Westminster Employment Forum

Women in the workplace - the gender pay gap, organisational cultures and representation in leadership

Morning, Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Central London


The focus of this conference will be the further steps that can be taken by government, employers and others to improve opportunity and equality at work for women.

In light of the findings from the Hampton-Alexander Review, including the call for investors to place greater attention on the gender diversity of company boards, delegates will consider the further steps that can be taken to improve representation in positions of leadership.

They will also examine the response from employers to the Gender Pay Gap reporting requirement introduced by government earlier this year, and with employers required to publish data by April 2018, what the first year’s data reveals about the difference between the earnings of men and women.

Further sessions will consider how employers can better address bias and discrimination in the workplace, including priorities for enhancing support for pregnant women and new parents, the challenges for improving careers advice and raising aspirations, and the steps that can be taken to reform workplace cultures.

This seminar will bring together key policymakers with businesses and trade unions, employment lawyers, charities and campaign groups, universities and academics, and reporters from the national and trade media.

Guest of Honour

Sue Coe

Head of Employment, Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Guest of Honour

Sue Coe

Head of Employment, Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Keynote Speaker

Elysia McCaffrey

Deputy Director for Gender Pay Gap, Government Equalities Office


Gillian Keegan MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women at Work

Dawn Butler MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities


Bola Fatimilehin

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Royal Academy of Engineering

Samantha Rennie

Executive Director, Rosa

Denise Wilson

Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review

Kate Grussing

Managing Director, Sapphire Partners

Pauline de Souza

Founder and Director, Diversity Art Forum

Deborah Gilshan

Governance and Stewardship Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Member, Steering Committee, The 30% Club

Kate Grussing

Managing Director, Sapphire Partners

Hannah Bradshaw

Associate, Covington & Burling

Dr Jill Miller

Diversity and Inclusion Policy Adviser, CIPD

Charles Wynn-Evans

Partner, Dechert

Dr Carole Easton

Chief Executive, Young Women’s Trust

Charlotte Avery

Headmistress, St Mary’s School, Cambridgeshire and Vice-President, Girls’ School Association