08:00am – 09:00am Registration, Refreshments and Networking

Session One – Setting the Scene

Chair’s Welcome and Introduction

Gillian Joseph

Presenter, Sky News

The Equality Imperative: Why Gender Equality in the Workplace Makes Business Sense

Ministerial Address

The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Cabinet Minister and Minister for Women and Equalities

Keynote Speakers

Sam Smethers

Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society

Ann Francke

Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute

Panel Discussion

Ben Willmott

Head of Policy and Public Affairs, CIPD

Sheila Wild

Founder, Equal Pay Portal

11:15 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking

Session Two – Models for Change Case Studies

How new ways of working can ensure your organisation retains and promotes the best

Chair’s Introduction

Gillian Joseph

Presenter, Sky News

Plenary Speakers

Emma Stewart MBE

Joint Chief Executive Officer, Timewise Foundation

Ailie MacAdam

Managing Director, Infrastructure, Bechtel Ltd

Caroline Waters OBE

Deputy Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Panel Discussion

Laura Davies

Advisory Panel Member

Sophie Kathir

Past Advisory Panel Member, Young Women’s Trust

13:00 Lunch, Exhibition and Networking

Session Three – Seminar Session

Seminar 1
Scoping and Data Collection
  • What should be counted in your calculations?
  • How can you gather this information?
Dr Zara Nanu

Business Development, GapSquare

Seminar 2
Internal Engagement
  • Leading firms will develop their methodology and action plans with staff
  • Who to engage and how to get internal buy in
Linda Stewart

Partner, Head of Employment Law, Simpson Millar LLP

Scarlet Harris

Women’s Equality Officer, Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Simpson Millar Solicitors
Seminar 3
Preparing for Publication
  • Presenting your findings clearly and accessibly
  • What challenges will you face when your data goes public?
Sam Smethers

Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society

Debbie Rotchell

Associate, ENEI

Sarah Pinch

Director, Pinch Point Communications; Immediate Past President, Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Seminar 4
Interpreting Your Results
  • What can the data you’ve gathered tell you about the causes of the pay gap in your organisation?
Jemima Olchawski

Head of Policy and Insight, The Fawcett Society

Stefan Cross QC


Dr Alison Parken

Senior Research Fellow, University of Cardiff

15:00 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking

Session Four – Seminar Session

Seminar 5
Making Flexible Working Work
  • How flexible working can benefit your organisation
  • How to create flexible jobs that attract the best
Sam Smethers

Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society

Bibi Hilton

Managing Director, Golin PR

Sarah Jackson

Chief Executive, Working Families

Seminar 6
Balanced Recruitment and Promotion
Helen Wollaston

Chief Executive, WISE Campaign

Tracey Locke OBE

Group HR Director, Mace Group

Fiona Hathorn

Chief Executive, Women on Boards UK

Seminar 7
Diversity Means Changing The Numbers – Tackling The Diversity Deficit and Gaining The Dividend
Simon Fanshawe OBE

Partner, Diversity by Design

Seminar 8
How To Avoid Illegal Practice
  • 54,000 women have to leave their job early every year after getting pregnant; ensure your organisation is compliant with the law and retaining female talent
Jo Swinson

Founder and Director, Equal Power Consulting; Chair, Maternity Action

Stephen Williams

Former Head of Equality, ACAS

16:30 Close of Conference