Global Equality & Diversity Conference & Awards

Experiencing Diversity in the Workplace

Wednesday, 25th November 2015

Level 32, 40 Bank Street, London, E14 5NR

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This event took place on the 25th November 2015.

Presentations from the conference can be watched online here.

Chaired by:

Baroness Oona King, Diversity Executive, Channel 4

Oona King is Diversity Executive at Channel 4, a member of Labour’s front bench in the House of Lords and was previously Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister on Equalities and Diversity at 10 Downing Street (2007-09). 

Hear key presentations from:

Trevor Phillips OBE, former chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Arun Batra, Chief Executive, National Equality Standard

Liz Bingham OBE, Partner, Ernst and Young LLP

Dan Robertson, Diversity & Inclusion Director, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

Neil Carberry, Director of Employment and Skills, CBI

Liza Strong, Director of Organisational Talent and Diversity, Royal Mail

GED 2015 is part of a 3 year project dedicated to exploring personal and organisational experiences of workplace diversity.

This multi-disciplinary conference mixes business experience with academic research to stimulate debate and understanding of the way in which individuals and organisations understand and experience diversity.

Watch highlights from our 2014 Conference here.


Organisations already represented at this event include:

Arhag Housing Association * Bader International Study Centre * Blue Parakeet Coaching CIC * Cardiff Metropolitan University * C4 * Department for Transport * Avon and Somerset Constabulary * Department of Energy and Climate Change * Derbyshire Constabulary * Diversity and Inclusion at Work Group * Ernst & Young * Genpact * Holman Fenwick Willan * IBM * Kingston University * Legal Services Board * Life Beyond Motherhood * London Borough of Croydon * London School of Economics and Political Science * Maritime & Coastguard Agency * Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany * Newcastle University * NHS Leadership Academy * NHS England * NHS Employers * Nottingham Trent University * Open University * Queen Mary, University of London * Rother District Council * Samsung * South Wales Fire and Rescue Service * Scottish Prison Service * Security Industries Authority * Ulster University * University of Aberdeen * University of Manchester * University of Southampton * University of Greenwich * University of Technology, Dublin * University of Reading * University College London * University of Coimbra, Portugal * Warwick Business School * Wealden District Council


Other speakers include:

Cultural diversity and technology in explaining entrepreneurial dynamics in cities
Maks Belitski, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Implementing diversity plans in Brussels: a contribution to social justice?
Dr Alexandre Tandé, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany

Workshops and panel discussions:

Workplace diversity measures in the NHS
Kate Milton, Senior Manager, Equality and Health Inequalities (Workforce, Training and Delivery), Habib Naqvi: Equality Lead, NHS England and Paul Deemer, Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, NHS Employers

Perspectives on workforce diversity: a context-based approach to understanding diversity and equality in the police service
Dr Kenisha Linton
, Kingston University, London; Dr Fiona Moore, Royal Holloway, University of London; Prof Mark Exworthy, University of Birmingham

Achieving a representative police service in diverse Britain
Fiona Washington
, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, West Midlands Police

Best practice case study of a staff diversity network: Religion & Ethnic Minority (REM) Network, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Tania Celani,
Vice-Chair, REM Network, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Iris Anderson, Chair, REM Network, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The class ceiling: social mobility into Britain’s elite occupations
Sam Friedman,
Assistant Professor in Sociology and Daniel Laurison, London School of Economics

Implementing diversity plans in Brussels: A contribution to social justice?
Dr Alexandre Tandé
, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany

Cultural diversity, technology and entrepreneurship
Maksim Belitski, University of Reading, Mike Wright, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Imperial College Business School, Professor Jonathan Levie, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, Dr Julia Korosteleva, Senior Lecturer, University College London

A grass-roots approach to tackling gender equality, Astrea: A best practice case study
Alice Chilver,
Co-Founder of Astrea, A women’s network for HE professional services staff which began at University College London (UCL)

Gender equality, decision-making bodies and business performance
Pedro Vaz Serra
, Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Portugal

Diversity, equality and inclusion at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
Fionnuala Darby,
Department of Business and Dr Bríd Ní Chonaill,Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Gender diversity in the university sector: an exploration of the gendered nature of academic leadership
Colette Fagan, Nina Teasdale, Jane Ferguson, Lis Seston
and Karen Hassell, The Manchester School of Social Sciences and School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester, UK

Work regulation and professional identities: the case of the UK veterinary sector
Lorna Treanor, Lecturer in Management, Ulster University Business School, Ulster University

What is inclusive leadership? A systematic review of the evidence
Dr Doyin Atewologun, Lecturer in Organisational Leadership and Learning, Queen Mary, University of London and Tinu Cornish, CPsychol, Chartered and Registered Organisational Psychologist

Coping with difference before “a proper job”: narratives and commonplace diversity in higher education
Dr Daniel Hartley, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Organisational Learning Research Group, School of Business & Management, Queen Mary, University of London

Aparajita’ – The Invincible Woman: a diversity initiative - a best practice study of a ‘systemic’ diversity initiative at GENPACT
Sonali Jain
, Assistant Vice President (Human Resources), GENPACT and Namrataa Arora Singh, Founder and Coach, Life Beyond Motherhood

Once again, the awards will be run in conjunction with the conference and details regarding the award categories and how to enter will be available very soon. Watch the 2014 Awards presentation here.

If you are aware of an example of good practice you think worthy of nomination, details of how to nominate an organisation, company or individual for an award will be on the website soon. 

Further information:

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