversity champions, a wide range of positive action initiatives, internal diversity monitoring across all diversity strands, award winning diversity campaigns in order to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion and its relationship with cultural change, along with a suite of diversity and inclusion training packages, including unconscious bias and inclusive leadership.

Your chair and speaker!

Shakil Butt, HR & Leadership Consultant and Founder of HR Hero for Hire.

Shakil Butt (FCIPD, FCCA) is a values driven, accomplished, award winning HR professional, with over 30 years of experience including leading an award winning global HR team in a multi faith, multi ethnic and multi-cultural environment.

Now working as an independent consultant, Shakil adds value engaging with organisations and individuals with their HR and OD challenges and executive support.

Shakil has been part of various senior management teams leading on strategic direction, organisational development and change management in multiple organisations. Shakil enjoys writing and contributing to articles on HR and management and regularly speaks at HR conferences and events.

Asif Sadiq MBE, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Adidas

Asif is Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Adidas, prior to which he was the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph Media Group.

He was previously the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with over 15 years experience and a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change.

He is a passionate and inspirational Global Leader, co author and a renowned keynote speaker with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels of organisations to build strong and influential relationships with influencers.

Aisha Suleiman, Chair and Founder of the Black Employee Network (BEN), Amazon UK

Aisha is the Chair and Founder of Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN) in the UK. BEN is an employee network that supports Amazon with diversity and inclusion by ensuring the diverse perspectives of people of African and Caribbean Descent are represented. BEN runs professional development and networking events for employees and works with external organizations to support young people into employment. Aisha coaches and provides advice to employees that are starting employee networks.Aisha has years of experience in HR, Recruitment and Program Management. She works on campaigns to promote AWS Educate – Amazon’s global program for students and educators that teaches cloud computing skills. She is also the Founder of The World In Her Words – a website that shares stories about women to entertain and inspire readers. In 2018, she was listed in the Top 8 BAME Future Leaders list by the Investing in Ethnicity Awards.

Ed Griffin - Director of HR Consultancy and Research, The Institute for Employment Studies

Ed's work focuses on helping employers to make work better through improving both HR impact and line management effectiveness. He is a highly experienced HR leader and Organisation Development professional whose practice is built on strong theoretical underpinnings. He has a track record in developing high-performing HR teams that deliver real value to an organisation.

He has worked as an HR director in a UK ambulance trust in the NHS, internationally with the British Council and in international sports marketing. His experience of working in HR, OD and Finance roles gives him a unique perspective that combines organisational performance and human factors.

Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

Nat has most recently been the CEO at London brand consultancy, Pollitt & Partners, one of the only employee-owned creative agencies in the world; bringing to it her experience gained with the likes of BT, World Animal Protection, British Gas, AEG, Bacardi, Mitchells and Butlers, L’Oreal and P&G.

Prior to Pollitt & Partners, Nat headed up the London studio of Good, the award winning brand consultancy, as Managing Director having previously held the position of Group Communications Director at equally decorated brand consultancy Elmwood, where she was responsible for all internal and external comms for its six studios in London, Leeds, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne. She previously held the position of Communications Director at the Design Business Association, the industry trade body, and is a regular speaker on the subject of the value and measurement of design.

As one of the few women leading design consultancies in the UK, Nat’s other passion is raising the profile of women in the design industry, and in 2015 founded ‘Kerning The Gap’, a movement for like-minded people who want to see more women in design leadership roles, hear their voices and be inspired to create real and tangible change in the industry.

Martin Kirke, Non-Executive Director, Coach and Consultant and former Group HR Director, Post Office

Martin is a Non- Executive Director for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator and a Non- Executive Director at an NHS Trust where he is also Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for PushFar the career progression company and is owner and founder of Martin Kirke Career Coaching.

Martin is a member of the CIPD Policy Forum which advises government on the world of work. Martin was Group HR Director at the Post Office reporting to the Chief Executive and a member of the Executive Board. He played a major role in the transformation of the Post Office to a growing and profitable business after 16 years of losses. At the same time customer satisfaction and employee engagement increased. The teams’ achievements were recognised by the Prime Minister.

Martin has previously held HR Director and Change Director roles at Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Serco Transport and BP including international roles based in Sweden and the USA. At BP he was HR Global Operations Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

He had a key role for the 2012 Olympics in London working at Transport for London as HR Delivery Director. After this he was asked to work for No.10/ Cabinet Office on change programmes.

Marina Glasgow, Area Director, East of England, Acas

Marina Glasgow joined Acas in 2001 with considerable management experience gained with the Ministry of Defence. As an individual conciliator Marina resolved employment tribunal disputes, before developing a particular interest in collective dispute resolution.

Marina has worked with many trade unions and management teams to improve their employment relations and resolve large scale disputes. She is no stranger to war zones, but generally comes through unscathed, usually leading other parties to safety.

As a trainer, mediator and then a senior adviser Marina delivered training courses throughout East Anglia on all aspects of employment law and management best practice. She enjoys researching and 'translating' employment legislation into practical business solutions, and has a particular interest in TUPE legislation, communication skills, personality types and leadership.

These days Marina leads the Acas team as Director for the East of England providing leadership and direction to a team of managers, conciliators, trainers, mediators and business support professionals.

Andrew Fairbairn, Chief Executive Officer, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London

Andrew Fairbairn brings 20+ years of experience across investment banking, corporate venturing, entrepreneurship, angel and private equity investing and consulting, always with a strong focus on community service. He has worked at UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Citizens Bank in an entrepreneurial, transatlantic career that now has him as CEO of SEO London, which he founded in 2000.

In his current role, Andrew works on a daily basis with a broad spectrum of front office executives and human resources leaders at global multinationals to address matters related to diversity & inclusion, early careers and experienced hire recruitment, learning & development, employee engagement and retention, marketing and business development. Andrew holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University.

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