Westminster Business Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Women in the workplace - returnships, intersectionality and reassessing the gender pay gap

December 2019

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.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Denise Wilson, Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review;
  • His Excellency Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland in London;
  • Professor Sue Vinnicombe, Professor of Women and Leadership Strategy, Cranfield School of Management; and
  • Harini Iyengar, Barrister; Author, A Practical Guide to the Law of Gender Pay Gap Reporting.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Jill Armstrong, ‘Collaborating with Men’ Project, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge; Nikki Butt, British Association for Women in Policing; Ali Hanan, Creative Equals; Lisa Jones, Women on Boards; Julianne Miles, Women Returners; Mairéad Nayager, Diageo; Mick Whelan, ASLEF; and Max Winthrop, The Law Society.

The chairs are: Catherine Hogan, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies and Dr Katie Perry, Chief Executive, Daphne Jackson Trust.

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;
  • Changing workplace cultures - best practice for combating stereotypes, ensuring an intersectional approach and assessing the use of NDAs; and
  • 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 particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Department for the Economy (NI); Department for Education; Defra; DfT; DIT; DWP; Government Equalities Office; Government Legal Department; HM Courts and Tribunals Service; HMRC; HM Treasury; Home Office; MHCLG; MoD; MoJ; Ofcom; Ofsted; The Scottish Government; The Welsh Government and Welsh Revenue Authority.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Business Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates