Westminster Employment Forum

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

Morning, Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ


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

With the first full year of data available from the gender pay gap reporting requirement, which revealed a 9.7% median pay gap in favour of men, delegates will examine what further action can be taken to tackle pay disparities.

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

Planned sessions will look at 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, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Guest of Honour

Sue Coe

Head of Employment, Equality 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

Dr Liliana Danila

Economist, British Retail Consortium

Samantha Rennie

Executive Director, Rosa

Denise Wilson

Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review

Emma O’Leary

Solicitor, ELAS Group

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

Mark Freed

Chief Executive Officer, E2W

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