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IoD North West | Open House on the Road - Inclusive Business

16 May 2019
Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel , Manchester

Business is for everyone.

Diverse companies don’t just accept difference, they embrace it. Not just because they know this is the right thing to do, but because they understand that when we include a diverse range of perspectives we can see more opportunities and innovate better than we ever have before. UK businesses have made strides in inclusivity, but there is much more work to be done. At these IoD Open House events, we will hear from leaders who are setting the standards for the inclusive businesses of the future.

Key details

Date & time: 16 May 2019 09:00 - 14:00
Location: Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel , Manchester
CPD Hours:

Prices from

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-members

Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
Contact email:


 09:30Welcome from Event Chair, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
 09:40Opening Keynote from Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
 09:55Inclusive Boards, Inclusive Workplaces session by Irene Afful - Equality, diversity and inclusion expert

In the modern workplace, companies are placing greater emphasis on diversity and inclusion initiatives to strengthen organisational adaptability, gain competitive advantage and reduce legal risks. Having a board that consists of more than one ‘type’ of person has been proven to have a bottom line benefit for an organisation. Diversity brings new perspectives, opportunities and a move away from the ‘groupthink’ mentality that can occur when like-minded people discuss issues and make decisions. In recent times there has been an increased focus on gender and this, in turn, has brought about a renewed intensity of focus on other aspects of diversity including ethnicity, sexuality and age.

But while we understand the benefits of diversity, do we actually know what ‘good diversity’ looks like? And how are we managing some of the many challenges that arise from having a diverse board?
10:15It doesn't have to be a Man's World session by Jennie Moore, Inclusion and Representation Manager, Jaguar

Men dominate the UK automotive industry, filling 91% of engineering roles. There are fewer women in senior roles and there is a gender pay gap that is made worse by the low number of women coming into the industry and flourishing within it. Yet while attracting talent today is more competitive than ever, things are changing for the better.

Recruiting, training and retaining an engaged, skilled workforce that is aligned to the needs of the business is at the heart of our success strategy.

This session will give practical guidance on how recruiting a skills-based workforce is key to succeeding in the rapidly changing global business environment.
 10:55 Refreshments
 11:30Panel Session with:

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu 
Thomas Duncan Bell, MD, The Kingsman
Irene Afful, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion expert
Jennie Moore, Inclusion and Representation Manager, Jaguar 

This session will encourage leaders and organisations to view inclusivity as a commercial issue.  The panel will be interactive and provide actionable practical advice.
 12:15Working lunch round tables

1. Health and wellbeing – Jonathan Richards, Founder & CEO, Breathe
2. Ageism in the workplace – Neil Tomalin, Managing Partner, Saintclair Partnership
3. Pride in the workplace - John Blakey Founder of The Trusted Executive Foundation
4. Recruitment in diversity 
5. Financial wellbeing for employees - Ian Gutteridge, Director, Premier Companies
6. How to create powerful Employee Network Groups – Jaguar
 13:15Optional MHFA Workshops 

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a complimentary interactive session with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), which provides training to give people the skills and confidence to recognise signs of common mental health issues, offer non-judgmental first-aid help and guide a person towards further support for recovery.
 14:15Closing remarks and event close


Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Author, Lawyer, Public Speaker, Journalist & Women Rights Champ, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu has a broad area of specialism and interest in Leadership, Diversity, Gender Equality, Women Empowerment & Rights; Corporate Governance; International relations & Diplomacy; Law & Society; Politics; Business & Entrepreneurship; and Education. She is deeply passionate about diversity, socio-legal values and mentoring people to be visionary and achieving their goals, and has recently been nominated for Diversity Champion Award: Charity Sector in the Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017. She is also a Women4Africa Awards 2017 finalist; shortlisted for Author of the Year and Career Woman of the Year.

Rebecca Long Bailey MP| Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Rebecca Long-Bailey is a British Labour Party politician from Salford. She has been the MP for Salford and Eccles since May 2015. Since February 2017 she has been the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with responsibility for business support, the UK’s industrial strategy and R&D strategy, energy policy and tackling climate change. She previously held the position of Shadow Chief Secretary and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. Before becoming an MP Rebecca worked as a solicitor, specialising in commercial contracts and property law.

Thomas Duncan Bell
Managing Director
The Kingsman

Thomas Duncan-Bell otherwise known as ‘The Bipolar Businessman’ runs two businesses and is also diagnosed with bi-polar and personality disorders, and has balanced his mental health issues while developing his start-ups through the growth journey. Thomas is a proud campaigner for mental health in business and works closely with the IoD to share his experiences with others.

Irene Afful, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion expert, Leadership Development & Well-being Specialist. Professional Coach & Consultant

Irene Afful has had a hugely successful career to date including becoming the first ever black female Inspector in the history of Merseyside Police. Her career incorporated critical incident management, professional standards and specific responsibilities for gangland murders. During this time Irene has received many accolades and commendations and has recently been shortlisted for a Northern Power Women Award.

Neil Tomalin
Managing Partner
Saintclair Partnership

After a traditional career in financial services, including sales management, product design and consultancy roles, Neil formed his own practice in 2002. Initially focusing on risk management - getting boards of directors to understand how and why their businesses can fail, it changed in 2011 when he qualified as a Business Coach, training with Meyler Campbell. 

John Blakely 
The Trusted Executive Foundation

John's role in the Foundation is to inspire and motivate senior leaders through delivering thought-provoking, pragmatic keynote sessions based on the best-selling books ‘Challenging Coaching’ and ‘The Trusted Executive’, as well as working 1-2-1 with CEOs as an executive coach to help them build the habits of trust and challenge in their day-to-day leadership roles.  

Jennie Moore
Inclusion and Representation Manager
Jaguar Land Rover

Jennie Moore is Diversity and Representation Manager at Jaguar Land Rover leading activities that support Jaguar Land Rovers commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive and gender-balanced culture that is representative of its customers and the society in which we live. Jennie has a background in talent, people and organisational development and has a passion for creating working environments where people are able to fulfil their potential.

Jonathan Richards

Set up in 2012, breatheHR now has more than 2,000 customers. Richards co-founded the company with Gareth Burrows and focuses on delivering effective simplicity to their customer base.

Ian Gutteridge
Premier Companies

As the former Head of UK Consulting for Sedgwick and then Barclays Corporate Pensions, Ian joined Premier in late 2006 to lead their regulated business, before being appointed as the UK Sales & Marketing Director for the wider UK organisation in January 2014.



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