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
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.
Book your tickets before 14 January to secure our early bird rate!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And more to be announced.
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