Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2022
Returning for its 8th year on Thursday 3 March 2022, The Whitehall & Industry Group D&I conference brings together D&I practitioners, HR professionals and senior leaders from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to discuss and share best practices on some of the biggest challenges impacting organisations and individuals today.
This year’s event will focus on ability, equity, and wellbeing. And discussions will include:
Preview the Agenda
- The role of senior leaders in championing diversity
- A focus on racial equity, including ethnicity pay gap reporting
- The importance of staff networks
- Nurturing neurodiverse talent
- Disability at work
- The importance of data in developing and monitoring your D&I strategy
- Changing the approach to mental health in the workplace
Group discounts are available. Email [email protected] to find out more.
This one day, in-person, conference is your chance to gain practical and insightful information from expert D&I practitioners through a series of key-note presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops. Throughout the day you’ll also have the opportunity to expand your network and discuss what you’ve heard with peers.
By attending the various keynote presentations, panel discussions, and networking sessions, you will:
- Hear first-hand experiences and gain practical and insightful information, enabling you to implement real change in your organisation
- Discuss the current challenges faced by all organisations, allowing you to take away key learnings and prioritise next steps for D&I within your team
- Have the opportunity to create and expand your networks by meeting with peers from a wide range of businesses
Our cross-sector approach will help you gain fresh perspectives from outside of your sector, inspire tangible solutions and provide you with practical tools to take back to your own organisation.
Join us next March and discover how to embed resilient and robust ED&I strategies which support the growth of your organisation and its people.
Group discounts are available. Email [email protected] to find out more.
This conference is aimed at anyone involved in making their organisation a more equal and inclusive workplace, including HR and Talent Directors, Heads of D&I, Board Members, Academics, Recruitment/HR Personnel, Staff Network Leads, Senior teams – CEOs, COOs, Directors.
Previous attendees of our D&I conferences have included BAE Systems, Browne Jacobson, Cabinet Office, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, Defra, Fujitsu, Imperial College London, Microsoft, Sainsbury’s, Serco, The Scottish Government and WorldSkills UK, amongst others.
"WIG’s D&I conference is great way to learn about how different organisations tackle issues that affect us all and challenge us to think of new ways to resolve these issues.” – Sharon Horwitz, Director at CMA
Speakers at the D&I Conference 2022 include:
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.
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. Rupert is also Director General for Government Shared Services.
Rupert attended secondary school in Aberdeen, and graduated in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. During his undergraduate degree he spent a semester interning at the US Senate. He attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2010.
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.
Rupert is married with two children.
Sandra Wallace is a member of the Executive board and acts as joint Managing Director, UK & Europe for the global business law firm, DLA Piper. She overseas 15 international jurisdictions for the firm as well as significant executive projects. Sandra sits on the firm’s D&I Council. Prior to her Executive role she has served as UK Employment Group Head and UK Managing Partner.
She remains an active employment law Partner and has handled many high profile cases concerning protected disclosures, sex and race discrimination, contract variation exercises and international employee restructures. Sandra trains clients on diversity and inclusion matters and handling complex employee investigations.
Aside from her legal role, Sandra served as a Social Mobility Commissioner from December 2018 to October 2021. The Social Mobility Commission is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office, which monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK and promotes social mobility in England. During her appointment, Sandra also served the Commission as interim Co-Chair. Sandra also works to drive social mobility within the legal sector and worked on the Firm’s bid to become the lead legal services employer for the Social Mobility Pledge.
Sandra is also the Birmingham Chair at TheCityUK, a membership body, lobbying on behalf of the financial and related professional services industry. She was also recently appointed as Co-Chair to a Government commissioned taskforce, looking at improving socio-economic diversity at senior levels within UK financial and professional services. She will be leading the industry consultation workstream, which looks at the role of Government, regulators and sector bodies in incentivizing employer action.
Sandra has been the recipient of the Law Society Leadership Award, Legal 500 Leading Women Award, Social Mobility Champion of the Year Award 2020, the Lawyer Hot 100 and she is also listed in the Powerlist 100 for people of African or African Caribbean heritage who have risen to the top of their profession.
Sandra is a mother of three and works flexibly to balance her career and family life.
Zaid Al-Qassab is the Chief Marketing Officer of Channel 4, where he leads the marketing, communications, product and digital teams, plus 4creative, Channel 4’s award-winning in-house creative agency, and 4Studio, Channel 4’s new digital content team. He is also Channel 4’s Director for Inclusion & Diversity. Channel 4 is a publicly owned and commercially funded UK public service broadcaster, with a statutory remit to deliver high-quality, innovative, alternative content that challenges the status quo. Zaid is also a Director and Council member of the Advertising Standards Authority, a Board Trustee of WaterAid and a Board member of Creative Diversity Network, the organisation which enables the UK broadcast industry to measure and improve diversity & inclusion.
He was previously the Chief Brand & Marketing Officer of BT plc, where he led the BT, EE, Plusnet & Openreach brands. Zaid was educated at Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics & Economics, and has also completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma. He spent 20 years at Procter & Gamble, in marketing & commercial roles, including as Managing Director of the Health & Beauty division for the UK & Ireland. Following that, he was Chief Marketing Officer of HouseTrip, a digital start-up which was bought by TripAdvisor. He is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Ira Read is a recognised inclusion and diversity expert, specialising in change management and strategic planning on culture. She is a global Director of Inclusion & Diversity at the LEGO Group, whose mission it is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.
Ira is committed to sustainable change on inclusion and diversity, which empowers people to feel connected to a sense of genuine purpose and belonging. One of her favourite expressions is “Be the change you want to see.”
Her wealth of knowledge and experience is built on an extensive human resources career which includes work across diverse industry sectors and geographies. She has undertaken various roles in HR business partnering, talent acquisition, talent management, employee experience and organisational design.
Ira originally trained and qualified as a lawyer, and practiced in London, before making the decision to pursue a career in Human Resources. Ira was born in Africa and spent her childhood in the UK. She is married and lives with her family in London.
Kulbir is an accomplished diversity and social inclusion professional with wide cross sector experience of working in fast moving and challenging environments. She has a proven ability to contribute to a company at strategic and operational levels. Kulbir is Director for Social Inclusion at the University of Warwick leading strategic change across academic and professional services functions.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Kulbir is focussed on working with organisations to achieve change for clients, customers and staff through effective relationship building and engagement on issues of diversity and social inclusion at senior levels. Empowering personal commitment and a strategic approach to embedding cultural change for greater inclusion.
Kulbir has worked with a wide range of organisations including KPMG, Grant Thornton, Genesis Housing, Local Government and major third sector organisations. Helping them to achieve external and internal recognition for providing inclusive services and being an employer of choice.
Marcus Bell is Director of the Equality Hub in the Cabinet Office, which brings together the Government Equalities Office, the Race Disparity Unit, the Disability Unit and the Social Mobility Commission. He has more than 30 years’ service in civil service policy roles and has worked in Department for Education, Ministry of Housing, Counites & Local Government, Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office. He has a particular interest in social policy and in improving the use of data and evidence.
Marcus has a background mainly in education and social reform and has worked in the past for the UK Government on schools, teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, children in care, unemployment, geospatial data and prisons. He is Chair of Governors of a primary school, which he helped lead out of special measures.
Sam has worked for BAE Systems since 2015 and has done a variety of roles, including Resource Management, Business Change Management and Sales Account Management. She was also co-chair for the BAE Systems LGBTQ+ ERG, OutLinkUK for 3 years.
Sam is now a part of the central D&I team in BAE Systems and is responsible for managing the Employee Resource Groups in the UK. Outside of work she volunteers as a Trustee for Pride in Gloucestershire, having previously been a Trustee with Bi Pride UK.
Brian works within the Functional Management area of Civil Service HR in the Cabinet Office. He was previously the Product Manager of the multi-award winning Civil Service Job Share Finder website from April 2014 to June 2021 and Product Manager of the Civil Service Careers Website from October 2017 to June 2021. Brian began working for the Civil Service in 1996 in DWP. He subsequently worked in the Home Office and HMRC before joining the Cabinet Office. Brian has progressed through a variety of job roles over the years including Employer Engagement Executive, Learning Consultant, Account Manager, Career Consultant, Project Manager, Product Manager and Senior Projects Coordinator. Since 2017 Brian has also been collaborating with a Cabinet Office Data Solutions Architect colleague which has resulted in the creation of the innovative Government Recruitment Information Database (GRID) which launched in October 2020. In May 2020 Brian was appointed Co-Chair of the Cross Government Flexible Working Network and in October 2020 he was awarded an MBE for services to Flexible Working and Equality in the Workplace in in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE is professor of mental health and cultural diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also an honorary consultant at The Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic. His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 300 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (highly commended in the 2011 BMA Awards), Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (commended in the BMA Book Awards in 2008), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists. His most recent monograph, Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Madness in Conventional Hindi Cinema, was published in 2006.
Professor Bhugra is the editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has also developed teaching modules and short courses for medical students and psychiatric trainees on cultural psychiatry and on cinema and psychiatry.
From 2008 to 2011 he was president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In July 2011, he became chair of the Mental Health Foundation. Professor Bhugra has recently been elected president-elect of the World Psychiatric Association and was awarded a CBE in early 2012.
Rashmi is a Director in Citi's Global Capital Management (GCM) team based in London. In this role she is responsible for managing Citi’s EMEA balance sheet and leads the client coverage effort for the EMEA Leverage Finance Portfolio Group.
Prior to joining GCM, Rashmi worked in Citi’s Investment Banking division. In this role she worked on 40+ transactions including financing/re-financing, buy and sell side and capital markets assignments. Rashmi has also previously worked in the Financial Institutions and Global Industrials teams in Citi New York.
Rashmi leads the Citi’s Roots Network in the UK, as a Co-chair. The Roots Network focuses on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic development and inclusion with c.1000 active membership in London. She leads efforts on the award-winning Citi Roots Mentoring programme, Business Skills Workshop, Community outreach programmes as well as the Inspire and Lead sessions.
In 2020, Rashmi was shortlisted for the Women in Banking and Finance Future Leader Award. She has also been recognized as an EMPower Top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leader Role Model (Sponsored by FT & Yahoo Finance) for three years consecutively and been featured in ‘High & Mighty’ power list of India Gazette London, showcasing influential people in the India-UK corridor.
Rashmi holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and Economics (magna cum laude) from Rutgers University and has completed her executive education at Columbia Business School. Outside work, Rashmi enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, and loves running, swimming and the outdoors.
Raj is passionate about making the business world more human and a firm believer that leadership, employee voice and effective communications are at the heart of creating a culture where people can be their authentic selves.
As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Direct Line Group, one of the UK’s leading motor, home and small business insurers, Raj is responsible for creating an environment that welcomes diversity, openness and inclusion – and a business that feels personal and acts as a force for good for its people and customers.
Prior to this Raj was Head of Internal Communications, where over a 15-year career in the UK and internationally, he has led teams tackling engagement campaigns and strategy launches, through to acquisitions, people change and everything in-between.
A member of the UK&I leadership, Catriona is EY UK & Ireland Client Technology & Innovation Officer. In this board role, she harnesses the power of technology & AI to drive innovation to help clients remain competitive in a disruptive environment. Previously, she ran EY’s technology innovation centres across the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa region, following the acquisition of her technology design agency by EY in 2015.
And more to be announced.
Member Ticket: £450 + VAT
Non-Member Ticket: £550 + VAT
Group discounts are available. Email [email protected] to find out more.
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