Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2019: a cross-sector perspective

'Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2019: A cross-sector perspective'

Presenting D&I specialists with a practical approach to identity, ability and culture

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About the event

Our Diversity & Inclusion Conference will be bringing together 250 practitioners from our 230+ members, spanning the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as academic institutions. This year the conference will focus on common issues faced within three key areas: identity, ability and culture. 25+ experts from across Whitehall and industry will present evidence-based sessions, providing real experiences and valuable practical information that will equip individuals with the information and tools they need to make an impact in their own organisations.

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Topics to be covered include:

  • CEO perspective on the D&I business case
  • What does it mean to be inclusive?
  • Gender Pay Gap reporting
  • Neurodiversity and the digital economy
  • Promoting transgender visbility
  • Generational working
  • The Ethnicity Pay Gap
  • Social mobility
  • Menopause and andropause policies




Keynote & Panels 

  • Trevor Philips

    Chair at Green Park Interim, Executive Recruitment Chair at Index on Censorship

    Trevor is a writer and television producer. From 25 March 2015, for a three-year term, Trevor will serve as the President of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership. He is also currently the Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Equality Standard and Chair of Green Park Diversity Analytics.He is the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He had previously been the Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and the elected Chair of the Greater London Authority. Trevor’s voluntary activities include serving as a board member of the Social Mobility Foundation, and of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. 

  • Kevin Craven

    Chief Executive Officer, Serco UK

    Born in Zimbabwe, Kevin was educated at St George’s College, Salisbury.  After completing National Service, he studied at the University of Witwatersrand for a BSc Electrical Engineering. His part time job at university, training and supplying students for the South African hospitality industry, became a full-time business in catering.  This included a successful restaurant, food production company, and location catering division (mostly for television but including films such as Cry Freedom, and Red Scorpion.) In 1991 Kevin, who is British, moved to the UK and ran a large leisure centre before moving into contract catering with Gardner Merchant in 1994.  By 1997 he was Divisional Managing Director for Citation South, running a large portfolio of blue chip corporates, before heading up Sodexho Travel. Kevin moved to ARAMARK in 2002 to head up Specialist Markets, supporting mainly public sector areas of Healthcare, Education, Defence, and Criminal Justice. From 2006 he ran Balfour Beatty WorkPlace, the FM arm of the Group.  After significant growth there, Kevin was promoted to CEO of the newly-formed Support Services division in January 2011.

  • Cherron Inko-Tariah

    Director, The Power of Staff Networks

    She is a former civil servant and has undertaken leadership roles in various policy and strategic positions across Whitehall, including working with Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.  
    In 2012, Cherron took a leap of faith and left the Civil Service to follow her passion; staff networks.  After publishing her book: The Incredible Power of Staff Networks, Cherron founded The Power of Staff Networks consultancy where she provides a wide range of services. 
    She is passionate about staff networks and the positive impact these can have on the individual and the organisation. That is why Cherron founded the National Day for Staff Networks - the first of its kind celebrating the added value of networks. 
    During her career, she has achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and a Masters Degree in Employment Studies and Human Resource Management. She studied with the  Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is also a qualified career coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management. 
    Clients include: Civil Service, NHS England, British Land, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, University of Warwick and Peabody. See here for testimonials about Cherron’s work. In addition to staff networks, Cherron speaks on career development, leadership and her journey from being ‘overlooked to becoming overbooked’.  
    Cherron is also a Non-Executive Director at Homerton University Hospital, an associate consultant for PDT Global and, advisory friend to the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals.  In 2011, Cherron received an MBE for her services to HM Government and for her work in the faith community with young people. In 2019, Cherron won Woman of the Community category of the Wise Women Awards. 

  • Eleanor Kelly

    Chief Executive, Southwark Council

    Eleanor started working in Local Government in 1974 and has worked at every level from junior Trainee Accountant to Chief Executive. She has undertaken the Chief Executive role in three London Boroughs: Tower Hamlets; Merton; and Southwark. During her career Eleanor also spent five years working for KPMG which has given her a good public/private perspective.  Outside of work her hobbies are scuba diving, cooking and renovating properties. She is married with one daughter who is on the autistic spectrum. This gives Eleanor a particular insight and interest in young people with learning disabilities. Eleanor is a Non-Executive Director of the Whitehall & Industry Group. Eleanor has held a number of other Non-Executive Directorships, most notably as a Trustee of Tomorrow People Charitable Trust, and as a Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors for a private sector consultancy company.

  • Tara McGeehan

    President, CGI UK

    Tara McGeehan was appointed President of CGI’s UK Operations in January 2018.   A CGI member for more than 17 years, Tara most recently served as Senior Vice-President responsible for the North and Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Business Unit where she developed business across commercial and government industries, including high-profile digital engagements such as the UK smart metering program. With 20 years’ industry experience, Tara has a detailed understanding of these markets and their implications and opportunities for CGI’s clients.   Prior to joining CGI in 2001, Tara was a Senior Manager at National Grid. She has strong relationships with Directors and Senior Managers of many of the UK energy companies and is frequently asked to perform focused ‘health-checks’ on areas of their business to help identify and resolve problems.   As Senior Sponsor of the UK Diversity programme, Tara is passionate about diversity and encouraging young people and women to enter the technology industry. In 2014, Tara was recognized as a CGI Builder for her contributions to our business as a trusted thought leader who delivers on the most complex programs and for modelling CGI values internally and externally.   Tara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with a focus on understanding the financial and practical considerations of business in an industrial context. She has been a loyal and often disappointed follower of both the Yorkshire and England cricket teams over several years.

  • Richard McKenna

    Managing Director, Inclusive Employers

    Richard is one of the founders of Inclusive Employers and has been the MD since the summer of 2012. Since 2003 he has been working in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion. His work began in Learning and Development and quickly broadened out into Employee Engagement, Communications and creating and embedding strategy.

    As a commercially astute "Inclusioneer" (Pioneer on Inclusion) he developed inclusion and diversity strategies that are rooted in the business/ organisational objectives and have successfully embedded these as 'business as usual' activity to help companies measure the success and reap the rewards of a truly inclusive culture.

    He is also founder and a director of Strudel, a 15 year old creative communications agency in London that works with organisations committed to positive social change.

  • Rupert McNeil

    Chief People Officer & Non Executive Director, Civil Service

    Rupert was appointed as Government Chief People Officer on 1 January 2016, joining the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was Group HR Director.   Rupert began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner in Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Since then he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, first as Executive Management Director and then as the HR Director for Global, Retail and Commercial Banking, and at Aviva where he was UK HR Director and then HR Centre of Expertise Director.   As Government Chief People Officer, Rupert is responsible for delivery of the Civil Service Workforce Plan, which sets out what the Civil Service needs to do to attract the most capable and public-spirited people, and build a culture and ways of working that are as good, if not better, than anything on offer anywhere else. He provides leadership on the full range of people issues including talent, capability, inclusion, capacity, leadership, pay and employee deal, performance, employee relations, culture and behaviours.

  • Keith Mendez

    Head of Human Resources, Northern Europe, Mondelez

    Keith Mendez is Head of Human Resources – Northern Europe for Mondel─ôz International leading the people strategy for the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. This market is home to iconic brands such as Cadbury, Green & Blacks, Trebor, Marabou, Halls, Belvita and Oreo. The role encompasses end to end HR partnership for Sales, Marketing, supply chain and is responsible for delivering the growth, execution and culture strategies in line with Mondelez' Purpose of Snacking Made Right. Keith has extensive HR experiences in both developed and emerging markets having lived and worked in the UK, Chicago, Dubai & Singapore and has managed large scale change management, functional transformations and organization merger & acquisitions. Keith is passionate about learning and development and leveraging well-being to define organisational culture.


Breakout Sessions




The event is aimed at all those involved in making their organisation a more equal and inclusive workplace, including:

  • HR and Talent Directors
  • Heads of Equality and Diversity
  • Board Members
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Sector Specific Experts
  • Recruitment Personnel
  • Careers Personnel
  • Workforce Transformation Managers
  • Diversity & Inclusion Professionals
  • HR Business Partners
  • Staff Network Leads
  • CEOs and COOs

WIG's Diversity & Inclusion Conference brings together over 200 professionals from the following organisations: 

Aggregate Industries | Airbus | BAE Systems | Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy | Cabinet Office | City of London Corporation | Civil Service Employee Policy | Competition and Markets Authority | Crown Commercial Service | Department for Communities and Local Government | Dentons | Dstl | ENEI | Energy UK | EY | Financial Conduct Authority | Food Standards Agency | Foreign & Commonwealth Office | Fujitsu | Notting Hill Genesis | HMRC | HM Treasury | Home Office | House of Commons | HSBC | Institute of Physics | Investec | Jaguar Land Rover | King's College London | Kent County Council | London Fire Brigade | London South Bank University | Ministry of Defence | National Audit Office | NS&I | Network Rail | Ofcom | Ofgem | Sage | Scottish Government| Slaughter & May | Aberdeen Standard Life | Step Up To Serve | Texthelp | The Pensions Regulator | UK Government Investments | United Utilities | Unum | Welsh Government | World Learning Europe

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Member early bird price: £350 + VAT (Valid from 24th August 2019)
Member standard price: £450 + VAT (Valid from 14th October 2019)
Non-member price: £550 + VAT

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