Key Points
  • Championing disability inclusion at a leadership level to drive culture change
  • Accessibility best practice: embedding disability inclusion throughout the organisation
  • Exploring the impact of Covid 19 and ensuring a disability inclusive response and safe access to the workplace and adequate support
  • Adopting inclusive recruitment and retention practices to attract and retain disabled talent
  • Exploring the full scope of disability, reasonable adjustments and employment law
  • Understanding neurodiversity to unlock the potential of non-neurotypical employees
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Deborah Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Diversity Network *ICA19 Lifetime Achiever Award*
  • Patrick Stephenson, Director of Innovation & Health, Fujitsu *HMG Tech Sector Disability Champion*
  • Philip Connolly, Disability Activist and Policy Expert, *Disability Power List Top 100*
  • Jackie Beer, Group Director of Diversity & Inclusion, BT *Disability Confident Leader*
  • Kamran Malick, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK *Disability Power List Top 100*
  • Sarah Bakewell, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, AWE *ENEI 2019 Award Winner*
  • Paul Awcock,, Head of Talent Sourcing, Lloyd's
  • Neil Howard, Accessibility and Inclusion Lead, Norfolk County Council *Disability Confident Leader*
  • Nigel Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, CLARITY & Co
  • Lydia Warren, Inclusion Project Officer & Co-Chair of Barts Ability, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Samantha Ming, Inclusion Project Officer & Co-Chair of Barts Ability, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Clare Taylor, Senior Assoicate, BDBF


Over 7.9m people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a long-term health condition. * Recruiting and retaining disabled staff enables your organisation to reflect the broader ranges of customers and communities in which you operate within.

Put simply, embracing disability inclusion is not a choice but a business necessity.

Westminster Insight’s timely Disability Inclusion at Work Forum will feature contributions from trailblazing private, public and third sector organisations on how to take visible action to champion disability inclusion in the workplace. We will also explore the response to Covid 19 and how to ensure an approach that is inclusive of persons with disabilities including working from home, safe access to the workplace, and protection for those at increased risk.

Hear from award winning organisations and disability confident leaders on how their disability inclusion strategies have enabled them to embed disability inclusion throughout their organisations.

Network with industry experts who will discuss best practice on achieving inclusive recruitment and retention targets and maximising the acquisition of both disabled and talented employees.

Attend this event to learn how to build the confidence of managers to support disabled staff and drive culture change. This event will also explore the full scope of the accessibility and inclusion agenda including the removal of physical barriers, supporting employees with hidden disabilities and best practice in making reasonable adjustments.

*HM Government Disability Confident Campaign, Feb 2020

This event follows on from our latest diversity and inclusion event: 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

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Deborah Williams Chief Executive Officer, Creative Diversity Network

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09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Address: Making Disability Inclusion at Work a Priority

 
  • Exploring the benefits of disability inclusion to understand the business case for organisational change
  • Approaching disability inclusion as an evolving journey as opposed to a tick box exercise
  • Appointing a board-level champion to build a company culture which supports disability
  • Establishing a disability inclusion strategy to embed disability inclusion throughout the organisation
  • Communicating the importance of disability inclusion with staff to drive culture change
09:30 – 09:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Patrick Stephenson Director of Innovation & Health, Fujitsu *HMG Tech Sector Disability Champion"

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09:40 - 10:30
Panel Discussion: Taking Accessibility Further – Embedding Disability Inclusion Throughout the Organisation

 
  • Exploring examples and best practice in making reasonable adjustments
  • Adopting flexible working, phased return to work and leave for medical appointments
  • Building the capacity and confidence of managers to support disabled employees
  • Resourcing staff networks to empower disabled voices to inform organisational policy
  • Discussing best practice in supporting employees with hidden disabilities

Speakers

Neil Howard Accessibility and Equality Officer, Norfolk County Council

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Jackie Beer Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Nigel Lewis Chief Executive Officer, CLARITY & Co

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Kamran Mallick Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK

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10:30 - 11:00
Inclusive Recruitment and Retention Best Practice

 
  • Reviewing job descriptions, interview formats, and the diversity of recruitment panels to avoid the exclusion of disabled candidates
  • Improving accessibility of learning & development resources to increase staff retention and support career progression of disabled employees
  • Building diversity requirements into contracts with recruitment partners to incentivise the acquisition of disabled candidates
10:50 – 11:00 Questions and Discussion

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Paul Awcock Head of Talent Sourcing, LLoyd's of London

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11:00 - 11:20
Break

 

11:20 - 11:50
Defining Disability: Understanding the Scope of Disability and Employment Law

 
  • Exploring the breadth of characteristics and conditions which fall under the legal definition of “disabled person”.'
  • Building staff’s understanding of the law and their responsibilities to prevent discrimination
  • Reviewing common issues to consider in dismissal situations and common cases taken to employment tribunals
11:40 – 11:50 Questions and Discussion

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Clare Taylor Senior Associate, BDBF

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11:50 - 12:20
Afternoon Keynote Address: Disrupting Disability - The Power of Disruptive Thinking

 
  • Reviewing the trends facing disabled workers in a recessionist and post COVID-19 society
  • Exploring how the application of disruption theory can revolutionise organisational policy, employment campaigns and recruitment strategies
  • Adopting a “disruptive approach” to disability to increase innovation, retain talent and build better work cultures
12:10 – 12:20 Questions and Discussion

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Philip Connolly Disability Activist and Policy Expert

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12:20 - 12:50
Joint Session: Increasing Disclosure and Trust to Support Disability Inclusion at Work

 
  • Creating a culture of organisational transparency to build trust with staff and encourage disclosure
  • Reviewing language adopted in requests for information to maximise staff engagement
  • Acting and reporting on the information to improve disability inclusion to further incentivise disclosure
12:40 – 12:50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Lydia Warren Co-Chair, BartsAbility Group, Barts Health NHS Trust

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Samantha Ming Co-Chair, BartsAbility Group, Barts Health NHS Trust

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12:50 - 13:20
Neurodiversity: Unlocking the Potential of Non-Neurotypical Employees

 
  • Exploring the benefits of employing neurodivergent individuals
  • Creating awareness training and campaigns to educate staff on neurodivergence
  • Updating policy and guidance on disability to include themes of neurodiversity
  • Reviewing and redesigning workspaces to cater for staff with sensory needs
13:10 – 13:20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Sarah Bakewell Diversity and Inclusion Manager, AWE

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13:20 - 13:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Deborah Williams Chief Executive Officer, Creative Diversity Network

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End

Speakers

Paul Awcock Head of Talent Sourcing, LLoyd's of London

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Sarah Bakewell Diversity and Inclusion Manager, AWE

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Jackie Beer Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Philip Connolly Disability Activist and Policy Expert

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Neil Howard Accessibility and Equality Officer, Norfolk County Council

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Nigel Lewis Chief Executive Officer, CLARITY & Co

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Kamran Mallick Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK

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Samantha Ming Co-Chair, BartsAbility Group, Barts Health NHS Trust

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Patrick Stephenson Director of Innovation & Health, Fujitsu *HMG Tech Sector Disability Champion"

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Clare Taylor Senior Associate, BDBF

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Lydia Warren Co-Chair, BartsAbility Group, Barts Health NHS Trust

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Deborah Williams Chief Executive Officer, Creative Diversity Network

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Venue details

Digital Live Broadcast


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