HR Directors Roundtable: Gender Pay Gap - Where are we now?

In 2017 the Government Equalities Office (GEO) introduced world-leading regulations that require organisations with 250 or more employees to report their gender pay gap data every year. The national gender pay gap, as reported by the Office for National Statistics, is 18.4% and there is still much to be done to bring gender equality to the workplace.

The GEO is committed to working closely with employers on this, listening to challenges from across the sectors, and is looking to build on the work in its recent report on Evidence based actions to close the gender pay gap.

During this session, Elysia McCaffrey from the GEO will set out the kind of actions organisations should be taking to close the gender pay gap, in addition to discussing the work her team are leading to address social norms and stereotyping from an early age. 

Roundtable participants will also have the opportunity to hear from Deloitte, who have been voluntarily reporting their gender pay gap since 2015. 

Emma Codd will be speaking about how the firm is focusing on gradually closing its gender pay gap. This will include the programmes they have put in place, but also crucially the focus on culture for those programmes to bear fruit. 

This will be your opportunity to meet other HR Directors from across the sectors. You will get insight into policies and cultures which will help address the gender pay gap in your organisation. It will give you an understanding of the potential challenges and opportunities that this represents and allow you to improve gender representation across all levels of your organisation.


About the speakers:

Elysia McCaffrey leads the Women in Business division at the Government Equalities Office, primarily leading work to close the gender pay gap. This includes the implementation of new Gender Pay Gap reporting requirements, increasing the number of women on boards, increasing women’s political representation, and representing the UK on gender issues internationally. Elysia is passionate about gender equality and has a background in leading large scale operations and change programmes.


Emma Codd is the Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte NWE and Deloitte UK and sits on the Executive Committees for both. Alongside these roles, Emma leads a client service team of over 50 people within the firm’s Financial Advisory practice.  Since being appointed to the UK Executive Committee in 2013, Emma has led significant change to the firm’s talent agenda - most notably in relation to agile working (including the design and implementation of the award-winning Time Out programme); gender balance (a focus on culture change alongside targeted interventions - such as the firm’s industry first return to work programme - which has seen the firm make meaningful progress on this issue); Respect and Inclusion (including the award-winning Ask Yourself film and the firm’s unique mandatory inclusive leadership sessions); and Social Mobility (including the introduction of academic institution-blind recruitment and contextualisation of academics). 

Emma - who is also a strong advocate of Gender Pay Gap reporting - was named the 2015 Woman of Achievement by Women in the City and in 2017 she featured in the Financial Times HERoes list which celebrates female leaders who support women in business. In April 2018 Emma came second in Accountancy Age’s Women in Finance awards.  She is a member of the Patron Group for Access Accountancy and also sits on the Business in the Community gender leadership group. Emma lives in London with her husband and their twin 9-year-old daughters.


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