Webinar: Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Social Mobility: A cross-sector approach

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Socio-economic inequality can have a profound effect on the opportunities for individuals, families, communities, and society. These divisions have been amplified further due to the global pandemic. WIG is delighted to invite you to hear from an expert cross-sector panel, to help you understand how the sectors can work together to address the growing concerns around the long-term impact of COVID-19 on social mobility.

Join us live to:

  • Learn about the importance of social mobility for Diversity & Inclusion from an organisational perspective
  • Understand what the impact of the COVID-19 has been on social mobility
  • Gain insight into how the sectors are working together to address these challenges
  • Sandra Wallace

    Interim Chair

    Social Mobility Commission

    Sandra Wallace was appointed as interim chair of the Social Mobility Commission on 10 July 2020. Sandra is a partner and joint managing director for the UK & Europe at DLA Piper, a global law firm active across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. She serves on DLA Piper’s executive board and its diversity and inclusion council. For two years, she was also head of diversity within the international employment team. Sandra previously held the roles of UK managing partner and UK employment group head at the firm, which she joined as a trainee after qualifying as a lawyer in 1994. Sandra was the first of her family of six to go to university, and came from a background where the law seemed as far from her world as it could be. She graduated from Wolverhampton University to become a trainee solicitor at DLA Piper; eventually rising to her current role. On the way, she overcame many educational and social barriers, including, in her own words, the ‘imposter syndrome’. Sandra is determined to drive social mobility within the legal sector, and has been recognised for her work in helping those from less-privileged socio-economic backgrounds to succeed. This includes the Head Start UK programme, which provides support for talented young people facing economic, social and/or cultural barriers to entering the legal profession. She is also active in her firm’s global social mobility initiative, the DLA Piper Foundation, which aims to help talented and ambitious young people achieve their full potential; improve diversity in the legal profession; and contribute to the rule of law globally. As a commissioner and then Co-Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Sandra is passionate about tackling regional disparities, and was instrumental in helping to develop our Employer Toolkit to help organisations increase socio-economic diversity within the workplace. Sandra is a recipient of the Birmingham Law Society Leadership Award. She is also recognised on the Powerlist 100 for British people of African, African Caribbean or African American heritage who have risen to the top of their profession. She has also been awarded Champion of the Year at the Social Mobility Awards.

  • Donna Catley

    Chief People Officer

    Compass Group UK & Ireland

    Donna joined Compass Group UK & Ireland at the end of 2017. She leads our People strategy, which centres on a belief in social prosperity for all. Donna is a Board member, pension trustee and passionate advocate for equality. She has been instrumental in setting the strategic people agenda at Compass, including leading to Real Living Wage status. Under Donna’s leadership, Compass launched its social mobility report in February 2021, in partnership with the Social Mobility Pledge – which sets out the aspirations and plans of the business to help colleagues progress and build long term careers in the food services sector. As the economy looks to rebuild post-Covid, this agenda has never been more important. Donna comes from a family of frontline workers, she is passionate about this agenda because it is personal.

  • Jacqui Oughton

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shaw Trust
  • Preema Saide

    Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Fast Stream and Early Talent

    Civil Service HR


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