Westminster Business Forum

Women in the workplace - returnships, intersectionality and reassessing the gender pay gap

Morning, Wednesday, 11th December 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference focuses on the next steps for policy and organisational practice in breaking down barriers for women looking to enter or re-enter the workplace, and for closing the gender pay gap. 


The conference will bring out latest thinking on key developments in workplace gender equality, including:


  • Progress made on increased female representation at board level, and findings from latest annual report of the Hampton-Alexander Review;
  • Priorities for developing the pipeline of future female business leaders, and representation of women in smaller companies;
  • Practical steps for improving attitudes and tackling unconscious bias;
  • Breaking down barriers for women looking to enter, or re-enter, employment;
  • Unlawful discrimination and harassment - and the future for the regulation and use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs); and
  • Best practice, the impact of quota rules and examples of innovative approaches - as well as the role of legislation in achieving increased gender equality and cultural change.

Keynote speakers


  • Denise Wilson, Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review;
  • Gillian Unsworth, Head, Gender Pay Gap Reporting, Government Equalities Office;
  • His Excellency Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland in London; and
  • Professor Sue Vinnicombe, Professor of Women and Leadership Strategy, Cranfield School of Management.

The agenda


  • Improving board-level representation - latest findings from the Hampton-Alexander Review;
  • Tackling the gender pay gap - priorities and areas of focus;
  • Ensuring meaningful representation, influence and impact of women in the workplace.
  • Breaking down barriers to leadership - mentoring, returnship programmes and the importance of building networks; and
  • Changing workplace cultures - best practice for combating stereotypes, ensuring an intersectional approach and assessing the use of NDAs;
  • A case study from Iceland on best practice - cultural change and the role of legislation in achieving gender equality.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference


This Westminster Business Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; Crown Prosecution Service; DCMS; Defra; Department for Education; Department for the Economy (NI); DfT; DIT; DWP; Education & Skills Funding Agency; Government Equalities Office; Government Legal Department; HM Courts and Tribunals Service; HMRC; HM Treasury; Home Office; MHCLG; MoD; MoJ; Ofcom; Office of the Parliamentary Counsel; The Scottish Government; Welsh Government and the Welsh Revenue Authority.



Keynote Speaker

Denise Wilson

Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review

Keynote Speakers

Denise Wilson

Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review

Gillian Unsworth

Head, Gender Pay Gap Reporting, Government Equalities Office

Professor Sue Vinnicombe

Professor of Women and Leadership Strategy, Cranfield School of Management

His Excellency Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson

Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland in London

Speakers

Nikki Butt

Vice President, British Association for Women in Policing

Lisa Jones

Ambassador, Women on Boards

Mairéad Nayager

Chief HR Officer, Diageo

Julianne Miles

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Women Returners

Louise Robinson

Head of Breakthrough, Santander

Dr Jill Armstrong

Lead Researcher, ‘Collaborating with Men’ Project, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Ali Hanan

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Creative Equals

Max Winthrop

Senior Partner, Short Richardson & Forth Solicitors and Chair, Employment Law Committee, The Law Society

Mick Whelan

General Secretary, ASLEF