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Open House on the Road
Inclusive Business


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.

  • Gender pay gap
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Diversity
  • Disability
  • Looking after your employees
  • Race & Ethnicity



All delegates will be able 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.
Delegates will be asked to participate in a short quiz to test their mental health knowledge, and complete an activity on managing their own stress.  This will be interspersed with further workplace statistics and strategies around a holistic, organisational approach to mental health and well-being.    

Key benefits

The consumer landscape has never been so varied. As we broaden our business horizons in new and unexpected ways, its diversity needs to be reflected in companies. Experienced leaders and thinkers will show how inclusivity drives innovation and demonstrate that a diverse workforce is vital for unlocking opportunities and fueling growth.

Dates & Prices

Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel , Manchester
16 May 2019 09:00 - 14:00
45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

National Conference Centre , Solihull

18 Sep 2019 09:00 - 14:00

45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire
25 Sep 2019 09:00 - 14:00
45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Jesmond Dene House , Newcastle Upon Tyne

16 Oct 2019 09:00 - 14:00

45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Grange St.Paul's Hotel, London
08 Nov 2019 09:00 - 14:00
45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate


Bola Tinubu, Founder, The Cece Yara Foundation
A lawyer who has spent most of her life advising companies and business owners; Bola currently leads the Corporate Services Group of the law firm of Olajide Oyewole LLP, a member of the DLA Piper Africa Group, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Her special interest is in corporate restructuring and acquisitions, and she is on the board of several companies and non-profit organisations, which she supports passionately.


Samuel Kasumu, Managing Director, Inclusive Boards
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).


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.


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