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Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020

14 May @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00

This event will now be a virtual conference - giving you access to all the knowledge shared from wherever you are. Please be assured that all bookings will be honoured and will have access to the valuable content shared by our expert speakers.


Back for a third year after popular demand, this virtual conference will explore the latest thought leadership on what HR can do to promote inclusiveness and create a culture of diversity in their organisation. 

Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management - it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. However, to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. While UK legislation – covering age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation among others – sets minimum standards, an effective diversity and inclusion strategy goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee well-being and engagement.

This conference will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • How inclusion differs from diversity
  • The business benefits of a diverse workforce
  • What happens when diversity needs compete or even oppose each other?
  • Current legal situations
  • Tackling unconscious bias
  • Inclusion in multi-national organisations
  • How to create a culture of inclusiveness and promote diversity
  • Reviewing the current progress of the Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation
  • And more!

Who should attend:

  • HR professionals involved who want to improve diversity and inclusion in their organisation

  • Recruiters

  • Heads of HR

  • Talent Management

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
Simply scroll down the page to the “Tickets” section. Select the number of places you wish to book and then click “Add to Cart”. You will then be taken to the shopping cart where you can confirm your purchase details, enter any discount or special offer coupon codes you may have, and arrange payment.

You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.

Event Sponsors


If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at [email protected] or 020 7231 5100.



09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarks 

Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS

09:45 Innovation and inclusion - developing a talent strategy for the future

  • How to innovative ways to engage talent globally
  • The Big Inclusion Project by Dentons - a global case study
  • Challenges and outcomes in a global inclusion strategy

Amanda Jones, Global Women's Advancement Director, Dentons

Jay Connolly, Global Chief Talent Officer, Dentons

10:10 Engaging and encouraging a passionate, diverse workforce

  • Developing a company culture that people are excited about
  • Creating a space for diverse talent to own and develop what they're passionate about
  • Providing consistent engagement opportunities to educate on perspective, empathy and compassion

Amy Priest, Wellbeing Manager, UK & Ireland, Experian


Developing a global LGBT inclusion agenda

  • Intersectional identity
  • Putting the T in LGBTQIA
  • How to create policies and plans that support transitioning employees

James Haq-Myles, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Travelex

11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Shifting the culture from diversity to true inclusion and belonging

  • What inclusive leadership means
  • Ensuring inclusive leadership in all parts of the organisation
  • Empowering everyone in the organisation to lead the direction and conversation

Jacqui Gavin, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

11:55 Creating a disability-confident workplace

  • Identifying areas for improvement
  • Developing effective policies for all aspects of organisational operations
  • Providing raining for all staff to develop understanding of the organisation's vision

Megan Horsburgh, Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Global Disability Lead, Sodexo UK

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to your key challenges

  • How confident are you with the diversity data you already have in your organisation?
  • How to enoucrage staff to self-disclose
  • How to deal with issues between data and GPDR
14:00 Closing the Gender Pay Gap: a deep dive

  • Challenges
  • Developing an action plan
  • Embedding best practice strategy

Jane McDonald, Head of Diversity and Inclusion UK, Leonardo

14:25 Are we missing the point on BAME diversity?

  • Recruitment has never been more aware of the issues facing BAME diversity
  • Where is the focus on the BAME diversity we currently have?
  • How to align values of diversity with actual business benefits

Kav Patel, Global Head of Development, Investec Asset Management

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 Developing a gender inclusive workplace

  • Enabling a culture where people can be themselves
  • Supporting colleagues who are transitioning
  • Demystifying language around gender

Emma Dunn, Chair, A:gender

15:45 Panel discussion

How do you manage conflicting priorities when it comes to your diversity and inclusion agenda?

Jane McDonald, Head of Diversity and Inclusion UK, Leonardo

Amy Priest, Wellbeing Manager, UK&Ireland, Experian

Jacqui Gavin, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

16:10 Question and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference



CHAIR - Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS

Julie is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist with over 16 years’ experience, gained within the public and voluntary sector. She is currently leading on Diversity & Inclusion, HR Policy, Resourcing and 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.

Prior to joining Acas, she was Head of Diversity at the Land Registry, where her work on D&I was recognised repeatedly winning the department awards in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.  In addition she successfully ensured HMLR maintained its Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index position in 2016 & 2017.

She is a Stonewall workplace ally and a champion for mental health awareness. Julie is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and strives to create an environment where people can be themselves.

Amy Priest, Wellbeing Manager, UK&I, Experian

Driven by wanting to ensure everyone is heard, valued and feels they can bring their whole self to work, Amy is on a mission to destroy mental health stigma, to bring people together to create a fully inclusive workplace and empower people to take proactive control over their wellbeing.

Experian is on a journey to get it right for their employees and this year has seen a lot of good change in company culture, creating a more open dialogue between their people around mental health and embracing as many opportunities as possible to work with their wonderfully diverse workforce to progress their ambitious D&I and wellbeing objectives; helping their people be their best selves inside and outside of work.


James Haq-Myles, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Travelex

James is global head of diversity, inclusion and wellbeing for Travelex. In previous roles, he has worked as an diversity consultant for FTSE100 clients, specialising in ability inclusive recruitment and LGBT+ workplace inclusion.

Megan Horsburgh, Head of Diversity & I and Global Disability Lead, Sodexo

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Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020 - Standard Rate
£ 499.00
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£ 449.00


14 May
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
Event Category:


Symposium Events
020 7231 5100