Diversity & Inclusion Series 2021: a cross-sector approach in unprecedented times

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The WIG Diversity & Inclusion Series is a unique chance to learn from leading figures within D&I from across the sectors.

By attending the WIG D&I Series, you will:

  • Hear first-hand experiences and gain practical and insightful information, enabling you to implement real change in your organisation
  • Discuss the big talking points currently impacting businesses and individuals through a range of virtual events and seminars
  • Meet with peers from across the sectors in our interactive networking sessions, sharing your challenges and gaining further understanding in a secure and inclusive environment

Each ticket admits two delegates, and can be purchased as individual day passes, or for the full series of events. Scroll down for more details.

Day One: The Business Case for D&I | 15 March, 14:00-16:00
Hear experts from across central Government, the private sector and academia discuss the importance of inclusive leadership; Tara McGeehan, President, CGI UK, will demonstrate the value of diversity in senior roles; Sir Ian Cheshire, Non-Executive Director, Barclays, will talk about the role of the Board in the D&I agenda; and a cross-sector panel of experts will showcase how a fully inclusive talent strategy can improve an organisation’s performance.
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Day Two: The New Normal | 16 March, 10:00-12:00
Understand how COVID-19 has changed the way we work, and hear what the ‘new normal’ may look like for King’s College London, Microsoft, and NHS Employers. Our peer-to-peer networking session is a great opportunity to share approaches and to build your network.
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Day Three: Leadership, Opportunity, and D&I in the Public Eye | 17 March, 14:00-16:30
Experts from British Council, HS2 and Linklaters LLP share examples of building and sustaining trusted leadership and a culture of belonging. Diversity Expert, June Sarpong, discusses her career in the public eye and the role she plays in championing diversity. Join a fully interactive workshop to gain practical advice on creating your own leadership journey, and opportunities for others.
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Day Four: Intersectionality and the Use of Data with D&I | 18 March, 10:00-12:00
Learn from Emilia Roig, Founder and Executive Director, Centre of Intersectional Justice, why intersectionality is of real importance for organisations of all sizes. Our expert panellists from Network Rail, NSPCC, and University of Oxford will then share their experience and advice on the measurement of inclusion, and whether data can lead the way to long lasting change. A final peer-to-peer networking session is your chance to share key takeaways from the Series, and to discuss your plan of action for moving the D&I agenda forward in your organisation.
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  • Tara McGeehan


    CGI UK

    Tara McGeehan was appointed President of CGI’s UK operations in January 2018. In May 2019, to capitalise on market synergies, the Australia Business Unit was added to the UK Operations, forming the UK and Australia Strategic Business Unit. As President, Tara leads a team of approximately 6,000 professionals and consultants who bring all of CGI’s end-to-end capabilities and industry and technology expertise to clients across these regions. A CGI member for more than 19 years, Tara previously 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.

  • Sir Ian Cheshire

    Non-Executive Director


    Ian was Chair of Barclays Bank UK until December 2020. Current appointments are non-executive director Barclays, non-executive director BT Group plc, Chairman Menhaden plc and chair of Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund. Previous appointments were Chairman of Debenhams, CEO of Kingfisher plc, B&Q, Chairman Maisons du monde, and Lead Non-Executive Director for the Government. He was Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, President of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group and chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force. Sir Ian retired as non-exec director of B&B plc in 2010. He has won a number of awards including Lifetime contributions to retailing and 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.

  • June Sarpong OBE

    TV Presenter, Diversity Expert & Award-Winning Author

    June has enjoyed a 20‐year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television. June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland. It was when she started on Channel 4’s T4 that she became a household name. June hosted 2005’s Make Poverty History event and presented at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 she hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. June has also interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names including HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and George Clooney.
    She has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, whilst campaigning for The One and Produce (RED). June was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her one of the youngest people ever to receive an MBE. June was later awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Years’ Honours List.
    June is the co‐founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers including Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi and Iman.
    After living in America for eight years, June moved back to the UK in 2015, and is now a regular panellist on Sky News’ weekly current affairs discussion show, The Pledge.
    June is also an author of three award winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’, ‘The Power of Women’ and ‘The Power of Privilege’.

  • Emilia Roig

    Founder and Executive Director

    Centre for Intersectional Justice

    Emilia Roig (she/they) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Berlin-based Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ), a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing justice, equality and a life free of systemic oppression for all. Her experience growing up in a transracial Algerian-Jewish-Martinican family in France shaped her commitment to and passion for intersectional social justice. Emilia is faculty member of the Social Justice Study Abroad Program of DePaul University of Chicago and has taught numerous grad and post-grad courses on Intersectionality Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory, Queer Feminism and International and European Law. She holds a PhD in political science, a Master of Public Policy and an MBA in international law. Prior to her PhD, she was working extensively on human rights issues at the UN in Tanzania and Uganda, at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Cambodia, and at Amnesty International in Germany. She has held numerous keynotes, talks and interviews at major conferences and events and was jury member of the German Non-Fiction Book Prize 2020 and of the 25 Women Award of Edition F in 2019. Emilia is dedicated to inspire people to divest from oppressive systems through spirituality, creating new narratives and redefining reality. She is the author of the newly released book WHY WE MATTER. Das Ende der Unterdrückung.

  • Brett Terry

    Director of People


    Brett joined the NSPCC in January 2018, with 20 years in senior strategic and operational HR roles. Passionate about people and volunteering, he hopes to help create a workforce of active, authentic ambassadors who inspire and compel others to play their part in our vision. Outside of work, Brett is a father to Rhian, a wildlife photographer and an avid Blackburn Rovers football fan.

  • Loraine Martins

    Director of Diversity & Inclusion

    Network Rail

    Loraine is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, which maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure.  With some 42,000 employees, it is the fastest growing railway in Europe.  Loraine leads a centre of expertise which supports Network Rail’s ambition to be a more open, diverse and inclusive business. Previously, Loraine lead a multi-award-winning team, delivering a programme of equality and inclusion and employment and skills in the construction of the its infrastructure, venues and facilities on the Olympic Park for London 2012.  For this work Loraine was awarded an MBE.   Loraine was the vice chair of the Trust for London, a grant-making body which tackles inequality and poverty in the capital and chaired the working group that funded London Living Wage campaign.  Loraine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In October 2019 Inclusive Boards and the Financial Times announced that Loraine has been included in the top 100 women influencing engineering in the UK.  In November 2019, Loraine was awarded the Mike Nichols Award (Association of Project Management APM) which recognises contributions to transformational change for the world and society.

  • Paul Deemer

    Head of Diversity and Inclusion

    NHS Employers

    Paul has been a HR professional for over 30 years. He has worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the health service – with particular experience in the fields of recruitment, employee relations, employment law and diversity. When working for Barnardo’s he took on the role of national equality and diversity manager. After a short spell as a HR lead in an NHS trust, he was seconded into the Department of Health and Social Care’s Equality and Diversity Team to help them develop the first national strategy in this area. Paul currently works for NHS Employers – which represents and supports NHS trusts across England – and is helping NHS organisations to embed diversity and inclusion good practice across the NHS. He also works on various diversity working groups and initiatives – with bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative – and writes frequently about all aspects of diversity through various social media channels.

  • Kerri-Ann O'Neill

    People and Transformation Director


    Kerri-Ann is the People and Transformation Director at Ofcom and is the functional leader for human resources and for organisational and digital transformation at the communications regulator. Kerri sits on the main Executive Policy and Management Board of Ofcom.   Kerri aims to create a colleague experience which is enables people to work collaboratively to build a purpose driven and agile organisation centred on respect, trust, wellbeing and excellence.  Kerri leads Ofcom’s agenda for diversity and inclusion, wellbeing, reward, talent acquisition and management, culture and delivering people centred technological change.    Prior to joining Ofcom Kerri was People Director, Culture and Organisational Effectiveness at House of Fraser and has held senior roles at Aviva both in the UK and internationally including its first Head of People Analytics and Future Workforce.  Kerri is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. 

  • Professor Rebecca Surender

    Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity

    University of Oxford

    Professor Rebecca Surender was appointed a Pro Vice-Chancellor and Oxford University's first Advocate for Equality and Diversity in January 2015. The role provides leadership and coordination of equality and diversity efforts and ambitions across the University, to advance the University’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture and a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.  Professor Surender is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Department for Social Policy and Intervention and a Fellow of Green-Templeton College. Her research focuses on health and social policy in developing countries. She was a founding member and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy at Oxford, and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, South Africa.

  • Daniel Danso

    Global Diversity Manager

    Linklaters LLP

    Daniel is Linklaters’ Global Diversity Manager. Since joining the firm, he has led the firm through the global expansion of its D&I Strategy and Action Plan.  Daniel designs and delivers D&I training both internally and externally around the globe. He advised the firm and its clients on key business issues including: culture change, D&I and ESG, global recruitment, data collection and monitoring, procurement, global mobility, reward and marketing. During Daniel’s time at Linklaters, he has increased the firm’s overall global D&I activity from 7% to 90% in three years and cofounded the Linklaters Diversity Faculty, a specialist consultative advisory group for businesses that brings experts in the fields of D&I and Employment Law together. Daniel’s background is in strategy development, leadership development, public speaking, equality consultancy, training and social theory.

  • Nagina Kayani

    Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


    Nagina has been the Head of EDI at Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest and oldest children’s charity since 2015. Previously she was the Equality Diversity & Human Rights Manager at City of London Corporation & City of London Police where she developed the reporting requirements for the Public Sector Equality Duty and compliance with the Equality Act 2010. Nagina has nearly 25 years’ experience of working in the field of diversity & inclusion from casework to policy to strategy and is passionate about working to make a difference and championing social justice. The majority of her career has been working in the public sector in a number of local authorities and in leading the EDI agenda. Nagina’s approach is an inclusion led one that focuses on intersectionality and cultural competence. She is also an accredited Local Government Association Diversity Peer and ambassador for the charity Remembering Srebrenica. She also co-chaired a working group for the Speaker of House of Commons BAME Challenge working with Inclusive Employers to develop a toolkit to improve BAME representation in the workforce.

  • Lee Elliot Major OBE

    Professor of Social Mobility

    University of Exeter

    Lee Elliot Major is Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter, and formerly Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust.   He has written several award-winning books including Social Mobility and Its Enemies and What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Social Mobility? cited by the FT as one of the books of 2020. Lee is one of the most prominent public voices in national debates over fairness, education inequality, social mobility and socio-economic diversity.  He is the first in his family to attend higher education and lived on his own from age 15. His research is looking at education and workplace inequalities induced by the Covid crisis. Lee was awarded an OBE in 2019. In July 2020 he was one of 20 people named in ‘People Management's Diversity and Inclusion Power List’.

  • Sarah Guerra

    Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

    King's College London

    Sarah Guerra (She/her) is the Director of King's College London’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.  Sarah spearheads the College’s strategic vision for equality, diversity, and inclusion for the whole campus community.  In partnership with King's senior leadership, she has instigated a suite of strategic projects to revolutionise attitudes, championed the use of data, building an evidence base for all activity and is supporting King’s in realising its 'inclusion journey'.   In addition to her work at King's, she sits on the Research Excellence Framework's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel as well as the AdvanceHE's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, sits on the board on a Chestnut Grove Academy and is the chair of the Nuffield Council for Bio-Ethics membership committee.  A born and bred black Londoner and mother of four daughters in a blended family, Sarah’s career started in public policy and legal compliance. She is a recognised thought leader and has worked in several organisations across public and third sectors.

  • Mark Lomas

    Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


    Mark has delivered numerous diversity and inclusion projects in the UK and internationally for organisations across a wide variety of sectors. including The Financial Reporting Council, Lloyds Market Association, Bermuda Hospital Board, Groupama Insurance, The BBC, Sheffield University, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Boards, Highways England, ITV, DR TV Denmark, The Bermuda Human Rights Commission and The Law Society. Mark is a published author on the topic of Equality and Diversity having authored the Law Society E&D Risk & Compliance Toolkit which assists law firms to comply with regulation and is the co-author of research published for Arts Council England on Goal 5: Equality & Diversity for Young People in the arts. Mark is also an executive committee member of the R.I.D.I. (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative). In January 2016 Mark took up the role as Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion for HS2. HS2 have won a number of EDI Awards including the 2017 ENEI Awards for Inclusive Procurement, Innovation with impact and Overall Public Sector Winner categories, four REACH Society awards for its work Inspiring Young BAME Individuals, Professional Role Models & Corporate Champions categories, The Apollo Award for Best Supplier Diversity Programme, the Women in Rail “Top Employer” 2018 award, ENEI Inclusive Procurement Award 2018, Gold Award for the ENEI TIDE benchmark, MSDUK Global Inclusive Procurement Award 2018 and the VERCIDA No.1 Gender Inclusive Employer in the UK 2018 and several RIDI  Awards for Disability Confident Employer, Inclusive Recruitment Team of the Year & Supply Chain management. HS2 is the first organisation in the UK to reach GOLD standard against the Clear Assured Accreditation Framework. In 2019 Mark won Inclusive Companies Head of Diversity of the year Award. In 2020, Mark was named in the People Magazine Top 20 D&I Powerlist.

  • Abu Bundu-Kamara

    Global Equity, Diversity and Inclusion International Leader


    Abu Bundu-Kamara is an inspirational influencer, strategic thinker and agent of change who is passionate about helping leaders and companies embrace change in a New World Marketplace. With a proven track record and over 20 years’ experience in business, leadership, strategy and human resource management, Abu works with leaders to embed diversity & inclusion in their decision-making through both system redesign and leadership development. In 2017, Boeing appointed him to the new position of Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader for Europe, Russia and Israel (ERI). In addition to his fantastic role at Boeing, Abu supports several organisations and sits on the board of Catalyst, a global non-profit working to build inclusive workplaces that work for women, NCTJ (The National Council for the Training of Journalists) and the Journalism Diversity Fund. He is also a founding member of the National Equality Standard (NES) and 30% Club working group, and chairs a UK Network for Diversity Practitioners. He speaks regularly at conferences on the topic of inclusion. Abu has previously worked for global brands such as Pearson, Financial Times, The Economist, Penguin Books and BAE Systems.

  • Rebecca Jeffs

    Colleague Experience Director


    Rebecca Jeffs’ experience working across various organisations spans more than 20 years from Australia to the Middle East and now across the world with Serco. Starting in the education sector, she moved into corporate HR building her career across all functions including three years as the Divisional HR Director for Serco Middle East. Rebecca now works with leaders and colleagues, in Serco globally on various aspects of experience including Diversity and Inclusion and Colleague Insights. A qualified CTI and certified ORSC Team Coach, she is passionate about collaborating with leaders in creating the conditions by which all colleagues can thrive at Serco.

  • Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis

    Global Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

    British Council

    Fiona is Global Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the British Council. She has responsibility for setting and driving the strategic direction of EDI across offices in over 110 countries and territories. She is a former social worker, a member of the Higher Education Academy and her local Race Equality Council, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of Africa Gifted Foundation led by Tom Ilube, supporting gifted and talented African girls in science. She is also a founding member of the Premiere League’s Independent Equality Panel chaired by Garth Crooks, amongst other roles.  Her qualifications are an Advanced Diploma in Social Work, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, an M.Phil in Social Policy (Issues of Parenting: Comparative research study of African-Caribbean and White British mothers across two generations living in the London Borough of Hackney), Doctorate in Professional Studies (Social Sciences) (Global Diversity Networks), amongst others. Her contribution to equality and diversity has been acknowledged through an OBE in 2005 and a number of awards from different countries, and other forms of recognition.  For example, Canada (Women Worth Watching Profiles in Diversity 2014); India (World Diversity and Inclusion HRD Congress 2017); the Ghana Professional Achievers Award for humanitarian services to the UK and Ghana, the latter being her country of birth; the USA Peter Robertson award for Equality and Diversity Champions by ORC (Organisation of Resource Counsellors) Worldwide.  She has been named one of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Heritage in the related Powerlist on three occasions and is now in its Hall of Fame. Publications include a co- edited book Global Diversity Management: A Fusion of Ideas, Stories and Practice (Management for Professionals) with Professors Mustafa F. Ozbilgin and Paul Gibbs, published by Springer in 2019 and Bartels-Ellis, F. (2017) 'Mainstreaming inclusion in higher education' In Stiasny, M. and Gore, T. (eds), Going Global: Building nations, connecting cultures. London: British Council and UCL Institute of Education Press.



This series of interactive events is aimed at all those involved in making their organisation a more equal and inclusive workplace, including:

  • HR and Talent Directors
  • Heads of Diversity and Inclusion
  • 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

The WIG D&I Series is an opportunity to learn from experts, and to meet with peers from across the sectors, sharing your challenges and gaining further understanding in a secure, and inclusive environment.

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Day Pass

Member Ticket: £125 + VAT
Non-Member Ticket: £150 + VAT

Series Pass

Member Ticket: £500 + VAT
Non-member Ticket: £600 + VAT

One ticket admits two attendees and includes all sessions in D&I Series, including interactive discussions and workshops, and post-conference materials. Tickets are also available as individual day passes.

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