18 May 2021| Online

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Tuesday, 18th May 2021 | Online

The benefits of racial inclusion at work are real and tangible; according to the McGregor-Smith review, increasing participation and progression of ethnic minorities could add up to £24bn to the UK economy each year. 

With organisations being pushed to publish their ethnicity pay gap data, it is time to start addressing the disparities that exist in our workplaces.

There are numerous steps you must be taking to tackle race inequality and secure the benefits of diversity for your colleagues and organisation alike.  

Join us for ‘Race to Equality: Achieving Racial Inclusion at Work’ to receive crucial expert guidance on how to foster a more representative workforce and create positive culture change at all levels of your organisation.

Note: We particularly encourage attendance from non-Ethnic Minority professionals. The day offers a space for constructive and open discussion, and an opportunity to explore your role in enacting change.

On-demand video recordings of each session will be made available to delegates following the event. 

Click here to view the full agenda
Key speakers:
  • Rob Neil OBE, Director, Krystal Alliance & Former Civil Servant

  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

  • Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Advisor to the Board of Armstrong Craven

  • Nuzhat Ali, Co-Chair, Civil Service Muslim Network

  • Patricia Chinyoka, Diversity & Inclusion Adviser, BITC

  • Katy Bennett, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Director,

  • Stephen Parkinson, Senior Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP

  • Jason Buwanabala, Manager, PWC

Why attend? 
  • Learn how to remove the barriers to Black, Asian and ethnic minority employees' employment and progression in your workplace
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around supporting ethnic minority colleagues back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures about fostering ethnic minority employees' skills and potential 
  • Receive on-demand video recordings and speaker presentations for your reference after the event 
  • This event is CPD certified, and contributes to your professional development.
Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in supporting their ethnic minority employees, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; line managers; health & safety officers; consultants; health services providers; trade unions and representative groups.


Public Sector rate: 1 Place £195 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £150 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £395 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £145 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here

For booking enquiries or to request a booking form, please contact conference.admin@dodsgroup.com.


Please find the agenda below:

Welcome from Dods D&I

Kiren Kaur, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Dods D&I

Chair's Introduction & Opening Address
'Our Perfect Storm': Interpreting the 2021 landscape

CHAIR: Rob Neil OBE, Director, Krystal Alliance & Former Civil Servant

Race to Equality: Ensuring workplace practice supports the wellbeing of ethnic minority staff
  • Understanding the implications of Covid-19 for Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities
  • Guidance on change: analysing your organisational practice and procedure
  • Embedding a culture and ethos of compassion and trust

SPEAKER: Tony Vickers-Byrne, Chief Advisor to the Board of Armstrong Craven

Comfort Break
Cultural Intelligence Workshop: Working confidently in different cultures
  • Understanding and defining cultural intelligence
  • Equipping yourself and your organisation with the tools to think differently and increase engagement
  • Tackling cultural biases and driving forward success

SPEAKER: Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

Comfort Break
‘Good Diversity’ Workshop:
Achieving best practice in the recruitment and development of ethnic minority staff
  • Targeting ethnic minority talent at recruitment stage
  • Positive action: understanding its correct use and when it is appropriate
  • Tackling the under-utilisation of skills to realise Black, Asian & Ethnic Minority representation at all levels

SPEAKER: Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

Break for Lunch
Lightning Session: Addressing the Ethnicity Pay Gap
  • Understanding the implications of the ethnicity pay gap for business
  • Gathering data: encouraging disclosure and participation amongst staff
  • Interrogating the usefulness of the 'BAME' label

SPEAKER: Katy Bennett, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Director, PWC

SPEAKER: Jason Buwanabala, Manager, PWC

Comfort Break
Panel Discussion:
Thinking inclusively: considerations in realising culture change
  • 'I contain multitudes': understanding the role of intersectionality in providing effect support
  • The trickle-down effect: securing senior buy-in and endorsement
  • Creating community by encouraging networks, allies and senior sponsors
  • Religion and belief: fostering a faith-friendly culture

SPEAKER: Patricia Chinyoka, Diversity & Inclusion Adviser, BITC

SPEAKER: Stephen Parkinson, Senior Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP

SPEAKER: Nuzhat Ali, Co-Chair, Civil Service Muslim Network

Chair’s Closing Remarks

CHAIR: Rob Neil OBE, Director, Krystal Alliance & Former Civil Servant

Event Close