17 Sep 2020| Online

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17th September 2020 | Online 

Awareness is building around the business case for addressing social mobility at work. Ability and aptitude, rather than social background, ought to determine the value of a person’s work. Failure to recognise this undermines your competitive advantage by cutting off a huge pool of talent. 

Simple changes, such as adapting recruitment processes, using data effectively, and addressing unconscious bias can make a crucial difference in allowing employees, and therefore your business, to prosper. 

At our ‘Advancing Social Mobility at Work’ event, you will be provided with the knowledge and tools necessary to facilitate staff from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and ultimately come away with the actionable insight required to make social mobility in your workplace a reality.

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online. The content for the day exactly mirrors that of the live event, and there will be plenty of time built into the day for Q&A and interaction with speakers and fellow delegates. Video recordings of each session will also be made available to delegates following the event. 

View the full agenda here
Key speakers:
  • Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport and Civil Service Social Mobility Champion
  • Helen Barnard, Acting Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Hollie Crompton, Social Mobility Lead, PwC UK
  • David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC UK
  • Emily Hodgson, Head of Employer Relations and Business Development, The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF)
  • Liz Williams MBE, CEO, FutureDotNow, Social Mobility Commissioner
  • Addison Barnett, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Inclusive Employers
  • John Craven, CEO, upReach
Why attend? 
  • Learn how to foster social mobility in your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas about supporting staff from lower socio-economic backgrounds back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear about best practice in creating a socially diverse workplace from leading figures
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with expert speakers and fellow colleagues
Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads 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



Please find the full agenda below:

Welcoming Session

Grace McLoughlin, Diversity & Inclusion Event Manager, Dods PLC

Chair's introduction

CHAIR: Helen Barnard, Acting Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Championing social mobility and advancing your business
  • Why does social mobility matter?
  • How recent research findings can benefit your business and workforce
  • Understanding the effects of remote working for staff from a lower socio-economic background

SPEAKER: David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC UK

SPEAKER: Hollie Crompton, Social Mobility Lead, PwC UK

Comfort Break
Inclusive hiring: addressing barriers to entry and accommodating social diversity
  • Countering bias and identifying potential: amending criteria to emphasise skills and increase transparency
  • Playing to strengths: examining the strengths-based model
  • Providing Access: attracting talent through targeted schemes and partnerships

SPEAKER: John Craven, CEO, upReach

Comfort Break
Adapting business strategy and practice to advance social mobility
  • Data: key to assessing your business, driving change and charting progress
  • Senior management: securing buy-in and increasing accountability  

SPEAKER: Emily Hodgson, Head of Employer Relations and Business Development, The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF)

Comfort Break
Keynote Address:
Developing a socially-mobile workplace: incorporating social mobility into your business strategy and vision

SPEAKER: Bernadette Kelly, Civil Service Social Mobility Champion; Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

Break for Lunch
Advancing progress: ensuring opportunity for employees of all social backgrounds
  • Ensuring meaningful career development for staff of lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • Providing clear pathways to progression for staff early in careers
  • Facilitating mentoring, sponsorship and networking for staff of all backgrounds

SPEAKER: Addison Barnett, Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant, Inclusive Employers

Comfort Break
Keynote Address:
Making headway: forging the path to a socially mobile and inclusive workplace

SPEAKER: Liz Williams MBE, CEO, FutureDotNow, Social Mobility Commissioner

Chair's Closing Remarks

CHAIR: Helen Barnard, Acting Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Event Close