Westminster Employment Forum

Improving equality at work for BME employees

Morning, Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This conference will examine the further steps that can be taken by government, employers and others to improve opportunity and equality at work for people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Policymakers, businesses and their advisors, and other stakeholders will discuss issues around discrimination, careers advice, improving recruitment practices and tackling barriers to greater diversity in leadership positions.

It is timed to consider lessons that can be learnt from the expected publication of Government’s review into racial disparities in public service outcomes, which will include findings on employment outcomes.

It also follows the independent review of Race in the Workplace by Baroness McGregor-Smith, which found that employment rates for people from BME backgrounds are 12 per cent lower than their white counterparts, with just six per cent reaching top-level management positions.

Delegates will consider the recommendations of the review - and issues for their implementation - including increased transparency over diversity data, the publication of ambitious five-year targets and aspirations for large employers, and mandatory unconscious bias training for all organisations with over 50 employees, as well as further action that could be taken in this important area for policy.

Guest of Honour

Sandra Kerr

Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Guest of Honour

Sandra Kerr

Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Keynote Speakers

Rosie Wallbank

Project Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Roger Kline

Joint Director, Workforce Race Equality Standard Research and Engagement, NHS England and Author, The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS


Lord Sheikh

Dawn Butler MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities


Raphael Mokades

Founder and Managing Director, Rare Recruitment

Leonie Campbell-King

Lawyer, Clifford Chance

Marjorie Strachan

Head of Inclusion, RBS

Frank Soodeen

Head of Public Affairs, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Professor Shamit Saggar

University of Essex

Dr Nike Folayan

Chairperson, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK

Dr Miranda Brawn

Barrister, Diversity Leader, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation

Kamaljeet Jandu

National Equality Officer, GMB

Dr Kenisha Linton

Senior Lecturer, Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour, University of Greenwich

Caroline Noblet

Partner, Global Co-Head of Labour and Employment, Squire Patton Boggs

Nigel Warner

Director, Lexington Communications and Co-Founder, Creative Access