WIG Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2018


About the event

Our annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference brings together attendees from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to share ideas, challenges and experiences with the aim of advancing workplace inclusion. With 30+ speakers each year, the event focuses on insights from those at the forefront of D&I delivery in their own organisations, covering a broad spectrum of D&I issues. The conference equips attendees with the practical tools and knowledge needed to drive forward the D&I agenda in their own organisations.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Methods to benchmark successful D&I strategies
  • Mentoring and performance management of BAME and minority staff
  • Mental health and disability inclusion
  • Approaches to neurodiversity
  • Methods to promote social mobility
  • The role of staff networks in building an inclusive organisation
  • Developing diverse leaders
  • Staff attraction, engagement and retention

Keynote Speakers

  • Tara McGeehan

    President, CGI UK

    Tara McGeehan was appointed President of CGI’s UK Operations in January 2018.   A CGI member for more than 17 years, Tara most recently 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.

  • Rupert McNeil

    Chief People Officer, Civil Service

    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.   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.   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.

  • Jacky Wright

    Chief Digital & Information Officer, HMRC

    As HMRC’s Chief Digital and Information Officer, Jacky is responsible for all of the technology powering one of the biggest digitally-enabled transformations anywhere in Europe. Her teams run the IT and telephony that allows HMRC to manage 2.3 billion transactions and collect more than half a trillion pounds a year in revenue to fund UK Plc. Jacky joined HMRC in October 2017 from a private sector background. She is well known in the industry as a senior executive who is a transformational global leader and innovative technologist. She is passionate about the impact innovation can have in truly transforming services for people and businesses in a positive way. Jacky is also proud to represent women and BAME in technology. She was recently recognised as one of the UK’s most influential black people in the 2018 Powerlist.


Breakout & Plenary Speakers

More to be announced...


The event is aimed at all those involved in making their organisation a more equal and inclusive workplace, including:

  • HR and Talent Directors
  • Heads of Equality and Diversity
  • Board Members
  • Academics and Researches
  • Sector Specific Experts
  • Recruitment Personnel
  • Careers Personnel
  • Workforce Transformation Managers
  • Diversity & Inclusion professionals
  • HR Business Partners
  • Staff network leads
  • CEOs and COOs

WIG's Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2017 brought together over 150 professionals from the following organisations: 

Aggregate Industries | Airbus | BAE Systems | Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy | Cabinet Office | City of London Corporation | Civil Service Employee Policy | Competition and Markets Authority | Crown Commercial Service | Department for Communities and Local Government | Dentons | Dstl | ENEI | Energy UK | EY | Financial Conduct Authority | Food Standards Agency | Foreign & Commonwealth Office | Fujitsu | Notting Hill Genesis | HMRC | HM Treasury | Home Office | House of Commons | HSBC | Institute of Physics | Investec | Jaguar Land Rover | King's College London | Kent County Council | London Fire Brigade | London South Bank University | Ministry of Defence | National Audit Office | NS&I | Network Rail | Ofcom | Ofgem | Sage | Scottish Government| Slaughter & May | Aberdeen Standard Life | Step Up To Serve | Texthelp | The Pensions Regulator | UK Government Investments | United Utilities | Unum | Welsh Government | World Learning Europe

See what previous speakers and delegates had to say about the event:


A fantastic opportunity to share personal stories and a lots of powerful messages that underpin why diversity is so important to how we look after our staff, and how staff reflect the community as a whole."

- Liz Newland, Food Standards Agency, 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Conference


Early bird: £250 + VAT (until 21 September 2018)
Member standard price: £350 + VAT
Non-member price: £450 + VAT
Email us for more information or for help with booking.

Event Partner

This year's Diversity & Inclusion Conference is proudly supported by HR Magazine.




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