Westminster Employment Forum

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Disability in the workplace - inclusivity, progression, reporting, and priorities for the National Disability Strategy

Morning, Tuesday, 25th January 2022


This conference focuses on policy priorities relating to workplace rights for people with disabilities in England.


Key stakeholders and policymakers will discuss latest thinking and priorities for inclusivity in work environments, reporting, helping people into employment, and skills and apprenticeship opportunities.


It will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the next steps for the National Disability Strategy and how it can be harnessed to improve employment rates and experiences for people with disabilities, as well as assessing the impact the pandemic has had on progress in implementation.


The conference will also consider priorities for recruitment and retention, as well as whole-organisation approaches to improving inclusion, employer engagement, and workplace transparency.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Chloe Smith MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Department for Work and Pensions
  • James Taylor, Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change, Scope
  • Geena Vabulas, Policy Manager, Assistive Technology, Policy Connect
  • Professor Kim Hoque, Professor of Human Resource Management, Warwick Business School

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DHSC; BEIS; the DWP; the Cabinet Office; the DfT; HMPPS; Her Majesty's Passport Office; HMCTS; HM Revenue & Customs; Home Office; the IATE; NAO; the MoD; the MoJ; the Department for the Economy, NI; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Geena Vabulas

Policy Manager, Assistive Technology, Policy Connect

James Taylor

Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change, Scope

Professor Kim Hoque

Professor of Human Resource Management, Warwick Business School

Keynote Speakers

Chloe Smith MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Department for Work and Pensions

Geena Vabulas

Policy Manager, Assistive Technology, Policy Connect

Professor Kim Hoque

Professor of Human Resource Management, Warwick Business School

James Taylor

Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change, Scope

Chairs

Sharon Hose

Disability Employment Adviser Leader, Department for Work and Pensions

Dr Miro Griffiths

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Leeds University

Speakers

Fleur Bothwick

Director of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership for EMEIA, Ernst & Young

Julie Dennis

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Acas

Tab Ahmad

Founder and CEO, EmployAbility

Robin Christopherson

Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet

Mary Doyle

Accessible Aviation Consultant, Rocket Girl Coaching

Mark Capper

Head of Development in the Lifestyles & Work, Mencap

Cat Mitchell

Lecturer in Writing and Publishing, University of Derby

Adam Hyland

Director, Diversity and Ability

Paul Deemer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers

David Dent

Senior Director, Business Development UK and Europe, and Global Disability Strategy Lead, Parexel International

Karen Jackson

Managing Director and Solicitor, didlaw

Diane Lightfoot

Chief Executive, Business Disability Forum