Key Points
  • Achieving equal representation in leadership teams to embed diversity across the organisation
  • Adopting effective recruitment and retention strategies to attract and retain diverse talent
  • Creating strong staff networks and inclusive work spaces to champion diversity
  • Reducing information gaps to inform workforce planning and organisational transformation
  • Building modern and diverse workforce to represent the communities they serve
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Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Denise Keating, Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)
  • Charlotte Eisenhart, Head of Member Services, National Association of Local Councils
  • Kersten England, Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Helen Ward, Assistant Director Organisational Development, Birmingham City Council
  • Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Executive Director Resources & Monitoring Officer, Croydon Council *Public Sector Overall ENEI Award Winner 2018
  • Sonia Khan, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Hackney Council
  • Katy Bennett, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Director, PWC
  • Neil Howard, Accessibility and Equality Officer, Norfolk County Council
  • Ewen Weir, Director of People and Workplace Equalities, Newcastle City Council *Stonewall’s No.1 ranked local authority for LGBT Inclusion
  • Helena Taylor-Knox, Organisational Development Lead, Swindon Borough Council

    Since the 2010 Equality Act, local councils have experienced unprecedented funding cuts leading to large scale restructures. In spite of these challenges, local government is charged with understanding and accommodating the needs of local residents – the more councils are representative of the diverse residents they serve, the better they are equipped to deliver quality services and build integrated communities.

    Westminster Insight’s timely Diversity in Local Government Half-Day Forum will feature contributions from trailblazing local authorities on how to champion the equality and diversity agenda with limited funding, resources and capacity.

    Attend this event to learn how to drive workplace diversity and decrease ethnicity and gender pay gaps. Join us in exploring the transformational roles of visible council leaders who champion the equality and inclusion agenda by embedding diversity across departments.

    Our Championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion panel will showcase Stonewall’s No.1 ranked local authority for LGBT Inclusion (Newcastle City Council) and Norfolk County Council, a “disabled confident leader” employer; only 11 UK councils hold this award.

    Hear from award-winning leaders from local government on how to build strong staff networks, create inclusive workspaces and support vulnerable employees. Network with industry experts who will discuss how to retain, recruit and attract diverse talent to all levels your organisation.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair and Westminster Insight Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Denise Keating Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)

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09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Address: Championing diversity and inclusion to grow a modern and representative local government workforce

 
  • Building a workforce which is representative of the diverse community it serves to drive the delivery of quality services
  • Exploring the benefits of diversity to incentivise going beyond the statutory minimum expected of local councils
  • Achieving organisational success by valuing the diversity agenda with limited resources and persisting funding cuts
  • Challenging the slow progress in diversifying local government to create equal and inclusive workplaces
  • Diversity in thought: exploring a diversity beyond protected characteristics
Questions and Discussion 09:30 - 09:40

09:40 - 10:10
Panel Discussion: Increasing equal representation in council leadership to drive workplace

 
  • Exploring the transformational roles of visible leaders who champion their own protected characteristics to promote disclosures, communicate inclusion and drive cultural change
  • Diversifying middle management and talent pipelines to progress underrepresented groups into leadership roles
  • Introducing flexible working policies for C-suite roles to grow inclusive leadership teams
  • Increasing representation of women and BME staff in managerial positions to decrease gender and ethnicity pay gaps

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Sonia Khan Head of Policy and Partnerships, Hackney Council

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10:10 - 10:40
Embedding equality and diversity across the organisation: considering equality during restructures

 
  • Building cross-departmental equality advisory groups, boards and task forces to operationally and strategically support EDI across the organisation
  • Demonstrating the business case for diversity to gain buy-in from leadership to drive organisational change
  • Empowering EDI staff to engage the entire workforce as change agents and deliver on equality and diversity policy
  • Embedding equality and diversity in council culture by providing opportunities for staff to engage
Questions and Discussion 10:30 - 10:40

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Helena Taylor-Knox Organisational Development Lead, Swindon Borough Council

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10:40 - 11:10
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:10 - 11:40
Adopting effective recruitment and retention strategies to attract and retain diverse talent

 
  • Creating open employment opportunities to avoid the exclusion of diverse talent through recruitment processes
  • Reviewing the organisation's job descriptions, advertisement locations and proactiveness in external networks and communities to produce inclusive and diverse recruitment streams
  • Building an inclusive brand and workspace to attract talent from marginalised communities
  • Improving staff retention by increasing access to learning development and peer mentoring for vulnerable employees
Questions and Discussion 11:30 - 11.40

11:40 - 12:20
Joint Session: Exploring how to increase applicants and employee disclosure rates to improve the uptake of diverse talent

 
  • Reducing information gaps to improve workforce planning, strategy and the effectiveness of equality monitoring
  • Creating a culture of organisational transparency to encourage staff to disclose protected characteristics
  • Delivering effective internal communication campaigns to educate employees on the importance of accurate workforce data
Questions and Discussion 12:10 - 12:20

12:20 - 13:20
Panel Discussion: Championing equality, diversity and inclusion to achieve organisational success

 
  • Creating inclusive work spaces to create dynamic, innovative and inclusive work forces which represent communities they serve
  • Tackling diversity and equality issues effectively by empowering staff to discuss diversity
  • Providing equality and inclusion training for line-managers to empower vulnerable employees to achieve their full potential
  • Collaborating with local equality-based organisations to raise awareness of the issues marginalised communities experience
  • Empower the voices of underrepresented employees by investing in strong staff networks to support the wider diversity and inclusion agenda

Speakers

Neil Howard Accessibility and Equality Officer, Norfolk County Council

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Ewen Weir Director of People, Newcastle City Council

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13:20 - 13:30
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Closing Remarks

 

13:30 - 13:30
Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Katy Bennett Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Director, PWC

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Charlotte Eisenhart Head of Member Services, National Association of Local Councils

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Kersten England Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

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Neil Howard Accessibility and Equality Officer, Norfolk County Council

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Denise Keating Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)

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Sonia Khan Head of Policy and Partnerships, Hackney Council

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Helena Taylor-Knox Organisational Development Lead, Swindon Borough Council

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Ewen Weir Director of People, Newcastle City Council

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Venue details

Central London


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