Key Points
  • Championing mentoring and sponsorship to increase BAME representation in leadership
  • Learning from the gender equality agenda to deliver on the ethnic diversity agenda
  • Achieving diversity in middle management to create talent pipelines of BAME leaders
  • Delivering cost-effective diversity initiatives to champion diversity with limited resources
  • Building manager's capacity through training to embed diversity across the organisation
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Overview
Expert Speakers

  • (Chair) Nelarine Cornelius, Co-Vice Chair (Research and Publications), British Academy of Management
  • (Keynote) Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community (BITC)
  • Zaheer Ahmad MBE JP, Head of Strategic Delivery - Diversity and Inclusiveness, EY
  • Allison Francis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Home Office
  • Dr Fiona Bartels OBE, Global Head of EDI, British Council
  • Rodney Williams, Lead Project Manager, National Grid *Top 50 2019 Empower List*
  • Paulette Mastin, Chair, Black Solicitors Network
  • Bernadette Thompson, Co-Chair of Race to the Top G6/7 Network, Civil Service
  • Anita Bhalla, Co-Chair of Race to the Top – G6/7 Network, Civil Service
  • Jeremy Crook, Chief Executive Officer, Black Training & Enterprise Group (BTEG)
  • Herman Trepesch, Diversity and Inclusion Manager & Past-Chair, O2 Telefonica & Surrey Police Association for Culture and Ethnicity (SPACE)
  • Isa Mutlib, Executive Director, BAME Apprenticeship Alliance
  • Tevin Tobun, Chief Executive Officer, Gate Ventures Group *Top 100 2019 Empower List*

Around 14% of the UK working age population come from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Experts estimate, that by 2030 this proportion will be closer to 20%. Diversity is good for culture, for performance, and for business too. So, why is there a distinct lack of BAME representation in senior leadership positions across the UK?

Organisations which treat ethnic diversity like the business priority that it is, achieve success through representative, transformational and engaged leadership.

Westminster Insight’s timely Achieving Racial Equality in Leadership Forum will feature contributions from trailblazing private, public and third sector organisations on how to take practical action to champion equality, diversity and inclusion.

Hear from public and private sector-leading organisations on how to develop effective recruitment and organisational development strategies to drive BAME representation in leadership with limited resources. Network with industry experts who will discuss how to best source and support young BAME talent to cultivate and inspire the next generation of leaders.

Our Breaking Down Barriers panel will spotlight the lived experiences of established and aspiring BAME leaders renowned for championing the ethnic diversity agenda, combating cultural stereotypes and achieving success in underrepresented spaces.

Attend this event to learn how to achieve diversity in middle management to strengthen the diversity of talent pipelines for board-level roles and develop dynamic leadership teams. Join us in exploring the central role of senior leaders visibly sponsoring BAME talent to support emerging leaders and their professional development.

This event follows on from our highly praised Race in the Workplace Forum.

Here's what some of the delegates on the day had to say about the event:

“Incredibly inspirational & informative. Brilliant selection of panel members. Well organised.” - Lyndon Campbell, Equalities Delivery Manager, Independent Office for Police Conduct

“Very thought provoking and worthwhile. Fantastic speakers.” - Laura Stokes, HR Business Partner, DEFRA

“Engaging, authentic, relevant and inclusive” - Julia Quinn, People Services Manager, MK College

Agenda
Start

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

 

09:00 - 09:15
Chair and Westminster Insight Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Nelarine Cornelius Co-Vice Chair (Research and Publications), British Academy of Management

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09:15 - 09:45
Keynote Address – Breaking the silence: creating representative and transformational leadership

 
  • Exploring the benefits of ethnic diversity to make the business case for organisational change
  • Reviewing the achievements of the gender equality agenda to identify learnings for delivering the BAME equality agenda
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable to successfully broach the subject of race
  • Achieving buy in from employees and managers by making BAME your organisation’s focus
  • Subscribing to the Race at Work Charter to take practical steps towards tackling barriers to ethnic diversity in the workplace 

    Questions and Discussions: 09:35 – 09:45 

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Sandra Kerr CBE Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

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09:45 - 10:15
Achieving diversity in middle management to create sustainable talent pipelines of BAME leaders

 
  • Championing mentoring and sponsorship to create inclusive environments and inspire emerging leaders
  • Strengthening the ethnic diversity of talent pipelines to enable BAME staff to fulfil their potential and penetrate board-level roles 
  • Creating a pool of visible senior BAME leaders to drive employee ambition and combat cultural stereotypes 

    Questions and Discussions - 10:05 – 10:15 

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Allison Francis Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Home Office

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10:15 - 10:45
Integrating diversity training into management development to create culturally aware and engaged leaders

 

  • Reviewing best practice to explore effective formats of diversity training
  • Ensuring diversity advocacy is a requirement for career progression to achieve employee buy-in
  • Adopting an evidence-based approach to EDI to make all leaders accountable for progress
  • Building managers’ capacity as diversity change agents to embed diversity across the organisation

    Questions and Discussions – 10:35 – 10:45 

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Dr Fiona Bartels OBE Global Head of EDI, British Council

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10:45 - 11:15
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:15 - 11:45
Developing inclusive recruitment and organisational development strategies to drive BAME representation in leadership

 
  • Practicing transparency: measuring, tracking and reporting on BAME diversity at all levels of the organisation 
  • Creating inclusive recruitment panels to minimise barriers to BAME representation in leadership
  • Encouraging mentoring and sponsorship to improve retention of emerging diverse talent 
  • Building BAME networks to strengthen the voices of BAME employees and inform organisational policy.

    Questions and Discussions – 11:35 – 11:45 

Speakers

Hermann Trepesch Diversity Adviser & Chair of the BME Staff Association SPACE

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11:45 - 12:15
Implementing cost-effective diversity strategies to champion diversity with limited resources and budget

 
  • Improving data collection processes to identify interventions which provide a return on investment
  • Critically appraise your organisation culture to build inclusive space where BAME staff and fulfil their potential
  • Developing creative initiatives which reflect company culture to drive employee engagement
  • Utilising staff networks and internal diversity events to drive workplace diversity

    Questions and Discussions – 12:05 – 12:15 

Speakers

Bernadette Thompson Co-Chair of Race to the Top - G6/7 Network, Civil Service

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Anita Bhalla Co-Chair of Race to the Top – G6/7 Network, Civil Service

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12:15 - 13:00
Panel Discussion – Cultivating and inspiring the next generation of leaders: sourcing and supporting young BAME talent

 
  • Discussing the role of young people in increasing BAME representation in leadership
  • Proactively engaging within diverse spaces to effectively attract young talent from ethnic backgrounds 
  • Encouraging BAME communities to consider apprenticeships to improve uptake of diverse talent
  • Connecting young employees with senior leaders to enrich the network of young BAME talent

Speakers

Jeremy Crook Chief Executive Officer, Black Training & Enterprise Group (BTEG)

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Paulette Mastin Counsel, Linklaters LLP, and Chair, Black Solicitors Network

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Isa Mutlib Executive Director, BAME Apprenticeship Alliance

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13:00 - 13:30
Panel Discussion – Exploring the lived experiences of established and aspiring BAME leaders breaking down barriers in underrepresented spaces

 
Spotlighting the challenges, barriers and achievements of visible BAME role models and leadership programmes in championing the ethnic diversity agenda. Featuring contributions fromů

Speakers

Tevin Tobun Chief Executive Officer, GV Group

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Rodney Williams Lead Project Manager, National Grid *Top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders 2019 Empower List*

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13:30 - 13:40
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Closing Remarks

 

13:40 - 13:40
Close of Forum

 

End

Speakers

Zaheer Ahmad MBE JP Head of Strategic Delivery, Diversity and Inclusiveness, EY

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Dr Fiona Bartels OBE Global Head of EDI, British Council

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Anita Bhalla Co-Chair of Race to the Top – G6/7 Network, Civil Service

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Nelarine Cornelius Co-Vice Chair (Research and Publications), British Academy of Management

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Jeremy Crook Chief Executive Officer, Black Training & Enterprise Group (BTEG)

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Allison Francis Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Home Office

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Sandra Kerr CBE Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

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Paulette Mastin Counsel, Linklaters LLP, and Chair, Black Solicitors Network

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Isa Mutlib Executive Director, BAME Apprenticeship Alliance

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Bernadette Thompson Co-Chair of Race to the Top - G6/7 Network, Civil Service

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Tevin Tobun Chief Executive Officer, GV Group

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Hermann Trepesch Diversity Adviser & Chair of the BME Staff Association SPACE

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Rodney Williams Lead Project Manager, National Grid *Top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders 2019 Empower List*

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Venue details

Central London


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