Structural Inequalities: A cross sector approach to tackling inequalities in the UK

This panel session will discuss how the public, private and not-for-profit sectors can better address structural inequalities to deliver more inclusive and ultimately successful organisations and by extension, society. Doing so will enable gaps in our collective understanding to be plugged and provide a clear pathway for employers, the third sector, researchers and policy communities to take positive action towards improving inequalities in the UK. The focus will be around five core themes: language, opportunity, understanding evidence, voice and place.

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About the speakers

  • Dr Olivia Stevenson

    Head of UCL Public Policy and Co-founder, Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN)

    Dr Olivia Stevenson leads UCL’s flagship initiative to support academic-policy engagement, is a co-founder of the Universities Policy Engagement Network and is one of the authors on the UCL-Resolution Foundation report ‘Structurally Unsound’. 

  • Siobhan Morris

    Siobhan Morris, Coordinator, UCL Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality

    Siobhan Morris is lead author of the UCL-Resolution Foundation report ‘Structurally Unsound’ and leads UCLs Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality, working with academics and external partners to facilitate research and collaborations. Siobhan has published widely on structural and relational inequalities. 

  • Melody Moore

    Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

    Melody Moore is a Senior Client Partner based in Korn Ferry’s London office, and is the UK D&I practice lead. She has been a consultant for over 17 years, and has worked with a wide variety of clients in the public and private sector. Projects include design of a high potential assessment process for the Civil Service, design of induction and behavioural development workshops for a global bank, helping a public sector define their Inclusion strategy, design of leadership development programmes for a financial services client. Melody has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors and geographies, helping clients align their people with their business strategy. She specialises in D&I, talent management, leadership development, executive coaching, team development, and executive assessment. Her D&I expertise is based around helping clients define and implement their D&I strategy, including Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership training Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Melody was a manager in the National Health Service, and combines her leadership experience with consulting skills to create pragmatic solutions for her clients.

  • Matthew Whittaker

    Chief Executive Officer, Pro Bono Economics

    Matt is chief executive at Pro Bono Economics, a charity that connects volunteer economists to other charities in order to help them run economic evaluations of their various programmes. He joined in November 2019, having spent the previous 11 years at the Resolution Foundation think tank. He had overall responsibility for the organisation’s research output, and was a leading expert in his own right on the subject of income inequality. He has worked across a number of areas related to UK living standards, with his extensive body of written work and regular media contributions covering the labour market, the tax and benefit system, housing, consumer debt, public finances, and the macroeconomy. He was co-chair of the 2019 ‘Exploring Inequalities’ project run by the Resolution Foundation and UCL, which took a multi-disciplinary approach to digging into the nature of – and intersections between – different types of structural inequality.

  • Tess Lanning

    Head of Enterprise and Employment Strategy, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

    Tess Lanning is Head of Enterprise and Employment Strategy in the Inclusive Growth team at Barking and Dagenham Council, where she oversees strategies to improve the quantity and quality of jobs available to local people in the borough. Previously, as Director (maternity cover) of the Living Wage Foundation - and before that Head of Policy and Business Development – Tess oversaw the high profile campaign asking employers to pay a real Living Wage, including the development of a new campaign to tackle insecurity at work. Between 2013 and 2015 she worked as adviser to the Leader of the Opposition on business, skills and labour market policy, and before that as a senior researcher on economic and social policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research. She has been engaged as a consultant by various organisations to conduct work on issues relating to training, job quality and economic development policy and sits on the board of the community interest company Timewise, which supports employers to create quality flexible jobs that meet the needs of employees and employers alike.



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