(N.B. This agenda may be subject to change)
08:30 Registration, Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking
09:30 Programme Commences
09:30-11:15 Main Stage: Setting the Scene
Chaired by
Afua Hirsch, Social Affairs and Education Editor, Sky TV
What to do about your number
  • A solutions based approach
  • Avoiding corporate complacency
  • Understanding the questions staff and customers will ask
  • Managing reputation and risk
Sam Smethers
Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society
Pivotal Issues in Gender Pay
  • Identifying underlying causes of gaps
  • Dealing with myths and misdirection
  • Pivot points in careers for intervention
  • Allowing for variances
  • Making the most difference
Keynote Speaker
Professor Carol Woodhams
University of Exeter Business School
Sector Leadership - The Role of Professional and Trade Associations
  • Association Challenges
  • Sector Leadership
  • Research and Roadmaps
Keynote Speaker
Ann Francke
Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute
Panel Discussion: above speakers plus
Alastair McCapra
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
11:15-11:45 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking
Keynote Speaker:
Rt Hon Anne Milton MP
Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women

Predominantly Womens' Workforces
  • Pay and flexibility
  • Ageing and the pension dilemma
  • Access to promotion and nursing as a career
Keynote Speaker
Josie Irwin
Head of Employment Relations, Royal College of Nursing
Future of Accountability and Transparency
  • Lessons from accountability/transparency policies
  • Looking forward to annual reporting and league tables
  • Understanding the dynamics
  • Impacts on recruitment and retention
Neil Carberry
Managing Director of People and Infrastructure, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Panel Discussion including the following participants;
Vanessa Pine
Director, Atlas Partners
13:00-14:00 Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
14:00-15:00 Seminars (Delegates should choose to attend one of the four, which all run concurrently)
Seminar 1
Women Returners: Tapping into a new talent pool
Identifying turning points
Fiona Pargeter, EMEA Head of Diversity & Inclusion; and lead UK Career Comeback, UBS
Seminar 2
Closing the Gap in Construction/Engineering
Dr Sarah Peers, Vice-President, Women’s Engineering Society (WES); Founder Director, Peers&Peers and Director, STEM Foundation of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange
Diane Thornhill, HR Director, UKMEA Region, Arup
Seminar 3
Closing the Gap in Financial Services
Kieron O'Reilly, Member Engagement Manager, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)
Julie McCarthy, Equality Diversity & Inclusion Manager, People & Culture from NationWide
Seminar 4
Reputation Risk
  • Message
  • Answering the wrong question
Bibi Hilton, Managing Director, Golin PR
Sheila Wild, Founder, Equal Pay Portal
15:00-15:30 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking
15:30-16:30 Seminars (Delegates should choose to attend one of the three, which all run concurrently)
Seminar 5
Closing the Gap in Tech
Hannah Bradshaw, Covington & Burling LLP
Seminar 6
Closing the Gap in Universities
Dr Jana Javornik, Associate Professor in Public and Social Policy; Director, Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business
Seminar 7
Fathers and Working Families Policies
Key life cycle moments
Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive, Working Families
16:30 Close

If you have a particular topic or challenge you would like to see addressed at this event or a speaker you would like to hear from please get in touch and let us know your suggestion, email katrina.wright@neilstewartassociates.co.uk.