Overview

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Online Conference

The Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Sector Conference will explore how public sector organisations can develop strategies which ensure long-term progress towards equality, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Specifically designed for the local and central government sector and the wider public sector, this event will highlight areas of improvement to support the breaking down of barriers, a more diverse workforce and inclusive leadership. Expert speakers and leaders from across the public sector will share examples of best practice and outline the impact of the pandemic on ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Policy Background

Between 2014 and 2018 there was little change in the ethnic diversity of the public sector workforce. In the public sector only 1 in 16 people at senior levels are from a minority ethnic background. The most ethnically diverse workforce are NHS Doctors, with firefighters and police officers the least ethnically diverse workforces. More than a third of LGBT staff (35%) have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination. So how can public sector organisations work towards reducing inequalities and ensure all employees feel included?

Significant progress has been made towards a more diverse and inclusive public sector workforce, but there is still room for improvement. It is widely recognised that a diverse workforce can be a strong contributor to innovation, organisational performance and building trust. To transition to a truly inclusive workplace significant effort is required from leaders in the organisation to embed inclusivity in organisational practices, policies, managers and employees. Building an inclusive culture takes time and requires commitment from across the organisation.

What to expect:

  • Hear from expert speakers from across the sector on building inclusive work practices in order to help create truly diverse, equal and inclusive workplaces
  • Explore practical solutions for key diversity and inclusion challenges in the public sector though practical workshops and discussions
  • Evaluate where your organisation stands on its inclusivity journey and the next steps to take to continue making progress
  • Discuss how to effectively break down barriers in your organisation, to support the progression, development, happiness and wellbeing of all employees
  • Learn what support is available to you as an organisation and how you can work in partnership with other leaders in the sector to transform into an inclusive and diverse employer

Watch this video to find out more about the online event experience.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Sector based networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

Cake Bennet photo
Cake Bennet
Client Account Manager – Public and Third Sector
Stonewall
Solat Chaudry photo
Solat Chaudry
Chief Executive
National Centre for Diversity

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 14th July
  • Day 2 - 15th July
9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
10:00 am
Acas Guidance Update: Improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace
  • Outlining how to effectively collect and analyse data from employees to inform your equality, diversity and inclusion policy
  • Sharing recourses available through Acas which can help you investigate and reflect on your workplace practices and their impact on employees
  • Exploring how to best develop a workplace equal opportunities policy and support employees who do not feel included through an effective action plan
  • Discussing strategies for dealing with unconscious bias at work, within both recruitment and internal performance practices
Julie Dennis
Julie Dennis
Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Acas
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
10:30 am
Stonewall Update: Learning How Best to Ensure The Public Sector Delivers LGBT-Inclusive Workplaces
  • Highlighting the power of having a truly inclusive workplace which fully unlocks the potential of your employees
  • Sharing how you can become a Stonewall Champion to help drive better individual, business and organisational outcomes
  • Exploring the Top 100 Employers List and how together with the LGBT Workplace Equality Index it can help organisations asses their progress
  • Understanding how to recognise the benefits of the experiences and perspectives that an inclusive workforce provides for the organisation, all employees and wider community
Cake Bennet
Cake Bennet
Client Account Manager – Public and Third Sector
Stonewall
Confirmed
10:50 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:00 am
The Impact of Covid-19 on Diversity and Inclusion
Dr Holly Birkett
Dr Holly Birkett
Co-Director
Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC), University of Birmingham
Confirmed
11:15 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:25 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegates Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:50 am
Learning How to Create an Inclusive Employee Lifecycle

Hear from Newcastle City Council as they share key insights and learning outcomes from how they worked to ensure their practices are LGBT inclusive for all staff at all stages of their employment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn from the Newcastle City Council’s inclusive recruitment process and how they attract LGBT candidates
  • Learn how the council created a LGBT staff group which works in partnership with HR to ensure an inclusive lifecycle
  • Learn how the council engages with the local community through events and initiatives to encourage applicants from all background to apply for roles
  • Learn how managers with recruitment responsibilities undergo mandatory training which includes section son LGBT recruitment and other inclusive recruitment practices

Winner of Stonewall Employer of the Year 2020

Cllr Joyce McCarty
Cllr Joyce McCarty
Deputy Leader
Newcastle City Council
Invited
12:10 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
12:20 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: Top tips for Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Sector

During this discussion panellists will discuss the main challenges faced by the public sector in improving diversity and inclusion and the solutions they have found to be most effective.

Throughout this session delegates will also be encouraged to put forward their common challenges for the panel to discuss potential solutions that their peers can learn from. 

  • Outlining the key diversity and inclusion challenges faced in the public sector and the main priorities organisations should focus on to improve outcomes
  • Sharing best practice and solutions that other organisations can learn from to effectively improve diversity and inclusion
  • Understanding how to break down barriers in order to support employees and create inclusive workplaces
  • Discussing the impact Covid-19 has had on diversity and inclusion practices and how to ensure continuing progress
Bernadette Thompson
Bernadette Thompson
Deputy Director for Inclusion, Wellbeing and Employee Engagement
Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government
Confirmed
Ruth Moore
Ruth Moore
Head of Equality & Diversity
Derbyshire Police Constabulary
Confirmed
Kerri-Ann O’Neill
Kerri-Ann O’Neill
People and Transformation Director
Ofcom
Invited
Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE
Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE
Head of EO and Diversity
British Council
Invited
1:00 pm
Chair’s Closing Address
10:20 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
10:30 am
Workshop: Embedding Diversity and Inclusivity in Your Organisational Culture
  • The long-term positive impact a diverse and inclusive culture can have on your organisation.
  • Common barriers to diversity management and how to overcome resistance to change.
  • Strategies for effectively embedding diversity and inclusion from senior leadership to junior staff.
Sue Liburd MBE DL
Sue Liburd MBE DL
Chief Executive
Sage Blue
Confirmed
11:15 am
Workshop: Inclusive Leadership – Developing Diverse Leaders
  • Learn how to become an inclusive leader through being aware of your own biases and preferences
  • Learn how to actively seek out and consider different views and perspectives to inform better decision making
  • Learn how to identify and attract diverse talent to drive outstanding organisational performance
  • Learn the 15 core competencies which will help you become an inclusive leader, including awareness and growth
Natasha Landers
Natasha Landers
Director
Natasha Landers Consultancy
Invited
12:00 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups
12:15 pm
Workshop: Becoming a Disability Confident Employer
  • Learn to recognise the benefit of employing disabled talent for your organisation
  • Develop a strategy to become a disability confident employer
  • Learn how to create a workplace environment where all employees can thrive
  • Learn how to develop innovative support and partnerships which allow disabled employees to feel included
  • Learn how to attract disabled talent, by creating an inclusive recruitment process
Gareth Parry
Gareth Parry
Chief Executive
Remploy
Invited
1:00 pm
Keynote Address: Driving Change – Creating Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces
Solat Chaudry
Solat Chaudry
Chief Executive
National Centre for Diversity
Confirmed
1:20 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
1:30 pm
Chair's Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

Audience

This conference is specifically designed for local authorities and central government sector but it is also open to the wider public, voluntary and private sectors to encourage debate and networking.

  • Heads of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Inclusion and Diversity Managers
  • Heads of HR
  • Heads of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • HR Managers
  • Chief People Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Directors of People
  • Heads of Employee Engagement
  • Talent Managers

Pricing

  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Large Charities - Over £1m Income)
    £245 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Small Charities- Under £1m Income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Online Conference Rate (Public Sector)
    £295 + VAT
  • Online Conference Rate (Private Sector)
    £395 + VAT