Westminster Employment Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
For booking-related queries or information on speaking please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk, or call +44 (0)1344 864796.

If you’re already booked on, joining instructions can be accessed from five working days before your conference via the booking dashboard. Need help? You can contact our Delegate Relations team at delegate.relations@forumsupport.co.uk or by calling the above number.

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

Morning, Tuesday, 25th January 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

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 next steps for inclusivity in work environments, reporting, helping people into employment, and skills and apprenticeship opportunities.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss 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 improving recruitment and retention, and whole-organisation approaches to improving inclusion, employer engagement, and workplace transparency.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the Department for Transport; Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service; Her Majesty's Passport Office; National Audit Office; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Assurity Consulting; Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust; DJ Fox & Associates; Kingdom Housing Association; The Christie NHS Foundation Trust; and Unison.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Bonhill and TWinFM.

For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with diversity and inclusion specialists, human resources professionals, disability rights campaigners, employment lawyers, occupational health providers, think tanks, recruitment firms, education providers, as well as researchers in academia and higher education, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference


Chris Fry

Lawyer, Fry Law

Lord Shinkwin

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability

Robin Christopherson

Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet

Mary Doyle

Accessible Aviation Consultant, Rocket Girl Coaching

Paul Deemer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers

Diane Lightfoot

Chief Executive, Business Disability Forum

Dr Miro Griffiths

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Leeds University