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 Phillips

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

    Trevor Phillips is Chairman of the Board at Green Park, having served as Non-Executive Director advising the Board since April 2017. Trevor brings a breadth of strategic business leadership and a proven track record of accomplishments across multiple industries. The founding Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the first elected Chair of the Greater London Authority, Trevor’s expertise in diversity and inclusion complements Green Park’s core business values. A writer and broadcaster, Trevor is also co-founder of Webber Phillips Ltd a leading data analytics provider and has served as President of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership.  Additionally, Trevor is currently Chair of Index on Censorship, the international campaigning and publishing group promoting freedom of expression, and a Senior Fellow at the influential think-tank Policy Exchange.  A former ITV executive, he remains active in the creative industries, writing regularly for several national newspapers and serving as a board member of London’s Barbican Centre and of Headlong Theatre. Trevor has been the recipient of several honorary doctorates, an OBE and was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government.

  • 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

    Managing 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

    Senior Director, HR Northern Europe, Mondelez

    Keith Mendez is Head of Human Resources – Northern Europe for Mondelēz 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.

  • Alex Mahon

    Chief Executive Officer, Channel 4

    Alex Mahon is CEO of Channel 4, which is publicly-owned and commercially-funded with a statutory remit to deliver high-quality, innovative, alternative content that challenges the status quo.She was previously CEO of Foundry, the leading design and visual and 3D effects software firm under it’s ownership by Hg Capital. Before Alex moved into technology she spent 15 years running creative production companies. She was CEO of Shine Group, which during her tenure grew into an organisation with 27 creative labels in 12 countries. She also worked at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group and RTL Group. She started off as a PhD Physicist and then an internet consultant at Mitchell Madison Group. Alex is a supporter of the creative industries and has been Chairman of Royal Television Society Programme Awards, Non-Exec on the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and a member of the Government’s DCMS Advisory Panel on the BBC. She is currently a member of the government’s Creative Industries Council. Alex is a passionate and committed advocate for diversity, representation and inclusive workplaces.

  • Melanie Dawes CB

    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government

    Melanie Dawes took up her role as Permanent Secretary for DCLG on 1 March 2015. She continued this role for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from 8 January 2018. She became Permanent Secretary Champion for Diversity and Inclusion for the Civil Service in 2019, and was formerly Gender Champion. She sits on the Civil Service Board and Senior Leadership Committee. Melanie was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS) at the Cabinet Office from October 2011, where she was responsible for overseeing the system of Cabinet decision-making. Between 2006 and 2011 she was at HMRC, including as one of the department’s Commissioners. She was Director General for Business Tax from November 2007, which involved responsibility for all the business taxes and duties, and leadership of the department’s relationships with big business. From 2009, she also led the development of HMRC’s overall strategy as a department. Before joining HMRC, Melanie spent 15 years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director from 2002 to 2006. She started her career as an economist and has worked on public spending, tax and tax credit policy, macroeconomics, monetary policy and the euro.

  • Rosie Campbell

    Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London

    Professor Rosie Campbell held positions at Birkbeck and UCL before joining King’s in 2018. She has recently written on barriers to participation in politics, gendered patterns of support for the populist radical right and what voters want from their elected representatives. Her publications cover the subjects of voting behaviour, public opinion, the politics of diversity and political recruitment. She is the principle investigator of the ESRC funded Representative Audit of Britain, which surveyed all candidates standing in the 2015 and 2017 British General Elections, and co-investigator of a Leverhulme funded study of British parliamentary candidates and MPs from 1945-2015 www.parliamentarycandidates.org. She has co-authored reports for the Fawcett Society, The Expert Panel on Electoral Reform for the Welsh Assembly, the EHRC, BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour, The Electoral Commission, The Fabian Women’s Network and The Hansard Society. Rosie has been recently interviewed by The Briefing Room, the Today Programme, Westminister Hour, Woman’s Hour, Newsnight and Good Morning Britain. Rosie has presented four episodes of Radio Four’s Analysis on How Voters Decide, how we judge politicians’ Authenticity and tearing up the politics textbooks.

  • Sir Ian Cheshire

    Government Lead Non-Executive, Cabinet Office and Chairman, Barclays

    In April 2015, Sir Ian Cheshire was appointed to the role of Government Lead Non-Executive. He was appointed for a further three years in April 2018. In August 2018, Sir Ian was also appointed the lead Non-Executive Member of the Cabinet Office Board. He has won a number of awards including lifetime contributions to retailing and the Fortune WEF award for leadership. Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to business, sustainability and the environment, and is a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Merite of France. Other current appointments include the Non-Executive Director of Barclays PLC and Chairman of Barclays UK, Chairman of Debenhams plc, Maisons du Monde and Menhaden plc. Sir Ian is also the President of the Business Disability Forum and the Chairman of the Heads Together Campaign. Sir Ian retired as Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc in December 2014, after 7 years in the role and 17 years with the company. He was also CEO of Kingfisher plc and B&Q. His other former roles included the Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and lead Non-Executive for the Department of Work and Pensions. Sir Ian retired as Non-Executive Director of B&B plc in 2010. In addition, Sir Ian was the Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force.

  • Anthony Kirby

    Group HR Director, Serco

    Anthony has a wealth of experience from over 17 years at Compass Group plc; he was most recently Group Workforce and Organisation Director, responsible for supporting over 40 countries and prior to this he was the HR Director for Europe and Japan. Additionally, Anthony has held other roles at Compass Group including Director of Group Labour Strategy as well as being responsible for shared services and operational HR Director roles across a number of sectors in the UK.

    Anthony is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and holds Masters Degrees in both Strategic Human Resources and Employment Law & Industrial Relations.

    Anthony is responsible for all elements of People Services across the Serco Group, as well as Group Transformation and Corporate Shared Services.

  • Jo Negrini

    Chief Executive, London Borough of Croydon

    Originally from Australia, Jo has worked in regeneration and planning in London for over 28 years.  Working on projects from small public improvements to major city regeneration, Jo has focused on making places that people can enjoy and own. Jo now has, in her words, “the best regeneration job in London” as Chief Executive of the fastest growing economy in London. Jo now pulls the strings on bringing together all the services of the Council, together with partners to make Croydon a place where people want to be.  Croydon is a unique place as it provides opportunities for housing growth but also is re-emerging as an alternative place for business.  HMRC, Superdrug and EDF are just some of the companies who have moved to Croydon in recent years. Quality design of both place and service is a fundamental principle driving the work of Jo and her team in Croydon.  In 2018 Jo was awarded the New Londoner of the year award by New London Architecture for services to regeneration and her championship of equal rights.

  • Claire Williams

    Director, Inclusion and Diversity, Inclusive Employers

    Claire is a Director of the membership organisation, Inclusive Employers. With members in every sector of the economy, Claire and the team provide consultancy, training, events and member services to help employers harness the commercial value of inclusion such that all staff feel valued and add value. Having worked for many years in the public sector, Claire has been working in management consultancy since 2004 and has significant experience of  providing Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources and Learning and Development solutions to employers in all sectors. Claire has a BSc (hons) Psychology/Sociology, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and achieved a research based MSc Strategic Human Resources (distinction) in 2009. Claire is a Trustee of the Inclusive Employers Foundation, and has been a board member of the Wheatsheaf Trust (a Southampton welfare to work charity) and has been a board member at the Theatre Royal Winchester.


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 standard price: £450 + VAT (Valid from 14th October 2019)
Non-member price: £550 + VAT

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