In a world where the game is constantly shifting, how do we adapt and adjust to the demands of our roles as leaders?
Now more than ever issues of diversity, equity and inclusion create tensions that challenge our personal and professional commitments and the ability to see the big picture.
Actively implementing workplace inclusivity can help shake up and make way for positive changes — and there is much to be gained by it from a business point of view. When people of different backgrounds and experiences come together to find solutions, a wider variety of angles and approaches are presented that can help solve problems more efficiently and creatively. Positively engaging team members also leads to greater employee satisfaction, motivation, loyalty, and retention, as well as attracting a more diverse group of clients.
The IoD East of England Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Conference takes an in-depth look at diversity programs which embrace values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds and preferences in the workforce.
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By attending this conference, you will gain an overview of the current issues, challenges and trends surrounding workplace diversity and inclusion. Not only that - but you will discover critical steps and practices to assist your organisation in transitioning from diversity to diversity and inclusion.
You will hear case studies addressing inclusion and diversity journeys, lessons learned, and most importantly the tangible takeaways for your organisation to prepare for the future of work and create inclusiveness in today’s diverse workforce.
Matt Scarff, Director of ITV Creative & ITV Experiences
Matt Scarf is the Director of ITV Creative & ITV Experiences and leads the multi-award winning agency based within the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster ITV. Formerly a journalist and with over 24 years’ experience in broadcast media, Matt thrives in a fast paced environment and has strong team and project management skills. Matt is also Co-Chair of ITV Pride, ITV's LGBT+ network and London Chair for the Company-wide OneITV Ambassador cultural change programme. In 2017 Matt featured in the Financial Times OUTstanding list of leading global LGBT+ executives.
Mike Adams, CEO, Purple
In 2013 Mike Adams chaired the national Access to Work Expert Advisory Panel which produced more than 20 recommendations to modernise the Government’s flagship disability employment programme.
Mike’s previous working track record includes being one of the senior management team at the Disability Rights Commission, Director of the National Disability Team for higher education and co-director of a disability research centre at Coventry University. He was also listed in The Disability News Service’s list of the UK’s top 100 most influential disabled people.
Mike was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to disabled people.
Thomas Duncan Bell. Founder, The Kingsman London
Thomas Duncan Bell is specialist in the manufacturing & textiles space. He runs 2 successful companies, manufacturing clothing in one business and dog products in another; encapsulating 5 separate brands. With 250,000+ people hearing Thomas’ message in 2016 through The Bipolar Businessman and in articles he’s written for the likes of Red Letter Days, Standard Life, Building Societies Association, Oliver Agency and The Guide 2 Surrey, Thomas is a proud campaigner for mental health in business.
Avivah Wittenberg, CEO, 20-first
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of 20-first, a leading international gender-balance consultancy. 20-first works with top management at some of the world’s best-known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how to achieve them. She has written a number of best-sellers in the field, including One Key to Gender Balance, Four Phases to Women’s Careers, Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses, How Women Mean Business, and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution, which won the Manpower Business Book of the Year award. Her most recent book is a more personal take on the consequences of gender balance at home: Late Love: Mating in Maturity.
Avivah speaks on leadership, marketing and talent management, and dual career issues across the globe, writes for FORBES and Harvard Business Review and lectures at HEC Business School. She is Founder and Honorary President of GlobalPWN.net, an international professional women’s network. Canadian, French and Swiss, she has been recognized by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change. She lives in London with her sculptor husband and is occasionally visited by her two, globe-trotting, gender-balanced children, a son and daughter.
Mark Twigg, Executive Director, Cicero Group
Mark currently runs Cicero’s market research business and is an ambassador for workplace diversity and inclusion policies. He is a regular public speaker on mental health. In a 20-year career he has worked extensively across Europe, Asia and North America having lived in London, Brussels and Washington DC. He previously worked for Royal Bank of Scotland Group and has served as an advisor to the UK Government. He volunteers with numerous organisations in the education sector.
Stefanie Thorne, Head of Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship, University of Suffolk
Stef leads the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre, leads our Business - HE collaborations, Knowledge Exchange, student, graduate and staff entrepreneurship. Stef is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange.
Previously Head of Research and Enterprise Services, Stef is an experienced research and knowledge exchange manager having developed two Graduate Schools and research offices within two modern Universities. Stef is passionate about the economic impact of higher education institutions and supporting diversity in entrepreneurship. She founded the Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship (SCFE) in 2016 to act as a focal point for supporting diversity in entrepreneurship through events, knowledge exchange and research.
Previously an elected member of the Executive of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE), the Graduate School Manager and Principal Administrative Officer for Research at the University of East London, Stef has worked with in higher education since completing her MA in International Relations and Development Studies in 2001. In 2007 she was seconded to HEFCE to act as an assistant panel secretary for RAE2008 and is currently engaging with Vitae as a researcher developer mentor for researcher developers at other Universities.
A member of a variety of different steering groups and partnership projects committed to growth and development within the region she is passionate about the development of the East of England and the importance of business and HE working together to improve people’s lives. Stef is an Enterprise Associate with the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and regularly presents at local and regional conferences and events on enterprise and business engagement.
Stef acts as a Governor for a local primary school in Ipswich with responsibility for the Curriculum Committee and STEM. Stef is a full time Mum of four children and devotes her time to raising them in the beautiful county of Suffolk.
Nick Parker, Immediate Past President, ICAEW
Nick Parker is the immediate past President of ICAEW, and he is a tax partner with RSM UK. He has a wide portfolio of clients including professional partnerships and UK subsidiaries of overseas parent companies, but specialises in the SME sector.
During his time on Council he has chaired a variety of committees including the Members Board, the Committee of Council and the Audit Committee. He was Chairman of Council for three years.
During his career, Nick has worked in London, Edinburgh, Southampton and Basingstoke. He lives in Hampshire, and is married to Jan. They have two grown up sons, one who is an equine surgeon and the other who is an equine yard manager.
In his spare time he likes to undertake adventures – he trekked to the base camp of Everest, trekked in Patagonia, sailed from Sydney to Cape Town across the Southern Ocean as part of the Global Challenge Yacht race and most recently attempted to climb Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere. He also held a private pilot’s licence which has lapsed due to other commitments.
Dr Nasser Siabi OBE, CEO, Microlink pc Ltd
Nasser is the CEO of Microlink PC Ltd founded in November 1992. The companies’ core mission is to provide disability management and Assistive Technology in both the workplace and educational facilities, working towards an inclusive society and offering support throughout a persons’ lifespan.
Nasser was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his contribution in helping over 250,000 disabled people transition from education into work. He is also a founding member of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and part of the DWP Disability Employer Engagement steering group. In 2015 he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Diversity Awards (NDA).
In 2008 until present day Microlink has worked alongside Lloyds Banking Group to successfully create an award-winning workplace adjustment service for their employees. Which is now considered as best practice.
Nasser is consulted on policy and procedure by the Business Disability Forum, is a supporting partner in Purple Space and is regularly consulted with on high level Government and Civil Service policy and guidance.
His mission is to create an inclusive society where all are treated equally and given a level playfield by providing the right tools, support and environments for people with disabilities to not only achieve but thrive.
Sergeant Jamie Mills, Essex Police (Interim Chair, Essex
Police Disability Network)
Jamie is a Police Sergeant with Essex Police, currently working in Domestic Abuse investigations. He joined the police from college in 2004 and has worked in a variety of policing areas.
Since 2013 Jamie has also performed voluntary roles as Essex Police Federation branch board Equality lead and now leads the Essex police Disability network, a staff support network, as Chairperson. Jamie also holds an Executive committee level position with the National Disabled Police Association, where he was formally the General Secretary until January 2018. Jamie also works closely with Kate Nash OBE as an Ambassador to the disability network leaders hub, PurpleSpace.
As Disabled Police Association General Secretary between 2014 and 2017, Jamie was instrumental in championing disability matters at a national level in policing, coordinating across over 40 police force disability support networks in UK policing.
Alongside his substantive policing role, Jamie now also performs the role of the Chairperson of the Essex police Disability and Carers network, a staff support network of over 200 members. Jamie leads the Executive committee, acting as a ‘critical friend’ to Chief and Senior officers, as well as representing the members of his network and supporting workplace inclusion.
Samuel Kasumu, Managing Director, Inclusive Enterprise Solutions
Social entrepreneur Samuel Kasumu is currently Managing Director of Inclusive Boards, an agency that supports organisations seeking to improve diversity at board level. He is the youngest member of the Prime Minister’s Race Disparity Advisory Group, and Chair of the African-Caribbean Alumni Network (A-CAN).
A-CAN is the UK's largest black professional network, with over 20,000 members, representing 1% of the black population. He is on various boards including challenger energy firm Ovo Energy's foundation arm. Ovo has over 700,000 customers in the UK.
Samuel is also a local Councillor in Hertfordshire.