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IoD South: 3rd Annual IoD & CIPD Conference: Putting Inclusivity at the heart and bottom-line of business

18 Feb 2020
Guildford Harbour Hotel, Guildford

This event is now fully booked - please email Polly Buckley if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Inclusivity is  no longer a ‘Nice-to-have’, it is a ‘Must-have’ for forward looking businesses.

Embracing diversity of experience and thinking enriches us all. But this goes way beyond throwing a mix of people together. It requires Inclusive Leadership at all levels of the business from the most experienced Director to the newest Team Leader and Supervisor to make it happen. 

So, what does good Inclusive Leadership  look like? What does it take to make it happen? What are the challenges? What does the research tell us? What are the benefits to the business?

This is an important topic for all business leaders, regardless of the size of their business. After all, the UK’s internationally respected and influential Corporate Governance Code provides a clear statement of how diversity and inclusion should shape boards of directors. 

This conference incorporates expert keynotes, round table discussion and a Panel Q&A session. Bring your curiosity, your insights and your experience and let’s all develop together.

For our 3rd Annual IoD CIPD Conference we have 3 outstanding speakers sharing their authoritative insights and experience on making Inclusivity happen in business:

Charlotte Valeur – Chair of the IoD 
Peter Cheese – Chief Executive of CIPD 
Laura McBrown - MD of G&B Electronics

Key details

Date & time: 18 Feb 2020 07:00 - 11:00
Location: Guildford Harbour Hotel, Guildford
CPD Hours:

Prices from

20.00 GBP + VAT - Members
25.00 GBP + VAT - Non Members

Event manager:
Ms Polly Buckley
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Charlotte Valeur: Chair, Institute of Directors

Charlotte Valeur was appointed Chair of the Institute in September 2018. As Chair, Charlotte is responsible for championing the IoD’s values, promoting its Objects and providing leadership to the Institute, ensuring it delivers maximum impact for its members and stakeholders.

Over the last decade, Charlotte has been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. During that period she has taken part in a complete restructuring of NTR Plc, the sale of REG to BlackRock and, as Chair, overseen a $8bln Merger of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc with its US NYSE listed parent. Charlotte also has a range of unlisted board experience with companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke. She has been a member of the IoD for over a decade.

Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.

Before entering the field of governance, Charlotte worked in finance, where she has over 30 years’ experience. Her career included stints with Societe Generale, BNP-Paribas, and S.G. Warburg. Charlotte grew up and studied in Copenhagen, and is conversant in six languages.

Peter Cheese: Chief Executive, CIPD

Peter is the CIPD’s chief executive. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills. 

Peter is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Bath Management School. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University and Birmingham City University. 

Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of City&Guilds. Up until 2009 he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director, leading the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice. 

Laura McBrown: MD, G&B Electronics

Award winning MD Laura McBrown has been part of the electronic manufacturing services industry for the past 20 years.  A passionate ambassador for Manufacturing in the UK and women in business Laura is the “Institute of Directors Surrey’s Manufacturing Ambassador”, MAKE UK Regional Advisory Board Deputy Chair and a member of The Manufacturer Magazine’s Editorial Board.

Now running G&B Electronics, her family business, an electronic manufacturing service provider that specialises in medical devices, aerospace electronics and high end audio products, with her sister Kate and Financial Director Anita.  These three women are punching well above their weight, trail blazing the way that contract manufacturing can be approached by embracing a “servitzation” model and driving productivity up and down the supply chain.

A compassionate leader and champion of best practice development Laura has developed a simple and practical approach to achieving manufacturing excellence.


Breathe is a multi-award-winning company which provides cloud-based HR management software for UK small businesses and charities. The Software as a Service (SaaS) we provide has been designed to help organisations with between 5 and 250 employees with tools to cut through HR admin quickly and easily. Key features include holiday management; sickness & absence tracking; expense management; document storage and payroll export. 

Breathe is used by more than 7,000 UK organisations to management over 220,000 employees. A recent survey revealed that 96% of our customers would recommend our software to other businesses. 
We offer a free, no-obligation free trial so you can test our software and make sure it’s right for your businesses. No credit card is necessary and you can cancel at any time. If you do buy our software, there are no contracts and you can expand capacity or cancel if your requirements change. 

Custodian is an insurance provider offering protection to businesses that employ staff.

It is often when an employee becomes an ‘ex-employee’ that they become a current problem!  

Tribunal claims are on the increase, from 83,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2018.  The high ease and low cost of bringing an employment tribunal claim makes this  accessible to all.

These claims can include unfair dismissal, discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and much more.  

Our affordable cover offers employers protection against such claims regardless of whether they are founded or not.  It will cover the defence costs, awards and even out of court settlements.  

Businesses can buy it directly from us.  HR providers or employment lawyers can often white label it as part of their own offering. 

Tel: 0207 648 4343 or info@custodianinsurance for more information.


Prices from

20.00 GBP + VAT - Members
25.00 GBP + VAT - Non Members


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  • Guildford Harbour Hotel
  • 3 Alexandra Terrace
  • Guildford
  • GU1 3DA

01483 792300

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